Entries from October 2007 ↓

ACRL invites applications for Immersion ’08 Program

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy is pleased to announce a new third immersion track for its upcoming National Immersion Program. Previously offered as a stand-alone program, “The Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection,” will join the highly regarded teacher and program tracks of immersion.

Applications are now being accepted for the Immersion ’08 Program in the following tracks:

Teacher Track. The Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. Participants selected for the Teacher Track will prepare a description of an instructional situation and a related presentation in advance of the immersion program.

Program Track.
The Program Track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the program. Change dynamics, systems thinking, institutional outcomes assessment, scalability and the integration of teaching, learning and technology will be brought to bear on analyzing the various programmatic challenges presented in the case studies. Immersion participants will be expected to develop the case studies into an action plan for implementation at the home institution.

Intentional Teacher Track. The Intentional Teacher track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. This track facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal.

Visit the ACRL Web site for complete details about the three program tracks, including learning outcomes and more.

Location and dates
Immersion ’08 will be held at the University of California, San Diego (Immersion ’08 is not sponsored by the University of California).

Teacher Track program dates: July 27 – Aug.1, 2008
Program Track program dates: July 27 – Aug. 1, 2008
Intentional Teacher program dates: July 27 – 31, 2008

How to apply
Complete details about Immersion ’08, as well as the online application form and instructions, are available online. Acceptance to Immersion ’08 is competitive, to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Teacher Track applicants only. Details on scholarships are available online.
Send questions concerning the program or application process to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or msutton@ala.org.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

ACRL seeks nominations for 2008 awards

CHICAGO – For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships.  With almost $34,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has and will continue to nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished.  Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by December 7, 2007.
Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards are:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by Blackwell’s Book Services) recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions
    of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services) awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LAMA and LITA), provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award (sponsored by CQ Press), provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award (sponsored by Elsevier on behalf of its library and information science program), recognizes and awards $1,000 to an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by LexisNexis), honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. The winners will share a $3,000 award.
  • Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services), recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $500.
  • Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Haworth Press), provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award (sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.), honors and awards $1,000 to an individual librarian for outstanding contributions to education and behavioral sciences librarianship through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • Women’s Studies Section Awards for Achievement (sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. and Routledge), recognizes career and significant achievements in the area of women’s studies librarianship. The two recipients will each receive $1,000.

Research awards are:

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (sponsored by Thomson Scientific), awards $1,500 to assist doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.
  • Samuel Lazerow Fellowship (sponsored by Thomson Scientific), awards $1,000 cash for travel and writing in the fields of acquisition or technical services.
  • Coutts Nijhoff West European Specialist Study Grant (sponsored by Coutts Nijhoff International), supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship or the book trade by providing up to 4,500 Euros for travel expenses.

Publication awards are:

  • Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards, (sponsored by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, American Book Prices Current) recognizes outstanding catalogues published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions.  Deadline: October 15, 2007.
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Unlimited) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years.
  • The Oberly Award, is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL Web site at www.ala.org/acrl or by contacting ACRL Program Coordinator Megan Griffin at (312) 280-2514.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.  Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

ACRL releases “Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among

CHICAGO —The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians: The Recruitment, Retention, and Advancement of Librarians of Color,” a white paper commissioned by the ACRL Board of Directors working group on diversity, chaired by Dorothy Washington of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center Library in Lafayette, Ind. The paper was authored by Teresa Neely of the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, N.M., and Lorna Peterson of the University of Buffalo in Buffalo, N.Y.

Building on the 2002 ACRL white paper, “Recruitment, Retention & Restructuring: Human Resource in Academic Libraries,” the authors discuss efforts to promote, develop and foster workplaces that are representative of a diverse population, along with addressing the development of a workplace climate that supports and encourages the advancement of librarians from underrepresented groups. The paper stresses empirically supported and assessable solutions to increasing the diversity of the academic library workforce, drawing inspiration from the broader recruitment, retention and advancement literatures.

The white paper recommends specific goals for recruitment, retention and advancement of diverse populations; focusing on collaborative recruitment planning, encouraging a positive work environment and support system for minority hires and increased mentoring opportunities to promote advancement. Working to enact and assess these goals will help academic libraries more effectively serve their diverse communities and overcome the historical lack of recruitment, retention and advancement of people of color in academic librarianship.

The white paper and a companion piece authored by ACRL President Julie Todaro, of the Austin Community College in Austin, Texas, can be found online at www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/whitepapers/whitepapersreports.cfm.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.  Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

ACRL/LAMA Joint Spring Virtual Institute accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) are now accepting proposals for their Joint Spring Virtual Institute, “Leading from the Middle: Managing in All Directions.” The submission deadline is December 10, 2007.

Taking place from April 29-30, 2008, the ACRL/LAMA Joint Virtual Institute offers a forum for the exploration of issues and challenges facing middle managers and leaders. The institute is held in an online conference community, providing an environment in which groups of participants, both small and large, can gather electronically to learn, collaborate and network. The institute offers both synchronous and asynchronous sessions which will be archived after the institute for viewing on-demand.

Proposals are invited for session formats including:

  • Interactive webcast (Synchronous):
    An interactive webcast allows you to give a presentation in real-time, while also showing visuals, such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications. Participants can also interact by talking with live audio or typing in questions and comments.
  • Online Poster Session (Asynchronous):
    The online poster session is a PowerPoint presentation that includes audio narration along with each slide. The poster session is posted in the online conference community area, where participants may review it at any time during the conference.

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.  Proposals must be submitted via the online proposal form at https://marvin.foresightint.com/surveys/Tier1Survey/ACRL/212/. The submission deadline is December 10, 2007.  Send questions about the Call for Proposals or the Joint Spring Virtual Institute to Margot Sutton Conahan at msutton@ala.org or 312-280-2522.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association (www.ala.org/lama) is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association and has a membership of more than 5,000.

ACRL forms positioning libraries task force

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is proud to announce the formation of Positioning the 21st Century Library in the Competitive Academy: Why We Can’t Wait, a task force examining the place of academic libraries in the larger world of higher education. The task force will identify ways that ACRL and its membership can maximize the position of libraries within the increasingly competitive academy.

Issues to be addressed by the task force include identifying challenges related to the position of academic libraries on campus, recommending short- and long-term aggressive activities in which ACRL members can engage to strengthen that position and recommending short- and long-term proactive programmatic initiatives ACRL can undertake to support members addressing these challenges.

“I see straight talking, plain language content and recommendations,” said ACRL President Julie Todaro. “The group might take on functional areas of the academic library environment such as budget, facilities, teaching role and research collections.” Todero also recommend “success elements” or best practices applicable in the real world academic library environment.

The task force is chaired by Elizabeth Henry of the University of Missouri-Kansas City University Libraries. Henry says, “The outcome of our work will offer both practical and perhaps radical ideas, and provide support in positioning academic libraries for the greatest advantage in obtaining the resources needed to offer effective, high-quality, valued services to our constituencies.”

Membership also includes:

  • Brad Baker, Northeastern Illinois University
  • Jim Neal, Columbia University
  • Bonnie Postlethwaite, University of Missouri-Kansas City
  • Hannelor Rader, University of Louisville
  • Donna Reed, Portland Community College
  • Sherrie Schmidt, Arizona State University
  • Janice Simmons-Welburn, Marquette University
  • Betsy Wilson, University of Washington
  • Ann Wolpert, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The group will present an interim progress report at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in January 2008.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.