Entries from May 2009 ↓

Hinchliffe elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO – Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, coordinator for information literacy services and associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She will become president-elect following the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago and assume the presidency in July 2010 for a one-year term.

Lisabeth Chabot, college librarian at Ithaca College, and Ann Campion Riley, assistant director for technical services at the University of Missouri, were also elected to the ACRL Board of Directors and will each serve a four-year term as director-at-large.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as the next vice-president/president-elect of ACRL. I am excited to have a leadership role in helping ACRL continue to develop and flourish as an organization,” Hinchliffe said. “We must continue to build on our success and offer expanded opportunities for members to pursue their interests in meaningful ways. My goal is to enable every ACRL member to benefit from his or her personal connection with the association. Even in these challenging times of economic and social change, I envision a bold and exciting future for academic librarians as our institutions reinvent themselves in today’s knowledge/information society. I look forward to working collaboratively with the ACRL Board of Directors in pursuing themes of advocacy, continuous professional learning and organizational agility.”

Hinchliffe’s many activities in ACRL include serving as chair of the Blog Advisory Board (2008-present), chair of the Instruction Section (IS) Nominating Committee (2007-present) and co-chair of the National Conference Innovations Group (2007-present). She served as a member of the Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force from 2007-2008, Institute for Information Literacy (ILI) Executive Committee (2006-07, 2002-03), ILI Undergraduate Student Surveys Group from 2004-07 and ILI Best Practices Advisory Panel from 2000-03. Her service to IS includes tenures as chair (2005-06), member-at-large (2000-03), secretary (1998-99) and a wide range of committee memberships.

“ACRL is delighted to have Lisa join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said. “Her breadth of experience in ACRL activities will be an asset to the Board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance ACRL’s strategic plan.”

In addition to her work with ACRL, Hinchliffe is active in a variety of state and regional associations, including service in the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, where she is currently a member of the Public Services Working Group (2006-present). She served on the LOEX Advisory Board from 2000-07 and was a member of the Association of Research Libraries Task Force on Library Roles in Enhanced Environments for Teaching and Learning and Library Assessment Conference Planning Committee from 2005-06. She was a member of the Illinois Library Association Awards Committee from 2001-03, along with the Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries 2001 Program Planning Committee and 2000 Preconference Program Planning Committee.

Her publications include “The Future of Information Literacy,” The Information Literacy Instruction Handbook (ACRL, 2008); “Developments in Information Literacy,” Bowker Annual: Library and Book Trade Almanac (Bowker, 2005); Neal-Schuman Electronic Classroom Handbook (Neal-Schuman, 2001); and co-authorship of “Teaching the Teachers: Developing a Teaching Improvement Program for Academic Librarians,” The Expert Library: Staffing, Sustaining and Advancing the Academic Library in the 21st Century (ACRL, forthcoming).

Hinchliffe received the University of Illinois Library School Alumni Association Leadership Award (2003), ONLINE Word Best Practice Award (2000) and Jane B. and Robert B. Downs Professional Promise Award (1995). She was selected to participate in the Frye Leadership Institute (2003), UCLA Senior Fellows Program (2003) and was elected to Beta Phi Mu in1994.

Prior to joining UIUC, Hinchliffe was library instruction coordinator at Illinois State University and served as reference librarian at Parkland (Community) College. She received her masters of education and masters of library and information science from UIUC and earned her bachelor of arts from the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota).

Contact: Mary Ellen K. 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.

New ACRL publication: Informing Innovation

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title, “Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University” by Char Booth.

“Informing Innovation” examines one institution’s efforts to move away from “technolust” and toward a culture of assessment in developing and implementing technology initiatives. Booth presents findings from a study conducted at Ohio University investigating the convergence of students and libraries with emerging information, communication and academic tools. The study uses survey data to test generational and demographic assumptions that often guide technology development in academic libraries.

“I believe that this research report is a ‘must read’ for academic librarians,” writes Joan K. Lippincott, associate director of CNI (Coalition for Networked Information), in the forward to “Informing Innovation.” “Char Booth has succeeded in providing us with a snapshot of the major issues involved in thinking through Web 2.0 services in academic libraries, as well as a model for implementing a local research design in order to better understand your own institution’s users’needs.”

Identifying student behaviors related to emerging and social technologies, and the implications of those behaviors, are central to Booth’s study. The need for local user assessment is a fundamental to the work, which shares practical research strategies and methods with the reader. The case study, and its appended survey instrument template, can be used as a model by other college and university libraries to conduct similar investigations on their campuses.

“Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University” is available as a free digital download on the ACRL publications Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/publications/digital and for purchase in print 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.

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.

2009 academic librarian salary survey results

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), in collaboration with the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR), recently completed revisions to academic library position descriptions included in surveys covering salaries, benefits and other benchmarks.

Now, CUPA-HR has released the results of the 2009 Administrative Compensation and Mid-Level Salary surveys, with the first surveys conducted using the updated position descriptions. Survey results are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/acrl/proftools/personnel.

“The first CUPA-HR survey results using the new array of position descriptions provide the opportunity to educate library directors and human resource offices about the importance of fitting salary information into the correct position descriptions,” said Tom Abbott, chair of the ACRL CUPA-HR Position Descriptions of Academic Librarians Task Force. “In the long run, the profession will have accurate reports of salaries and be able to make more informed judgments about salaries and to understand the full range of work occurring within the profession.”

The position descriptions included in the 2009 salary survey include revisions developed by the ACRL task force, in conjunction with CUPA-HR. The surveys now include descriptions for new positions, such as systems librarian and coordinator of distance education, as well as a number of updated descriptions, such as reference/ instruction librarian and catalog/ metadata librarian. The new and updated descriptions more accurately represent job duties in today’s academic libraries, allowing for better alignment of salaries across similar types of tasks.

Complete details on the revised position descriptions, along with the 2009 CUPA-HR survey results, are available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/acrl/proftools/personnel.

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 is online at http://www.acrl.org

Founded in 1946, CUPA-HR serves as a leader in the higher education human resource profession and the higher education community by delivering essential knowledge, resources and connections to enhance individual and institutional capacity and effectiveness. CUPA-HR provides vital resources to more than 11,000 higher education human resources professionals at more than 1,700 institutions. Visit CUPA-HR online at http://www.cupahr.org.

New ACRL publication: Directory of Curriculum Materials Centers

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the ACRL Education and Social Sciences Section (EBSS) announce the publication of the sixth edition of “Directory of Curriculum Materials Centers.” The directory updates the fifth edition, released as a digital publication in 2001.

“Directory of Curriculum Materials Centers” lists and describes curriculum materials centers or collections at institutions that responded to an electronic questionnaire sent out in the spring of 2007. The questionnaire was designed to provide basic information about curriculum materials centers such as location, contact information, short descriptions of the collections and open-ended comments from the respondents. The directory is arranged in alphabetical order by sponsoring institution.

The “Directory of Curriculum Materials Centers” was compiled by the EBSS Curriculum Materials Centers Directory Committee and 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.

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.