ACRL Program Proposals for 2018 ALA Annual Conference Due September 5

As a reminder, ACRL program proposals for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans are due September 5, 2017. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2018 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2017. ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups, and individual members to consider submitting program proposals.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin at mgriffin@ala.org or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org with questions concerning the program proposal process.

Member of the Week: Kelly McElroy

Kelly McElroyKelly McElroy is student engagement and community outreach librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Kelly has been a member of ACRL since 2008 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 14, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, committed, cooperative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For fun? I’m currently re-reading The Prince Zine by Joshua James Amberson, which is a fantastic fanzine all about Prince, printed in purple ink; also Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan and A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Librarians connecting librarians.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL creates chances for me to meet other academic librarians with similar interests. I participated in ACRL Immersion in 2013, and when I think about the lasting impact, it is amazing how many ongoing professional relationships stem from that single week. For example, it was the first time I met Nicole Pagowsky, who I worked with on the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbooks, as well as at least three of our authors. Through its programming, ACRL fosters these opportunities to get in a room with the right people to make something excellent happen.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? My work at Oregon State is to welcome students, particularly from marginalized communities, into the library. Sometimes I say that I’m the fun librarian, because I get to think about ways to make the library more approachable and accessible. In some cases, this means directly connecting students to resources or services, but just as often I collaborate with other staff and faculty who work closely with those students. The library can be a part of initiatives to support particular campus communities—say, undocumented students, students experiencing homelessness, or QTPOC students—without creating a new service, but by sharing the resources we have, whether through teaching, technology, collections, or just by showing up. It’s easy to focus on the stuff we offer, but the relationships are also often crucial.

6. In your own words: For some reason, this question stumped me—I don’t have any deep reflections on this profession, especially not as a lifestyle. But as far as jobs go, I am glad to spend my days learning and helping other people learn, in a context where I can contribute to some kinds of social change.


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.

Circle of Friends: Kenley E. Neufeld

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.

Kenley NeufeldKenley E. Neufeld is the dean of Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara, CA. Kenley has been an ACRL member since 2001 and joined the ACRL Circle of Friends in 2011.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Calm, dependable, loyal.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? I found a professional home in ACRL in my early career that helped me grow as a library leader and library thinker. Being a part of ACRL guided me as a library advocate and educator. In those early years, it wasn’t always easy to pay the professional dues and attend multiple conferences each year. My primary goal in supporting the Friends of ACRL is to allow more young professionals to participate in our association and be able to attend the many conferences and programs.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you? I am a fan of dark stories—both written and visual. I enjoy dumb science fiction movies—such as Resident Evil. I also love sad and/or depressing music. I enjoy experiencing my “dark side” through film and music and that plays alongside my lighter spiritual side which is very joyous. I was ordained by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a dharma teacher and am authorized to teach meditation for retreats and mindfulness days.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? In the 16 years that I’ve been an ACRL member, I have met so many wonderful and kind colleagues I can rely on both personally and professionally. It has been an honor to work alongside people like Steven Bell, Irene Herold, and Cynthia Steinhoff. I’ve worked closely with so many of the ACRL staff that I can’t begin to mention all their names, but they are inspiring for their many years of commitment. If I have to pick only one person, it will be Trevor Dawes. The influence from Trevor is primarily in the area of personality—most people underestimate the importance of soft skills—his positive and kind energy, his open heartedness, and of course his drive to move forward, to innovate, and pursue a dream. If any of us can replicate just a little bit of Trevor’s smile and openness, then we will all be able to live better.

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? We have an amazing association that has been a leader at the forefront of academic library efforts. It is a true wonder that we have been able to accomplish so much as a volunteer organization. As a community college librarian, I want the association to continue considering the community college library experience in all discussions, all planning, and in the creation of tools and resources. In the long term, we need an association that will lead librarians forward into new ways of thinking about libraries and library services. We also need to lead non-library educators into new ways of thinking about libraries and library services. This type of forward thinking requires creative think tanks, innovative professional development, and thinking beyond our past and beyond our profession.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL provides a gathering place for creativity, collaboration, engagement, and leadership across all types of academic libraries. ACRL is a voice for both the new and the seasoned professional. The most important work it provides are connections, colleagues, and community. It is the place to be.

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition

Zotero book coverACRL announces the publication of Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition by Jason Puckett. Functioning as a thorough introduction to Zotero—from setting up to saving, organizing, and citing items, and ending with more advanced topics—as well as a guide to teaching Zotero, this is both a user’s guide to the tool and a handbook for understanding how different groups use it.

2011’s Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators was the first book-length treatment of this powerful research tool, and this completely revised and updated second edition is still the perfect guidebook to this robust, open access research tool that allows the user to manage all aspects of bibliographic data. In addition to functioning as a user’s and teacher’s guide, the book looks at strategies for developing effective support structures and channels within an institution and building the right linkages between relevant players, in particular library support staff and IT.

As Sebastian Karcher, associate director of the Qualitative Data Repository at Syracuse University and leading specialist on the Zotero reference management software and the Citation Style Language, says in his Foreword to the book, “In this second edition of Zotero, Jason has significantly updated and improved on his 2011 edition, drawing on his rich experience supporting, teaching, and “evangelizing” Zotero…[a] successful teacher will find this guide to understanding not just Zotero but also its users indispensable.”

This second edition, in full color, includes many more figures, screenshots, and illustrations, revised bibliographies, substantial changes to the chapter on online tools, and the addition of a completely new chapter on add-ons and mobile applications. Zotero is a comprehensive guide for researchers who just need a how-to to help them make bibliographies; instruction librarians and teachers using Zotero in conjunction with classes doing research assignments; and reference librarians and tech support staff who are helping users with Zotero questions and problems.

Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators, Second Edition is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5

COUNTER recently published Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. The new release internally consistent, unambiguous, and flexible, so that it will be easier for publishers to be compliant and so that the Code of Practice can be adapted and extended as digital publishing changes over the years. The new Code of Practice becomes effective from January 1, 2019.

COUNTER is eager to support librarians, answer questions about Release 5, keep the community updated on the publication of library support guides. Librarians can register to be included in an email forum to receive more details.

More information is available on the COUNTER website.

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