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(via Dawn Behrend, Lenoir-Rhyne University)

Planning to attend ALA Annual? The ACRL Membership Committee is hosting the ACRL 101 webcast, a one-hour interactive session, provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Washington, D.C., including what to bring, how to plan your schedule and navigate the city, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

Please join us for either session (or listen to the webcast afterwards):

ACRL Membership Committee ACRL 101: Making the Most of Annual Conference

Tuesday, June 11
3:00 – 4:00 pm CDT

Register here.

Wednesday, June 12
11:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

LITA (the Library Information Technology Association) is now accepting proposals for webinars and online courses for Summer/Fall 2019 or 2020. All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed and submissions from underrepresented groups (women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities) are strongly encouraged. The deadline is July 5, 2019. For additional information visit the LITA Blog.

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(via Sarah Dallas, Director of the Southern Adirondack Library System)

Julia Warga, Chair of IFC and Sara Dallas, Chair of COPE, are seeking feedback from the ALA  Council and the library community on a joint committee policy statement regarding the importance of advocating for intellectual freedom.  We are asking you to review and make any comments by  June 6, 2019.

Here is a link to the document:…

We realize this is a very quick deadline. In order for the new policy statement to be included in the Intellectual Freedom Manual‘s publication, a final draft must be completed by Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., approved by both committees, and approved by ALA Council.  Members of the policy statement’s working group are Emily Clasper (co-leader), Andy Harant (COPE, co-leader), Matt Beckstrom, Ray James, Anthony Davis, Bryan Cooper, Geoff Dickinson, and Nancy Bolt (COPE).

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Join ACRL for its President’s Program at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C. Hosted by ACRL President Lauren Pressley, this program will take place from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 22, at the Washington Convention Center, Room 146A.

Titled “Equity, Diversity, Inclusion… and Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?,” this program will be presented by Dr. Angela Spranger, Lecturer in Management at the Luter School of Business at Christopher Newport University and the Principal/Owner of StepOne Consulting LLC.

Issues of equity in diverse workplaces, and the trend towards more inclusive language and policies, often leaves leaders in the difficult position of navigating the needs of the organization and the need to help the organization accommodate today’s workforce. How can leaders effectively influence and motivate their teams, when the individuals on those teams struggle with the challenges of poor communication, collaboration, culture, change and conflict? Dr. Spranger, author of Why People Stay: Helping Your Employees Feel Seen, Safe, and Valued will address contemporary issues around diversity, leadership, and inclusiveness throughout the employment lifecycle. Through intensive dialogue, shared narrative, and humor supporting the theoretical material, Dr. Spranger will share an approach to inclusive leadership that will leave participants energized and engaged.

The program continues the integral conversations around EDI issues that Pressley’s President’s Program Planning Committee has been supporting throughout the year, including the ACRL EDI Discussion Series blog, which features posts on topics such as EDI in community colleges; designing anti-oppressive events and instruction; queer, feminist, and critical theory; metadata justice; and more.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of ACRL)

ACRL invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

Program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, Round Tables, Committees, and Offices.  ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed. The submission site is expected to open in early June 2019.

There will be a virtual meeting at 3:00 p.m. CST on June 3, 2019, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2020 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines, and planning tips.

RSVP online to attend the June 3 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified.

2020 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due in late August 2019. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2020 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2019.

More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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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 Tracy Ruppman, Loyola University Chicago)

Register now

Techniques in Managing a Library Services Platform
Thursday, May 30, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central Time

As libraries move from legacy Integrated Library Systems (ILS) to next generation Library Services Platforms (LSP) and face evolving user needs, soft skills, such as team building, project management, and leadership skills become as essential as technology skills. This 90-minute webinar provides practical techniques for managing this change through the exploration of a case study.

Learning Outcomes

  • An overview of lean methodologies (Agile, DevOps, Value Streams)
  • Strategies and techniques to develop collaborative team infrastructure (mapping needs with people, product, and processes)
  • Tools to be explored / adopted to facilitate collaborative team work
  • Humanizing the library through inclusive culture

Presenter: Hong Ma, Head of Library Systems, Loyola University Chicago

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! Register and you’ll receive a link to the recording.

More LITA Continuing Education

Creating an InterDisciplinary Space @ Your Library
June 11, 2019, Noon – 1:00 pm Central Time
Presenter: Jessica Bennett

Managing Special User Groups in Academic Libraries
July 16, 2019, Noon – 1:30 pm Central time
Presenters: Charissa Brammer and Sommer Browning

Check out our spring lineup and get details on our latest round of online learning to boost your skill set!

Questions or Comments?

For all other questions or comments related to LITA continuing education, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or

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ACRL Programs at ALA Annual Conference

(via ACRL)

Heading to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference next month? Information on ACRL-sponsored programs is available on the association website and in the May 2019 issue of C&RL News. We’re offering a variety of content for academic and research library audience, including our President’s Program, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion… and Leadership: Where Do We Go From Here?. With 22 high-quality programs, and several discussion forums, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to learn from and engage with colleagues and experts in the field. Make sure to visit the conference scheduler to plan your Annual Conference experience.

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(via Jason Coleman, Kansas State University)

Do you believe in the power of technology to shape library services? Have you or a colleague used technology in an innovative way to enhance patron services?

RUSA Emerging Technology Section is proud to announce the new RUSA ETS Best Emerging Technology Application Award! The purpose of the award is to encourage libraries to improve services to their patrons through an innovative use of technology.The RUSA ETS Best Emerging Technology Application Award offers $3,000 to an individual or group in recognition of a technology application that directly benefits library users. The award is generously co-sponsored by Chatstaff and LibraryH3lp.


The award is open to any library employee or group of library employees provided that the following conditions are met. Neither ALA nor RUSA membership is required.

1.    The award application describes an implementation of a technology that has directly impacted library patrons in at least one library.

2.    The implementation took place no more than 2 years prior to the date of the application for the award.

Evaluation Criteria

Each written application is evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Creativity of the use of technology to improve patron services
  • Impact on patrons
  • Sustainability of the technological application
  • Extent to which the technological application can be adopted by other libraries
  • Quality of the plan for assessing the technological application

Application Process Timeline

How to Apply

Submission Deadline: December 31, 2019.

To apply for the award, please visit the BETA website,

To nominate someone else’s project please contact either of the committee’s chairs, Jason Coleman: or Chad Pearson:  

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(via Dr. Leila Rod-Welch, University of Northern Iowa)

Call for Proposals – ACRL Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group ALA Annual 2019

You are invited to submit a proposal for the ACRL Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group, ALA Annual 2019.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 from 10:30 am – 11:30 am at the Marriott Marquis in Washington DC  (Headquarter Hotel) – 901 Massachusetts Avenue NW. We will meet in the Cherry Blossom room.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group welcomes proposals which address information literacy and outreach to international students. The presentations will be lightening talk format for 10 minutes followed by 15 minutes Q & A at the conclusion of all of the presentations. Lightning talks will be selected via a competitive blind review process.

Proposals are due Tuesday, May 14, 2019.


Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

1. Measure or investigate issues of high interest to librarians, especially those working with international students.

2. Represent innovative, original research.

3. Show evidence of carefully planned research design/program and thoughtful analysis.

4. Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project.

Note: Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication will not be considered.

If you have questions, please email Leila Rod-Welch, Convenor of ACRL Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group, at

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