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(via Michelle Twait, Gustavus Adolphus College)

ACRL invites applicants to serve as the ALA representative to the Academic and Research Libraries IFLA standing committee for the 2019- 2023 term.  To apply as an ALA representative to IFLA, submit the materials detailed below to Michelle Twait (, CLS Chair, no later than Friday, May 4.

  1. Completed “Request to be Nominated to IFLA” application form:
  2. A resume reflecting expertise in field of the section applied for
  3. Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements

CLS, CJCLS, and ULS chairpersons will review the IFLA representative applications and make recommendations to the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC). The LRNC will review applications at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. The LRNC then submits its recommendations to the ACRL Board for consideration at the 2018 Fall Executive Committee Meeting. In turn, the ACRL Board submits the approved candidates for nomination to the ALA International Relations Committee in November, 2018.

Please review the detailed guidelines located at:

Additional Information is also available on the ALA IRO page at: and

ALA representatives on IFLA section standing committees are required to:

  • Report to their constituencies on appropriate developments and information originating from their respective committees; these communications may be published in ALA journals or newsletters, or as special reports to ALA members;
  • Transmit a copy of the report(s) to the ALA International Relations Committee.

Questions? Please contact Michelle Twait ( or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin,

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(via Beth Fuchs, University of Kentucky)

The ALA LIRT (Library Instruction Round Table) welcomes your submissions for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. Submissions from all types of libraries are encouraged. Winners will receive a $1,000 award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where the awards will be presented.

  • The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award honors a librarian for her/his contributions to information literacy and instruction.
  • The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award honors a library for their innovative approach to information literacy and instruction.

Submissions will be accepted until Monday, January 15, 2018. For full details on how to apply for these awards yourself or to nominate someone to receive them, visit the LIRT Awards site (

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(via Diane Fulkerson, University of South Florida)

The Women and Gender Studies Section (WGSS) invites proposals for the 2018 WGSS Research Poster Session, to be held as part of the ALA Annual Conference General Poster Session, located in the exhibits hall at the New Orleans Convention Center. The WGSS has a dedicated time from 11:30-1:00 on SaturdayJune 23rd for our posters to be displayed and discussed. We would also like those who are able and willing to present their posters at the WGSS General Membership Meeting at 4:30 the same day, to encourage maximum feedback.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching partnerships, critical information literacy initiatives, critical cataloging, archival practices, collection development, and scholarly communications related to women and gender studies. Topics dealing with feminism and librarianship are also welcome. For research ideas, see the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 16, 2018. Following a double-blind peer-review process, applicants will be notified in late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now at . You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

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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!

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The 2018 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Session Committee invites everyone to share your best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. The poster sessions will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24, 2018.

We are excited to announce two additional poster sessions this year, with the migration of the Diversity Fair and the ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section into the general poster session.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries 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 with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more – and will informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2018 posters and the submission process, please visit this page:

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 16, 2018. Following a double-blind peer review process, applicants will be notified by late March if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference.  Start your application process now:  (you must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application).

Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alee Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison,

Registration for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference opens January 10, 2018, Noon (Central).

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(via David Ward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at New Discoveries in Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20- minute presentations, followed by open discussion.  Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects.
Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in New Orleans, LA.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference
knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of
reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, December 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 19th, 2018. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:
Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:

FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

FORM PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum) The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential
impact, and significance of the research

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected.

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2017-2018 committee chairs:

David Ward ( and Joseph Yue (

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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members. The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018). ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome. Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here.

The deadline for submissions is ­­­Friday, November 10. Please submit proposals via this online form. Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller, at

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(via Andrea Duda, University of California–Santa Barbara)

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship ( publishes refereed and board approved articles, columns, and webliographies of interest to the sci-tech librarian community in a platinum open access format; there are no page charges and no subscription fees.  In order to provide readers with free access to our content, we rely on an active and dedicated editorial board.

If you’ve always wanted to support sustainable, open-access scholarly literature, here is your chance!  We seek two new members for our board, beginning February 2018, to serve as assistant editors for refereed articles.

Once manuscripts have been peer reviewed, the assistant editor collaborates with the Refereed Articles Editor and works with authors to develop finished articles that are clear and engaging.  The editors ensure that the authors address suggestions made by reviewers and implement ISTL style and formatting conventions.

Appointments to the board are three years in length and renewable.  Membership in STS is required. Applications should include a cover letter, vita, and publications bibliography.  Research and writing samples are welcomed.

Submit applications by e-mail with appropriate attachments to Andrea L. Duda, ISTL Editor, at Review of applications will begin November 6, 2017.  Applicants will be informed of the results of their candidacies after the ALA Midwinter Meeting, February 2018. Please contact Andrea Duda for more information.

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(via Suzanne Odom, Florida Institute of Technology)

Nominations are being sought for the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services.  Please consider nominating your library or another library.

Established in 1990, the  Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is a citation and $1,500 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children’s reference needs. Tools, guides or databases that have been developed for reader’s advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award.  This award is sponsored by Reference USA.

To submit a nomination, download and complete the form and follow the submission instructions therein.
Forms may be emailed to the committee chairperson, Suzanne Odom at

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 5, 2018.

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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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