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Goetsch elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO – Lori A. Goetsch, dean of libraries at Kansas State University, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She will become president-elect following the 2008 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and assume the presidency in July 2009 for a one-year term.

“Heartfelt thanks to my ACRL colleagues for your vote of confidence and the opportunity to serve as your vice-president/president-elect. It is an honor, a privilege and an awesome responsibility,” said Goetsch. “I plan to use my presidential year to give special focus to exploring issues and opportunities for library workforce development and the changing skill sets we need in our libraries. Our ability to recruit and retain talented staff for this ‘new work’ is clearly an issue of growing interest in the profession and is now part of the ACRL Strategic Plan. What is the ‘new work’ for academic librarians as we see it and as our users see it?  I look forward to exploring these questions during my term in office.”

Goetsch has held numerous positions in ACRL, including  director-at-large on the ACRL Board and member of the 2005 National Conference Invited Papers Committee. She chaired the 2005 ACRL Nominating Committee, the University Libraries Section (ULS) in 1997-98 and Women’s Studies Section (WSS) in 1994-95. She was also a member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards Task Force from1998-2002,  secretary of ULS from 1991-93, a member of the WSS Publications Committee from 1989-93 and chair of  the ULS Organization and Bylaws Committee from 1989-90.

“ACRL is delighted to have Lori Goetsch continue on the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said.  “Her knowledge of the Board’s work over the last few years will be invaluable as ACRL continues to reinvent its structure and systems to meet member needs and to implement  its strategic plan.”

Goetsch was a member of the 1996-97 ALA Equality Award Jury and the ALA Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship from 1994-96. Her work with state and regional associations includes membership in the Greater Western Library Alliance, where she is currently on  the Board of Directors, and  on the 2005-06 Planning and Organization Committee. She is also currently a member of the State Library of Kansas Board. Goetsch received the University of Tennessee’s 1995 Professional Development Award and was awarded Michigan State University Libraries’ Distinguished Librarian Award in 1992.

Her publications include co-authoring “Creating a Culture of Security in the University of Maryland Libraries,” Portal: Libraries and the Academy, October 2001; co-author, Electronic Reference Service (Association of Research Libraries), 1999; editor, Information Technology Planning (Haworth Press), 1999; co-author, “Readin’, Writin’, Arithmetic and Information Competency: Adding a Basic Library Skills Component to a University’s Curriculum,” CWIS: Campus Wide Information Systems, 1998; and co-editor, On Account of Sex, 1987-1992 (Scarecrow Press), 1993.

From 1997-2004, Goetsch was director of public services at the University of Maryland Libraries. She also served as head of reference services at the University of Tennessee (1993-97); head of information/reference at Michigan State University (1987-93), where she also worked as information/reference librarian (1985-87); and as assistant reference librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1982-85). Goetsch received her master’s of library and information science from Rosary College. She received both her master’s and bachelor’s of science degrees in English from Illinois State University.

Contact: Mary Ellen Davis
ACRL Executive Director
(312) 280-3248
medavis@ala.org

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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 14th National Conference to feature Naomi Klein, Sherman Alexie and Ira Glass

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 14th National Conference, “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” to be held March 12-15, 2009, in Seattle. Be challenged and entertained by ACRL’s three distinguished speakers, who also double as activists, authors, filmmakers and radio personalities.

Opening Keynote Session, March 12, 2009 – Naomi Klein, Journalist, Author and Activist

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author well known for her political analyses of corporate globalization. Klein’s third book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” is expected to be the focus of the opening keynote address. The book was published worldwide in September 2007 and is a New York Times and international bestseller, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the NYPL Helen Berstein Book Award, the National Business Award of Canada and two Libris Awards.

In “The Shock Doctrine,” Klein argues that disasters (natural ones like Hurricane Katrina and, in Klein’s view, unnatural ones like the war in Iraq) allow governments to take advantage of citizens in shock and implement corporate-friendly policies that pave the way for ill-gotten gains. The six-minute companion film (http://www.naomiklein.org/shock-doctrine/short-film) to the book, created by Alfonso Cuaron, was an Official Selection of the 2007 Venice Biennale and Toronto International Film Festivals and is a viral phenomenon, downloaded more than a million times.

