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ACRL Continues Opposition to Section 303 of FIRST Act, Restricting Public Acces

March 26th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy, Scholarly Communication

ACRL joined 15 other national and regional library, publishing, funding and advocacy organizations in a letter to the House Science Committee expressing strong opposition over the language contained in Section 303 of the ‘Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014’ (FIRST Act). The language in Section 303 of the FIRST Act calls for access to articles reporting on federally funded research to be restricted for up to three years after initial publication, an unnecessarily long delay with potential harm to stakeholders who are not allowed access.

In the letter, the groups support expansion of the successful NIH policy and provisions that provide for:

  • Immediate deposit of articles to federally owned or approved repositories in formats and under terms that enable their productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of- the-art technologies;
  • A maximum embargo period of six months, with the expectation that this maximum will be reduced over time to zero; and
  • An explicit statement of the terms of use applicable to articles to ensure that their full productive reuse is enabled – including text mining, data mining, and full computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.

ACRL’s legislative agenda includes increased access to federally funded research as one of our top issues. We encourage you to let your members of Congress know that you oppose language in the proposed FIRST Act to delay public access. Learn more, read talking points and take action.

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Apply to become a presenter for the ACRL workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement”

March 25th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Scholarly Communication

SC workshop blockACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its sixth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community. In 2014, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team is seeking to develop virtual programming, which may be via brief recorded videos that would be housed in the ACRL scholarly communication toolkit and/or through a live webcast series as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least two new people in 2014, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.


  • A designated role in scholarly communications within your library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Collaborative planning skills.
  • Must be available to attend up to two road shows to be offered in summer 2014 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.

Strongly preferred:

  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop (either at ACRL Conference 2009 in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 in Dallas, or as a road show in spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on Friday, June 27, 2-5p.m.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenter(s) will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during summer 2014 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenter will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee will consider applicants who can only attend one program in 2014 and begin teaching in 2015. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2014 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all):
    • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    • What publications have you authored or presentations have you given (within the library or outside) related to scholarly communications topics?
    • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • Are there videos that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your teaching experience.
  4. The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, to Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select new presenters for 2014 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Scott Mandernack at or (414) 288-7954.

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ACRL Program Proposals for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

March 24th, 2014 by Megan Griffin in Conferences

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

There will be a virtual meeting at 12:00 p.m. CST on April 24, 2014, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2015 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 2015.

RSVP online to attend the April 24 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.

2015 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2014.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2015 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2014.

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.

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Member of the Week: Jeannette Pierce

March 24th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Jeanette PierceJeannette Pierce is Associate Director for Research and Information Services at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jeanette has been an ACRL member since 2000 and is your ACRL Member of the Week for March 24, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dedicated, engaged, collaborative.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Reading: New York Times, The Atlantic; Listening: Joseph Arthur, Ann Hampton Calloway, and Morten Lauridsen (Composer).

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Librarians better together.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL keeps me up-to-date on profession-wide initiatives, advocates on behalf of academic libraries, and challenges me to constantly evaluate and reinvent the services and support we provide our students, faculty, and staff.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? First of all and, most importantly, I listen.  I enjoy working collaboratively to advance services that support research, teaching, and learning.

6. In your own words: Part of the mission of my institution is “to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation, and the world.” I am so fortunate to have joined a profession that allows me to work for organizations that preserve what is valuable from the past, contribute to current scholarship, and impact the future locally, nationally, and globally as part of community of scholars.  When I step back from daily details of my work, I am often amazed that I am contributing to this grand mission.  My roles have allowed me to work with smart, creative, passionate people, both in and out of the libraries.  I include many students among those who have inspired me.  The mission and values of our profession and the opportunity to work with outstanding colleagues has sustained me through all of the challenges I have faced over the years.

I am most fortunate to have a very supportive family and to have worked with many colleagues at different institutions who have all added so much to my professional life.  People sometimes comment that I smile a lot a work.  It’s true!  I chose the best profession in the world.  What’s not to smile about?

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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ALA Appointments to IFLA Committees

March 21st, 2014 by Megan Griffin in ALA, Committees

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee? The biennial appointment process to represent ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway for terms running from 2015 through 2019.

The ACRL Board of Directors endorses candidates for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) acting in an advisory capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment.  The deadline for nominations is May 7, 2014.  Complete details on the application process are available in ALA Connect and more information on IFLA is available on the association website. Contact Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee Chair, Mary Carr, at, with questions.

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Applications/Nominations Invited for C&RL Book Review Editor

March 21st, 2014 by David Free in C&RL

crl squareApplications and nominations are invited for the position of book review editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of ACRL. The book review editor will work closely with the editor, members of the Editorial Board, production staff and a team of reviewers to provide reviews of new publications pertinent to academic and research librarians. The book review editor will be appointed for an initial, three-year term and will be expected to shepherd the publication of a minimum of six reviews per C&RL issue for a total of a minimum of 36 reviews per calendar year. Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL.

Qualifications include:

  • professional experience in academic libraries;
  • experience as a reviewer for an academic journal;
  • ability to identify, prioritize and distribute materials for review in the journal;
  • ability to maintain and organize a team of qualified reviewers;
  • ability to manage the flow of materials from publishers to reviewers to production staff;
  • excellent communication skills;
  • ability to meet, and hold others to, deadlines; and
  • familiarity with trends in higher education and library and information science publishing.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee (PCC) upon the recommendation of the C&RL Editorial Board. The book review editor will begin a three-year term of appointment immediately upon approval by PCC. A nominal honorarium may be available for this position, pending final review of the C&RL editorial budget.

Applications and nominations (including self-nominations), including a current CV and a statement addressing the nominee’s qualifications in the areas noted above, should be sent to:

Scott Walter / Editor, College & Research Libraries /

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 21, 2014. Finalists will be interviewed by conference call during May 2014.

