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CARLI Seeking Feedback on Draft of Its 2020 Strategic Plan

(via Margaret Chambers, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

At the CARLI Annual Meeting on Friday, November 17, attendees participated in the final feedback stage of the CARLI 2020 strategic planning process. The draft of the CARLI 2020 strategic plan outlines CARLI’s aspirations, and focuses the activities of the consortium, and will serve as our guide for 2018-2020. We are grateful to all who have contributed to the development of this draft, including the staff at CARLI member libraries.

If you were unable to attend the 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting, or if you did attend but wish to provide additional feedback, please complete the survey. The full draft of the CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan is available here on the CARLI website. The CARLI staff and Board of Directors will use this feedback as we finalize the CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan. Please email the CARLI Office at if you have any questions.

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(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 Barry Grant, Medical Library Association)

Are you a library professional interested in learning to do research? Are you excited at the prospect of being part of an intensive and collaborative program that takes you through a process of learning research design and completing a health information research project? The Medical Library Association (MLA) Research Training Institute for Health Sciences Librarians (RTI) was designed for you! We are accepting applications from October 6 to December 8, 2017, for our 2018 cohort of RTI Fellows. Please follow links to the application instructions and the online application form.

RTI 2018 offers an intensive residential experience led by expert faculty that includes  curriculum tailored to participants’ interests and skills, small-group sessions, and individual consultations with faculty. The program is designed to transform library professionals with novice or intermediate research skill levels into researchers able to conduct independently or lead a quality research project. RTI training covers all the stages of designing, implementing, and communicating a successful health information research project. Participants will be able to develop effective research questions, select a research design, identify the components of a research project, collect and manage high quality data, publish and present the results of a research project, and much more.

How will the RTI help participants in their careers? They will acquire a new, marketable set of skills; gain confidence in discussing research and scholarship with teaching faculty and researchers at their institutions; and implement research ideas that transform their libraries and raise their professional profiles. At the same time, participants will develop the capability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, while joining a network of researchers who can help them in making their next step.

The heart of the Institute is a week-long residential immersive workshop held in Chicago, from July 9 to 13, 2018. Pre-Institute learning activities, individual mentoring, a year of post-Institute support, and membership in an ongoing research community of practice supplement the residential component. Institute training is designed for library professionals with novice or intermediate research skills and experience, or who have a strong interest in research but do not possess the skills and
confidence to conduct research on their own. MLA membership is not required.

Admission is competitive. Only 20 applicants will be selected. See the above links for eligibility requirements and selection criteria. We will be accepting applications from October 6 to December 8, 2017. Applicants accepted to the Institute will be notified in March, 2018. For detailed information about the project, including fees, benefits, and housing information, see the RTI website.

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(via Theresa Kline, Cleveland Clinic)

We invite you to attend the 2018 Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) Conference on October 5-8, 2018, in Cleveland, Ohio! This is the Midwest Chapter of Medical Library Association Annual Meeting and Conference, which is a regional chapter of the Medical Library Association. Feel free to visit the Midwest Chapter of the Medical Library Association website for additional details by clicking here.

Fun facts about the conference and Cleveland are below.

  • Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, who is the Director of the National Library of Medicine, shares the latest on precision medicine and National Library of Medicine initiatives.
  • Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, who is a Midwest Chapter Medical Librarian, talks with us about effective ways to manage work and life.
  • Meet our own Midwest RockStar Librarian – Cathy Murch!
  • Take a Continuing Education course on a topic of interest to you about medical information.
  • Just a few blocks from The Westin, our conference venue, is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Still debating? Perhaps our promotional video will persuade you.

Are you interested in exhibiting? Registration opens for exhibitors in January 2018 and we encourage you to contact Jessica DeCaro ( or Michelle Kraft ( to have your questions answered or to learn more about the opportunities.

Registration for attendees opens on April 14, 2018, and click here to see the Conference room rates and options at The Westin today! We encourage you to consider reserve lodging sooner rather than later, because the Cleveland Indians or Cleveland Browns could be in town and playing the same weekend as the conference. The last day to reserve a conference hotel room is September 21, 2018!

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(via Michelle Haake, CARLI)

The registration deadline for the CARLI Annual Meeting is Thursday, November 9.

The morning meeting will feature a report from CARLI Senior Director Anne Craig, and an overview of several of the 2017 CARLI Committee projects. In the afternoon, provide your final feedback on the CARLI 2020 Strategic Plan and have your voice heard as we look to shape the next 3 years for our statewide consortium. Staff at CARLI libraries who are unable to attend the meeting, or who would like to provide written feedback on the Strategic Plan 2020 will have the opportunity to do so via survey to be made available later this week.

The meeting registration form is found here. If you have any questions, please send a note to We hope you will plan to join us!

