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(via the American Library Association)

The application<> process for the 2019 Leadership Institute is now open. Applications will be accepted through March 8, 2019. Selected participants will be notified in mid-May. Applicants may nominate<> themselves or be nominated by their employer.

Cost per participant is $1,650 which includes training, materials, lodging, breakfast and lunch on all four days, dinner on Wednesday, and a free one-year membership to the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA).

The 2019 Leadership Institute will take place August 5-8, 2019 at the Hilton Oak Brook/Chicago Conference Center and Resort<> in Oak Brook, Illinois.  A welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening, August 4.

Nearly 100% of attendees rated the 2018 ALA Leadership Institute a “very positive” experience-the top rating possible! “This was the best professional development I have had related to leadership! The leaders were very knowledgeable and guided us in making our own decisions as they related to our personal situations.”

The American Library Association (ALA) Leadership Institute is a unique 4-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders led by past ALA President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss.

The institute includes a structured learning track and the opportunity for individual development.

“Wonderful atmosphere and congeniality among participants and between participants and facilitators. Great, nonthreatening learning environment.”

To see the full announcement, including the expected outcomes and the requirements for applying, please go here<>.

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Nominations Deadline for RUSA Achievement Awards Extended to 2/15

(via RUSA)

The deadline to submit nominations for Achievement Awards has been extended to February 15, 2019.

RUSA encourages members to nominate their colleagues whose work has influenced their thinking and performance and whose outstanding contributions merit recognition by the profession. RUSA has, and will continue to, nominate, select and honor the very best in the field of reference and user services with the continued support of industry sponsors. Here are some achievement recognition awards for individuals and groups. (Please click on each category for a link to the awards that fall under it, including instructions for nominating someone.) The full list of awards is also available here.

RUSA Division Level Awards

BRASS Awards

CODES Awards

ETS Award

History Section Awards

RSS Award

RSS Service Achievement Award is presented annually to a member of the Reference Services Section (RSS) of RUSA in recognition of exceptional contributions to the section. The winner receives a citation.


The annual RUSA STARS Publication Recognition Award Sponsored by Atlas Systems is $1440* and a citation presented to librarians or library staff to highlight and encourage excellence in publication in STARS (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section) areas, including interlibrary loan, document delivery, remote circulation, access services, cooperative reference, cooperative collection-development, remote storage and other shared library services.

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(via the American Library Association)

John Price Wilkin, Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been named the 2019 winner of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Wilkin will receive a cash award and citation during an ALCTS event at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Named in honor of one of the pioneers of library automation, the Atkinson Award recognizes an academic librarian who has made significant contributions in the area of library automation or management and has made notable improvements in library services or research.

“John Price Wilkin exemplifies the spirit of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award through leadership, risk taking, and innovation,” said Bruce Johnson, Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award Committee chair and former senior library information systems specialist at the Library of Congress. “John was an early adopter of structured markup languages such as SGML and XML in his work at the University of Michigan as head of the Humanities Text Initiative and head of digital library production service, providing access to digital texts as well as a means for searchability and textual analysis. This work later inspired online publishing efforts at other institutions, including the California Digital Library.”

“John led the Mellon-funded Making of America project, and early groundbreaking effort to digitize 19th-century books, and then built upon this experience to help launch JSTOR,” continued Johnson. “He managed the partnership with Google to digitize the University of Michigan’s collection, eventually leading to the foundation of the HathiTrust. As executive director of the HathiTrust, John established a model for shared governance and large-scale collaboration that secured sharing provisions for member libraries.”

“In his current role as university librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, John continues to lead innovation efforts, particularly in the area of research data curation,” noted Johnson. “All of these achievements have had far-reaching impact in the library profession and beyond, providing a foundation for transformation in publishing, research, and unprecedented access to digital content.”

Wilkin received his B.A. in Literature and English from Antioch College, his M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and his M.L.S. from the University of Tennessee.

The Hugh C. Atkinson Award is jointly sponsored by four divisions of the American Library Association: the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) and the

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). The award is funded from an endowment established to honor Hugh C. Atkinson.

For more information regarding the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award, or a complete list of past recipients, please visit the awards section of the ACRL website.

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(via Chris Bombaro, Dickinson College)

There is still plenty of time to submit proposals for a forthcoming ALA publication, Diversity and Inclusion in Action: Case Studies for Academic Libraries.

This collection will describe the innovative work of academic librarians who have implemented initiatives that have helped their organizations understand and address issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusivity.  Proposals should describe intentionally considered programs with clear goals, demonstrable outcomes, and transferable strategies.  Examples of chapters being sought include examples of librarians engaging in outreach or facilitating inclusive conversations, creating diverse collections, and workforce diversity; however all original ideas will be considered.

