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Maureen Sullivan named ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year

CHICAGO – Maureen Sullivan, owner of Maureen Sullivan Associates and Professor of Practice in the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science Ph.D. Program in Managerial Leadership, is the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Academic/Research Librarian of the Year. The award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic/research librarianship and library development.

Sullivan will receive a $5,000 award at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the joint ACRL/LLAMA Awards Presentation at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Maureen’s career has been deeply influential across the spectrum,” said Barbara Jenkins, chair of the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award Committee and Director for Instruction and Campus Partnerships at the University of Oregon. “Her work in organizational development and strategic planning has had a unique and lasting impact on many individuals and organizations. Almost single handedly, she ushered academic libraries into the world of effective strategic planning – strategic planning that has had a significant impact on how we engage our students, faculty and others who use our libraries. She has been a model for others in how to reach out, mentor and engage new professionals and experienced colleagues.”

“I am honored to receive this award,” said Sullivan. “It is especially meaningful because of all of the opportunities that ACRL and its members have given me throughout my career. I am very fortunate to have received support and guidance from so many colleagues in ACRL and in the profession.”

Over the course of her career, Sullivan has made an impact on the profession by providing personnel management, staff development and organizational development services to a long list of libraries across the country. She has also facilitated leadership development programs for individual libraries and library associations such as the Texas Library Association and Michigan Library Association. Sullivan was instrumental in the establishment of the ACRL/ Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, teaching in the institute program for several years and serving as chair from 1999-2004.

Sullivan’s distinguished record of service to the profession includes serving as ACRL president from 1998-99 and as member of the association’s Board of Directors from 1997-2000. She served as an ex-officio member of the Harvard Leadership Institute Committee and was a member of both the ACRL 2003 and 2005 National Conference Planning Committees. Sullivan’s service to ALA includes co-chairing the Emerging Leaders Initiative from 2006-08 and acting as chair of the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Board (1989-95).

In addition to her well-respected work as an organizational consultant, Sullivan is the author of several articles on management and organizational development including “Organization Development in Libraries,” published in Library Administration and Management (2004); “The Promise of Appreciative Inquiry in Library Organizations,” in Library Trends (2004) and “Total Quality Management in Higher Education,” in the Journal of Library Administration (1993).

Prior to founding her consulting practice in 1991, Sullivan served as Human Resources Administrator at the Yale University Library from 1983-91 and Management Training Program Specialist for the Association of Research Libraries from 1980-83. She worked at the University of Maryland-College Park as Assistant Personnel Librarian and Assistant Director of Libraries for Personnel from 1977-80. She began her appointment in the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 2006.

Sullivan received her B.A in History from the University of Maryland in 1974 and earned her M.L.S. from the University of Maryland in 1976.

The award dates back to 1978, and recent award winners include Gloriana St. Clair (2009); Peter Hernon (2008); Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson (2007); Ray English (2006); Ravindra Nath (R. N.) Sharma (2005); Tom Kirk (2004); Ross Atkinson, (2003); Shelley Phipps, (2002) and Larry Hardesty (2001).
For more information regarding the ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlawards/acrllibrarian.htm.

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 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 Excellence in Academic Libraries winners announced

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is announcing the recipients of the 2010 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award: The Bucks County Community College Library, Newtown, Pa.; the A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill.; and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries. Sponsored by ACRL and YBP Library Services, the award recognizes the staff of a college, university and community college library for programs that deliver exemplary services and resources to further the educational mission of the institution.“Receiving an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award is a national tribute to a library and its staff for the outstanding services, programs and leadership they provide to their students, faculty, administrators and community,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “It is wonderful to learn of the innovative programs and services being offered by these three exemplary institutions.”

The Bucks County Community College Library, winner in the community college category, was cited for its commitment to assessment, collaboration and development efforts.

“The selection committee was impressed with the library’s commitment to areas often underrepresented in community college libraries, including fundraising and development,” said Julie Todaro, chair of the 2010 Excellence in Academic Libraries Selection Committee and dean of library services at Austin Community College. “In addition to demonstrating excellent public relations and marketing efforts, the library also provided a solid assessment of programs and services. Their productive partnership with IT was also noteworthy.”

“We at Bucks County Community College are delighted to have been selected as the recipient of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the community college category,” said Maureen McCreadie, dean of learning resources. “We have long sought to collaborate, within Learning Resources, across the institution and with other colleges and professional organizations, to provide services in support of the College’s mission. That doing what we love, and following our convictions has led to receiving this prestigious award from the ACRL is a bonus beyond our imagining. Recognition from ACRL is truly an honor.”

The A.C. Buehler Library at Elmhurst College, winner of this year’s award in the college category, impressed the selection committee with its strategic planning initiatives and focus on student engagement.

“Buehler Library demonstrated an excellent program for outreach to classroom faculty and articulated the link between library planning and activities to the institution’s strategic plan,” Todaro noted. “The selection committee admired the integration of gaming into student engagement activities, along with the library’s focus on student development programs and services.”

“We are delighted to have been selected for this year’s award,” said Susan Swords Steffen, director of the library at Elmhurst College. “We have been successful in creating an excellent library because everyone is committed to flexibility, risk taking, pitching in when and where they are needed and embracing new challenges and opportunities as they arise. I am proud and pleased to work with this fine group of library professionals who have worked hard to create an excellent library for the students and faculty of Elmhurst College: a library that is central to the life of the college and a model for small college libraries.”

Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, winner of the university category, was noted for its commitment to implementing a wide range of changes to improve student learning.

“The library’s wonderful six-year commitment to, and process for, library programs and service changes impressed the selection committee,” said Todaro. “They demonstrate excellent leadership by focusing on student engagement activities and student learning. Their excellent assessment programs include a clear sense of value, importance and impact of library programs and services.”

