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JJ Pionke Wins ALA’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant

(Note: This post is an article that appeared in the Spring, 2016, issue of the IACRL Newsletter.)

Katharine (“JJ”) Pionke, Applied Health Sciences Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant. The grant funds the development of reading lists, webliographies, and other resources that can benefit broad user groups. Pionke’s project focuses on annotated research guides covering particular disabilities.

To read the full announcement on Pionke’s winning the grant, go here. Below, she answers some questions on how she came up with the idea for the grant project and on the ways in which libraries can better serve disabled students.

Congratulations on receiving the American Library Association’s Carnegie-Whitney Grant! What was your reaction to learning the news?

Thank you! There might have been a very loud whoop, followed by delighted laughter. The second thought was, now I get to do this really cool thing and have to get ready for it!

Have you known, or had a chance to work with, any of the previous recipients?

No, I have not. Though, as I was preparing my application, I checked out several of the past recipients’ projects. What struck me the most was how uncomplicat- ed they were. Looking at the projects made me feel like I could actually put in an application, and if I was awarded the grant, then I could achieve it.

How did you come up with the idea for creating a group of research guides covering specific disabilities?

My research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign re- volves around disability in the library. There are a lot of websites out there that provide resources for specific disabilities, but there is no one place that provides resources for many different types of disabilities, assistive technologies, or disability theory. Instead of scrambling all over the Internet, what if there was a nice compact place to at least get started on learning about a disability? Each disability will have a resources list that falls under a variety of categories–for instance, government/official organizations, popular books, popular film, medical, historically important works, etc.

What is the most significant chal- lenge academic libraries face in providing services to students with disabilities?

There are so many answers to this question. A top one for me is creat- ing an environment where function- ally-diverse students are empow- ered to ask for help and to point out when we get it wrong and, more importantly, help us make it right. We need to move our profession away from pride in ADA compliance, especially because compliance means minimum. Instead, we really need to embrace accessibility and universal design, so that all of our patrons–regardless of ability, gender, race, sexuality, age, etc.–can use the library.

What advice would you give to a librarian applying for a similar grant?

Really think about how you would build what you want to create. Part of my application was a detailed exem- plar structure of what the LibGuides could look like. It doesn’t mean that they will absolutely look like that when they are done, but the structure is a starting place. Be passionate about what you want to work on, and let that passion show in your application. I also had many people look at my application over the course of its development, from the first brain-storming phase, through the final draft and ready-to-submit phase.

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Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

The amount of time involved is up to you and your buddy. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 program from 8:30 to 10:00 AM on Saturday, June 25, in the Orange County Convention Center (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans) or at the Exhibits Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30 to 7:00 PM. You can meet at the ACRL Membership Booth (#1143) and get your membership ribbons, register for free crab cakes, and more.

Interested? Sign up now. The deadline is Monday, June 15.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

The Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Conference Planning Committee is pleased to announce our call for Poster and/or Roundtable proposals for the 2016 ALAO conference. The conference will be held on Friday, October 28, at the Roberts Centre in Wilmington, OH. The theme this year is “User Experience: ExceedingExpectations By Design”. More information and submission guidelines are available on the conference website.

The deadline for submitting poster and/or roundtable proposals is Friday, June 24. To submit a proposal, use the online submission form. If you have questions, please contact Carrie Girton at

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(via ACRL)

ACRL is pleased to announce that Springshare is providing complimentary access to LibGuides and LibAnswers to ACRL membership units. Both tools will be used to create unit-related resources to advance the work of ACRL, and will be available for use by division-level committees, sections, interest groups, discussion groups, and task forces.

“ACRL is grateful to Springshare for making this resource available to our members to facilitate their work for the association,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “We are very appreciative of Springshare’s generosity and ACRL members are already using the tools to further their unit’s work.”

Used by thousands of libraries worldwide, LibGuides is a content management system designed to curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides for a multitude of subjects and purposes. LibAnswers is an end-to-end online reference platform that addresses point-of-need service and knowledge bases. LibGuides and LibAnswers will allow ACRL units to collaborate more efficiently and effectively to complete association-related work.

