Entries from April 2009 ↓

ACRL selects Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show hosts

CHICAGO — The Scholarly Communications Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected five sites from 46 applications to host the “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics” workshop this summer.  Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road.

The institutions selected are:

  • ACRL Louisiana Chapter, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Auraria Library, Denver
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Libraries, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez, Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis

“At a time of cuts in travel budgets for libraries and librarians, ACRL is providing this valuable educational experience at locations all across the country. It is vital to the work of all academic librarians to understand the basics of the evolving scholarly communication system,” said Richard Fyffe, ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee co-chair and Rosenthal librarian of the college at Grinnell College. “We want to be sure that during this time of constrained budgets, the momentum for encouraging positive change in scholarly publishing not be lost.”

The 46 applications represented nearly 150 colleges, universities, consortia and library networks from more than 30 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. “The amount of interest in this program really underscores its importance,” noted Kimberly Douglas, ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee co-chair and university librarian at the California Institute of Technology. “All of the applications were well-crafted and presented great arguments for their sites; this certainly provided for a very competitive selection process. Given the strong demand, we are considering how best to extend this to a broader community, perhaps through Webcasts and other virtual offerings.”

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system supports individual or institutional strategic planning and action.  The workshop focuses on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, open access and openness as a principle, copyright and intellectual property and economics, providing a foundational understanding for attendees.

Host sites are partnering with other institutions in their area to extend the reach to as diverse an audience as possible. Library staff, including liaison librarians, catalogers, access services and senior management from two-year, liberal arts, master’s, comprehensive and doctoral institutions will attend the workshops.

Learn more about ACRL’s scholarly communication initiatives at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/scholcomm/scholarlycommunication.cfm.

Contact:  Kara Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communications and
Government Relations Specialist
(312) 280-2510
kmalenfant@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, 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.

New ACRL publication: Library Rx

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title, “Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety” by Martina Malvasi, Catherine Rudowsky and Jesus M. Valencia.

“Library Rx” presents research findings on library anxiety in college and university students. There is strong evidence that library anxiety, the inadequate feeling students have when lost in overwhelming buildings that present mountains of information in all formats and professionals who may seem busy and unapproachable, has a negative impact on undergraduate student performance. The authors review existing research on student reactions to the library environment, describe the finding of a research project on library anxiety and present ideas for its treatment.

Malvasi, Rudowsky and Valencia compare and test various treatments for library anxiety, including traditional instruction, online tutorials and one-on-one teaching moments, as well as the effects of no library intervention or treatment at all. Using statistical analysis, the effectiveness of the various treatment methods is presented. In addition, anecdotal evidence of library initiatives and events used to reduce library anxiety is provided. “Library Rx” prescribes relevant solutions for library anxiety in all types of academic libraries.

“Library Rx: Measuring and Treating Library Anxiety” 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.

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 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 awards National Library Legislative Day travel grants

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has chosen 11 winners of the 2009 National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) travel grants. Reflecting ACRL President Erika Linke’s focus on legislative advocacy, the association awarded $250 grants to  the following ACRL Legislative Advocates to attend NLLD from May 11-12, 2009, in Washington, D.C.:

  • Angela Camack, Sussex Community College, New Jersey
  • Luis Chaparro, El Paso Community College
  • Sachiko Clayton, New York Public Library
  • Carol Feltes, Rockefeller University, New York City
  • Andrew Leykam, College of Staten Island
  • Carol Lunce, Indiana State University
  • Sara Marcus, Queensborough Community College, New York City
  • Cristina Dominguez Ramirez, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Jane Treadwell, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Margaret Smith, New York University
  • Teri Switzer, University of Colorado

During NLLD, librarians, library staff and library supporters from around the country converge on Capitol Hill to meet with their federal representatives to advocate for the support of libraries and library-friendly legislation. The first day is a day of orientation to advocacy and Capitol Hill; the second day is reserved for visits to Congressional offices and a closing reception.

While in Washington, join your academic and research library colleagues at a special ACRL luncheon during the Monday, May 11 briefing day at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. David E. Shulenburger, vice president for academic affairs, National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, will talk about “Higher Education in Today’s Legislative and Policy Climate.” RSVP for the complimentary luncheon by Friday, April 24 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=RHuHUotmXm07FhCVZNhJjw_3d_3d.

