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Apply by Nov. 10 to Host ACRL 2016 Scholarly Communication Workshop as Road Show

SC workshop blockToday’s academic and research librarians increasingly act as change agents in the higher education community. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of open access and scholarly communication. To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement” on the road to five locations in 2016. The day-long workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country, and the content is updated annually to meet the evolving needs of the community.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the road show, and the cost for successful host institutions is $2,000. The application to host is now available. Apply by Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5pm Central. Find out more on the program website.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round.

Registration Now Available for Women’s Leadership Institute

ACRL is excited to once again collaborate with higher education associations to offer the 2015 Women’s Leadership Institute. The institute will be held December 6-9, 2015, in Amelia Island, Florida. Co-produced by several higher education associations, this unique program will bring together administrators from across campus functions to help you:

  • Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture
  • Share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to the new reality
  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community

Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, you will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. Examine the unique roles, skills, and relationships needed to lead as higher education faces and deals with the most challenging period in 50 years.  Learning outcomes include:

  • To effectively utilize key leadership skills: negotiation, communication, introducing and managing change, developing yourself and others, and creating effective work environments
  • To develop your greatest strengths and talents through a highly regarded personal assessment tool
  • To recognize and appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of a broad range of higher education professionals
  • To build relationships and improve goal achievement when working with people from across campus
  • To help your institution respond successfully to the unique challenges of today

The program is designed for women who aspire to become senior leaders in higher education. Current responsibilities should include administrative functions that regularly require decision making that affects departmental operations and involves other important relationships on campus.

Complete details and registration materials are available online. Register by November 4 receive a special Early Bird discount! Questions should be addressed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

ACRL Presents Webcast – Academic Freedom in the Digital Age

In 1915, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued its first statement on academic freedom. One hundred years later, how do these principles apply in the digital age? With social media firmly entrenched as a communication tool, faculty have many platforms for expression, and recent cases highlight the challenges of extending the traditional protections of academic freedom to the digital world.

Join the ACRL Professional Values Committee for an informative, free ACRL Presents webcast, Academic Freedom in the Digital Age, on Wednesday, September 30. A panel featuring Hans-Joerg Tiede of the AAUP, along with ACRL committee members, will discuss the current state of academic freedom, with special attention to social media and electronic communications, along with ACRL’s newly adopted Statement on Academic Freedom. Free registration is now available.

Fall Into a Season of Great Topics and Valuable Information with the ACRL-Choice Webinar Program

choice_logo-80HACRL-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 approximately thirty presentations each academic year. This late summer/early fall, ACRL-Choice webinars will present a cornucopia of subjects. Click on the webinar titles below to register.

Autumn will also feature webinars from  Alexander Street Press and others. The webinar program offers an exceptional way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their markets, 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 ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions (7/22)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions to Teach Transfer Students Information Literacy Skills,” on Wednesday, July 22 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central).

Typically, librarians at four year colleges and universities and their feeder institutions do not communicate about information literacy instruction. Rather than sharing details about the information literacy needs of students in each year of college we work within our institutions to meet institutional information literacy goals. As a result we may not be aware of  specific information literacy skills needed by students who transfer.  Learn how librarians at a university and community college collaborated to enhance information literacy instruction for transfer students. Ideas for designing a collaborative professional development workshop to enhance communication and design information literacy student learning outcomes at two and four year institutions will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of investigating information literacy programs for transfer students at regional community colleges and four year institutions.
  • Learn strategies for fostering communication with academic librarians within their service region.
  • Learn techniques for sharing information literacy strategies and developing mechanisms for ongoing collaboration between feeder institution librarians and university librarians.

Presenter(s): Margaret Gregor, Instructional Materials Center Librarian, Appalachian State University; Deborah Joyner, Director, Learning Resource Center, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute; Kelly McCallister, Distance Education Librarian, Appalachian State University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available online, and group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.


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