Candidates Forum Recording Available

The 2015 candidates for ACRL vice-president/ president-elect participated in an open online forum on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Scott Walter and Irene M.H. Herold discussed their platforms and vision for ACRL and fielded questions from the audience. Walter is university librarian at DePaul University, and Herold is university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

A recording of the forum is now available.

Complete information on the 2015 ACRL election, including links to candidate statements from C&RL News, a podcast interview with the candidates for vice-president/ president-elect, profile of Board of Directors candidates, and a full slate of candidates for ACRL section offices, is available on the ACRL website.

Voting in the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election begins on Tuesday, March 24. We strongly encourage you to help shape the future of your associations by casting a ballot for the candidates of your choice!

Meet the Candidates: Beth McNeil

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 24.

Beth McNeilBeth McNeil is Associate Dean of the Purdue University Libraries in West Lafayette, Indiana, and is a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, knowledgeable, optimistic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler, Dear White People by Justin Simien, and Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change by Daniel Mack and Gary White; and listening to Invisibilia, with Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller (NPR podcast).

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, connected, resourceful.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? I value very much the resources and expertise made available to me through my ACRL membership. ACRL programming and publications are always first-rate and advance librarianship. Through participation on ACRL committees I feel I have been able to make an impact in higher education.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? On my campus I find ways to connect the work of our libraries and librarians with the teaching and research initiatives taking place each day in the academic departments and through student success units. My role is to facilitate these connections and to build partnerships and collaborations, around our collections and services, that advance student information literacy that will enable our students to be successful academically and in their professional careers and support faculty in new modes of scholarship and open access to research.

6. In your own words: Life as an academic/research librarian is always changing, challenging, and full of interesting opportunities. In 25+ years I have never once regretted my career choice.  My career has been energized by student curiosity and eagerness to learn and faculty commitment to teaching, both of which give me confidence in the future.

ACRL announces new presenters for workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement”

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Katie Fortney and Anali Maughan Perry as the newest presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement,” which is offered to institutions across the country on an ongoing basis. Katie and Anali join the team of experienced presenters as collegial partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the popular workshop. Katie Fortney is the Copyright Policy & Education Officer for California Digital Library, serving the University of California libraries and their users. Anali Maughan Perry is the Associate Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication at Arizona State University Libraries.

“We’re very excited to welcome Katie and Anali to the team of presenters for the scholarly communication roadshow. Their policy expertise and experience working with scholars to preserve and provide open access to scholarship will be invaluable to the roadshow team, and will help to ensure a vibrant future for this important workshop,” said Chair of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Claire Stewart of University of Minnesota. The search committee, comprised of members of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and a representative of the current presenter group, was led by committee member Scott Mandernack of Marquette University.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop up to five times each year. Subsidized workshops for spring 2015 are: Friday, March 13, 2015, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; Friday, April 10, 2015, at Tri-College University Libraries in Fargo, ND; Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Iowa State University Library in Ames, IA; and Friday, May 8, 2015, at Auburn University Libraries in Auburn, AL.

Stay tuned for more information in fall 2015 about how you can apply to host the competitive subsidized version in 2016. In addition, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

Meet the Candidates: Lori Ostapowicz Critz

Editor’s Note: In the lead-up to the 2015 ALA/ ACRL election, we’re profiling the 2015 ACRL Board of Directors candidates. We’ll feature one candidate in slate order each weekday from March 13 — 20. Complete details on candidates for ACRL offices are available on the election website. Make sure to vote for the candidates of your choice starting March 24.

Lori Ostapowicz CritzLori Ostapowicz Critz is Head of the Faculty Engagement Department at the Georgia Institute of Technology Library in Atlanta, Georgia, and is a 2015 candidate for the ACRL Board of Directors as Director-at-Large.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Committed, Energetic.

2. What are you reading right now (or listening to on your mobile device)? As this semester’s (teaching) faculty book club offering, I’m re-reading The Power of Mindful Learning by Ellen J. Langer. The 1997 book is a thought-provoking extension of Langer’s interpretation of mindfulness, with a bend to teaching and learning applications, and it is precipitating some wonderful, reflective discussions about instruction and our students.

