On Saturday, June 25, the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting at the ALA Annual Conference, on Monday, June 27, from 1:30 to 4:30 PM EST (12:30 to 3:30 PM CST), in the Hilton Orlando, Room Championsgate. It is important to acknowledge the groundbreaking work embodied in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Board in 2000, in moving the profession forward. These Standards were co-developed with and subsequently endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council for Independent Colleges.
ACRL recognizes the tremendous contributions of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the transformational work of many ACRL members working with them. Those Standards paved the way for information literacy to become common language in many general education requirements and informed many regional and subject-oriented accreditation bodies. The Board will continue to seek input from the profession as the process moves forward.
The ALA 2016 Annual Conference and Exhibition is currently underway in Orlando, Florida, running June 23-28. Find programming relevant to medical libraries on the ALA conference website.
The Illinois General Assembly is scheduled to be in session again Wednesday, June 29th, to work on a stopgap budget for the new year starting Friday. You can view session schedules and other General Assembly information at http://www.ilga.gov/.
Matt Gorzalski, University Archivist at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Morris Library, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Society of American Archivists’ Emerging Leader Award. This is the sixth year that the Award has been presented. The Award recognizes archivists who are relatively new to the profession but have already demonstrated leadership ability, done notable archival work, or provided service to the profession (or a combination of the three). Gorzalski was recognized for his efforts to increase awareness of SIU-Carbondale’s archives, and archival resources more broadly, through classroom instruction and hands-on digitization activities. He has also been heavily active in committee work, including chairing the Society of American Archivists’ Collection Management Tools Roundtable and Career Development Subcommittee. Gorzalski has a substantial scholarly publishing record, with articles having appeared in The American Archivist and Archival Issues, among other publications, and he received an award for an article on reimaging record groups that appeared in Provenance.
To see the full announcement, go here.
(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)
The NMRT Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee congratulates Corinne Thompson, Siena Heights University, and Jane Wu, Otterbein University, on their winning essays. Thompson will receive a ticket to the NMRT preconference “What’s a Millennial to Do? Learning Thrive in a Multi-Generational Workplace” at the ALA Annual Conference 2016 in Orlando, FL. Wu will receive a ticket to the International Librarians Reception. In spirit of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT), this award fosters active involvement in ALA through various special events at the Annual Conference. The award provides professional development and networking opportunities to NMRT members by providing a ticket to attend the event of their choice.
Jesse White became Illinois’s longest-serving Illinois Secretary of State on May 30, 2014, which also makes him the longest serving Illinois State Librarian and State Archivist. White’s tenure has been an asset to libraries in the state budgeting process, protecting them from the most severe cost-cutting in lean years. In addition to overseeing the state library and literacy programs as well as the archives of significant legal and historical records, the Illinois Secretary of State’s office performs a wide variety of tasks, ranging from driver and vehicle services to registering corporations and enforcing the Illinois Securities Act. White was first elected to the office in 1998 and was re-elected to a record-breaking fifth term in 2014.
Prior to his election as Illinois Secretary of State, White served as Cook County Recorder of Deeds and was a member of the Illinois General Assembly for sixteen years. He is perhaps best known for founding the Jesse White Tumbling Team as a positive alternative for children residing in and around the Chicago area. White served as a paratrooper in the U.S. Army and as a member of the Illinois National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. He played professional baseball with the Chicago Cubs organization, followed by a thirty-three-year career with the Chicago public school system. White earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State College (now Alabama State University) in 1957.
(via Lorna Engels, CARLI)
The CARLI Instruction Committee is coordinating its fourth full-day CARLI Instruction Showcase, which features innovative elements in library instruction and assessment. Presenters will demonstrate instruction techniques and tools that are designed to enhance library instruction. The event will take place on Wednesday, July 20, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, on the Heartland Community College campus in Normal. All sessions will be held in ACEC 2210, which is Building 11 on the map. Attendees should park in Lot O, as it is the closest to Building 11.
The agenda for the day is below.
