Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning

Navigating the Future With Scenario Planning.ACRL announces the publication of Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians. Edited by noted scenario planning expert Joan Giesecke with Jon Cawthorne and Debra Pearson, Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning also featuring contributions from Tyler Walters, introduces and describes the use of scenario planning in libraries.

Scenario planning can be used to build plausible stories about the future and enable librarians to better plan, lead, and manage during uncertain times. This guidebook explains the uses of and processes for conducting scenario planning as both a futuring technique and as a planning tool. Combining practical step by step chapters with chapters on research using scenarios, Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning explains how libraries can use scenario planning tools to develop strategic agendas to help libraries to survive and thrive in turbulent times.

Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Member of the Week: Eliot Boden

Eliot BodenEliot Boden is E-Learning Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. Eliot has been an ACRL member since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 6, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, organized, and creative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’m usually reading fiction and listening to nonfiction at the same time but lately I’ve been on a Mississippi River kick (it must be the onset of another humid summer here in St. Louis). I just finished Rising Tide: The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 by John Barry and now I’m reading Old Glory: An American Voyage by Jonathan Raban. I’m currently listening to Life on the Mississippi by Mark Twain, which is read superbly by Grover Gardner.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inspiring, educational, and rewarding.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I really value the ideas and energy that come from such a dynamic group of people. I was overwhelmed when I first started in my new position, but I was able to make a strong beginning thanks to the publications and discussions coming from the various sections. I helped redesign our teaching space and establish new partnerships with campus offices in large part thanks to the resources of the Instruction Section, especially the tutorials featured in Peer-Reviewed Instruction Materials Online (PRIMO). They are so inspiring!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? The first question many people ask me is “What is an E-Learning Librarian?” I create a variety of online materials that support our mission of teaching and research. I started with the idea I would only be making videos about library resources but I’ve since branched out and I now collaborate with people across the university. I’ve made everything from screencasts about registering for classes to video introductions to chemistry experiments, and I’m always looking for new opportunities to share library resources and technology.

6. In your own words: I’m very glad to be in a position that allows me to exercise my passion for visual design and academic research. I always learn something new from the students and faculty who come to me for help, whether it’s about identity politics or chemical reactions of acids, bases, and salts. I hope they learn something from me as well – helping people discover new information is the most rewarding part of my job, and I look forward to sharing new ideas and viewpoints with people every day.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at for more information.

C&RL News – July/August 2015

feb 15 cover imageThe July/August 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Most do-it yourselfers know that home improvement and renovation projects are never as easy as they appear on HGTV. The stress of changing and updating spaces is compounded in projects the size of renovating all or part of a library building. Simone Yearwood reflects on her experiences during a recent renovation of the Queens College Rosenthal Library and provides tips for other libraries looking to update starting out on similar projects in her article “Catching up with time.”

Jonathan Cain and Gardner Treneman provide another perspective on taking advantage of a renovation project to improve services to a rapidly growing student body. Their piece, “New spaces to the space-strapped student,” details changes to service and study spaces during a renovation at Hunter College.

Keeping your building safe from natural disasters can be an increased priority following a renovation. Or at any time, really. Karen Nourse Reed of Middle Tennessee State University provides tips for “Taking a second look at emergency procedures plans” to keep them up-to-date and functional.

In the latest installment of our ACRL TechConnect series, Sarah Hartman-Caverly of Delaware Community College provides a framework for examining student behavior through video tutorial analytics to improve both tutorials and in-person services in her article “Brevity, complexity, availability.”

This month we feature not one but two The Way I See It essays. First, Clark Nall of East Carolina University discusses “Academic libraries and the principles of universal design for learning.” Amy Brunvald of the University of Utah then issues a call for format-sensitive collection development in her essay “Taking paper seriously.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments in this month’s issue, including Internet Resources highlighting “Online resources for writers” by Julie Flanders, a look at “Going analog, and getting artsy” for creative library programming and campus collaboration by Lisa A. Forrest, and tips for navigating change while working on your library and campus “Strategic vision” by Deborah B. Gaspar.

Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you back in the News in September.

Member of the Week: Rachel Borchardt

Rachel BorchardtRachel Borchardt is the Science Librarian at American University in Washington, D.C. Rachel has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 29, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, quirky, and helpful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? These days, I usually only listen to audiobooks while running, so I have a strong preference for YA sci-fi/fantasy, which is entertaining enough to distract me while running! I’m currently reading Atlantia by Ally Condie and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is up next.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Diverse, engaging, and useful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The thing I value most about ACRL has been the opportunity to meet other science librarians and become involved in STS. The wide range of opportunities to both learn and contribute, from conference presentations and discussions to webinars and ACRL publications, has been invaluable to my growth as a librarian and scholar. And a specific shout-out to Kathryn Deiss, who has been a valuable resource in helping publish our book through ACRL!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Like many subject specialists, many of my contributions happen through my reference, instruction, and collection management duties in support of the faculty and students on campus. I also serve on a fair number of committees, including serving on the faculty senate as the library representative starting this June. Right now, I am trying to build a better program to support the research impact needs on our campus, including offering workshops and presentations to faculty and graduate students and providing one-on-one consultations with faculty, many of whom are preparing tenure or reappointment files.

6. In your own words: As librarians, I think our community is uniquely poised to affect higher education in many ways, and we are often looked to by the academic community as an important leader in many discussions. To that end, I believe that we have an opportunity to influence the current research impact landscape – that is, to reimagine what it means to measure the ways in which a scholar impacts his or her academic discipline. For instance, within our own profession, we recognize that scholarly contributions can occasionally mean something different than other professions – a presentation at the ACRL conference, for example, can have a greater impact than traditional scholarship in the form of a peer-reviewed publication. I think, as a profession, now is the time for us to define what scholarship means to our profession and how we want to measure the impact of that scholarship. And yes, I think that altmetrics has a role to play in capturing our impact.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at for more information.

ACRL/ALA/ARL Joint Task Force for IPEDS Academic Library Survey Component – Draft Recommendations Available for Comment

ACRL, ALA, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and have formed a joint advisory task force to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries (AL) Component for FY 2015. The ACRL/ALA/ARL task force worked through a series of phone calls and an in-person meeting on June 19 and has drafted the following recommendations to be presented to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the IPEDS AL component.

The Task Force is seeking feedback on the recommendations by July 9. Please provide your feedback as comments to the Google Doc or email if you cannot comment on the document.

There will be two presentations on the work of this joint task force at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco:

ARL Library Assessment Forum: Friday, June 26 from 1:00 –2:30 p.m. – InterContinental San Francisco, Laurel Hill Room. A recorded version of this presentation will be made available after the event.

ACRL Update on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Academic Library Survey: Saturday, June 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Moscone Convention Center, N132

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