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Achievement in Library Diversity Research Nominations

Each year the Diversity Research Grant Advisory Committee of ALA’s Office of Diversity seeks to recognize an individual for significant contributions to diversity research and outreach efforts in Library and Information Science by honoring them with an Achievement in Library Diversity Research designation. Achievement is defined as a body of work or a groundbreaking piece whose dissemination advances our understanding of or sparks new research in the areas of diversity. Entries are not limited to peer reviewed, scholarly publication. Open access and other forms of published dissemination are welcome. Nominations are accepted year-round and an honoree will be selected from the pool of nominees received by March 15, 2016, with the award presented at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Self-nominations are welcome. Recipients receive complimentary conference registration, a plaque, and an opportunity to make remarks during the presentation of the award.

More information and the short form are available on the ALA website. Please direct any questions to

ACRL in Boston

MW16_logo_RGB150x179Join ACRL for the wide array of association events at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 8-12, 2016, in Boston. Make sure to visit the conference scheduler to plan your Midwinter Meeting experience.

Framework for Information Literacy Update
How has the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education grown and developed over the last year? Join ACRL for the update session Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy: Examples and Ideas to learn more about the Framework. The session will explore examples and themes in Framework dialogue and practice. Attendees will also learn about the Framework Advisory Board Action Plan for providing resources to support and encourage librarians in their use and understanding of the Framework. Copies of the new print Framework booklet will be available for attendees. The session will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. on January 10, 2016, in room 153AB of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

Value of Academic Libraries Update
Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee for an update session on the Value of Academic Libraries initiative on Sunday, January 10. Learn about a proposed new objective for ACRL’s strategic plan, the Plan for Excellence, to demonstrate how libraries advance issues of equity, access, institutional diversity, and inclusion. Four librarians will present examples of library programs that advance these issues and add value by contributing to university or college goals specifically regarding equity, access to college, and inclusion. The update will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in 253C of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

SPARC/ ACRL Forum Covers Public Access Policies
Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively. The SPARC-ACRL Forum, Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work, will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. The forum will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, in room 253C of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

ACRL Metrics Workshop and User Group Meeting
Providing data and statistics is a growing part of the academic library assessment process. ACRL and Counting Opinions invite you to attend a demonstration of ACRLMetrics on Saturday, January 9. The free demo and user group meeting will highlight key capabilities including peer group comparisons, built-in report templates, and export capabilities. The session will be held from 10:30 -11:30 a.m. in room 105 of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. For more information, please visit the ACRL Metrics website.

ACRL, Choice Booth Giveaways
Visit the ACRL booth (#1461) in the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center and register to win free registration to ACRL 2017! Themed At the Helm – leading Transformation, ACRL 2017 will be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore. The conference call for participation is now available on the conference website.

Also make sure to stop by the Choice booth (#1465) to see a demonstration of Choice Reviews Online 3, and enter a drawing for a chance to win an iPad Mini. All booth visitors also receive a free Choice coin purse while supplies last.

ACRL/ Harvard LIAL Alumni Activities

The Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) is holding two events for ACRL/ Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians (LIAL) alumni and others interested in the program. The ACRL/LIAL Alumni Information Session will be held from 5:00-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016, in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Otis Room. An alumni reception will follow from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel, Commonwealth C Room. RSVP online by Monday, January 4. More information on LIAL is available on the program website.


ALA JobLIST Launches Next Generation LIS Career Center Powered by YourMembership

joblistALA JobLIST, the online career center for job seekers and employers in library and information science and technology, this week announced the launch of an all-new version of the site. A joint project of the American Library Association’s (ALA) American Libraries magazine, the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) C&RL News magazine, and ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), the enhanced ALA JobLIST site is now positioned to serve users better through an updated service powered by YourMembership, the leading provider of job websites and career centers for organizations that serve specialized members.

“ALA and ACRL members represent some of the most engaged and qualified professionals in the field, making them highly appealing to employers, whether in libraries or other industries,” said ACRL Classified Ads Coordinator David Connolly. “ALA JobLIST the busiest it’s been since it launched in 2006. We expect that YourMembership’s expertise in job board technology and user experience quality is going to help connect job seekers with the right hiring employers more easily and effectively than ever before.”

In addition to serving as a robust source of hundreds of current LIS job opportunities, the improved ALA JobLIST offers a number of enhanced, user-centered benefits to both job seekers and employers, including:

  • Job seeker account integration with their ALA web services login; job seekers will use their username and password to access their ALA JobLIST accounts, instead of having to keep track of different logins.
  • The ability for job seekers to post their résumés anonymously, allowing them to be recruited while remaining in complete control over how employers view their information.
  • A mobile-responsive environment to ensure that job seekers have an optimal experience regardless of their device.
  • The ability for LIS job seekers to be alerted every time a new job becomes available that matches their personal goals and interests.
  • Extensive employment brand advertising opportunities for employers.
  • Simplified flat-rate pricing and a variety of new options for employers to expose job opportunities to librarians and information professionals who are not actively looking for a new position, including Jobs Flash emails to ALA/ACRL members and other interested parties.
  • Integration of job content into social media channels to provide valuable exposure of job openings and engage ALA and ACRL’s extensive social media audiences along with other Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn users.
  • Options for job seekers and employers to gain exposure throughout YourMembership’s network of nearly 2,500 niche career centers, including diversity-focused boards.

“We’re proud to help take the ALA JobLIST, a critical industry resource for library and information science & technology professionals nationwide, to the next level of effectiveness in connecting well qualified candidates and employers,” said YourMembership Senior Vice President and General Manager, Revenue Solutions Tristan Jordan. “Employers will now have access to more candidates, and job seekers will find more job opportunities, more efficiently, regardless of the devices they use to conduct their searches.”

ALA JobLIST is located at

2015 I Love My Librarian Award Winners

ilml2015-320Ten librarians were recognized this week for service to their communities, schools, and campuses as winners of the I Love My Librarian Award. More than 1,300 library patrons nationwide nominated a librarian. The award recipients from college and research libraries are:

Doug Campbell
Willis Library, University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Elizabeth G. Rumery
Avery Point Campus Library, University of Connecticut
Groton, Connecticut

Dr. Christopher A. Shaffer
Troy (Alabama) University

Shugana Williams
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
Perkinston (Mississippi) Campus

Congratulations to all of the winners. A complete list of recipients is available on the ALA website.

Take Action for School Libraries by Dec. 2

The final language of the Every Student Succeeds Act was released on Monday, November 30, and school libraries are included in many important ways. The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the act later this week (likely on December 2nd or December 3rd) and passage is most definitely not guaranteed. Contact your Representative to let them know how essential this bill is to our children’s education and futures.

Talking points:

  • Vote Yes on the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report.
  • School libraries are critical to our children’s future and the Conference Report includes critical language to support effective school library programs.
  • This language is historic: For the first time in half a century Congress has underscored the importance of effective school library programs by expressly including them in multiple parts of this watershed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

If you are not going to call, but need a form email:


As you know the vote for the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference Report is scheduled for later this week. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to vote YES!

School libraries are critical to our children’s future and the Conference Report includes critical language to support effective school library programs.

This language is truly historic. For the first time in half a century Congress has underscored the importance of effective school library programs by expressly including them in multiple parts of this watershed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.


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Learn more:

To find contact information for your Representative, visit this ALA page and search for your zip code. More information is available on the ALA Washington Office’s District Dispatch blog and ALA’s Action Center.

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