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Member of the Week: Chris Bulock

July 14th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Chris BulockChris Bulock is Electronic Resources Librarian at Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville in Edwardsville, Illinois. Chris has been an ACRL member since 2009 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 14, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Learning, persistent, open.

2. What are you currently reading?  I’m usually reading an issue of The Believer. I’ve also just started John Brandon’s A Million Heavens.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Networks, resources, connections.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the connections with innovative colleagues. Participating in ACRL and reading College & Research Libraries helps me see problems in a new way and to find solutions I never would have thought of.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I manage the library’s electronic resources, which I hope benefits everyone on campus. I’m always pushing to make it easier for the university community to get to the resources they need, in a way that’s as intuitive as possible. I also participate heavily in service. I have been involved in program reviews and work with a student group that helps guide the functioning of the university center. The work I do at the state and national level is also in hopes that improvements in the profession will trickle down to our campus here.

6. In your own words:  I was attracted to librarianship because of my time working on the reference desk as an undergraduate. I loved being able to answer the questions of students and faculty members, to show them new ways to find information, and to learn from passionate experts along the way. Now, I get the same feeling of satisfaction from my work with electronic resources (though I still do reference). If I’m doing my job right, then I’m able to facilitate learning for something like 14,000 people, making it easier for them to find information they might not have found otherwise; to know things they might not have known. Because our students and faculty have many opportunities to share their research, I’m also able to see the end results, to share their excitement, and to think about how I can better serve that community.

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.

The ACRL Member of the Week feature will be taking a brief summer vacation for the next couple of weeks. We’ll return with more member profiles o

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C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

July 10th, 2014 by David Free in C&RL, Events

C&RL Forum: Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization

Will air live Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Central Time

REGISTER in advance or VIEW live

Campus internationalization can be defined as “broadly referring to institutional efforts to integrate an international, global and/or intercultural dimension into the teaching, research or services function.”¹  How do academic libraries contribute to campus internationalization efforts? How do library internationalization efforts differ from or reflect campus internationalization efforts?  What services do libraries offer that support internationalization and what library organizational structures are most conducive to building these services? What are areas for growth? Join College & Research Libraries for a live panel conversation on library internationalization efforts. The panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study “Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization” and share ideas for both administrators and front-line librarians working to build these services.

¹ ACE American Council on Education, “Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition Survey” (2012), 1. [Accessed 29 January 2014].


Evviva Weinraub Lajoie: Evviva is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press.


Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper: Liz is the Head of Research and Instruction at the University of Colorado Denver’s Auraria Library.

Laurie Kutner: Laurie is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department in the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont.

Steven W. Witt: Steven is the Head of the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Each Forum highlights a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study’s authors and additional subject experts. The Fora are your chance to engage live with the researchers and have your questions answered. The discussions will be hosted in Google Hangouts and broadcast on YouTube. You will be able to view them at either location.

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College & Research Libraries – July 2014

July 8th, 2014 by Dawn Mueller in C&RL

The July 2014 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.

Guest Editorial

Dan Hazen. “Researching Library Support for International Studies: Successes to Celebrate, Goal Posts to Move.” Full Text (PDF)  


Merinda Kaye Hensley, Sarah L. Shreeves, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. “A Survey of Library Support for Formal Undergraduate Research Programs.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kyung-Sun Kim, Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, and Eun Young Yoo-Lee. “Undergraduates’ Use of Social Media as Information Sources.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Catherine Sassen and Diane Wahl. “Fostering Research and Publication in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Mary Kandiuk. “Promoting Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Canadian Academic Librarians.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Karen Antell, Jody Bales Foote, Jaymie Turner, and Brian Shults. “Dealing with Data: Science Librarians’ Participation in Data Management at Association of Research Libraries Institutions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kirstin Dougan. “‘YouTube Has Changed Everything’? Music Faculty, Librarians, and Their Use and Perceptions of YouTube.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Julie Mitchell and Nathalie Soini. “Student Involvement for Student Success: Student Staff in the Learning Commons.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

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Member of the Week: Shahla Bahavar

July 7th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Shahla BahavarShahla Bahavar is Director of Public Services Division I and Head of the Science & Engineering Library at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Shahla has been an ACRL member since 1997  and is your ACRL member of the week for July 7, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collegial, mentor, leader.

2. What are you currently reading?  I read a variety of materials, some for pleasure and some for professional development and on my research interests. Due to my personal interest in information literacy and services for international students as well as the concept of the Information Commons and the tiered-reference service model, most my readings are focused around those topics. Currently I’m reading Library Reference Services and Information Literacy: Models for Academic Institutions and Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries: Reaching Across the Great Divide.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Professional, educational, innovative.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL as the leading professional organization focusing on issues and topics of librarianship that relate directly to academic and research institutions. ACRL presents key information to keep us informed in our rapidly changing environment and offers valuable professional development opportunities through programs that are tailored to our needs, which help us keep up with changes and broaden our knowledge of academic and research libraries. ACRL provides a medium to presenting and publishing on academic library research and best practices while addressing emerging trends through conferences, publications, and online discussion lists.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I contribute to information discovery and access, to faculty scholarship and student learning, and to intellectual and educational endeavors of all kinds. Most importantly, I contribute to the mission of the USC Libraries as well as the University’s strategic vision through key services and activities such as information literacy instruction, research services, collection development, and outreach. Through outreach, I promote and present on the value of the library and its resources and services to the USC community.

