ACRL 101 Annual Conference Webcast Recording Now Available

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the ACRL 101 webcast (with slides) to make the most of your first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Chicago, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

ArtsGuide: 2017 ALA Annual Conference – Chicago

Chicago Arts GuideGoing to the ALA Annual Conference next week? Check out the Chicago ArtsGuide, created by the ACRL Arts Section. Accessible via mobile devices and desktops this Google Map is a selective guide to cultural attractions and events in/near Chicago. Each genre of art has its own layer/color, so you can easily identify whichever landmark you’re most interested in seeing. The conference center is also included on the map for convenient navigation.

Plan to take pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? Share your photos via the Arts Section Facebook page or tweet about it using the #ArtsSection hashtag.

Special thanks to Arts Guide Editors Melanie Emerson and Alessia Zanin-Yost, all of the contributors, and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee for their work on this great resource.

ACRL E-Learning Webcast – Innovation Mindset

Join ACRL on Tuesday, June 13 for the e-Learning webcast Innovation Mindset: How Librarians Can Partner with Innovators and Entrepreneurs. The webcast will be held from 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern) | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)| 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)| 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific).

Innovation and information are a natural duo. During this webcast, the presenters will share through an interview (talk show) approach how librarians can get involved with institutional innovation initiatives, such as medical device development, games, health care apps and innovative publishing outlets. Librarians can be involved throughout the entire innovation process. They can link innovators and entrepreneurs with relevant information resources and services, present innovation-focused workshops and consult individually with innovators and student teams.

The webcast will cover a multitude of topics, including discovering evidence-based information relevant to innovators and how to partner with innovators and gamers effectively. Librarians can enhance product and business start-up development. The presenters will give background on how their library houses the main health sciences innovation centers (i.e. creating emerging technologies—medical devices, games, apps, etc.), give a few case examples of how they’ve partnered with these co-located groups, then wrap-up with some recommendations for librarians who want to partner with innovators at their institutions. Audience questions will be taken at the end (roughly 15 minutes).

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Member of the Week: Sara Lowe

Sara LoweSara Lowe is the educational development librarian at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in Indianapolis, IN. She is also part of the presenter team for ACRL’s new licensed workshop Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success. Sara first joined ACRL in 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 12, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, goofy, passionate.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? An Everyone Culture by Kegan Lahey; SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome by Mary Beard; MIND MGMT by Matt Kindt.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inspiration for practice.

4. What do you value about ACRL? Their advocacy as well as moving the profession forward (e.g., Assessment In Action, The Framework for Information Literacy). Their top notch publications and conference. Colleagues I’ve met via committees and conferences.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As educational development librarian at IUPUI, I hope I act as a bridge or conduit between the work of teaching librarians and disciplinary faculty, demonstrating to the campus the value of the work we do and how it contributes to the mission of the university.

6. In your own words: Working as an academic librarian is endlessly fun, challenging, and engaging. The research I do can be applied directly back to my (and my colleagues) teaching practice which creates a continuously improving feedback loop. This is a job where the curious thrive; I’m constantly learning new things and pushing my boundaries in instruction, assessment, and research.

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.

Summer 2017 ACRL-Choice Webinars

ACRL-Choice webinars connect academic and research librarians with content and service providers, publishers, authors, and other experts.  Since the launch of the program in 2013, thousands of participants have attended these hour-long interactive sponsored webinars, with topics ranging from using social media to build library communities and the latest reference databases to open access.

For summer 2017, the ACRL-Choice webinar program presents a diverse selection of subjects and experts. Click on each program title for more information and to register.

ACRL-Choice webinars offer a free and convenient way for librarians to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with service providers, allowing sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback. Be sure to check out the complete library of ACRL-Choice webinars to date—with more added each month—on the Choice Media Channel.

For more information on upcoming ACRL-Choice webinars, please visit us at To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at

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