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(via Laura Gariepy, Virginia Commonwealth University)

FREE Online Presentation

Raise Your Voice: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion by Participating in Scholarly Peer Review
Presented online via Zoom
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 1pm – 2pm Central Time Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee Register here

Scholarly publishing needs input from diverse voices to ensure both quality and equity. Let an experienced peer reviewer for more than 10 LIS journals show you how scholarly peer review can benefit you, your peers, and the profession as a whole. You will leave this session with a better understanding of the peer review process, how participation in peer review can increase diversity and inclusion in our discipline’s scholarship, the characteristics of a constructive peer review, steps to begin participating as a reviewer, and some hands-on practice in thoughtful, respectful, and constructive peer criticism.

Erin Owens is the Access Services Coordinator and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Sam Houston State University, where she has been a member of the library faculty, in varying roles, for 12 years. She has ten years of experience in publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals, and six years of experience in serving as a peer reviewer for more than 10 different journals in Library and Information Science, including serving on editorial and peer review boards for several journals. She is currently a member of the Editorial Board for College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

This free presentation is sponsored by the ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee. It will take place on Tuesday, September 10th, 2019 from 1pm to 2pm Central time. 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 Brian Lym, Hunter College)

Chapter proposals are requested for an edited volume titled Implementing Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: A Handbook for Academic Libraries, to be published by the Association of College and Research Libraries.  Head Editors are Brian Lym (Hunter College) and Corliss Lee (University of California, Berkeley), and Co-Editors are Tatiana Bryant (Adelphi University), Jonathan Cain (University of Oregon), and Kenneth Schlesinger (Lehman College).

We are seeking case studies, qualitative research studies, quantitative research studies, survey research studies, and other research-based solutions that can be implemented in today’s libraries.  A more detailed outline appears

Proposals, including a 600-800 word abstract, should be submitted by August 19, 2019.  Notification of acceptance will occur by the end of September 2019. Selected authors should expect to submit a full draft of their article no later than January 14, 2020.

Call for Proposals:

Send questions to Head Editors Brian Lym ( and Corliss Lee (

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(via ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has allocated $30,000 in the 2020 fiscal year to offer grants of up to $5,000 each for new research in areas suggested by ACRL’s 2019 report Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future (prepared for ACRL by Nancy Maron and Rebecca Kennison with Paul Bracke, Nathan Hall, Isaac Gilman, Kara Malenfant, Charlotte Roh, and Yasmeen Shorish and available for download or purchase). This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) to support ACRL’s strategic goal that the academic and research library workforce accelerates the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship.

ACRL invites applications from librarians and information professionals seeking to conduct research that will contribute to more inclusive systems of scholarly communications. Proposed research projects should build on the foundations of the ACRL research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future and fill gaps in existing literature. The committee invites proposals using any investigative methods appropriate to the research questions. These include but are not limited to standard quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as critical evaluations, case studies, reflective essays, and (auto)ethnography. Proposals that involve collaboration between librarians and other higher education stakeholders (such as institutional researchers, faculty, early career researchers, administrators, or students), community partners, or other participants in formal and informal systems of scholarly communication are particularly welcome.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, September 30, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by Monday, November 28, 2019. Grant funds will be disbursed within one month following completion of an agreement form.

More information, including guidelines for eligibility and instructions to apply, is available at http://www.ala.or

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(via Carol Wittig, University of Richmond)

Chapters are sought for the forthcoming ACRL book Teaching About “Fake News”: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences.

The problem of “fake news” has captured the attention of administrators and instructors, resulting in a rising demand for librarians to help students learn how to find and evaluate news sources.  But we know that the phrase “fake news” is applied broadly, used to describe a myriad of media literacy issues such as misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and hoaxes. There’s no way we can teach everything there is to know about “fake news” in a 50-minute one-shot library session.  What we can do is tailor our sessions to be relevant to the specific audience. For example, a psychology class may benefit from a session about cognitive biases, while an IT class might want to talk about the non-neutrality of algorithms.  Special populations such as non-traditional students or writing center tutors could also be considered.

Although the chapter may include how you teach the topic, the emphasis should be on the “why” behind fake news.  Why is it so prevalent? Why do people believe it?  Why does it matter? Successful proposals will select one narrow reason and explore it in-depth. The heart of the chapter should explore a particular issue; this is not intended to be an activity cookbook.

Chapter structure:

Each chapter of this book will be designated for a specific audience, discipline, or perspective, and be written by an author with expertise in that area.  In order to provide a foundation for the teaching librarian, it will discuss that specific aspect of fake news and be grounded in the established scholarship.  Next it will include a brief annotated list of accessible readings that could be assigned to participants ahead of a workshop when appropriate.  Authors will be asked to house a student-friendly PowerPoint version of their chapter in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox; the teaching librarian could use it as-is or modify it for the direct instruction portion of a session.  Finally, each chapter will include hands-on activities and discussion prompts that could be used in the actual workshop.

