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Keeping Up With… MOOCs

March 28th, 2014 by David Free in Keeping Up With

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 MOOCs by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane.

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.

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Call for Proposals – Preconferences @ 2015 ALA Annual Conference

March 27th, 2014 by Margot Conahan in Conferences, Events

Share your knowledge with a national audience.  ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be offered prior to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles.  Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.

Submissions will be accepted through Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Check out the call for proposals online for complete details.  Direct questions to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.

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CHOICE Is 50 – Let the Celebration Begin!

March 26th, 2014 by David Free in Choice

Choice 50th Anniversary logoThis month, Choice magazine marks a milestone of true significance: 50 years of publication.  The premier source for reviews of academic books, electronic media and Internet resources in higher education, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.”  Over the years, Choice has remained committed to this vital collection development service, expanding coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably a vast array of new digital and Internet resources.  With Choice and Choice Reviews Online, the contribution to the academic library community has grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights including bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and other notable features.

“The first fifty years of Choice have seen a new publication grow and mature into the magazine and electronic resource of note for academic libraries,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice.  “As we enter our fifty-first year, we look forward to continuing to present informed reviews and high-quality editorial content via Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online, as well as to serve our market in a host of new ways.  We intend to adapt and grow to meet the changing needs of the academic library community at large.  It’s a time of great celebration, challenges, and new ideas—in other words, the perfect time for Choice.”

Choice’s 50th anniversary is being commemorated in a number of ways, including the posting of distinctive features and reprinted materials about Choice’s history and evolution on Choice Reviews Online throughout the year, a 50th anniversary edition of Choice in March, commemorative gifts at conferences, social media giveaways, and a variety of special offers designed to invite new and past subscribers to experience Choice and CRO at discounted prices.

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ACRL 2015 Registration Winner – Bonnie J. Smith

March 26th, 2014 by David Free in ACRL 2015

Belated congratulations to Bonnie J. Smith, Assistant Program Director for Human Resources at University of Florida Libraries, winner of ACRL 2015 registration at the ACRL booth at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. More information about ACRL 2015, including the call for participation, is available on the conference website.

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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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