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Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement Mini Grants for Academic Institutions, Due July 14

Over the past two years, longstanding political and social rifts in the United States have become deeper and more overtly hostile, embittering our already polarized public life. Various groups and individuals on our campuses and in our communities have experienced identity-based threats and marginalization that have led to heightened levels of fear and anxiety within campus communities. Students whose political views differ from the majority of their peers have come to fear social ostracism. The intensification of these phenomena harms students, interferes with the achievement of higher education’s mission, and threatens the health of our democracy.

Faculty, administrators, students, and their partners are working to address a variety of challenges: balancing the right to free speech with the need to cultivate learning environments in which all students can be successful, supporting students whose safety and well being are threatened by public policy or rhetoric, responding to attacks on academic freedom, and cultivating spaces in which all students can constructively build relationships and exchange ideas with one another across differences of all kinds–including ideological differences.

The purpose of the Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement is to catalyze experimental responses to challenges arising from this new climate. Up to 40 grants of $5000 per institution will be awarded through a national competition.

Read more about this opportunity and apply online.

ACRL, ALA, ARL Joint Advisory Task Force Continues to Clarify Academic Library Definitions in IPEDS Survey

ACRL/ ALA and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have extended the joint advisory task force to continue efforts to bring the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries Component up to date and in line with current library practices.

ARL and ACRL formed a joint advisory task force in 2015 to provide advice to the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), which manages IPEDS, on the new IPEDS definitions and to clarify the changes to the academic library community. NCES accepted the advisory task force’s recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community and implemented the recommendations in the 2015 and 2016 survey cycles. Although the advisory task force completed its original charge as of July 28, 2016, the group has identified issues requiring further deliberation that need to be considered.

The ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions will develop recommendations regarding definitional issues and responses to questions raised by the academic library community in such areas as electronic serials usage, shared collections, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics staffing codes for librarians by August 2019.

“The successful previous work of the task force and the recurring definitional issues around the Academic Libraries Component of IPEDS indicate the importance and value of continuing our efforts,” said Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL executive director.

“ARL’s ongoing partnership with ACRL to improve our national education statistics is a critical priority,” said ARL executive director Elliott Shore, “and we appreciate the library community’s participation in these discussions.”

Members of the ACRL/ARL Joint Advisory Task Force on IPEDS Academic Libraries Component Definitions include:


Robert Dugan, ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board, University of West Florida,

Jennifer Paustenbaugh, Chair of the ARL Assessment Committee, Brigham Young University,


Stephen Bosch, University of Arizona,

Joyce Chapman, Duke University,

Christopher Cody, NCES AL Survey Director,

Theresa A. Fishel, Macalester College,

Steve Hiller, University of Washington,

Marilyn K. Moody, Portland State University,

Shaneka Morris, ARL staff,

Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL staff,

Patricia Profeta, Indian River State College,

Kathy Rosa, ALA staff,

About ACRL

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at, Facebook at, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

Reminder: Applications for Assessment Curriculum Designer/Presenters due July 14

Individuals interested in contributing to creating two new ACRL learning opportunities on assessing library impact should apply by 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, July 14. The selected curriculum designer/presenters will create new opportunities that build on the work of the ACRL program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA).

First, a day-long workshop is being designed to provide professional development support to librarians who wish to know more about creating a plan to assess one particular program or service in their library. The focus is on understanding library contributions to institutional priorities for student learning and success and any aspect of the library can be the focus of inquiry. Second, the selected designer/presenters will work on a new approach that aims to support library leaders – deans and directors – in communicating about library impact with campus decision makers through a half-day guided discussion format. Both of these new events will be piloted in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 conference. Online content will be created to complement these two in person events and may include stand-alone webinars as well.

Find out more about qualifications and how to apply in the full call for applications.

Preserving and Curating ETD Research Data and Complex Digital Objects, Guidance Briefs Available for Public Review and Use

Editor’s Note: This guest post comes courtesy of Educopia and the ETDplus Project.

The ETDplus Project invites Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETD) program staff, librarians, faculty advisors, and graduate students to participate in a public review of the Guidance Briefs for Preserving & Curating ETD Research Data & Complex Digital Objects.

About the ETD Guidance Briefs

The Guidance Briefs are short (3-4 page) “how-to” oriented briefs designed to help ETD programs build and nurture supportive relationships with student researchers. These briefs will assist student researchers in understanding how their approaches to data and content management impact credibility, replicable research, and general long-term accessibility: knowledge and skills that will impact the health of their careers for years to come.

Review (and Use!) the Guidance Briefs

Interested ETD stakeholders can download copies of the Guidance Briefs at the following website, The Guidance Briefs cover the following topics:

  1. Copyright
  2. Data Structures
  3. File Formats
  4. Metadata
  5. Storage
  6. Version Control

We are releasing these Briefs–both during this initial public review phase and after they are refined–as openly editable documents. We want institutions to use and reuse these in whatever way works for their local audiences. Each Brief includes generally applicable information about its topic, and also includes a “Local Practices” section that an institution may use to call attention to what’s happening on its own campus.

We invite you to help us refine these documents by drawing our project team’s attention to any components that need to be edited, revised, broadened, or narrowed. Please send us an email with your suggestions and/or track your changes within the documents and email those back to us at the addresses below by or before June 30, 2016. We plan to integrate the community’s feedback before formally issuing these Briefs under a CC BY 4.0 license later this summer.

If you have any further questions about the Guidance Briefs or about the ETDplus project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us:

Katherine Skinner, Principal Investigator (

Sam Meister, Co-Principal Investigator (

Courtney Vukasinovic, Administrative Coordinator (

About the ETDplus Project

The ETDplus project is helping institutions ensure the longevity and availability of ETD research data and complex digital objects (e.g., software, multimedia files) that comprise an integral component of student theses and dissertations. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and led by the Educopia Institute, in collaboration with the NDLTD, HBCU Alliance, bepress, ProQuest, and the libraries of Carnegie Mellon, Indiana State, Morehouse, Oregon State, Penn State, Purdue, University of Louisville, University of Tennessee, the University of North Texas, and Virginia Tech.

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