A Message to the FSU Community from the ACRL Board of Directors

The ACRL Board of Directors, along with the entire academic community, was shocked and saddened by the news of the senseless act of violence that occurred early Thursday morning at the Florida State University (FSU) Strozier Library.

The Strozier Library, like academic libraries across the nation, represents the heart and soul of campus. The actions of the Strozier Library faculty and staff during, and following, these tragic events show the dedication of the academic library community to the personal, as well as intellectual, well-being of our students.

Many of our fellow ACRL members are affected both professionally and personally by the events at Strozier. Please know that those dealing with aftermath of this tragedy, including FSU students, staff, and faculty, are in our thoughts.

Karen A. Williams, president
Ann Campion Riley, vice-president/president-elect
Trevor A. Dawes, past-president
Mary Ellen K. Davis, executive director
Members of the ACRL Board of Directors

FAQs about Proposed Framework for IL Updated; Comment on Draft by December 12

small_bannerACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force is grateful for the feedback they have begun receiving on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education released last week on November 12, 2014. Because there are some common threads in the comments, they continue to update the Frequently Asked Questions section of their website to explain their thinking. A newly added answer explains the reasoning behind the non-parallel titles of the Frames.

The task force encourages the community to check the FAQ page for additions over the next few weeks. Read the third draft of the proposed Framework online and provide your comments by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form.

ACRL offering OER workshop at ALA Midwinter

Join ACRL for the workshop, “Tackling Textbook Costs through Open Educational Resources: A Primer,” on Thursday, January 29 (1:00 – 5:00 p.m.) and Friday, January 30, 2015 (8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) prior to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. This event is organized by SPARC in collaboration with the ARL/ACRL Institute for Scholarly Communication.

The skyrocketing cost of textbooks is a hot topic on campus, and academic libraries have a burgeoning opportunity to advance the solution through Open Educational Resources (OERs). OERs include digital textbooks and other academic materials that carry an open license permitting their free use and repurposing by others. Join us for this action-packed primer on how libraries can leverage OER for textbook affordability-and beyond. Participants will learn from national experts, get inspired by successful projects, brainstorm with peers, and develop action plans. All levels of experience welcome.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the basics of OER and how to talk about it on campus.
  • Learn how academic libraries are successfully advancing OER.
  • Begin developing an action plan for your campus.

Presenter(s)
Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC. Additional presenters to be confirmed shortly.

How to register
Complete details and registration materials are online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/oerinstituteACRL and SPARC members, please enter the discount code “ACRL2015″ on the registration form in order to receive the discounted rate.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

ACRL Immersion Programs – December 5 application deadline

ACRL announces its 2015 Information Literacy Immersion Programs. The ACRL Immersion Programs provide instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensively on all aspects of information literacy.

Teacher and Program TracksAugust 2-7, 2015, Seattle, WA
Deadline to apply: December 5, 2014
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersionprogram

ACRL is currently accepting applications for the Immersion ’15 Program (Teacher and Program tracks) to be held at Seattle University in Seattle, August 2-7, 2015. Acceptance to Immersion ’15 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Applications are due December 5, 2014. Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in refreshing, enhancing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Program Track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability, and the integration of teaching, learning, and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in case studies developed prior to the program.

Practical Management TrackMarch 25, 2015, Portland, OR
Deadline to register: February 6, 2015
http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion/practicalmanagement

Registration materials are now available for the Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator. The Immersion ’15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland on March 25, 2015. The registration deadline is February 6, 2015. The Practical Management Track will address how to lead from within developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions. Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success. Discover how to influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals and develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration.

Questions about ACRL Immersion ’15 programs should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

Member of the Week: Claudia C. Peterson

Claudia C. PetersonClaudia C. Peterson is Reference and Instruction Librarian at Penn State Fayette in Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania. Claudia has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 17, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Flexible, collaborative and curious.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?Amor en los Tiempos del Cholera by Gabriel Garci­a Marquez.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, forward-thinking, dynamic.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It’s devotion to academic libraries through the research direction it takes.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As a reference and instruction librarian at a small campus, I am a daily part in the lives of students. I especially contribute to their learning and discovery by making the library and its resources available at every step of their education.

6. In your own words: I feel that my career as an academic librarian has introduced me to valuable and very rewarding experiences in the classroom and outside the classroom.


Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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