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(via Dr. Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

Have you ever wished that you had more time to engage with teaching faculty and other instructors at your institution about information literacy in a more in-depth way? Register for the free online presentation “Learning together – Case studies in implementing faculty learning communities around information literacy”. In this panel presentation, librarians from four different institutions will share their experiences working with information literacy-focused faculty learning communities.

Jenny Dale is currently leading a learning community for recipients of UNCG’s Information Literacy Faculty Development Awards. Joanna Gadsby and Katy Sullivan facilitated a faculty learning community in 2018-2019 called “Cultivating Critical Thinking: Integrating Information Literacy into Course Content” through UMBC’s Faculty Development Center. Hazel McClure and Debbie Morrow facilitated a faculty learning community in 2017-2018 called “Evaluating Resources, Misinformation, and Fake News: Promoting Advanced Information Literacy in the Classroom ” through GVSU’s Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center.

Heather Snapp facilitated an “Integrating Information Literacy ” Faculty Learning Community while serving as a Lucas Center Faculty Fellow at FGCU in Spring and Fall 2019. All panelists will share how their faculty learning communities came to be, how they have been funded or otherwise supported, how they set goals and outcomes for their communities, how they selected content and developed activities for learning community participants, how they assessed these projects, and other lessons they learned along the way. Participants will leave the session with several different faculty development learning community models to consider and a plan for investigating potential opportunities at their own institutions.

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Tuesday, July 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, via Zoom. Register here.

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(via Brian Vetruba, University of Minnesota)

The ACRL Digital Scholarship Section Virtual Professional Development Program for Summer 2020, “Building on What We’ve Learned: Approaches to Library Publishing from Three Different Universities,” will be held on Thursday, July 23, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. The program will discuss three different models for library publishing, with a focus on collaboration, sustainability, and accessibility. Presenters include Johanna Meetz (The Ohio State University), Karen Bjork (Portland State University) and Annie Johnson (Temple University).

This program is presented by the ACRL DSS Professional Development Committee, in collaboration with the Outreach Committee and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Registration is free. To sign up to attend, go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar. A program recording will be distributed to registrants after the conclusion of the session.

Please direct any questions to Patrice-Andre “Max” Prud’homme, DSS Professional Development Committee Chair, at pprudho@okstate.edu.

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(via ACRL)

The ACRL Board of Directors approved the establishment of the Diversity Alliance Task Force. The Diversity Alliance Task Force will oversee the ACRL Diversity Alliance program and will be tasked to carry out the recommendations from the current oversight task force, whose terms expire in June 2020, to grow and develop the program. ACRL President Karen Munro and ACRL President-Elect Jon Cawthorne invite you to volunteer to serve on the task force.

The deadline to volunteer is 5:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, June 30. Complete details on the task force and the link to volunteer are available on the ACRL website.

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(via Cynthia Romanowski, Governors State University)

The ACRL Technical Services Interest Group invites you to join us virtually for two presentations on:

Date: Tuesday, June 23

Time: 12:00 PM CDT

Place: Zoom

The following will be 20-minute presentations with a five-minute question session:

Cataloging Virtual Reality programming: why and how — Joy DuBose, Assistant Professor, Special Collections Cataloger at Mississippi State University Libraries

When video games really came to the forefront, there were arguments as to whether these materials should be offered by libraries and whether or not they should be cataloged. Now with the appearance of virtual reality (VR), which has games and programming that are mostly in digital format, these arguments are returning. Many libraries are questioning whether or not to add this technology, and whether to catalog it.

While VR has taken off in many ways in the public arena, libraries are somewhat slower to do so. The Mitchell Memorial Library at Mississippi State University has embraced VR. Through the library students, faculty, and non-university affiliates can experience VR on several different systems. However, questions were soon raised on how exactly do we catalog VR programming? This presentation examines the question of should these materials be cataloged, the different questions that arose during the process, and the workflow that was created to catalog these materials.

Merging all Acquisitions functions into one cohesive unit: a case study at University of Nevada, Las Vegas — Jennifer Culley, Lead Acquisitions Librarian, Continuing Resources & Collections, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

I am the Lead Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I started in October of 2019. My position was tasked with pulling together two units into one. One unit was responsible for one time purchases, including material receiving and invoice processing. The other area was tasked with ongoing resources acquisitions which also would include invoice processing in addition to all access issues such as activation, troubleshooting and cancellation. In addition to merging these two areas together the library was also about to hit two years post migration to a new library system. This presentation will explain the division of duties for these areas, how I merged them together, as well as how I pulled together the staff into one cohesive unit. Also, as not all library systems have the same capabilities, I would like to share how I am evaluating processes and procedures and making changes to better align with the opportunities available in the new system. This presentation is to serve as a case study for how this can be done, and hopefully allow the audience to get ideas for their own libraries, as well as allow for questions.

Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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(via John Siegel, University of South Carolina Upstate)

The ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group invites you to attend our webinar series on Interactive Online Learning. Each one-hour webinar will include three presentations on either learning strategies or tools to enhance your interactive online learning practices.

The first session will happen on Friday, July 10, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. There is no cost. If you cannot attend, a link to the recording will be posted following the webinar and shared on this listserv.