9:45-9:55 AM–opening remarks
10:00-11:00 AM–Round 1: Group A or B
11:10 AM – 12:30 PM–Round 2: Group A or B
12:10-1:20 PM—lunch/Round Table Discussions
1:20-2:20 PM–Round 3: Group C or D
2:30-3:30 PM–Round 4: Group C or D
Group A consists of Jennifer Schwartz, April Levy, and Cynthia Kremer; Group B includes John Hernandez, Jeannette Moss, Terry Huttenlock, Christina Heady, and Joshua Vossler; Group C contains Adam Cassell, Tim Lockman, Susan Avery, and Kirsten Feist; and Group D features Nancy Falciani-White, Amy Hall, Sarah Leeman, and Susan Franzen.
The deadline for registering is Sunday, July 10. To register, go here. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CARLI Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)
The 2016 Illinois Library Association Conference will take place in Rosemont from October 18 to 20. There are still ways that you can get involved.
Submit a Poster Session
Poster sessions at the 2016 ILA Annual Conference will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20. Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. The deadline for submission is Friday, July 1.
Be a Conference Intern
Calling all library school students and 2016 grads! Applications are being accepted for 2016 Annual Conference interns. Participating students receive complimentary full-conference registration. Applications are due Monday, August 15.
For more information, see the conference website.
The ALA International Relations Committee (IRC) is seeking nominations to section standing committees of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA). The selected representatives will serve from 2017 to 2021. Details on the ALA nomination and selection process can be found on the information site. Any ALA member is eligible to seek nomination from ALA to an IFLA standing committee. Nominees should be an expert in the field covered by the section standing committee. They are expected to attend meetings of the section standing committee without cost to IFLA or to ALA. Individuals can serve on only one IFLA committee at a time. Candidates can serve on a committee for up to two consecutive four-year terms. For a current list of representatives, please visit the IFLA standing committees and ALA representatives site.
If you wish to be nominated by the representative unit within ALA aligned to the chosen IFLA Section, please contact the unit directly for information on their process for nomination. You may e-mail Delin Guerra, at email@example.com, with any questions.
The ALA 2017 Nominating Committee reminds all interested ALA members that the deadline for completing the candidate biographical form is quickly approaching–the form will close on Friday, July 8. The committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2017 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-Elect and Councilor-at-Large. The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-Elect, and no fewer than 50 candidates for the 33 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2017 spring election.
The President-Elect will serve a three-year term: as President-Elect in 2017-18, as President in 2018-19, and as Immediate Past President in 2019-20. The Councilors-at-Large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2017 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2020 Annual Conference. The ALA President and Councilors also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA]. Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions related to lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.
Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name, present position, institution, address, telephone, fax, and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than Friday, July 8.
Nominations may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2017 ALA Election. To see the full list of committee members and their contact information, go here.
(via Rebecca Raszewski, University of Illinois at Chicago)
The Library of the Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and the Galter Health Sciences Library of Northwestern University are co-sponsoring a joint practicum for the Fall 2016 semester. This practicum is geared towards library science graduate students currently enrolled in ALA-accredited programs who are interested in exploring health sciences librarianship. Recent MLIS graduates are also encouraged to apply. The collaboration provides the student with a supervised experience of working in the public service area of both a public and private academic health sciences library setting, learning skills that can be applied to their future careers.
The goal of the practicum is for the student to gain hands on public service experience while integrating classroom theory into a working environment. The student will able to network with librarians from different departments within each institution. Both libraries will integrate the student into the daily work flow, allowing the student to accompany and assist librarians as they teach, perform reference duties, and provide individual consultations.
A project that will both serve the needs of the library and the interest of the student can be designed to pursue, but a project for its own sake is not mandatory unless required by the graduate school program. Students will be required to submit weekly reports outlining their activities at each library. A final presentation comparing the experience at the two libraries is also mandatory. The two libraries will work with the student in scheduling time at each library between the hours of 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM during the Fall semester. The major focus of the placement will be to deliver public services, including the following relevant training.
- learning and utilizing core health sciences databases such as PubMed and CINAHL
- exposure to core medical reference books and journals
- working with patrons both in person and in virtual settings
- working on the development of research and subject guides
- working with librarians who teach course integrated instruction and /or library skills workshops
- working with evidence-based health sciences and clinical practice literature
To apply for the practicum, please send a cover letter and resume by Friday, July 15, to Jonna Peterson, Northwestern University (firstname.lastname@example.org), and Rebecca Raszewski, UIC (email@example.com).