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ACRL 2015 paper, panel, preconference, and workshop notifications issued

Notifications for ACRL 2015 contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals were issued on Friday, August 15.  Thanks to all who submitted a proposal for the Portland conference!  Please check your spam filter if you don’t see your notification in your e-mail inbox; contact Margot Conahan at with questions.

Complete details about ACRL 2015, including registration materials, are online.

C&RL News – May 2014

may 2014The May 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Google Glass has been the topic of much discussion and debate in the media over the past several months. Char Booth and Dani Brecher discuss the pros and cons of this new technology along with the Claremont Colleges Library’s Glass lending and education efforts in their article “Ok, library.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Christine Fruin and Fred Rascoe discuss the economics of open access, including author processing charges, in their article “Funding open access journal publishing.”

As Spring terms begin to wind down, planning for the next academic year begins in many libraries. Scott Garrison and Jennifer E. Nutefall give great advice for new library directors based on their own experiences in “Start by interviewing every librarian and staff member.” Anne Langley and Andrea Baruzzi of Princeton University give tips on holding planning events in “So you want to have a library retreat?”

A new academic year may mean new opportunities for collaboration, as well. Jane Carlin, Lori Ricigliano, and Ellen Peters share their experiences of collaboration between “Libraries and institutional research” at Portland State University. May 2014 marks the kickoff of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary celebration. To help celebrate this milestone, we are launching a series of articles running each issue over the next year highlighting the history of ACRL along with anniversary celebration events. In the inaugural edition, 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force Chair Pamela Snelson outlines the reasons to celebrate ACRL.

In this month’s installment of ACRL President Trevor Dawes’ series on financial literacy education, Heather Jagman, Krystal Lewis, Brent Nunn, and Scott Walter discuss ways the DePaul University Library integrated financial literacy into their programs and services.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including information on ACRL events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, a The Way I See It essay by Jen Green on “Library instruction for first-year students,” and Internet Resources on crowdfunding for research by Dawn Cadogan.

Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Progressing; Signup for Online Forum April 4 or 17

small_bannerMembers of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force appreciate all the comments they’ve received so far on the first part of the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. They continue to make progress and are on track to release the second part of this initial draft in early April. It will include additional threshold concepts and sample scenarios. You can read more about their work in a recent interim report to the ACRL Board, which will be discussed at the spring executive committee meeting on April 2, 2014.

We encourage you to provide feedback on both parts of the initial draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via an online form. Additionally, you can share your perspective on the initial draft during one of these upcoming online open forums:

  • Friday, April 4, 2014, 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern

Register to attend one of these free events by noon the day prior as login details will be emailed the afternoon prior to forum date. Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the task force website. Each session is limited to 500 attendees.

A second, revised draft of the Framework, incorporating comments received on the initial draft and including additional elements, will be released in June 2014, followed by hearings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and online. The initial draft Framework, along with additional information and questions to guide the review and feedback process, is available on the task force website.

Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Track Applications

Applications for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks are due Friday, May 2, 2014. The Immersion Program allows you to embrace your educational role by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning and individual renewal.  The Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks will be offered November 19-22, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library Track – Discover how to approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective. Participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development.

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning Track – Find out how to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher.  This track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) and facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal.

Visit the Immersion website for complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or

C&RL News – March 2014

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The March 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Increased collaboration across campus units continues to be a trend at many institutions. The Northwest College Library in Powell, Wyoming, entered into collaboration with campus partners as the writing center and peer tutoring functions relocated to their building. Representatives from all three areas also collaborated on an article on their experiences for this month’s issue titled “Exploring the learning commons.”

At New York University’s Abu Dhabi campus, librarians collaborated with their campus writing center for a late night event designed to combat student procrastination prior to exams. Ilka Datig and Luise Herkner detail their collaboration in “Get ready for a long night.”

With the increase in attention to scholarly communication issues in academic libraries, many institutions are either hiring dedicated scholarly communication librarians or adding those duties to subject liaisons. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Maria Bonn discusses ways in which libraries are “Tooling up” to provide these services.

Also this month, we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections as Maggie Farrell and Sari Feldman, candidates for ALA vice-president/president-elect respond to questions from the ACRL Board of Directors. Also included, in this issue is a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 19.

In this issue’s installment of ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes’ series on financial literacy and libraries, John Roggenkamp examines “Financial literacy and community colleges,” providing tips on ways libraries can make an impact in students and reflecting on his own experiences

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including Internet Resources on government statistics sites by Jeffrey Hartsell-Grundy, a The Way I See It essay answering the questions “What’s so important about children’s literature?” by Christina M. Desai, ACRL Board of Directors actions from the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting, and the first round of profiles of 2014 ACRL award winners.

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