I’m also re-visiting Sue Grafton’s alphabet mysteries — and am finding them just as fun the second time around!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Strategic, Responsive, Progressive.

4. Why do you value about ACRL? ACRL has always been the welcoming beacon within a very large, and sometimes daunting, organization. For me, the value of ACRL is three-pronged:  ACRL is unfailingly the trusted source for current, critical information of interest to academic libraries and librarians; ACRL provides extraordinary professional development opportunities for academic librarians across the spectrum; and ACRL is an approachable organization where every academic librarian can find a “home”.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? The job descriptions and assignments of academic librarians are as varied as the campuses we serve. Regardless of the job title, however, all academic librarians are well poised to make significant, value-added contributions to their institutions. My examples give some insight into several opportunities for campus integration and contribution, from the perspective of a public services academic librarian.

Over the past eighteen months my most notable and far-reaching contributions to the campus have revolved around two strategic activities: the Library Renewal project and the SACS reaffirmation of accreditation process. For the Renewal – a complete renovation of both the facilities and our provision of services – I serve as part of a three-man Steering Group working with faculty shepherds, myriad campus stakeholders, strategic consultants, and a large (architectural) Design Team to help ensure that the renewed library will be an outstanding and innovative 21st Century library poised to serve as an intellectual crossroads for our research-intensive, student-centered university. For reaffirmation, I wrote one of the Comprehensive Standards (3.8.2) on library services and resources, and am working closely with the faculty team developing the new QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) for Georgia Tech.  Written as part of the documentation for this campus-wide plan, I authored the 17+ page comprehensive literature review.

As a Faculty Engagement librarian, a primary component of my position centers on faculty, graduate student, and postdoc engagement. In this role I explore new models of service to these campus constituents.  For example, I serve as campus coordinator (and co-developer) for the Graduate Communication Certificate Program. This Program is a multi-unit partnership designed to provide a structured series of communications-related workshops and Capstone Experiences for graduate students looking to hone their professional communication skills. It was developed at the request of our graduate student government, and has been well-received by the students as a non-departmental opportunity for addressing these critical skills.

As a liaison and subject specialist, I support the students and faculty in my assigned areas, and make sustained contributions to our campus through appropriate selection of resources, customized research assistance, and targeted instruction across a wide spectrum of topics and subject areas.  Increasingly, this work is affording me the opportunity to deeply embed in the schools and departments I serve, and provide value-added assistance at the point-of-need. My partnership with Biomedical Engineering (BME) has been particularly fruitful, as I work with every BME undergraduate – as they first begin their major-specific courses – to develop the information literacy competency needed to succeed in this research-intensive major.

6. In your own words: I’m approaching my 15 year anniversary in librarianship and I note (almost daily!) the constant state of flux in academic libraries, and for academic librarians. We see enormous changes in technology, and its integration into our daily lives.  We see the proliferation of information available, and the accompanying challenges in providing access to this expanding universe of sometimes free, but often for fee, information. We see the shifts in user needs and expectations and seek to provide relevant spaces, services and resources to meet these needs. And, increasingly, we see the need to demonstrate our value to our institutions — in an environment where funding is always an issue and where outcomes, and not outputs, are key indicators of that value.

While change is inevitable, and often precipitates new and exciting opportunities, I believe the core values of librarianship remain in place – and remain as relevant as ever. And, although we may see the need to update the terminology in the 5 Laws, Ranganathan’s principles still apply, and still guide our daily work! I am delighted and humbled to witness the ever-expanding accomplishments of academic librarians in this time of perpetual change.  We are increasing our repertoire of services and skills, and embracing new opportunities to partner in research, to embed in the teaching and learning cycle, and to foster new collaborative efforts and adventures. It’s an exciting time to be an academic librarian, and I’m looking forward to the next 15 years!

2015 ACRL Environmental Scan

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries.  The 2015 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2015 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2015 environmental scan at ACRL 2015 in Portland on Thursday, March 26. The session will take place at 8:00 am in D138-140 of the Oregon Convention Center.

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