Applications Sought for IS List Administrator

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) is now accepting applications for the IS List Administrator position. The IS List Administrator serves a two-year term and is responsible for maintaining the Section’s closed committee discussion lists, under the general direction of the IS Executive Committee. The List Administrator hosts these lists at his or her home institution. The IS lists are crucial to maintaining communication within the Advisory Council, the Executive Committee, and other IS committees and task forces.

The List Administrator has an appointment as a virtual member of the Communication Committee and, as such, participates in the work of the committee throughout the year but is not is required to attend committee meetings at the ALA Annual and Midwinter conferences. This appointment will begin immediately after the ALA Annual Conference in July 2009.

* Creating lists with closed memberships for the IS Executive Committee and IS Advisory Council, as well as additional closed lists for Instruction Section committees and task forces.
* Maintaining membership of Section lists and acting as list owner for settings and other changes.
* Updating the document, “Tips for the IS Committee List Administrator,” as needed.

* Membership in the ACRL Instruction Section.
* Ability to meet deadlines and to communicate effectively through email.
* Commitment to respond quickly to the Section’s needs.
* Institutional computer resources for maintaining the Section’s closed lists.
* Experience with mailing list software or list ownership, or demonstrated ability to learn.
* Knowledge of mailing list software settings and etiquette, or demonstrated ability to learn.

Appointment and term:
The IS Committee List Administrator is a volunteer who serves a two-year term, upon selection by the Executive Committee and appointment by the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. This appointment begins immediately after the ALA Annual Conference in July 2009.

Application process:
Please submit a curriculum vitae or resume and cover letter to Alec Sonsteby, chair, IS Communication Committee, at The letter of interest should outline experience and knowledge applicable to the position. Any samples of relevant work will also be accepted. The application deadline is Monday, January 5, 2009.

Member of the Week: Jennifer Townes

Jennifer TownesJennifer Townes is Project Cataloger at the State Library of North Carolina in Raleigh. Jennifer has been an ACRL member since 2008, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Bright, shiny, and new.

2. What are you currently reading? Currently I am catching up on my “recommended by friends” reading list: Heretic by Bernard Cornwell (on the iPod) and Whiskey and Water by Elizabeth Bear.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Big, colorful, and exciting.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I was encouraged to join ACRL by my former supervisor and mentor Eileen McGrath, Assistant Curator of the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value our position as liaisons between old and new technology. Our currency is information, which is timeless. The presentation of information, however, changes constantly. As academic librarians we have to orient researchers towards information in whatever context it exists. The opportunities to learn are endless and, to me, there could not be a more fascinating career.

6. In your own words: As alluded to above, life as an academic librarian is exciting and busy. I’ve only been in this business for a short while, but I can tell already that it is not a profession for the faint of heart. I love that each day something different comes across my desk, even if it’s just a new set of books for cataloging. And there is ALWAYS something to read.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Contact David Free at dfree{at}ala{dot}org for more information.

SCOAP3 Information Session at ALA Midwinter

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) encourage librarians from institutions of all sizes to learn what they can do to support the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3) effort to facilitate open access publishing.

An information session with Dr. Salvatore Mele, Project Leader of the Open Access Section and Interim Project Manager for SCOAP3 at the CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research, will be held at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Saturday, January 24, 2009, 10:30 a.m.-noon, at the Colorado Convention Center, Room 705. No registration is necessary to attend this event.

Find out how this experiment in new funding models is progressing, get the straight scoop on how libraries can participate, and learn about the project’s potential to inform scholarly publishing more globally. SCOAP3 is a valuable addition to the diverse mix of strategies aiming to ensure the future of high-quality journals. For background reading on why libraries should consider supporting SCOAP3, see:

– “The Audacity of SCOAP3,” an essay by Ivy Anderson, Director of Collections, California Digital Library, and “Taking Action on SCOAP3,” an article by Julia Blixrud, both in ARL: A Bimonthly Report, no. 257 (April 2008).
ACRL letter to the organizers of SCOAP3 expressing support and encouraging ACRL members to consider joining the SCOAP3 effort when appropriate, June 2008.
SCOAP3 Web site.

Scholarly Communication Outreach: Alane Wilson to Lead Session on Message Development

Do you want to develop a deeper understanding of how scholars’ communication practices are changing and how the landscape appears to them? Do you want to present scholarly communication issues in ways that generate positive engagement with faculty?

If this describes your situation, you won’t want to miss the new ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication workshop “Scholarly Communication Outreach: Crafting Messages that Grab Faculty Attention,” March 11-12, 2009, in Seattle, Washington.

ARL and ACRL are pleased to announce that Alane Wilson will facilitate the session on Thursday morning, March 12, discussing marketing and message development. She will work with participants on developing skills to use information from interviews to craft effective, faculty-centric messages and outreach strategies on scholarly communication.

This session will build upon the previous day’s work with facilitator Jon Wergin, who will acquaint participants with strategies and techniques for interviewing as a source of gathering information and meaning.

Alane Wilson is Executive Director of the British Columbia Library Association and was formerly head of public services at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Rasmussen Library. She has expertise in developing library services in academic libraries and worked for many years in marketing and business development for OCLC, including co-authoring the 2005 OCLC report Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources.

For more details about this institute, including agenda, learning outcomes, target audience, and registration, visit Registration for the workshop is a separate process from registration for the ACRL National Conference or its preconferences and will close on January 1, 2009, unless the workshop fills earlier.

Call for Nominations: the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award in Support of Users’ Rights

In 2002, ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) established the L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award to honor particular individuals or groups who “embody the spirit of the U.S. Copyright law as voiced by the framers of our constitution: ‘to advance the knowledge of science and useful arts’ (U.S. Constitution, art 1, sec 8).

Ray Patterson was a foremost legal thinker, writer and champion of users’ rights. He was a pioneer who exposed the restrictive nature of new interpretations and unnecessary expansions of contemporary copyright law. For librarians, Patterson was a key legal figure who articulated how corporate interests have hijacked the purpose of copyright — to advance learning and the dissemination of knowledge. Through numerous books, articles, and briefs, Patterson highlighted and justified the importance of the public domain and fair use.

In recognition of his life accomplishments and contributions, the American Library Association calls for nominations to the award established in Patterson’s name. Appropriate nominees for the Patterson Award are persons or groups who have made significant and consistent contributions in the areas of academia, law, politics, public policy, libraries or library education to the pursuit of copyright principles as outlined below.

The fundamental tenets established by Congress when crafting U.S. Copyright law:
– The creation of new knowledge and the arts is encouraged;
– The creation and dissemination of knowledge is the purpose of copyright;
– Congress is granted the power to encourage creation of new works, but only via a very specific method, by granting authors and inventors exclusive rights;
– The exclusive rights granted should be for a limited time;
– Authors and inventors can benefit financially from copyright but this is a side effect of encouraging the dissemination of knowledge, the direct intent of copyright; and
– The rights of authors and inventors are granted by Congress and are not intrinsic or natural.

Past awardees include Peter Jaszi, Law Professor at the American University Washington College, Prudence Adler, Associate Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries, and Kenny Crews, Copyright Officer at Columbia University.

Please send letters of nomination outlining a candidate’s qualifications for this award to Carrie Russell, Director, Program on Public Access to Information, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, 1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 2009, or to Nominations will be accepted through January 15, 2009.

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