ACRL Program Proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

There will be a virtual meeting at 11:00 a.m. CST on April 30, 2015, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2016 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines and planning tips. Please note that the Annual Conference program planning process spans fourteen months, lasting until June 2016.

RSVP online to attend the April 30 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified.  Login instructions will also be posted on the main ACRL page in ALA Connect.

2016 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2015. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2016 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2015.

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


C&RL News – April 2015

C&RL News - April 2015

The April 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Social justice and equality issues remain a hot topic of discussion across the country. In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Rachel Lockman reflects on the relationship between “Academic librarians and social justice” and calls for increased engagement with social issues through microactivism.

Librarians at the University of Arizona put microactivism and critical pedagogy into action following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, through the creation of a research guide and collaborating on a related conference with campus partners. Nicole Pagowsky and Niamh Wallace discuss these initiatives and why it is important for libraries to be actively involved in social justice issues in their article “Black Lives Matter!”

Judith E. Pasek examines campus collaborations from a different perspective in her article “Organizing the liaison role,” where she discusses a compelling concept map for organizing and planning liaison activities.

Claudia Peterson and Mary Inks Budinsky of Penn State-Fayette, The Eberly Campus, continue the look at “Successful collaboration between learning partners,” focusing on teaming with the campus learning center in a joint instructional program.

Librarians at Wake Forest University took a fun and creative approach to collaboration, working with their Division of Campus Life to host Capture the Flag and Humans Vs. Zombies events in their library as detailed in the article “Large-scale, live-action gaming events in academic libraries.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Kristi Jensen and Quill West examine “Open educational resources and the higher education environment,” focusing on opportunities for library leadership in OER.

With graduation approaching for many LIS students, we provide some helpful job search tips for both newly minted and seasoned librarians from human resources professionals Kathryn Kjaer and Leo Agnew in their article “HR confidential.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including the first round of profiles of 2015 ACRL award winners, a call for nominations for 2016 section offices, and the monthly C&RL Spotlight.


Member of the Week: Leah Hannaford

Leah HannafordLeah Hannaford is Open Education Librarian at Centralia College in Centralia, Washington. Leah has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 6, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Ambitious, caring, and energetic.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile devices)? I am currently reading Mindy Kaling’s book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? as I am a huge Mindy fan. Her book has encouraged me to have less guilt about my cheese intake and to not second guess my use of the Oxford comma.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Engaging, community, and committed.

4. What do you value about ACRL? As a new academic librarian I have greatly benefited from ACRL because I have a strong community as a starting point when I need more information on specific aspects of my job. I love reading about the different members and how all of our unique perspectives come together with the purpose of assisting our patrons.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I am the Open Education Librarian here at Centralia. I think the best part of my job is being able to assist faculty members with retooling their research or current courses to be openly accessible to our students and colleagues. I organize workshops, plan events around open education, and brainstorm with our incredible e-Learning department ways to involve our students in the open education discussion that we’re starting here on campus (which this year includes a Star Wars themed display of “The Open Education Discussion.”) Open Education is more than “free textbooks,” it encompasses the re-use of created content in multiple ways which means that I have to get creative with data compatibility options and build our repository in a way that reflects this purpose.

6. In your own words: While on deployment in Kenya I was found by a librarian who had taken notice of how I was organizing informational products and people. After watching me operate my information center for several days she finally stated, “You’re a librarian. You just don’t know it yet,” and handed me a stack of ALA magazines. Two days later I knew I had found my ultimate profession. Two weeks after that moment I applied to Florida State University’s MLIS program and was on my way. I spent my remaining years in the United States Army as a librarian without a library which taught me how to locate resources without the benefit of a home institution. I learned the importance of open access as it applies to more than just patrons in an academic setting.

It has been an amazing experience to be able to ground myself with a home institution and help so many faculty members with their intellectual endeavors. Every day I get a new opportunity to help someone solve a complex data problem or organize materials in a way that benefits our patrons. I get to be a part of growing the open access conversation from a grassroots level. A librarian is who I’ve always been . . . now I get to do it in an actual library.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at for more information.

New from ACRL: Digital Humanities in the Library

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject SpecialistsACRL announces the publication of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists, edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb.

Digital Humanities in the Library is a collection of essays focusing on the role of the subject specialist in creating, supporting, and promoting digital humanities projects.  Chapter authors include experts from diverse areas, such as humanities subject specialists, digital humanities librarians, special collections librarians, and professors and graduate students from many disciplines. The work also includes a foreword by Joan K. Lippincott.

Published in collaboration with the ACRL Literatures in English Section, Digital Humanities in the Library provides valuable discussions around the role of subject specialists in digital humanities, gives practical advice regarding support of and collaboration with digital humanities projects, and describes real-world examples to inspire subject specialists to increase their own knowledge and expertise.

The work is appropriate for all types of academic libraries and Library and Information Science collections.

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists 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.

Member of the Week: Jamie N. Smith

Jamie N. SmithJamie N. Smith is Metadata and Catalog Librarian in the Gallaudet University Deaf Collections and Archives in Washington, DC. Jamie has been an ACRL member since 2013, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for March 30, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Compassionate, hardworking, and collaborative.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Finding Zoe by Brandi Rarus. It is a true story about a Deaf woman and her journey in adopting a Deaf baby girl named Zoe.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Resourceful. Innovative. Progressive.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I definitely value the opportunities to connect with other professionals. 

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I work as the Metadata and Catalog Librarian at Gallaudet University, which proudly serves Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Hearing students in Washington, DC. I create and manage metadata, catalog deaf-related materials, manage and develop the collections, assist with scanning and digitizing our growing digital collections, and provide reference in the Archives.

6. In your own words: Being an academic librarian at Gallaudet University is rewarding. Aside from the work on campus, I also get to travel to different colleges and universities in the Washington, DC-area consortium. I work with other librarians in several committees including metadata, digital practices, preservation, and special collections and archives.

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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