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(via the American Library Association)

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and Joint committees for the 2020-2022 term (beginning July 1, 2020). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.

The online committee volunteer form ( opened on Monday, July 15, 2019. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be sure to select “ALA” in the drop-down menu on the main form). To be considered for the 2020-2022 term, forms must be submitted no later than September 30, 2019. Any forms received after this date will be considered for the next term (2021-2023).

President-Elect Jefferson will make committee appointments in consultation with both the Committee on Appointments (responsible for ALA and Joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (responsible for Council committee appointments). Committee appointments will be completed by the ALA Midwinter Meeting in 2020, with notifications sent to appointed individuals in Spring 2020.

For more information on the various committees, please go to

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large and President-elect.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for these positions have until July 31st, to complete the form. All potential nominees must complete the Candidate Biographical Form available at You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.

The Nominating Committee will select two candidates to run for President-elect and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2020 spring election.

  • The President-elect will serve a three-year term: as President-elect in 2020-21, as President in 2021-22, and as Immediate Past President in 2022-23.
  • The Councilors-at-large will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2020 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2023 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 regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee:

  • Emmanuel L. Faulkner, Sr. (Chair), Librarian, Baltimore City Public School System, Baltimore, MD, (443)642-4511,
  • Matthew P. Ciszek, Library Director, Penn State Behrend, Erie, PA, (814) 898-6377,
  • Carol Edwards, Independent Book Reviewer, Littleton, CO, (303) 794-1236,
  • Michelle Frisque, Chief of Technology, Content & Innovation, Chicago Public Library, Chicago, IL, (312) 747-4250,
  • Jill Gengler, Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL, (217) 265-6252,
  • LeRoy LaFleur, Associate Director of Library Services, Ginn Library, Tufts University, Medford, MA, (617) 627-0854,
  • Janice S. Lewis, Director, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC,

The 2020 ALA elections will take place March 9-April 1, 2020.

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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The Research Data Management Workgroup of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is recruiting Advisory Board members to be part of a committee that reviews terms, adds new terms, and suggest connections between terms. If you are interested in being part of the Data Thesaurus Advisory Board send you name to Mary Piorun at by July 1st with a brief description (less than 300 words) explaining your interest.

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(via Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, SCOE Chair)

Dear Members,

The long awaited preliminary recommendations from the Steering Committee on Organizational Effectiveness (SCOE) are here for your analysis, comments, and input! These focus on building upon the strengths of ALA to embrace our mission and core values, to create alignment within our association, and to bring value to our members. Ultimately, we are looking towards our future as an association together, for the future of libraries and the future of information access. We hope these recommendations look at ways our association can cultivate and support member and staff leadership, engagement, and trust, as the SCOE considered options based on the urgency from member input, data trends and financial realities. This is truly a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a more efficient organization for future members and to address issues that have been decades in the making. (For a history on the work of SCOE, please visit and join our ALA Connect community.)

Briefly, SCOE’s preliminary recommendations include:

  • Responding to the urgency of member input, data trends and financial realities for a thriving future.
  • Redesigning the ALA Executive Board and Council for effective and efficient prioritization and broad member input.
  • Modernizing ways that members engage in the work of the association and with each other in the library community.
  • Channeling the function of Council through a new committee structure with less barriers where members will engage in the work of the Association through Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Communities that make direct recommendations to the Board and are accountable directly to the board.
  • Members engaging with each other through Divisions, Roundtables and Interest Groups.

We will be taking input and feedback and integrating comments from members into the next phase of our recommendations, which we hope will be final recommendations, but may become a round two of recommendations depending on the feedback we receive over the next few months.

We invite you to our virtual and in person presentations and have multiple avenues for providing feedback:

  • Virtually
    • Input Webinar on July 8th at 1pm Central: Jim Meffert and SCOE Chair, Lessa Pelayo-Lozada will present on the preliminary recommendations and solicit feedback via the webinar chat box. Register here
    • Reply to this thread in the SCOE ALA Connect community or the ALA Members community.
    • Email
  • In Person at ALA Annual in Washington, D.C.
    • All sessions will be held in Washington Convent Center, Room 103B

Our committee has tried its best to integrate as much of the feedback as we could in to these preliminary recommendations thoughtfully and intentionally. We look forward to hearing your input over the next few months.


Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada

SCOE Chair

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(via Ginny Pannabecker, Virginia Tech University)

Call for Science and Technology Section Liaisons

Are you a member of a science/technology organization?

Do you normally attend the conference/meeting of the organization?

Would you like to be more involved in STS, or would if you “had the time?”

If so, the STS Liaison program could be a great opportunity for you!

STS maintains a liaison program to encourage STS members to report on the meetings and activities of science and technology organizations. Liaisons have an opportunity to share annual meeting reports and updates via the STS email list, present to the community about what they’ve learned in the annual Spring STS Liaisons Online Forum, and more, as they help develop connections between librarians and other professions.

The following liaison positions (2-year terms) will be available from July 2019:

·  Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

·  International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC)

·  Special Libraries Association Science-Technology Division (SLA DST)

·  Special Libraries Association Physics, Astronomy, and Math Division (SLA PAM)

STS-appointed liaisons:

·  Are expected to serve at least a two-year term (if possible)

·  Attend the annual conference or meeting of their assigned organization (funding may be available)

·  Report back to the STS community

·  Annual report on key issues, initiatives, interests of the association within 2 weeks of the association’s annual meeting

·  Updates (conference calls, etc.) via the STS email list

·  Other methods you would like to use!


Apply by June 14th, 2019

Please email a short statement (200 words or less) to the STS Liaisons Committee’s SubCommittee for Liaison Recruitment (email addresses below) explaining why you are interested in the association that you would like to be liaison for, and sharing your experience or involvement in that association by June 14th, 2019.

Contact: The 2019 STS Liaisons Committee’s SubCommittee for Liaison Recruitment

·  Ginny Pannabecker ( )

·  Alison Ricker (

·  Allison Langham-Putrow (

See the full STS Liaisons Committee roster and information here:

For more information about STS liaison work, please visit:

Also see the STS Liaisons Committee FAQ available via a public file on ALA Connect (no need to sign in)

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

RAILS Announces Board Election Results

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Thanks to all who voted in the May 2019 RAILS Board Election. A special welcome to our colleague Sarah McHone-Chase of Northern Illinois University! I look forward to working with all the board members as the academic library representative on the board. Please contact me if you have ideas or suggestions for RAILS.


Successful candidates are:

At-Large Seats

·        Scott Pointon, White Oak Library District

·        Selina GomezBeloz, Waukegan Public Library

·        Sarah McHone-Chase, Northern Illinois University

(Note: Originally, two at-large seats were available. RAILS Board member Liza Campbell resigned her at-large seat effective June 1, 2019. The RAILS Nominating Committee voted to have Sarah McHone-Chase fill the remainder of Liza’s term, since Sarah was the third highest vote getter in this category.)

Public Library Trustee Seats

·        Dianne Hollister, Bloomington Public Library

·        Susan Busenbark, Kewanee Public Library

Special Library Seat

·        Halle Cox, Kane County Law Library & Self Help Legal Center

New board members will be seated in July. Thanks to all candidates who ran in the election. We appreciate your interest in RAILS!

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(via Ashley Crane, Sam Houston State University)

June is a great time to reflect on teaching experiences of the previous academic year and find inspiration for next fall. To that end, the ACRL Instruction Section would like to invite you to join one of two virtual brown bag discussions on Monday June 3rd or Tuesday, June 4th to chat about the following article: Folk, A. L. (2018). Drawing on students’ funds of knowledge: using identity and lived experience to join the conversation in research assignments. Journal of Information Literacy12(2) (free to download at the link). These brown bags are designed as an informal way to share ideas and get to know colleagues around the country-a conversation, rather than a webinar-style presentation. This is a pilot test for the IS Building Virtual Communities Task Force, so if you participate, we’d love to hear your feedback afterward.

Monday June 3, 1pm Central Time discussion room sign-up link:

Tuesday, June 4, 11am Central Time discussion room sign-up link:

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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group announces its program at the ALA Annual conference held in Washington, DC, at the

Location: Washington Hilton, Shaw Room, 1919 Connecticut Ave NW

When:  Sunday, June 23, 2019, from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (ET)

There will be three 15-minute presentations with time for Q&A at the end of the each presentation.

