ULS Universe Blog

Welcome!

As Chair of the University Libraries Section for 2022-2023, I would like to extend my welcome to all ULS members, and my gratitude to ULS chairs, convenors, and committee members for their work this year. I have been a member of ULS since 2007 and very much value the community and collegiality it has given me.

Cultivating Partnerships in Digital Humanities

How can librarians collaborate effectively to promote cross-disciplinary scholarship and teaching in digital humanities? What are examples of spaces, activities, and programs developed cooperatively by librarians and digital humanities colleagues?

Beyond Universal Design for Learning – CANCELLED

As instructional designers, our choices impact learners in a variety of different ways and take on more importance when the instructor and learner are unseen participants in the learning process. One of the key frameworks in use for the creation of learning objects is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). It has provided many librarians a roadmap for creating learning objects by providing guidance on making design choices that recognize the diverse ways in which learners engage with virtual content.

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Leadership opportunities in ULS

The ULS 2023 Nominating Committee is seeking names of interested individuals for nomination to be on the ballot for our three elected officer positions. These are: Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect – 3 years (Vice-Chair/Chair/Past-Chair) For information available on these web pages: Vice – https://acrl.libguides.com/uls/exec/vice-chair; Section Vice-chair Calendar: https://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/vicechaircalendar, Chair: https://acrl.libguides.com/uls/exec/chair; Section Chair Calendar:...

Introducing Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility to Personnel at a Mid-Sized Academic Library (video replay)

This is a recording of the June 15, 2022 presentation: Introducing Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility to Personnel at a Mid-Sized Academic Library. During the presentation the speakers described their experiences facilitating discussions on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility at the W. Frank Steely Library of Northern Kentucky University (NKU).

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Libraries and Learning Analytics: The Future is Now

Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but requires different ways of framing assessment questions, innovative strategies for using or connecting data, and strengthening collaborations with campus partners. This workshop is a continuation of the November 2021 ACRL ULS webinar, “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays” (presentation link, recording link), and is designed to help librarians take the next step in learning analytics preparedness by guiding them through a series of activities designed to support them in thinking through decisions, data, and conversations necessary for ethical, effective, and engaging learning analytics work at their institutions.

Introducing Conversations About Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility to Personnel at a Mid-Sized Academic Library

Presenters will describe their experience, as four white women, facilitating conversations about diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and share best practices for creating safe spaces for meaningful discussion. Presenters will discuss next steps and how they are turning these conversations into actionable and measurable library wide projects. The program will conclude with a brief discussion on initiating these challenging, but crucial conversations when your organization has historically lacked diversity.

Preparing University Libraries for a Post-Pandemic World: A Discussion of the ULS Future of University Libraries Group

The Future of University Libraries Discussion Group invites you to join them for an online conversation about the future of academic libraries post-pandemic on Thursday May 19, 2:00-3:15 EDT.

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ULS Social @ ALA Annual – Saturday, June 25, 2022

This year’s ULS Social at Annual will be held on Saturday, June 25th, from 5:30-7:30 at Teaism – Penn Quarter (400 8th Street NW, Washington, DC), in the lower level. This will be similar to past in-person socials with food and non-alcoholic drinks provided. It’s an informal, come-and-go-gathering.

Call for Volunteers: On-the-Fly Mentoring at ALA Annual 2022

The University Library Section (ULS) Membership Committee will be providing “On-the-Fly” Mentoring services on site during ALA Annual 2022. Mentees will have the opportunity to meet with a mentor for a 20-minute session, on a drop-in basis. We need experienced librarians to help those new to the profession or looking for career advice.