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(via ACRL)

Submission Deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

Award Background

GOBI Library Solutions from EBSCO provides funding for an Excellence in Academic Libraries Award Program to recognize an outstanding community college, college, and university library each year. This award is to recognize the accomplishments of librarians and other library staff as they come together as members of a team to support the mission of their institution. GOBI’s gift of $12,000 provides a $3,000 gift to each of the three winning libraries and $3,000 to support travel by an ACRL officer to the three award ceremonies.

More Information

For guidelines, check our Guidelines page.

For answers to frequently-asked questions, refer to our FAQ page.

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(via Jessica Brangiel, Swarthmore College)

When: October 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Where: Drexel University’s Learning Terrace
Theme:  Librarians as Advocates:  Leading Activism on Your Campus and Beyond

This program seeks to provide insight into the activism and advocacy work being done in libraries in higher education across the Delaware Valley region. In times of inequity, discrimination, and social injustice, libraries have the opportunity to be institutions of resistance, understanding, and hope. We are bringing together librarians who would like to share how they have incorporated democracy, equity, intellectual freedom, and privacy into their projects and collaborations to advocate for their communities.  Successful proposals will demonstrate an analysis of the underlying power structures that motivate their efforts. Whether your advocacy work takes the form of outreach projects, pedagogical techniques, systems or application development, cataloging practice, or collaborative projects, we would like to give you the opportunity to share your work and its impact with colleagues.

Topics should be related to library leadership in social change including:

·  Services for students with marginalized identities, including documentation status

·  Poverty, food insecurity, or homelessness

·  Voter registration and electoral issues

·  Social, mental, and health-related services

·  Access and textbook-related services

·  Library-related legislation

·  Privacy

·  Diversity, inclusion, and equity

·  Workplace fairness and rights issues

The deadline to submit is September 10 with notification by September 15, 2018.

Submission Information

Proposals must include the following information:

1.       Proposal title

2.       Names, affiliations, positions, and email addresses of the presenters

3.       Preferred presentation format

1.       Option A – 10-minute lightning round presentation only

2.       Option B – 10-minute lightning round presentation and roundtable facilitation.

4.       A 250-word summary of the topic you wish to present including the points you intend to make and the way(s) you intend to engage the audience, if applicable

To propose a session please visit:

Questions? E-mail Jess Denke at

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Call for Writers: ACRLog Blog Team (Deadline August 15)

(via Maura Smale–New York City College of Technology, City University of New York)

Are you interested in writing about issues that affect academic libraries? We’re looking to bring on a few new bloggers here at ACRLog!

Members of the ACRLog blog team write on any issue or idea that impacts academic librarianship, from current news items to workflow and procedural topics to upcoming changes in the profession and more. We aim to have group of bloggers who represent diverse perspectives on and career stages in academic librarianship who can commit to writing 1-2 posts per month. We’re especially interested to hear from librarians interested in writing about cataloging or technology, or those working at small colleges or community colleges, to balance the strengths of our current bloggers

If this sounds like you, use the ACRLog Tip Page to drop us a line by Wednesday, August 15. Let us know who you are and why you’d like to blog at ACRLog, and send us a sample blog post. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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(via Sarah Scheib, University of Iowa)

Do you know someone who is an amazing teaching librarian?  If yes, consider nominating them as a Featured Teaching Librarian!   If you’re an amazing teaching librarian, consider nominating yourself.

The ACRL Instruction Section Teaching Methods Committee wants to highlight excellent teaching librarians.  Several times during the year, the committee selects and interviews a librarian who demonstrates a passion for teaching, innovation, and student learning.  This feature provides a way to showcase amazing teaching librarians on the ACRL Instruction Section website and share their best teaching practices with others in the field.  Consider nominating yourself or someone you think is amazing!

Nominations are due by Friday, September 7. If you have questions, please contact Sara Scheib, Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section’s Teaching Methods Committee.

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(via Sara Holder, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Call for Chapter Proposals: ACRL monograph tentatively titled Student Wellness and Academic Libraries: Case Studies and Activities for Promoting Health and Success

Student wellness, particularly mental health, is emerging as a key issue in higher education. Academic libraries play an essential role in supporting teaching and student learning and are therefore well situated to play a key role in promoting and fostering student wellness.  This edited volume will present case studies that describe successful and innovative approaches in library programming to promote student wellness, as well as research assessing the impact of library wellness initiatives.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

·       Innovative student wellness initiatives with an emphasis on programs that have been assessed.

·       Library initiatives to support at-risk student groups (first year, graduate, first-generation, international, etc.)

·       Partnerships with other campus student service providers or student groups.

·       Education and training initiatives for library staff to help them recognize students in distress.

·       The development of spaces in the library to support student wellness (e.g., meditation spaces).