Introduction of Project Management in Technical Services Anastasia (Nastia) Guimaraes, Project Management Librarian at University of Notre Dame

Work in Technical Services of an academic library can differ greatly from very individualized to team-based. Regardless of the nature of the task, project management is a highly valuable and necessary skill to have. If you are interested in learning about simple project management tools and techniques to help organize you and your team better, come hear a project management librarian from the University of Notre Dame share her experience with introducing project management at Hesburgh Libraries. Project Charter, Responsibility Assignment Matrix, and Stakeholder Management Plan are some of the tools that will be covered in this brief presentation.

Managing your DDA Spend Through Record De-duplication and Deactivation Elizabeth Miraglia, Assistant Program Director and Head, Books and Serials Metadata at University of California, San Diego

UC San Diego participates in multiple DDA programs, some of which have duplicate content. After a platform migration and the implementation of several new patron-driven acquisition programs, we found ourselves with a lot of duplicated content that had the potential to trigger unwanted DDA purchases. However, given the volume of titles we needed more automated ways to identify unwanted content to report to our vendor. The Metadata Services department developed a method using OpenRefine to identify duplicated content across its platforms and worked with the Acquisitions department to create a streamlined workflow for deactivating this content in the vendor platform. We wound up deactivating around $50,000 of unwanted content. This presentation will outline the problems we encountered, the workflow that we eventually created, and potential future uses and improvements.

Can a Database be Too Popular?: Managing the high costs of a high-demand PDA streaming video collection Mary Gilbert, AUL for Content Management & Rick Davis, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian at Towson University

Ease of use and runaway popularity, when combined with the pay-as-you-go nature of PDA, can have negative and unintended consequences. This discussion will examine our experience introducing a very popular PDA streaming video service to our users; analyze mistakes we made setting up and managing the profile; outline our responses, both successful and unsuccessful, to the high costs we incurred; and offer ways to manage such a program more effectively. Running a high-cost, popular streaming video PDA collection is not easy, and we do not have all the answers. Instead, we intend this session to be interactive, more of a conversation or dialogue than a presentation, with all participants given the opportunity to share their own ideas, suggestions, and experiences.

We look forward to seeing you at our program!

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(via the American Library Association)

Six people were elected to two-year terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held this past April. Current FTRF Vice President Emily Knox and Executive Committee member Robert Holley were both re-elected to the board. Peter Coyl, Sara Dallas, Eldon Ray James and Cyndi Robinson were newly elected. The candidates will join the FTRF Board of Trustees following the June Freedom to Read Foundation meeting in Washington, DC. Learn more about the candidates: Knox is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her book, Book Banning in 21st Century America” (Rowman & Littlefield) is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. She also recently edited Trigger Warnings: History, Theory Context (Rowman & Littlefield) and co-edited Foundations of Information Ethics (ALA). Her articles have been published in the Library Quarterly, Library and Information Science Research and the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.

Knox serves on the boards of the Association for Information Science & Technology, Beta Phi Mu, the Freedom to Read Foundation and the National Coalition Against Censorship. Her research interests include information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy and the intersection of print culture and reading practices.She is also a member of the Mapping Information Access research team. Knox received her Ph.D. from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information. Her master’s in library and information science is from the iSchool at Illinois. She also holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Smith College and an A.M. in the same field from The University of Chicago Divinity School. Robinson is the deputy director of the Illinois Library Association (ILA), where she works with members throughout the state to support the values of intellectual freedom. She has served as chair and treasurer of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table and currently serves on the ALA Committee on Advocacy.

Prior to joining the ILA staff, she served as the assistant director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom.

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CARLI Announces Results for 2019 Board of Directors Election

(via Michelle Jean Haake, CARLI)

The election and appointment process for new members of the CARLI Board of Directors has been completed.

Directors elected to 3-year terms are: Spencer Brayton (Waubonsee Community College), Karen Janke (Erikson Institute), and Pattie Piotrowski (University of Illinois Springfield). The director elected to the 1-year term is Taran Ley (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine). Directors appointed to one-year terms are: Fred Barnhart (Northern Illinois University), John Small (North Central College), and Jacob Jeremiah (Oakton Community College).

All newly elected and appointed terms will begin July 1, 2019. Please join us in welcoming these new members of the CARLI Board.

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