The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (through July 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience. Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the National Resource Center and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and IS.
About the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience
The National Resource Center’s mission reads: “Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication, including a dynamic website, listservs, and social media outlets.” For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.sc.edu/fye/ or contact the previous liaison Anne-Marie Deitering (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Deadline for Applications: September 18, 2015
Nominees must submit:
- A letter of application articulating qualifications to Mark Szarko, IS Past Chair, at email@example.com.
- A current vita.
- Liaison attends the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience (organized by the National Resource Center), which takes place in February.
- Attendance at ALA Midwinter Meetings or Annual Conferences is optional.
- Liaison must be willing to advocate for the importance of school and academic libraries in student learning and successful transitions.
- Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to the NRCFYE.
- Liaison will regularly report back to ACRL and the Instruction Section about upcoming NRCFYE events and initiatives.
- Current member of IS and ACRL.
- Experience working with first year students.
- Demonstrated interest in quantitative research in higher education.
- Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the National Resource Center, ACRL, and IS.
- Financial support to attend the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL. (Note: Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the Liaison Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed).
- Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in the first-year experience movement.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Record of serving IS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
- Advanced degree or credential in teaching.
- Experience conducting research on the first-year experience.
If you have any questions about the process, please contact IS Past Chair Mark Szarko at firstname.lastname@example.org.