Slaven Zivkovic, Founder and CEO of Springshare, added: “Many ACRL members already use our tools at their own institutions, so this is truly a win-win collaboration! Springshare gets to support the ACRL and all the wonderful work the organization does, and its members benefit from using already familiar tools to improve ACRL workflows and outreach in the same beneficial ways they use Springshare tools within their own institutions.”

Since 2007, Springshare has been helping libraries succeed by offering a suite of SaaS products created for and by librarians. Over 5,700 academic, public, school, and special libraries in 79 countries use Springshare tools. For more information, please visit the Springshare website, or follow Springshare on Twitter and Facebook. For additional background on the project, please contact Megan Griffin, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2514; or Allison Payne, ACRL Program Officer, at or 312-280-2519.

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(via ACRL)

The ACRL Board of Directors approved, through virtual vote during May 3–11, 2016, the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee to support the newly added fourth goal to the ACRL Plan for Excellence. ACRL Vice-President Irene M.H. Herold invites you to volunteer to serve on this newly created committee. Please see the following charge.

Charge: To oversee and implement ACRL’s New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal, as described in the strategic plan; work with the ACRL Board and other ACRL units in creating a comprehensive effort including coalition building, professional development, publications, research, advocacy, diversity, and consultation services and in developing the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Initiative; and monitor and assess the effectiveness of this initiative. The New Roles and Changing Landscapes goal and objectives are below.

Goal: Academic and research library workforce effectively navigates change in higher education environments.

1. Deepen ACRL’s advocacy and support for a full range of information professionals.
2. Equip library workforce at all levels to effectively lead, manage, and embrace change.
3. Expand ACRL’s role as a catalyst for transformational change in higher education.

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL New Roles and Changing Landscapes Committee is Friday, June 3. If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form on the ACRL website.

Note: Due to the timeline of this committee, the process is separate from the annual division-level and section appointments. Information on those appointments will be posted in December.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL President)

Employer/Library: University of Illinois at Chicago

Library Type: Academic

County: Cook

Job Title: Instructor and Undergraduate Experience Librarian

FT/PT: Full Time

Salary: $51333 minimum

Position Description

The UIC Library seeks an enterprising, forward-thinking, and service-oriented librarian to enrich the student experience and provide new opportunities for the Library to engage with the undergraduate community and to participate in the reference and instruction programs. This is a non‑tenure track faculty position in the Research Services & Resources (RSR) Department in the Richard J. Daley Library.

Working collaboratively with library faculty and staff and other campus partners, the Undergraduate Experience Librarian will initiate, coordinate, and assess services focused on engaging and supporting undergraduates. This position provides opportunities for innovation, exploration, and professional growth in creating scalable information literacy programming, outreach activities, and assessment efforts for the improvement of the undergraduate experience.

The Department

Research Services & Resources (RSR) is responsible for providing excellent reference and instruction service and building distinguished collections in a user-centered environment. The Undergraduate Experience Librarian reports to the RSR Librarian. The department consists of 8.8 FTE faculty members, two Undergraduate Experience Librarians, two civil service staff, and a number of graduate student employees.


Lead library outreach efforts for a diverse and multicultural undergraduate community in collaboration with library staff and relevant campus partners invested in student success, with emphasis on key transitions from high school, community college, and university transfers to UIC.Participate in providing research assistance and information services in person, by appointment and virtually through e‑mail and instant messaging.Train and supervise Graduate Hourly reference assistants.Design and present library instruction in the classroom as part of the course-integrated instruction program, with emphasis on first-year programs.Integrate elements focused on undergraduate student retention, progression, and graduation rates into other library services and develop methods to measure and assess Library impact in these areas.Contribute to and participate in the overall mission of the library.May serve as a liaison to an assigned disciplinary area with collection development responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school program. Degree must be completed before the start of the appointment. Evidence of strong interest in and understanding of emerging trends in library engagement with undergraduate student success. Outstanding customer service skills devoted to improving the user experience. Demonstrated ability to foster teamwork and collaborate effectively with colleagues, staff, and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds.Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications

Professional reference/instruction experience in an academic library serving diverse patrons. Student supervisory experience.

Additional Desirable Qualifications

Understanding of information technology and the opportunities it presents to enhance user service. Ability to work a schedule including evening and weekend hours.


Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. The minimum salary for a full-time twelve-month appointment is $51,333. Benefits for a twelve month appointment include 24 days of vacation, 12 annual sick leave with additional disability benefits, 11 paid holidays; paid medical insurance (contribution based on annual salary, coverage for dependents may be purchased); two dental plans available; life insurance paid for by the State; participation in one of the retirement options of the State Universities Retirement System compulsory; no Social Security coverage but Medicare payment required. This appointment is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois and UIC United Faculty Local 6456, IFT-AFT, AAUP.

Please apply with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and address of at least three references. The close date is Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click here.

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Call for Poster Sessions–2016 ILA Annual Conference

(via Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions at the 2016 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. Poster sessions 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. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Friday, July 1, 2016, and selected applicants will be notified by July 31, 2016. To submit an application and view tips for an effective poster session, go here. Please note that only library staff, trustees, students, etc. may apply. Vendors and others who offer services for a fee should consider a booth in the exhibit hall.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the 4th Annual CARLI Library Instruction Showcase to be held on Wednesday, July 20, from 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM, at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. To register, go here. Please also consider submitting a presentation proposal (see details below). Proposals are due this Friday, May 27.

The CARLI Instruction Committee is seeking presentation proposals for the fourth annual Instruction Showcase on Wednesday, July 20, at Heartland Community College in Normal, IL. Proposals should outline an instruction session activity that supports skills-based or conceptual learning and encourages active student participation. Please include a full lesson plan with your proposal. There is a template, but feel free to use your preferred format. All lesson plans must include the following elements: topic, learning objectives, materials, lesson outline, assessment of student learning, and applicable knowledge practices and/or dispositions from the Framework for Information Literacy.  The members of the Instruction Committee are available to help with questions on the lesson plans, including choosing which Frames from the Framework for Info. Lit. might apply. Presenters will be given 15 minutes to present and five minutes for questions and answers.

If interested, please submit the proposal form no later than Friday, May 27. Submissions will be reviewed by the CARLI Instruction Committee; notifications will be sent during the week of June 6. Please send any questions to

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NN/LM – GMR’s New Office to Host Webinar on Thursday, May 26

The new office for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, which recently moved from UIC to the University of Iowa’s Hardin Library of the Health Sciences, will host its first webinar on Thursday, May 26, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Central Time. The new staff at the Greater Midwest Region will be introduced, including Director  Linda Walton, Associate Director Elizabeth Kiscaden, and Technology and Communications Librarian Darlene Kaskie. Participants will also learn about the office’s goals for the next five years. These include increasing member participation, particularly through professional development opportunities; improving the health information resources available to the public, especially members of underserved communities; and revising the Network National Emergency Preparedness Response Plan. (To see a full list of the goals, go here.) The goals reflect the NN/LM – GMR’s broader mission of contributing to medical progress and enhancing public health by providing education and funding to community health centers, hospitals, medical schools, and libraries of all types throughout its 10-state region. At the end of the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to ask questions.

For more information, including instructions for accessing the webinar, go here. To follow updates on the Greater Midwest Region, click here.

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Fascinating Conference Workshops at NASIG 2016

(via NASIG, formerly the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc.)

NASIG is offering some pretty fascinating workshops this year. Take a look at what’s in store for Albuquerque!

Ever wonder how to set up a digital repository at your institution? Or what arm-twisting techniques work best to encourage faculty and students to submit their work?Corrie Marsh and Dillon Wackerman are leading a preconference workshop on the morning of Wednesday, June 8, that can help you get started.

Not every institution lives by a “publish or perish” mentality these days, but it is still a good idea to know what editors and publishers expect from writers. And it is always a good idea to share your ideas with others. Eleanor Cook and Maria Collins are offering two sessions on academic writing and publishing. If you have never published before, sign up for the morning session. If you have a little more experience, the afternoon session will be more your cup of tea.

If you need a little guidance using KBART, Marlene Van Ballegooie, Sheri Meares, and Kristen Wilson are sharing their expertise in an afternoon workshop on Thursday, June 9. This workshop is targeted primarily at content providers and individuals responsible for supplying data to knowledgebases and link-resolver vendors. They are first step in the data supply chain; the KBART Recommended Practice is geared towards this group specifically.

We’ll be having a great time in Albuquerque. You should join us. Register for preconference workshops and the entire conference here. (Note that the early bird registration deadline has already passed.) To see the complete schedule, go here.

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