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Registration opens for 49th Annual RBMS Preconference

CHICAGO – Registration is now open for the 49th Annual RBMS Preconference, “Rare and Special Bytes: Special Collections in the Digital Age.” The preconference is organized by the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and sponsored by the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Getty Research Institute. The preconference will be held June 24-27, in Los Angeles, Calif., preceding the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. This national preconference will explore the role of special collections in an increasingly digital world. Program, registration, housing and scholarship information are now available online at: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/RBMS/index.htm.

The two-and-a-half-day program will include a series of plenary sessions that address aspects of special collections in the digital environment, including intellectual property issues, scaling selection and access and the use of digitized holdings in the classroom. Additional seminars will cover topics such as cataloging rare books, digitizing photographs, collecting materials documenting under-represented groups and Weblogs.

“The 49th RBMS Preconference will feature stimulating plenary sessions and seminars of relevance to everyone in the special collections community,” said Kris Kiesling, Chair of the Preconference and the Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Two full-day workshops will also be offered on Cataloging Cultural Objects (CCO) and the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books). Participants will enjoy a full day at the Getty Center, including conference programs and free time for tours of the Getty Research Institute, Getty Conservation Institute conservation labs, Getty Museum Manuscripts Department and the Paper and Manuscripts Conservation labs. A gallery talk on the current Manuscript Department exhibit and self-guided tours of the museum and gardens will also be available.

At least 12 scholarships, a more than $10,000 value, will be offered to subsidize first-time preconference attendees. Registration rates are $235 for members; $280 for non-members; and $95 for current, full-time students. A $50 late fee will be added to registrations after May 21. Questions may be addressed to Tory Ondrla at tondrla@ala.org.


Contact: Tory Ondrla, CMP
Meeting and Special Events Planner
(312) 280-2515
tondria@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 presentations for 2009 professional development programs

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day professional development programs to be held prior to the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting or the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Submissions will be accepted through April 7.

Professional development programs should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning through a variety of presentation styles. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged. Proposals should explicitly outline activities that will be incorporated during the session to enable attendees to achieve the session’s learning outcomes. Programs can either be half-day or full-day sessions.

ACRL workshops at the 2009 ALA Midwinter meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Denver, Colo., and ACRL preconferences at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, in Chicago.

Proposals should be submitted via the online proposal form at: https://marvin.foresightint.com/surveys/Tier1Survey/ACRL/241. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PST, Monday, April 7. Proposals must include the following:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the program organizer and the main contact for the presentation.
  • Presentation title.
  • Presentation description. The description should be approximately 500 words, should outline the main points of the program, including its relevance to attendees, and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Short presentation description. This description should be approximately 100 words. If your proposal is accepted, this description will be used in promotional materials.
  • Support of ACRL Strategic Plan. Outline how your program would support the ACRL Strategic Plan. The ACRL Strategic Plan is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/aboutacrl/whatisacrl/acrlstratplan/stratplan.htm.
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether the program will be held at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.
  • Indicate whether the program has been offered before for ACRL.
  • Program length.
  • Maximum number of attendees.
  • Proposals will be evaluated for clarity,originality and timeliness.


Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking and/or new perspectives.
  • Contribute ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
  • Present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.
  • Incorporate at least one active learning exercise.
  • Explicitly include specific activities that will meet the learning style preferences of a variety of learners.
  • Demonstrate how learning outcomes would be achieved.
  • Support the ACRL strategic plan.

Notifications will be issued by May 2008. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/2009call.cfm for complete details. Direct questions about the call for presentations to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or by phone at (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@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 preconferences at 2008 ALA Annual Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering three professional development preconferences in conjunction with the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. All three preconference workshops will take place on June 27. Registration materials are now available online at http://www.acrl.org (click “Events & Conferences”).

