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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.

Timeline:

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.

ACRL Framework Advisory Board Member News

Since July 2015, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Advisory Board (FAB) has been actively working with the ACRL Visiting Program Officer (VPO) for Information Literacy to create a supportive and interactive environment for librarians to learn how to use the Framework. Original member leaders Tish Hayes, Susan Miller, and Donna Witek were joined by new member leaders kYmberly Keeton, Sara Miller, Raymond Pun, and Mark Szarko in October 2016 to further expand FAB’s range of expertise and perspectives.

Now three additional member leaders have been appointed to FAB by ACRL President Irene M.H. Herold to contribute to the priority projects for this spring, which include promotion and administration of the Framework Sandbox, continued collaboration with the Framework Curriculum Designer/Presenter team, and the introduction of the Framework Toolkit as a locally tailored professional development tool.

FAB is pleased to welcome the following new members for terms beginning immediately and running through June 2017:

  • Smita Avasthi – Public Services Librarian, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Candice Benjes-Small – Head of Information Literacy and Outreach, Radford University, Radford, VA
  • Joanna Gadsby – Instruction Coordinator, Reference Librarian, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD

In other FAB news, Tish Hayes and kYmberly Keeton have agreed to serve as Interim Co-Chairs of FAB beginning in mid-March through the end of May 2017, when FAB’s Chair Donna Witek will be out on leave.

And at the end of January 2017, Sharon Mader completed her term as ACRL VPO for Information Literacy. FAB extends their heartfelt thanks to Sharon for her leadership and mentorship over the last two years in her support of the Framework.

ACRL Presidential Candidates’ Online Forum

The 2017 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect will participate in an open online forum at 3 p.m. CDT on Monday, March 6. Come hear José Aguiñaga and Lauren Pressley discuss their platforms and vision for ACRL. Aguiñaga is library faculty/archives coordinator at Glendale Community College (Arizona), and Pressley is associate dean/library director at the University of Washington Tacoma Libraries. This online forum is an opportunity for ACRL members to ask questions of the two candidates. Details for accessing the webcast will be available on ACRL Insider by early March. Audio archives of the candidates answering prepared questions will also be available on ACRL Insider a few days after the forum.

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