Warm up with a thought provoking ACRL-Choice webinar this winter!

The ACRL-CHOICE webinar program connecting academic and research librarians with a host of content and service providers, publishers and other experts who serve their market is back with a hot new roster of topics and speakers, sure to stoke the embers of discussion this winter.  Since the program launched in 2013, thousands of participants have attended the 60-minute, live, interactive webinars which provide a vibrant forum for discussion among sponsors and an unmatched academic library audience of ACRL members and CHOICE users and fans.

ACRL-CHOICE webinars cover a wide spectrum of subjects important to academic libraries. Click on a webinar title for more information and to register.  Upcoming webinars include:

The first quarter of 2015 will include webinars from ProQuest, Springer, Rowman and Littlefield, and from the Choice editors, among others.  The program offers an exceptional way for libraries to learn about new ideas, developments, and products, and to actively participate in discussions with companies that serve their market.  It also allows sponsors to receive unfiltered feedback from the academic library community.

For more information or to visit the archive of recent webinars, please visit our website. To discuss becoming an ACRL-Choice webinar sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at pmarino@ala-choice.org.


Enter Your Best Choice Contest, Win a Trip to ALA Annual

YBC_logoChoice, a publishing unit of ACRL, recently announced the launch of its Your Best Choice contest, a call for ideas on how Choice can provide new products and/or services for the academic library community. The winner will receive airfare, accommodations and registration to the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The goal of the contest is to solicit innovative and forward-thinking ideas for how Choice can contribute to information discovery, access, evaluation, retrieval and use by librarians, educators  and students. In 1,000 words or less, submitted essays should address:

  • the goal of the service;
  • its intended audience;
  • how it works/what it does;
  • its benefit to the university community.

Contest submissions will be accepted from Nov. 1, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015, and a winner will be announced in early April 2015.  For more information, complete contest rules and to enter, please visit the Your Best Choice contest page on the Choice website.


acrl2015Scholarship applications to attend ACRL 2015 are due this 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 tondrla@ala.org or (312) 280-2515.

C&RL News – November 2014

C&RL News - November 2014

The November 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. With the growing trend of libraries as publisher, more institutions are focusing attention on locally created research and publications authored both by faculty and students. Danielle Barandiaran, Betty Rozum, and Becky Thoms outline the Utah State University’s program of “Focusing on student research in the institutional repository” through the DigitalCommons@USU program.

The University of Michigan science library makes a concerted effort of highlighting publications by faculty authors through a series of exhibits and events. Jennifer Bonnet, Barbara Alvarez, and Sigrid Anderson Cordell discuss the program in their article “Let’s get this party started.”

The place of the print book in an environment of online access and changing roles for library spaces continues to be a topic of discussion on many campuses. Stefanie R. Bluemle and Carla B. Tracy take a look a legacy print collections in the learning-centered library in their piece “The lives of books.”

The Princeton University Costen Children’s Library highlights the legacy of print through a rare books education program in local elementary schools, Dana Sheridan discusses their approach to “Teaching the untouchable” in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Korey Jackson of Oregon State University examines open access evaluation in the Humanities in his article “More than gatekeeping.”

Registration is open for the ACRL 2015 Conference to be held March 25—28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. In this month’s issue, Angie Beiriger and Dan Kelley take us on a tour through the “Neighborhoods of Portland,” highlighting the unique offerings of our host city.

We return to our look back at the history of the association this month with our 75th Anniversary feature “Cruising through the ’50s” by Sarah H. Northam.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including Internet Resources on the history of medicine by Jolie Braun, and an overview of the contents of the November issue of our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.




Share Your Thoughts on “New Roles for the Road Ahead”

PrintAs part of its 75th anniversary celebration, ACRL has released of an initial version of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary,” authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven Bell, Lorcan Dempsey, and Barbara Fister.

Pam Snelson, the chairperson of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, asks, “Looking to find your way to that elusive sweet spot between the present and the future? The best map you will find to navigate the changing intersection of higher education and librarianship is the collection of essays in ‘New Roles for the Road Ahead.’ Bell, Dempsey, and Fister define the issues, ask questions, create new roles, offer directions, and challenge thinking. By framing the road ahead and positioning librarians in innovative roles, their essays offer compelling instructions for creating a new library landscape.”

In a series of twenty essays, Bell, Dempsey, and Fister share their thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians. The essays include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty.

A draft of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” is now available for open public discussion through a CommentPress site. Your thoughts on this emerging publication will help shape the authors’ final work, so log in and comment now.  You’ll see sections entitled “Framing the Road Ahead”, “Shifts in Positioning”, and “Responding to Opportunity: Creating a New Library Landscape” with three thoughtful voices chiming in to shape an exciting vision for our collective future.  Weigh in with your thoughts though November 30!

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