Category Archives: Committees

ACRL Ethics Committee Online Forum On Ethics and Professionalism

Join the ACRL Ethics Committee May 22-23  for a two-day asynchronous online forum, “Ethics and Professionalism: Where do they diverge? Where do they converge?” Moderated by Ethics Committee member Jonathan Cope and Vice-Chair Kelly Laas, the forum will explore ethical challenges and some “bigger picture” questions.

Day 1 Topic: When Professionalism and Ethics Collide: A Case Study – A university library debates whether to accept the papers of a politician with a troubling legacy, or not.

Day 2 Topic: The Crossroads of Ethics and Professionalism: The Role of Ethics in Professional Practice – A conversation about the role ethics plays in professional librarianship; the Code and real world application.    

Register by joining the Ethics Forum email list. Registration for the forum is free but required.

Volunteer for ACRL Division or Section Committees by Feb. 15!

The deadline to volunteer for ACRL division and section committees is February 15. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to serve!

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, I invite you to volunteer to serve on a 2013—14 division or section committee.

Volunteering in ACRL is a wonderful way to help develop your leadership skills, meet new colleagues, and develop or enhance your professional network.  I therefore strongly encourage all association members to volunteer to serve.  After all, the association is only as strong as its members.  It is through the dedicated work of our member-leaders that ACRL continues to thrive.  Your contributions help ACRL achieve the goals stated in the Plan for Excellence (our strategic plan), provide an opportunity for you to share your expertise, and continue to promote ACRL as the higher education association for librarians.  I thank you, in advance, for volunteering your time and efforts to strengthen the association.

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 volunteer form by February 15, 2013.  For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

ACRL Ethics Committee Online Forum On Challenges To Traditional Principles In The Digital Library

The ACRL Ethics Committee is hosting “Unintended Consequences? Some Challenges to Traditional Principles in the Digital Library,” a two-day asynchronous online forum on Jan. 30 and 31. Moderated by Ethics Committee Chair Jean S. Caspers and Vice-Chair Kelly Laas, the first day of the forum will discuss the need to balance privacy with new ways of personalizing services for library users, while the second will focus on navigating the tension between professional expertise and the wisdom of the crowd. Registration is free, but required to attend the forum. To register, join the Ethics Forum email list.

Volunteer Now for ACRL Division or Section Committees

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, I invite you to volunteer to serve on a 2013—14 division or section committee.

Volunteering in ACRL is a wonderful way to help develop your leadership skills, meet new colleagues, and develop or enhance your professional network.  I therefore strongly encourage all association members to volunteer to serve.  After all, the association is only as strong as its members.  It is through the dedicated work of our member-leaders that ACRL continues to thrive.  Your contributions help ACRL achieve the goals stated in the Plan for Excellence (our strategic plan), provide an opportunity for you to share your expertise, and continue to promote ACRL as the higher education association for librarians.  I thank you, in advance, for volunteering your time and efforts to strengthen the association.

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 volunteer form by February 15, 2013.  For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

Appointments Update, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This entry is part of an occasional series of posts from the ACRL Board of Directors.  In this post, Vice-President/ President-Elect Steven J. Bell provides an update on the ACRL appointments process.

The 2012-2013 appointments  process is moving rapidly to its conclusion. With the exception of a just a few situations in which appointees declined their appointment, the majority of appointments to ACRL division-level committees have been made and accepted. The Appointments Committee, led by John Pollitz, worked efficiently in using ALA’s volunteer database to make assignments for open slots. This online system is a vast improvement as it allows all the appointments to be made and accepted electronically. The Appointments Committee tracks all the acceptances and then forwards completed committee worksheets to the ACRL staff.

The information from the worksheets is then used to (a) update the existing online committee rosters; (b) generate thank you letters to those accepting appointments; and (c) generate thank you letters to those who were unsuccessful in their bid for an appointment. I will be sending a letter to all those in the latter category, thanking them for taking the time to volunteer and encouraging them to try again in the following year. There is always the possibility that new opportunities for appointments may arise, as ACRL may create a task force or a committee vacancy opens, and in those cases I will be making additional appointments.

I want to thank the members of the Appointments Committee for several months of dedicated work to both familiarize themselves with the appointment process and volunteer database system, and for their thorough attention to detail in accomplishing their task. I also want to thank both Katie Coombes and Erin Shackelford of the ACRL staff for providing their expertise and support throughout the entire appointments process.

Thanks also to the many ACRL members who volunteer to serve on committees. I welcome those of you who have accepted appointments to your new role in helping the ACRL Board of Directors to conduct the work of the association. I will look forward to working with all of you. And to those who were not as fortunate in their bid for an appointment, on behalf of the Board I want to thank you for your commitment to ACRL, and I hope you to will have an opportunity to serve the membership in the future. Please consider all the other ways in which you can engage with ACRL as an association member.

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