“Receiving this honor is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our librarians and staff at every level,” said Carolyn Walters, interim Ruth Lilly dean of university libraries at Indiana University Bloomington. At a time when the nature of libraries is changing so swiftly and dramatically, this award is welcome recognition that we are not only responding to these changes in a positive way, but also leading by example.”

Each winning library will receive $3,000 and a plaque, to be presented at an award ceremony held on each recipient’s campus. The winners also will receive special recognition at the ACRL/LLAMA joint awards program during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, in Washington D.C.

Additional information on the award, along with a list of past winners, is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/excellenceacademic.cfm.

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 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 announces winter 2010 e-Learning schedule

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in winter 2010 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are 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 ACRL 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 winter 2010 include:

Designing Usable and Accessible Web Pages: Needs Analysis, Design Planning, XHTML and CSS Standards, Accessibility Validation and Usability Testing (Jan. 25 — Feb. 10, 2010)
This hands-on course focuses on the basics of Web site planning, design and content development. The course will also examine Web standards, usability and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. The course begins with XHTML/HTML basics tutorials and a practice activity to make sure everyone has the basic skills. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

Copyright and the Library Part 2: Library, Classroom and Other Issues Including the DMCA (Feb. 1-19, 2010)
In this course, students will continue to learn to think in terms of U.S. copyright law. Students will focus on issues pertaining to libraries with  special attention to how copyright pertains to the classroom setting. Sections 108, 109, 110, 512 and 1201 will be examined for a thorough understanding on their impact in academic libraries.

Virtual Reference Competencies: Technical, Communications, and Reference Skills and Knowledge (Feb. 15 – March 26, 2010)

In this online seminar, participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to acquire and improve the technical competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

Instructional Design for Online Teaching and Learning (March 29 – April 23, 2010)
In this four week hands-on course, the 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.

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. Winter 2010 Webcasts include:

Cyber Zed Shed 1: Facebook, Twitter, Sprout (Feb. 9, 2010)
Cyber Zed Shed Webcast presentations, similar to their in-person National Conference versions, are 20 minutes in length each, including 5-10 minutes for participant questions and answers. The first Cyber Zed Shed Webcasts will explore three topics: Facebook, Twitter and Sprout. Learn how other libraries and librarians are using these technologies in their own libraries and how to apply these technologies in your library.

Text Messaging Reference: Enhancing Reference Services with SMS (Feb. 23, 2010)

This session introduces and covers the emerging field of SMS reference, shares practical tips and best practices and management, technology and assessment considerations for this cutting edge service. Learn how to choose the best technology for SMS reference at your institution, what the advanced managerial considerations are and what is on the horizon for mobile reference services using SMS.

Wave Upon Wave: Navigating the New Communication (March 2, 2010)
Google Wave is poised to change the way we think about communication on the Web, and to give libraries and librarians amazing new tools to help our patrons. While it is in very, very early beta right now, the promise for this new service is very high. In this Webcast, Jason Griffey will walk you through the possibilities, show you how Wave works and help you wrap your head around what Wave might bring to your library.

Superpower Your Browser: Open Source Research Tools (March 23, 2010)
Libraries are harnessing the power of digital resources, moving tools and resources not only onto the Web but into the browser software itself. Open source browser plug-ins such as LibX and Zotero can help researchers at every stage of the research cycle, from search and discovery to writing and citation. This Webcast will examine these two powerful browser tools as well as others.

Complete details and registration information for all winter 2010 e-Learning opportunities is available online at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/elearning.cfm. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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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/.

ACRL offers Scholarly Communication 101 road shows

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is taking scholarly communication on the road again in 2010 with “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics.” Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is pleased to offer this free half-day workshop to five libraries across the country. Complete details on “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics” are available on the ACRL Web site at http://acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/scholarlycomm/roadshow.cfm.

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system highlights individual or institutional strategic planning and action. Four modules focus on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, copyright and intellectual property, economics and open access. As a result of the workshop, participants will understand scholarly communication as a system to manage the results of research and scholarly inquiry, enumerate new modes and models of scholarly communication and select and cite key principles, facts and messages relevant to current or nascent scholarly communication plans and programs at their institutions. “Scholarly Communication 101” is appropriate for those with new leadership assignments in scholarly communication as well as liaisons and others who are interested in the issues and need foundational understanding.

Institutions interested in hosting “Scholarly Communication 101” should apply by Monday, Feb. 8, 2010. Hosts must partner with, and invite staff from, at least one other institution. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee will review applications and select several locations for the workshop, based on the number of requests and capacity. The committee will aim for geographic diversity and notify applicants of their status by March 1, 2010.

The application form and complete details, including additional qualifications and hosting responsibilities, are available on the ACRL Web site at http://acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/scholarlycomm/roadshow.cfm.

Contact:  Kara J. 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 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 selects value of academic libraries researcher

CHICAGO — The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the selection of Megan Oakleaf, assistant professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, as lead researcher for its value of academic libraries project. A recognized expert in outcomes-based assessment and decision making, Oakleaf will develop and deliver a comprehensive review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries.

“ACRL is very pleased to work with Megan Oakleaf on this project,” said ACRL President Lori A. Goetsch of Kansas State University. “Her experience and expertise in assessment make her the ideal person to review and document existing research and practices to assist the academic library community in articulating our value to the campus community.”

The current economic climate and the increased emphasis on assessment and outcomes have compelled academic departments’ higher education administrators to make tough decisions regarding the funding of programs and units at their institutions. The primary objective of the comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance. Additionally, this review will provide ACRL members with tools and strategies to demonstrate the value of academic libraries to their institutional leadership.

Send questions about the ACRL value of academic libraries project 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.

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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.