Entries from August 2009 ↓

ACRL seeks nominations for 2010 awards

CHICAGO – For more than three-quarters of a century, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has been committed to celebrating the achievements of academic and research librarians through the presentation of awards, grants and fellowships. With almost $37,000 donated annually by corporate sponsors, ACRL has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in academic librarianship.

Members are an integral part of ACRL’s successful awards program. ACRL urges members to nominate colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and growth as an academic librarian and whose contributions merit recognition by the profession. Member nominations will ensure that the pool of candidates for each award remains both competitive and distinguished.  Nominations and supporting materials for most awards must be submitted by Dec. 4, 2009.

Complete details on the ACRL awards program are available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/.

Outstanding achievement and distinguished service awards are:

  • Excellence in Academic Libraries Award (sponsored by Blackwell’s Book Services) recognizes academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational missions of their institutions. A $3,000 award is given for each type of library (e.g. college, community college and university).
  • Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award (sponsored by YBP Library Services) awards $5,000 and recognizes an outstanding member of the academic or research library profession.
  • Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award (sponsored by ACRL, ALCTS, LLAMA and LITA) provides a cash award and recognizes outstanding achievements (including risk-taking) in the areas of library automation, management, development and research.
  • Law and Political Science Section Marta Lange/CQ Press Award (sponsored by CQ Press) provides a $1,000 award and recognizes a librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.
  • Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award recognizes and awards an individual librarian for significant contributions to the advancement of instruction in a college or research library environment.
  • Instruction Section Innovation Award (sponsored by LexisNexis) honors librarians who have implemented innovative approaches to information literacy at their respective institutions or in their communities. The winners will share a $3,000 award.
  • College Libraries Section ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award (sponsored by ProQuest) $3,000 award for librarians who demonstrate a capacity for innovation in working with or serving undergraduates or instructors in the areas of programs, services and operations; or creating innovations for library colleagues that facilitate their ability to better serve the library’s community.
  • Community College Learning Resources Leadership/Library Achievement Awards (sponsored by EBSCO Information Services) recognizes outstanding achievement in library programs and leadership. The awards will be presented to two recipients, who will each receive $500.
  • Haworth Press Distance Learning Librarian Conference Sponsorship Award (sponsored by Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group) provides a $1,200 conference sponsorship award to honor any individual ACRL member working in the field of, or contributing to the success of, distance learning librarianship or related library service in higher education.
  • Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award (sponsored by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.) honors and awards $2,000 to an individual librarian for outstanding contributions to education and behavioral sciences librarianship through accomplishments and service to the profession.
  • Women’s Studies Section Awards for Achievement (sponsored by Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc. and Routledge) recognizes career and significant achievements in the area of women’s studies librarianship. The two recipients will each receive $1,000.

Research awards are:

  • Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (sponsored by Thomson Reuters) awards $1,500 to assist doctoral students in the field with their dissertation research.
  • Samuel Lazerow Fellowship (sponsored by Thomson Reuters) awards $1,000 cash for travel and writing in the fields of acquisition or technical services.
  • Coutts Nijhoff West European Specialist Study Grant (sponsored by Coutts Information Services) supports research pertaining to Western European studies, librarianship or the book trade by providing up to $3,000 for travel expenses.

Publication awards are:

  • Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab Exhibition Catalogue Awards, (sponsored by Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab, American Book Prices Current) recognizes outstanding catalogues published by American or Canadian institutions in conjunction with library exhibitions. Deadline: Oct. 15, 2009
  • Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, (sponsored by Emerald Group Publishing Limited) awards $3,000 to recognize an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment that was published in the last two years.
  • The Oberly Award, is given in odd-numbered years for the best English-language bibliography in the field of agriculture or a related science.

More information, including submission procedures, past winners, criteria and contact information, is available in the awards section of the ACRL Web site at www.ala.org/acrl or by contacting ACRL Program Coordinator Megan Griffin at (312) 280-2514.

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

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 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 announces fall 2009 e-Learning schedule

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2009 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information is available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm.

Registration for all online seminars and Webcasts qualifies for the new Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/freqlearner.cfm for more information on the Frequent Learner Program.

