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ACRL Collaborates with Springshare to Provide LibGuides Access to Member Units

ACRL is pleased to announce that Springshare is providing complimentary access to LibGuides and LibAnswers to ACRL membership units. Both tools will be used to create unit-related resources to advance the work of ACRL, and will be available for use by division-level committees, sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and task forces.

“ACRL is grateful to Springshare for making this resource available to our members to facilitate their work for the association,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “We are very appreciative of Springshare’s generosity and ACRL members are already using the tools to further their unit’s work.”

Used by thousands of libraries worldwide, LibGuides is a content management system designed to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides for a multitude of subjects and purposes. LibAnswers is an end-to-end online reference platform that addresses point-of-need service and knowledge bases. LibGuides and LibAnswers will allow ACRL units to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to complete association-related work.

Slaven Zivkovic, Founder and CEO of Springshare, added: “Many ACRL members already use our tools at their own institutions, so this is truly a win-win collaboration! Springshare gets to support the ACRL and all the wonderful work the organization does, and its members benefit from using already familiar tools to improve ACRL workflows and outreach in the same beneficial ways they use Springshare tools within their own institutions.”

Since 2007 Springshare has been helping libraries succeed by offering a suite of SaaS products created for and by librarians. Over 5,700 academic, public, school, and special libraries in 79 countries use Springshare tools. For more information please visit and follow Springshare on Twitter at @springshare and Facebook at

For more information on the project, please contact Megan Griffin, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2514; or Allison Payne, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2519.

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

AC16_LOGO_RGB150x150Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

The amount of time involved is up to you and your buddy. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 program from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 25  in the Orange County Convention Center (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans) or at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m. You can meet at the ACRL Membership Booth (#1143) and get your membership ribbons, register for free crab cakes, and more.

Interested? Sign up now. The deadline is Monday, June 15.

Volunteer for Newly Formed ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee by June 3

The ACRL Board of Directors approved, through virtual vote during May 3–11, 2016, the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee to support the newly added fourth goal to the ACRL Plan for Excellence. ACRL Vice-President Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created committee. Please see the following charge:

Charge: To oversee and implement ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal, as described in the strategic plan; work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units in creating a comprehensive effort including coalition building, professional development, publications, research, advocacy, diversity, and consultation services and in developing the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Initiative; and monitor and assess the effectiveness of this initiative.

The New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal and objectives are below:

Goal: Academic and research library workforce effectively navigates change in higher education environments.


  1. Deepen ACRL’s advocacy and support for a full range of information professionals.
  2. Equip library workforce at all levels to effectively lead, manage, and embrace change.
  3. Expand ACRL’s role as a catalyst for transformational change in higher education.

 The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee is June 3! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website.

Note: Due to the timeline of this committee, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

2016 ACRL Election Results

Cheryl MiddletonCheryl A. Middleton, associate university librarian for learning and engagement at the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and assume the presidency in July 2017 for a one-year term.

Emily Daly, head of assessment and user experience and librarian for education at Duke University, and Caroline Fuchs, associate professor and outreach librarian at St. John’s University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

LeRoy LaFleur, associate director of library services at Tufts University, has been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as councilor.

Full 2016 election results will be available this afternoon on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

April 29 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

Meet the Staff – Allison Payne

Editor’s Note: This month we return to our occasional series profiling members of the ACRL staff, featuring ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne. You can learn more about all the ACRL staff on the association website.

Allison Payne picture1. Describe yourself in three words. Dependable, efficient, organized.

2. What are you reading right now? Currently reading Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl and Daniel ClowesPatience.

3. What was your background before coming to ACRL?  Before ACRL, I was working on my MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s distance education program. While earning my master’s remotely, I interned for ALSC and worked part-time as an indexer in Kraft Foods’ Research and Development Library.

4. What do you do in your role as ACRL Program Officer? I coordinate the activities of the Board of Directors and the Budget & Finance Committee. I also maintain ACRL’s budget, manage division-level appointments, and archive ACRL materials.

5. What’s your favorite thing about (or most memorable experience) working at ACRL?  Easily the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland. This was not only a great opportunity to meet members face-to-face, but also allowed staff an opportunity to explore the unique city together.

6. Fun fact about Allison: I have a wide variety of interests and enjoy learning, traveling, and playing tennis. I also enjoy exploring Chicago, and taking in the city’s many museums, restaurants, theaters, and markets. In September 2016, I’ll be participating in my first half-marathon!

7. In your own words: I’m enthusiastic about the future of ACRL and the implementation of its Plan for Excellence. I’m impressed by the nimbleness of the Association and ACRL leadership to reflect current trends in higher education libraries. I look forward to seeing the accomplishments surrounding the newly approved strategic goal area, New Roles and Changing Landscapes.

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