·       Changes to library policies and operations to promote student wellness (food and noise policies, library hours, fines, etc.)

Proposals should include the following:

·       names of all authors and institutional affiliations,

·       identification of primary contact with e-mail address,

·       title and ~500-word summary of proposed chapter,

·       current CVs for all authors.

Chapters should be unique to this publication – no previously published or simultaneously submitted materials should be included. Authors of accepted proposals will be asked to write a chapter within the range of 6,000 – 9,000 words (including references).

Proposals and inquiries should be emailed to Amber Lannon ( and Sara Holder ( by August 15, 2018. Editors will respond to proposals by September 15, 2018. Full chapter drafts will be due by January 15, 2019.

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

The Association of College and Research Libraries is pleased to announce a new round of the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships. The ACRL Board of Directors has allocated $10,000 in fiscal year 2019 to offer travel scholarships of up to $2,000 each for librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

ACRL invites practicing librarians and information professionals to apply for funding to present their work at higher education conferences or disciplinary conferences where they will reach audiences outside the library field. The presentations may be based on practice-based work or formal research projects. Two rounds of applications will be reviewed in the coming year. The first are due August 31, 2018. The second round of applications will be due February 15, 2019.

Complete details on the Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships, including how to apply, are available on the ACRL website.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force<> seeks volunteers to field-test new surveys it has developed. Its work is based on adapting PLA’s Project Outcome<>, and the new academic library toolkit will launch in 2019. The goal is to provide users with free, easy-to-use, standard surveys that all types of academic libraries can adopt to assess and improve their services, and to benchmark themselves against their peers.

Volunteers are sought from all types of academic libraries – public and private, community college to research intensive – to contribute by field-testing the new outcomes-based surveys and offering feedback on them. If you are interested in participating, please review the information below and complete this form<>.

The Task Force has identified seven general areas around which the surveys focus. To preview the full text of the surveys and a brief introduction to their suggested uses, please view this document (PDF)<>. The general topics are:
1.     Undergraduate Instruction
2.     Events / Programs
3.     Research Support
4.     Teaching Support
5.     Digital Collections
6.     Library Spaces
7.     Library Technology

For each survey, following the Project Outcome model, there are four outcome statements to which patrons respond on a Likert scale. These are based on learning outcomes in the areas of knowledge, confidence, behavior change, and awareness. In addition to the quantitative measures, each survey has two open-ended questions. (In the final version of the toolkit, survey administrators will be able to add up to three additional questions, not at this time.)

Volunteers may choose which survey(s) they would like to test. Choose the survey(s) that best suit your needs based on the text of the questions<> (PDF).


The Task Force aims to complete field-testing by October 31, 2018, in order to have time to analyze results, make any necessary changes, and add the survey text to the new toolkit prior to the launch in April 2019. With that in mind we are looking for volunteers who can field test during the summer (July / August) or early fall (September / October).

To volunteer to participate in this initiative, please complete this form<>.

Why Participate?

In addition to being asked to administer the new surveys, volunteers have an opportunity to provide feedback that will shape the new toolkit.

While the survey responses submitted during the field-testing process will not be entered into the Project Outcome database, staff will provide you with raw data from your programs.

Learn More

Attend a free webinar to learn more about ACRL Project Outcome and the field-testing process. The webinar will be hosted by Eric Ackermann (Task Force chair), Sara Goek (ACRL staff liaison), and Emily Plagman (PLA). The webinar will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at 1pm Central Time (2pm ET / 12pm MT / 11am PT).

Complete your free registration online<> by July 9. If you register and cannot attend, you will still receive a link to the recording afterwards.

Please direct any further questions to Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow Sara Goek at<>.

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ACRL 2019 Conference Keynote Speakers Announced

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces its celebrated lineup of keynote speakers for the ACRL 2019 Conference<>, “Recasting the Narrative” to be held April 10- 13, in Cleveland, Ohio. Be challenged and inspired by ACRL’s three thought-provoking speakers, who also double as award-winning journalists, authors and cartoonists.

Opening Keynote, April 10, 2019 – Michele Norris, Journalist

Michele Norris is a Peabody Award-winning journalist, founder of The Race Card Project and Executive Director of The Bridge, The Aspen Institute’s new program on race, identity, connectivity and inclusion.

For more than a decade Michele served as a host of NPR’s All Things Considered where she interviewed world leaders, American presidents, Nobel laureates, leading thinkers and groundbreaking artists. She has also produced in-depth profiles, interviews and series for NPR News programs as well as special reports for National Geographic, Time Magazine, ABC News and Lifetime Television. Norris created The Race Card Project, an initiative to foster a wider conversation about race in America, after the publication of her family memoir, “The Grace of Silence: A Family Memoir.” In the book she turns her formidable interviewing and investigative skills on her own background to unearth long hidden family secrets that raise questions about her racial legacy and shed new light on America’s complicated racial history.

