Call for submissions: Biblio-Notes Spring 2015

March 19th, 2015

A message to LES Members from Biblio-Notes editor, John Glover.

Biblio-Notes needs your news and short articles for its Spring issue!

• Going to any conferences this month?
• Tried anything new in your instruction lately?
• How is your library’s open access initiative being received by faculty?
• Have you been involved in interesting collaborations at your library?

Please send your submissions for the Spring 2015 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to by Monday, April 13, 2015. 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, feel free to drop a line.

Biblio-Notes is an online publication produced twice a year by the Literatures in English Section. It includes articles and features of interest to librarians who work with literatures in English. Archived copies of past issues are available online.

LES get together at ACRL 2015

March 18th, 2015

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Join your LES colleagues for socializing at ACRL!

Friday, March 27, 6-8pm
Café Montage
301 SE Morrison Street (Google Map)

Recommended by PDX locals! They do not take reservations, but the flip side of that is that we do not need to worry about how many people show up, or when — so stop by when you can. Seating is communal, so people can mix and mingle. It has great reviews on Yelp, prices are extremely reasonable, there are many options for different dietary preferences, good beer, and apparently it’s huge, and should be pretty dead at 6pm on a Friday — more room for us! It’s a few stops on the light rail from the convention center, and then just two more stops to OMSI for the all-conference reception.

There is no need to RSVP if you are/not attending, or if you’re bringing friends.

Hope to see you there!

Special thanks to Laura Braunstein for organizing this social for us!

LES transitions to Facebook Page

March 4th, 2015

The LES Facebook page is now live! We will be transitioning to this Facebook platform over the next few months. If you are currently a member of the LES Facebook group, please take the following steps to begin the transition.

  • LIKE the new Facebook page!
  • Click on “Liked” and select “Get Notifications”
  • Post to the Facebook page rather than to the Facebook group
  • Why are we making this transition?
    The Facebook page will allow LES to have greater public visibility online, and will make it easier for the LES social media coordinator to schedule reminders and share news and events with you. By transitioning to a Facebook page, LES will be able to use Facebook to attract new librarians to join us and learn about what we do, while continuing to share important section news with existing members.

    What will be different?
    You will still be able to share news and other items of interest by posting to the page, but posts will no longer automatically appear in your Notifications. To receive Notifications from the LES Facebook page, you will need to go to the page, click on “Liked” and select “Get Notifications”.

    Screeshot of How to get Notifications

    Posts you add to the page will automatically appear on the left side of the page, and the LES social media coordinator will make sure to add them to the Facebook page timeline so that they will appear in the News Feed and Notifications.

    What will happen to the LES Facebook group?
    The LES Facebook page will replace the LES Facebook group as the LES Facebook communication platform. Content from the existing LES Facebook group will be saved and archived in the LES wiki. Members of the Facebook group will have the next few months to ease into the transition.

    If you have any questions or suggestions, please submit a comment below.

    2015 ALA Midwinter Discussion Group Meetings

    January 8th, 2015

    Below is information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups (virtual and in-person) to look forward to in January/February.  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: Monday, February 9, 2015, 2-3:00 pm EST

    Location: Online

    Contact: John Glover and Kristen Hogan


    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, February 6, 2015, 3-4:00 pm EST

    Location: Online

    Contacts: Judith Arnold and Hazel McClure

    More information:


    ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group

    Conversations between librarians involved with, or sharing interests in, the intersections, partnerships, and collaborations among libraries, librarians, and the digital humanities.

    Date and Time: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

    Location: Sheraton Chicago, Chicago Ballroom 08

    More information:


    MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group

    Date and Time: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:30  – 11:30 am

    Location: Sheraton Chicago, Mayfair Room

    Contact: David Oberhelman

    More information:


    To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Chicago, visit the conference schedule online and narrow by: “Type of Library” (Academic) and “Meeting Type” (Discussion/Interest group).  To browse other virtual and in-person discussion group and committee 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 or tweet to @LES_ACRL.

    Volunteer with LES!

    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

    LES participates in ACRL Kick Start Campaign

    November 14th, 2014

    Help the Literatures in English Section sponsor an LES member’s attendance at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon this spring! We are participating in the ACRL member-supported Kick Start the Future Campaign in honor of ACRL’s  75th Anniversary. We seek to raise $635 to provide a scholarship to an early-career librarian to help cover the cost of conference registration and housing. We’re over two-thirds shy of our goal. If you have attended an ACRL conference, you know how valuable an experience it can be. Let’s give that experience to one of our colleagues.

    If we do not meet our goal, donations will go to the general ACRL scholarship fund, and the Section will be recognized for its contribution. Likewise, if we exceed our goal, the excess goes into the general ACRL scholarship fund. More details about the campaign and scholarships can be found here.

    Here’s how to donate to the Literatures in English named scholarship. Note that the deadline for donations is December 31, so please donate today! Donations are made through the Give ALA link on, but the process is somewhat shy of intuitive:

    1. Begin by selecting ALA Divisions and Offices, and then ACRL Friends Fund-Professional Development.


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    1. At the options on the checkout page, click on Add Tribute. It is important to enter LITERATURES IN ENGLISH SECTION as the Tribute Name. If you would like LES to be notified of your gift, you can have a card sent to LES Chair Laura Taddeo, Humanities Librarian, University at Buffalo, 522 Lockwood Library, Buffalo, NY 14260.


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    Please see this page for step-by-step instructions to donate online, by check, or by pledging. On behalf of the ACRL Literatures in English Section Executive Committee, thank you! We hope to see many of you at ACRL this spring!

    Source: Liorah Golomb, Chair, LES Membership Committee, LES-L Discussion List

    ALA Panel: Career Paths of Literature Librarians

    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

    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

    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.

    LES Social at Midwinter

    January 2nd, 2014

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    Are you attending ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia?  If so, please join your fellow LES members on Saturday, January 25 from 6-8 PM at Maggiano’s in Center City. LES will provide appetizers. Drinks and additional food can be purchased.

    Date: January 25
    Time:  6PM – 8PM
    Location: Maggiano’s Little Italy
    1201 Filbert Street, Philadelphia, PA

    This is also a great opportunity for those interested in the LES section to meet some of our members.  Library students, recent graduates, and literature and humanities librarians are welcome to attend!

    LES is also hosting virtual discussion group meetings for Midwinter that are open to all.  You can learn more about these meetings, and other relevant meetings that will be held at Midwinter at