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Archive for 2018

(via Maryellen Allen, University of South Florida)

You are invited to provide input and feedback concerning the preparational activities, time availability, and degree of support for academic librarians engaged in Information Literacy instruction. This survey seeks to determine standard practices among professional academic librarians in terms of the kinds of activities instruction librarians engage in when designing and developing instructional materials, and the amount of time spent, on average, on each activity. Furthermore, the principal investigator hopes to find out more about how well supported academic librarians feel in their instructional duties.

This project has been approved by the University of South Florida’s Institutional Review Board (Project # 00032399). To participate, please view the informed consent page here (  and then complete the survey (

Your input is highly valued! Thank you for your participation.

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(via Eamon Tewell–Long Island University, Brooklyn)

The ACRL Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) and Theatre Library Association (TLA) are looking for panelists attending ALA Annual 2018 in New Orleans who are at the intersection of librarianship, the arts, and social justice.

Are you an artist? Do you work with artists? This discussion panel might explore questions such as: What roles do libraries play in supporting artistic expression? For librarian-artists, how does artistic practice influence your work as a librarian and vice versa? And how does social justice, with feminism being one dimension of this, intersect with artistic practice and librarianship? All areas of the visual and performing arts are welcome.

If these questions interest you and you would like to speak on a panel for our Discussion Forum at ALA 2018, please complete the following form:

The panel discussion will take place on Monday June 25 at 8:30 a.m. The WGSS Program Planning Committee looks forward to hearing from you!

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(via Elizabeth Clarage, CARLI)

The CARLI Preservation Committee invites staff from CARLI members to the University of Chicago Library and the University of Chicago Oriental Institute to visit their facilities and learn about their preservation activities on Friday, April 20, 2018. During the morning, the University of Chicago Library welcomes CARLI members to visit their Preservation Department and tour the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library storage. After a group lunch (sandwich box lunches will be provided), the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute conservation staff will provide a tour of their conservation laboratory and museum galleries.

Due to limited space, registration will initially be limited to two people per CARLI member library.  If registration is not full on March 15, CARLI will open registration to those on the waitlist. Registration will close April 5, 2018. More information and registration can be found on the CARLI website:

If you have any questions, please contact CARLI Support at .

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(via Carl Lehnen, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies now available at UIC Library

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) Library is pleased to announce that it is now a partner site of the Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University Library. It is one of twelve partner sites in North America and the first partner site located west of the Appalachians. The Archive contains over 4,500 digitized interviews and over 10,000 hours of testimony from those with first-hand experience of the Nazi persecutions, including survivors, bystanders and liberators.

As a partner site, UIC makes these recordings available for viewing in the Special Collections and University Archives department at the Richard J. Daley Library. To prepare for a visit, researchers must first request access to particular testimonies via Yale’s library catalog, receive confirmation, and then make an appointment with the UIC Library’s Special Collections department to view. Detailed instructions for searching and requesting access can be found on the UIC Library’s guide to using the Fortunoff Archive:

About Yale University Library’s Fortunoff Video Archive of Holocaust Testimonies 

The Archive traces its beginnings to a grassroots project started in 1979 to gather testimonies of Holocaust survivors. In 1981, this seed collection of 183 recordings was deposited at Yale, and since then the Archive has grown from a local New Haven project into a worldwide effort involving 37 affiliated projects across North America, South America, Europe and Israel, including Northwestern University’s Holocaust Educational Foundation. Excerpts from the testimonies have appeared in award-winning documentaries; “Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory” (1995), which was named one of the 100 most important books of the 20th century by the New York Times Book Review; and the Grammy-award-winning “Different Trains” by Steve Reich. In 2016, the Archive completed a multi-year digitization project that ensured the long-term preservation of the testimonies.

About the University of Illinois at Chicago Library’s Special Collections and University Archives

Special Collections and University Archives houses rare books and printed materials, manuscript collections and university archives, specializing in the history of Chicago. For more information, visit or call (312) 996-2742.

