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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.

ULS 2022 Officer Election Results

Congratulations to our newly elected 2022 officers! The total number of ballots posted for the University Libraries Section was 1054.

Designing Email Challenges for Remote Teaching and Learning (video replay)

This is a recording of the March 28, 2022 presentation: Designing Email Challenges for Remote Teach and Learning. During the presentation the speakers shared how they use email challenges to engage their campus as well as communities outside their university. The approach allows for diverse participation by anyone with an internet connection and an email address regardless of their location, while also providing flexibility for asynchronous instruction.

Team-based Subject Liaisons: A Model for Successful and Sustainable Engagement [video replay]

This is a recording of the February 25, 2022 presentation: Team Based Subject Liaisons: A Model for Research Engagement. During the presentation, Honora Eskridge and Alex Carroll discussed a team-based liaison model that can be used to achieve more consistent, sustainable outcomes.