Category Archives: Value of Academic Libraries

Second Draft of ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda Released; Feedback due by Feb. 17

val-1The team from OCLC Research which is developing a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success has released a second draft (PDF). Team members seek your input and reactions via the feedback form by February 17, 2017.

Learn about the team’s continued progress and next steps during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 pm. In this session, join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with OCLC Research’s project director and project team members. Ask questions and give your feedback on the second draft.

Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website or by watching the recording of a November ACRL online forum.

ACRL to Host Mellon / ACLS Public Fellow

Mellon ACLS Public Fellows Program logoACRL is pleased to announce its selection as a host organization for the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program, a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2017, the Public Fellows program will place up to 22 recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring, an annual stipend, and health insurance.

The Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance one of the association’s highest priorities by contributing to efforts to improve research around library contributions to student learning and success, which ties directly to our strategic goal that academic libraries demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

“We are delighted to be selected by ACLS to participate in this important program,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “The work of ACRL’s fellow will expand our capacity to focus on student success and the value of academic libraries.”

Working with an engaged community of academic librarians and library researchers, the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow placed at ACRL will advance research focused on student learning and success and promote findings from our forthcoming action-oriented research agenda to resonate across the network of higher education stakeholders. Additionally, the fellow will contribute to the work of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries to help academic library professionals more fully embrace the future of information and libraries in higher education.

The deadline to apply for the ACRL fellow position is March 22, 2017. ACLS seeks applications from recent PhDs in the humanities who aspire to careers in administration, management, and public service by choice rather than circumstance. For more information on the program and the position description (pdf), please visit the ACLS website.

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows is a fellowship program offered by the American Council of Learned Societies with generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

Give Feedback on Draft ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda by Dec 16

val-1 A team from OCLC Research, which ACRL selected last summer, has been hard at work since August to design, develop, and deliver a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. Team members have released an initial draft of the agenda (PDF), and they seek your input and reactions. Submit your thoughts via the feedback form by December 16, 2016.

The team will release a revised draft in January and present at the ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:30 pm, during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website or by watching the recording of a recent ACRL online forum.

Reminder: Register for Update on ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda (11/15)

val-1Learn about progress on ACRL’s forthcoming action-oriented research agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. Sign up for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Update on ACRL’s Action-Oriented Research Agenda,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central  | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

A team from OCLC Research – which ACRL selected to design, develop, and deliver the new action-oriented agenda – has been working since August and seeks your input and feedback. An initial draft of the agenda (PDF), along with additional information, is available on the project webpage.

Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Monday, November 14. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of November 14.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

ACRL Presents: Update on ACRL Action-Oriented Research Agenda (11/15)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Update on ACRL’s Action-Oriented Research Agenda,” on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Central  | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.)

Learn about progress on ACRL’s forthcoming action-oriented research agenda on library contributions to student learning and success. A team from OCLC Research – which ACRL selected to design, develop, and deliver the new action-oriented agenda – has been working since August and seeks your input and feedback.

Join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair to hear the context for this work along with the project director and team members. This forum will allow community members to ask questions and give reactions to the first draft. You can find the draft online one week prior to the online forum on the project webpage.

Presenters: Jaime Hammond, director of library services at Naugatuck Valley Community College and chair of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee; Lynn Silipigni Connaway, project director and senior research scientist at OCLC; and project team members Vanessa Kitzie and Stephanie Mikitish, doctoral candidates at Rutgers University.

How to register: Submit your free registration online by noon Central on Monday, November 14. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of November 14.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

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