  • “Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation” (8:30-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 27): This full-day preconference will introduce the ACRL “Standards for Libraries in Higher Education” as a framework for assessing all academic libraries. Discover how to use commonly collected information, statistics for internal and peer comparison of inputs and outputs and user satisfaction and service quality data for evaluating the academic library. Presenters are Robert W. Fernekes, Information Services Librarian, Georgia Southern University, and William N. Nelson, Library Director, Augusta State University.
  • “Library Instruction 2.0: Building Your Online Instruction Toolkit” (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 27): Teaching librarians have long used the Internet to create flexible, shareable learning objects and to augment their classroom instruction. Emerging Web technologies now offer the potential for library instruction tools that are ambient, user-centered, agile and responsive. In this preconference, explore the continuum of technologies available for web-based instruction, from proprietary screencasting software to open-source Web 2.0 services and technologies. Become introduced to the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of Web 2.0 and gain practical, hands-on experience applying these principles to your teaching. Presenters are Karen Munro, E-Learning Librarian, University of California, Berkeley, Anne-Marie Deitering, Undergraduate Services Librarian, Oregon State University and Rachel Bridgewater, Electronic Resources Librarian, Reed College.
  • “Mindfully Resolving Conflicts: Facilitation for Diversity Issues” (1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 27): This experiential workshop combines role play, training vignettes and exercises and discussion to address issues such as racism and cultural differences. Through mindful listening and inquiry, participants will develop observation, intervention and facilitation skills for working with diverse communities. Presenter: Lee Mun Wah, Stirfry Seminars.

Complete details about these ACRL professional development preconferences are available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/events (click “ACRL @ Annual”). Registration is now open at http://www.acrl.org (click “Events & Conferences”). The advance registration deadline is May 16, 2008. For more information, contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@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.

ACRL accepting proposals for 2009 National Conference

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) National Conference Executive Committee invites proposal submissions for its 14th National Conference, which will be held March 12-15, 2009 in Seattle.

The conference offers 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 applicants 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. Descriptions of session formats are online at http://acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/seattle/program/sessionformats.cfm.

Applicants are encouraged to investigate the issues and topics described as part of the conference themes. Conference theme descriptions are available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/seattle/program/themedescriptions.cfm.

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 http://www.acrl.org/seattle (Click “Proposals”). Proposals must be submitted via the online proposal form, available at http://www.eshow2000.com/acrl/2009/program_proposal_submission.cfm.

Complete details about the conference are online at http://www.acrl.org/seattle. Direct questions about the call for presentation and the 14th ACRL National Conference to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or by phone at (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@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 presentations for 2009 professional development programs

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day professional development programs to be held prior to the 2009 ALA Midwinter Meeting or the 2009 ALA Annual Conference. Submissions will be accepted through April 7.

Professional development programs should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning through a variety of presentation styles. Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged. Proposals should explicitly outline activities that will be incorporated during the session to enable attendees to achieve the session’s learning outcomes. Programs can either be half-day or full-day sessions.

ACRL workshops at the 2009 ALA Midwinter meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 23, 2009, in Denver, Colo., and ACRL preconferences at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference will be held on Friday, July 10, 2009, in Chicago.

Proposals should be submitted via the online proposal form at: https://marvin.foresightint.com/surveys/Tier1Survey/ACRL/241. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PST, Monday, April 7. Proposals must include the following:

  • Complete contact information for all speakers. Please note that the person submitting a group proposal will be considered the program organizer and the main contact for the presentation.
  • Presentation title.
  • Presentation description. The description should be approximately 500 words, should outline the main points of the program, including its relevance to attendees, and how you would incorporate at least one active learning exercise in your session.
  • Short presentation description. This description should be approximately 100 words. If your proposal is accepted, this description will be used in promotional materials.
  • Support of ACRL Strategic Plan. Outline how your program would support the ACRL Strategic Plan. The ACRL Strategic Plan is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/aboutacrl/whatisacrl/acrlstratplan/stratplan.htm.
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether the program will be held at the 2009 Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.
  • Indicate whether the program has been offered before for ACRL.
  • Program length.
  • Maximum number of attendees.
  • Proposals will be evaluated for clarity,originality and timeliness.


Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of these characteristics:

  • Generate ideas or report research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries.
  • Demonstrate innovative thinking and/or new perspectives.
  • Contribute ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
  • Present strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.
  • Incorporate at least one active learning exercise.
  • Explicitly include specific activities that will meet the learning style preferences of a variety of learners.
  • Demonstrate how learning outcomes would be achieved.
  • Support the ACRL strategic plan.


Notifications will be issued by May 2008. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlevents/2009call.cfm for complete details. Direct questions about the call for presentations to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org, or by phone at (312) 280-2522.

Contact: Margot Conahan
(312) 280-2522
mconahan@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.

2008 ACRL Award Winners

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

ACRL DLS Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award: Harvey Gover
ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Librarian: John William Collins III
ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award: Craig Gibson
ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship Award: Donghua Tao
ACRL Samuel Lazerow Fellowship: Ping Situ and Shuyong Jiang
Marta Lange/CQ Press Award: Lisa Norberg