More information on NLLD is available online at www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/wo/washevents/nlld/nlld2009.cfm. Details on the ACRL Legislative Advocate program are available at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/acrladvocates.cfm.

Contact: Kara J. Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communication and Government
Relations Specialist
312-280-2510
kmalenfant@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, 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 sets 2009 Legislative Agenda

CHICAGO —The Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) recently adopted its annual legislative agenda, with objectives for legislative action at the national level that affect the welfare of academic and research libraries.

The ACRL Government Relations Committee formulated the 2009 ACRL Legislative Agenda in time for National Library Legislative Day, held May 11-12 in Washington, D.C. The committee sought input from the ACRL Scholarly Communications and Copyright Committees, ACRL leaders and the ALA Washington Office.

“I have made advocacy at the legislative level a focus of my presidency and commend the work of the Government Relations Committee in providing this blueprint for focused ACRL action,” said ACRL President Erika Linke.

The eight priorities for 2009 are:

  1.  Government Information — allowing regional Federal Depository Libraries flexibility to collaborate, innovate and experiment in order to thrive, given the greatly changing world of government information.
  2. Public Access to Federally-Funded Research — supporting enhanced access to federally-funded research through open-access publication and open-data policies.
  3. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Reauthorization — supporting reauthorization of the LSTA with adequate funding to support the doubling of grants.
  4. Orphan Works — supporting reasonable orphan-works legislation that will make these copyrighted works more accessible.
  5. Copyright:  Section 108 — supporting the extension of Section 108 to include museums and other cultural institutions and to facilitate Web archiving, preservation and remote access to copies.
  6. Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act — supporting legislation that will remedy those sections of the PATRIOT Act that infringe on the civil liberties of library users.
  7. Network Neutrality — supporting legislation to preserve the neutrality of the Internet and ensure that Internet service providers do not discriminate against users.
  8. Fair-Use and Anti-Circumvention — supporting exceptions to the anti-circumvention provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to allow fair-use to copyrighted works.

“These are the most critical public policy issues for academic and research libraries in 2009 and the ones on which we can have the greatest influence,” said ACRL Government Relations Committee Chair Jonathan Miller. “They have implications not just for libraries, but ultimately for the students, faculty and researchers we serve.”

The full text of the 2009 ACRL Legislative Agenda is available online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/legagenda.cfm. For more information, contact Jonathan Miller, director of libraries at Rollins College and chair of the ACRL Government Relations Committee, at (407) 646-2676 or at JxMiller@Rollins.edu; or Kara Malenfant, ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist, at (312) 280-2510 or kmalenfant@ala.org.

Contact: Kara J. Malenfant
ACRL Scholarly Communication and Government
Relations Specialist
312-280-2510
kmalenfant@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, 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 offers online instruction, digitization and instructional design preconferences

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering three preconferences on Friday, July 10 in conjunction with the 2009 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/annual09.cfm for complete details.

  • Discovering Digitization: Defining Your Path to Digital Access – Understand the components of successful digitization project planning by discussing specific examples. Topics include project planning, digitization and image processing and cataloging and metadata. Presenters: James Bradley, Head of Metadata and Digital Initiatives, Ball State University; Jonathan Brinley, Metadata and Digital Initiatives Developer, Ball State University; Amanda Hurford, Digital Initiatives Multimedia Developer, Ball State University.
  • Instructional Design for Librarians: The What, Why, and How of ID – Gain an understanding of instructional design principles. These principles can help you design effective and high-impact teaching environments, from semester long courses to one-shot library instruction classes to the effective use of signage and Web site design. Presenters: Lauren Pressley, Instructional Design Librarian, Wake Forest University; Kaeley McMahan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Arts, Wake Forest University.
  • The Not-So-Distant Librarian: Online Library Instruction to Engage Students and Faculty – Learn about practical tips and tools for designing and implementing online library instruction that addresses a variety of learning styles, engages students through active learning exercises and fosters faculty buy-in. Presenters: Barbara Mann, Assistant Director for Public Services, Information and Library Services, University of Maryland; Megan Davis, Regional Services Librarian, University of Maryland University College; Joe Rawson, 24 x 7 Services Coordinator, University of Maryland University College.