Middle Keynote, April 11, 2019 – Viet Thanh Nguyen, Author

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. His remarkable debut novel, “The Sympathizer,” won the Pulitzer Prize, was a Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner, and made the finalist list for the PEN/Faulkner award.

Viet and his family came to the United States as refugees during the Vietnam War in 1975. As he grew up in America, he began to notice that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective, globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the conflict. The New York Times says that his novel, “The Sympathizer,” “fills a void…giving voice to the previously voiceless while it compels the rest of us to look at the events of forty years ago in a new light.” His voice is refreshing and powerful as he urges readers to examine the legacy of that tumultuous time and its aftermath from a new perspective.

Viet was the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. The MacArthur foundation noted that Viet’s work “not only offers insight into the experiences of refugees past and present, but also poses profound questions about how we might more accurately and conscientiously portray victims and adversaries of other wars.”

Closing Keynote, April 13, 2019 – Alison Bechdel, Cartoonist

Alison Bechdel is an internationally beloved cartoonist whose darkly humorous graphic memoirs, astute writing and evocative drawing have forged an unlikely intimacy with a wide and disparate range of readers.

For twenty-five years Alison self-syndicated Dykes to Watch Out For. The award-winning generational chronicle has been called “one of the pre-eminent oeuvres in the comics genre, period” by Ms. Magazine. From the strip was born the now famous “Bechdel test,” which measures gender bias in film.

Her first graphic novel “Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic” was named the Best Book of the year by TIME, describing the tightly architected investigation into her closeted bisexual father’s suicide “a masterpiece about two people who live in the same house but different worlds, and their mysterious debts to each other.” “Fun Home” was a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award and was adapted into a Broadway musical that has won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. Alison was the recipient of a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship and in 2014 she received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. In their citation the MacArthur Foundation noted that Alison “is changing our notions of the contemporary memoir and expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form.”

Additional details about the ACRL 2019 Conference are available on the conference website<>. Registration and housing are currently available. For more information about ACRL 2019, contact ACRL Conference Manager Tory Ondrla at<> or 312-280-2515.

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(via Rachel Minkin, Michigan State University)

The ACRL Board of Directors is seeking input on the development of the association’s Signature Initiative on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI). During the Leadership Council meeting at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting, the Board solicited comments from leaders across the association regarding equity, diversity, and social justice related concerns within their libraries and institutions, as well as suggestions for how ACRL might better support these efforts. The Board has reviewed and digested those suggestions and encourages you to respond to a new poll to provide additional input.

The poll focuses on a variety of programmatic elements that ACRL could pursue as part of the EDI Signature Initiative, and we would appreciate your help in prioritizing where we should begin. Please complete the 5-to-7 minute poll by Friday, June 29, in advance of the Board’s Fall Strategic Planning Meeting. We hope to also convene a virtual membership meeting to review the results early in the fall.


Thank you very much for your input in helping us move forward on these vital issues.

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UIUC’s Ann Zettervall is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Ann Zettervall is a MSLIS Student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign<> in Champaign, Illinois<,-88.2153136,10z>. Ann first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 18, 2018.

Describe yourself in three words: Thorough, Inquisitive, Patient.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Right now, I’m reading two books. I’m rereading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins<>on my Kindle for fun while also reading Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition<> by Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor, and David P. Miller for my summer class.

Describe ACRL in three words: Educational, Innovative, Inclusive.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? As soon as I was accepted to the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I searched for professional organizations I could join in order to learn as much as possible beyond the classroom. I joined ACRL  because I always planned to work as a librarian in higher education. By joining ACRL, I hoped to learn about current issues and trends in academic libraries and the associated research as well as to make connections with current librarians.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? My goal is to work as a health sciences librarian at a large research university. I also have a strong interest in instructional design. I would like to be able to combine these interests by working closely with faculty and students to integrate information literacy and library resource education into the curriculum. ACRL provides educational online programs, librarian profiles, and research and information trends that will help me guide my learning throughout my program. Making professional connections can provide me with mentorship and guidance on how the field is developing and how I can develop my skills to support my passions and career goals.

In your own words: Academic librarianship is the cornerstone of research and education in higher education. While librarians maintain resources and access to these resources, academic librarians go a step beyond by collaborating with faculty for teaching and research needs. As I focus on a career in health sciences librarianship, I am excited to have the opportunity to educate users to efficiently and effectively evaluate and navigate resources throughout their careers. I hope to encourage faculty and students to see academic librarianship as a resource for educational collaborations. I hope to constantly improve my ability to educate, serve, and collaborate with users by reflecting on my teaching and reference successes and failures through research.

The interview is also available at

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