Entries from July 2008 ↓

New RBM editor named

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), has named Beth Whittaker editor of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM).

Whittaker served on the RBM editorial board from 2006-2008 and brings in-depth knowledge of the world of rare books and manuscripts to the bi-annual publication. Her three-year appointment as editor begins immediately.

“In addition to her excellent credentials and strong references, the search committee was especially impressed with Beth’s enthusiasm, commitment, grasp of issues facing special collections and interest in reaching out to new constituencies,” said ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee Chair Daren Callahan.

Head of Special Collections Cataloging at Ohio State University, Whittaker is currently secretary of the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) Executive Board. She previously served on the RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee and as editor of “Controlled Vocabularies for Use in Rare Book and Special Collections Cataloging.” Her research in the areas of rare books, digitization and special collections cataloging is widely published.

Whittaker earned her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Kansas with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in history and French.

Contact: Kathryn Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@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.

ARL/ACRL announce new regional Institute on Scholarly Communication

CHICAGO – The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announce a new regional ARL/ ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication, hosted by the Orbis Cascade Alliance, December 1–3, 2008, in Portland, Ore.

This immersive learning experience prepares participants to be local experts within their libraries. Participants, who are encouraged to attend in teams, will become fluent in scholarly communication issues and trends and begin developing outreach plans for their campuses.

Acceptance to the Portland ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication is competitive; participation is limited to 100 to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Institutions from the Northwest will receive preferred consideration, and seats are reserved for a minimum 20 participants outside the region. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 15. Find complete details on the Orbis Cascade Alliance Web site at http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/isc/.

Consortia or other institutions that may be interested in hosting the next regional Institute on Scholarly Communication should contact Julia Blixrud, assistant executive director, External Relations, ARL, jblix@arl.org.

Contacts: Karla Hahn
ARL
(202) 296-2296
khahn@arl.org

 

Kara Malenfant
ACRL
(312) 280-2510
kmalenfant@ala.org

 

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (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 is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.

New ACRL Title: Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: 17 Innovative Strategies to Improve Student Learning.” Edited by Douglas Cook and Ryan L. Sittler, it gathers 17 practical case studies using unique instructional methodologies framed by sound pedagogical theory.

As the degree and user-centered focus of information literacy and library instruction increase there is a need for new approaches to teaching. Many librarians come from disciplines other than education and seek to upgrade their skills in the area of instruction. This practical casebook is an excellent tool for librarians who have had little formal training in education. Cases included cover a broad spectrum of educational theories, from behavioral to cognitive to constructivist. Each chapter is grounded in the education and library literature and explores the potential of using pedagogical approaches which closely match instructional aims.

“Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. The title will also be available for purchase in the ALA Bookstore at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 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.

New ACRL Title: Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a new occasional series, ACRL Active Guides. ACRL Active Guides provide theory-based practical tools dealing with workplace issues. The inaugural title in the series, “Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance,” written by Melanie Hawks, is now available.

Are you living and working the way you want to? Or are you counting on cloning technology to eventually save you from a frantic schedule and a “to do” list as long as the Oxford English Dictionary? “Active Guide #1: Life-Work Balance” will give you a chance to reflect on your priorities and honestly assess the choices you are making about your time and energy.

Simply reading this book won’t lighten your workload, alter other people’s expectations or make stress disappear. However, if you apply the concepts and tools you learn here and commit to following through, you will discover new ways of both thinking and acting that will help you make decisions that support who you want to be and what you want to achieve. These decisions will often be difficult and may challenge organizational norms, other people’s value systems or even your own assumptions. But defining what balance looks like for you, recognizing what you can change and creating an action plan will bring you closer to achieving your personal and professional goals. You can begin by trying out a few of the simple but powerful ideas and exercises outlined in the book.

“Life-Work Balance” is available for purchasethrough the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org) and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. The title will also be available for purchase in the ALA Bookstore at the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim.

Contact: Kathryn J. Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing 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.

ACRL announces invited speakers for 14th National Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce a distinguished lineup of invited paper presenters for the ACRL 14th National Conference, Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” to be held March 12-15, 2009 in Seattle, Wash. These speakers will examine such topics as the culture of assessment, measures of success in higher education and issues and trends in higher education.

 

Marilee J. Bresciani is associate professor of postsecondary education at San Diego State University and faculty coordinator of the master’s and doctorate in postsecondary educational leadership. Bresciani previously served as the assistant vice president for institutional assessment at Texas A&M University and director of assessment at North Carolina State University. Her research focuses on organizational evaluation of student learning and development. Bresciani has authored four books, along with multiple chapters, refereed journal articles and other publications. In addition, she is a frequent facilitator of workshops and conversations around evaluating student learning centeredness across the globe. During her presentation in Seattle, Bresciani will discuss the differences and similarities between measures of success used in business and higher education, within the context of general education.

 

Peter Hernon is a professor at Simmons College, where he teaches courses on government information policy and resources, evaluation of information services, research methods and academic librarianship. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and, in addition to teaching at Simmons College, has taught at the University of Arizona and Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand). He is the co-editor of Library & Information Science Research, founding editor of Government Information Quarterly and past editor of The Journal of Academic Librarianship. He is also the author of approximately 275 publications, including 45 books. Hernon is the 2008 recipient of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award. His presentation will examine the culture of assessment from the perspective of an accreditation organization, how academic libraries fit into the accreditation process and how to assess performance.

 

Elson S. Floyd has been president of Washington State University (WSU), the state of Washington’s land-grant research university, since May 2007. WSU is classified among the nation’s 96 leading public and private universities with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Floyd brings an exceptionally wide range of administrative experience, as well as valuable state and national perspectives on higher education issues and policies. A native of Henderson, N.C., he holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and speech, a master of education degree in adult education and a doctor of philosophy degree in higher and adult education, all from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. Floyd will discuss trends in higher education administration during his presentation at the ACRL National Conference.

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, contact Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or by e-mail at mconahan@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.