Category Archives: ALA

ALA Seeks Candidates for Upcoming Endowment Fund Trustee Opening

Nominations are now being accepted for the position of Endowment Trustee for the ALA Endowment Fund. The candidate will be selected by the ALA Executive Board at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, to be held June 23rd – 28th in Orlando, FL. The elected Trustee will serve a three-year term that will officially begin at the conclusion of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The term will expire at the conclusion of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The deadline for receiving applications is May 15, 2016.

There are five Endowment Trustees, each serving a staggered three-year term. As such, one to two Trustees will be selected by the ALA Executive Board each year. The ALA Endowment Trustees have the authority to hold, invest and disburse endowment and other long-term investment funds as directed by the ALA Executive Board. Candidates must be or become members of the ALA. They must have a working knowledge of investment opportunities available to the endowment and other long-term investment funds, and of benchmarks used to judge fund performance. The candidates must also have experience in the management or oversight of investment funds in a business setting and must be able to contribute to the preparation of semi-annual reports on the performance of the fund to the ALA Executive Board and Council. Additionally, candidates must be able to participate in periodic conference calls, attend two meetings in Chicago (Spring/Fall), one education meeting in New York city and if possible the ALA conferences[1].

In reviewing the requirements and skills necessary to manage the ALA Endowment Fund, the ALA Executive Board and the Endowment Trustees have established the following general guidelines for becoming a Trustee:

INVESTMENT SKILLS – Trustees must have a working knowledge of the financial markets. This working knowledge should include the fundamentals of investment practice, as well as, familiarity with market indices. Experience in investing as a trustee or custodian is beneficial. Awareness of economic principles is desirable. Candidates will be expected to maintain an ongoing knowledge of current economic conditions and issues.

ASSOCIATION INVOLVEMENT – It is desired that the Trustees evidence a basic knowledge of ALA’s mission and goals and an awareness of the services and activities of the Association. Knowledge of the awards and scholarships program is also beneficial, as is work in other areas of the Association.

JUDGEMENT AND ANALYTICAL SKILLS – Essential to the effective operation of the Endowment, is the Trustee’s ability to exercise judgement and to make decisions that reflect prudence, insight, and care. Teamwork among the Trustees is essential for this shared charge to be effectively dispatched. The ability to study a situation and to develop well-reasoned strategies is a critical requirement. While the trustees exercise independent judgement and discretion with regard to the Endowment investments, they must also be effective communicators and able to take necessary and appropriate direction from the Executive Board.

REFERENCE – All applicants will be required to submit three (3) references.

An application form is available by clicking here. For this and other information on the qualifications and responsibilities of an ALA Endowment Trustee, you may also contact Keith D. Brown, Senior Financial Analyst, Finance Department at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4255, fax: 312-280-5272 or kbrown@ala.org at 312-280-4255.

[1] ALA does not cover the expenses to attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting or the ALA Annual Conference.

IFLA Committee Applications Due May 6

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee? The biennial appointment process to represent ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway for terms running from 2017 through 2021.

The ACRL Board of Directors endorses candidates for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) acting in an advisory capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment. Complete details on the application process are available in ALA Connect. The deadline for nominations is May 6, 2016. Contact Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee Chair Erika Linke at linke@cmu.edu with questions.

Represent ALA on IFLA Standing Committees

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee? The biennial appointment process to represent ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway for terms running from 2017 through 2021.

The ACRL Board of Directors endorses candidates for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) acting in an advisory capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment. Complete details on the application process are available in ALA Connect. The deadline for nominations is May 6, 2016. Contact Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee Chair Erika Linke at linke@cmu.edu with questions.

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 diversity@ala.org.

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.

 

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