2008 ALA/ ACRL Election Schedule

The 2008 ALA/ ACRL elections are just around the corner. Please note these important dates and make sure to vote!

March 17: Online ballot opens.
March 17: Paper ballots mailed to those who requested them.
April 24: Election ends.
May 1: Results announced.

Visit the ALA and ACRL election pages to learn more about the 2008 ballot and candidates.

More ACRL Award Winners

ACRL is pleased to announce the following 2008 award recipients. Follow the links for more details on each award winner.

ACRL/ WESS Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant: Michelle Emanuel
ACRL/ CJCLS EBSCO Community College Learning Resources Program Achievement Award: Hazard Community & Technical College
ACRL/ IS Innovation Award: Susan Sharpless Smith
ACRL/ IS Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year AwardPatrick Ragains
ACRL/ WSS Career Achievement Award: Dolores Fidishun

Congratulations to all the winners!

New Webcast Offering – Leading Change

Register for now for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) e-learning webcast, “Leading Change,” to be offered March 20, 2008 at 11 a.m Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern.


How can we better understand the effects of change on our organizations and on the people in them? During this webcast, Kathryn Deiss will provide several models which can serve as lenses through which to view change. Tools such as the models and techniques for helping people through change will be provided.

After this webcast, participants will:

  • Be able to use two frameworks for explaining the dynamics of change
  • Understand types of change and that not all change is the same
  • Understand and be able to develop strategies for working with “resistance” to change


Kathryn J. Deiss is the Content Strategist for the Association of College & Research Libraries at the American Library Association in Chicago, USA. In this role she scans the research library world for trends and best practices, acquires content to publish, and provides organizational consulting services to institutions. She designs and provides training and facilitation for libraries, national associations, consortia, and museums in the United States and beyond. Kathryn has written and presented extensively on the subjects of leadership, innovation, coaching and mentoring, planning, organizational learning, and organizational culture. Kathryn received her B.A. in Sociology from Trinity University (San Antonio, TX) and her MLS from the University at Albany.


Registration for this webcast is now open. For additional information, including technical requirements and a link to the online registration form, visit: http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/leadingchange.cfm

ACRL Instruction Section 2008 Discussion Forum available online

The ACRL Instruction Section Research & Scholarship Committee is pleased to offer the content of its Midwinter 2008 Discussion Forum, “Research Into Action: Leveraging Research Into IL Instruction” on the IS Website. An audio recording of the session is available to download or stream, and a PDF of the forum’s Recommended Reading List is also available.

The forum was held on January 13, 2008 in Philadelphia and featured panelists Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Scott Walter of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Michelle L. Zafron from the University at Buffalo.

ACRL Calendar of Events – February 21, 2008


March 4: Information Literacy and Assessment (ACRL/TLT Group Online Information Literacy Seminar Webcast)
March 10-28: Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library (Online Seminar)
March 11: Information Literacy and Assessment (ACRL/TLT Group Online Information Literacy Seminar Webcast)
March 11: Getting Started with Screencasting (Webcast)
March 11: Information Literacy and Assessment (ACRL/TLT Group Online Information Literacy Seminar Webcast)
March 17:
ALA/ACRL Elections Open
March 20: Leading Change (Webcast)
March 26—29:
ACRL/Harvard Advanced Leadership Institute for Senior Academic Librarians (Cambridge, MA)
April 7-28: Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy (Online Seminar)
April 10: Being and Finding a Mentor (Webcast)
April 21 – May 9:
Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1 (Online Seminar)
April 23:
ALA/ACRL Elections Close
April 29-30: ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions”
May 8: Keys to Innovation (Webcast)
May 13-14: National Library Legislative Day (Washington, DC)
May 26:
June 2-21:
All Users Are Local: Bringing the Library Next Door to the Campus Worldwide (Online Seminar)
June 24 – 27: 49th Annual RBMS Preconference, “Rare and Special Bytes: Special Collections in the Digital Age” (Los Angeles, CA)
June 26 – July 2:
2008 ALA Annual Conference (Anaheim, CA)
June 27:
ACRL Preconference – Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation
June 27:
ACRL Preconference – Library Instruction 2.0: Building Your Online Instruction Toolkit
June 27:
ACRL Preconference – Mindfully Resolving Conflicts: Facilitation for Diversity Issues
July 4:
July 7-28:
Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy (Online Seminar)
July 27-August 1: Institute for Information Literacy Immersion ’08 Program (University of California, San Diego)
August 3-8: ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, (Cambridge, MA)
August 31: ACRL 2007-08 Fiscal Year Ends
September 1:
ACRL 2008-09 Fiscal Year Begins


Jan 23—28: 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting (Denver, CO)
March 12-15:
ACRL 14th National Conference (Seattle, WA)
July 9—15:
2009 ALA Annual Conference (Chicago, IL)

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