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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.

ACRL Becomes Key Dissemination Partner for the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition

NMC, HTW Chur, ETH-Bibliothek Zürich, and TIB Hannover partner with higher education association for libraries to reach more library leaders with timely analysis on technological trends.

 Austin, Texas (April 19) — The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has joined the network of partners behind the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition. Since the inaugural report in 2014, the academic and research library-focused edition of the NMC Horizon Report series has been a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zürich. In their new role as key dissemination partner, ACRL will help produce and distribute the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition. The release is scheduled for the ACRL 2017 Conference, to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland.

This edition leverages the renowned NMC Horizon Project model that extends the research formally into the world of academic and research libraries. An expert panel will identify the key trends, significant challenges, and developments in technology that will be important to the field worldwide over the next five years. The 2014 and 2015 reports have generated more than 1.7 million downloads across nearly 200 countries. ACRL will increase the visibility of this work given their network of more than 11,000 academic and research librarians. Their bi-annual conference attracts thousands of library professionals across the globe that are interested in the latest research and analysis to inform their strategic planning.

“ACRL is a natural fit for this project as they are a world-class organization with a proven track record of keeping library professionals on the pulse of important trends in the field,” said Larry Johnson, CEO of the NMC and Co-Principal Investigator of the project. “With ACRL as a partner, we plan to effect decision-making on an even broader scale.”

“ACRL is delighted to collaborate with the NMC, whose reports are widely read and respected in higher education. The report provides so much valuable information to help academic and research librarians plan for the future,” said Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL Executive Director. “We are looking forward to releasing it during the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, March 22-25. I know that its release will be highly anticipated and that it will stimulate many thoughtful conversations.”

“Through the partnership with ACRL, ETH-Bibliothek expects an even broader discourse on the NMC Horizon Report > Library Edition in the United States,” noted Franziska Regner, Co-Principal Investigator of the report and Head of Innovation and Development at ETH-Bibliothek, Zürich. “We look forward to this broadening discourse which is an excellent addition to the ongoing dissemination activities in Europe and on other continents.”

“The cooperation with ACRL demonstrates that libraries in Europe, the USA, and many other countries are developing and discussing new services,” shared Lambert Heller, Co-Principal Investigator of the report and Head of the Open Science Lab at TIB Hannover. “This close international exchange is essential if libraries want to help shape the digital age.”

The format of the report is designed to provide library leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice. The subject matter in this report will be identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in libraries, education, technology, research, business, and other fields around a set of research questions. The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition will detail the areas in which these experts are in strong agreement.

The report, like all others in the series, will be made available online, free of charge, and released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.


About the New Media Consortium (NMC)

Founded in 1993, the NMC is an international community of experts in educational technology — from the practitioners who work with new technologies on campuses every day; to the visionaries who are shaping the future of learning at think tanks, labs, and research centers; to its staff and board of directors; to the expert panels and others helping the NMC conduct cutting edge research. The role of the NMC is to help hundreds of member universities, colleges, museums, and organizations drive innovation across their campuses. This is accomplished by the NMC performing research that catalyzes discussion, convening people around new ideas, and building communities that encourage exploration and experimentation. To learn more, visit

 About the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)

ACRL is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is the largest division of the American Library Association (ALA). ACRL’s current membership accounts for nearly 20% of the total ALA membership. To learn more, visit

About ETH-Bibliothek Zürich

The ETH-Bibliothek, established in 1855, is the main library serving the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the largest public natural scientific and technical library in Switzerland. It has a major influence on technical developments in Swiss libraries in general. The extensive information resources held by the ETH-Bibliothek range from traditional media such as printed books and journals to electronic data resources. The collections cover all the specialist fields of education and research at ETH Zürich: Architecture and Civil Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, System-oriented Natural Sciences, and Management and Social Sciences. For more information, visit

 About the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover

The TIB, founded in 1959 in Hannover, is the German National Library of Science and Technology, and also encompasses the fields of architecture, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. In its specialist fields it provides researchers and industry practitioners and, as a university library, students and teaching staff of Leibniz Universität Hannover with literature and information in both printed and electronic form. The library has outstanding collections of fundamental and highly specialized literature on science and technology. The collections also comprise knowledge objects, irrespective of the physical form, such as research data, 3D models, and audiovisual media. To learn more about TIB, visit

 About University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur

The University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur was founded in 1963 and is a member of the Universities of Applied Sciences of Eastern Switzerland (FHO). With approximately 1600 students, HTW Chur is a public federal institution with national and international flair, where bachelor, master and further education studies are offered in the six faculties of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Information Science, Management, Media and Communication, ICT/Technology, and Tourism. For more information on HTW Chur, visit:

Volunteer for Newly Formed ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force by April 29

slheVolunteers are sought from all types of academic and research institutions, as well as those with expertise in assessment and those with experience serving on accreditation teams in various regions or library program review teams, to help ACRL review and revise the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). At its virtual Spring Board Meeting on April 7, 2016, the ACRL Board of Directors approved the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force, as the Standards, first approved in 2011, are up for the required five-year review. ACRL President Ann Campion Riley invites you to volunteer to serve on this task force. The charge and timeline are:


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 SLHE, (2) review outcomes as articulated in regional accrediting association guidelines as there is increasing expectation that libraries can contribute to them, e.g., educational role, facilities, etc., (3) incorporate accreditation expectations into the draft standards as appropriate, (4) review the performance indicators for each principle and consider expanding them, (5) recommend needed changes, (6) produce a draft document incorporating these changes, (7) seek comments and input from stakeholder communities and the general ACRL membership, and (8) incorporate, as appropriate, those recommendations into the final draft. 


Dates interim reports are due: 2016 Fall Executive Committee Meeting

  • An interim report is due to the ACRL Board of Directors by their 2016 fall executive committee meeting, summarizing relevant research on changes in higher education that impact the Standards, including a review of regional accrediting agency expectations for libraries.

Date final report is due: 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

  • The final document should be submitted for ACRL Board approval within six months of the draft being circulated for comment and no later than Midwinter 2017. The draft standards should be made available for review and comment by the membership no later than one year after appointment of the Task Force.

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education Review Task Force is April 29, 2016. If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the volunteer form on the ACRL website.

ACRL Receives Travel Portland Twin Spire Award

acrl2015The Travel Portland Board of Directors and Travel Portland staff have chosen ACRL to be a recipient of a 2016 Twin Spires Award for the ACRL 2015 Conference. The Twin Spires Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations for significant contribution to the promotion of convention business in Portland during the current fiscal year. ACRL will receive the award at Travel Portland’s Annual Tourism and Hospitality Industry Awards Celebration on Thursday, May 5.

Travel Portland works to maintain the vibrancy of the region by promoting the Portland metropolitan area as a preferred destination for meetings, conventions and leisure travel.

The ACRL 2017 Conference will be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.


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