Collaborating for Student Success: Advancing Research Competencies in Writing and Literature

November 26th, 2019

The LES Working Group to Update the LES Research Competencies and LES Virtual Participation Committee invite you to a special virtual event…

Collaborating for Student Success: Advancing Research Competencies in Writing and Literature

Date and time: Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 2:00PM – 3:00PM (Eastern)
Register online

Description: The LES Working Group to Update the LES Research Competencies has been working on a document to update the existing competencies within the new ACRL Information Literacy Framework. During this webinar, the working group will provide an update on the status of the Research Competencies in Writing and Literature document, highlighting how the document can be used to enhance teaching and outreach efforts in your liaison areas.

Your feedback on the document is needed! During the webinar, there will be opportunities for you to share your thoughts and ideas in small group settings on these key topics:

• Relevance to your own teaching and assessment efforts
• Interdisciplinary applications
• Usefulness in curriculum design and creating learning objectives

Please take a moment to review the document before the discussion.

Hope to see you there!

Kristina, on behalf of the 2019-2020 LES Working Group to Update the LES Research Competencies and LES Virtual Participation Committee

Meet LES Member Brian Flota

November 15th, 2019

brian flota

Brian Flota is the first librarian the Literatures in English (LES) Virtual Participation Committee is highlighting as part of a new series. Are you a member of LES? Would you like to be featured as a member, or nominate a colleague? Contact Margie Ruppel, Instruction & Research Services Librarian, at Boise State University

Name: Brian Flota

Job title and location:
Humanities Librarian (Associate Professor) at James Madison University; Harrisonburg, Virginia

How long have you been in LES?
This will be my sixth full year in LES (I joined in 2013).

Describe yourself in 2 words:
Silly and serious

What are you currently reading/watching/etc?
Currently reading: a book about Japanese noise music; I’m also re-reading Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. Currently watching: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia; Silicon Valley; Mrs. Fletcher

What is something others may be surprised to know about you?

I have a decent collection of early- to mid-20th Century American postcards.

What is your favorite aspect of your current position?

I have plenty of autonomy in position to follow certain areas of interest. Over the last few years I’ve worked to create and develop a collection of comic books here in the libraries. I co-taught an Honors course in Fall 2018 titled “Comic Books, Analysis, and Digital Scholarship,” which was the culmination of three years of work in this area. That’s pretty cool if you ask me!

What is in your toolkit?:
Pay attention to your social media feeds if you still have them. (Sidebar: if you don’t have any, you are a better person than I am!) I find out about lots of interesting books (for collection development), projects, and discussions around literary topics here that I might not have found through more traditional means (such as library and literary journals). Also, get to know your liaison departments’ administrative assistants. Their knowledge and experience can be very helpful, especially if you are new in your position.

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ACRL IS and LES seek liaison to Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

August 23rd, 2019

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and Literatures in English Section (LES) are currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (through July 2022) as the ACRL liaison to the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). CCCC, a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English, supports postsecondary teachers of rhetoric, composition and communication.

This is a new liaison position, recently approved by ACRL. Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the CCCC and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL, IS and LES.

About the CCCC

CCCC, according to its mission statement, “advocates for broad and evolving definitions of literacy, communication, rhetoric and writing (including multimodal discourse, digital communication, and diverse language practices) that emphasize the value of these activities to empower individuals and communities.” CCCC’s advocacy for a broad definition of literacy, which includes digital and multimodal literacy, dovetails very nicely with ACRL’s goal to advance student learning and advocacy for information literacy and other literacies. As both CCCC and ACRL are looking to collaborate with institutional partners to improve curricula, it makes sense to bring these two organizations together.

Deadline for Applications

September 1, 2019

Submission Requirements

Nominees must submit:

An email of application articulating qualifications to Meghan Sitar, Past-Chair, ACRL Instruction Section,
A current vita


Liaison attends CCCC Annual Convention, which takes place in March.
Liaison must be willing to identify opportunities for collaboration with CCCC members on research and scholarship to advance understanding of ethical and effective teaching practices, shared frameworks, and other emerging focus areas.
Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to CCCC.
Liaison must submit a report jointly to the Executive Committees of IS and LES and contribute a newsletter item following attendance at the conference, providing a summary of the experience.
Liaison will also report to the ACRL Liaisons Assembly.



Current member of IS or LES.
Experience working with composition and writing programs as a librarian.
Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the CCCC, ACRL, IS, and LES.
Financial support to attend the CCCC for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL (Note: Liaison may apply for conference funding from the grants working group of the ACRL External Liaisons Committee, but funding is not guaranteed. The current deadline to apply for Spring 2020 conference funding is September 15, 2019.)
Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in writing instruction.
Excellent communication skills


Record of serving IS, LES, and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
Experience conducting research on the collaborations between composition instructors and librarians.

IS and LES are committed to assessing applicants promptly in order to allow the liaison to apply for funding through ACRL’s grants program.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact

LES Events at ALA Annual in Washington, DC

May 29th, 2019

Saturday, June 22

8:30 – 10:00 AM Executive Committee Meeting I (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, U Street

4:00 – 5:30 PM General Membership Forum (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, Columbia 08,11,12

6:00 PM LES Social — The Punch Garden at the Columbia Room, 124 Blagden Alley NW

Sunday, June 23

8:30 – 10:00 AM All-Committees Meeting (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, Georgetown East

10:30 – 11:30 AM Reference Discussion Group (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, Cardozo

1:00 – 2:00 PM Collections Discussion Group (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, Cardozo

Monday, June 24

9:00 – 10:00 AM Difficult Discussions: Diversity in Digital Collections and Archives (ACRL DSS/ACRL LES Program), Washington Convention Center, 145A

10:30 – 11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeting II (ACRL LES), Washington Hilton, Cardozo

You can also search for the LES events via the conference scheduler: Conference Scheduler – LES
We hope to see you in Washington, Dc!