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(via Carolyn Martin, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Pacific Northwest Region)

When: Wednesday, February 21, 1:00pm PT, Noon Alaska time, 2:00pm MT, 3:00pm CT, 4:00pm ET (please note your time zone)

PNR Rendezvous webinar session: “Hope from Our Grandmothers: Decolonizing Data through Stories of Resilience”

Much research has been historically rooted in controlling American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and other indigenous peoples to exploit land and natural resources, or even heredity and group identity. Yet, AI/AN community ties, tribal sovereignty rights and claims, and cultural values are emerging as critical elements of resiliency key to reversing the very health and social issues that have plagued indigenous populations as a whole since the dawn of colonization. The practice of research and utilizing information collected by means of observation, hypothesis-testing, repetition of experiment and sound conclusions to inform decision-making, have been integral to indigenous survival and wellbeing for centuries. This webinar will review some of the modern scientific values in comparison to AI/AN ways of knowing and provide examples of indigenous research concepts as they align with decolonizing data.

Presenter: Rose James, PhD (Lummi), Director of Evaluation and Research for the Urban Indian Health Institute<>

How to connect: Registration is encouraged but not required. Register and learn how to connect at

1 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credit is available.

Recording will be posted a few days later at, scroll down to Past Classes

Hope you can join us on what is sure to be an informative session!

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Save the Date/Call for Proposals: 5th Free Annual LILi Conference

(via Esther Grassian, Pierce College and University of California, Los Angeles)

Save the Date / Call for Proposals

5th Annual LILi Conference
Friday, July 13, 2018, 9 am – 1:30 pm
Glendale Public Library
222 E Harvard St, Glendale, CA 91205

It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 30, 2018

How has your library fostered information empowerment among its users? LILi invites you to share your library or program’s innovative teachable moments by submitting proposals with practical applications. Lifelong learning and information literacy (IL) development occurs in countless contexts and communities, within and outside the library. Given the skills required to compete in a rapidly changing modern knowledge economy, we can learn from our colleagues in all types of libraries. Possible topics include, but are not limited to the following, all as related to information empowerment:

  • Community outreach and organizing strategies
  • DIY publications (e.g., zines, podcasts, blogs, apps) and other knowledge sharing creations
  • Programming for various populations, including children, teens, seniors, immigrants, English language learners, and other marginalized groups
  • Workshops, one-shots, credit courses, and training sessions supporting students/users/patrons in online and face-to-face settings
  • Community archiving
  • Metaliteracy
  • Data Literacy
  • Digital citizenship
  • Makerspace and escape room activities that foster transferable problem solving skills
  • Open educational resource (OER) and open pedagogy initiatives

LILi invites you to submit proposals with practical application and built-in audience interaction by March 30, 2018 for a 15-minute presentation. Notification of acceptance by April 30, 2018.

Submit proposals here:

LILi Conference Code of Conduct:

Questions? Annie Knight ( or Susie Chin (

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(via Andrea Baer, University of West Georgia)

This is a reminder to please consider submitting a chapter proposal to the forthcoming book Libraries Promoting Reflective Dialogue in a Time of Political Polarization (to be published with ACRL Publications in late 2018). Below is a more detailed description of this timely topic. Proposals are due March 1st. The call is also available at

As political polarization has continued to grow within and beyond the United States in past decades, the challenges of engaging in open, constructive dialogue have become increasingly apparent. Relatedly, this sociopolitical moment has drawn attention to the powerful role that affect plays in interpersonal relationships, human cognition, and information behaviors. It is in such times that constructive dialogue is both most needed and most difficult. Recognizing this reality, many librarians are reexamining our professional roles within the library and in relation to social justice, community engagement, and civil discourse.

Political polarization’s significance to academic library work has been most apparent in conversations about information literacy education as a response to post-truth rhetoric and motivated reasoning. The impacts of this polarization are nonetheless also evident in numerous other aspects of library work, including in interactions and relationships in our local contexts and in our larger professional community. These effects can be seen in all areas of the Library – classrooms, collections, technology, management, programming, and spaces.

This edited volume will explore various ways in which librarians experience and respond to political polarization and its effects – in our everyday work, in our professional communities, and in our engagement beyond the workplace. These responses play out in librarians‘ cognitive, affective, and physical worlds. Particular attention will be given to how librarians and libraries can promote constructive dialogue in such environments and to the barriers to or limitations of dialogue.

