ACRL Seeks ASA Liaison

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson ( or Jenny Bowers (

Details and submission guidelines are available in the ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018 (PDF). More information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications is December 10, 2014.

ACRL seeks feedback on third draft of proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

small_bannerThe Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association’s proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, released today, November 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014.

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, sharing drafts for public comment since February 2014.

Members of the task force are grateful for all the robust input in reaction to the proposed Framework gathered through online feedback forms, member forums and hearings (face-to-face and online), member emails, conversations in social media, as well as comments from the ACRL Board of Directors. The task force takes all this feedback seriously, and has used these comments to guide and improve the third draft. As they carefully considered all the input gathered over the summer and fall, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in the Frequently Asked Question section of their website.

Find the third draft of the proposed Framework online and provide your comments by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014, via an online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the new definition of information literacy?
  2. How satisfied are you with each of the six frames?
  3. How satisfied are you with the opportunities to provide feedback to the task force on drafts of the Framework?
  4. How satisfied are you that the task force has been responsive to feedback provided on previous drafts of the Framework?
  5. OVERALL, how satisfied are you with the third draft of the proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education?
  6. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

The task force expects to submit a final document to the ACRL Board in early January 2015 for their consideration at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, IL, in late January. Before a final document is ready to submit to the ACRL Board for consideration, two other ACRL groups are charged to review and provide feedback on near final drafts: the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee and the ACRL Standards Committee.



We are looking for videos about why YOU should introduce one of the keynote speakers at the ACRL 2015 conference. Choose your favorite keynote speaker (G. Willow Wilson, Jad Abumrad, or Lawrence Lessig) and submit a video about why you would be the best choice to introduce that person. Are you a comic-book-crazed member of the Kamala core? Is your iPod jammed full of Radiolab podcasts? Do copyright restrictions make you foam at the mouth? Video entries should be no more than 3 minutes in length in any format you like. Have fun with it and be creative!  Submit your proposals by November 21 and tell us what inspires you about this person, and why you’d do their introduction justice.

lessigabumradwillowIf selected, you’ll be invited to introduce the keynote on stage at the conference in Portland, Oregon. You’ll prepare and present an introduction that is about 3 minutes in length (but absolutely no longer than 5 minutes) to an audience of approximately 3,000 of your academic peers and colleagues. You will also receive…

  • The chance to meet your idol! Imagine yourself hanging out backstage rubbing elbows…
  • An invitation to the exclusive ACRL 2015 Chairs’ reception at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry on Thursday, March 26.
  • Serious fun and laughs, glory and fame, and a great cocktail party story for years to come.

To enter, simply post your video online (using YouTube or any way that is most convenient for you), tag it with acrl2015 and complete the very brief Keynote Introduction Submission Form. The deadline for entries if 11:59 pm central on November 21, 2014. No late entries will be accepted.

Complete details, including full contest rules and regulations, are available on the ACRL 2015 website. For more information, contact ACRL Conference Supervisor Tory Ondrla at

Celebrate University Press Week

The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and its more than 130 members will be celebrating the 3rd annual University Press Week from November 9 through 14. University Press Week showcases the unique role AAUP members play in producing high-quality works.

AAUP invites college and research libraries to join in celebrating this scholarship. This year the event will highlight vital collaborative projects spearheaded by university and academic presses with research libraries, scholars, and other universities around the world. The Press-Library Collaboration Report shares conclusions from a 2014 survey.

AAUP’s members will be showcasing examples of projects that highlight the success of collaboration in scholarly publishing, including projects with libraries, in its Collaboration Gallery. The focus on collaboration will culminate in an online discussion on Google+ moderated by Jennifer Howard from The Chronicle of Higher Education. Howard will be joined by Barbara Kline Pope, Executive Director for the National Academies Press and AAUP President, Peter Dougherty, Director of Princeton University Press, and Ron Chrisman, Director of the University of North Texas Press as these three press directors discuss three innovative collaborations that cross the boundaries of nations, institutions, and disciplines. Thirty-two members will also participate in a blog tour beginning Monday, November 10 that will continue throughout the week. Blog tour details are available on the AAUP website.

To help ACRL members participate in the celebration and promote the critical scholarship produced and distributed at our campuses, AAUP has made promotional materials available through a University Press Week toolkit.

- Faye A. Chadwell, Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian and OSU Press Director, Oregon State University

Member of the Week: Tanner Wray

Tanner WrayTanner Wray is Director of College Libraries and Information Services at the Montgomery College Libraries in Rockville, Maryland. Tanner has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for November 10, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, fair, partner.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Joshua S. Wyner’s What Excellent Community Colleges Do: Preparing All Students For Success.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Value, network, forum.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The fantastic opportunities to network and collaborate on important academic libraries issues. The opportunity to serve the profession through activities like planning the ACRL 2015 conference.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As Director of College Libraries and Information Services I serve a dual role. As the Libraries Director, I provide direction and leadership for the four College Libraries and central functions including Technical Services. I direct the development and implementation of long range and strategic planning. A significant focus for me is to create processes for staff to develop skills and to contribute in creating our 21st century libraries. A significant opportunity for the libraries staff at Montgomery College is participation in understanding community college students via ethnographic and participatory design research methods.

As a College Administrator, I contribute to the development of college programs and services. In the past year I chaired one of the work groups that made recommendations for restructuring Academic Affairs. I have also been working with faculty colleagues to increase student internship opportunities with a partner institution, and create a new faculty fellows program that will include librarian fellows.

6. In your own words: These are exciting times to be an academic librarian. We have excellent opportunities to demonstrate our relevance by supporting college affordability initiatives, and demonstrating the value we bring by linking closely to our institution’s priorities to close the achievement gap, improve completion rates, and empower our students to change their lives. These are particularly vital roles at community colleges.

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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