Vote “Yes” To Approve ACRL Bylaws Changes

Dear ACRL Members:

We want ACRL to be an inclusive and dynamic association. We are excited and eager to open more doors, put out more welcome mats, and embrace the changing needs of the profession. To this end, we have been reaching out to the membership in a number of ways that include — as you may remember — surveys and focus groups. We received some excellent feedback and the following proposals address member feedback from these recent survey and focus group assessments. From this data, we understand that you want to find a “home” in ACRL, that you seek ways to easily get involved, and that you desire opportunities to add new groups that better address your interests.

To achieve this, the ACRL Board of Directors is presenting a proposal to change the bylaws to allow the creation of Interest Groups as complements to Discussion Groups and Sections, under the umbrella term “Communities of Practice.” The goal is to provide a more flexible and agile system for members to form groups built around important emerging issues and to increase opportunities for involvement within our organization.

I urge you to support the bylaws changes on the ballot this spring and let me explain these groups with a little more detail.

Interest Groups are intended to be very fluid and flexible. They could form easily and disband quickly in response to environmental changes. For these same reasons, many other ALA Divisions offer Interest Groups as a part of their division structure including LITA, ALCTS, and LAMA. I urge you to embrace these changes and vote “yes.”

The other important issue on the ballot includes numerous procedural and editorial changes to the ACRL Bylaws which will increase organizational efficiency and agility. For example, the change for Article V eliminates the responsibility of the immediate Past President to serve on all ACRL editorial boards. This level of specificity is best left to a policies and procedures document rather than being required by the bylaws. There may be other venues where the Past President’s time and energy are needed as determined by the ACRL Board. Removing this requirement will enable ACRL to more efficiently deploy officers where they are needed at a given time.

Additional information about the proposed changes to the bylaws can be found on the ACRL Election 2008 Webpage. Your support of these changes will expand your opportunities to engage with your colleagues through ACRL.

Julie Todaro
ACRL President

New e-Learning Webast on Screencasting – Register by March 5, 2008

Register for now for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) e-learning webcast, “Getting Started with Screencasting,” to be offered March 11, 2008 at 11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


This two hour session will explore screencasting–delivering screen captures via RSS–and its potential applications in the academic library. Participants will be provided with examples of screencasts, information on various software applications used to create screencasts, and tips for choosing content, preparing, recording and delivering a screencast.


Courtney Greene is Instruction & Online Learning Librarian at DePaul University, where she is also pursuing a second master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Courtney is an experienced instructor, presenting library research instruction, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate level for DePaul’s First Year Program and School for New Learning. Additionally, she regularly presents continuing education sessions for library staff on topics related to technology, reference, and library instruction through library systems in the Chicago metropolitan area. Additionally, Courtney has developed Web-based library instruction for DePaul departments and for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Courtney earned her Master of Library Science degree, as well as a BA in English and Journalism, from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Additional details about this course and other ACRL e-learning courses, including learning outcomes and registration materials, are online at  Be sure to submit your registration materials by Wednesday, March 5 2008!

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New e-Learning Course on Electronic Collection Development – Register by March 5, 2008.

Register for now for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) e-learning course, “Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-library,” to be offered March 10-28, 2008.

In this hands-on course you will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of your choice. Students will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice. Patron groups may include: faculty, students, researchers, general public, subject specialists, etc. This collection plan will be developed in five parts. Each part includes lecture, discussion and hands-on activities that will step participants through creating or assessing a collection plan for developing a e-library collection


  • have developed selection criteria, plan for collection, evaluation, organization, and maintenance of an e-library collection for the patron group of your choice at your library.
  • have begun identifying, evaluating, selecting, and collecting appropriate free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for your e-library.

Participants will end the session with a completed collection development plan for the e-library collection they wish to develop including:

  • collection plan abstract or introduction
  • collection strategy
  • collection organization plan
  • collection maintenance plan

Additional details about this course and other ACRL e-learning courses, including learning outcomes and registration materials, are online at  Be sure to submit your registration materials by Wednesday, March 5 2008

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Help ACRL make 2009 its greenest year

The ACRL Green Conference Committee is a new component committee of the National Conference Coordinating Committee. Its charge is to reduce the environmental impact of the 2009 National Conference in Seattle WA, to educate and inform participants about the environmental costs of attending the conference, and to set precedent for greener conferences in the future for ACRL and ALA.

Please help the Green Conference Committee by completing this brief survey about ways to “green” the conference. There are only a few questions; depending on your enthusiasm, the survey should take you five to ten minutes.

Your feedback will be used to shape the committee’s work over the next year. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, February 29.

Visit the Member Opinion Survey on Greening the ACRL 2009 National Conference

We look forward to seeing you in beautiful, green Seattle!

Space still available for ACRL/Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute

Registrations are still being accepted the ACRL/Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians.  The institute is an intensive and highly-interactive program that will enhance your strategic leadership skills and help you position your library for future success.  The institute, to be held at Harvard University, March 26-29, 2008, is designed for alumni of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians and other senior-level library leaders committed to taking their libraries to the next level.

The institute will address critical leadership issues including leading strategic change, forging effective partnerships and strategic alliances, managing expectations from presidents and provosts, and developing a compelling vision of the 21st century library. During the program, you will develop action plans and apply program concepts to your own personal leadership challenges. Institute faculty will use various teaching techniques: presentations, discussion, exercises, and case studies. Harvard’s case studies make you an active participant in the teaching-learning process. Through lively discussion, you will be challenged to define key issues and identify and offer solutions.

Space is still available; submit your registration today!  Complete details and registration materials are online at (click ACRL/Harvard Institute). Questions?  Contact Margot Conahan at; 312-280-2522. 

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