Potential questions for exploration include:

  • Have recent political events or issues influenced your campus or your library work in particular ways?
  • Where have you experienced political polarization or tension in your professional work and life? What shapes does this polarization take, and what dynamics are at play? What effects does it have, and how do or might librarians respond in these contexts?
  • What barriers stand in the way of open dialogue, particularly in the context of library work? Where are the potential openings for critically reflective dialogue in our professional work and in our interactions with other librarians, faculty, students, and community members?
  • What role does empathy play in your professional engagement? What possibilities or challenges does empathy or “an ethics of care” present for librarywork?
  • How might politically polarized environments influence how people engage in information seeking, evaluation, or use? How might such contexts influence how people learn or teach about information literacy?
  • How do students view the library in these highly charged times? Are there certain characteristics of library spaces or library ethos that students value highly or view negatively? How can librarians help create a more safe, dialogic space in libraries?
  • How do we think about the concept of neutrality at a politically contentious time? What value and what problems might the concept of neutrality present, if we seek to promote dialogue and inquiry while also remaining true to our professional or personal values?  How can we draw from the lessons of past politically volatile eras to inform current practice?
  • What influence has “post-truth” rhetoric or discussions about fake news had on your library work?
  • How might political polarization or tension influence librarians‘ professional relationships and interactions?

The editors invite potential chapter authors to use any research method or theoretical approach that they deem appropriate. New or seldom used methods in LIS are welcome and could include, but are not limited to, interpretivist or humanistic methods; feminist scholarship; narrative; (auto)ethnography; poetry; fiction; bricolage; or comics. Contributions that apply standard qualitative or quantitative research methods are also welcome.

Please email your proposal as a Microsoft Word document to by March 1st. Please include the following information:

  • Your name and contact information
  • The title of your chapter
  • A 500-word abstract of your chapter (Please include the approach, method, or form of your chapter.)
  • If available, a list of other writings or presentations that you have given on this or similar topics

Publication timeline:

  • 3/1/2018 Proposals due to editors
  • 3/31/18 Editors respond to chapter authors re: inclusion or not
  • 6/15/18 Draft chapters due to editors
  • 9/07/18 Final chapters due to editors
  • 12/15/18 Publication date
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(via Keydi O’Hagan, Jersey College – Teterboro Campus)

Want to honor a hospital library colleague for being the best of the best? The crème de la crème?  Our MVP? It’s easy!  Just nominate the person for one of the following awards!

Professional Recognition Award

DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

Award presented to outstanding HLS members.  Individuals who have contributed laudably to the field of hospital librarianship may be nominated in the following categories: Leadership; Publication; Research; and Technological Innovation.

Catch A Rising Star

DEADLINE: April 15, 2018

Award honoring members in the profession for five years or less, but who have already shown great promise in the field of hospital librarianship through their achievements.

****Please note: recipients must be Hospital Library Section members for 2018 to be eligible****

Just click here to submit your nomination: (requires logging in to MLA account)

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(via Emily Carlin, Erie Community College)

The ACRL Instruction Section Management & Leadership Committee is excited to announce our spring online professional development series, three online webinars on topics of interest to instruction coordinators and library staff with instruction responsibilities.  We hope you can join us for any or all of these free events.

Be Your Own Mentor: Take Control of your Professional Development February 22nd 12-1 p.m. CST
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Finding a mentor who works well for you can be both challenging and frustrating. Mentor-mentee matching programs are a great idea and work beautifully for some librarians in specific contexts. What happens when you outgrow, mismatch or need specialized or temporal mentoring? How do you understand the scope of your need? How do you get to the “why” behind building this relationship?

In this program, audience members will assess their resources and needs, develop a short list of possible mentors for those needs, identify their personal goals and what they hope to provide a mentor through this relationship. Further, audience members will consider how to build an effective relationship with both accountability and an assessment plan to help both the mentor and mentee understand if goals have been met. Finally, time will be given to ensure audience members consider how best to share the skills and understanding they acquire through this relationship.

Presenters: Mandy Havert is the graduate outreach services librarian with the Hesburgh Libraries at the University of Notre Dame. Her experience as both staff and faculty in more than two decades of professional work and activities has formed her thoughts and directions about mentorships and how to get the most where it’s needed.
Wendy Doucette is an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Research and Instruction Librarian at East Tennessee State University. Formally trained as an Engineering Manager at Lucent Technologies, Wendy teaches reality-based time management and self-marketing.