Additional information, including registration information, is available online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/annual09.cfm . May 22, 2009 is the advance registration deadline. Direct questions to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or mconahan@ala.org .

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

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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/.

Apply now for ACRL Immersion ‘09 Assessment and Intentional Teacher programs

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute for Information Literacy announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’09 program. For the first time, the Intentional Teacher and Assessment Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Dec. 2-6 in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are now being accepted through May 29. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm (Click “Immersion ‘09”) for complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions.

The Assessment Track is intended for experienced academic librarians (5-plus-years teaching experience) active in teaching and learning along with those in leadership roles for information literacy (IL) program development who want to improve their knowledge and practice of both classroom and program assessment. This program will approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective; participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development. Participants will develop a plan for their assessment activities that will form the basis for future engagement with these issues both individually and as a leader of IL initiatives at their institutions.

The Intentional Teacher Track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5-plus-years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. The program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal. The Intentional teacher Track offers a mixture of structured and co-constructed learning segments, such as peer discussions, individual reading and reflection times and participant-led communities of practice.

Acceptance for both tracks is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Friday, May 29. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or mconahan@ala.org.
Contact: Margot Conahan
ACRL
312-280-2522
mconahan@ala.org

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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/.

ACRL debuts upgraded Web site

CHICAGO — Today marks the launch of an updated, user-centered design of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Web site. The update is the result of an extensive planning and redesign process in order to better serve the information-seeking needs of the ACRL membership and general public. The results of an ACRL membership survey informed the redesign process, with many suggestions on usability incorporated into the final design. The redesign integrates the ACRL Web presence with the September 2008 update of the ALA Web site. The newly updated site is available at www.acrl.org.

The redesigned site features a variety of enhancements, including:

  • Updated site organization for ease of navigation.
  • Direct access to committee and section information.
  • Eye-catching highlights of upcoming events and services.

“In redesigning our Web site, we listened to our members and incorporated a wide variety of feedback in order to increase accessibility and usability,” said ACRL President Erika Linke. “As a result of the hard work of the ACRL membership and Web team, our new online presence provides a greatly enhanced user experience for all of our visitors.”

The new site additionally features dynamic content updates to keep information current and relevant. A variety of RSS feeds for content such as upcoming events provide an additional means for visitors to stay up-to-date with ACRL activities.

Address questions and comments about the ACRL Web site to ACRL Web Services Manager Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or (312) 280-2511.

Contact: Jon Stahler
ACRL
(312) 280-2511
jstahler@ala.org

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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/.

ACRL invites presentations for 2010 professional development programs

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites proposal submissions for half- or full-day professional development programs to be held prior to the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting or the 2010 ALA Annual Conference. ACRL workshops at the 2010 ALA Midwinter meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 15, in Boston. Preconferences at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference will be held on Friday, June 25, in Washington D.C. Submissions will be accepted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=iU2AmiQZRvchslVkKWGSTg_3d_3d  through May 4, 2009.

Programs should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using 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.
Proposals must include the following information:

  • 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, 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 (http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/whatisacrl/strategicplan/index.cfm ). 
  • At least three learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
  • Indicate whether you have offered this program before for ACRL.
  • Indicate whether program will be held at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting or Annual Conference.

Proposals will be evaluated by the ACRL Professional Development Coordinating Committee for clarity, originality and timeliness. Special attention will be given to proposals that incorporate one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Generates ideas or reports research that contribute to ongoing discussion about the future of academic and research libraries.
  • Demonstrates innovative thinking and/or new perspectives.
  • Contributes ideas for positioning academic and research librarians to be leaders both on and off campus.
  • Presents strategies for effectively implementing new ideas and technology.
  • Incorporates at least one active learning exercise.
  • Explicitly includes specific activities that will meet the learning style preferences of a variety of learners.
  • Demonstrates how learning outcomes would be achieved.
  • Supports the ACRL strategic plan.

