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ACRL 2015 Keynote Speakers Announced

ACRL announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” to be held March 25 – 28, 2015, in Portland, Ore. Be challenged and entertained by these three distinguished speakers, who also double as comic writers, journalists, radio hosts, producers and political activists.

willowOpening Keynote Session, March 25, 2015 – G. Willow Wilson, comics writer, prose author, essayist and journalist

G. Willow Wilson is a gifted author whose writing explores, across multiple genres, the most pressing issues of our time. An American convert to Islam, Wilson lives today in both Egypt and the United States. Her articles, graphic novels and books reflect her extraordinary cross-cultural experiences with remarkable originality and courage.

Earlier this year, Marvel Comics released “Ms. Marvel,” the first-ever American comic book series to feature a Muslim superhero. Wilson is the creator and writer of this groundbreaking series which features Kamala Khan, a young female superhero unlike anything the comic book world has ever known. The first issue of “Ms. Marvel” has been met with much enthusiasm and gone back to reprint six times. A video of Wilson talking about “Ms. Marvel,” is available on YouTube.

Wilson began her writing career at the age of 17 as a freelance music critic for Boston’s Weekly Dig magazine. Since then, she’s written the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series “Air and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice” and the graphic novel “Cairo.” In her early twenties, Wilson moved to Egypt where she spent several years working as a journalist. Her  memoir about life in Egypt during the waning years of the Mubarak regime, “The Butterfly Mosque,” was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010. Wilson’s first novel, “Alif the Unseen,” won the prestigious World Fantasy Prize in 2014 and was a New York Times Notable Book and a contender for the Orange Prize (now the Women’s Prize for Fiction).

abumradMiddle Keynote Session, March 26, 2015 – Jad Abumrad, radio host and producer

Jad Abumrad is the host and creator of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on 437 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 4 million times a month as a podcast. Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs. In 2002, Abumrad began tinkering with an idea for a new kind of radio program, an open-ended radio “laboratory.” Radiolab has since evolved into one of public radio’s most popular programs. Abumrad hosts the program with Robert Krulwich and also serves as its lead producer, composer and managing editor.

Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called a new aesthetic in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism or the legal foundation for the war on terror.

In 2011, Radiolab was awarded the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award and Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). Alongside his radio work, Abumrad continues to work as a composer and remixer.

lessigClosing Keynote Session, March 28, 2015 – Lawrence Lessig, academic and political activist

Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University and founder of Rootstrikers, a network of activists leading the fight against government corruption. He has authored numerous books, including “Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Our Congress—and a Plan to Stop It,” “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace,” “Free Culture” and “Remix.”

Lessig serves on the boards of Creative Commons, AXA Research Fund and iCommons.org, and on the advisory boards of the Sunlight Foundation, the Better Future Project and Democracy Café. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Association, and has received numerous awards, including the Free Software Foundation’s Freedom Award and Fastcase 50 Award. Lesing was also named one of Scientific American’s Top 50 Visionaries.

Lessig holds a BA in economics and a BS in management from the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from Cambridge University and a JD from Yale University. As professor at Stanford Law School, Lessig founded the school’s Center for Internet and Society. He clerked for Judge Richard Posner on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court. A video of Lessig talking about laws that choke creativity can be found on the TED website.

Additional details about the ACRL 2015 Conference are available on the conference website. Registration and housing are currently available.

For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Tory Ondrla at tondrla@ala.org or 312-280-2515.

ACRL 2015 Conference Registration Winner

ACRL 2015 LogoCongratulations to Sara A. Shutkin, Archivist/Records Manager/Librarian at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, winner of the ACRL 2015 registration drawing at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Sara will be joining her academic and research library colleagues March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

More information on ACRL 2015, including a link to conference registration, is available on the conference website. We’ll see you, and Sara, in Portland next year!

Financial Literacy Focus of ACRL President’s Program at 2014 ALA Annual Conference

PrintLooking for ways to increase financial literacy on your campus or in your community?  Join ACRL for our President’s Program at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas.  Titled “Financial Literacy at Your Library,” the program will feature noted Washington Post columnist and financial educator Michelle Singletary and Ferris State University President Dr. David Eisler.

The program, hosted by ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes, associate university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, will take place from 10:30 a.m. – noon on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, room N255/257.

In conjunction with the program, the 2014 ACRL President’s Program Committee is interested in collecting information on financial literacy initiatives that take place on your college and university campuses. These initiatives could include programming, instruction within your curriculum or any other creative way the library has reached out to or partnered with the community to provide financial education. Submit your financial literacy best practice here.

More information about Dawes’ Financial Literacy Initiative can be found at the Financial Literacy Initiative website, or by contacting ACRL President’s Program Committee Co-Chairs Debbie Malone, library director at DeSales University, at debbie.malone@desales.edu and Adi Redzic, executive director of the financial literacy think tank iOme Challenge, at adi@iomechallenge.org.

To learn more, read Redzic’s December 2013 College & Research Libraries News article “Financial Literacy: Why Librarians Need To Get Involved?,” which highlights the college student perspective on why it is vital for librarians to be involved in financial literacy education on campus.

Reminder – ACRL 2015 proposals due Friday, May 9

ACRL 2015 contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due this Friday, May 9, 2014.  Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due November 3, 2014.  Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website.

ACRL 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 25-28, 2015.  The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration. Tag and session format descriptions are available on the ACRL 2015 website.

Please review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission; we also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

Complete details about ACRL 2015, including the full Call for Participation, are on the conference website. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla by email at tondrla@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2515.

Reminder – ACRL 2015 Proposal Submissions Due May 9

ACRL 2015 LogoACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2015 conference to be held March 25-28, 2015 in Portland, Oregon.  Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 9, 2014.  Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due Nov. 3, 2014.  Submit proposals via the online form available on the conference website.

The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration. Tag and session format descriptions are available on the ACRL 2015 website.

Please review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission; we also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

Complete details about ACRL 2015, including the full Call for Participation, are on the conference website. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla by email at tondrla@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2515.

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