Register for this session here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Two more webinars in this series will be offered at the same time on July 24 and August 7. Reserve the dates, and we will release the registrations shortly.

We are pleased to welcome the following presentations on July 10.

“Transforming an interactive systematic review methods workshop series from face-to-face to the virtual environment: Tools and strategies for synchronous instruction”

How do you take a series of interactive scaffolded Systematic Reviews workshops that were designed around group activities and active learning, and transform them for the virtual learning environment? We will discuss how our activities were redesigned and how we chose which tool or software to use to facilitate each activity. Existing features of video conferencing software and common tools/applications such as those of the Google suite can be leveraged to create either collaborative group-based or individual activities to use in the virtual environment.


The presenters, Dr Zahra Premji and Dr K. Alix Hayden are librarians at Libraries and Cultural Resources, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. They provide extensive consultation to faculty and students conducting systematic reviews. In addition, Dr. Premji co-taught a graduate course on systematic reviews, and Dr. Hayden was co-instructor for an undergraduate nursing course on systematic reviews. As well, the presenters provide a series of three workshops, 2 hours each, that focus on systematic reviews for graduate students. The presenters are also co-authors on numerous knowledge synthesis studies and have worked with University of Calgary researchers/students, as well as other organizations including the 5th & 6th International Consensus Statement on Sport Concussions.

“Quick and Easy Accessibility Tips”

Our session will begin by covering a few quick tips for digital accessibility. We will also cover tools included with PowerPoint that aid in making slides accessible. Lastly, we will touch on WCAG’s 2.2 guidelines, audio described video, and EEAAP (Equally Effective Alternate Access Plan).


Megan De Armond, MSLIS, is Research and Instruction Librarian at Touro University Nevada. Faye Mazzia, MLIS, is the Electronic & Technical Services Librarian at Touro University Nevada. Both presenters are passionate about improving information access and experience.

“Live Searching Beyond Show and Tell”

Online, there’s often a temptation to present content, rather than asking participants to actively engage with the content. Creating opportunities for participants to actively engage with content, however, gives participants a deeper more personal experience, and a better understanding of content. In this session, the presenters model one method for running active search simulations in bibliographic databases. Together, participants will plan, execute, and evaluate a search strategy, as well as discuss the strategies that make such an exercise successful. This session is based on a larger interactive webinar that the presenters offer on reducing implicit bias in reference services.


Molly Higgins, MLIS, is currently a Reference and Digital Services Librarian and the Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service. She has previously worked in medical libraries, education, and social justice.

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 University of the Pacific. Rachel has also worked as a Youth Services Librarian for a large public library system and as a Clinical Medical Librarian. She holds a MS from Drexel University and a BA from Willamette University. When not working, Rachel enjoys spending time with her two large dogs and playing both video and board games.

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(via ACRL)

The publication College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) is looking for images from library collections to feature on upcoming covers. If you have items in your collections that you think would make attractive C&RL News covers, we would love to see them. To submit images (or image collections), send URLs for Web-based images or images directly as attachments to David Free, at dfree@ala.org. Please include a brief description of the item and your collection. Images selected to appear as C&RL News covers will require a high-resolution electronic image (300 dpi or higher) to be submitted prior to the publication date.

Complete guidelines for the submission of cover illustrations are available on the C&RL News website.

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(via Caroline Sinkinson, University of Colorado Boulder)

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 Wednesday, July 15.

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(via Julia Bauder, Grinnell College)

Do you ever help students or faculty with research data management? Does that work involve teaching them the knowledge, skills and abilities they need to manage research data on their own? Then you are invited and encouraged to submit chapter proposals for an upcoming book to be published by ALA Editions, tentatively titled Teaching Research Data Management. Each chapter should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, and should include a discussion of the ways in which you and/or your colleagues and institution are teaching research data management skills to students (at any level), faculty, and staff.

Possible topics for these case studies could include, but are not limited to, methods for incorporating research data management topics into library instruction sessions, experiences promoting research data management, or strategies for getting community buy-in for good research data management practices across your institution. Chapters covering outreach to populations that less commonly receive research data management instruction, such as social sciences and humanities departments or undergraduate students, are particularly encouraged.

To submit a proposal, please e-mail the following to bauderj@grinnell.edu by Friday, August 14:

  • An approximately 400-word summary of the proposed chapter.
  • For each author:
    • Name, institution, and current title.
    • A list of previous publications.
    • If no previous publications, please include or link to a writing sample.


August 14, 2020: Chapter proposals due.
September 11, 2020: Authors notified of acceptance of chapter proposals.
December 18, 2020: Chapter drafts due.
February 1, 2021: Chapter drafts returned to authors for revisions.
April 5, 2021: Chapter revisions due.

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal. Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Julia Bauder, Teaching Research Data Management editor, at bauderj@grinnell.edu.

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UIC’s Teresa Helena Moreno is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Teresa Helena Moreno, Librarian + Undergraduate Engagement Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Daley Library, is the ACRL Member of the Week. The Member of the Week interview is below, and it is also available on the ACRL website.

