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(via Melissa Tracy, American Library Association)

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the Fall, 2017, issue.  RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.

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STS Liaisons Online Forum on Wednesday, July 12 (2:15-3:30 PM)

(via Li Zhang, University of Saskatchewan)

Join us for the the ACRL-STS Liaisons Online Forum, which will take place on Wednesday, July 12, from 2:15 to 3:30 PM CST. The Forum will be presented by the STS Liaisons Committee. STS maintains a liaison program to encourage STS members to report on the meetings and activities of science and technology organizations. Our liaisons have the important role of helping to develop connections between librarians and other STEM professionals.

During this free virtual forum, three liaisons who have recently attended meetings for their organizations will share the key activities in their liaising organizations. The liaisons will also discuss service opportunities and resources available to STS members in the different organizations. There will be time for questions, so come prepared to learn about recent developments and trends in the Association for Information Science and Technologythe Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, and the Medical Library Association. The speakers will be Kristin Bogdan, Tufts University (STS Liaison to the Association for Information Science and Technology), Annette Parde-Maass, Creighton University (STS Liaison to the Medical Library Association), and Margaret Phillips, Purdue University (STS Liaison to the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society of Engineering Education). 

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Reminder: Deadline for IACRL@ILA Proposals is Friday, June 30

(via Lindsay Harmon, IACRL President)

Did you miss the deadline to propose a program for the 2017 ILA Annual Conference? Good news: you have another chance! The ILA Conference Program Committee has reserved several spots for additional academic library programming. We’re especially interested in programs related to the following topics.

  • marketing and outreach
  • programming
  • leadership
  • instruction
  • assessment
  • scholarly communication/collections

Bonus points if your proposal relates to the Conference themes below.

  • community and campus engagement and wellness
  • compassionate service
  • internal and external leadership at all levels
  • activism and social justice initiatives
  • student success and achievement
  • behind the scenes work that supports access and the patron experience
  • assessment and data driven decision making

Program proposal submissions are due by Friday, June 30. To submit a proposal, go here and click the big blue “Submit Your Program Proposal” button.

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(via Sara 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 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, August 4.

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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), tolib.learning.theories@gmail.com by Monday, June 19. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 7. If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at yen.tran@sjsu.edu; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at silke.higgins@sjsu.edu.

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ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit Launches

(via Donna Witek, The University of Scranton)

The ACRL Framework Advisory Board (FAB) is pleased to announce the launch of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Toolkit is intended as a freely available professional development resource that can be used and adapted by both individuals and groups in order to foster understanding and use of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The ACRL Framework Toolkit is available on the ACRL LibGuides site.

Librarians can use the ACRL Framework Toolkit resources in a variety of ways:  for their individual professional development needs; to form a community of practice with their colleagues around the Framework and information literacy; and to develop workshops and professional development opportunities in their libraries and also for local, regional, and state-level events and conferences.

The ACRL Framework Toolkit contains four modules: “Finding Time to Engage the Framework“, “The Framework’s Structure”, “Foundations of the Framework“, and “Strategies for Using the Framework“. A fifth module, “Collaboration and Conversations with the Framework“, is currently in development.  Each module includes essential questions, learning outcomes, and active learning resources such as guided reading activities, discussion prompts, and lists of key readings.

Please direct any questions to FAB Chair Donna Witek, at donna.witek@scranton.edu.

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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), here by Monday, June 19. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Friday, July 7. If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at yen.tran@sjsu.edu; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at silke.higgins@sjsu.edu.

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Applicants Sought for College Library Director Mentoring Program

(via Melissa Jadlos, St. John Fisher College)

If you are a new Library Director at a small college library, please consider joining the College Library Director Mentoring Program. The program, now in its twenty-fifth year, is designed to enhance leadership capabilities of new college  library directors, and to help them meet the unique challenges involved in directing libraries in small colleges. First-year directors are assigned a mentor to listen and provide support throughout the year. There is also a series of webinars and a three-day seminar in March. Topics are based on participants’ needs and may include planning, campus politics, and leadership issues.

A member of the 2016-17 cohort stated, “Thanks to interactions with my mentor, the faculty of the program, and fellow participants I am better able to identify ways to move my institution forward in regard to assessment, policy making, and programming to better serve my college. Though it sometimes feels as if I’m scaling a mountain, it’s encouraging to know that others have similar experiences and can testify to the fact that there are moments in which I’ll be able to reach a vista and enjoy the beauty of the work that has been done.”

Applicants must be new directors at a small-college library (fewer than 3,500 undergraduate FTE) and cannot have previously been a director at a small-college library. Additional information about qualifications and the application process is available on the Program website.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ACRL Board of Director has approved Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the association’s 2007 ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education model prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.

In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians is available here.

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(via Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL Associate Director)

The next ACRL e-Learning webcast will take place on Thursday, June 1. The webinar, titled “Beyond Worksheets: Using Instructional Technologies for Authentic Assessment of Student Learning”, will last from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CST. More information is below.

Academic librarians are no strangers to assessment, but figuring out how to implement authentic assessment can be tricky. We all want our instruction to help students, but how do we know if they are actually learning? Better yet, how can we make this process enjoyable for both the educators (that’s us!) and the students?

This interactive webcast will discuss the importance of designing authentic learning activities tied to information literacy learning outcomes. Learn about a number of instructional technologies that provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate learning while engaging in higher-order skills such as critical thinking, synthesis, and analysis of information.  Engage in analysis of several tech tools and assessment techniques for use in varied instructional scenarios, including one-time class sessions, trainings, and workshops. Most of the techniques discussed will be applicable for assessing students both in-person and online. Webcast participants will receive an instructional technologies evaluation form that can be used to analyze the technologies highlighted in the session for use in their own teaching. This webcast will share successful and easy to implement authentic assessment techniques and tools that will have students showing off their skills in no time.

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