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ACRL Receives Delmas Foundation Grant for RBMS Conference Scholarships


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2017 RBMS Conference logoThe ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has received an $8,000 grant from the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation to provide scholarships for first-time attendees to the 2017 RBMS Conference. The funding will provide a combination of full and partial scholarships for 12 individuals to attend the conference, to be held June 20-23, 2017, in Iowa City, Iowa.

“Helping new members get their start in the profession is one of the most important things we do as a section,” said RBMS Chair John Overholt of Harvard University. “I’m so grateful to the Delmas Foundation for their generosity in supporting scholarships for first-time attendees to our 2017 RBMS Conference.”

Themed “The Stories We Tell,” the 2017 RBMS Conference focuses on storytelling as practice and metaphor in the mission and daily work of special collections. From writing traditional scholarly monographs to encoding digital humanities landscapes, from building deep and inclusive collections to designing new curriculum, the ability to craft a compelling narrative is at the heart of cultural heritage work. In discourse about the role of the humanities in education and policy, librarians and archivists speak for the significance and relevance of the past in shaping the present and future. At the 2017 conference, RBMS looks forward to sharing the community’s stories, while imagining future narratives for special collections in a rapidly evolving cultural and technological landscape.

“We are delighted to have the support of the Delmas Foundation in providing scholarships for the upcoming RBMS Conference,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The additional funding will help us expand access to this wonderful learning experience.”

RBMS Conference scholarships were first established in 2000 to expand the opportunities for conference attendance to those not able to fund their own participation—students, qualified paraprofessionals, early career librarians, and librarians with limited professional development support. Special attention is given to applicants from professionally underrepresented ethnic and racial groups in order to support the goal of encouraging interest in the special collections profession from diverse populations.

RBMS will fund a total of 20 scholarships with the funding for additional scholarships coming from individual donations to the conference scholarship fund.

ANSS Seeks Criminal Justice, Sociology Liaisons


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The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2019) as the ACRL Liaison to the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ACJS and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines are posted on the ANSS website.

ANSS is also seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2016- June 30, 2019) 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 are available on the ANSS website.

For more information on either position, contact committee chair Katie Elson Anderson at katie.anderson@camden.rutgers.edu. The deadline for applications for both positions is April 1, 2016.

Volunteer for ACRL Division or Section Committees by Feb. 15


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Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2016-2017 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2016. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

Volunteer Now for ACRL Division or Section Committees


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Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2016-2017 division or section committee.

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 15, 2016. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

ACRL IS Seeks National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience Liaison


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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 (anne-marie.deitering@oregonstate.edu).

Submission Requirements

Deadline for Applications: September 18, 2015

Nominees must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications to Mark Szarko, IS Past Chair, at szarko@mit.edu.
  • A current vita.

Expectations:

  • 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.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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.

Desired Qualifications:

  • 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 szarko@mit.edu.

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