Share your knowledge with a national audience! ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be held prior to the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, FL. Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.
Complete details, including instructions and selection criteria, are available on the ACRL website. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 24, 2015. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
ACRL is offering four preconferences in conjunction with the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26, 2015. Registration materials are online.
Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to Assess and Improve Your Teaching Practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection. Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.
Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions. This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.
Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.
Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.
Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are online. Contact Margot Conahan at email@example.com or call 312-280-2522 with questions.
It’s not too late to join the first-ever unconference sponsored by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Portland, Oregon. This collaborative and informal experience is right for you if you have good knowledge of scholarly communication topics and passion for library-led outreach on campus.
During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked at other campuses, and build plans for your library’s scholarly communication program throughout the day. You and your colleagues will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. ScholCommCamp will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, create solutions, and develop plans so that you can improve your library’s scholarly communication program.
Skilled facilitators will help you make the most of this fun, lively day, and the newest addition is Carmen Mitchell, institutional repository librarian at Cal State San Marcos. She joins Amy Buckland, institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago, and Char Booth, director of research, teaching, and learning services at the Claremont Colleges Library. Learn more about them and the event itself on the ScholCommCamp webpage.
Register online now! The cost is $30 (lunch included) as the event is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication. Participation is limited to 100 people—first come, first served. You do not need to register for the ACRL 2015 conference to register for ScholCommCamp.
The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. Hundreds of institute alumni form a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach. The ISC’s first signature event was an in-person immersive learning experience that prepared participants as local experts within their libraries and provided a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant’s institution. The institute has supported additional professional development activities and also provides a set of shared resources. The ISC is on the web at http://www.arl.org/isc.
Registration is now open for the ACRL 2015 Virtual Conference, offered March 25-27, 2015 during the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland. 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 2015 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 150 slidecasts (PowerPoint slides or other presentations synced with audio of the speaker) from every contributed paper, TechConnect presentation, invited paper and panel sessions 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 2015 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!
Registration remains open for the face-to-face conference in Portland. Submit your ACRL 2015 registration materials by the February 27 advance registration deadline in order to save $50 or more on your conference registration fees.
For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Margot Conahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 280-2522.
ACRL has awarded a record-breaking 179 scholarships for the ACRL 2015 conference. Scholarships were awarded in six categories, including early- and mid-career librarians, support staff and Spectrum Scholar travel grants, amounting to a total of $112,995. Funding for 75 of these scholarships (more than $56,000 in value) was raised through the ACRL 75th Anniversary Kick Start the Future Scholarship Campaign.
“I am thrilled with number of the scholarships given for the conference and for the breadth of recipients,” noted ACRL 2015 Conference Chair Lori Goetsch of Kansas State University. “Scholarship numbers in the early-career group greatly exceeded previous conference, and I am very pleased that we were able to add the mid-career category for Portland. The ACRL 75th anniversary campaign for scholarships played a significant role in increasing the number of scholarships given, so thanks to all who contributed to that effort.”
The association expresses its sincere appreciation to the individuals and groups who participated in the 75th anniversary campaign. Their support enables ACRL to build the skills and capacities of the next generation to serve the academic and research library profession and create a sustainable community. A full list of scholarship recipients is available on the ACRL 2015 website.