Member of the Week: Jeanne Drewes

Jeanne DrewesJeanne Drewes is Chief of the Binding and Collections Care Division/ Deacidification Program at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Jeanne has been an ACRL member since 2010, and is your ACRL member of the week for January 19, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, dedicated, focused.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I love Rasputina and Kaki King. I am reading a number of books: Tom Vick’s Asian Cinema; John Unkau’s Looking at Architecture with Ruskin; and Janet and Laura Greenwald’s Get Your Stuff Together, which is a very useful book to help avoid disastrous loss in a disaster. I am also reading Elephant Rocks, by Kay Ryan, former Poet Laureate. I always carry with me one of the ALA publications – C&RL, College and Research Libraries News, or American Libraries – because I can read articles during down time such as standing in line, or on the Metro and then do follow up from those articles when I get to work.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connecting, informing, professional.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the programming and the publications, but most importantly I value the forum ACRL provides to connect with professionals and exchange ideas, solutions, and visions relating to our field.

5. What do you as a preservationist contribute to the higher education community? I use new technology to preserve and make accessible information, in many forms, for students, educators, researchers and future generations of scholars. One of the most interesting technologies to me is the ability to share the research and public programs we offer here, through webinars and videoconferencing to broadcast the preservation knowledge here at the Library of Congress. Our programs are often available even after the date by going to the website.

6. In your own words: My job is particularly satisfying because it enables me to interact with people from a wide-range of cultural institutions – libraries, archives, and museums. I use my knowledge and experience to help people preserve their treasures – those things that hold the memories of a culture or of a lifetime – for use, study or old-fashioned reminiscence by people who come after me. My day job is preserving the unmatched collections at the Library of Congress, so that those materials will last for future generations but my avocation is preserving family/individual collections such as family photographs or love letters from grandparents, or whatever holds memories. Also, when I have the luxury of unscheduled time, I enjoy hand book binding.

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.

ACRL Board Update on the Proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The ACRL Board of Directors would like to thank everyone joining in the scholarly discourse around the proposed new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This is the kind of dialogue in which colleagues participate in the creation of new knowledge and understanding; and the outcomes from this process will be much richer for having so many thoughtful voices contribute.

As many of you know, the current Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education were adopted by ACRL in 2000, and, after a regular cyclical review, the ACRL Board approved a unanimous recommendation in June 2012 that they be a significantly revised. A new Task Force charged with that undertaking has been working for nearly two years and following ACRL’s process for review of standards, sent its final work to the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Committee on January 5, 2015. The IL Standards Committee met virtually and approved the proposed Framework, sending it on to the ACRL Standards Committee. They, too, met virtually and approved the document, sending it to the ACRL Board of Directors for our consideration.

On behalf of the Board I’d like to summarize the process going forward. The ACRL Standards Committee has submitted a Board of Directors Action Form that includes an overview of the work of the Task Force and four recommendations for action. The form, together with a transmittal sheet outlining the process for vetting the Framework, and the final Framework document itself, is available on the Task Force website. The Task Force meets with the Board during our first Midwinter meeting on Saturday afternoon, January 31, from 4-5 p.m. at the Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room. As always, the Board meeting is open to all. We will begin by engaging in a conversation and we may or may not reach the stage of taking action.

There is an open microphone session immediately following the Framework conversation on Saturday afternoon from 5-5:30 p.m. and interested individuals are invited to take advantage of this opportunity to share thoughts with the Board. If you’ve ever attended a Board meeting before you’ll notice a departure from the traditional room arrangement on Saturday afternoon. The Board is experimenting with an arrangement of round tables to create a more comfortable atmosphere and encourage a more conversational approach to Board interactions.

The ACRL Board meets a second time at the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Monday afternoon, February 2, at the Sheraton Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom 1. There is time on the Board agenda for the Framework at 3:15–4:00 p.m.

The topic of the current IL Standards and the proposed new Framework is a very important one for ACRL and for the many students and faculty with whom we work on our campuses. As such, the Board will continue to spend time engaged in deep listening, open conversation, and thoughtful reflection. We have the utmost respect for the Task Force which has paid careful attention to more than a thousand pieces of input and revised the Framework based on your comments. We have the same respect for all of you who have taken the time to share your experiences and good thinking. We will consider all points of view, input, and recommendations before making any decisions. The Board strives to make the best decisions for the ACRL and higher education communities.

– Karen A. Williams, ACRL President

Application Now Available for ACRL Assessment in Action Learning Community

Assessment in Action LogoACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 125 teams to participate in the third year of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and described on the ACRL website.

Librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action-learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. AiA employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer community of practice over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2015-June 2016. The AiA program, undertaken by ACRL in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, is a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative.

In order to apply, each prospective institution must identify a team consisting of a librarian team leader and at least two additional team members from other campus units (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researcher, or academic administrator). The application requires two essays — the first describes the team’s project goals and the second describes the goals of the librarian team leader — and statements of support from the library dean/director and campus chief academic officer. There is a registration fee of $1,200 for participating in the third year of the AiA program. For the first two years, the IMLS grant covered the majority of the costs for developing and delivering the AiA program; in the third year, the grant will subsidize only part of the costs.

Read full details about participating in the third year and apply online by 5 p.m. Central, Wednesday, March 4, 2015. There will be an online forum in February (date TBA) where you can learn more. Or attend the session Update on ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Initiative to be held from 1:00 — 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

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

Member of the Week: Rebecka Embry

Rebecka EmbryRebecka Embry is Library Director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton E. Allen Gordon Library in Morrilton, Arkansas. Rebecka has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for January 12, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Literate. Practical. Sweet.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition. I’m getting married in June 2015! {Editor’s note: Congratulations!!}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educator. Connector. Helper.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It is the practical advice that ACRL provides academic librarians that I find the most valuable. I’ll have an idea for a library project or I’ll read about something another library is doing, but I need more information before figuring out if the project would work for our students. I can go to ACRL and read about the steps another library went through to implement a similar project and the struggles they experienced.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I have become enamored with the community college environment over the past two years. At UACCM, I have expanded what services our library can offer based on the needs of the students. Right now we are seeing success with providing students access to learning models that give hands on experience. By providing models in the library, students have convenient access that fits their study needs. I started out with human anatomy and physiology models, and I am in the process of expanding what we offer to include models that assist students in our technical degree fields.

6. In your own words: When it comes to the library I manage, no services are off limits to evaluation and change. I think about this often when I walk through my library and look at how the students are using the space. “That’s how it’s always been done” gets thrown out the window. Databases that are underutilized get reevaluated. As the degree programs and instructors on the campus have changed, so have how the students use our resources. We should be able to reconsider library services to make sure they are still effective and useful for our students without certain services being off limits.

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.

ASA Liaison Application Deadline Extended

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 has been extended to January 20, 2015.

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