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ACRL Receives Delmas Foundation Grant for RBMS Conference Scholarships

2017 RBMS Conference logoThe ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the 2017 RBMS Conference. The funding will provide a combination of full and partial scholarships for 12 individuals to attend the conference, to be held June 20-23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Helping new members get their start in the profession is one of the most important things we do as a section,” said RBMS Chair John Overholt of Harvard University. “I’m so grateful to the Delmas Foundation for their generosity in supporting scholarships for first-time attendees to our 2017 RBMS Conference.”

Themed “The Stories We Tell,” the 2017 RBMS Conference focuses on storytelling as practice and metaphor in the mission and daily work of special collections. From writing traditional scholarly monographs to encoding digital humanities landscapes, from building deep and inclusive collections to designing new curriculum, the ability to craft a compelling narrative is at the heart of cultural heritage work. In discourse about the role of the humanities in education and policy, librarians and archivists speak for the significance and relevance of the past in shaping the present and future. At the 2017 conference, RBMS looks forward to sharing the community’s stories, while imagining future narratives for special collections in a rapidly evolving cultural and technological landscape.

“We are delighted to have the support of the Delmas Foundation in providing scholarships for the upcoming RBMS Conference,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The additional funding will help us expand access to this wonderful learning experience.”

RBMS Conference scholarships were first established in 2000 to expand the opportunities for conference attendance to those not able to fund their own participation—students, qualified paraprofessionals, early career librarians, and librarians with limited professional development support. Special attention is given to applicants from professionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in order to support the goal of encouraging interest in the special collections profession from diverse populations.

RBMS will fund a total of 20 scholarships with the funding for additional scholarships coming from individual donations to the conference scholarship fund.

Submit Projects for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

The expert panel has completed voting and the topics for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition have been selected — below. The report is a collaboration between the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with ACRL as the distribution partner. It is set to be released on March 23, 2017, at the ACRL 2017 Conference. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the chosen areas. View definitions and discussions of all of the final topics on the 2017 Horizon.Library Project wiki.

Submit examples through the brief web form with a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description. The process takes about two minutes and the deadline is Monday, February 13. Complete details are available on the NMC website.

Submit ACRL 2017 Lightning Talk Proposals by Jan. 30

ACRL 2017 logoFire up colleagues in five-minute “Lightning” Sessions. Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies and services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your proposal before January 30, it’s quick and easy!  The top 30 proposals will be chosen by the innovations committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote in the conference app this February.

ALA Conference Remodel Proposal for Association-Wide Input

The ALA Conference Committee is seeking your feedback as we work to remodel the ALA Annual Conference. Mary Ghikas, ALA’s Senior Associate Executive Director, in consultation with the Conference Committee/Conference Program Coordinating Team and with input from ALA conferences services, division staff, and roundtable/ALA committee staff liaisons, has developed a remodel proposal for our upcoming 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans.

As we worked on its development, we had the following objectives in mind:

  • Create a more manageable and more easily navigable Annual Conference
  • Provide high-quality continuing education in content streams relevant to individuals from different types of libraries and in different specializations
  • Eliminate to the extent possible conflict between programs in the same content stream or during the same time periods
  • Provide peer-to-peer learning and networking aligned with contract streams through discussion/interest groups
  • Continue to provide an exceptional exhibition of products and services for the library community, as well as an opportunity for authors and librarians to interact
  • Provide integrated content information—including programs and discussion groups, as well as interactions with authors and exhibitors
  • Support the governance of the Association by providing a venue for both essential governance meetings and collaborative work
  • Address attendee dissatisfaction with the spread-out campus by reducing campus size by approximately 50%
  • Control costs by reducing campus spread, eliminating or reducing room turns and increasing consistency in practice
  • Increase sustainability, both financial and environmental

The Conference Committee values your input. We particularly encourage all units of the Association and affiliates who produce programming, hold discussion/interest groups, and/or hold meetings at Annual Conference to review the remodel proposal. You may post your comments on the Conference Committee’s ALA Connect space.

The Conference Committee feels this remodel provides a better conference experience for all participants, as well as long-term sustainability for our association.

Clara Bohrer, Chair

ALA Conference Committee

ACRL Midwinter Presidential Forum: Leadership Development for New Library Roles

irene_herold2016webJoin ACRL for its upcoming Presidential Forum at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Atlanta. Titled “Leadership Development for New Library Roles,” the dynamic session will feature academic library leaders who will share their experiences leading workforce and organizational change and offer strategies useful to all library staff wanting to build new roles and skills to support value-added services.

The forum, hosted by ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold, University Librarian at University of Hawaii At Manoa Library, will take place from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, Savannah A/B Ballroom.

Find out about the many other ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits highlights as they’re added. For general information, visit the Midwinter Meeting website.

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