Klein is also author of “No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies and Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization” and writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by the New York Times Syndicate. In 2004, her reporting from Iraq for Harper’s Magazine won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.


Keynote Luncheon, March 13, 2009 – Sherman Alexie, Author, Poet, Screenwriter, Filmmaker, Comedian

A highly prolific Seattle-based novelist, poet and screenplay writer, Sherman Alexie has been hailed as one of the best young writers of his generation. The New Yorker named him one of the top 20 writers for the 21st Century and the New York Times Book Review described him as “one of the major lyric voices of our time.” Men’s Journal called him “the world’s first fast-talking, wisecracking, mediagenic American Indian superstar.”

A Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Indian, Alexie grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. In his lectures, he tells autobiographical tales of contemporary American Indian life laced with razor-sharp humor and bits of history, pop culture and social commentary. He speaks his mind on a wide range of issues — from race relations, religion and politics to homophobia, war and morality.

Alexie has published 17 books, collaborated on three movies and has also dabbled in stand-up comedy and music. Alexie’s best known works include “The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven,” “Smoke Signals,” and “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.” He has won the American Book Award, National Book Award and PEN/Hemingway awards along with many others.

Closing Keynote Session, March 15, 2009– Ira Glass, Radio Producer and Host, “This American Life
Ira Glass is the host and producer of the public radio program “This American Life.” The show had its premiere on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by more than 1.7 million listeners. Most weeks, the podcast of the program is often the most popular podcast in America.

Under Glass’s editorial direction, “This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards, as well as the Edward R. Murrow and the Overseas Press Club awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution,” and in 2001 Time named Glass the “Best Radio Host in America.” In March 2007, the television adaptation of “This American Life premiered on Showtime to great critical acclaim and was nominated for three Emmy awards.

Further details about the ACRL 14th National Conference are online at http://www.acrl.org/seattle. Registration will open in mid-to-late September 2008. For more information about the conference, contact Tory Ondrla, ACRL Conference Supervisor, at tondrla@ala.org or (312) 280-2515.

Contact: Tory Ondrla, Conference Supervisor, (312) 280-2515, tondrla@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.

C&RL preprints go open access

CHICAGO – College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the bi-monthly scholarly journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), is pleased to announce the launch of an open access, pre-publication service for accepted articles. The pre-print service, which made its debut in March 2008, moved to an open access model in an effort to make timely new research articles available to a wider audience. C&RL pre-print articles are now freely available on the ACRL Website at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crljournal/preprints/preprints.cfm.

“We’re pleased to make these pre-print articles openly available,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis. “Drawing on our long-standing concerns for the health of scholarly communication, ACRL continues to experiment with our access and business models as a publisher. We encourage our members to join us in exploring open access and other strategies to ensure the future of high-quality scholarship and journals.

C&RL is one of the most read peer-reviewed scholarly journals in the field of library and information science. The journal follows a rigorous and deliberate peer-review process in its evaluation of submissions, a process that can take up to three months to complete. Submissions that are accepted for publication – C&RL has an acceptance rate of 30 to 40 percent – ­then wait approximately a year for formal appearance in the print. Such long timelines are common in traditional scholarly journal publishing, but are becoming less acceptable in new digital and networked scholarly communications.

Looking to best practices in science publishing, ACRL now makes accepted C&RL submissions available immediately through an open access, pre-publication service. The addition of pre-print articles makes important new writing and ideas in academic librarianship available to the public in a much timelier manner. C&RL pre-prints are fully vetted articles that are ready for publication pending only final copy editing and space in an upcoming issue. Once formally published, the pre-publication articles will be removed and the final, copy edited version of the article made available online.

“ACRL staff members were most helpful and responsive in establishing this new pre-publication service, which I saw as a priority in my new editorial role. After six months as the editor designate, I can see firsthand how important the peer review process is in selecting and validating the best research articles in academic librarianship,” said Joe Branin, director of libraries at The Ohio State University and editor designate of C&RL. “I want to continue the tradition of the highest quality articles appearing in C&RL; however, to stay relevant and timely, we must speed up the publication and dissemination process. The pre-publication service does this, benefiting authors, editors and most critically readers.”

Visit the C&RL Website at http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/crljournal/collegeresearch.cfm for additional information on the publication.

Contact: Kathryn Deiss, kdeiss@ala.org, (312) 280-2529

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.