ACRL 2015 Scholarship Applications Due Nov. 7!

acrl2015Scholarship applications to attend ACRL 2015 are due on Friday, November 7. ACRL is offering approximately 175 scholarships worth more than $110,000 for the conference 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. Information on donating to the campaign is available on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.

Scholarships to ACRL 2015 are available in the following 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: Scott P. Muir

Scott P. MuirScott P. Muir is Associate Provost for Library information Services at the Rowan University Libraries in Glassboro, New Jersey. Scott has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 13, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven. Facilitative. Patient

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I scan a number of library blogs and feeds. One of my favorite resources to read is the Harvard Business Review blog, because it often deals with planning and human resources, which are major portion of my job. I also enjoy this resource because it is not written for libraries, but it is still applicable.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership. Networking. Professional Development.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What is most vital to me is what I learn from conversations with colleagues and those opportunities for networking, in addition to programming. Much of what I take away from ACRL programs are the nuances of how a library or a colleague has approached a project or issue.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Rowan University recently expanded and added two medical schools, becoming one of two universities in the U.S. with both an allopathic and an osteopathic medical school. As a senior university administrator, much of my time involves working across departments, with college deans, vice-presidents, and other administrators on programs and services that the libraries have to offer, and in areas where we can support other departments and support the research and teaching mission of the university. Internally, I have directed my efforts on the incorporation of two new libraries into existing systems and processes, and creating new ways for us to work together collaboratively. I also focus my organization on a 21st century vision for library facilities and services as Rowan University embraces plans for a greatly increased research mission and a doubling of the student body size over the next 10 years.

6. In your own words: I have been a librarian for 36 years and I am working in my seventh library. I have seen tremendous changes in how we deliver services. I started my career at a time before microcomputers and the Internet, where we were a paper-based environment. Paraphrasing a colleague, I have seen libraries move from an environment where time was plentiful and information was scarce, to the exact opposite, of an environment where time is scarce and information is plentiful, and that information is growing exponentially. All of these changes have created a situation in which many libraries and librarians are challenged to redefine their roles in this rapidly changing digital world. For those of us who love continuous change, this will be an exciting time in libraries as we identify and explore the many opportunities available.

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 – Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries (10/23)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries,” on Thursday, October 23, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time.  There are many ways that academic librarians are engaging with their communities around issues of open access and scholarly communication – collaborations with faculty, students and administration are key to understanding user perspectives and to building advocacy.  This webcast will present examples of scholarly communication and open access initiatives at a variety of academic libraries across the country.  Join us to learn how your colleagues are engaging with their communities around issues of author rights, open access, open educational resources, and more.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the variety of scholarly communication initiatives across a variety of institutional types and sizes
  • Hear about examples of collaboration and engagement with faculty and students
  • Learn about connections between scholarly communication, information literacy, collections and other services

Presenter: Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

How to register
Submit your free registration online by October 22.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to  More details about Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014, are available online.

Mark Shelton named C&RL Book Review Editor

Mark Shelton of Harvard University has been appointed to the post of Book Review Editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of ACRL. Shelton will serve a three-year term as Book Review Editor beginning immediately.

C&RL remains committed to traditional forms of scholarly communication even as it continues to explore new forms,” said C&RL Editor-in-Chief Scott Walter of DePaul University. “The book review has a long tradition as a ‘recommender system’ among librarians and scholars. We look forward to working with Mark Shelton to explore the place of the scholarly book review as our journal continues to evolve, and also to look for new opportunities to integrate review content into our emergent digital platforms and social media programs.”

“After many years of writing reviews and benefiting from them professionally, I look forward to serving C&RL and the readers of the journal,” Shelton added. “I am also looking forward to connecting with current and new reviewers as we together provide this valuable resource to our professional colleagues.”

Currently head of collection development at Harvard’s Gutman Library, Shelton brings more than 17 years of academic library leadership experience to the position, including extensive knowledge of collection development, acquisitions and licensing. Shelton has written numerous book reviews for C&RL and Collection Building, in addition to serving as a library advisory board member for a variety of publishers.

Reminder – ACRL 2015 Proposals Due November 3

acrl2015ACRL 2015 poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due November 3, 2014.  Complete details are available in the ACRL 2015 Call for Participation.

ACRL 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 25-28, 2015.  The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.  We encourage proposal submissions representing all types of libraries and aspects of librarianship.  ACRL 2015 offers a variety of session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles.  From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is surely a format best suited to your ideas.

Please review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission; we also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

Complete details about ACRL 2015 are on the conference website. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla by email at or phone (312) 280-2515.

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