This Monday is the deadline for poster session proposals!

Proposals for ACRL 14th National Conference poster session proposals are due by Monday, October 20. Poster sessions are informal presentations which feature successful solutions to problems or unique and innovative projects with important lessons for the academic and research library community. These interactive sessions will be scheduled in a single time block and the poster session presentation should last about ten minutes, including time for questions from the audience. All presenters should be prepared to repeat their presentation several times during the scheduled time block.

The ACRL 14th National Conference, to be held in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009, will offer a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship. The conference theme, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” reflects the promise and the challenge of the Northwest. We invite you to submit your edgiest, most “out-there” poster session proposal, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online. Check out the conference website for complete details. Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at, or by phone at 312-280-2522.

Scholarly Communication Outreach: Jon Wergin to Lead Session on Interviewing Researchers and Scholars

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.

Jon Wergin PhD will facilitate the session on Wednesday afternoon, March 11, discussing strategies for gathering information on researchers’ and scholars’ communication practices. Through presentation and hands-on learning, Dr. Wergin will acquaint participants with strategies and techniques for interviewing as a source of gathering information and meaning. Explore the skills–physical, social, mental, communicative–you need as an interviewer. Discover your own interviewing approach and the importance of positioning, relationship, reflection, interpretation, and meaning.

Participants will build on this the following day when they turn their attention to crafting messages tuned to faculty perspectives. Explore the process of dialogue and practice using this important tool. Learn about marketing and message development. Facilitator to be announced.

Dr. Wergin is Professor of Educational Studies in Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program, which emphasizes the connections between scholarship and practice. His areas of interest are adult and professional education, innovative program evaluation and assessment, and higher education change. His latest book is Leadership in Place: How Academic Professionals Can Find Their Leadership Voice (2007).

Find out more about this institute, including agenda, learning outcomes, target audience, and registration. Early-Bird Registration Ends Oct. 14.

C&RL News – October 2008

C&RL News - October 2008The October 2008 issue of C&RL News is now available online and in the mail. Last month’s issue included a look at librarians “Taking 2.0 to the faculty.” This month, we feature a technology collaboration between a librarian and a classroom instructor, as Marsha Spiegelman and Richard Glass of Nassau Community College use Web 2.0 tools to advance “Gaming and learning.” Of course gaming doesn’t necessarily have to be 2.0. A good, old-fashioned quiz can be just as effective for learning and outreach as Kristine Fowler notes in her article “Jeopardy in the library.”

In November, voters will head to the polls to select our next President. Election season provides an excellent opportunity for libraries to showcase our resources, services, and talents. Amalia Monroe discusses how she used a custom search engine to enhance an election guide at the University of Kansas in “Organizing the 2008 Presidential election.” Looking to inject a little humor into your campaign season? This month’s Internet Resources column by Paul Cammarata features an interesting range of resources related to “Editorial cartoons on the Web.” Do you like good music? This month’s article looking ahead to the 14th ACRL National Conference provides an overview of the vibrant Seattle music scene, including recommendations for places to take in an act or two during the conference.

Make sure to take a look at all of the other great articles and columns, including an irreverent look at the promotion and tenure process, new “Standards for distance learning library services,” the latest edition of Job of a Lifetime, upcoming chapter conferences and events, and ways to get involved in ACRL. Enjoy!

Gaming and learning
– Marsha Spiegelman and Richard Glass
Jeopardy in the library– Kristine Fowler
Beyond grunge (ACRL National Conference) – Amanda Hornby and Anna Bjartmarsdóttir Sveinbjörnsson
Editorial cartoons on the Web (Internet Resources) – Paul Cammarata
Organizing the 2008 presidential election
– Amalia Monroe
Get involved with ACRL
Rocky Mountain Science (Job of a Lifetime) – Ann Wheeler
Our excellent adventure (The Way I See It) – Kathleen A. Hanna, Ann O’Bryan, Kevin F. Petsche
Standards for distance learning library services
– ACRL Distance Learning Section Guidelines Committee

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Applications Sought for Instruction Section (IS) List Administrator

The ACRL Instruction Section is now accepting applications for the Instruction Section (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 of 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: Cristina Ramirez

Cristina RamirezCristina D. Ramirez is Collection Librarian for Social and Behavioral Sciences at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Cristina has been an ACRL member since 2003, and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Dynamic, analytic, multidisciplinary.

2. What are you currently reading? Currently I am reading William Gibson’s Spook Country and The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner.

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

4. Why did you join ACRL? ACRL feels like a home within ALA. As an academic librarian, this organization explores issues that I am interested in and that affect the whole university community. It offers a national-level network of colleagues that bring depth and breadth of knowledge through its thousands of members. Also, the discussion lists and publications allow me to learn about new opportunities and keep up with emerging trends and issues. ACRL addresses timely ideas and topics such as advocacy and continuing education. It also affords numerous professional opportunities.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? As an academic librarian, I have the opportunity to play a key role in the dissemination of scholarly knowledge across various disciplines. I am able to participate in collaborative initiatives with other librarians and academic faculty, supporting both existing and emerging academic programs. Academic librarians experiment and use new technologies to promote and share resources and information with diverse patrons. Academic libraries are exciting workplaces because of the dynamic changes in higher education and the uses and integration of technology in both teaching and scholarship.

6. In your own words: As a new member of the profession, I am excited to participate in an ever-changing library world. I bring a multidisciplinary perspective having degrees in Psychology, Philosophy & Religious Studies and Middle Eastern studies. As a Hispanic woman, I bring to the profession a multi-lingual and multi-cultural perspective which allows me to participate in the formulation of new ways to collect and disseminate information in response to major demographic changes in the United States. ACRL offers many ways to explore the changes taking place in academic libraries and to learn from those who have contributed so much to the profession.

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.

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