Notifications will be issued by July 2009. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. PDT, Monday, May 4, 2009. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/2009call.cfm for complete details.

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

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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/.

ACRL Instruction Section presents Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award

CHICAGO — “A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians” has been chosen as the winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Ilene F. Rockman Publication of the Year Award.

Written by Kent State University librarians Carolyn Radcliff, professor and reference and instruction librarian, Mary Lee Jensen, former head of instructional services, Joseph A. Salem, Jr., associate professor and head of reference and government information services, Kenneth J. Burhanna, assistant professor and head of instructional services, and Julie A. Gedeon, assistant professor and coordinator of assessment, the guide provides  information on the evaluation of both students and library instruction programs..

The annual award honors Ilene F. Rockman’s professional contributions to academic librarianship in the area of information literacy by recognizing an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, sponsor of the award, will present the $3,000 award and plaque during the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago at the IS program at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12.

“‘A Practical Guide to Information Literacy Assessment for Academic Librarians’ provides a comprehensive treatment of assessment tools for instruction, including their costs and benefits, and addresses how each tool can be applied within academic libraries,” said Susan Beck, IS awards committee co-chair and collection development coordinator at the New Mexico State University Library.  “This book is innovative in the extent of its coverage, original in its accessibility to librarians at all levels of institution and experience and timely in its response to the nation-wide emphasis on outcomes assessment in higher education.”

Radcliff received both her M.A. in communication studies (1997) and her M.L.S. from Kent State University (1990). Jensen received her M.S.L.S. from Drexel University (1983) and her B.A. from Kutztown University (1997). Salem is currently working on his Ph.D. in evaluation and measurement at Kent State University, where he also earned his M.A. in literature and writing (2005) and his M.L.S. (1999).  He received his B.A. in English from Cleveland State University (1998). Burhanna earned both his M.L.S. (1994) and his B.A. (1991) from Kent State University. Gedeon earned her Ph.D. in evaluation and measurement (2002) from Kent State University, where she also received her M.L.S. (1988).

Contact: Megan Griffin
ACRL Program Coordinator
312-280-2514
mgriffin@ala.org

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, 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 draws record-breaking participation

SEATTLE – More than 4,300 library staff, exhibitors, speakers and guests from every state and twenty-two countries, met from March 12-15 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in downtown Seattle for the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 14th  National Conference. Combined with the more than 350 people participating online in the ACRL 2009 Virtual Conference, the Seattle conference had the highest combined registrant participation ever for an ACRL National Conference, with 3,263 face-to-face and virtual attendees.

Ira Glass, of National Public Radio’s “This American Life,” brought the conference to a close with a standing ovation after a presentation using clips of his radio and TV show to demonstrate the power of personal narrative. Glass’s talk proved a fitting close to a conference that energized academic and research librarians to take the messages and stories learned in Seattle back to their institutions.

The conference themed “Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend,” offered more than 300 programs that explored the changing nature and roles of academic and research libraries and librarianship. Key issues included social networking technology in libraries; the future of reference and online searching; open access to research; distance learning; teaching and learning; and the impact of the changing economic conditions on higher education and library services.

“College and research libraries are an essential part of the learning community and connect their users with a world of knowledge,” said ACRL President Erika Linke. “The conference has given academic librarians the opportunity to share strategies and best practices as academic libraries continue to meet the needs of an increasingly tech-savvy constituency.”

Recognizing that travel budgets for academic librarians are being cut due to the tough economy, ACRL enhanced its 2009 Virtual Conference to allow participation for over 350 online participants from around the world. The Virtual Conference offered dynamic screen captures (audio of the session synched with PowerPoint) of more than 80 conference sessions, live, interactive Webcasts, Second Life library tours and speaker materials. The virtual conference is also provided for free to all ACRL conference registrants for one year so they can look back on any sessions they may have missed.

Attendees who arrived early had their choice of six day-long preconferences that ranged in topics from digital copyright to information literacy outreach. More than 500 others arrived early for the first-time orientation (ACRL 101) which included information about how to get more involved in ACRL, and how to make the most out of their conference experience. Another early event was the first-ever ACRL Gaming Night where approximately 200 attendees had a chance to experience the thrills, chills and occasional spills that are part of gaming at the library.

