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New ACRL publication: Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of the “Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery,” an essential toolkit for libraries of all types and sizes. Authors Frances Wilkinson, Linda Lewis and Nancy Dennis provide practical and experience-based approaches on preparing for a disaster by creating a plan, responding to an emergency and the intricacies of recovering from a disaster.

“Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery” features seven compelling, reality-based case studies from six university libraries that recovered from earthquake, fire, flood or hurricane damage. The clearly organized text contains numerous photographs and a comprehensive appendix featuring an extensive bibliography and glossary, a model disaster preparedness plan and a model RFP for selecting a disaster recovery vendor, as well as useful Internet sites and print resources. The work provides sound explanations and advice on every aspect of disaster preparedness, response and recovery in libraries.

“Comprehensive Guide to Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery” 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.

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The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,000 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/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

ACRL 2011 National Conference registration opens

ACRL offers 80 scholarships worth more than $40,000 and keynote sessions featuring Tiffany Shlain, Raj Patel and Clinton Kelly

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the opening of registration for the ACRL 2011 National Conference, “A Declaration of Interdependence,” to be held March 30 – April 2, 2011, in Philadelphia. Registration materials are now available online at http://www.acrl.org/acrl/nationalconference. Register by the early-bird deadline of Feb. 4, 2011 and save more than 20 percent on conference registration. Special group registration prices, reduced airfares, hotel discounts and scholarships are also available.

As the birthplace of independence there is no better place than Philadelphia to declare the interdependence of academic and research libraries,” said conference Chair Pamela Snelson, college librarian at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. “To be successful, libraries must cooperate with each other and interconnect with their campus communities. Steeped in history yet embracing the new, Philadelphia is a fabulous conference venue for us to consider the interdependency that exists in our academic and library community.”

Offered biennially, the ACRL National Conference is the premier event for academic libraries, drawing librarians, library support staff and library vendors from across the country and around the world.  The ACRL 2011 National Conference will feature more than 300 peer-reviewed sessions specific to the needs of academic and research librarians and staff.  ACRL’s celebrated line-up of keynote speakers include:

Tiffany Shlain – Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker, artist, Internet pioneer and activist. Founder of The Webby Awards and cofounder 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 more than 100 film festivals and have won 20 awards, including Audience and Grand Jury Prizes. Shlain’s films are a fusion of documentary and narrative and known for their whimsical yet provocative approach to unraveling complicated subjects. She is currently working on a feature-length film and Internet project, “Connected: A Declaration of Interdependence,” set for completion in winter 2010.

Raj Patel – Thursday, March 31, 2011
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. 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 his 2010 New York Times bestseller,The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy.” He has written more than a dozen articles, all of which are open access and freely available on his Web site, rajpatel.org, along with a link to his blog and several thought-provoking videos.

Clinton Kelly – Saturday, April 2, 2011
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.

ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference
ACRL is offering conference registrants more for their money by providing one year of access to the ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference.  The Virtual Conference will feature slidecasts and PowerPoint presentations synched with program audio for every contributed paper, panel session and Cyber Zed Shed presentation (more than 100 total sessions), so attendees can view sessions they missed in person after the conference.  The Virtual Conference will also include live webcasts, blogs, speaker handouts and more. Registration for the online-only Virtual Conference will be available in early 2011.

More than 80 scholarships available
ACRL is offering more than 80 scholarships exceeding $40,000 in value to support participation in the conference for librarians, students, Spectrum scholars and support staff. There are five scholarship categories, and all applications must be received by Nov. 9, 2010. Visit the scholarships section of the conference Web site for more details.

ACRL 2011 online
Learn more about ACRL 2011 and follow conference news through the conference website at http://www.acrl.org/acrl/nationalconference. Connect with fellow attendees on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/acrl2011. Follow breaking conference news and conversations on Twitter through the official conference hashtag #acrl2011. And make sure to tag your ACRL National Conference online content, including images and blog posts, with the official conference tag acrl2011.

For more information about ACRL 2011, contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or (312) 280-2522.

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 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.