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New March e-Learning Webcasts

March 20th, 2014 by Margot Conahan in eLearning

Join ACRL for two new e-Learning webcasts being offered the week of March 24, 2014:

The Publishing Rollercoaster: Writers Sound Off (Tuesday, March 25, 2014): Expand your knowledge of professional publishing from concept through research, submission, revision, and publication.  This webcast is perfect for those who are hoping to get published for the first time, or those who wish to grow their skills.

Embedded Librarianship: The State of the Art (Wednesday, March 26, 2014): Academic libraries have increasingly adopted models of embedded librarianship as an approach to creating an integrated and sustained library presence across the curriculum and institution. In this webcast, librarians will present a diverse range of examples of successful embedded projects, both online and on-campus.

These interactive webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Complete details and registration information for all ACRL e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL e-Learning website.  Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.

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Circle of Friends: Larry L. Hardesty

March 20th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Circle of Friends

The ACRL Circle of Friends acknowledges the sustained generosity of those who have been Friends of ACRL for five or more years. The Friends of ACRL was created to provide a means for the association to take bold steps above and beyond its traditional member programs and services. Rapidly changing demographic, economic, and technological trends are presenting academic libraries and librarians with new challenges and competition that demand immediate solutions. The Friends of ACRL have responded to these new challenges and provided additional support that will enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession. To join or learn more about the Friends of ACRL, please visit the ACRL website.

Larry HardestyLarry L. Hardesty served as ACRL President from 1999-2000, received the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award in 2001, and has been a Friend of ACRL since 1998.

1. Describe yourself in three words:  Persistent, reliable, productive.

2. Why do you support the Friends of ACRL? ACRL, both the membership and the staff, has been very supportive of me in my career in many ways.  This is my way of “passing along” all this support I have received over the past thirty plus years.

3. What might someone be surprised to know about you?  Outside of a few people, I think most people would be surprised to know that just about every leadership role I had in ACRL, ranging from my first committee chair in the College Libraries Section to serving as President of ACRL and chairing an ACRL national conference, I took on very reluctantly.  This also includes, although not technically part of ACRL, my twenty plus years of leadership of the College Library Directors’ Program.  Looking back, I am glad that people had confidence in me and pushed me out of my comfort zone.  I hope I lived up to their expectations.

4. Since you’ve become a member of ACRL, tell us about someone who influenced you in some way? There are so many people, a lot of them are members of the Circle of Friends, who influenced me in countless important ways.  I wished I could name them all, but since I cannot in the space allowed here, I hope they know who they are.  The singular person who influenced me most was Evan Farber.  Evan gave me numerous opportunities, and he provided a model which I strived to emulate but never came close to achieving. 

5. What do you hope ACRL will achieve in the near future (or the long term)? Being retired and away from ACRL a few years I have not kept up with current goals of ACRL.  Nevertheless, I hope it continues to enhance its role as the professional organization for academic librarians.  This includes establishing and promulgating standards, providing venues for professional development, and encouraging collaboration and cooperation with other professional organizations.  ACRL must continue to work to ensure that individual members know that they are not alone and are part of a larger noble cause.

6. In your opinion, what is the most important work that ACRL does? ACRL provides a professional voice for academic librarians through which we can talk both to each other within the profession and to those outside the profession.

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Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Progressing; Signup for Online Forum April 4 or 17

March 19th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Uncategorized

small_bannerMembers of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force appreciate all the comments they’ve received so far on the first part of the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. They continue to make progress and are on track to release the second part of this initial draft in early April. It will include additional threshold concepts and sample scenarios. You can read more about their work in a recent interim report to the ACRL Board, which will be discussed at the spring executive committee meeting on April 2, 2014.

We encourage you to provide feedback on both parts of the initial draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via an online form. Additionally, you can share your perspective on the initial draft during one of these upcoming online open forums:

  • Friday, April 4, 2014, 11am Pacific/12pm Mountain/1pm Central/2pm Eastern
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014, 8am Pacific/9am Mountain/10am Central/11am Eastern

Register to attend one of these free events by noon the day prior as login details will be emailed the afternoon prior to forum date. Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the task force website. Each session is limited to 500 attendees.

A second, revised draft of the Framework, incorporating comments received on the initial draft and including additional elements, will be released in June 2014, followed by hearings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and online. The initial draft Framework, along with additional information and questions to guide the review and feedback process, is available on the task force website.

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College & Research Libraries 75th Anniversary Issue Voting Now Open

March 18th, 2014 by David Free in C&RL

crl squareIn preparation for the upcoming celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) is asking the journal’s readers to help identify seven “landmark” articles from C&RL history to be included in a special issue of the journal to be published in March 2015 and discussed at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Voting for the crowdsourced issue is now open and will close at the end of April 2014.

College & Research Libraries has been the leading venue for scholarly study and thoughtful discussions of issues of critical importance to academic and research libraries for the better part of a century,” said C&RL editor-in-chief Scott Walter of DePaul University. “The 75th anniversary of the journal and the association provides us with a rare opportunity to consider the importance of scholarship to our data-informed profession, and to reflect upon the inspiration and guidance that generations of leading researchers and scholarly practitioners have given to each of us in our work.”

A list of 30 finalists identified by the editorial board and a group of past C&RL editors, along with a voting link, is now available on the ACRL website. The editorial board will also include one “people’s choice” article in the 75th anniversary special issue. Once the articles selected for inclusion in the C&RL 75th anniversary issue have been identified, the editorial board will solicit authors for companion essays aimed at illuminating the contemporary, and ongoing, significance of these works. These companion essays will be published alongside the original articles in this special issue of the journal.

Voting is now open and will close on April 30, 2014. Complete details are available on the ACRL website.

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