President of the Institute for Global Ethics and Author, Rushworth Kidder, opened the conference. During the Opening Keynote Session, Kidder discussed moral courage and his theory of “Right versus Right” as opposed to “Right versus Wrong.” He believes that the biggest difficulty people face on a daily basis is resolving ethical dilemmas. The most challenging of those dilemmas are between two choices that could conceivably be right. Kidder illustrated this theory through a story about an Ohio librarian who was faced with an ethical dilemma when approached by police to disclose personal information on a library patron without a warrant.

During the “Brother Can You Spare a Dime? ACRL 2009 Strategic Thinking Guide for Academic Librarians in the New Economy” session, panelists discussed the current economic and financial turmoil affecting higher education. The discussion focused on three key drivers that impact the future of academic libraries: the economy, student body and technology. Panelists stressed the need to think strategically during economic hard times through conversation, planning and action in academic libraries. The Strategic Thinking Guide is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/future/acrlguide09.pdf

The Cyber Zed Shed was jam-packed with attendees every day listening to brief 15 minute sessions on new and emerging technologies including mobile devices, pop-culture multimedia, animated subject maps, LibGuides and Sprout. The traditional poster session format also proved to be as popular as ever with attendees filling the extra-wide aisles to view and discuss the 150 posters that were presented.

Participants were also treated to a Keynote Session headlined by award-winning novelist, poet and screenplay writer, Sherman Alexie. Alexie shared a few of his poems and discussed how librarians are important because they give users a part of themselves by helping them learn about their past and empowering users to tell their stories about the world around them.

The 2009 conference was the most environmentally-friendly event ever held by ACRL. Eighty percent of conference attendees signed a “Green Pledge” that committed them to put sustainable ideas into practice while at the conference, and more than 240,000 pieces of paper were saved through green initiatives such as: digital handouts posted to the Virtual Conference Web site; bags and badge holders made of recycled materials; program books printed on recycled paper using soy-based ink; electronic press kits for the media; a green-themed opening reception; and donations of surplus food and promotional items to local charities. Invited Green Speaker Robin Chase co-founder of Zipcar and CEO of GoLoco, discussed and lead conversations regarding the roles libraries can play in shaping minds and ideas in a new world of increasingly scarce global resources.

The Exhibit Hall was filled with more than 225 exhibiting companies including top book publishers, who discussed and demonstrated the latest in products and services for academic libraries and their users. This is the highest number of exhibiting companies in the history of ACRL National Conferences.

The next ACRL National Conference, themed “A Declaration of Interdependence,” will be held in 2011 in Philadelphia from March 30 — April 2.

ACRL’s 13,000 members are comprised of individuals from a wide range of academic institutions, publishers and vendors who sell in the academic marketplace. It is the largest individual membership academic library association in North America. The core purpose of the Association of College & Research Libraries is to lead academic and research librarians and libraries in advancing learning and scholarship. ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

ACRL spokespeople are available for interviews. Interested media may contact Macey Morales, ACRL Media Relations, at 312-280-4393 or Jennifer Petersen, PR Coordinator at 312-280-5043 to schedule interviews.

 Contact: Macey Morales / Jennifer Petersen
ACRL Media Relations
312-280-4939 / 312-280-5043
mmorales@ala.org / jpetersen@ala.org

*** CONFERENCE TOTALS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Seattle 2009
“Pushing the Edge: Explore, Engage, Extend”
Registrants (Face-to-face):  2,908
Participants (Virtual Conference):  355
Guests/Staff/Others:  352
Exhibitors:  1,061
Total:  4,321

Baltimore 2007
“Sailing into the Future, Charting our Destiny”
Registrants:  3,069
Participants (Virtual Conference):  100
Guests/Staff/Others:  452
Exhibitors:  1,263
Total:  4,784

Minneapolis 2005
“Currents and Convergence: Navigating the Rivers of Change”
Registrants:  2,864
Participants (Virtual Conference):  80
Guests/Staff/Others:  268
Exhibitors:  814
Total:  3,946