Describe yourself in three words

Tenacious, empathetic, political.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?

I am currently making my way through Jennifer C. Nash’s latest book titled “Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality”. I had the opportunity to hear Nash speak at a conference about her scholarship years before and I have been looking forward to reading her book. Her work is looks at the relationship between feminism and the theory of intersectionality. She maps the term on to the field of feminist studies as well as other institutions such as the National Women’s Studies Association to highlight the way the theory has operated in the disciplines and feminist institutions. She’s really breaking the connections down in ways I had not considered prior to engaging her work. It’s been an informative read so far!

Describe ACRL in three words

Collegial, resource, important.

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL?

What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I joined ACRL as a student because I wanted to get a jump start on networking and building community with future colleagues. I wanted to be sure to be connected to my colleagues to keep a pulse on what the trends were in academic libraries as well as to make sure my voice was also incorporated into our field’s discourse early on in my library career.

What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals?

Librarianship was a mid career shift for me and so I entered into the field with knowing that some day I would end up in a leadership position–as an AUL, dean, director, etc. I am currently focused on practicing librarianship so that I can more fully understand how to lead. I am looking to ACRL to not only keep me abreast of the key movements and developments within the field, but also to be in touch with leaders within our field to continue to grow and expand my skill set.

In your own words

Much of my time as an academic librarian is to help create pathways for the researcher to see how information is shaped and molded as well as to challenge what we know as being absolute. Prior to becoming a librarian, my academic home was in interdisciplinary academic departments, namely Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies. Because of this, my theoretical framework and approach to librarianship is one that is rooted in these academic fields. I work with researchers to better understand that libraries and their archives are imagined spaces. They comprise information that is skillfully managed and curated by librarians’ imaginations and creativity, but there are limitations as well as the need for critique of our curatorial choices. In my work as both an educator and librarian, I work with researchers to examine the production of knowledge–who and what gets left out of narratives, why certain narratives are so hard to find, and how and why pieces of history and stories are framed the way they are.

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(via Rachel Hamelers, Muhlenberg College)

Research Forum (separate registration required)

Please join us for the ACRL Science and Technology Session Research Forum on Thursday, June 18, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. Please register for this free event here, so that we can send you a Zoom link to participate.

We are pleased to showcase our two research forum presentations:

Abigail Goben, University of Illinois at Chicago – Current Practices in Data Management Education: Results of Surveying Doctoral Nursing Programs 

Despite growing data capture and reuse for quality improvement, informatics, and research, little is known about nursing data management (DM) education. Health sciences librarians and nurse faculty collaborated to determine how DM is taught in nursing doctoral programs. The purpose of this study was to identify current practices of DM education and where gaps exist.

Greg Nelson, Brigham Young University – Think Twice Before You Get Rid of Your Backfiles! Scan Quality of Elseiver’s Electronic Backfile PDF Collection

Journal publisher Elsevier sells perpetual access to their research articles published prior to 1995 through an institution’s ScienceDirect subscription. Brigham Young University recently purchased a large number of the backfile collections and wanted to evaluate the collection’s scan quality in hopes to deaccession our matching print collection and free needed shelf space. This is the first evaluation assessing the scan quality of Elsevier’s large corpus of electronic backfiles and will provide evaluation criteria for those contemplating a purchase or for those who may also want to determine whether to keep or discard in-house print versions of their Elsevier journal collection.


Poster Session (separate registration required)

Please join us for the ACRL Science and Technology Section 2020 Virtual Poster Session on Thursday, June 19, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. Please register here to receive a Zoom link for the poster presentation session and a Google folder link to view and comment on the posters after the session.

In the live session on June 19, presenters will showcase their work and take questions. The digital posters will then be open for viewing and commenting for one week (June 19-June 26). Presenters will actively engage with commenters during this time. Posters are:

  • Biomedical Engineering a visualization analysis based on Web of Science data, Nestor L. Osorio Northern Illinois University
  • Calling Earth: The academic library as podcaster, Drew Smith, University of South Florida; Meghan Cook, University of South Florida; and Matt Torrence, University of South Florida
  • Framing our future: The development of the Science and Technology Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, Britt Foster, California State University, Fresno and the members of the STS Framework Taskforce
  • Is this offer a good deal? Analyzing data to make informed collections decisions, Allison Langham-Putrow, University of Minnesota (poster available online only)
  • Memes of engagement: Using memes on social media to engage students, Samuel R Putnam, University of Florida
  • Planting trees while performing scientific scholarly research: An evaluation of the Ecosia search engine, Aleshia Huber, Binghamton University
  • Preventing the sophomore slump: Information literacy for second-year science undergraduates, Nicole Helregel, Purchase College (SUNY)
  • STS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force findings and recommendations, Stacy H. Johnson, Sam Houston State University; Natasha Johnson, Purdue University; and  Bonnie L. Fong, Rutgers University-Newark
  • The ‘elements’ of data literacy: Exploring competencies in undergraduate chemistry education, Megan Carlton, University of North Carolina – Greensboro and Kay Bjornen, Oklahoma State University
  • Visual literacy strategies in STEM library instruction, Allison Brungard, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania
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