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(via ACRL)

 Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

This is an invitation for volunteers to serve on ACRL’s committees and sections. I ask you to consider volunteering with enthusiasm and with acknowledgement of the diversity of skills, perspectives, and experiences of our members. ACRL’s work is vital to the audiences we support, the librarians and libraries that make up our organization, and the communities we serve. Please consider sharing your expertise and experiences with ACRL. I hope that you will volunteer to work with ACRL and share in making a difference, supporting lifelong learners, and contributing to an informed society.

Thank you,

Lauren Pressley 

ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

The appointment process
Appointments are made at the division and section level, and through the editorial board process (see editorial board section below). Section vice-chairs are responsible for committee appointments for the year they will serve as chair. The ACRL vice-president is responsible for committee appointments at the division level for the year she serves as president. The ACRL Appointments Committee assists the vice-president in an advisory capacity. Division-level committees are created to conduct the work of the Board, and each committee crafts an annual work plan in consultation with their Board and Staff liaisons to accomplish their charged activities and responsibilities.

Current committee members whose terms conclude at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference should submit a new volunteer form if they wish to be considered for re-appointment. The online volunteer form closes February 15 and most committee appointment offers will be sent in April and May 2018.

Onsite attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALA Annual Conference is not a requirement of committee service. However, members of all ACRL committees, task forces, and similar bodies are expected to fully participate in the work of the group whether it be working virtually or face-to-face.

How to apply

Visit (Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for accessing the form). You will be asked to login using your ALA member ID and the password you created. The form should be completed by February 15, 2018. Be sure that you are a current ALA/ACRL member before attempting to login, as the form is tied directly to the ALA membership system. Need to renew? Please renew online here

If you have any questions about using the volunteer form, please contact ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne for division committees at or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin for section committees at

Questions about the ACRL appointment process?  Please join the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 1 pm CST, for an online discussion on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.  Access information for the session is available here.

ACRL division-level committee appointments
ACRL committees (and their charges) can be found on the ACRL website at

Appointments to ACRL standing committees are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The Appointments Committee sends appointment recommendations to the ACRL president-elect. The president-elect makes the final appointments for the committees.

Questions about division-level appointments may be directed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Catherine B. Soehner, Associate Dean, Research & User Services, University of Utah,

ACRL section appointments

ACRL sections help members customize their ACRL experience through newsletters, electronic discussion lists, specialized programming, preconferences, recognition, and focused activities. 

Section vice-chairs appoint members to section committees. Most appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. For more information about section appointments, please contact section vice-chairs. Contact information is available by logging in at

Editorial boards
ACRL has eight editorial/advisory boards for its publications: Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board; Choice Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries News Editorial Board; New Publications Advisory Board; Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board; RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Editorial Board; and Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board.

Appointments to editorial boards are made after the Midwinter Meeting for terms that begin immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The editors recommend the names of individuals to fill vacancies. The Publications Coordinating Committee approves the recommendation and the ACRL vice-president/president-elect makes the appointment.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to an editorial board, contact the editor of the editorial board early in the fall or indicate your interest on the ACRL online volunteer form.

Representatives Assembly

The ACRL Representative Assembly consists of the current ACRL representatives to other ALA units. Appointments are made at the discretion of the ACRL president-elect. Questions about representative appointments may be directed to ACRL President-Elect Lauren Pressley at

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(via Merinda Kaye Hensley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The ACRL Instruction Section has two Committee slots to fill – IL in the Disciplines and Discussion Group Steering. Also, if you are a community college librarian, we are looking for another person (possibly more than one) to serve on the Building Virtual Community Task Force. If one is interested in either of these appointments mid-year, the appointments would last until June 30, 2019.

Please e-mail Merinda Kaye Hensley by Friday, January 26, with one or two sentences explaining how one’s interests fit within one of the above openings. Hensley’s e-mail address is

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Reminder: ALA New Members Round Table Seeking Mentors and Mentees

(via Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

Do you have over 5 years of librarian (library) experience and looking for new ways to engage with other librarians? Use your wealth of knowledge to connect new librarians to their career path by applying to be a mentor!

