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Member of the Week: Beth Stahr

June 30th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Beth StahrBeth Stahr is Head of Reference at the Southeastern Louisiana University Sims Memorial Library in Hammond, Louisiana. Beth has been an ACRL member since 1998  and is your ACRL member of the week for June 30, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, analytical, focused.

2. What are you currently reading?  My reading list is somewhat scattered, but predictable by those who know me well. I’m reading Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America by François Weil. As a former professional genealogist who is still certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, I am intrigued by this arms-length view of Americans’ interest in family history. As a resident of southeastern Louisiana, I am always interested in scholarship relating to local lore, so I’m also reading A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long. And, at the suggestion of my director, for pure enjoyment, I just finished Help for the Haunted by John Searles on my Kindle.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Innovative, collaborative, enlightening.

4. What do you value about ACRL?  I appreciate ACRL’s push toward excellence in everything it attempts, from the ACRL conferences, to the publications, to online courses. The concept of quality permeates every offering.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Faculty librarians on our campus provide traditional services like information literacy instruction, reference assistance, and subject area expertise, but also contribute to the institutional fabric by service on Faculty Senate and on important university committees. I am honored to currently serve on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Institutional Review Board, positions which allow me to share the library’s unique perspective. I also serve as the treasurer of the university’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, interacting with students, faculty, retired faculty and alumni. I’m convinced that these campus connections accentuate what we do in the library, and help remind teaching faculty of our impact on our campus.

6. In your own words:  The possibilities are unending—the variety of work, the constant change, the outreach and service and working with faculty across campus is so personally enriching. There is never a moment of workplace boredom, and academic librarians can find their personal identity in so many different ways.

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.

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Information Literacy Strategist Position

June 27th, 2014 by David Free in About ACRL, Information Literacy

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association is seeking an Information Literacy Strategist for its Chicago office for a two-year project assignment.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Information Literacy Strategist will encourage adoption of ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education within the profession in order to support ACRL’s strategic goal that librarians transform student learning, pedagogy, and instructional practices through creative and innovative collaborations.

Major responsibilities will include:

-Provide educational programming that increases knowledge and encourages use of the new (IL Framework) within the academic library profession.

–Create and promote a pilot campus program.

–Develop and maintain an online “sandbox” so that ACRL members and academic librarians can try out approaches to using the IL Framework and share their experiences.

–Support ACRL Officers and official representatives who are promoting the new IL Framework at relevant higher education, library, disciplinary and topical conferences.

Starting salary negotiable from the mid-30s; based on experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package for this two year regular part-time position with a 17 and a half hour work week; that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and a retirement annuity.

Requirements:   Experience designing and delivering training, in concert with others, for an audience of academic librarians. Rich knowledge and understanding of trends in academic librarianship and higher education.

Proven writing and public speaking experience, including online presentations and knowledge of webinar systems. Demonstrated project management, organization, and customer service skills. Excellent oral and written communication.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and strong initiative, yet with a team orientation. Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines; ability to conceptualize, with others, high-level plans and processes; demonstrated success in committing to a long-term projects (12-18 months).

Knowledge of stakeholders within the higher education sector with an interest in information literacy, threshold concepts, and competency based education.

Minimum of 5 years work experience in libraries and/or academia.


Apply online at (additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Send resume, cover letter and two writing samples to:

American Library Association

Human Resources Department

Ref: infoliteracyACRL

50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Fax:  312/280-5270


The American Library Association is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer.

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Applications/Nominations Invited for C&RL Editor

June 25th, 2014 by David Free in C&RL

crl squareApplications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The association seeks an innovative, experienced candidate to lead its top-tier, open access journal with an eye to the future of scholarly publishing. The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL at the time of appointment.

Qualifications include:

  • Professional experience in academic libraries;
  • Broad knowledge of current issues facing academic and research libraries;
  • Record of scholarly publishing;
  • Editing experience, preferably in the scholarly publishing environment;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, current trends and innovations in scholarly communication including open access and digital publishing;
  • Knowledge of current trends in reader engagement, including social media integration; and
  • Organizational and communication skills, including the ability to meet, and hold others to, publication deadlines.

