Keeping Up With… Learning Analytics

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available.  This month’s issue features a discussion of Learning Analytics by Steven J. Bell.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members  can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at with questions or to submit topics.

Introduce A Keynote Speaker At ACRL 2015

acrl2015We 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!  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 tondrla@

Also, make sure to watch your snail mail for the second limited edition ACRL Conference poster! Be an official ACRL 2015 superhero by entering our poster contest to win FREE HOTEL accommodations in Portland. More information is available on the mailing.

ACRL 2015 Scholarship Applications Due Nov. 7!

acrl2015Scholarship applications to attend ACRL 2015 are due on Friday, November 7. ACRL is offering approximately 175 scholarships worth more than $110,000 for the conference to be held March 25 – 28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon.

ACRL typically funds about 100 conference scholarships and this year initiated a new Kick Start the Future campaign in honor of the association’s 75th anniversary that seeks to raise the $50,000 needed to fund the 75 additional scholarships. Information on donating to the campaign is available on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.

Scholarships to ACRL 2015 are available in the following categories:

  • Early-career Librarian Scholarships - provide opportunities for librarians with less than six years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Mid-career Librarian Scholarships (new for ACRL 2015) - provide opportunities for librarians with more than six and less than fifteen years of post-MLS experience to update their skills and knowledge.
  • Library Support Staff Scholarships - provide opportunities for library support staff to attend the premier event for academic and research libraries.
  • Library School Student Scholarships - provide opportunities for library school students to learn more about current issues and developments in academic and research libraries.
  • Spectrum Scholar Travel Grants - provide opportunities for Spectrum Scholars to attend the ACRL conference for professional development and networking with colleagues or mentors through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program.
  • Virtual Conference Scholarships - provide unique opportunities for collaboration, learning and networking online.

To apply, visit the scholarships section of the ACRL 2015 website.  For more information about ACRL 2015, contact Tory Ondrla at or (312) 280-2515.

Member of the Week: Scott P. Muir

Scott P. MuirScott P. Muir is Associate Provost for Library information Services at the Rowan University Libraries in Glassboro, New Jersey. Scott has been an ACRL member since 2005 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 13, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Driven. Facilitative. Patient

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I scan a number of library blogs and feeds. One of my favorite resources to read is the Harvard Business Review blog, because it often deals with planning and human resources, which are major portion of my job. I also enjoy this resource because it is not written for libraries, but it is still applicable.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Leadership. Networking. Professional Development.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What is most vital to me is what I learn from conversations with colleagues and those opportunities for networking, in addition to programming. Much of what I take away from ACRL programs are the nuances of how a library or a colleague has approached a project or issue.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Rowan University recently expanded and added two medical schools, becoming one of two universities in the U.S. with both an allopathic and an osteopathic medical school. As a senior university administrator, much of my time involves working across departments, with college deans, vice-presidents, and other administrators on programs and services that the libraries have to offer, and in areas where we can support other departments and support the research and teaching mission of the university. Internally, I have directed my efforts on the incorporation of two new libraries into existing systems and processes, and creating new ways for us to work together collaboratively. I also focus my organization on a 21st century vision for library facilities and services as Rowan University embraces plans for a greatly increased research mission and a doubling of the student body size over the next 10 years.

6. In your own words: I have been a librarian for 36 years and I am working in my seventh library. I have seen tremendous changes in how we deliver services. I started my career at a time before microcomputers and the Internet, where we were a paper-based environment. Paraphrasing a colleague, I have seen libraries move from an environment where time was plentiful and information was scarce, to the exact opposite, of an environment where time is scarce and information is plentiful, and that information is growing exponentially. All of these changes have created a situation in which many libraries and librarians are challenged to redefine their roles in this rapidly changing digital world. For those of us who love continuous change, this will be an exciting time in libraries as we identify and explore the many opportunities available.

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 Presents – Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries (10/23)

Join us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Celebrating Open Access Week: Scholarly Communication Initiatives at Academic Libraries,” on Thursday, October 23, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central time.  There are many ways that academic librarians are engaging with their communities around issues of open access and scholarly communication – collaborations with faculty, students and administration are key to understanding user perspectives and to building advocacy.  This webcast will present examples of scholarly communication and open access initiatives at a variety of academic libraries across the country.  Join us to learn how your colleagues are engaging with their communities around issues of author rights, open access, open educational resources, and more.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the variety of scholarly communication initiatives across a variety of institutional types and sizes
  • Hear about examples of collaboration and engagement with faculty and students
  • Learn about connections between scholarly communication, information literacy, collections and other services

Presenter: Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian and Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University

How to register
Submit your free registration online by October 22.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to  More details about Open Access Week, October 20-26, 2014, are available online.

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