NMRT Mentoring Committee is seeking both Mentors and Mentees for Career Mentoring from December 2017 to July 2018.
Membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged. E-mails of interest are due ASAP, with the committee aiming to match pairs in early 2018. If interested, please contact for more information. Thanks for your interest!

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development | No Comments »

(via Megan Griffin, Association of College and Research Libraries)

The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the development of a national survey management tool for academic libraries based on PLA’s Project Outcome, and the establishment of a division-level Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force. Volunteers are sought from all types of academic libraries for this Task Force. If you wish to be considered for an appointment, please review the information below and complete the web form on the ACRL website by 5 p.m. Central time on November 21, 2017.


The Task Force is established to adapt the Project Outcome measures, developed by the Public Library Association, to an academic library context. Collecting consistent outcomes data will allow academic libraries to benchmark at the national and state level and will help ACRL better support its members and mission.

With staff support and guidance from outside consultant(s) with expertise in educational outcomes assessment, it will: (1) engage the academic library community regularly to seek input and feedback; (2) determine the scope and clearly topic areas, field testing new measures in the development process; (3) ensure ancillary resources (including explanatory text, ready-made reports, and visually interactive data dashboards) and training support are translated appropriately for an academic and research librarian audience; (4) raise awareness of project, being sure to articulate the value of this tool specifically and to differentiate it from other survey tools; (5) develop use cases that highlight ways Project Outcome can be used by libraries in all Carnegie classifications; and (6) promote the new outcomes measures and toolkit and incentivize participation.


§  Date interim reports are due: ALA Annual Conference 2018 and ALA Midwinter Meeting 2019

§  Date Academic Library Project Outcome launches: ACRL 2019 Conference

§  Date final report is due: ALA Annual Conference 2019


§  Chair

§  Representative from Value of Academic Libraries Committee

§  Representative from Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee

§  Representative from Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board

§  At least one accomplished expert on academic library outcomes assessment

§  At least one accomplished expert on post-secondary education outcomes assessment

§  4-6 additional appointments, ensuring task force members represent community colleges, college libraries, and university libraries

§  2 ACRL staff liaisons

§  Board Liaison

The deadline to volunteer for the ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force is November 21! If you wish to be considered for appointment, complete the web form (ALA website log-in required).

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(via Meredith Powers, Brooklyn Public Library)

News You Can Use Call for panelists — deadline Wednesday, October 18!

Have you recently participated in or implemented a sustainability initiative in your organization? Do you want to share your experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly? Planning to attend ALA Midwinter? If so, you might make a great panelist for SustainRT’s News You Can Use panel session at the ALA Midwinter Conference in February 2018!

SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society. We are looking for 3-4 panelists to talk about any sustainability-related policies, practices, technologies, or projects they’ve implemented or are in the process of testing in their library or organization. We’re interested in student sustainability projects as well as professional experiences. We are also interested to hear how new research, reports, surveys, legislation, regulation, or other data has informed how you’ve adjusted or implemented projects, programs, policies, etc. We especially want to hear about how you are supporting sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, communication, library buildings, or space design!

All panelists will be given ten minutes to talk about their experiences, followed by time for audience Q&A. We would like to know why you tried what you tried, what worked, what didn’t, what kinds of barriers you faced, etc.

Sustainability focused

·         Not necessarily within a library, if you explain how your work is relevant to libraries and/or the communities they serve

·         How are your sustainability efforts changing the way libraries operate and provide services?

·         How are your sustainability efforts creating new opportunities (and disruptions) culturally, socially, economically, environmentally?

·         What will this mean for our users, both in their daily lives and in the way they interact with your library or organization?

How to submit:

If you are interested in being part of this panel, please submit a short description (max 500 words) of your topic:

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Call for ACRL College Libraries Section Fall 2017 Newsletter Items

(via Lindsay Davis, University of California Merced)

The ACRL College Libraries Section Communications Committee invites you to submit an article for the Fall, 2017, CLS Newsletter.  Did you present at a conference? Are you having a program at ALA Midwinter? Did your library launch an interesting service this fall? Did your library have a successful event? Did you get a new position or publish? We want to know!

