From the ALA Director 4/4: Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education Progressing; Online Forums

Members of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force appreciate the comments they’ve received so far on the first part of the initial draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  They continue to make progress and are on track to release the second part of this initial draft in early April.  Feedback is encouraged on both parts of the initial draft by 5 p.m. (Central), Tuesday, April 15, 2014, via an online form.  Additionally, you can share your perspective on the initial draft during one of these upcoming online open forums on Friday, April 4 and Thursday, April 17.  Register to attend one of these free events by noon the day prior, as login details will be emailed the afternoon prior to forum date.  Links to the recorded forums will be posted afterwards on the task force website.  Each session is limited to 500 attendees.  The initial draft Framework, along with additional information and questions to guide the review and feedback process, is available on thetask force website.


2014 ACRL Award Winners, Part 2

Congratulations to the following recipients of 2014 ACRL awards.  Complete information on the ACRL awards program is available on the association website. [Daniel – Apologies if list below is scrambled.]


C&RL 75th Anniversary Issue Voting Open

In preparation for the upcoming celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) is asking the journal’s readers, to help identify seven “landmark” articles from C&RL history to be included in a special issue of the journal to be published in March 2015 and discussed at the ACRL 2015 Conferencein Portland.  A list of 30 finalists identified by the editorial board and a group of past C&RL editors is now available for review on the ACRL website.  The editorial board will also include one “people’s choice” article in the 75th anniversary special issue.  Voting for the finalists and the “people’s choice” article is now open and will close on April 30, 2014.  Complete details, including a list of articles and a voting linkare available on the ACRL website.


Applications/Nominations Invited for C&RL Book Review Editor

Applications and nominations are invited for the position of book review editor ofCollege &Research Libraries (C&RL), the scholarly research journal of ACRL.  The book review editor will work closely with the editor, members of the Editorial Board, production staff and a team of reviewers to provide reviews of new publications pertinent to academic and research librarians. The book review editor will be appointed for an initial, three-year term and will be expected to shepherd the publication of a minimum of six reviews per C&RL issue for a total of a minimum of 36 reviews per calendar year.  Applicants must be a member of ALA and ACRL.  The deadline for receipt of applications is April 21, 2014.  Finalists will be interviewed by conference call during May 2014.  Complete application information, including full qualifications, is available on the ACRL Insider blog.


Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries

ACRL recently released “Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries,” a research report by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane.  Kazakoff-Lane (Extension Librarian at the Brandon University John E. Robbins Library in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada)introduces and provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each.  The report will be of interest to those who are seeking to learn about OERs and MOOCs, as well as to those for whom the roles of librarians in the realm of open education is an interest.  A substantial set of references is included for further investigation.  The paper is freely available on the ACRL website(PDF). This publication is the latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s new online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is available.  Non-members can visit ACRL’s email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications.


ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites from 14 applications to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding toEngagement as road show events this spring and summer.  Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road.  The institutions selected to host the 2014 road shows are Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI (April 11, 2014); Baylor University, Waco, TX (May 2, 2014); Council of Atlantic University Libraries/Conseil des bibliothèques universitaires de l’Atlantique, Fredericton, New Brunswick (May 9, 2014); California State University, San Marcos, CA (June 6, 2014); and University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS (July 18, 2014).  More information is available on the ACRL Insider blog.


“Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” Presenter Applications

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “ScholarlyCommunication: From Understanding to Engagement.”  The day-long workshop, now in its sixth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country.  The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community.  Seeking to expand the pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least two new people in 2014, ACRL encourages prospective new presenters to apply.  Applications are due by 5 p.m. (Central) on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.  The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications.  The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview.  The group will select new presenters for 2014 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, May 13, 2014.  Complete details, including qualifications and application information, are available on the ACRL Insider blog.


Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Track Applications

Applications for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks are due Friday, May 2, 2014.  The Immersion Program allows participants to embrace their educational roles by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning and individual renewal.  The tracks will be offered November 19-22, 2014, in Nashville, TN. Visit the Immersion websitefor complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions.


ACRL Program Proposals for 2015 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco.  There will be a virtual meeting at 12:00 p.m. (Central) on April 24, 2014, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2015 ALA Annual Conference program.  RSVP onlineto attend the April 24 virtual meeting.  2015 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due September 1, 2014.  The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposals and select 2015 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2014.


e-Learning Update

ACRL’s e-Learning program offered four live webcasts during this report period.  82 individuals and 16 groups participated in these e-Learning events on topics including embedded librarianship, strategies for research and publishing, and library leadership.  Upcoming online seminars and webcast topics include data management, community engagement, and residency programs.  Full details and registration information are available on the ACRLwebsite.

This was excerpted from EBD # 12.20 2013-2014 Report to Council and Executive Board April 4, 2014 from Keith Michael Fiels Executive Director.

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