Apply Now For ACRL 2015 Scholarships

acrl2015ACRL is offering approximately 175 scholarships worth more than $110,000 for the ACRL 2015 Conference, “Creating Sustainable Community,” to be held March 25 – 28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

ACRL typically funds about 100 conference scholarships and this year initiated a new Kick Start the Future campaign in honor of the association’s 75th anniversary that seeks to raise the $50,000 needed to fund the 75 additional scholarships. While donations to the campaign are rolling in, the association currently needs an additional $14,000 to meet its goal. Information on donating to the campaign is available on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.

The deadline to apply for all ACRL 2015 scholarships is Friday, November 7, 2014, and there are six scholarship categories:

  • Early-career Librarian Scholarships - provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Mid-career Librarian Scholarships (new for ACRL 2015) - provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Library Support Staff Scholarships - provide opportunities for library support staff to attend the premier event for academic and research libraries.
  • Library School Student Scholarships - provide opportunities for library school students to learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries.
  • Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants - provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to attend the ACRL conference for professional development and networking with colleagues or mentors through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
  • Virtual Conference Scholarships - provide unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking online.

To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2015 website.  For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Tory Ondrla at or (312) 280-2515.

Member of the Week: Julie Kane

Julie KaneJulie Kane is Director of Digital Teaching and Learning / Digital Pedagogies Librarian at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. Julie has been an ACRL member since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 8, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, enthusiastic, lucky.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Like many of us, I always seem to have a number of things going at once. I’m currently pursuing a master’s in English, so this one has to do with my degree, and it’s part of a great series of Pickering and Chatto Women’s Novels I’m studying: The Victim of Fancy by Elizabeth Sophia Tomlins. For fun I’m reading Mannequin Girl by Ellen Litman; and when I get a chance to get out walking I’m listening to Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Community, resource, mentorship.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value an area within ALA where I feel a vast support network within and among college and university librarians. ALA is of course enormous, which is both amazing and overwhelming; there are times to be reminded that our subdivision of academic librarianship can be overwhelmingly diverse, as well, and I think ACRL does a phenomenal job of both putting us in touch with librarians across our academic universe and helping us find those closer to our realm.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? This is something I find myself asking routinely, as my position has changed dramatically over the last year or so and I’ve been sort of poking my head into new areas all over campus. After about six years as the Head of Technical Services, I’m now the Director of Digital Teaching and Learning/Digital Pedagogies Librarian. Right now, my primary focus is directing our ePortfolio program, which touches a lot of things: I work with Co-Curricular life and our advising program to make sure that all incoming first-years complete a personal essay in ePortfolio for their academic advisors, ePortfolio is now completely integrated into our college-wide writing assessment; we use it in our Y:1 program for critical thinking assessment; our Honors program launched an ePortfolio contest this semester — and this is all within our first full year rollout of ePortfolio. It’s been a busy first year, and I see more integration on the horizon.

I’m hoping to roll more digital humanities work into my position; my intention is to support the faculty and students in whatever projects they would like to launch. I’m lucky to have the chance lately to work with faculty, students, and staff from all areas of campus, and to be involved in discussions relating to curriculum changes. It’s all been challenging and incredibly exhilarating.

6. In your own words:  I love that my career has taken me in directions I never could have anticipated, and I hope that will always remain true. I have a faculty colleague who jokingly refers to me as a “recovering librarian,” I think mainly because what I do mostly is outside the building and traditional headspace of the library, but this is one particular evolution of a librarian. I am an academic librarian. I’m not sure I would have pursued an interest in SQL without a basis in MARC. I wouldn’t be as giddy about TEI as I am without a love of cataloging as my background and a thorough love of literature at my core.

I wouldn’t say that I am recovering so much as evolving. We are all on trajectories of one sort or another; I cannot emphasize enough that I love the fact that I have the flexibility and support at my institution to pursue my interests that align with interests and goals of faculty and educational mission of the institution so that I may flourish. I think that that is the best attribute of the life of an academic librarian: the freedom to continue to learn on the job.

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 for more information.

ACRL Presents – Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component (10/1)

Join us for the free “ACRL Presents” webcast, “An Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component,” on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m Central time.  This webcast will bring participants up to date concerning the reintegration of the NCES Academic Library Survey into IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). Implications of revised library data elements for academic libraries will be discussed.

Submit your free registration online by September 30.  The webcast will be recorded and made available on the ACRL webcast shortly after the live event.  Questions should be directed to

C&RL News – September 2014

sept14 cover72The September 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Data management is a growing area of focus for many academic libraries. Librarians at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Libraries took the initiative in educating graduate students on managing their research data through a series of “flipped” workshops. Lisa Johnston and Jon Jeffryes encourage other libraries to “Steal this idea” and duplicate the program at their institutions. Katherine G. Akers makes an argument for “Going beyond data management planning” and providing more comprehensive research services in her The Way I See It essay.

The intersection between scholarly communication and information literacy has been an ongoing focus for ACRL over the past several years. Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Teresa A. Fishel, and Merinda Kaye Hensley discuss this initiative and ways they’ve made the connection at their institutions in this month’s Scholarly Communication article “Weaving the threads.”

The world of social media is ever-changing, as anyone who has a Facebook account well knows. In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians from Montana State University discuss their shifting adventures with Facebook advertising and marketing efforts on “The social media toll road.”

This month we look back at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas with our annual round-up of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. Going even further back in the history of ACRL, Jill Sodt gives an overview of trends and issues from “The 1940s” in our ongoing series celebrating ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

We also look ahead to the upcoming ACRL 2015 conference with the first in a series of articles focusing on our host city of Portland, Oregon. Tony Greiner and Rachel Bridgewater provide a general overview of the region in their piece “Portland: An eclectic introduction.” Join us March 25-28, 2015, for ACRL 2015. Registration and housing are now available on the conference website at

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look the “Reimagining or revisioning?” of the Northwestern University Libraries’ public services spaces and services, the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2015 awards program, and the monthly look at contents and events from our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.

College & Research Libraries – September 2014

crl squareThe September 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.

Guest Editorial
Scott Walter and James G. Neal. “A New Age of Reason for Academic Libraries.” Full Text (PDF).

Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit and Alexa Pearce. “Invoking the User from Data to Design.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Chris Leeder and Steven Lonn. “Faculty Usage of Library Tools in a Learning Management System.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen, and Barbara J. Hamel. “Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

David C. Tyler, Joyce C. Melvin, MaryLou Epp, and Anita M. Kreps. “Don’t Fear the Reader: Librarian versus Interlibrary Loan Patron-Driven Acquisition of Print Books at an Academic Library by Relative Collecting Level and by Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Nancy M. Foasberg. “Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith, and Megan Reed. “Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Connie Strittmatter and Virginia K. Bratton. “Plagiarism Awareness among Students: Assessing Integration of Ethics Theory into Library Instruction.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Jennifer Hoyer. Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, 2nd ed. Ed. Patrick Ragains. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Robert Spoo. Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 384 p. Paper, $35.00 (ISBN: 978-0-19-992787-6). LC 2012-040019. Full Text (PDF).

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