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(via Sarah Houghton, California Digital Library)

I was recently appointed to the ALA Working Committee on Eliminating Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Justice. This group was formed as a result of the passage of a Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity at ALA Midwinter 2019.

We are working to create a toolkit for libraries of all types with information resources, strategies, and tips for libraries wishing to eliminate fines. As this trend continues to build throughout the U.S., there is a growing demand from library staff and stakeholders on how to successfully transition to a fine-free library environment.

And that’s where you come in! We are seeking feedback from a broad range of ALA divisions, round tables, and committees to find out what type of information you and your membership would find helpful in this toolkit. What do you want to make sure we cover? What topics are the most relevant to your membership when it comes to fines?

Please send any feedback or questions to by Friday, April 12th (apologies in advance for the tight timeline).

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(via Mark Lenker–University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

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

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group meeting will be held on Saturday, June 22 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm. in Washington D.C. Presentations will be given in person.

The ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group welcomes proposals that address graduate student needs, librarian approaches to serving those needs, or collaborative projects with other campus stakeholders to address graduate student needs. The presentations will be 10-minutes long. Please include a proposal title and 200-300 word abstract, along with a statement about the practical implications for other libraries via the submission link below.

Proposals are due April 26. 


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 graduate students.

2. Represent innovative projects

3. Show evidence of a carefully planned research project or program with implications for other librarians.

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

Please submit your proposal via this link. 

If you have questions please email Hannah Gascho Rempel, Convener of the ACRL Academic Library Services to Graduate Students Interest Group, at

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(via Erin Finnerty, Temple University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG) invites presentation proposals for its ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. on Sunday, June 23rd from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

We are looking for 15-20 minute presentations or facilitated conversations.

Areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

collection development

collection management


metadata services

resource discovery and delivery in academic libraries

Please complete the online form by Tuesday, April 30, 2019.
We will select and notify presenters during the first week of May.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Erin Finnerty – Convener
Cynthia Romanowski – Incoming Convener

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(via Cinthya Ippoliti, University of Colorado Denver)

Next week! Please join the ALA  Library Instruction Round Table’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology Committee on Tuesday, March 12, at 1:00 PM CST for an exciting, free webinar: The session will be recorded and made available on the LIRT website after the event. Please note that the webinar is limited to 100 people.

Please contact if you have any questions, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Ready OER Not, Here We Come? Intentionally Planning for Open, Sustainable, & Learning-Analytics-Ready Resources

So you’ve decided you want to create open educational resources (OER) to provide free and reduced cost materials to your students and faculty alike. Great! Are you sure it’s truly open? Can you collect any meaningful data to know if students are actually learning? Are those learning analytics prioritizing student privacy and safety? In this webinar, participants will take a look at some often-forgotten details that should be considered before any OER creation takes place, as well as explore methods for safely incorporating learning analytics so as to continuously improve OER effectiveness. Participants will hear from three institutions and their journeys to create OER with learning analytics, including valuable lessons learned along the way.

Presenter biographies:

Cristina Colquhoun is the Instructional Designer for the Edmon Low Library at Oklahoma State University. She has experience as a teacher, curriculum specialist, trainer, and instructional designer, and holds a Master’s of Science in Educational Technology. She currently uses her skill set to design information literacy instruction and tutorials for undergraduate students, as well as provide training for library liaisons in effective teaching methodologies.

Steel Wagstaff (Twitter: @steelwagstaff) is the Educational Client Manager at Pressbooks, a small Canadian startup which makes open source book publishing software. Before joining Pressbooks he worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than a decade, most recently as an instructional technology consultant in the College of Letters & Science, where he led efforts to collect learning analytics and provide visualizations for students and instructors derived from locally-authored open textbooks. He has a Ph.D. in English Literature and an MLIS, both from UW-Madison.

Bryan Ollendyke is the lead developer on a platform called ELMS: Learning network which has released millions of lines of code over the last decade in pursuit of better open source systems for education and the web. His latest project code named HAX is a game changer for Open Educational Resources by created a platform agnostic web editing experience to bring content creation to everyone regardless of technical level.

Kathy Essmiller is the Open Educational Resources Librarian at Oklahoma State University. Her background is in arts education, and she has classroom music teaching experience with PK-12 and in higher education. Kathy holds an M.M. from Kansas State University, an M.S. (educational technology) from Oklahoma State University, and is working toward a Ph.D. (educational technology) at Oklahoma State University. In her current appointment she advocates for and supports the use and development of Open Educational Resources on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include equity and diversity issues in the Open movement, definitions of creativity in the arts and industry, and partnering effective instructional design with digital resources to provide quality, accessible educational opportunities.

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(via ACRL)

In anticipation of a new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is continuing to update intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on “Education and Information Literacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” by Friday, March 1. The interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 2009 with the title “The Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom,” and amended in 2014 with the title “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom<>.” The original version was about how libraries provide education, and in doing so, facilitate intellectual freedom. The most recent version focused on how libraries educate people about intellectual freedom. After extensive conversations, the revision returns to the 2009 intent. IFC and the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics are discussing the possibility of creating a joint policy statement or interpretation of ALA’s Code of Ethics that focuses on the 2014 version’s goal of promoting intellectual freedom in libraries.

Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

IFC will make revisions to the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the document to ALA Council prior to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The committee also plans to present it at the ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

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(via Steven Miller, Jr., Wareham Free Library)

Join RUSA’s Virtual Reference Services and Managing of Emerging Technology committees on February 26th and 27th from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM CST in a discussion of the state of reference services today.  Whether you are just starting with virtual reference or have expanded existing services with new technologies, this forum will give you an opportunity to learn from colleagues.  Topics of discussion include what is currently going well, lessons learned from past experiences, and future plans.

The forum will be held entirely online.  The forum is intended for a moderated discussion of timely issues for a select period of time and is open to all, no membership needed. To participate, simply log into your ALA SYMPA account, join the listserv titled: “vrc-eforum – ETS Managing Emerging Technology and RSS Virtual Reference Services Committees E-forum” and watch your email to take part in and/or watch the conversation.

Subscribing to the list:
•    Go to:
•    Click on the “Subscribe” link on the left under “List Options”
•    Enter your name and the email address where you’d like to receive the E-Forum messages
•    Look for an email message to confirm your subscription
•    ALA membership not required
•    Trouble subscribing to the list? Contact Judith Emde ( for help.

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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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