Mark Shelton named C&RL Book Review Editor

Mark Shelton of Harvard University has been appointed to the post of Book Review Editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of ACRL. Shelton will serve a three-year term as Book Review Editor beginning immediately.

C&RL remains committed to traditional forms of scholarly communication even as it continues to explore new forms,” said C&RL Editor-in-Chief Scott Walter of DePaul University. “The book review has a long tradition as a ‘recommender system’ among librarians and scholars. We look forward to working with Mark Shelton to explore the place of the scholarly book review as our journal continues to evolve, and also to look for new opportunities to integrate review content into our emergent digital platforms and social media programs.”

“After many years of writing reviews and benefiting from them professionally, I look forward to serving C&RL and the readers of the journal,” Shelton added. “I am also looking forward to connecting with current and new reviewers as we together provide this valuable resource to our professional colleagues.”

Currently head of collection development at Harvard’s Gutman Library, Shelton brings more than 17 years of academic library leadership experience to the position, including extensive knowledge of collection development, acquisitions and licensing. Shelton has written numerous book reviews for C&RL and Collection Building, in addition to serving as a library advisory board member for a variety of publishers.

Reminder – ACRL 2015 Proposals Due November 3

acrl2015ACRL 2015 poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due November 3, 2014.  Complete details are available in the ACRL 2015 Call for Participation.

ACRL 2015 will be held in Portland, Oregon, March 25-28, 2015.  The conference committee has created a set of conference tags to stimulate thinking and empower submitters to position proposals within the conference theme “Creating Sustainable Community.”  The tags will serve to create a unique conference ecosystem and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.  We encourage proposal submissions representing all types of libraries and aspects of librarianship.  ACRL 2015 offers a variety of session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles.  From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is surely a format best suited to your ideas.

Please review the ACRL 2015 Program Proposal Instructions before beginning your submission; we also invite you to view the ACRL 2015 Proposal Tips webcast.   Visit the ALA Connect Community if you are looking for like-minded people with whom to collaborate/propose a session.

Complete details about ACRL 2015 are on the conference website. Questions about the Call for Participation or ACRL 2015 should be directed to Margot Conahan by email at mconahan@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2522; or Tory Ondrla by email at tondrla@ala.org or phone (312) 280-2515.

Apply by Nov. 11 to Host 2015 ACRL Scholarly Communication Road Show Workshop

SC workshop blockToday’s academic and research librarians increasingly act as change agents in the higher education community. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of open access and scholarly communication. To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular scholarly “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop on the road to five locations in 2015. The day-long workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country, and the content is updated annually to meet the evolving needs of the community. We continue the extended timeline started last year so that hosts selected for the subsidized version of the program will have longer to prepare and promote the workshop on their campuses.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the road show, and the cost for successful host institutions is $2,000. The application to host is now available. Apply by Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at 5pm Central. Find out more on the program website.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round.

ACRL Seeks Nominations for 2015 Awards

This year marks the 75th Anniversary of ACRL, an achievement made possible by the efforts of its leaders and members serving the higher education community. As ACRL celebrates its milestone of commitment to advancing learning and transforming scholarship, it also continues to celebrate the achievements of outstanding academic and research librarians. Made possible by generous corporate support totaling nearly $35,000, the annual presentation of ACRL’s prestigious awards, grants and fellowships enables ACRL to honor the very best in academic librarianship.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian, and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished. Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 5, 2014.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards are:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services), recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college, and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services), awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA and LITA), provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award (sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (sponsored by the ACRL Instruction Section), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by ProQuest), honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. The winners will share a $3,000 award.
  • College Libraries Section ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by ProQuest), provides a $3,000 award for librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $500.
  • Routledge Distance Learning Librarianship Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group), provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Career Achievement, recognizes an individual librarian for career achievement in the area of women and gender studies librarianship.
  • Women & Gender Studies Section Award for Significant Achievement, honors a distinguished academic librarian who has made outstanding contributions to women and gender studies through accomplishments and service to the profession.

Publication awards are:

  • Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards, (sponsored by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, American Book Prices Current) recognizes outstanding catalogues published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions. Deadline: October 15, 2014.
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years.
  • Science and Technology Section Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences: This biennial award is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

Research award:

  • WESS-SEES De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant, (sponsored by the Walter de Gruyter Foundation for Scholarship and Research): provides a €2,500 grant to support research in European studies with an emphasis on librarianship, the book trade, resource documentation and similar information-science related topics.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL website or by contacting ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis at (312) 280-2521.

Member of the Week: Stephanie Davis-Kahl

Stephanie Davis KahlStephanie Davis-Kahl is Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois. Stephanie has been an ACRL member since 1998 and is your ACRL member of the week for October 6, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Organized, driven, highly caffeinated.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? For work, I’m reading Composition & Copyright: Perspectives on Teaching, Text-making and Fair Use, edited by Steve Westbrook. For fun, I’m reading the Maisie Dobbs series by Jacqueline Winspear, and as a family we’re reading the Encyclopedia Brown and Boxcar Children series.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Responsive, progressive, open.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I was very lucky early on in my career to find EBSS. It’s a friendly, vibrant and active group of librarians, and I was fortunate to find mentors and friends there, and to work on several different committees and projects.

I spent a few years as a member of EBSS program planning committees, and in the process, learned just how amazing the ACRL staff are. They are, without exception, knowledgeable, dedicated, and communicative.

I also appreciate ACRL’s commitment to members, especially because it takes direct action based on member feedback. The decision to make C&RL open access, despite the financial implications, demonstrates the willingness to put the values of ‘open’ into practice.

Also, great conferences (and receptions)!

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Playing a role in undergraduate research on campus is one of the favorite parts of my job – I’m a co-advisor on the Undergraduate Economic Review, a peer-reviewed, open access student journal, and I also work with students who present at IWU’s annual undergraduate research conference. As a faculty member, I’ve served on various campus committees such as Curriculum Council and currently the Strategic Curricular Planning Task Force, which allows me to contribute to important discussions on IWU’s future. Finally, teaching in some way, shape or form is interwoven into every part of my work, whether it’s as a liaison to Educational Studies and Psychology students and faculty, or talking about copyright and open access with faculty and administrators.

6. In your own words: I love that my work as an academic librarian is multifaceted – I get to teach, participate in faculty governance, participate in ACRL and other organizations related to my interests (including the Library Publishing Coalition and the Digital Commons Great Lakes User Group), and I love that in doing so, I get to meet and work alongside other librarians, faculty members, vendors, and students. I learn so much from collaborating and debating with colleagues, and that helps me continue to grow as a librarian.


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 mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

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