6. In your own words:  I’m committed to ensuring intelligent access to research resources for future generations. The library profession is all about passion: passion to help, passion to serve, passion to teach, passion to give.  I love USC and have been with USC Libraries for many years. Working at a large research institution, every day is different and exciting. In addition to my administrative responsibilities as Director and a unit head of a big research library, I contribute significantly to public service activities, including teaching information literacy instruction and research services. I enjoy interacting with students, teaching them something that they didn’t know, opening their eyes to the world of resources that they were not aware of, and facilitating their learning, discovery, and utilization of information.

I am especially sensitive to the needs of the international students and actively work with them to help them get acquainted to the Western library system and the complexity of our institution’s library system. I’m devoted to user services and strive to bring excellence in all my public service activities and other administrative and user-focused service responsibilities.

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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FAQs on IL Framework available; Reminder: online hearings July 7 and 11, comments due July 15

July 3rd, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerMembers of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force are grateful for all the robust input gathered through online feedback forms, member forums and hearings (face-to-face and online), member emails, conversations in social media, as well as comments from the ACRL Board of Directors. The Task Force takes the feedback provided by members seriously, and has used this feedback to guide and improve their process. They have been listening to all of your comments and incorporating much of the feedback into the latest, revised draft. As they continue to carefully consider all the new input they receive, task force members recognize some questions/concerns are recurring and have addressed those in a new Frequently Asked Question section of their website.

They are eager to hear more from you about their latest, revised draft. Please be sure to please share your thoughts if you haven’t already done so. Sign up to participate in one of the online hearings being held Monday, July 7, at 1pm Central and Friday, July 11, at 10am Central. Provide your written feedback by Tuesday, July 15, 2014, 5pm Central, via the online form. To help guide your thinking, the task force asks that you consider these questions:

  1. How satisfied are you with the overall Framework?
  2. If you have followed the development of the Framework through the previous draft, please tell us what changes you find most helpful.
  3. Does the “Suggestions on How to Use the Information Literacy Framework” section, in conjunction with the Frames, help you to engage other campus stakeholders in conversation?
  4. How might the Framework affect the way you work with students?
  5. What one thing do you most want the Task Force members to know about the draft Framework?

While the task force asks that you send reactions via the online form (so it is easier to compile comments and ensure no emails have gone astray) the co-chairs are also happy to connect with you on a personal level. You should feel free to be in touch with them to discuss your reactions to the draft and can reach them as follows: Craig Gibson, Head, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library, Ohio State University Libraries,; and Trudi E. Jacobson, Head, Information Literacy Department, University at Albany, SUNY, University Libraries,

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C&RL News – July/August 2014

June 30th, 2014 by Ann-Christe Galloway in C&RL News

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The July/August 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The purposeful use of social media can be a powerful tool in engaging your library and campus communities. Natalie Burclaff and Catherine Johnson provide tips for “Developing a social media strategy” to increase the usefulness of your presences in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article.

Sharing and building on resources created by our peers is a long-standing tradition. Katie Fortney, Cody Hennesy, and Deborah Murphy discuss a project to create recommendations for uniform application of Creative Commons licenses to library learning objects in their article “Share the wealth.”

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services have undergone a great amount of change over the past several years. While the services continue to be essential to students and researchers, they no longer resemble the traditional picture of acquiring books and photocopies of articles from other institutions. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Beth Posner of the CUNY Graduate Center looks at “The view from interlibrary loan services” from a research and scholarly communication perspective.

In her article “It’s all about the relationships,” Laura Graveline discusses the importance of ILL as a service in launching library services for a residency-based PhD program for studio artists. In another view from the frontlines of ILL, Andrew Shuping compares the skills needed for success as an ILL staffer as a combination of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver, and Neo in his essay “The modern interlibrary loan office.”

Successful outreach programs can increase the view of the library as a center for campus activity. Catherine M. Brown looks at the past and present of cultural performances in the rotunda of the UCLA College Library in her article “Concerts and dances in a library?”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the final installment in 2013-14 ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes’ series on financial literacy education and libraries, a The Way I See It essay by Dale Larsen on reaching business students through“The Friday E-Mail List,” and Internet Resources on biographical resources by Susie Skarl.

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

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Member of the Week: Beth Stahr

June 30th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Beth StahrBeth Stahr is Head of Reference at the Southeastern Louisiana University Sims Memorial Library in Hammond, Louisiana. Beth has been an ACRL member since 1998  and is your ACRL member of the week for June 30, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, analytical, focused.

