Reminder – Jan. 16 early-bird deadline for ACRL Seattle

This Friday, January 16 is the early-bird registration deadline for the ACRL 14th National Conference which will be held in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009! Register by this Friday and save at least $70 on your conference registration fees. Visit for registration materials and complete details about the conference. With over 250 peer-reviewed sessions specific to the needs of academic and research libraries, ACRL is your home for professional development. See you in Seattle at ACRL 2009!

ACRL 2009 Research Writer’s Workshops: Call for writers and reviewers!

New This Year!  The ACRL Research Program Committee (RPC) is sponsoring Research Writer’s Workshops at the ACRL 14th National Conference in Seattle, March 12-15, 2009.  Aimed at the new or inexperienced writer, the Research Writer’s Workshops will bring together small groups of two to three writers matched with an experienced writer or editor, who will offer guidance and critique.

Are you an academic librarian working on a research article? Would you like some constructive feedback?  Submit a draft research paper to the Research Program Committee sponsored writing workshops at the ACRL Seattle conference.  ACRL RPC will match new writers with experienced writers, and the groups will meet face-to-face during the Seattle conference.  Draft research papers must be submitted to RPC by February 16, 2009.  Papers will be shared only among members of the designated groups.


Are you an experienced, published writer or editor?  Interested in providing guidance to your colleagues who may be writing their first research article?  Submit your name and a description of your areas of expertise by February 9, 2009. Reviewers are expected to review papers submitted for their small group in advance of the Seattle conference, as well as guide their small group sessions onsite during the conference.

At the ACRL conference, the groups will meet during one of two scheduled times below to critique the papers, discuss approaches for writing, and share ideas on where to submit articles.

Session One: Friday, March 13, 10:30 a.m. — noon
Session Two: Saturday, March 14, 10:30 — noon
Location: Washington State Trade and Convention Center, Room 211 – Seattle, Washington

New Writers Submission Guidelines: Deadline for submissions:  February 16, 2009
Include on first page: Author’s Name and contact information in upper left; your session time preference (see below); a paragraph describing what you would like others to comment on about your paper. e.g. grammar, writing style, clarity, presentation of the research methodology, etc.

Page limit:  25 double spaced pages, standard 1” margins

Preferred format:  Microsoft Word Number pages.  Footers should include author’s full name and email.  Draft research papers should be in complete enough form for others to read easily.

Submit by February 16 to: Ruth Vondracek at

Experienced Writers or Editors Request to Participate: Deadline Feb. 9, 2009
Please send your current contact information, a copy of your current resume or list of publications, your preference for session times (see below) and a brief description of your current research interests.

*Writing Workshop Session Times:  Please indicate your preference. ACRL RPC will try to honor your preference as much as possible; if not possible you will be placed in the alternate session.

Submit by February 9 to: Ruth Vondracek at

Bloggers needed for the ACRL Conference in Seattle!

Share your conference experience with a national audience.  ACRL is looking for a few individuals to blog the ACRL 14th National Conference, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” which will be held in Seattle, March 12 – 15, 2009.

As a conference blogger, you will be a global correspondent providing online dispatches to a worldwide community of academic library professionals.  Your posts may cover any aspect of the ACRL conference, from inside the session rooms, to the exhibits and receptions – even outside the convention center while you explore Seattle.

We are looking for a a few bloggers to cover general aspects of the conference, and we particularly hope to find volunteers who will report from special perspectives, including:

* Technical services
* New librarians/1st time attendees
* New technologies in libraries
* Community college libraries
* LIS students

Blog posts may take the form of brief descriptions or commentary on sessions that you attend; short interviews with conference participants, presenters or exhibitors; links to handy resources that you have unearthed; or other posts which might generate discussion among online participants.

Your blog will live online in the ACRL 14th National Conference Virtual Community.  All registered face-to-face conference attendees as well as online-only attendees will have access to the complete ACRL
14th National Conference Virtual Community.  In addition, there will be a special portal to the ACRL 14th National Conference blogs which can be accessed by non-conference attendees.

If you’d like to be an ACRL conference blogger, contact Margot Conahan ( by February 13, 2009.  Please indicate if you’d like to address one of the perspectives listed above. Bloggers will be assigned on a first-come/first-served basis.

Complete details about the ACRL 14th National Conference are online.

Note: Bloggers must register and pay regular conference fees.

Member of the Week: Frank Brasile

Frank BrasileFrank Brasile is Library Faculty at Pierce College in Puyallup, WA. Frank has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Tolerance for ambiguity.

2. What are you currently listening to on your iPod? I’m listening to the latest albums by two indie rock groups – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga by Spoon and Off With Their Heads by the Kaiser Chiefs.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Resources, Research, Results.

4. Why did you join ACRL? My first job as a librarian was to open the library at a brand new college. I was responsible for building the library from scratch, including purchasing the first book, establishing hours and developing policies. As the sole librarian working under considerable pressure, I turned to ACRL for resources and wisdom.

5. What do you value about academic or research librarianship? I value the ability to teach students how to think critically. Whether I’m working with a student at the reference desk, in a library instruction session, or teaching a credit course, giving students the skills to evaluate information — where it comes from, what it says, if it’s what they really need — is its own reward.

6. In your own words: At a community college, I am able to help students from an enormously wide spectrum, from the typical college-age student taking general education courses and preparing for transfer to a four-year school, to an adult who is seeking a career change in a professional program, or an English-as-a-second-language student seeking accessible information on citizenship or American customs. I feel so fortunate to work with, and learn from, people in all walks of life.

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: Facebook – Clever Outreach or Costly Diversion?

Many academic libraries are experimenting with Facebook as a tool for student outreach and community. Harry Glazer, communications director at the Rutgers University Libraries, discusses his experiences in Facebook with College & Research Libraries News editor-in-chief David Free. Glazer’s article “Clever outreach or costly diversion?” appears in the January 2009 issue of C&RL News.

Time: 11:46


About the Music:
The music in ACRL Podcasts is “Don’t you,” mixed by stefsax and available on ccMixter. The music is used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 license.

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