Member of the Week: Aaron Dobbs

Aaron DobbsAaron Dobbs is Systems Librarian at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. Aaron has been an ACRL member since 2000, was elected an ALA Councilor-At-Large in the recently completed ALA election, and is your ACRL Member of the Week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Strategic, Multi-talented, Activist.

2. What book are you currently reading? The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (I’m in the middle of book 6). I’m hoping there will only be one more book in the trilogy – this is getting really long. 🙂

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Informative, Aware, Collaboration.

4. Why did you join ACRL? At first I joined because I felt I should. I maintain my membership because I find the publications (and now the blog) thought provoking and because the people involved in ACRL are committed, intelligent, and involved in areas of professional and personal interest.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? Academic libraries exist to connect researchers to all data and information, especially from the more obscure (yet authoritative) sources. Sure, anyone can search the intrawebs and find stuff; but, who else will provide specific, on-topic search results with a low false-drop count in a reasonable amount of time for no direct charge to the user? The best part of academic librarianship is finding the impossible-for-the-student-to-find answer and the student’s softly breathed “whoa” upon receipt.

6. In your own words: Libraries and academia are in a roiling state of flux these days. Both institutions have been fighting to remain as, or even more, relevant as we perceive we were fifty or more years ago. At this moment, the governmental policy arena is where the fight is taking place. As an ACRL Legislative Advocate, I keep up to date on these policy “discussions” and serve as a voice for libraries, especially those in academia. I speak with legislators and legislative aides, highlighting the benefits and services we provide to our students and society as a whole. More of us need to be activists, explaining why our services need funding, why every dollar of library funding returns more than a dollar’s worth of benefits to our institutions.


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.

ACRL Podcast: Eradicating The Rogue Assignment

n this podcast, Nina McHale from University of Colorado-Denver discusses rogue library assignments with College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free. McHale’s article “Eradicating the Rouge Assignment” appears in the May 2008 issue of C&RL News.

How do you handle rogue assignments at your library? Leave a comment on this post to discuss the issue and share strategies with your peers.

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About the Music:
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C&RL News – May 2008

C&RL News - May 2008The May 2008 issue of C&RL News is now available online and in the mail. Creative yet manageable library assignments are critical to the success of any information literacy program. But sometimes assignments go awry, despite the best intentions of librarians and faculty. Nina McHale provides tips on dealing with library assignments gone bad in her article “Eradicating the rogue assignment.” A podcast interview with McHale is also available.

Of course students won’t be able to complete even the best library assignment without a basic knowledge of the concepts presented in instruction sessions. Suzanne Julian and Kimball Benson discuss the use of clickers as an in-class assessment tool at Brigham Young University in their article “Clicking your way to library instruction assessment.” While it is only May, it’s not too early to start planning events for the fall. Cathy Carpenter details Georgia Tech’s experiences in “Celebrating Constitution Day.” The tips in Cathy’s article can be applied to many other sorts of events, as well.

It seems like just yesterday that we gathered in Philadelphia for Midwinter, but now it is time to start thinking about the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. ACRL committees and sections are offering a wide array of programs at this year’s conference. A full list of programs and meetings is available in the handy removable preliminary program in this issue. Join us from June 26—July 2 in sunny California.

Feature Articles:
Eradicating the rogue assignment – Nina McHale
Clicking your way to library instruction assessment – Suzanne Julian and Kimball Benson
Voices of the future – Jenifer Abramson, Pat Hawthorne, Joan Kaplowitz, and Leslie McMichael (Our Academic Futures)
Giving back to those who serve – Ann Wheeler (Job of a Lifetime)
Celebrating Constitution Day – Cathy Carpenter
Library budgets, open access, and the future of scholarly communication– David W. Lewis (Scholarly Communication)
Visual resources online
– Anne Blecksmith (Internet Resources)

Departments:
In the News
News from the Field
Washington Hotline
Preservation News
Internet Reviews
New Publications
Grants and Acquisitions
People in the News
Fast Facts
Job Openings/Classified Ads

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New ACRL Publications

ACRL has released two new publications, Information Literacy Instruction Handbook and Copyright Policies: CLIP Note #39, for your reading pleasure. Both titles are now shipping from the ALA Online Store.

The Information Literacy Instruction Handbook takes a practical approach to information literacy, with an emphasis on up-to-date situations and approaches. The concise and practical chapters are written by experienced information literacy librarians, outlining the basics of instruction. Chapters include information on the psychology of learning, student academic integrity, diversity, instructional technology and assessment. References to key outside sources are provided for those who would like to explore the information presented in more depth.

Information Literacy Instruction Handbook is a designed primarily for librarians new to teaching or managing information literacy instruction. It also serves as a one-stop refresher source on key topics for more experienced librarians. Edited by Christopher N. Cox and Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, the book was developed under the aegis of the ACRL Instruction Section.

Copyright Policies: CLIP Note #39, compiled by Patricia Keogh and Rachel Crowley, is the newest entry in the CLIP Note series and serves as a resource for the creation or updating of academic library and campus copyright policies. CLIP Note #39 contains a compilation of actual copyright policies in use at college and university libraries. This collection of selected policies, covering a range of print and digital resources, will assist library and campus personnel in developing successful copyright documents at their institutions. The book additionally provides information on policy content, copyright monitoring and educating stakeholders on copyright issues.

Both titles are available for purchase through the ALA Online Store or by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. The volumes will also be available for purchase in the ALA Bookstore at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

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