Category Archives: Sections

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.

WGSS Seeks NWSA Liaison

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a two-year term (July 2013- June 2015) as the ACRL liaison to the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA).  Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between NWSA and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and NWSA.

About NWSA
Established in 1977, the National Women’s Studies Association has as one of its primary objectives promoting and supporting the production and dissemination of knowledge about women and gender through teaching, learning, research and service in academic and other settings.

Our commitments are to: illuminate the ways in which women’s studies are vital to education; to demonstrate the contributions of feminist scholarship that is comparative, global, intersectional and interdisciplinary to understandings of the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences; and to promote synergistic relationships between scholarship, teaching and civic engagement in understandings of culture and society.

NWSA recognizes that women’s studies is broader than what happens in the classroom and acknowledges women’s centers staff as feminist educators. Campus-based women’s centers have a long history of working together with women’s studies to transform the curriculum, the campus environment, and society at large.

Through their scholarship and pedagogy our members actively pursue knowledge to promote a just world in which all persons can develop to their fullest potential–one free from ideologies, systems of privilege or structures that oppress or exploit some for the advantage of others. The Association has more than 2,000 individual and 350 institutional members working in varied specialties across the United States and around the world.

For more information about the organization, please visit the association website or contact the current NWSA/ACRL Liaison Cindy Ingold (

Deadline for Applications
Friday, May 17, 2013

Submission Requirements
Nominees must submit:
A letter of application articulating qualifications and a current vita to:

Jennifer Mayer, WGSS Chair (


  • Liaison attends the annual NWSA conferences
  • Liaison submits an annual report to the ACRL Liaisons Council
  • Liaison writes an article about their activities for the WGSS newsletter
  • Liaison serves as ex-officio on the WGSS Executive Committee and ex-officio on the WGSS Research Committee.



  • Current member of ACRL and WGSS
  • Experience with or interest in women and gender studies
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between NWSA, ACRL, and WGSS
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy related to women and gender studies.
  • Financial support to attend NWSA Annual Conferences for the length of the two-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note:  Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the ACRL Conference Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed).
  • Excellent communication skills


  • Record of serving WGSS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, or in other roles.
  • Current membership in NWSA
  • Previous NWSA conference attendance or other involvement with NWSA.

Selection Process Timeline

  • May 20 — 24, 2013: A subcommittee of the WGSS Executive Committee reviews submitted applications.
  • May 28, 2013: WGSS Chair contacts successful candidate.

Questions?  Please contact WGSS Chair, Jennifer Mayer:

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