Posts Tagged ‘ACRL’

LES get together at ACRL 2015

Wednesday, 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 participates in ACRL Kick Start Campaign

Friday, 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

LES and Related Meeting Schedule for Annual 2012 (Anaheim)

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Are you planning to come to Anaheim for ALA this June? Whether you are a member of LES or simply interested in what we’re doing, you are invited to come to LES meetings, discussion groups, and conference program. Below is a schedule along with a brief explanation of each event’s purpose. We hope to see you in June!

Friday, June 22

9:00 a.m.– – Anaheim Convention Center-208B

Pre-Conference Workshop: Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice: Tools and Methods for Librarians

This requires separate registration and fees. It’s selling out very quickly!

Learn how humanities librarians can participate in, create, and lead digital humanities initiatives. In addition to introducing theories and practices that characterize the digital humanities, explore several examples of how librarians currently lead library digitization initiatives, collaborate on faculty projects, and participate in national grant-funded efforts. Investigate project management complexities, digital humanities’ impact on research collections, humanities librarians’ work with faculty to manage their digital humanities research, and digital humanities’ role in scholarly communications.

Saturday, June 23

8:00-10:00 a.m. – Disneyland Hotel-North Exhibit Hall Room IJ

Executive Meeting I

Meeting of the officers and committee chairs of the Literatures in English Section of ACRL. Open, but it’s a business meeting and probably not of interest to the general public.

10:30-12:00 p.m. – Disneyland Hotel-North Exhibit Hall Room DE

MLA IB in Academic Libraries Discussion Group

Not an LES meeting, but of interest to many members. Get updates on the state of the MLA International Bibliography from vendors and MLA representatives.

1:30-3:30 p.m. – Hilton Anaheim-Palos Verdes Room

Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media

As libraries continue to acquire digital content (books, films, websites, and other media), they face an increasing demand both to adhere to relevant intellectual property laws, and to open up materials for teaching and research purposes. This session will feature a panel of professors, lawyers, and librarians to discuss how librarians can assert fair use rights and understand the complex range of issues concerning intellectual property rights over new media materials.

4:00-5:30 p.m. – Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel-Pacific Ballroom B

New Members Discussion Group & General Membership Forum

Discussions pertaining to the role of the literature librarian, and an opportunity to connect new literature librarians with each other and seniors in the field.

5:30-7:00 p.m.– (Location TBA. Watch LES-L for more details.)

LES Social Hour

Sunday, June 24

10:30-12:00 p.m. – Disneyland Hotel-Disneyland Grand Ballroom North

Collections and Reference Discussion Groups Combined Meeting

LES Collections Discussion Group and Reference Discussion Group meet to discuss current topics of interest to practicing literature librarians.

4:00-5:30 pm – Disneyland Hotel- North Exhibit Hall Room BC

Digital Humanities Discussion Group

A new ACRL discussion group that may interest LES members.

Monday, June 25

8:00-10:00 a.m. – Disneyland Hotel-Castle A&B

All Committees Meeting

Simultaneous meetings of LES committees: Virtual Participation, Strategic Planning, Conference Planning, Membership, and Publications. These are business meetings,but might be of interest to those thinking of joining a committee.

10:30-12:00 p.m. – Disneyland Hotel-Monorail B&C

Executive Meeting II

See description of Executive Meeting I.


Nominations for ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award due December 3

Monday, September 20th, 2010

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

Will your library be the next winner of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award? If you think the answer could be “Yes,” please read on!

The ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, sponsored by YBP Library Services, recognizes one outstanding community college, college, and university library each year for the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. In recent years, award-winning institutions like Indiana University (2010), Carleton College (2008), and Hostos Community College (CUNY) (2007) have been recognized for the way in which librarians and library staff have come together to engage their students, faculty, and community users to design and deliver innovative services, spaces, and collections that represent the best of what a 21st-century library can be. It’s your turn!

Nominations are currently being accepted for the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, and are due on December 3, 2010. If you think you work in an outstanding library that deserves recognition, please review the guidelines for preparing a nomination at If you have colleagues at a library that deserves recognition, please share this message with them. ACRL members are an integral part of the award process, and we depend on you to help to ensure that the best of our colleagues are recognized for their work.

Complete information about ACRL’s Awards Program is on the ACRL Web site (click on “Awards”). An article in the September 2010 issue of C&RL News outlines all ACRL awards programs. Finally, you can hear from previous Award winners about what winning this award meant to their libraries in a series of podcasts being delivered all this year through ACRL Insider (look for the “Awards” tag).

If you have any questions about the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award or the nominations process, please contact Scott Walter, Chair of the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Nominations Committee.

I Always Wanted to Direct!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

ACRL has accepted LES’s proposal to create about 3-6 minutes of video for broadcasting on YouTube, blogs, and whatever other venues might be appropriate. The video would consist of interviews of English department faculty in various institutions all answering the same question(s) about how they partner with their liaison librarian. We envision the end result to be fun and upbeat and to appeal to the targeted audiences: teaching faculty, administrators, current and future literature librarians, etc. The proposal, including the executive summary, a projected schedule, and budget, is attached here: ACRL Proposal.

We now need to form a team of people to see this project — working title “Focus on Literature Librarians” — through. Experience with video production is welcome but not necessary; the budget allows for professional editing and videographers. Creativity and enthusiasm are the most important qualifications.

If this project appeals to you please look over the proposal and then contact Liorah Golomb. Let her know if you have prior experience in video or filmmaking and whether you would be interested in being the team leader.

Congratulations to Liorah on this approved proposal!

LES Member Achieves Fame, Plans Own Reality Show

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

LES Member and 2008-2009 LES Chair Karen Munro was chosen for the “Member of the Week” section of the ACRL Web site last week:

Interestingly, they don’t mention her current responsibilities with LES, but the write-up includes a nice picture and short Q&A with Karen. Where will Karen go from here? No one knows for sure, but read those TV listings closely when the networks announce their fall schedules…