Entries from September 2009 ↓

ACRL issues RFP for value of academic libraries research

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is seeking proposals from experienced researchers for the development and delivery of a comprehensive review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries. The request for proposals is available on the ACRL Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/ACRL_RFP_Value.pdf. Responses are due by 4:30 p.m. CST on Nov. 2, 2009.

The current economic climate and the increased emphasis on assessment and outcomes have forced academic departments’ higher education administrators to make tough decisions regarding the funding of programs and units at their institutions. The relevance of libraries is under question.�� Now, more than ever, there is a need for libraries to demonstrate their value in clear, measurable ways to leaders in higher education, information technology, funding agencies and campus decision makers in order to secure adequate funding for their operations.

The primary objective of the comprehensive review is to provide ACRL leaders with a clearer understanding of what research already exists and where gaps occur in research about the performance of academic libraries. Additionally, this review will provide ACRL members with tools and strategies to demonstrate the value of academic libraries to their institutional leadership.

Direct questions to Mary Ellen K. Davis, ACRL executive director, at mdavis@ala.org or (312) 280-3248, or to Kara Malenfant, ACRL scholarly communications/government relations specialist, at kmalenfant@ala.org or (312) 280-2510.

Contact: Mary Ellen K. Davis
ACRL
(312) 280-3248
mdavis@ala.org

 

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

 

 

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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/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute accepting proposals

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) are now accepting proposals for their Spring Virtual Institute, “Doing Well by Doing Good: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Librarians.” Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 16, 2009. Complete details are available online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm.��

Taking place April 21-22, 2010, the ACRL/LLAMA Spring Virtual Institute will explore different models and aspects of leadership and management and their impact on academic librarianship in today’s challenged and flat economic environments. The institute will offer both synchronous and asynchronous sessions that will be archived after the institute for viewing on-demand.
Proposals are invited for session formats including:

  • Interactive Webcasts (Synchronous): An interactive Webcast allows presenters to give a presentation in real-time, while also showing visuals, such as PowerPoint slides and desktop applications. Presenters may also conduct polls, which can be loaded in advance or created on the fly. Participants can interact with Webcast presenters by talking with live audio or typing in questions and comments. Webcasts may last up to 60 minutes each and should include time for Q&A with the online audience. Webcasts should include an active learning element(s) in order to engage the online audience. Interactive Webcasts will be offered on either April 21 or 22, 2010.
  • Online Poster Sessions (Asynchronous):The online poster session is a PowerPoint presentation that includes the presenter’s voice recorded along with each slide. Because the audio is recorded in advance, presenters do not need to be present when participants are listening to and watching the presentation. In order to keep poster sessions targeted and focused, posters should be no longer than 10 minutes and are limited to 20 slides.  Information should be presented in bullet-point format with no more than five points per slide. Narration should be used to expand upon concepts/ideas on the slides.

Full text of the Call for Participation is available online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springvirtualinstitute.cfm. Proposals will be accepted through Nov. 16, 2009. Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

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 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/.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). The mission of LLAMA is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LLAMA is on the Web at http://www.ala.org/llama.

Register now for 2009 Women’s Leadership Institute

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is partnering with seven higher education associations to offer the 2009 Women’s Leadership Institute, to be held from Dec. 6-9, 2009 in Amelia Island, Fla. The early-bird registration deadline for the institute is Sept. 18. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/womensleadership.cfm.

The institute brings together mid-level administrators from across campus functions to share experiences, develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture and create new networks and networking skills. This year’s program will have a special focus on the economic challenges facing colleges and universities and what is being done to address them. Through presentations, small group exercises and discussion, attendees will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus.

The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.

Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, two dinners, two lunches, brunch and two continental breakfasts. Institute participants will stay at the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island, where a discounted rate of $159 per night has been secured for the program.

Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

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

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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 offers e-Learning scholarships

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces new e-Learning scholarships to help librarians, library staff and library school students stretch their professional development dollars. Twenty scholarships, each covering the registration cost of one ACRL e-Learning Webcast, will be awarded. Complete details are available on the ACRL e-Learning Web site at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm.

To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must be ACRL members, complete the online scholarship application form and submit a 300-word written statement that describes how participation in an ACRL e-Learning Webcast meets your professional needs and goals. The application deadline is Oct. 16, 2009, with notifications issued by late November.

Applications must be submitted via the online submission form available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm. Scholarships can be redeemed for any ACRL e-Learning Webcast offered between Dec.15, 2009, and Aug. 31, 2010.
ACRL e-Learning Webcasts take place live in an interactive, online classroom and are typically 1.5 hours in length. A complete list of Webcast offerings is available at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/index.cfm.
Complete details are online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/elearning/escholarships.cfm. Send questions on scholarships and the application process to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

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 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/.

Go mobile at ACRL Midwinter workshops

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering two professional development workshops focusing on mobile technology and libraries in conjunction with the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan.15-20, 2010 in Boston. Registration is now open, with an advance registration deadline of Dec. 4, 2009. Visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/events for complete details and registration information.

Anytime, Anywhere, Any Device: Developing a Mobile Website for Your Library (Friday, Jan. 15, 1 — 4:30 p.m)
Mobile is everywhere! Is your library? While numerous commercial Web sites are now offering mobile versions to users (Google, Amazon, BBC, Starbucks), only a comparative handful of libraries have transitioned their library Web site to the mobile environment. The good news: planning and implementing a mobile Web site for your library can be painless. Get an overview of the current state of mobile technologies both within and outside of libraries, and learn how to launch a mobile library Web site. Participants will develop a project plan to take back to their own library, as well as tips on getting buy-in from administration and staff and marketing the site to patrons. Presenters: Courtney Greene, instruction and online learning librarian, DePaul University; Missy Roser, reference and instruction librarian, DePaul University; Beth Ruane, outreach and reference services librarian, DePaul University.

Text Messaging, Twitter, and Libraries (Friday, Jan. 15, 1 — 4:30 p.m.)
Text messaging (also known as SMS) is one of the most popular mobile methods for communication, and our 21st-century patrons expect information on the go by SMS. Learn how libraries are leveraging SMS, its various roles in scholarly communication and its value for libraries. Find out how to create and assess SMS services, as well as how to consider practical managerial and technical issues. Attendees will learn essential skills to create and manage SMS reference programs. The workshop will also examine various uses of Twitter, the increasingly popular microblog. Learn about basic and advanced applications of microblogs for extending and enhancing academic library services and collections. Hear about locally developed standards and suggested best practices for creating and maintaining a variety of services with Twitter for academic and research libraries. Explore solutions to the complex management issues for engaging library patrons in this cutting edge venue. Presenter: Joe Murphy, science librarian, coordinator of instruction and technology, Yale University.

Complete workshop details including registration materials are available online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/events (click “ACRL @ Midwinter”). Dec. 4 is the advance registration deadline. Direct questions to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

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 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/.