Some funding for editorial assistance and travel to relevant conferences is available, and there is a small honorarium for the editor.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors at, or prior to, the 2015 ALA Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will serve as Editor-Designate for one year before assuming full responsibility for C&RL in July 2016.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

C&RL Search Committee
c/o Dawn Mueller
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31, 2014.

Finalists will be interviewed at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago or by phone shortly after Midwinter.

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New From ACRL – “The Librarian Stereotype”

June 24th, 2014 by Kathryn Deiss in Publications

The Librarian StereotypeACRL announces the publication of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. The Librarian Stereotype serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding the ways in which librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, covering topics such as racial and ethnic identity, professional personas, pop culture, and a variety of specific stereotypes of librarians, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.

The ultimate goal of the project is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, as illustrated by the chapter authors, librarians can work towards improved status, increased diversity and greater acceptance of each other.

More information on the book, including interviews with chapter authors and a link to a free preview of the foreward and first chapter, is available on the Librarian Wardrobe website.

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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

June 24th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Scholarly Communication

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Amy Buckland, Jenny Oleen, and Jaron Porciello 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. Amy, Jenny, and Jaron join the team of experienced presenters as collegial partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the popular workshop. Amy Buckland is Coordinator, Scholarly Communications, McGill University; Jenny Oleen is Scholarly Communication Librarian, Western Washington University; and Jaron Porciello is Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator, Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, Cornell University.

“We are very pleased to have three new presenters, Amy, Jaron, and Jenny, join ACRL’s scholarly communication workshop “roadshow” team of presenters. This is a valued workshop for the library community, which has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and the changing nature of scholarly communication. I’m confident these new presenters will contribute to the continued success of the roadshow, bringing new energy and ideas,” said Chair of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Lisa Macklin of Emory University. 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 five times each year. Stay tuned for more information in fall 2014 about how you can apply to host the competitive subsidized version. In addition, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

New this year, the presenter team is developing virtual programming through live webcasts as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program. Register now for their first webcast, Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom, offered August 5, 2014.

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Member of the Week: Marie R. Kennedy

June 23rd, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Marie R. KennedyMarie R. Kennedy is Serials and Electronic Resources Librarian at the Loyola Marymount University William H. Hannon Library in Los Angeles, California. Marie has been an ACRL member since 2004  and is your ACRL member of the week for June 23, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Engaged lifelong learner.

2. What are you currently reading?  I’m in the middle of Night Sweats by Laura Crossett and just starting Analyzing Social Networks by Borgatti, Everett, and Johnson.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Connector, network, professional.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I still remember telling my colleagues after I returned from my first ACRL conference that I had found my tribe. The people I talked to at the conference were thinking about the same kinds of things happening at my own library and seemed to be honestly interested in how to improve/develop/create in order to better connect with patrons. When I think about ACRL, I consider it to be an organization that effectively connects librarians with similar interests and passions.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? My work is in technical services, managing serials and electronic resources, but the work I do has a very public face. When I first began working at LMU, I focused on building the infrastructure to make our electronic resources work as seamlessly as possible, focusing on patron-facing features as the most important component of that effort. As the infrastructure has become solid I can now turn my attention to communicating about those resources, using marketing techniques and feedback mechanisms.

6. In your own words:  As an academic librarian, I value being a practitioner in the field of librarianship and at the same time a questioner of our own practices. Most of my research is generated from observing how we do things in the profession and wondering if we could be doing something different or better. This kind of job is a dream for a person who is naturally curious and interested in how people interact with information.

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.

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Keeping Up With… Patron Driven Acquisitions

June 19th, 2014 by David Free in Keeping Up With

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available.  This month’s issue features a discussion of Patron Driven Acquisitions by Stephen Arougheti.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members  can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With… website for more information or contact David Free at with questions or to submit topics.

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Circle of Friends: Karen A. Williams

June 18th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Circle of Friends

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

Karen WilliamsKaren A. Williams is dean of University Libraries at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect and has been a Friend of ACRL since 2005.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Passionate, forward-looking, integrity.

