Registration is now open for the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference, offered March 22-24, 2017, during the ACRL 2017 conference in Baltimore. The Virtual Conference provides an affordable opportunity to participate in conference activities online. For librarians with reduced support for professional development or travel, the Virtual Conference is a great way to leverage a small investment into large learning opportunities.
Like its face-to-face counterpart, the ACRL 2017 Virtual Conference will run on a real-time schedule. The online conference features twelve live Webcasts, as well as asynchronous activities, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility. The Virtual Conference archive is available for one year and will include more than 200 slidecasts (PowerPoint slides or other presentations synced with audio of the speaker) from every contributed paper, TechConnect presentation, invited presentation, and panel session presented at the face-to-face conference, as well as select keynote presentations.
Registration materials are now available in the Virtual Conference section of the ACRL 2017 website. Individual and group registration rates are available. Register your institution as a group and participate in professional development with your colleagues all year long!
For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Margot Conahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 280-2522.
The ACRL Board of Directors encourages ACRL members attending the ALA Midwinter Meeting to participate in the upcoming Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women from 1 to 5:00 pm on Saturday, January 21, 2017.
According to the website for the event, the Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women was planned as a “peaceful demonstration of solidarity bringing together members of underrepresented communities, women, and their allies in Georgia and nationally.”
During a time when many colleges and universities are working to highlight the importance of protecting diverse learning environments and reaffirming their support for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students on their campuses, the march is an opportunity for academic libraries to showcase their role in promoting the free exchange of different viewpoints, as well as privacy and confidentiality in the library. Additionally, this event an opportunity to highlight ACRL’s commitment to addressing issues of diversity, inclusion, justice, and gender equality in our communities.
ALA has made arrangements for members to participate in this historic event, including a poster-making session on the morning of the march from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm in Hall A3 of the Georgia World Congress Center.
The march will begin at the Center for Civil and Human Rights and end at the Georgia State Capitol. People who wish to travel together to the march are encouraged to gather at the poster-making session by 12:15 pm. Maps of the march route and directions to the Center for Civil and Human Rights will be available.
For more information see the Facebook groups for the event below:
The 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.
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.
Fire 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.