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SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference on Journal Transition to Open Access

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Flipping to Open: The Implications and Opportunities for Libraries as Journals Transition to Open Access,” at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Models for flipping journals to Open Access are an increasingly hot topic of conversation around the world. Libraries are helping to drive this change by supporting and hosting open journals, and the result of this conversation—and the potential transition to an Open Access system—will have serious implications for both the library and research communities.

This SPARC/ACRL Forum will examine how journals are making the switch to Open Access, how libraries are supporting this transition, and the implications of this evolution. Panelists will discuss the various models specific journals have used to become Open Access and how the change has affected the community around the journal. Most importantly, the forum will address the impact of this transition on libraries and what roles exist for libraries to influence the conversation and its outcomes.

The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Speakers include:

  • Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University-Brooklyn, and an Editor with Radical Teacher
  • David Solomon, Ph.D., Professor, Office of Medical Research and Development, Michigan State University
  • David Free, Editor-in-Chief of College and Research Libraries News/Marketing and Communications Specialist, Association of College and Research Libraries

ACRL Presents – Thinking Critically About Interviewing for Librarian Positions (5/25)

Co-sponsored by ACRL and ALA JobLIST

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Where Do You See Yourself in 10 Years?: Thinking Critically About Interviewing for Librarian Positions,” on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

In this discussion-driven, interactive webinar, Robin O’Hanlon, author of “Ace the Interview: Land a Librarian Job,” will provide a comprehensive overview of the librarian interview process, including what makes interviewing for librarian positions unique, how you can stay organized during the interview process, tactics for conducting thorough pre-interview research, plus best practices for the interview itself and the post-interview period. We’ll also discuss classic bad answers to specific librarian position interview questions.

Learning outcomes:

  • Distinguish what makes the interviewing for librarian positions unique and challenging compared to other professions.
  • Learn how to develop your own interview preparation checklist for the job search process.
  • Be able to identify the key players for librarian position interviews in their area of professional interest (i.e., public, academic, health sciences librarianship).
  • Find out how to deconstruct a specific librarian position by asking the seven essential “Know Your Gig” questions.
  • Be able to competently answer 3-5 librarian interview questions specific to their area of professional interest.

Presenter:  Robin O’Hanlon, Public Services Manager, The Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

How to register: Submit your free registration online by May 24, 2016.  Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 24.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

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ACRL Program Proposals for 2017 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

There will be a virtual meeting at 1:00 p.m. CST on April 28, 2016, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2017 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips. Please note that the Annual Conference program planning process spans fourteen months, lasting until June 2017.

RSVP online to attend the April 28 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified. Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2017 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2016. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2017 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2016.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – No Librarian Left Behind: Building a Structured Mentoring Program For Organizations of All Sizes (4/27)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast “No Librarian Left Behind: Building a Structured Mentoring Program For Organizations of All Sizes” on Wednesday, April 27 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central).

During this interactive webcast, learn about the strengths and weaknesses of various mentoring models. It might be hard to know when one’s institution is mentoring its librarians well, but it’s easy to know when an institution is mentoring poorly. Poor mentoring can be a factor in individuals failing to advance, low retention, and can result in problematic workplace culture, while reinforcing structural inequities. Research consistently shows that women and minorities are less likely to receive the mentoring they need.

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) had an opt-in paired mentoring system in place, but several internal assessments indicated a need for improved mentoring. The CU Libraries instituted a structured group mentoring program, creating mentoring groups of 2-3 mentors with 4-5 protégés. Because the structure facilitated connections among librarians with different levels of experience and across departments, communication was improved and more open across the library system on a variety of topics. Learn about the structure of the CU Boulder program, detail the results of initial program assessment, and discover strategies for implementation of similar mentoring programs at libraries of all sizes.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with several different models of mentoring programs, and participate in an activity highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of the different models.
  • Understand the challenges and benefits involved in creating a structured group mentoring program.
  • Learn how to build a structured group mentoring program in your library.

Presenter(s): Juliann Couture, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder; Jennifer Knievel, Director of Arts and Humanities, University of Colorado Boulder

How to register: Registration materials and complete details are available on the ACRL website.  Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

ACRL Preconferences @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ALA Annual Conference 2016ACRL is offering three preconferences in conjunction with the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Friday, June 24, 2016. Complete details, including descriptions, learning outcomes, and registration materials, are on the ACRL website.

Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information LiteracyThis half-day, hands-on preconference will build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve elements of scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (i.e., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

Crossing the Threshold with Threshold Concepts: Redesigning a Library Instruction Lesson PlanThe Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education offers a more conceptual approach to information literacy instruction by providing a set of “interconnected core concepts” rather than standards. In this full-day preconference, learn and put into practice strategies to incorporate these threshold concepts into lesson design.

Teaching Data Information Literacy: A Hands-on IntroductionThis interactive preconference, presented by the ACRL Instruction Section, consists of two parts. First, presenters will share their experiences in developing instruction around data information literacy. Part two will be conducted through hands-on exercises, in which participants will have the opportunity to formulate what they see as the most important skills for their target audience to acquire.

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