2. Why do you support the ACRL 75th Anniversary scholarship campaign? The ACRL Conference is a stimulating, innovative, member-responsive event that we are fortunate to have every other year. It provides an excellent way for librarians and library staff to share ideas, learn from each other, co-create, sample cutting edge products, work with vendors, find a professional home, and have a blast. This is an especially rich environment for early career librarians and I’m gratified to have this opportunity to support their attendance through scholarships. Those of us who have been in the profession for awhile are re-energized through sharing experiences and gaining new points of view from our newer colleagues.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  I don’t collect books — with a few exceptions. That’s what libraries are for. I read my books and give them away in order to share the joy.  I do collect Mata Ortiz pottery, which has an interesting story, and single malt scotches (although those are for sharing as well).

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? Cerise Oberman parlayed her passion for the value of equipping students with research and information fluency skills into the creation of the Institute for Information Literacy, which has enriched the work of thousands of librarians through its programs and publications. Ray English was like a force of nature in the establishment of the original Scholarly Communication Committee, a very prolific group whose work remains impactful to this day. There are many others like Cerise and Ray who had vision, initiative, grit, and the power of persuasion to rally colleagues and make a difference in our professional lives, and the work we have been able to do on our campuses and with each other.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the next 75 years? I hope that ACRL will remain vibrant, nimble, and gutsy. If we can do this, we’ll continue to stay on top of the changing forces and remain integral to higher education. We’ll continue to hold the interests and contributions of experienced senior librarians and staff; and we’ll still be a compelling association for new librarians and other library professionals. I expect that what we do as professionals will continue to change radically over the next 75 years, but if we’re intentional about advancing the goals of higher education, ACRL will remain the go-to place for academic librarians and staff.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL provides education, advocacy, leadership, and scholarship — all while keeping a finger on the pulse of member needs.  ACRL is both a visionary and responsive organization.

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New From ACRL – “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook”

June 18th, 2014 by Kathryn Deiss in Publications

The Embedded Librarian's CookbookACRL announces the publication of The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook, edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook offers step-by-step guidelines for implementing tested approaches to embedded librarianship. Following the popular format of ACRL’s 2009 release The Library Instruction Cookbook, the book features fifty-five “recipes” sorted into categories related to working with a variety of instructional situations, audiences, and levels of engagement. The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook provides librarians with a smorgasbord of approaches to embedding instruction and assessing these activities.

This volume builds on Calkins and Kvenild’s 2011 ACRL publication Embedded Librarianship: Moving Beyond One-shot Instruction and is essential for all instruction and liaison librarians working  with any variety of emdedded librarianship as well as library and information science program professional collections.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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ACRL seeks feedback on revised Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

June 17th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerThe Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the revised draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, has become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a unanimous recommendation that they be a significantly revised. A task force charged with creating the Framework has been working since March 2013 and shared a first draft this spring.

“The revision of the ACRL information literacy standards is vital in order for our libraries and librarians to think about, understand, and use new methods of incorporating information fluency in our curricula. I’m pleased with the work of the task force thus far and look forward to the completion – and implementation – of the new Framework,” said ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes of Washington University in St. Louis.

Since the publication of the first standards, the information environment has evolved into a fragmented, complex information ecosystem that demands greater sense-making and metacognition from the student.

“The Framework offers possibilities for thinking about information literacy in a more holistic way and for designing more coherent programs based on genuine collaboration,” said Co-Chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force Craig Gibson of Ohio State University Libraries.

The new Framework seeks to address the interconnected nature of the abilities, practices and dispositions of the student, moving away from the hierarchical and formulaic approach of the current standards.

“Preliminary conversations about the Framework with both librarians and faculty at a number of institutions suggest increasing excitement about and engagement with the potential it provides,” said Trudi E. Jacobson, co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force and head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries.

The revised draft Framework, along with questions to guide the review and feedback process, is now available on the task force website. An in-person hearing is scheduled for 10:30 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, June 28, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Two additional online hearings will take place on Monday, July 7, and Friday, July 11, 2014. Sign-up for the July online hearings is available on the task force website.

Please provide feedback on the revised draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, via an online form.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

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