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ACRL 101 Annual Conference Webcast Recording Now Available

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the ACRL 101 webcast (with slides) to make the most of your first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Chicago, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Librarians March for Science Recap

Alison Ricker

Alison S. Ricker of Oberlin College at the Washington D.C. March for Science.

Editor’s Note: In this post, Alison S. Ricker, head of the Science Library at Oberlin College, recaps last month’s March for Science.

Science librarians were well-represented in the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, in cities from coast to coast, from the heartlands to the deep south and the far west. The March for Science drew tens of thousands of scientists, science communicators and science enthusiasts world-wide, with a mission statement that was strictly nonpartisan: “The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.”

In addition to the March in Washington, D.C. there were 610 registered satellite marches to “acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives.” The March For Science website links to a website or social media page for every march, where summaries of speeches, photos, videos and estimated attendance numbers attest to the outpouring of support for science and, just as fervently, evidence based policy, and legislation.

Dallas March for Science students

A group of students show their support at the Dallas March for Science.

It was both exhilarating and exhausting in Washington, D.C., where we spent 5 hours standing in the rain at the foot of the Washington Monument. Inspiring messages from speakers and good music kept us energized for the eventual march along Constitution Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol. By the time we passed the EPA building, marchers and spectators were full of enthusiasm, shouting “fund the EPA!” and “alternative facts have got to go!”

Check out online comments from librarian participants across the country to get the full flavor and scope of the event.

Librarians March for Science

March for Science logoOn Earth Day, April 22, 2017, researchers, educators, students, and citizen scientists all over the world will take to the streets in celebration of science. The March for Science is an international, nonpartisan event organized to “champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.” The movement has attracted broad support from over 60 partner organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Sigma Xi, and the Union of Concerned Scientists. The ACRL Board of Directors voted to partner with the March for Science and encourages ACRL members to attend.

The main event will be held in Washington D.C. at 10 a.m. with a teach-in and rally on the National Mall, followed by a march through the streets of DC. More than 400 satellite marches have also been organized in all 50 states, 40 countries, and across 6 continents.

Librarians will be well-represented at the march in D.C. and the satellite marches, to express their support for open scientific communication and evidence-based decision making.

When asked why they intend to march, these librarians responded:

“Stifling open communication of science limits the public’s right to know, with serious consequences for poor policy making and uninformed decisions regarding research funding, negligent enforcement of environmental regulations (or outright loss of environmental oversight), and nearly every aspect of everyday living. From the technology of the internet to basic agricultural practices, poor management of the science enterprise will adversely affect health and wellness, nutrition, education, the environment, innovation, job creation and production, and creativity, to name just a few areas of influence.” – Alison Ricker, Oberlin College

“I think evidence-based decision making is vitally important to democracy so any attempt to undermine science also attempts to undermine at least part of the foundations of democracy.”- John Dupuis, York University

“I’m a former scientists turned librarian, and I strongly believe that science literacy goes hand in hand with information literacy. The rise of people who refute facts – or believe in alternative facts – is distressing to me, as I believe we as a society can never reach our full potential without accepting certain basic, proven concepts.” – Maggie Savidakis-Dunn, Shippensburg University

“All information is not created equal – ignorance is not as good as knowledge, and “alt-facts” are not as good as facts. We have a responsibility as librarians to advocate for the truth and for the uncensored distribution of scientific data and communication.” – Emma Oxford, James Madison University

“I’m a science librarian. Scientific information and resources are put through a gauntlet of peer-review, and to say that such scientific studies cannot be trusted after going through that process is willful ignorance. As managers of information, we have to come together with scientists and clearly assert that things CAN be known – facts about our universe CAN be established beyond reasonable doubt – if we use appropriate, collaborative, scientific methods for gathering and analyzing data.” – Camille Mathieu, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

“Because I believe that science represents the future of America, and I believe in the privilege of exercising my voice as a citizen and supporter of science.” – Rachel Borchardt, American University

Join your library colleagues and march to celebrate the impact of science in our lives.

April 18 Update: John Dupuis (@dupuisj), Science and Engineering Librarian at York University, will be speaking at the March for Science Toronto.

ACRL Candidates on Ballots for IFLA Sections, 2017-2021

ACRL has nominated a number of members to serve on IFLA Section Committees for the term 2017-2021.

The Academic and Research Libraries Section and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section have gone to ballot this year. If your institution is a member of either of these IFLA sections, please consider voting for the ACRL candidates.

  • Academic and Research Libraries Section- Raymond Pun
  • Rare Books and Manuscripts Section – Danielle Culpepper

The deadline to vote in the IFLA election is Friday, April 28.

Volunteer for Guidelines for Media Resources for Academic Libraries in Higher Education Task Force by March 31

The ACRL Board of Directors approved, via virtual vote during March 3–13, 2017, the ACRL Media Resources for Academic Libraries in Higher Education Task. ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. Please see the following charge and timeline:

Charge: The task force is established to, following the procedures for the review of Standards found in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures Chapter 14: (1) review the GMRAL (2012), (2) review challenges and opportunities brought by media resources and technologies in higher education, (3) recommend community college, college and university libraries the guidelines that represent the best practice to i) develop media collections, services and programs relevant to the library user communities and ii) weave the libraries’ media resources and technologies into the fabric of faculty and students’ teaching, learning and research experience, (4) recommend needed changes to existing guidelines, (5) produce a draft document incorporating these changes, (6) seek comments and input from stakeholder communities and the general ACRL membership, and (7) incorporate, as appropriate, those recommendations into the final draft.


Dates interim reports are due:

  • An interim report is due to the ACRL Board of Directors by the 2017 ALA Annual Conference if possible, and the 2017 Fall executive Committee meeting at the latest.

Date final report is due:

  • The final document should be submitted for ACRL Board approval within six months of the draft being circulated for comment, and no later than fall 2018. The draft guidelines should be made available for review and comment by membership no later than one year after the appointment of the task force.

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Guidelines for Media Resources for Academic Libraries in Higher Education Task Force is March 31! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website (ALA website log-in required).

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

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