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Volunteer with LES!

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Calling all LES volunteers! Committee work is a great way to meet new colleagues and get more involved in ACRL, so I encourage you to fill out the volunteer form. Select ACRL_LES from the drop-down at the bottom of the page.

Current committee members whose terms conclude at the 2015 Annual Conference should submit a new volunteer form if they wish to be considered for re-appointment.

The online volunteer form must be completed by February 15, 2015, for consideration for 2015-16 appointments.  Most terms begin July 1, 2015, and are one to two years. To ensure everyone has a chance to volunteer, most section appointments will not be made until after February 15th, with two exceptions: the 2016 Nominating and 2016 Conference Program Planning committees are appointed earlier.

At the moment, I know we are especially looking for volunteers for the:

  • 2015 Conference Planning Committee
  • 2016 Nominating Committee
  • Reference Discussion Group Co-chairs (two positions)

However, that is not an exhaustive list, and we welcome volunteers for any position! If more than one committee looks interesting, you can select more than one, though likely you will only be appointed to one.

Learn more about each committee’s work here:

On a personal note, I found volunteering with LES, especially as a new literature librarian, an invaluable way to meet new colleagues and learn about the profession, so I encourage others to consider it.

Please let me know if you have any questions about or trouble with the process.

Amanda Rust / LES Vice-Chair 

Source: LES-L Discussion List

ALA Panel: Career Paths of Literature Librarians

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

ALA Annual 2014Please join us at the LES General Membership Meeting at ALA Annual 2014 for an exciting panel discussion about the career paths of literature librarians. As literature librarians our careers may take many different shapes. Our panelists will talk about how their careers developed, the influences that brought them to literature librarianship, the paths they took to a variety of roles including work in special collections and archives, digital humanities, management and administration and more.  If you are new to the profession or looking for ways and means to refresh your career this will be an excellent opportunity to explore career options.


Our panelists are:


Jennifer Bartlett, Head of Reference Services, University of Kentucky

Angela Courtney, Head, Arts & Humanities Department and Head, Reference Services Department, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington

Steven Harris, Assistant Dean of Libraries, University of Nevada, Reno

Rob Melton, Subject Librarian for Literatures in English, Religion and Cultural Studies & Curator, Archive for New Poetry, University of California, San Diego


We will also hear from LES Chair Arianne Hartsell-Gundy and Chair-elect Laura Taddeo about recent and forthcoming LES achievements and initiatives, and Sarah Wenzel will report on our liaison activities with MLA.

The LES General Membership Meeting will take place in the Bronze 3 room at the Bally’s Las Vegas hotel on Sunday, June 29th from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Why not add this to your calendar now:

Thanks to Frank Gravier and the other members of the LES Membership Committee for organizing the panel.

LES @ ALA Annual 2014

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

ALA Annual Conference

Join the Literatures in English Section (LES) of ACRL at ALA Annual in Las Vegas.  LES is composed of English, literature and humanities librarians.  Whether you are already a member, or just interested in learning more about LES, please join us!  You can easily add the LES-sponsored events to your calendar using the ALA conference scheduler.

Follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook for reminders, and to keep up with what we are doing at the conference.


Saturday, June 28

8:30 am -10:00 am
Executive Committee Meeting 1*
Las Vegas Convention Center, N216

10:30 am — 11:30 am
MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group**
Las Vegas Convention Center, N115

1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
“Embedded” Cultural Communities in Europe and the Americas: Challenges for Librarians
(Co-sponsored by LES, SEES, and WESS)
Las Vegas Convention Center, S232

4:30 pm — 5:30 pm
New Members Discussion Group
Las Vegas Convention Center, N201

6:00 pm
LES Social
The Peppermill – Fireside Lounge
2985 Las Vegas Blvd (Map)


Sunday, June 29

10:30 am — 11:30 am
Reference Discussion Group
Las Vegas Convention Center, N203

1:00 pm — 2:30 pm
General Membership Forum
Bally’s Las Vegas, Bronze 3

3:00 pm — 4:00 pm
Collections Discussion Group
Las Vegas Convention Center, N202

4:30 pm — 5:30 pm
Digital Humanities Interest Group**
Las Vegas Convention Center, N263


Monday, June 30

8:30 am — 10:00 am
All Committees Meetings
Las Vegas Convention Center, N219

10:30 am — 11:30 am
Executive Committee Meeting II*
Las Vegas Convention Center, N216


* Closed meeting

** Not an official LES meeting but of broad interest to LES membership

Call for Submissions: Biblio-Notes Spring 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Below is a note from Biblio-Notes editor, John Glover, as posted to the LES-L discussion list.  Biblio-Notes is the LES newsletter; you must be a member of ACRL-LES to submit contributions.

