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)

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.

Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium 2008

ACRL is pleased to again collaborate with ALA TechSource, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) on the the second annual Gaming, Learning, and Libraries Symposium. The symposium will be held in the Chicago area from November 2-4, 2008. Preliminary information on the event, including a list of keynote speakers and registration information, is available on the TechSource website. Registration is limited to 350 participants and opens on May 12, 2008.

Want to share your gaming and learning successes with your colleagues? The symposium call for presenters is now available! The deadline to submit a proposal is June 15, 2008.

May 12 deadline for ACRL 14th National Conference proposals

The deadline for proposals for ACRL 14th National Conference contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops is Monday, May 12, 2008

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. The ACRL National Conference Executive Committee invites submitters to send their edgiest, most “out-there” proposals, to help make ACRL 2009 a truly groundbreaking conference.

Proposals are sought for a variety of formats including contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, workshops, poster sessions, and roundtable discussions.  Deadlines for proposal submissions are as follows:

  • May 12, 2008 – Contributed papers, panel sessions, preconferences, and workshops
  • October 20, 2008 – Poster sessions
  • November 23, 2008 – Roundtable discussions

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at www.acrl.org/seattle (Click “Proposals”).   

Complete details about the conference are online at www.acrl.org/seattle.  Questions about the call for presentation and the 14th ACRL National Conference should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or by phone at 312-280-2522. 

OnPoint Chat on Green Libraries

Join us on Tuesday May 14, 2008 (10 a.m. Pacific | 11 a.m. Mountain | 12 p.m. Central | 1 p.m. Eastern – note time change!) for the next ACRL OnPoint chat, covering the topic of green libraries. ACRL OnPoint is a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.

Conveners: Mary Carr, Dean Instructional Services, Spokane Community College; and Dr. Debra Rowe, President of the US Partnership for a Sustainable Future.

From a library/librarians’ perspective, how are our library resources when it comes to sustainability? Are we supporting the college’s curricular efforts? What about the “greening” of the library and the campus? Can we practice sustainability? Can we promote it by speakers, presentations, etc.? What can we do within our library associations, and other professional groups? This OnPoint chat session will engage colleagues in discussing the following questions:

1) The whats, whys and wherefores of sustainability?
2) What is happening on our campuses and in our communities regarding sustainability?
3) How can we support what is happening and how can we contribute to “moving the needle?

Visit the OnPoint website for more information and archives of past chat sessions.

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