Entries from March 2010 ↓

New ACRL publication: The Anywhere Library

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web” by Courtney Greene, Missy Roser and Elizabeth Ruane of DePaul University. Mobile computing is rapidly becoming an important part of everyday life. With a user-centered, practical emphasis geared to the non-technical librarian, “The Anywhere Library: A Primer for the Mobile Web” approaches the creation of a mobile-optimized library Web site as a process rather than simply as a product.

The authors guide readers through the process of mobile Web development by providing numerous examples of site design for a variety of different devices, planning and decision-making tips and sample code. The book also serves as a guide for the future, with resources and tips on iteration and revision. Taking the mystery out of designing, planning and launching a mobile library Web site, “The Anywhere Library” is an invaluable resource for librarians everywhere.

“The Anywhere Library” is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store (http://www.alastore.ala.org), by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Contact: Kathryn Deiss
ACRL
(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 more than 12,500 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/.

Scholarly Communication 101 Road Show hosts selected by ACRL

CHICAGO – The Scholarly Communications Committee of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has selected five sites from 40 applications to host the Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics workshop this spring and 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 to host the 2010 road shows are Florida State University in Tallahassee; Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges in Bethlehem, Pa.; Bryan College in Dayton, Tenn.; Kansas State University in Manhattan and Texas Tech University in Lubbock

“As the economic downturn continues in higher education and across the nation, ACRL is providing this valuable educational experience at locations all across the country. It is vital to the work of all academic librarians that they 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 the momentum for encouraging positive change in scholarly publishing not be lost.”

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.

The 40 applications came from 23 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, representing more than  80 colleges and universities, 16 consortia and their members and nine ACRL Chapters.

“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, a third round of road shows in 2011 is likely. We also encourage libraries to organize and host their own workshops on campus.”

Toward that end, the committee has extended the reach of the Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics workshop by adding related materials to the popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit (http://www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm/). The materials include short videos, presentation templates and handouts. All of the materials are available with a Creative Commons share-alike license. Librarians are free to make use of these tools to enhance their own knowledge or adapt them to offer related workshops on campus.

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 12,500 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.

Apply now for ACRL Assessment/Intentional Teacher Immersion Program

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the invitation to apply for its Immersion ’10 Program. The Immersion Program Intentional Teacher and Assessment Tracks will be offered simultaneously from Nov. 10-14, 2010, in Nashville. Applications for both tracks are being accepted through May 7, 2010. Visit http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/index.cfm (Click “Immersion ‘10”) 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. 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 12,500 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/.

Goebel and Anderson win 2010 ACRL IS Innovation Award

CHICAGO— Nancy Goebel, head librarian, and Dylan Anderson, Web applications specialist, at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus have been selected to receive the 2010 Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Instruction Section (IS) Innovation Award for developing WASSAIL, an information literacy assessment project. Sponsored by Lexis-Nexis, the annual award recognizes a project that demonstrates creative, innovative or unique approaches to information literacy instruction or programming. A prize of $3,000 and a certificate will be presented to Goebel and Anderson during the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“The Instruction Section Awards committee chose the WASSAIL information literacy assessment project for the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award because of the creators’ forward-thinking approach to assessing student learning locally and sharing methods universally,” said award committee Co-Chair Emily Rogers, assistant professor and reference librarian for instruction at Valdosta State University. “Using this software, librarians can systematically track, store and analyze assessment data to measure and improve student learning. Furthermore, in a truly collaborative spirit, the project planners expanded WASSAIL’s utility by making it open source and therefore available for local adaptation by any library. In its purpose, content and potential for widespread use, WASSAIL is truly an innovative contribution to information literacy and instruction librarianship.”

WASSAIL is assessment and survey software developed at the Augustana Campus Library of the University of Alberta. It was released in 2009 as open source software, making it freely available for download and use or modification. It was developed as a tool to assess student learning in Information Literacy courses, excelling at those using pre- and post-tests.  It is also used as a general qualitative and quantitative survey tool.  Additional information is available at http://www.library.ualberta.ca/augustana/infolit/wassail/.

Goebel earned her M.L.I.S. from the University of Alberta – Edmonton. Anderson earned his B.S. from Augustana University College (now the University of Alberta Augustana Campus).

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

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,500 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.

Kelsey, VandenBroek receive ACRL CLS ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award

CHICAGO – Sigrid Kelsey and Angela K. VandenBroek, both of Louisiana State University (LSU), have been named the 2010 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. This annual award honors an ALA member who has demonstrated a capacity for innovation in their work with undergraduates, instructors and/or the library community. ProQuest will present the $3,000 award and plaque at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 26 during the CLS program at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

“The committee chose Sigrid and Angela as this year’s award recipients for their commitment to providing open source content that can be used by college libraries to support development of dynamic research guides using Delicious,” said award committee chair Barbara Burd, dean of library services at Coastal Carolina University. “Their Subject Guide Toolbox provides an easy interface that can be used by subject specialists to customize content. The awards committee commended these librarians for their creativity in developing research guides to improve access to resources and in their willingness to share their expertise and innovation with libraries throughout the United States.”

The Subject Guide Toolbox combines Web 2.0 technology with an easy-to-use interface allowing subject specialists to develop subject guides using Delicious to select resources and to enter unique content. By sharing the instructions and source code, the LSU librarians have demonstrated a commitment to open source that benefits college libraries.

Kelsey serves as the electronic reference services and Web development coordinator at the LSU libraries. She is a graduate of St. Olaf College and received her MLIS from the University of Texas at Austin. VandenBroek is a library associate in the Reference and Electronic Services department of LSU’s Middleton Library. She holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi and a B.S. in Anthropology from Grand Valley State University.
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 12,500 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.