2. What are you currently reading?  My reading list is somewhat scattered, but predictable by those who know me well. I’m reading Family Trees: A History of Genealogy in America by François Weil. As a former professional genealogist who is still certified by the Board for Certification of Genealogists, I am intrigued by this arms-length view of Americans’ interest in family history. As a resident of southeastern Louisiana, I am always interested in scholarship relating to local lore, so I’m also reading A New Orleans Voudou Priestess: The Legend and Reality of Marie Laveau by Carolyn Morrow Long. And, at the suggestion of my director, for pure enjoyment, I just finished Help for the Haunted by John Searles on my Kindle.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Innovative, collaborative, enlightening.

4. What do you value about ACRL?  I appreciate ACRL’s push toward excellence in everything it attempts, from the ACRL conferences, to the publications, to online courses. The concept of quality permeates every offering.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? Faculty librarians on our campus provide traditional services like information literacy instruction, reference assistance, and subject area expertise, but also contribute to the institutional fabric by service on Faculty Senate and on important university committees. I am honored to currently serve on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee and the Institutional Review Board, positions which allow me to share the library’s unique perspective. I also serve as the treasurer of the university’s chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, interacting with students, faculty, retired faculty and alumni. I’m convinced that these campus connections accentuate what we do in the library, and help remind teaching faculty of our impact on our campus.

6. In your own words:  The possibilities are unending—the variety of work, the constant change, the outreach and service and working with faculty across campus is so personally enriching. There is never a moment of workplace boredom, and academic librarians can find their personal identity in so many different ways.

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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Information Literacy Strategist Position

June 27th, 2014 by David Free in About ACRL, Information Literacy

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association is seeking an Information Literacy Strategist for its Chicago office for a two-year project assignment.

Responsibilities:  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Information Literacy Strategist will encourage adoption of ACRL’s new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education within the profession in order to support ACRL’s strategic goal that librarians transform student learning, pedagogy, and instructional practices through creative and innovative collaborations.

Major responsibilities will include:

-Provide educational programming that increases knowledge and encourages use of the new (IL Framework) within the academic library profession.

–Create and promote a pilot campus program.

–Develop and maintain an online “sandbox” so that ACRL members and academic librarians can try out approaches to using the IL Framework and share their experiences.

–Support ACRL Officers and official representatives who are promoting the new IL Framework at relevant higher education, library, disciplinary and topical conferences.

Starting salary negotiable from the mid-30s; based on experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package for this two year regular part-time position with a 17 and a half hour work week; that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and a retirement annuity.

Requirements:   Experience designing and delivering training, in concert with others, for an audience of academic librarians. Rich knowledge and understanding of trends in academic librarianship and higher education.

Proven writing and public speaking experience, including online presentations and knowledge of webinar systems. Demonstrated project management, organization, and customer service skills. Excellent oral and written communication.

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and strong initiative, yet with a team orientation. Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects with competing deadlines; ability to conceptualize, with others, high-level plans and processes; demonstrated success in committing to a long-term projects (12-18 months).

Knowledge of stakeholders within the higher education sector with an interest in information literacy, threshold concepts, and competency based education.

Minimum of 5 years work experience in libraries and/or academia.


Apply online at (additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Send resume, cover letter and two writing samples to:

American Library Association

Human Resources Department

Ref: infoliteracyACRL

50 East Huron Street

Chicago, IL 60611

Fax:  312/280-5270


The American Library Association is an affirmative action, equal-opportunity employer.

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Applications/Nominations Invited for C&RL Editor

June 25th, 2014 by David Free in C&RL

crl squareApplications and nominations are invited for the position of editor of College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The association seeks an innovative, experienced candidate to lead its top-tier, open access journal with an eye to the future of scholarly publishing. The editor is appointed for a three-year term, which may be renewed for an additional three years. Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL at the time of appointment.

Qualifications include:

  • Professional experience in academic libraries;
  • Broad knowledge of current issues facing academic and research libraries;
  • Record of scholarly publishing;
  • Editing experience, preferably in the scholarly publishing environment;
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, current trends and innovations in scholarly communication including open access and digital publishing;
  • Knowledge of current trends in reader engagement, including social media integration; and
  • Organizational and communication skills, including the ability to meet, and hold others to, publication deadlines.

Some funding for editorial assistance and travel to relevant conferences is available, and there is a small honorarium for the editor.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors at, or prior to, the 2015 ALA Annual Conference upon the recommendation of the search committee and the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee. The incoming editor will serve as Editor-Designate for one year before assuming full responsibility for C&RL in July 2016.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application, including the names of three references, should be sent to:

C&RL Search Committee
c/o Dawn Mueller
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The deadline for receipt of applications is October 31, 2014.

Finalists will be interviewed at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago or by phone shortly after Midwinter.

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New From ACRL – “The Librarian Stereotype”

June 24th, 2014 by Kathryn Deiss in Publications

The Librarian StereotypeACRL announces the publication of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. The Librarian Stereotype serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding the ways in which librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, covering topics such as racial and ethnic identity, professional personas, pop culture, and a variety of specific stereotypes of librarians, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.

The ultimate goal of the project is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, as illustrated by the chapter authors, librarians can work towards improved status, increased diversity and greater acceptance of each other.

More information on the book, including interviews with chapter authors and a link to a free preview of the foreward and first chapter, is available on the Librarian Wardrobe website.

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work 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.

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