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New Members Discussion Group at Midwinter

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

Visions of the Future of English Librarianship: A Discussion with New Members

LES New Members Discussion Group
Saturday, January 8
4-5:30 p.m.
San Diego Convention Center, Room 23A

You don’t have to read tea leaves to forecast the future of English librarianship: Current trends suggest that the profession will see great changes in the next decade. Consider, for instance, the rise of interdisciplinary studies, the application of social science methodology to the study of literature, and the increasingly vocational mission of universities that has resulted in challenges to the existence of humanities departments. What will the future of humanities look like in the university and what should English librarians do to prepare? Share your predictions and plans with the New Members Discussion Group

ALA Midwinter 2011 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

Saturday, January 8

  • Executive Committee Meeting I (ACRL/LES) — 8:00-10:00am SDCC Room 23B
  • General Membership Forum (ACRL/LES) — 1:30-3:30pm  SDCC Room 24A
  • New Members Discussion Group (ACRL/LES) — 4:00-5:30pm  SDCC Room 23A

Sunday, January 9

  • Collections Discussion Group (ACRL/LES) — 8:00-10:00am HIL Indigo E
  • Reference Discussion Group (ACRL/LES) — 10:30am-12:00pm HIL Indigo E
  • MLA International Bibliography Discussion Group (ACRL) — 4:00-5:30pm  HIL Indigo C

Monday, January 10

  • All Committees Meeting (ACRL/LES) — 8:00-10:00am HIL Indigo 202B
  • Executive Committee Meeting II (ACRL/LES) — 10:30am-12:00pm HIL Aqua 300

Key:
HIL = Hilton San Diego Bayfront (One Park Blvd.)
SDCC = San Diego Convention Center

Hotel map can be found here.

Fall Newsletter Now Available!

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

The Fall edition of Biblionotes is now available at:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/about/sections/les/biblionotes51/biblionotes56.pdf

In this info-packed issue:

  • Get an update from the LES Chair on section activities and good things to come at ALA Midwinter in sunny San Diego;
  • Learn about book discussion groups on college campuses;
  • Find out more about the library-focused session, Literary Research In/And Digital Humanities, at the upcoming MLA Annual Conference;
  • Read about the experiences of two of our colleagues in ALA’s Emerging Leaders program.

Please contact the Editor, Carrie Netzer Wajda with questions or comments about the newsletter, or to suggest a topic or volunteer a piece for the next issue!

ACRL Friends Fund Wants to Give Your Group Money!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

The Friends of ACRL, academic and research librarians, provide monetary support to enhance and ensure the relevance of our profession.  ACRL committees, interest groups, and sections can submit proposals for funding to the ACRL Friends Fund Disbursement Subcommittee for projects that support professional development, advocacy, innovative programming, and the Board strategic plan initiatives.

Proposals are being accepted through November 30, 2010 and will be evaluated by the Friends Fund Disbursement Subcommittee in December 2010.  The subcommittee’s recommendations for funding are based on the individual merits of each proposal. (Review criteria are available as a Word document.)

Funding recommendations will be submitted for final approval to the ACRL Budget and Finance Committee at the ALA MidwinterMeeting.  Members who submit proposals will be contacted regarding decisions after the MidwinterMeeting concludes.

For more information, see the “ACRL Friends Fund Disbursement Process”
(Section 6.7.6 in the ACRL Guide to Policies and Procedures) or contact Janis Bandelin, janis.bandelin@furman.edu, Chair, Friends Fund Disbursement Subcommittee. Need more time? There will be another call for proposals in spring 2011.

MLA 2011 Libraries Discussion Group

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

Jim Kelly, Humanities Bibliographer at University of Massachusetts Amherst and convener of the upcoming panel discussion at MLA 2011, “Literary Research in/and Digital Humanities,” has posted the panelists’ abstracts. (Interesting use of LibGuides by the way, Jim!)

From the session overview by Robert Kieft, College Librarian, Occidental College:

“This session is the inaugural meeting of a new interdisciplinary MLA discussion group formed by librarians within the Association for the  discussion of matters of mutual interest with scholars. The advent of technological tools that perform some familiar tasks of literary research and offer new opportunities for gathering, working with, and publishing texts, images, and data challenge the ability of libraries and IT organizations to support faculty and student work and require complex collaborations on campus and often with scholars, librarians, and technologists at other institutions. Panelists will present current work, and the group will discuss agenda for its future and how it can promote the creation and curation of scholarly collections and archives, publications, research data, and teaching and study tools through professional associations and on their own campuses. ”

The panelists are:

  • Heather Bowlby, Doctoral Candidate, Department of English, University of Virginia
  • Marija Dalbello, Associate Professor, School of Communication & Information, Rutgers University
  • Amy E. Earhart, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Texas A&M University
  • Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez, Professor of Literature, University of California, Merced
  • Susanne Woods,Council of Independent Colleges Senior Advisor; Provost and Professor of English Emerita, Wheaton College (MA)
  • Susan Barnes Whyte, College Librarian, Linfield College; ACRL Liaison to the CIC
  • Abby Yochelson, Reference Specialist, Humanities and Social Sciences Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Visit the webpage to read the abstracts and get more information on the panel.

