Category Archives: Sections

ANSS Seeks American Anthropological Association Liaison

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications from ANSS members to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Details and submission guidelines are available at ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for AAA 2015-2018 (PDF). Additional information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications is May 8, 2015.

For more information, contact Katie Elson Anderson ( or Jenny Bowers (

ASA Liaison Application Deadline Extended

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson ( or Jenny Bowers (

Details and submission guidelines are available in the ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018 (PDF). More information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications has been extended to January 20, 2015.

New ACRL IS Tips and Trends

The ACRL Instruction Section Instructional Technologies Committee has published their latest Tips and Trends covering “Online Presentation Creation Tools,” written by Brad Sietz and Caroline Sinkinson. Tips and Trends introduce and discuss new, emerging, or even familiar technologies which can be applied to the library instruction setting. Learn more about how to use online presentation creation tools to present content, encourage active and engaged classroom learning, and create online learning artifacts.

Submit Proposals for RBMS 55th Annual Preconference

Paper proposals for the 55th Annual Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Preconference are due Dec. 16. Held June 24-27, 2014, in Las Vegas, the preconference, themed Retrofit: Exploring Space, Place and the Artifact in Special Collections, will consider the broad metaphorical themes of space, place, and the artifact in the special collections milieu inspired by the RBMS preconferences and meetings of the early 1960s.

While special collections practices may have changed over the last 50 years, our core issues echo the challenges faced by our predecessors. Financial problems? Cataloging and classifying? Acquainting the public with rare materials? Special collections professionals today regularly confront challenges in the development of collections, the creation and use of space, and the definition of our roles within the larger contexts of institutional administration and intellectual life. Focusing on the artifact, the library/archive, and the marketplace, RBMS aims to honor the past by addressing ways to “retrofit” ideas concerning these spaces and places fifty years ago and how pertinent these concepts are today.

Registration opens in February 2014. More information is available on the preconference website.

Applications Sought for Instruction Section (IS) List Administrator

The ACRL Instruction Section is now accepting applications for the Instruction Section (IS) List Administrator position. The IS List Administrator serves a one-year term and is responsible for maintaining the Section’s closed committee discussion lists, under the general direction of the IS Executive Committee and through consultation with the IS Web Site Administrator(s). The IS lists are crucial to maintaining communication within the Advisory Council, the Executive Committee, and other IS committees and task forces.

These lists will be hosted by ALA’s Sympa software, the same software used to host public listservs such as ILI-L and COLLIB-L.

The List Administrator has an appointment as a member of the Communication Committee and, as such, participates in the work of the committee throughout the year.

List administration responsibilities include:

* Maintaining lists with closed memberships for the IS Executive Committee and IS Advisory Council.

* Creating and maintaining additional closed lists for Instruction Section committees and task forces.

* Maintaining membership of Section lists and acting as list owner for settings and other changes.

* Updating the document Tips for the IS Committee List Administrator as needed.


* Membership in the ACRL Instruction Section.

* Ability to meet deadlines and to communicate effectively through email.

* Commitment to respond quickly to the Section’s needs.

* Experience with mailing list software or list ownership, or demonstrated ability to learn.

* Knowledge of mailing list software settings and etiquette, or demonstrated ability to learn.

Appointment and term:

The IS Committee List Administrator is a volunteer who serves a one-year term, upon selection by the Executive Committee and appointment by the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. The appointment begins immediately after the ALA Annual Conference in 2013.

Application process:

Please submit a curriculum vitae or resume and cover letter to Kenneth Simon, Chair, IS Communication Committee, at The letter of interest should outline experience and knowledge applicable to the position. Any samples of relevant work will also be accepted. The application deadline is Friday, May 31, 2013.

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