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ACRL 2019 Conference Call for Participation

(via the Association of College & Research Libraries)

ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2019. Today’s academic and research libraries are vibrant and fast moving, responding quickly to changes in the higher education landscape. Just as our host city of Cleveland has undergone a revitalization in recent years, librarians must continually reinvent themselves to stay on the cutting edge. Join your colleagues in Recasting the Narrative of what it means to be a librarian in the 21st century, adapting and leading the transition to new roles.

ACRL 2019 offers a variety of options for participation and features eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is surely a format best suited to your ideas. We challenge you to inspire your colleagues and others in the higher education community with proposals that explore the most dynamic issues and ideas facing academic and research librarians today.

Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the Conference theme. The tags will serve to create our own Conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

The 2019 ACRL Conference will take place from April 10 to 13. The deadline to submit proposals for contributed papers, panels, preconferences, and workshops is May 4, 2018. The deadline for submitting proposals for posters, roundtables, TechConnect, and webcasts is October 12, 2018. Early-bird registration will begin in May of 2018.


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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL is pleased to announce the launch of the new Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships. The Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year 2018 to offer travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

“Academic librarians excel when communicating the impact of our library services, programs, and spaces, within our own community,” says Value of Academic Libraries Committee Chair Alan Carbery. To build on that “the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships initiative encourages librarians to move the conversation outward and to articulate the value of academic libraries to wider stakeholder groups. This is a fantastic opportunity for academic librarians to showcase their research to a wider audience.”

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals to apply for funding to present their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects. Applications are due by December 8, 2017. We expect to announce future rounds of scholarships in summer 2018.

This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries Committee to support librarians in their efforts to communicate to our partners in higher education including administrators, scholars, and teachers working in all disciplines. These travel scholarships support the community in taking up a recommendation from the new ACRL report Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research (prepared by OCLC Research and released in September 2017 for download or purchase) that academic librarians effectively communicate their contributions both up to institutional stakeholders and out to other departments.

Details on the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The CARLI Instruction Committee’s theme for this year is “We Can’t Do It Alone: Joining Forces For Sustainable Partnerships”. Through a series of online events, the committee will offer opportunities to learn how to extend information literacy programs in ways that are scalable and sustainable. Because webinars can be an effective format for outreach and information literacy education to both faculty and students, we’ll kick things off with an online session on best practices for webinars.

Join us for “Leading Online Sessions: Tips for Engaging Webinars”, given by Stephanie Richter and Cameron Wills, both of Northern Illinois University. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 6, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CST. More information about the webinar’s content and the presenters’ backgrounds is below.

Do you want to know the secret to designing and leading effective online sessions? Join us as we share tips for producing engaging, interactive webinars no matter what platform you are using. You will learn the recommended techniques to prepare participants before they attend your live session. You will also learn how to communicate with and manage the interactions of your participants, best practices for designing online presentation content, and the advantages of recording the session.

Stephanie Richter is the Assistant Director of the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. She consults with and provides professional development for faculty on integrating technology into teaching, and works closely with academic and support units at the university on their teaching and teaching with technology needs. Ms. Richter holds a Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University, and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Instructional Technology.

Cameron Wills is a Research Associate for the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. In his role, he investigates best practices in teaching tools and technologies, and develops and delivers professional development on emerging instructional technologies. Mr. Wills holds a Master of Science in Education in Instructional Technology from Northern Illinois University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Instructional Technology.

To register, go here. This webinar will be recorded and available on the CARLI website for later viewing. Please send any questions to

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(via Sheila Stoeckel, University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The 2018 Instruction Section Program Planning Committee is planning the annual program.  This year’s program will be offered online in May/June (date pending based on presenter availability) instead of at conference.  The program will focus on discussing curriculum mapping. Curriculum mapping is a systematic approach in which a review curriculum and identification of areas where information literacy instruction would have a high impact is conducted. More information is available here (see Part B).

We are seeking a few knowledgeable panel presenters to discuss the array of components that make up curriculum mapping.  These include the following topics.

  • process for project managing and implementing mapping,
  • strategies for building the curriculum maps,
  • assessment plans for mapping related to student learning,
  • demonstrating value to the campus community from data collected

If you’d like to be considered to present on one of these aspects of curriculum mapping mentioned above please let Sheila Stoeckel ( know by Thursday, November 30. In your e-mail message to her, please include presenter name(s), presenter’s institution, and an abstract of what will be discussed (250 words or less)

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(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) and the Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS), in partner with the Illinois State Library Unserved Working Group, are gathering information about what services Illinois Community College Libraries offer for district residents (those who live within your community college’s taxing district who are not students or college staff). We would appreciate libraries’ help in completing the survey so we may begin to put together a statewide picture of resource sharing opportunities and compile information that can be shared with your public library colleagues.

It only takes a few minutes, and we thank you in advance for your time. The survey can be accessed here. Please respond by 4:00 PM on Monday, November 20. If you have any questions, please contact Veronda Pitchford, RAILS, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, at, or Ellen Popit, IHLS, Membership and Grants Director, at

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