Category Archives: Committees

Volunteer for the New ACRL Task Force on Impactful Scholarship and Metrics

The ACRL Board of Directors, at its October 26, 2017, virtual meeting, approved the establishment of the Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship. ACRL President Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created task force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5:00 p.m. Central on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Charge: To create a new ACRL framework that recommends effective practices regarding the evaluation of academic librarian scholarship that supports librarians in a variety of academic appointments, with differing scholarly expectations, while acknowledging and encouraging impactful scholarship venues within academic librarianship. The task force will gather input from the community, share a draft for feedback, and make revisions, following ACRL’s Guide to Policies and Procedures Chapter 14.5 Procedures for Preparation of New Standards, Guidelines, and Frameworks.

Timeline:

  • Date interim report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2018
  • Date draft framework is circulated for public feedback: ALA Midwinter 2019
  • Date final draft is submitted to ACRL Standards Committee: ALA Annual Conference 2020

Composition:

  • Chair
  • 2 members from the Research and Scholarly Environment Committee
  • 2 members from the Value of Academic Libraries Committee
  • 6–8 additional members
  • Staff Liaison
  • Board Liaison

Task force members will have broad representation in the following areas: primary librarian responsibilities, academic status, size and type of institution, scholarly activity, and institution’s expectations for scholarship. They will also have an interest in promotion, tenure, and reappointment guidelines, metrics, impactful scholarship in academic librarianship and/or equitable scholarship evaluation. The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Impactful Scholarship and Metrics Task Force is November 21! 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.

Volunteer for the New ACRL Task Force to Develop Project Outcome for Academic Libraries

The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the development of a national survey management tool for academic libraries based on PLA’s Project Outcome, and the establishment of a division-level Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force. Volunteers are sought from all types of academic libraries for this Task Force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5 p.m. Central time on November 21, 2017.

Charge

The Task Force is established to adapt the Project Outcome measures, developed by the Public Library Association, to an academic library context. Collecting consistent outcomes data will allow academic libraries to benchmark at the national and state level and will help ACRL better support its members and mission.

With staff support and guidance from outside consultant(s) with expertise in educational outcomes assessment, it will: (1) engage the academic library community regularly to seek input and feedback; (2) determine the scope and clearly topic areas, field testing new measures in the development process; (3) ensure ancillary resources (including explanatory text, ready-made reports, and visually interactive data dashboards) and training support are translated appropriately for an academic and research librarian audience; (4) raise awareness of project, being sure to articulate the value of this tool specifically and to differentiate it from other survey tools; (5) develop use cases that highlight ways Project Outcome can be used by libraries in all Carnegie classifications; and (6) promote the new outcomes measures and toolkit and incentivize participation.

Timeline

  • Date interim reports are due: ALA Annual Conference 2018 and ALA Midwinter Meeting 2019
  • Date Academic Library Project Outcome launches: ACRL 2019 Conference
  • Date final report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2019

Composition

  • Chair
  • Representative from Value of Academic Libraries Committee
  • Representative from Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee
  • Representative from Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board
  • At least one accomplished expert on academic library outcomes assessment
  • At least one accomplished expert on post-secondary education outcomes assessment
  • 4-6 additional appointments, ensuring task force members represent community colleges, college libraries, and university libraries
  • 2 ACRL staff liaisons
  • Board Liaison

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force is November 21! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form (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.

Questions?

Please direct any further questions about Task Force membership to ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne: apayne@ala.org, or 312-280-2519

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.

Volunteer for ACRL Division, Section, or Representative Appointment by Feb. 15

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Cheryl Middleton invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2017-2018 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2017. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Special Member Forum on How to Volunteer for an ACRL Committee or Community of Practice

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2017-18.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:00 PM EDT / 1:00 PM CDT /  12:00 MDT / 11:00 AM PDT for an online forum on the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL interest and discussion groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:

Katie Gibson – Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

Guest Panelists:

Steven Bell – Past Co-Convener, Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group and Member of the ACRL Membership Committee

Erin Ellis – Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee

Katie Gibson – Chair, Western European Studies Section

Connecting to the Forum:

Name: ACRL Membership Committee: Getting Involved in ACRL

Start Time: 12/14/2016 1:00PM CST

Duration: 01:00 hour

URL: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r1n9ne13i1q/

Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room.

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