2009 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant

Libraries of all types, including academic and research libraries, are invited to apply for the $3,000 Scholastic Library Publishing National Library Week Grant. The grant will be awarded to the library with the best public awareness campaign incorporating the 2009 National Library Week theme, “Worlds connect @ your library®.” All proposals must use the theme, which uses The Campaign for America’s Libraries’ “@ your library” brand, on any and all promotional and publicity material supporting National Library Week activities. Guidelines for using the brand are available on the campaign Web site at under the “download logos” section.

The grant is sponsored by Scholastic Library Publishing, a division of Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and is administered by the ALA Public Awareness Committee. This year’s application deadline is Oct. 17. The winner will be notified and announced following the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

A grant application form and guidelines are available on the Campaign for America’s Libraries Web site. Information also is available from the ALA Public Information Office by telephone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2148 or by e-mail at mmcfarlane@ala.org.

Member of the Week: Penny Beile

Penny BeilePenny Beile is head of the Curriculum Materials Center at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Penny has been an ACRL member since 1995 and is your ACRL Member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic. Engaged. Dependable.

2. What are you currently reading? The Life of Pi (Martel), Geek Love (Dunn), and The Road (McCarthy) are on my bedside table, along with Selections from Karl Popper. I’ve also promised myself that *this* time I’ll finish Ulysses, but I’m not confident that will ever happen. Sigh. {Editor’s note: Taking a class in which you only read Ulysses helps.}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative. (Professional) Identity. Advocacy.

4. Why did you join ACRL? I’ve always been an academic librarian with public service responsibilities. Early in my career a mentor suggested ACRL and I quickly adopted it as my professional home. It fit then and I find it fits now, even with changing job responsibilities. The professional development programs offered by ACRL are substantive and timely, they do a wonderful job of identifying emerging trends and providing librarians the tools to be conversant on the topic, and they advocate for academic librarians at all levels and across a platform of issues. I am always amazed that such a large division is so responsive to the needs of its membership.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? The one thing I value most about being an academic librarian is the opportunity to connect with students and be a part of their learning experience. It is gratifying to work at the program level or to implement system-wide initiatives, but it doesn’t come close to the feeling you get when you work with an individual and see the light bulb turn on.

6. In your own words: The platforms of ACRL candidates Erika Linke and Scott Walter were probably most influential in my recent thinking about academic librarianship. They talked about relevancy and advocacy, and the need to demonstrate how libraries add value and support the academic mission of the institution. Our practice has changed dramatically since I started in the profession and we are now being challenged to move beyond the collection and have the conversation about such issues as scholarly communication, institutional repositories, and information literacy. It really is a professional imperative.


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.

I Love My Librarian Award nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for The Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. The award, administered by ALA’s Public Information Office and Campaign for America’s Libraries, encourages library users to recognize the accomplishments of librarians for their efforts to improve the lives of people in their community. Nominations for librarians in college, community college and university libraries opened on September 2 and run through October 15.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and academic libraries will be selected honored at a ceremony and reception in New York at TheTimesCenter, hosted by The New York Times. Each winner also will receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a $500 travel stipend to attend the awards reception. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award winner’s library. Nominees will be judged by a selection committee based on quality of service to library users, demonstrated knowledge of the library and its resources and commitment shown in helping library users.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the ALA in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school.

For more information, including the online nomination form and tools to help promote the award, visit the I Love Libraries website.

ACRL Podcast: The Desk and Beyond

n this podcast, College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free talks with Sarah Steiner and Leslie Madden of Georgia State University, editors of the ACRL publication The Desk and Beyond: Next Generation Reference Services. They are joined by chapter authors Meredith Farkas of Norwich University, Ross LaBaugh of California State University – Fresno, and Jerilyn Veldof of the University of Minnesota to discuss the book along with current and future trends in reference services.

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C&RL News – September 2008

C&RL News - September 2008The September 2008 issue of C&RL News is now available online and in the mail. By September, the fall term is usually in full swing at most academic libraries. The new school year presents opportunities for new outreach and collaboration with a variety of campus partners. Looking outside the walls and Web sites of our libraries is a great way to grow professionally while promoting libraries services. In this issue, Caitlin Tillman describes the “Library orientation for professors” program at the University of Ottawa. Her article gives sound tips for new faculty orientation that can be expanded to stress the range of library services in a variety of contexts.

Our interactions with faculty aren’t limited to a quality orientation session or a well-rehearsed “elevator speech.” Librarians can also serve as catalysts for new technologies and instructional models, as Sarah Faye Cohen discusses in her article “Taking 2.0 to faculty.” Of course, in many instances, librarians are considered part of the faculty and participate in institutional governance. Laurence S. Crieder took on such a role during his “Two years with a tee-ball bat” as chair of the faculty senate at New Mexico State University.

In honor of the upcoming October celebration of Gay and Lesbian History Month, this month’s Internet Resources column focuses on “Queering the Web.” Tami Albin and Jennifer Church-Duran’s collection of resources provide an excellent starting point for researching GLBTQ history and culture. This issue also contains the first in a series of articles looking ahead to next year’s ACRL14th National Conference in Seattle and a look back at ACRL activities at the recent ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. Make sure to take a look at all of the other great articles and columns, including an excellent overview of open access initiatives in Canada.

*Notes: Due to the continuing redesign and updating of the ALA Web site, this month’s C&RL News is available in PDF format only. We will make the issue available in the regular full text HTML format as soon as possible. Also, the cover image in this post is the correct September cover. The image on the C&RL News Web site will be updated as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Features (all links are PDF)
ACRL in Anaheim
ACRL Board of Directors’ actions, June 2008
The purposeful advocate – Erika C. Linke
Queering the Web (Internet Resources) – Tami Albin and Jennifer Church-Duran
Library orientation for professors– Caitlin Tillman
Taking 2.0 to the faculty – Sarah Faye Cohen
Two years with a tee-ball bat – Laurence S. Creider
Introducing Seattle (ACRL National Conference) – Jan Hartley and Elinor Appel
Open access and evolving scholarly communication (Scholarly Communication)– Heather Morrison and Andrew Waller
ACRL’s 2009 Awards Program – Megan Griffin

Departments (All links are PDF)
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
Product Ads

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