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Changes to IPEDS Survey Definitions for 2016–2017 Webinar

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) has adopted revised definitions for the FY 2016–2017 Academic Libraries Component as as result of public review comments and recommendations made by a joint ACRL / Association of Research Libraries (ARL) task force in 2016. The task force is offering a free webinar to discuss these changes on Thursday, July 28, 2016, 1:00–2:30 p.m. eastern daylight time.

The changes to the survey definitions address a number of concerns, an important one being the need to measure and describe usage of electronic resources in rigorous, robust, and standardized ways that are easy to implement while providing valid and reliable indicators of usage.

Webinar presenters will include task force members Chris Cody, Robert Dugan, Martha Kyrillidou, and Mary Jane Petrowski along with Kristin Martin and Oliver Pesch, experts in developing standardized ways of capturing usage statistics.

The webinar will include a Q&A session about emerging issues that the IPEDS Academic Libraries Component will need to consider in future years, such as shared library collections and possible connections with the IPEDS Human Resources Component that currently captures higher education staffing data.

Webinar Details & Registration

Title: Webinar on IPEDS Academic Library Definition Changes for 2016–2017
Thursday, July 28, 2016
1:00–2:30 p.m. EDT
Register online by Thursday, July 21, 2016

Seeking New ACRL Colleague

ACRL is inviting applications for a new staff position as part of our team in Chicago. We seek an organizational development specialist to lead and grow services that support academic librarians in thinking strategically so their libraries adapt and grow as the higher education environment changes.

Next year one of our highest priorities is shaping the direction of ACRL’s new strategic goal around new roles and changing landscapes in higher education. In this position, you’ll partner with volunteer member leaders to develop strategies for helping the academic and research library workforce effectively navigate change. You’ll be part of a core team helping to develop a clear idea of what programs and services will have the most impact given our capacity and quickly moving to operationalize those programs.

In addition, you’ll take the lead in expanding and promoting ACRL’s consulting services (currently serving approximately 10 clients per year), recruiting adjunct consultants, crafting proposals for prospective clients, providing external reviews, facilitating staff retreats to help librarians thing strategically, and designing and delivering leadership training. We’re looking for an entrepreneurial professional with experience to sustain the growth of our consulting services. This position will be based in Chicago, with an estimated 25% travel and responsibility for generating a modest net revenue from consulting services. In return, you’ll learn a good deal about the challenges and opportunities in academic libraries and the higher education sector; personal and programmatic growth is greatly supported here!

While this position has autonomy, it also is part of a high performing team with lots of ideas and energy. We work on a daily basis, in partnership with ACRL members, to make good things happen for academic libraries and librarians.

We welcome applications from higher education professionals who do not hold an MLIS degree, but have earned graduate degrees in organizational development or other related fields. Strong candidates with any academic background are encouraged to apply.

If you want to work as part of a creative team in a dynamic environment that will both challenge and support you; and if you want to really make a difference for the profession of academic librarianship, you should apply for this job!

ACRL Board of Directors Statement on Orlando Tragedy

As many of us prepare to attend the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, we cannot share often enough our sympathy and heartfelt concern for those directly and indirectly affected by the murders and injuries at the Pulse nightclub last weekend. Many of those slain and hurt were part of the higher education community as students or relatives of students. The ACRL Presidents wish to extend our appreciation to the membership for its many expressions of support and the work you all have done, and will continue to engage in, to contribute to the Orlando community not only in the coming conference week but in the weeks to come. Whether through the statements of ALA President Sari Feldman; the Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the work of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT); or ALA headquarters flying the rainbow flag in solidarity and support, we want you to know we are proud to be a profession that embraces diversity and inclusion through our words and deeds.

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.

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