ACRL online seminars are asynchronous, multi-week courses delivered through Moodle. Online seminars scheduled for fall 2009 include:

Web Design and Construction for Libraries Part 1: XHTML and CSS (Sept. 7 – Oct. 2, 2009)
This course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Introduction to Website Usability (Sept. 14 – Oct. 2, 2009)
For very little investment in staff hours and training, you can reap tremendous benefits by connecting with the users of your library Web site and Web-based applications through usability testing. This three-week course is designed for the librarian or library IT staff person who is interested in setting up a usability program but doesn’t know where to begin.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (Oct. 5-31, 2009)
In this hands-on course the intellectual focus will be on using good instructional design and Web page design principles. Participants will also be introduced to Web-based teaching techniques and materials using standard Web pages and the Moodle LMS. Coursework will result in a completed instructional design plan for an instructional unit.

Copyright and the Library Part 1: The Basics Including the DMCA (Oct. 5 – 23, 2009)
This course will focus on building understanding of current copyright law, creating a “copyright palette” for participants libraries and assessing a library’s legal risk with regard to current U.S. copyright law. In addition, participants will build an understanding of the Fair Use clause, as well as how to legally apply fair use in the library, classroom and broader campus environments.

Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
This hands-on course will contain an overview of the state –of –the art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. Participants will review the use of teaching materials created with multimedia plug-ins and classroom communications tools, including Moodle LMS. Coursework, that will result in a completed instructional unit e.g., short course/workshop/tutorial implemented on the teachers Moodle LMS or on an LMS or simple Web site.

Electronic Collection Development for the Academic E-Library (Nov. 9 – Dec. 5, 2009)
In this hands-on course, participants will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of their choice. Participants will focus on developing a collection plan for one library patron group of their choice.

ACRL also offers a variety of timely live Webcasts addressing hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last from an hour and a half to two hours and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning Webcasts. Fall 2009 Webcasts include:

Information Commons 101 (Sept. 22, 2009)
Is your institution in the planning phase for a library renovation or addition that includes a space that will serve as an information or learning commons? If so, this Webcast will provide an overview of some of the key planning components you should take into consideration as you develop a program for the facility.

Podcasting for Libraries (Oct. 1, 2009)
Podcasting is like an Internet radio show or a blog with audio. It uses the power of RSS syndication to automatically deliver new episodes to listeners. This Webcast will examine how library can use podcasting as a tool for teaching, promotion, outreach and programming.

Next Generation Information Commons: Retooling and Refining the Vision (Oct. 13, 2009)
Some information commons are now more than 10 years old and in need of refreshing in terms of conception, configuration, technologies and services. Others are so popular that additions are planned, either adjacent to the existing commons, on other floors or in other buildings on campus. Through the use of principles and practical examples, participants will learn about trends in information and learning commons.

The Role of the Librarian in Combating Student Plagiarism (Oct. 20, 2009)
Like other educators, librarians are aware of the growing instances of student plagiarism and academic dishonesty that take place on college campuses. Librarians frequently discuss discipline faculty’s revulsion toward the growth of student plagiarism that has seemingly grown in tandem with our society’s dependence on digital texts found on the Internet. This Webcast examines strategies libraries and librarians can implement to reduce plagiarism on campus.

Registration for all fall 2009 ACRL e-Learning events is now open. Complete details and registration information is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or (312) 280-2511 with questions about ACRL e-Learning opportunities.

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 nearly 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 publication: Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title, “Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries,” number 40 in the ACRL CLIP Notes series. Compiled by Marcia Thomas and Anke Voss and edited by Thomas, “Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries” provides information on disaster and emergency response planning and management to assist librarians in the creation and updates of emergency response plans.

The title updates “Emergency Planning and Management in College Libraries” (CLIP Note # 17) with responses to a revised survey and the compilation of newer plans and policies that reflect recent events such as Hurricane Katrina and Sept. 11. Included documents contain procedures for coping with a wide range of potential emergencies, from power failures to armed intruders, and a bibliography points to articles, books and professionally developed Web sites containing extensive documentation on current best practices.

“Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries” is suitable for community college, college and university libraries as well as a pedagogical tool for library and information schools.

Purchase “Emergency Response Planning in College Libraries” 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 Deiss
ACRL Content Strategist
(312) 280-2529
kdeiss@ala.org

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing nearly 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/.