Feel free to check out our CLS Newsletter Archive. The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 29. Please submit your article to Lindsay Davis, at

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(via Kristen Cooper, University of Minnesota)

The ACRL Science and Technology Section’s Information Literacy Chat Subcommittee is seeking proposals from librarians interested in leading an online discussion related to the theme “STEM, Library instruction, and applying the ACRL Framework“. We hope to hold chats once a month, using either Adobe Connect or WebEx.

Discussion leaders present content for 10-15 minutes via slides and microphone and then attendees discuss the topic. Chats are held for one hour, usually in the afternoon, on a day around the middle of the month. More information about the Chat, as well as an archive of past events can be found here. Please use this form to apply and view dates we are seeking to fill.

This is a great opportunity to share how you are using the ACRL Framework and spark new ideas thru discussion with other science librarians. A member of the ACRL STS Information Literacy committee will contact you with further details if you are chosen. We will also notify you asap if we are unable to include your chat idea within this year.

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(via Meghan Sitar–University of Michigan, Ann Arbor)

The ACRL Instruction Section is seeking a Publication Editor. This volunteer position provides final-round editing for IS publications. The position is intended to ensure that IS publications are consistent, professional, and polished, and that they reflect well on IS and on ACRL. This position is also intended to remove some of the burden of detail editing from IS committees or individuals, freeing them to focus more of their energy on a document’s content. The duties and responsibilities of the Publication Editor include:

  • ensuring correct and consistent Chicago citation style
  • final copy-editing as needed (i.e. grammar, punctuation, etc. according to Chicago)
  • final proofreading as needed (i.e. factual accuracy, clarity, etc.)

Please see the full description for more details.

Interested in being considered? Please submit a letter of interest outlining your experience and knowledge applicable to the position, a curriculum vitae or résumé, and samples of relevant work to IS Vice Chair, Meghan Sitar, at Deadline for applications is Friday December 1. Applicants will be notified after the ALA Midwinter meeting.

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New ACRL Institutional Research Interest Group Seeking Members

(via Dr. Dennis Krieb, Lewis & Clark Community College)

I would like to invite anyone interested in the burgeoning topic of data analytics and academic libraries to join the new Institutional Research Interest Group. Beginning September 1, 2017, you can join the Institutional Research Interest Group through your ALA membership record, and participate through the interest group’s ALA Connect space and the ACRL listserv.

As data-driven decision making continues to increase its impact upon higher education, academic libraries will need to identify strategies to quantifiably communicate their impact upon students, faculty, and the institutions they serve. This includes connecting library services, collections, and personnel to student success measures such as retention and completion. The shift to evidence-based research in support of student success is also being adopted by regional higher education accrediting agencies.

We hope that the Institutional Research Interest Group will serve as a forum for academic librarians to learn and share how data is being integrated within their libraries to inform decision making and improve assessment. It is also the plan that the Institutional Research Interest Group will host online webinars related to its charge. (The charge, link to join, and roster of the Institutional Research Interest Group are provided below)


The Institutional Research Interest Group serves as a forum for discussing issues related to the use of data in decision-making at the institutional level, the role of librarians in data stewardship on their campuses, and the ways in which library data are included in data tools consulted by senior academic leaders in operational and strategic decisions at the campus level, e.g., data warehouses, dashboards, advising systems.


Dr. Dennis Krieb (Co-Convenor, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)

Shane Nackerud (Co-Convenor, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)

Chase Ollis (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)

To join the group, go here. If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas for discussion topics or events, please contact either Mr. Nackerud or Dr. Krieb.

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(via Jason Martin, Middle Tennessee State University)

The ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee is charged with supporting the continued development of ULS members by providing professional development opportunities, mostly through online programming. The ULS Professional Development Committee is committed to providing programs on a wide array of topics and in various formats to support academic librarians. The Committee is now accepting proposals for online programs.

To submit a proposal, complete the online form available here. Please send any questions to the Professional Development Committee Chair, Jason Martin (

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