Creating the big picture: Improving instruction programming through curriculum mapping April 25, 1-2 CST
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Rapid changes in the higher education landscape have prompted many colleges and universities to make adjustments to their curriculum. Library administrators and librarians can adapt their instructional goals to their institution’s needs through the process of curriculum mapping, which is a systematic visual method to support effective alignment between instructional program outcomes and individual instruction sessions or courses. This webinar will cover the purposes and goals for a curriculum mapping program, how to get started with a curriculum mapping program, how to scale the program once the pilot is complete, and how to move forward once the curriculum mapping has yielded meaningful data. Curriculum mapping visualizations showcase areas for scaling instruction and help in revising current instructional programs. In addition, lessons learned and strategies for mentoring other librarians to actively contribute to curriculum mapping within their liaison areas will also be discussed.

Note: Can’t make it to this event? Want to learn even more about this topic?
The IS Program Planning Committee is offering a curriculum mapping event on May 31st 12:00-1:00 pm. CST. For more information, go to

Presenters: Stefanie Metko & Amanda MacDonald


Collective Learning: Developing an Instruction Community of Practice April 11, 1:00-2:00 p.m. CST

Communities of Practice within academic libraries can provide opportunities for teaching librarians to intentionally develop strategies, confidence, and creativity while building camaraderie and teamwork skills. This online panel discussion will highlight recent efforts to establish communities of practice and recount both the successes and challenges encountered. Participants will learn more about instruction communities of practice and gather ideas that may be taken back to their institutions.

Presenters: Amanda Peters is the Student Engagement Librarian at the University of Michigan Library

Doreen Bradley is the Director of Learning Programs & Initiatives at the University of Michigan Library

Marybeth McCartin is an Instructional Services Librarian at New York University Libraries

Nicole Brown is Head, Instruction Services Division at the University of California, Berkeley

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(via Laura Abate, George Washington University)

Call for Proposals: Biomedical Scholarly Communications in the Digital Age

The MLA Books Panel seeks to publish a comprehensive overview of scholarly communications in the life and health sciences for librarians and biomedical professionals. The publication will define scholarly communications in the 21st century through discussion of current concepts and state of the art. It will also review the history of the field and examine the forces that have caused it to radically change in the last two decades, and explore future developments, emerging technologies and practices.

Areas of focus for chapters include:

–  History of traditional academic publishing and communication models and challenges to those systems, including scholarly journal price inflation and new digital platforms
–  Measuring author impact through journal rank and impact factors, and new measurement tools including altmetrics
–  Peer review – challenges to traditional methods and new models, including open peer review
–  Professional networking and informal communications – listservs, blogs, and social media platforms including Twitter, Facebook, Biowebspin, PubMedCommons, and ResearchGate
–  Publishing models and impact of successful biomedical open access journals (PLOS One, etc.)
–  NIH open access policies and PubMed Central, as well as other government agency open access and depository policies
–  Knowledge translation models and barriers in clinical practice
–  Research data management – concepts, methods, and making data discoverable through metadata , linked data and data curation profiles
–  Institutional repositories in biomedical settings – software and platforms, biomedical metadata considerations, promotion and depository policies at academic institutions
–  Digital preservation of electronic publications, gray literature, and data
–  Legal and ethical issues in scholarly publishing – copyright (particularly in relation to author’s rights), HIPAA regulations and clinical research publication, plagiarism, and published research retraction

The target audience is health and life sciences librarians, and biomedical researchers, faculty and graduate/professional students. Where possible, the book will highlight model programs and practices at academic health sciences libraries and academic medical centers.

The book will have at least one editor and may include contributions from academic health sciences librarians or information professionals. The process for submission is described in the Publish a Book with MLA ( on The completion of several steps is required, along with approval by the Books Panel, before a book contract can be issued by our publishing partner Rowman & Littlefield. Step 1 consists of the submission of the completed Step 1 form and should be submitted to Martha Lara ( at MLA.

If you are interested in serving as an editor or author, please contact JoLinda Thompson ( Chapter contributions cannot be considered until an editor is determined. For more information on the MLA publishing process, please visit the FAQ page (

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