LES Events at ALA Annual in New Orleans!

May 16th, 2018

Saturday, June 23

9:00 – 10:00 AM Les Program “Zine Cultures as Critical Resistance: A Hands-On Workshop to Build
Community engagement and Student Learning” Morial Convention Center, Room 395-396
10:30 – 11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeteing I (ACRL LES), Sheraton New Orleans, Southdown
4:00 – 5:30 PM General Membership Forum (ACRL LES), Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside C
6:00 – 8:00 PM LES Social, The Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone

Sunday, June 24

10:30 – 11:30 AM Reference Discussion Group (ACRL LES), Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Ballroom B
1:00 – 2:00 PM Collections Discussion Group (ACRL LES), Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Ballroom B

Monday, June 25

8:30 – 10:00 AM All Committees Meetings (ACRL LES), Morial Convention Center, Room 390
10:30 – 11:30 AM Executive Committee Meeting II (ACRL LES), Morial Convention Center, Room 390

These events and others can be found on the Conference Scheduler, We hope to see you there!

LES Virtual Midwinter 2018 Meetings

February 8th, 2018

Below is information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups that have been scheduled thus far. Mark your calendars for the following:

ACRL LES Collections Discussion Group
Start Time: 02/15/2018 11:00AM CST
Location: Online
Contact: Naomi Lederer and Leslie Madden

ACRL LES Reference Discussion Group
Start Time: 02/09/2018 1:00PM CST
Location: Online
Contact: Glenda Insua and Alex Watson

To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Denver, visit the the ALA Scheduler online. 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 page or tweet to @LES_ACRL.

ACRL LES Meeting Schedule for ALA Annual 2017

June 16th, 2017

Executive Committee Meeting I
Saturday, June 24 (8:30AM – 10:00AM; Hilton HQ Conference Room 4F)

Modern Language Association International Bibliography in Academic Libraries Discussion Group
Saturday, June 24 (10:30AM – 11:30AM; Palmer House Hilton Clark 05)

ACRL Arts/LES Forum: Exploring Chicago Architecture through Art, Literature, and History
Saturday, June 24 (1:00PM – 2:30PM; Hilton HQ Stevens Center Salon A-5)

General Membership Forum
Saturday, June 24 (4:00PM – 5:30PM; Palmer House Hilton LaSalle 2)

ACRL LES ALA Annual Social
Saturday, June 24 (6:00PM – ???; The Game Room at the Chicago Athletic Association)

Reference Discussion Group
Sunday, June 25 (10:30AM – 11:30AM; Hilton HQ Grand Tradition)

Collections Discussion Group
Sunday, June 25 (1:00PM – 2:00PM; Hilton HQ Conference Room 4C)

All-Committees Meeting
Monday, June 26 (8:30AM – 10:00AM; Hilton HQ Lake Erie Room)

Executive Committee Meeting II
Monday, June 26 (10:30AM – 11:30AM; Hilton HQ Conference Room 4F)

Don’t Miss these LES events at ALA Chicago 2017!

May 5th, 2017

Saturday, June 24
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Executive Committee Meeting I
Hilton Chicago
Room Conference Room 4F

1:00 pm – 2:30pm
Arts/LES Forum: Exploring Chicago Architecture through Art, Literature, and History
Hilton Chicago
Room Stevens Center, Salon A-5

4:00- 5:30pm
General Membership Forum
Palmer House
Room LaSalle 2

Sunday, June 25
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Reference Discussion Group
Hilton Chicago
Room Grand Tradition

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Collections Discussion Group
Hilton Chicago
Room Conference Room 4C

Monday, June 27
8:30 am – 10:00 am
All Committees Meeting
Hilton Chicago
Room Lake Erie

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Executive Committee Meeting II
Hilton Chicago
Room Conference Room 4F

A Message from the LES Chair

February 3rd, 2017

Dear LES Community,

Many of you have seen the statements from ALA and ACRL reaffirming our core values in the face of recent acts by the new presidential administration:

ACRL Board of Directors Affirms Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Access

(John Overholt, CoChair of RMBS, has collected additional statements from around the profession:

I don’t think there’s a need for LES to generate its own statement — but I will say, as your chair, that I don’t think these statements go far enough. The past two weeks have demonstrated to me that this administration represents an affront to everything I stand for as a librarian and as a human being. I can no longer separate my politics from my professional work and I will fight for what I believe in – social justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and intellectual freedom – by any means possible and necessary.

I speak for myself, and not for the section; but I hope that we can all work together to uphold, affirm, and extend our core values. I welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how we can move forward.

Best regards,
Laura Braunstein
Chair, ACRL Literatures in English Section

Submissions for Biblio-Notes due April 17th

February 3rd, 2017

This is a call for submissions for the upcoming issue of Biblio-Notes, the LES section of ACRL’s newsletter.

Ideas for Biblio-Notes articles can include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Are you implementing the changes made in the 8th ed. of the MLA Handbook into your library instruction?

• How have recent efforts by certain colleges and universities to become “sanctuary campuses” informed your library’s practices?

• Did you attend ALA Midwinter in Atlanta? Did you attend the MLA Convention in Philadelphia?

• Are you engaged in an innovative project related to LES at your library?

• Were you recently hired, promoted, published, tenured, or otherwise excellent? Your fellow LES members want to know.

Please send your submissions for the Spring 2017 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to Brian Flota ( by the end of the day on Monday, April 17th.

Biblio-Notes is a newsletter. Brief articles in the 250-1000 word range are ideal. If you have any ideas for an article or other relevant content, feel free to let us know.