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Fall 2014 ACRL-CHOICE Webinar Program Announced

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publisher and other experts who serve their market is back with an exciting new roster of topics and speakers. Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live interactive webinars that provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans. Experts, authors and publishing representatives have presented sessions on topics pertinent to today’s academic libraries that have recently included eBooks in academic libraries, expert databases, the importance of STEM and strategies for finding reliable international statistics and publications.

Upcoming ACRL-CHOICE webinars will cover a wide gamut of new topics important to academic libraries. Registration information for each event is available by clicking on the event title.

Late fall will also see webinars sponsored by Elsevier, Mango Learning, McGraw-Hill and others. The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market. It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For information on becoming an ACRL-CHOICE webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org. To visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit us on the CHOICE website.

C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

Will air live Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Central Time

REGISTER in advance or VIEW live

Campus internationalization can be defined as “broadly referring to institutional efforts to integrate an international, global and/or intercultural dimension into the teaching, research or services function.”¹  How do academic libraries contribute to campus internationalization efforts? How do library internationalization efforts differ from or reflect campus internationalization efforts?  What services do libraries offer that support internationalization and what library organizational structures are most conducive to building these services? What are areas for growth? Join College & Research Libraries for a live panel conversation on library internationalization efforts. The panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study “Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization” and share ideas for both administrators and front-line librarians working to build these services.

¹ ACE American Council on Education, “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition Survey” (2012), 1. [Accessed 29 January 2014].

Moderator:

Evviva Weinraub Lajoie: Evviva is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press.

Panelists:

Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper: Liz is the Head of Research and Instruction at the University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library.

Laurie Kutner: Laurie is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department in the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont.

Steven W. Witt: Steven is the Head of the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Each Forum highlights a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study’s authors and additional subject experts. The Fora are your chance to engage live with the researchers and have your questions answered. The discussions will be hosted in Google Hangouts and broadcast on YouTube. You will be able to view them at either location.

“Assessment in Action” Project Posters at ALA Annual Conference

Assessment in Action LogoComing to the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Be sure to see assessment project posters presented by the first participants in ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). Librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects over 14 months at their community colleges, colleges and universities. The projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. Part of the 75 teams will present posters during each time slot:

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session I
Friday, June 27, 2014, 2-4pm
BALLY-Gold Room

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session II
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8:30-10:30am
BALLY-Skyview 6

Learn more about these assessment projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports (including poster images) will also be available in a searchable online collection.

ACRL is undertaking AiA in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

SPARC and ACRL Announce Speakers for 2014 Forum in Las Vegas, NV

Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Annual Conference on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 3:00-4:30pm on the topic of “Evaluating the Quality of Open Access Content.” The program will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas – Skyview 5.

Our community has worked hard to make a growing number of resources open, from journal articles, to textbooks, to datasets. While this has resulted in a robust body of open content, one question that commonly arises is “How do I determine the quality of this content?”

New strategies for assessing the quality of open content are emerging from different quarters. These strategies range from new methods of peer review, such as open peer-review or post publication peer-review; new methods of measuring impact, such as alternative metrics; and new forms of annotation, such as data set annotation and open comments on publications.

This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of evaluating open content, across disciplines and across resources types, while identifying promising pathways to identify and use quality open content.

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers:

  • Brian Bot, Senior Scientist, sage Bionetworks
  • Korey Jackson, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University
  • Kristen Ratan, Chief Publications and Products Officer, Public Library of Science

The forum will also include ample time for discussion with the audience – SPARC and ACRL look forward to seeing you there!

Closing the Loop: Evaluating Your Key Scholarly Communication Programs and Services

Many libraries have been operating scholarly communication programs or providing scholarly communication services for several years. We have identified what is important to our communities. We have thought strategically about what services we might best offer. We have discussed how we might organize ourselves to deliver those services. How can we maximize the impact of the scholarly communication programs and services we offer? How do we know we’ve achieved our intended outcomes for our target audiences? What tools can help us begin to measure those outcomes?

This half-day workshop, by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) as part of the Library Assessment Conference on August 7, 2014, in Seattle, WA, will provide participants with basic evaluation concepts and frameworks, introduce the vocabulary of evaluation, and suggest a step-by-step process for creating and implementing one’s own logic models or theory of change. Examples will be drawn from both the field of academic and research libraries and the wider nonprofit sector, to help attendees understand the broader concepts behind specific measurement tools. In the tradition of other ISC events, this workshop will emphasize active participatory learning and hands-on work. The session is appropriate both for those with some experience in program evaluation and those who are new to it.

Throughout the workshop, participants will have structured opportunities to reflect on how to apply what they are learning to scholarly communication program evaluation within their own institution, to share information and test ideas with other workshop participants, and to begin developing skills that can be used for program evaluation for activities in addition to scholarly communication.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of basic evaluation concepts and frameworks
  • Become familiar with evaluation vocabulary and logic models
  • Begin to apply evaluation concepts to their own institutional scholarly communication programs

About the Facilitator

Catherine Brown joined the Chicago Public Library Foundation as its chief operating officer in 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience across the nonprofit sector in fund-raising, grant making, program design and evaluation, strategic planning, and internal and external communications. She created and ran her consulting practice Integrative Solutions from 2010 to 2013. From 1994 until 2010, Brown held positions of increasing responsibility at the McCormick Foundation, one of Chicago’s largest public charities. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the director of individual giving at the Lincoln Park Zoological Society in Chicago. Brown serves on the boards of Friends of Writers and the Center for New Community.

More Information and Registration

The workshop is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and being offered in conjunction with the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington. Registration for the conference is not required to register for the workshop.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Fee: $80
Registration will close on July 6, 2014, unless the workshop fills earlier.
To register for the workshop only, please send an e-mail to laconf@arl.org.
To register for the conference and workshop, visit the Library Assessment Conference website.

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