More information and a submission form can be found at:

Submissions must be received by Friday, February 15, 2019 for full consideration.

For questions, please contact Christine Bombaro at Dickinson College:


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(via Jennifer Hunter, Princeton University)

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 the New Discoveries in Reference: The 25th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2019 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, DC. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

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 peer 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 Washington, DC.

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, January 11th. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 18th, 2019. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit. ??

Submission Details:
Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:
SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information?
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.??
SUBMISSION 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 (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)??
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 2018-2019 committee chairs:
Joseph Yue (<>) and Qiana Johnson (<>)

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(via Dr. Gloria Creed-Dikeogu, Ottawa University)

The American Library Association (ALA) International Relations Round Table (IRRT) invites you to submit presentation proposals for their 2019 Pre-conference in Washington, DC on Friday, June 21, 2019, from 8:00am – 1:00pm.

Libraries today continue to be attuned to meeting the needs of their communities. In the 21st century, libraries are encouraged to be the center of community life, to be community builders and places where people get involved. This pre-conference will focus on innovation in meeting these community needs. It will include representatives of different types of libraries around the world who will share their innovative practices and how they can be adapted in other libraries.

Possible proposal topics include:

  • Libraries as third spaces
  • Civic engagement
  • Libraries as educational places
  • Libraries as business incubators
  • Libraries as performance and creation places
  • New realities (digital and social media)

Presentations that are interactive in nature are encouraged.

To submit a proposal, send an email to co-chairs Gloria Creed-Dikeogu (<>) and Barbara Marson (<>) by end-of-business on January 18, 2019. Please include your name, institutional affiliation, working title, and 300 word maximum description of your presentation.

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(via Julia Warga, Kenyon College)

This is the third request for feedback from the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). In anticipation of a new edition of The Intellectual Freedom Manual, the IFC is in the process of updating intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on “Challenged Resources: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” by Monday, January 7. The interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 1971, and amended in 1981, 1990, 2009, and 2014. Please feel free to share this message widely.

Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

  • Post feedback on this Google Doc draft. The IFC requests that you post comments on the document, rather than edit the document directly. To post a comment, select “Insert” in the top menu, and then click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).
  • Using “track changes,” add comments and edits to the attached Word doc draft. You can email it to me ( or post it as a comment to this ALA Connect post, and I’ll forward it to working group members.

A note about paragraph four of the draft: This quote is from the current “Diversity in Collection Development” interpretation, last amended in 2014. It does not reflect the revisions proposed in the interpretation draft that was sent to the library community. The quoted material in “Challenged Resources” may be altered if the revisions for “Diversity in Collection Development” are adopted.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee will make revisions to the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the document to ALA Council prior to the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The committee also plans to present it at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

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(via Jillian Hayes, NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair)

The ALA New Members Round Table Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting volunteer resume reviewers and booth greeters as well as taking resume review appointments for the 20189 ALA Midwinter Meeting!  This is a free in-person service that will be located in the ALA Job Placement Center on Saturday, January 27th & Sunday, January 28th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM both days. Visit our informational website for more details, to access volunteer forms, or to sign up for an appointment:

If you have any questions, please contact NMRT Resume Review Service Committee Chair Jillian Hayes at or Assistant Chair Rachael Clukey at Thank you!

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(via Cyndi Robinson, Illinois Library Association)

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association is currently soliciting feedback as we undergo a strategic planning process for 2019-2022. We would like your input on the following survey:

The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and we would appreciate your honest feedback.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly, at

Thanks for your time and support!

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(via Rodney Lippard, University of South Carolina Aiken)

Does your library have exciting, innovative ways to train your patrons about information technology?

The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  All types of libraries are welcome to apply!

The 2018 award winner was the NCSU Libraries in Raleigh, N.C. for their active learning centered Emerging Digital Information Skills workshops which addressed a previously unmet need for instruction in areas like data science, visualization, virtual reality, digital media production, fabrication and introduced students and researchers to tools such as Tableau, Web VR frameworks, Jekyll, 3D printing and R programming.  Sessions gave a conceptual overview of the technology or process, provided a structured hands-on experience where participants learned by doing, and allowed time for participants to apply that learning through open-ended exploration and play.

Nominations should address the selection criteria, which “include the benefit to clients served; benefit to the technology information community; impact on library operations; public relations value; and the impact on the perception of the library or librarian in the work setting and to the specialized and/or general public.”

ALA is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Library of the Future Award:  The online application is to be submitted to ALA by February 1, 2019.  For additional information, contact Rene Erlandson, Award Jury Chair,<> or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office,<>.

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