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ACRL e-Learning webcast – The Craft of Library Instruction (9/7)

Library instruction is like a theatre performance. You play a role as the instruction librarian. There is a live audience. You may receive reviews or evaluations. Or maybe the teaching experience feels more like an audition—a bit unnerving. Based on their recently published book, “The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence,” join Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Doug Dechow for a fun and creative approach to library instruction as they reveal how acting techniques can hone your presentation skills, your teaching style, and your performance to create an invigorating (and stress-free) learning experience for your students.  Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL Announces New Presenters for RDM Workshop

rdmThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work. Kristin, Christina, Laura, and Sarah join the team of Abigail Goben and Megan Sapp Nelson as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Kristin Briney is Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Christina Chan-Park is the Science Librarian, Baylor University; Laura Palumbo is Chemistry and Physics Librarian/Science Data Specialist, Rutgers University; and Sarah Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research, Cornell University.

“We are thrilled to have Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright join Abagail Goven and Megan Sapp Nelson as the first cohort of presenters,” said ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Chair Amy Buckland of the University of Chicago. “Not only does this group bring a tremendous amount of expertise on a topic that is still new to many librarians, but the enthusiasm with which they have taken on their new roles will ensure these workshops are effective and engaging.”

The RDM licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” along with the existing Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement, and newly developed Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy workshops.

The RDM workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016. Bring the one day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year-round.

Contact Chase Ollis, Program Coordinator, at collis@ala.org with questions.

ACRL 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced

ACRL 2017 logoACRL announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2017 Conference, “At the Helm: Leading Transformation,” to be held March 22 – 25, in Baltimore. Be challenged and inspired by ACRL’s three distinguished speakers, who also double as information designers, journalists, authors, social commentators, comic writers, and the 14th Librarian of Congress.

Opening Keynote, March 22, 2017 – David McCandless, Information Designer

McCandlessWeb600x600 David McCandless is a British data-journalist, author, and information designer. He creates stunning infographics that explore new directions for journalism and discover new stories among the vast amount of data surrounding us. His three books  – The Visual Miscellaneum, Knowledge is Beautiful, and Information is Beautiful – along with his blog help people visualize captivating and intriguing patterns and connections across economics, philosophy, art, science, health, and pop culture.

McCandless describes how combining the language of the eye with the language of the mind enhances our understanding of complex data. He believes that the Internet has turned us all into visualizers for whom processing graphic information is effortless. According to McCandless, data visualization is becoming increasingly important because it enables knowledge compression, allowing an enormous amount of information to be packed into a small space.

His design work has appeared in over forty publications internationally including The Guardian, Wired, and Die Zeit and his pieces have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Wellcome Trust gallery in London, and at the Tate Britain.

Middle Keynote, March 23, 2017 – Roxane Gay, Author and Cultural Critic

GayRoxaneRoxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is widely revered for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. Her work garners international acclaim for her deft eye on modern culture and for the signature wit and ferocity of her critiques. She is the author of Ayiti, An Untamed State, Bad Feminist, and the forthcoming Difficult Women and Hunger to be published in 2017. An Untamed State, Gay’s novel about a kidnapped Haitian-American woman, is currently being adapted for film.

One of her latest projects is the new Marvel comic Black Panther: World of Wakanda that will premiere in November 2016. A companion series to Marvel’s Black Panther, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, World of Wakanda is co-written by Gay and the poet Yona Harvey. Gay is one of the first-ever black women to write for Marvel comics.

Roxane is also a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times, co-editor of PANK and was the non-fiction editor at The Rumpus. Her writing has also appeared in McSweeney’s, The Nation and many other publications. In addition, Gay fronts a small army of avid fans on Twitter.

Closing Keynote, March 25, 2017 – Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress

Photo credit: Dave Munch, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Photo credit: Dave Munch, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Carla Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress (incumbent). She will become the first woman and first African-American to fill the post. After graduating from Roosevelt University and receiving her master’s and doctorate degrees in Library Science from the University of Chicago, she began her career as a children’s librarian at the Chicago Public Library. In 1993 she was appointed to the Director at Enoch Pratt Free Library. She was honored as the national Librarian of the Year by Library Journal in 1995 after she created an outreach program for Baltimore teens offering homework assistance and college and career counseling.

Hayden served as 2003–04 ALA President and was vocal in her public opposition to the Patriot Act, saying the national security law passed in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks gave law enforcement “unprecedented powers of surveillance — including easy access to library records with minimal judicial oversight.”

Along with her objections of the Patriot Act, Hayden has done much in her career in outreach programs with an emphasis on equality of access. As ALA President she wrote: “At a time when our public is challenged on multiple fronts, we need to recommit ourselves to the ideal of providing equal access to everyone, anywhere, anytime, and in any format. . . . By finally embracing equity of access we will be affirming our core values, recognizing realities, and assuring our future.”

On February 24, 2016, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Hayden as the next Librarian of Congress. In a press release from the White House, President Obama stated, “Hayden has devoted her career to modernizing libraries so that everyone can participate in today’s digital culture. She has the proven experience, dedication, and deep knowledge of our nation’s libraries to serve our country well…” Hayden was subsequently confirmed by a 74-18 vote in the United States Senate on July 13, 2016.

Fortune magazine ranked Hayden among the World’s 50 greatest leaders in 2016.

Additional details about the ACRL 2017 Conference are available on the conference website. Registration and housing are currently available.

For more information about ACRL 2017, contact Tory Ondrla at tondrla@ala.org or 312-280-2515.

Late summer brings a tidal wave of topics with the ACRL-Choice Webinar program

ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts.  Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these free interactive webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

The ACRL-Choice webinar series is an ongoing program, offering dozens of presentations each academic year.  This late summer/early fall, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a variety of subjects and experts. See below for the programs and click the title links to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with service providers, allowing sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback. Be sure to check out the  complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice YouTube Channel.

For more information on past and upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at www.choice360.org. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.

ACRL announces new presenters for Intersections workshop

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Emma Molls, Joelle Pitts, and Michelle Reed as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.”  Emma, Joelle, and Michelle join the team of Maryam Fakouri and John Watts as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Emma Molls is the Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota; Joelle Pitts is the Instructional Design Librarian/Associate Professor, Kansas State University; and Michelle Reed is the Undergraduate Learning Specialist, University of Kansas.

“We’re very excited to welcome Emma, Joelle, and Michelle to the team of presenters for the Intersections licensed workshop,” said past Chair of the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee Merinda Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “This next step in the Intersections initiative is really exciting – we now have five excellent minds coming together to promote learning for librarians on how to further incorporate scholarly communication into their information literacy sessions. I am really looking forward to how the curriculum designers expand the conversation in relation to the Framework and how it will impact these new professional development opportunities.”

The Intersections licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” as with the existing ACRL Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work, Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action, and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshops.

The Intersections workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can bring the one day to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

Contact Margot Conahan, Manager of Professional Development, at mconahan@ala.org or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

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