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

Friday, 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, msitar@umich.edu
A current vita

Expectations

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.

Qualifications

Required:

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

Desired:

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 msitar@umich.edu.

LES Events at ALA Annual in Washington, DC

Wednesday, 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!

Wednesday, 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, https://www.eventscribe.com/2018/ALA-Annual/agenda.asp?h=Full+Schedule&BCFO=S%7CE&pta=ACRL_LES. We hope to see you there!

ACRL LES Meeting Schedule for ALA Annual 2017

Friday, 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)

A Message from the LES Chair

Friday, 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:

http://www.ala.org/news/press-releases/2017/01/ala-opposes-new-administration-policies-contradict-core-values

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

(John Overholt, CoChair of RMBS, has collected additional statements from around the profession: https://medium.com/@john_overholt/the-profession-responds-32388f79430a#.1hxngqebi)

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

Friday, 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 (flotabc@jmu.edu) 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.

ALA Midwinter Updated 2017 Discussion Groups

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

Below is information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups. Mark your calendars for the following:

ACRL LES Midwinter Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: 02/10/2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Location: TBD
Contact: Laura Braunstein

ACRL LES Publications Committee Meeting
Start Time: 02/01/2017 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Brian Flota

ACRL LES Collections Virtual Participation Meeting
Start Time: 01/18/2017 3:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Robin Kear and Chris Ruotolo

ACRL LES Membership Committee Virtual Meeting
Start Time: 01/30/2017 11:00AM – 12:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Piper Martin

ACRL LES Reference Virtual Participation Meeting
Start Time: 02/07/2017 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Carol Leibiger and Nancy Foasberg

To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, visit the conference schedule 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.

ALA Midwinter 2017 Virtual Discussion Groups!

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Below is information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups. Mark your calendars for the following:

ACRL LES Midwinter Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: 02/10/2017 2:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Location: TBD
Contact: Laura Braunstein

ACRL LES Publications Committee Meeting
Start Time: 02/01/2017 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Brian Flota

ACRL LES Reference Virtual Participation Meeting
Start Time: 02/07/2017 2:00PM – 3:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Nancy Foasberg

ACRL LES Collections Virtual Participation Meeting
Start Time: 01/18/2017 3:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Robin Kear and Chris Ruotolo

To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, visit the conference schedule 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.

Don’t Miss these LES events at ALA Orlando 2016!

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Saturday, June 25
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Executive Committee Meeting I
Hilton Orlando
Room Florida Ballroom 3

10:30 -11:30
MLA International Bibliography Discussion Group**
Hilton Orlando
Room Championsgate

1:00 pm – 2:30pm
LES/SEES/WESS Forum: Archiving the Present: Primary Sources and Unique and Distinctive Collections in European and American Studies
Hilton Orlando
Room Orange Ballroom A – B

4:00- 5:30pm
General Membership Forum
Orange County Convention
Center, Room W202C

5:30- 7:00
Informal Social
Café Tu Tu Tango

Sunday, June 26
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Reference Discussion Group
Hilton Orlando
Room Championsgate

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Collections Discussion Group
Hilton Orlando
Room Florida Ballroom 7

4:00-5:30
Digital Humanities Interest Group**
Hilton Orlando
Room Orange Ballroom E-F

Monday, June 27
8:30 am – 10:00 am
All Committees Meeting
Hilton Orlando
Room Florida Ballroom 2

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Executive Committee Meeting II
Hilton Orlando
Room Clear Lake

** Not an official LES meeting but of possible interest to LES members

Updated ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Below is the updated information about ALA Midwinter Discussion Groups. Mark your calendars for the following:

ACRL LES Midwinter Executive Committee Meeting
Date and Time: 01/25/2016 11:00AM – 1:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Amanda Rust

ACRL LES Membership Committee Virtual Midwinter Meeting
Date and Time: 01/15/2016 11:00AM – 12:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Liorah Golomb

ACRL LES Publications Committee Meeting
Start Time: 01/12/2016 1:00PM – 2:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: John Glover

ACRL LES Reference DG Virtual Meeting
Start Time: 02/01/2016 3:00PM – 4:00PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: Nancy Foasberg or Carol Lebiger

ACRL LES Virtual Participation Meeting
Start Time: 01/15/2016 2:00PM – 3:30PM EST
Location: Online
Contact: David Oberhelman

To browse other discussion and interest group meetings scheduled for ALA Midwinter in Boston, 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 page or tweet to @LES_ACRL.