Entries from April 2010 ↓

ACRL Supports Spectrum Presidential Initiative

Chicago—The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has announced a two-year commitment to the Spectrum Scholarship Program as part of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative.  ACRL will sponsor one scholar each year for 2010 and 2011.  The ACRL Spectrum Scholarships will be awarded to a Spectrum applicant who expresses an interest in academic and research libraries.

ALA President Dr. Camila Alire, Immediate Past President Jim Rettig, President-Elect Roberta Stevens and ALA Past President Dr. Betty J. Turock, chair of the initiative, have announced the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, a special one-year campaign to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program.  Through this initiative, ALA aims to meet critical needs of supporting master’s-level scholarships, providing two $25,000 Doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development.    ACRL’s contribution will allow ALA to continue to support master’s-level Spectrum Scholarships.

Lori Goetsch, ACRL president, said, “With this gift, ACRL has donated over $70,000 to the Spectrum Scholarship Program and demonstrates the association’s continued commitment to this important initiative.”

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/.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. Since its founding, Spectrum has provided more than 600 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an ALA-recognized NCATE School Library Media program. To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, visit www.ala.org/spectrum.

For more information about the Spectrum Presidential Initiative or to make an online donation, visit http://spectrum.ala.org. To learn more, get involved, or to make a pledge to the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, contact Miguel A. Figueroa, Director, Office for Diversity & Spectrum at mfigueroa@ala.org, or Kim Olsen-Clark, Director, Development Office at kolsen-clark@ala.org.

Contact: Miguel A. Figueroa
Office for Diversity & Spectrum
312-280-5295
mfigueroa@ala.org

Free Webcast for ACRL members featuring John Palfrey

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is offering its third annual Springboard Event from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. CDT on May 5, 2010. The ACRL Springboard Event is a live, interactive Webcast offered free of charge to all ACRL members. The 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will feature John Palfrey, Henry N. Ess III Professor of Law, and vice dean, Library and Information Resources, Harvard Law School, and faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Offered in conjunction with the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom’s inaugural “Choose Privacy Week,” the 2010 ACRL Springboard Event will examine issues related to privacy in the socially networked environment. Palfrey will consider the concerns related to privacy, how we evaluate the right to privacy and freedom of information, and how librarians can help users understand and navigate their own privacy concerns.

Palfrey is the co-author of “Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives” (Basic Books, 2008) and “Access Denied: The Practice and Politics of Internet Filtering” (MIT Press, 2008). His research and teaching is focused on Internet law, intellectual property and international law.

There is no registration fee for this member event, but ACRL members should register online at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springboard.cfm by Monday, May 3 to confirm their space in the Webcast.

By providing the Springboard Event free of charge for members, the ACRL Board of Directors is responding to feedback that professional development is one of the most important services that ACRL provides and that members want additional online learning opportunities. The archived recording of the Webcast will be made available on the ACRL Web site shortly after the live event. Questions should be directed 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 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 www.acrl.org/.

ACRL 2011 keynote speakers revealed

Philadelphia conference to feature Tiffany Shlain, Raj Patel and Clinton Kelly

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will present a  celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2011 National Conference, “A Declaration of Interdependence,” to be held March 30 – April 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. Be challenged and entertained by ACRL’s three distinguished speakers, who also double as activists, authors, filmmakers and television personalities.

Opening Keynote Session, March 30, 2011 – Tiffany Shlain, award-winning filmmaker, artist, Internet pioneer and activist

Tiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, Internet pioneer and activist. Founder of The Webby Awards and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, she was honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Her films have been selected at over 100 film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Rotterdam, and have won 20 awards including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes. Shlain’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative known for their whimsical yet provocative approach to unraveling complicated subjects such as politics, cultural identity, technology and science. She is currently working on a feature-length film and Internet project, “Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence,” set for completion in winter 2010. Watch a clip from the upcoming film, along with a lecture, at http://www.connectedthefilm.com/Trailer.html.

Shlain’s talks are entertaining, insightful, informative and highly visual explorations of topics including interdependence, the Internet and its effect on society, American Jewish identity and the creative process. A clip of Shlain discussing how sharing films on the Internet has changed the world is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw8UGdWSwqo.

Friday Keynote Session, April 1, 2011 – Raj Patel, economic activist and academic

Activist, academic and much-in-demand speaker Raj Patel is an authority on the world economic system and the international food crisis. Patel brings the idea of interdependence to his writings about sustainability, the food crisis and democracy. Currently, he is a visiting scholar at the University of California – Berkeley Center for African Studies, an honorary research fellow at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a fellow at The Institute for Food and Development Policy, also known as Food First. He is an award winning author of five books including “Voices of the Poor: Can Anyone Hear Us?”, “Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System”and the 2010 New York Times best-seller, “The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.”

Patel has written more than a dozen articles, all of which are open access and freely available on his Web site, http://rajpatel.org, along with a links to his blog and several thought- provoking videos.

Closing Keynote Session, April 2, 2011 – Clinton Kelly, television co-host and author

What happens when a renowned fashion expert with an international following comes to ACRL? Find out when Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” delivers the closing keynote at ACRL 2011. A renowned fashion expert and author who specializes in helping individuals achieve personal and professional transformations, Kelly will discuss why we are often averse to change and how to turn this fear into positive action. Kelly achieved his own transformation to television stardom from the world of fashion journalism where he worked for such publications as Marie Claire, Mademoiselle and DNR. You’ll want to be there when Kelly delivers the closing keynote address and sends thousands of academic and research librarians home with inspiration and ideas for a better self and a better library. Just don’t expect $5,000 for a new wardrobe.

A video of Kelly discussing how his ideas on change and style can be applied personally and professionally is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG5Cm8rL-Bw.

Additional details about the ACRL 2011 National Conference are online at http://www.acrl.org/acrl/nationalconference. Registration opens in May 2010.

For more information about ACRL 2011, contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or  (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 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

New ACRL publication: Conversations that Work

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments” by Phillipa Brown (SPHR) and M. Sue Baughman. The third entry in the ACRL Active Guide series, “Conversations that Work” is a practical guide for addressing the real-life experiences of conducting performance evaluations in the workplace. Tools and techniques for all stages are provided, including exercises that offer the opportunity to practice and develop your assessment and evaluation skills.

The book additionally includes a variety of scenarios describing different types of evaluation conversations, providing concrete examples from which to learn. The scenarios and exercises are a mix of creative license and reconstruction of portions of actual cases from the authors’ experiences and those shared by colleagues. “Conversations that Work” provides solid advice and examples to demystify and improve the performance evaluation process.

ACRL Active Guides is an occasional series devoted to providing practical guidance on workplace issues. Previous Active Guide titles are “Life-Work Balance” and “Influencing without Authority.”

“Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments” 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/.