Nominations for ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award due December 3

Monday, September 20th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

Will your library be the next winner of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award? If you think the answer could be “Yes,” please read on!

The ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes one outstanding community college, college, and university library each year for the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. In recent years, award-winning institutions like Indiana University (2010), Carleton College (2008), and Hostos Community College (CUNY) (2007) have been recognized for the way in which librarians and library staff have come together to engage their students, faculty, and community users to design and deliver innovative services, spaces, and collections that represent the best of what a 21st-century library can be. It’s your turn!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, and are due on December 3, 2010. If you think you work in an outstanding library that deserves recognition, please review the guidelines for preparing a nomination at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/excellenceacademic.cfm. If you have colleagues at a library that deserves recognition, please share this message with them. ACRL members are an integral part of the award process, and we depend on you to help to ensure that the best of our colleagues are recognized for their work.

Complete information about ACRL’s Awards Program is on the ACRL Web site (click on “Awards”). An article in the September 2010 issue of C&RL News outlines all ACRL awards programs. Finally, you can hear from previous Award winners about what winning this award meant to their libraries in a series of podcasts being delivered all this year through ACRL Insider (look for the “Awards” tag).

If you have any questions about the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award or the nominations process, please contact Scott Walter, Chair of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Nominations Committee.

Congratulations to Sarah Wenzel, new MLA Liaison!

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

From our colleagues in WESS:

The members of the WESS/LES Subcommittee to Select a Liaison to the MLA are pleased to announce that Sarah Wenzel has accepted the appointment to be our first official liaison to the Modern Language Association. While we received several excellent applications, we felt Sarah had the best overall qualifications and offered solid ideas on how she would forge a new relationship between ACRL and the MLA.

Do You Know the Academic/Research Librarian of the Year?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

ACRL is looking for nominations for this prestigious award. The ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding member of the library profession who has made a significant national or international contribution to academic or research librarianship and library development. Deadline for nominations is December 3, 2010. Criteria and submission information can be found here:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/awards/acrllibrarian.cfm

LES and WESS Join Forces at ALA Annual 2010

Friday, June 11th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an excellent program at ALA Annual. This year’s program is co-sponsored by LES and the Western European Studies Section (WESS) and is entitled Contemporary European Fiction in Translation:

Globalization and migration across linguistic borders create cross-cultural awareness and increase the need for translated fiction. Most North American readers rely on the publication of translated works for access to contemporary European and World literature, yet many publishers are hesitant, claiming that American audiences do not respond positively to literature in translation. What do librarians need to know to build collections and promote European literature in translation? Panelists will explore translation theory and cultural studies, publishing translations in North America, and translation poetics and pragmatics.

Our prestigious panel will be moderated by Richard Hacken, European Studies Bibliographer at Brigham Young University, and will include:

  • Chad Post, Director, Open Letter, Rochester University, discussing “The State of Literature in Translation Today;”
  • Alane Salierno Mason, President, Words Without Borders and Vice President and Senior Editor, W.W. Norton & Company, discussing “The Promise and Peril of Authors as Cultural Ambassadors;” and
  • Dr. Edwin Gentzler, Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of The Translation Center, University of Massachusetts (Amherst), discussing “The Cultural Turn in Translation Studies”

Hope to see you there, Saturday, June 26, 1:30-3:30pm, Renaissance Washington Hotel (999 9th St. NW), Renaissance West Room A/B.

More program information is available on the WESS Wiki: http://wess.lib.byu.edu/index.php/Upcoming_WESS_Conferences

You can also view our event flyer: Invitation.pdf

LES Newsletter

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

The Spring 2010 issue of Biblionotes is now available! In this fabulous issue:

  • An update from the chair on LES’s growing relationship with MLA
  • A welcome for new member Joshua Finnell, Denison University (Granville, OH)
  • “Life as a Humanities Librarian,” by  Julianne Buchsbaum, University of Kansas
  • Report on a panel presentation, “Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Institutional Repositories” at the University of Buffalo Libraries

This is the final issue for editor Laura Taddeo. Our new editor, Carrie Wajda, will begin in July 2010. Big “thank yous” to Laura for her excellent work on the blog over these past years, and to Carrie for taking over this important job!