ACRL awards Library Advocacy Day travel grants

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has chosen six winners for  2010 Library Advocacy Day travel grants. Reflecting ACRL’s commitment to fostering grassroots legislative advocacy, the association awarded $250 grants to the following ACRL Legislative Advocates to attend the June 29, 2010, event in Washington, D.C.:

  • Douglas Dechow, instruction librarian, Chapman University
  • Julie Kane, head of technical services, Sweet Briar College
  • Marvel Ann Maring, fine arts and humanities reference librarian, University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • James Patterson, director of library services, Northwestern Connecticut Community College
  • Angela Rathmel, head of serials orders and claims, University of Kansas Libraries
  • Daryl C. Youngman, assistant to the dean-collaborative initiatives, Kansas State University

For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day. On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., features guest speakers, photo ops and a chance to cheer on libraries. After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs. You do not need to register for the ALA Annual Conference to attend Library Advocacy Day.

More information on Library Advocacy Day is available online at www.ala.org/ala/issuesadvocacy/advocacy/libraryadvocacyday/index.cfm. Details on the ACRL Legislative Advocate program are available at www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/acrladvocates.cfm.

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ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 12,000 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.

Ogburn elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO – Joyce L. Ogburn, university librarian and director of the University of Utah Marriott Library, has been elected vice-president/president-elect of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  She will become president-elect following the 2010 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. and assume the presidency in July 2011 for a one-year term.

Mary Ann Sheble, dean of libraries at Oakland Community College, and Mark Emmons, coordinator of information literacy and instruction services at the University of New Mexico, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large. Maggie Farrell, dean of libraries at the University of Wyoming, was elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as councilor.

“Being chosen to lead ACRL as vice-president/president-elect is the highlight of my career,” Ogburn said. “I am enormously grateful for the confidence of the members in my leadership skills and will do my utmost to advance ACRL’s initiatives and programs.”

Her activities in ACRL include serving as the scholarly communications column editor for C&RL News (2006-2009), as co-chair of the Scholarly Communications Committee (2006-08), and as a member of the Choice Editorial Board (2000-04).  She was the founder and editor of ANSSWeb (1995-2003), and was chair of the Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) (1997-98).  Joyce also served as editor of ANSS Currents (1996-97).

“ACRL is delighted to have Joyce join the Board as vice-president/president-elect,” ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen Davis said. “Her experience serving on not-for-profit Boards, her leadership in ACRL’s scholarly communication initiatives, and her service throughout ACRL will be an asset to the Board as it continues to work with members to meet their needs and to advance ACRL’s strategic plan.”

Her ALA activities include serving as chair of the ALCTS Chief Collection Development Officers of Large Research Libraries (2004-05), and as chair of the ALCTS Acquisition of Library Materials Section Education Committee (1991-92).  She was a member of the ALA Library Education Assembly (1990-92), and was chair of the ALCTS Education Committee (1990-91).

Joyce’s work with state and regional associations includes serving on the Greater Western Library Alliance Board of Directors (2009-present), and serving on the Association of Research Libraries Scholarly Communications Steering Committee (2008-present).  She is a member of the Center for Research Libraries Board of Directors (2007-present), and she served on the SPARC Steering Committee (2005-07).  She was also  a member of the American Anthropological Association Librarians Advisory Group (2001-05).

Joyce was a UCLA Senior Fellow (2001), and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa (1978).

Her publications include author of, “Moderately Risky Business: Challenging Librarians to Assume More Risk in an Era of Opportunity,” Risk and Entrepreneurship in Libraries: Seizing Opportunities for Change (ALA/ALCTS), 2009; author, “Defining and Achieving Success in the Movement to Change Scholarly Communication,” Library Resources and Technical Services, 2008; and co-author, Establishing a Research Agenda for Scholarly Communications: A Call for Community Engagement (ACRL), 2007.

Ogburn received her master’s of library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She received her master’s degree in Anthropology from Indiana University, and earned her bachelor of arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

From 1999-2005, she was associate director at the University of Washington.  Prior to that, she was assistance university library at Old Dominion University (1996-99).   She served as chief acquisitions librarian at Yale University (1991-96), and was an acquisitions librarian at Penn State University (1984-91).

Contact: Mary Ellen K. Davis
ACRL Executive Director
(312) 280-3248

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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 to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.