Biblio-Notes needs your contributions for the Spring 2014 issue! If you’d like an idea of what people have previously written, take a look through past issues: If you’re looking for ideas…


  • Are you at MLA right now? Has it inspired you to try something new?
  • Have you run literary events lately, whether visiting writers or sponsoring new student literary groups?
  • Does Philadelphia beckon? If you’re going to be at Midwinter in person, share some news with those of us who only attend virtually.
  • Did you mount an exhibit last semester? Tell us how it went, and share some photographs.
  • Are you involved in a major new project at your library, one that’s based in or strongly affects English?
  • Were you recently hired, promoted, published, tenured, or otherwise excellent? Your fellow LES members want to know.


Please send your submissions for the Spring 2014 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to by Friday, April 18th. And remember — Biblio-Notes is a newsletter, not Critical Inquiry! Brief articles, activity writeups, and any news of your doings in the 250-1000 word range are perfect. If you have questions, please drop me a line.

2014 Midwinter Discussion Group Meetings

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Below is information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups (virtual and in-person) to look forward to in January.  Mark your calendars!


ACRL LES Reference Discussion Group

This discussion group provides an information-sharing forum for librarians with interests in reference services and materials related to the study of literatures in English.

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 28, 1 – 2 pm CST

Location: Online

Contact: John Glover and Kristen Hogan

More information:


ACRL LES Collections Discussion Group

This discussion group serves as an open forum for presentation and discussion of any topic or issue which involves the management, preservation, or use of materials in English-language literatures.

Date and Time: Friday, January 31, 2 – 3 pm CST

Location: Online

Contacts: Judith Arnold and Hazel McClure


ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group

This discussion group focuses on the digital humanities in academic libraries. Topics include outreach, tools, projects, user support, librarian training, and much more.

Date and Time: Sunday, January 26, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center – 204 A

More information:


MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group

Date and Time: Saturday, January 25, 10:30  – 11:30 am

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center -115 B

Contact: David Oberhelman

More information:


To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia, visit the conference schedule online and narrow by: “Type of Library” (Academic) and “Meeting Type” (Discussion/Interest group).  To browse other virtual discussion group meetings, search in ALA Connect.  If you would like to share other Midwinter discussion group meetings of interest to LES members, post to the LES Facebook group.


Other LES midwinter meetings that you are free to join:

ACRL LES Virtual Participation Committee

This committee explores ways in which LES members can participate in Section meetings remotely and to advise LES committees and discussion groups with plans for virtual meetings and other emerging opportunities for distance participation.

Date and Time: Tuesday, January 7 from 1 – 3 pm CST

Location: Online

Contact: Amanda Rust


LES Job Shadowing Program

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Realizing the importance of recruiting future librarians, the ACRL Literatures in English section has begun a job shadowing program for those interested in becoming Humanities Librarians.  Job shadowing is a way for potential librarians to learn more about the field of librarianship and the day-to-day work of a librarian.  It will also help future librarians form mentoring relationships and begin the important work of networking.  This program is open to anyone in the United States.  We welcome undergraduate students, graduate students, and those considering switching careers.   LES will match those interested in a job shadowing opportunity with volunteers from LES.  The actual job shadowing usually takes place over the course of one day.

If you are interested in being hosted by an LES librarian, please fill out this form. We will attempt to match you with an academic librarian working at an institution in your area.

If you are an LES member who would like to volunteer to host someone, please contact Arianne Hartsell-Gundy at  If you’ve previously expressed interest in hosting someone, your name is on the list and there’s no need to let me know again.

Please feel free to pass this information on to anyone you think might be interested.  More information can be found here.

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!

LES Election Results

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

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

Congratulations to our newly elected officers:

  • Faye Christenberry, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
  • Tim Hackman, Secretary
  • Melissa Van Vuuren, Member-at-Large

And thank you to all of the nominees and the nominating committee.

2010 LES Candidates

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

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


The LES 2010 Nominating Committee has released its slate of candidates for the upcoming ALA election. The candidates for each office are below. Thank you to the Nominating Committee for its fine work!

Vice-Chair/Chair Elect:
Shawn Martin
Faye Christenberry

Timothy Hackman
Aline Soules

Melissa Van Vuuren
Laura Fuderer

Juggling Responsibilities: LES New Members Discussion Group at ALA 2010 Midwinter on 01/16/10

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Has your library recently asked you to take on “just one” more department or committee? Did you study literature, but now find yourself responsible for linguistics and composition studies? Perhaps your growing to-do list has kept you from your own research interests, collection management, or the latest professional literature? In this era of hiring freezes, budget cuts, and information gluts, librarians in the humanities must juggle a growing number of responsibilities. Please join the LES New Members Discussion Group for a conversation on techniques for keeping current, favorite time-saving applications, and stress-busting tips.  This discussion group is open to members new and old.  We’ll be meeting on Saturday January 16th from 4:00-5:30 in the Plymouth Room at  the Hyatt Regency Boston.

If you have suggestions for topics you would like us to be sure and discuss, please drop a note to either Arianne or Mary.  We’d especially like to know if you’d be interesting in talking briefly about a specific time-saving application!

If you can’t make it to Midwinter or to the discussion group, please feel free to write some thoughts and suggestions in the comments to this post.

We hope to see you there.


Arianne Hartsell-Gundy ( and Mary Thill (