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(via Dr. Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

 FREE Online Presentation: Working on Ourselves: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching 

Presented online via Zoom

Monday, December 9th 2019 1:00-2:00pm CST
Register Here

Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Unconscious, or implicit, bias in medical research and care is well documented– black patients on average receive less pain medication; heart attacks are underdiagnosed in women; and non-white, non-male populations are underrepresented in clinical trials. We offer our experiences as medical librarians as a starting point for this interactive workshop, which explores tools that librarians can use to recognize and address unconscious bias in scholarly research and library systems. While this program focuses on health sciences materials, we invite librarians from all subject specialties to participate. Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum to adapt to their own contexts.

Molly Higgins, MLIS, is currently a Reference and Digital Services Librarian and the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service. She has previously worked at Stony Brook University’s Health Science Library and the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Lamar Soutter Library. She has experience in the health sciences, Asian American Studies, and business librarianship. She specializes in the intersections of instructional design, technology, and issues of diversity and representation. She holds an MLIS from the University of Washington and a BA in Asian American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. In this webinar, she is not representing the Congressional Research Service, and the views expressed herein are her own and not presented as those of the Congressional Research Service or the Library of Congress.

Rachel Keiko Stark, MS, AHIP, is the Health Sciences Librarian for Sacramento State University. She has previously worked as a Library Manager for Kaiser Permanente and as the Pharmacy and Health Sciences Librarian at the University of the Pacific. Rachel has also worked as a Youth Services Librarian and as a Medical Librarian. She holds a MS from Drexel University and a BA from Willamette University. Her research interests include intergenerational communication in librarianship, intergenerational communication in the Japanese American community, and Interprofessional Education. When not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two large dogs and playing both video and board games.

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Monday, December 9th from 1:00-2:00pm CST via Zoom. Register here.

If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Laura Gariepy (, Chair of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs are available here.

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(via Luke Vilelle, Hollins University)

Nominations are due this Friday, December 6, for the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. This is your opportunity to acknowledge the excellent work that you and your colleagues do on behalf of your student and scholar community. We have three library categories for which we award: Community College, College, and University. Not only will the winning libraries gain recognition and esteem for perpetuity, but each winner will also receive $3,000 from our generous sponsor GOBI Solutions/EBSCO and a visit from an ACRL officer for an on-campus awards ceremony.

Everything you need to know about the award and putting together a nomination packet is available here. If you have questions, contact the Committee Chair, Cheryl Middleton, at, or the Co-Chair, Lauren Pressley, at

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(via Susan Garrison, Rice University)

Connect with your peers at our second virtual webinar! This 2019 Fall Virtual Forum II webinar will focus on working with patrons experiencing homelessness and trauma while keeping you safe at your workplace. Details are in the link below. Share with your friends and colleagues. Registration is free!

Title: How to better serve our patrons experiencing homelessness and trauma

Presenters, Dayra Gonzalez, Senior Library Service Specialist at the Houston Public Library and Agnes Ho, Director of Student Wellbeing Office Rice University.

Dayra and Agnes will discuss working with library patrons experiencing homelessness and traumatic experiences. They will examine the connection between homelessness and trauma, provide an overview of the impact of trauma, and explore how trauma-informed approaches can be implemented in a library setting.

To pre-register, please go here.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Nomination Deadline: Friday, December 6, 2019

This $1,000 award (sponsored by Library Juice Academy) recognizes librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to providing professional development opportunities for librarians have been especially noteworthy or influential. The effect of these contributions may be the result of continuous or distinguished service to the profession, but may also be the result of extraordinarily active, innovative or collaborative work that deserves national recognition.

For eligibility, criteria, and submission requirements, see the award website:

Questions? Contact Kerry Creelman, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

To make the appointments process more transparent, the ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Tuesday, December 10 at 1:00 pm CST for a free online forum explaining how the ACRL committee appointment process works. Moderator Rachel Minkin, along with panelists ACRL President Karen Munro, Peter Hepburn (Community and Junior College Section past-chair), Mary Snyder (Librarianship in For-Profit Educational Institutions Interest Group convener) and Ray Pun (Leadership Discussion Group convener), will explain how to volunteer for division-level committees, section committees, and interest and discussion groups.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the many opportunities to serve, influence, and contribute to the profession. The session will be archived and made available on the ACRL website.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL invites proposal submissions for the ACRL 2021 Conference, “Ascending into an Open Future,” to be held April 14-17, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. Today’s higher education environment calls for innovative ways to support student, faculty, and institution success. Through the efforts of talented library workers, today’s academic and research libraries are providing more open and inclusive collections and services.

ACRL 2021 offers a variety of options for participation and features nine session formats, available at, to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 8, 2020. Lightning talk, digital poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and virtual conference webcast proposals are due October 9, 2020.

For more information, go to

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(via ACRL)

Higher education is experiencing unprecedented change, providing academic libraries with tremendous opportunities to define new roles related to learning, teaching and research. ACRL is dedicated to enhancing the ability of library and information professionals to dream big and shape our new future. Be a part of shaping that future. The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect and director-at-large in the 2021 elections. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2020.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form, at LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates. More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available on the association website,

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(via Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University)

Did you write, or do you know someone who wrote, an outstanding publication related to instruction in a library environment published in the preceding two years? This is your chance to let us know about it! Eligible publications include journal articles, books, book chapters, and published proceedings. Submitted publications may be authored by one or more individuals, a group, organization, or committee.

Read an interview with Stefanie R. Bluemle, the 2019 Rockman recipient. More information about the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award and the nominating process can be found at The winner(s) of this award will receive a $1,000 award and a plaque sponsored by Carrick Enterprises.

Nominations are due Friday, December 6, 2019. Please send your questions and submissions to the Rockman Award Chair, Clarence Maybee

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(via Rebecca Nowicki, San Diego State University)

Join the DLS Instruction Committee in a Virtual RoundTable Conversation

Theme: Instructional Design for Distance Learning Librarians

Participate in an online RoundTable Conversation with your professional colleagues. Attendees will be placed in a breakout room so all can engage in active conversations. This month’s theme encourages conversation about instructional design best practices, processes, tools, and assessment. Microphones are strongly encouraged.

Guest speaker Amanda Ziegler, from Northcentral University, will kick off the event with a presentation on instructional design.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

Time: 12pm EST, 11am CST, 10am MST, 9am PST

Event Registration Page (FREE):

Only registered users may enter the room, space is limited so register today!

Questions? Email DLS Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Jennifer Shimada or Matthew LaBrake

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(via ACRL)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder’s mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system with the popular workshop Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.

To emphasize scholarly communication’s critical importance to the profession, ACRL is once again underwriting the cost to bring this workshop to five locations in 2020. This subsidized program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The application to host is now available and applications are due Friday, November 15, 2019. See the workshop webpage for full details and FAQs about applying to host the subsidized version of the workshop.


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