Entries from March 2008 ↓

ACRL launches chat series

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce ACRL OnPoint, a new live chat series. Each informal monthly chat session provides the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.

All ACRL OnPoint chats are free and open to the public. Sessions are unmoderated, 30-45 minutes in length and take place in a Meebo chat room. All chat sessions begin at 1 p.m. CDT. While no registration is necessary to participate, ACRL recommends creating a quick and easy Meebo account for the best experience while participating in ACRL OnPoint discussions. Full details are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/OnPoint/onpoint.cfm.

Join us on March 27 for the inaugural ACRL OnPoint chat on the newly mandatory NIH Public Access Policy. The discussion of how libraries are leveraging this new policy on campus will be convened by ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee member Karen Williams and Linda Watson, president of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. Discuss actions your library is taking or could take, such as educating authors, offering deposit services and partnering with your office of sponsored research.

This first chat session is co-sponsored by the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Future ACRL OnPoint chats include:

April 2008: Section 108 Study Group Report -Discuss the implications of the recommendations and findings of this forthcoming report (expected in mid-March) for academic libraries.

May 2008: Green Libraries – Share ideas about what libraries are, or could be, doing to meet the growing “greening” of college and university campuses.

June 2008: ACRL 101 – Find your path to participation to get the most out of your ACRL membership and discuss ACRL activities at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference with Associate Director Mary Jane Petrowski.

Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/OnPoint/onpoint.cfm for additional information, including future chat dates, full descriptions and chat transcripts. Send ideas for future ACRL OnPoint chat topics to acrl@ala.org with the subject heading ACRL OnPoint.

Contact: David Free
ACRL
(312) 280-2517
dfree@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.

Free online event for ACRL members

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will offer the first-ever ACRL Springboard Event, a free 90-minute interactive Webcast for ACRL members, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CDT on April 2. Henry Jenkins, Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities and co-director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, is the featured speaker.

“The ACRL Board of Directors is pleased to offer this free program as a way to thank members for their participation,” said ACRL President Julie Todaro, dean of library services at Austin Community College. “Members often tell us that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that they want additional online learning opportunities. The Board is responding to that feedback with the Springboard Event.”

The inaugural Springboard Event will feature a lively discussion examining the skills and fluencies students will need for the 21st century and what the library can do to prepare for the future of higher education. Jenkins is one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games, and of the Knight Center for Future Civic Media, a joint effort with the MIT Media Lab to use new media to enhance how people live in local communities.

Jenkins has published extensively on various aspects of media and popular culture, including “Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide,” “Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture” and “From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games.” He writes regularly about media and cultural change at his blog, http://henryjenkins.org.

There is no registration fee for this members-only event, but individuals must register online at to confirm their participation. Questions should be addressed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

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 and LAMA release space planning wiki

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) have released a new resource for architects and others planning higher education library spaces. In response to frequent inquiries for information about planning academic library buildings, ACRL and LAMA have partnered to develop a basic framework for architects, planners and librarians embarking on planning and design of academic libraries.

The “ACRL/LAMA Guide for Architects” provides convenient access to standards, guidelines, precedents, user studies, furniture, fixtures, equipment and other pertinent resources. A joint interdivisional committee will maintain the guide and address future issues of mutual concern.

The wiki-based guide is featured as a resource in the American Institute of Architects Community of Practice for Architecture Education at http://www.aia.org/cae_default, as well as on the ACRL Web site at http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/ACRL/LAMA_Guide_for_Architects.

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski
ACRL
(312) 280-2523
mpetrowski@ala.org

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 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 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.