Final chapters will be 2,000-3,000 words in length.

Example chapter summary:

A chapter about the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal would explore the scandal, written so that the teaching librarian would feel she had a good grasp of it.  She could then use the student-friendly PPT in her one-shot workshop, and use the provided active learning exercise.

Submission due dates:

Submit proposals at:  by July 31,  2019

Notifications will be sent by September 1, 2019

Final chapters will be due by December 1, 2019

Possible chapter topics:

These are just examples of disciplines and audiences; we are open to others!

1.       Lessons by discipline

a.       Psychology

b.       Journalism/Communication

c.       History

d.       Information Technology

e.       Sociology

f.        Health Sciences

g.       Rhetoric/Composition

h.       Political Science

i.         Philosophy

j.         Business

2.       Lessons by audience

a.       Writing Center

b.       Senior Citizen groups

c.       Professors

Proposal information:

Authors should complete the following form to submit proposals:

Proposals will include:

  1. Discipline or audience addressed
  2. 100 word abstract of proposed chapter
  3. A sample learning activity

Email with any questions.


Candice Benjes-Small, Head of Research, and Mary K. Oberlies, Research and Instruction Librarian, William & Mary; Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction, University of Richmond

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(via Lisa Becksford, Virginia Tech University)

You are invited to participate in a research survey conducted by members of the Education Committee of ACRL’s Education and Behavioral Sciences Section.

The purpose of this study is to examine the job responsibilities and institutional contexts of education librarians (defined as librarians who serve as liaisons or subject specialists for the discipline of education, which may include a college, school, or department(s) that offer programs such as education studies, teacher education, educational leadership, etc.) Participants in this survey should currently hold a position as an education librarian.

If you choose to participate, you will complete a survey that will take about 10 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and you may stop taking the survey at any time. As an incentive, participants are welcome to submit their email at the end of the survey to enter a drawing to win one of seven (7) $10 Amazon gift cards or one (1) $30 Amazon gift card. Your email address will not be connected to your responses to the survey.

Click the link below to start the survey:

This survey will be open for two weeks. Thank you for your consideration. Questions about this study may be directed to one of the following:


Laura Bonella

Academic Services Librarian

Kansas State University

Lisa Becksford

Online and Graduate Engagement Librarian

Virginia Tech

Katherine Donaldson

Social Sciences/Education Librarian

University of Oregon

Josette Kubicki

Reference and Instruction Librarian

Augusta University

Sarah Parramore

Education Librarian

California State University, Fullerton

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ACRL Releases 2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report

(via the American Library Association)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities/ and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The 2018 survey data is also available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2018.

The 2018 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5.3 million for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $684,000 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $498,000 for baccalaureate schools and $196,000 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 77.2% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2017; comprehensive schools spent an average of 82.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 79.5% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 64.9%. On average, academic libraries spent 76% of their materials budget on ongoing subscriptions.

Expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 55.6% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 72.5% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 51.6% for baccalaureates, 55.4% for comprehensive schools, and 43% for doctoral/research institutions.

Spending per FTE student averaged $81.27 for associate-degree granting institutions, $400 for baccalaureate schools, $262 for comprehensive universities, and $633 for doctoral/research institutions. Staffing at associate-degree granting institutions averaged 4.97 FTE librarians, 5.44 FTE librarians at baccalaureate schools, 7.82 FTE librarians at comprehensive universities, and 30.2 FTE librarians at doctoral/research institutions.

The 2018 survey includes data from 1,726 academic libraries in five major categories:

·         Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)

·         Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)

·         Library services

·         Staffing

·         Library contributions to student success initiatives

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2018 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

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Augustana College’s Bluemle is ACRL Member of the Week

(via ACRL)

Stefanie Bluemle is a research and instruction librarian at Augustana College<> in Rock Island, Illinois. Stefanie has been a member of ACRL for 13 years and is your ACRL member of the week for July 15, 2019.

Describe yourself in three words: Introspective, motivated, analytical.

What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? Lots and lots of journal articles, for one thing. In addition to that, the best books I’ve read so far this year have been The Woman Who Smashed Codes<> by Jason Fagone (the first third takes place on a mysterious estate in the Chicago suburbs, where I grew up), Becoming<> by Michelle Obama, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man<>, which I read for the first time since high school. I love how Ellison rewrites so much of “classic” American literature.

Describe ACRL in three words: Collaborative, informative, helpful.

What do you value about ACRL? ACRL has given me opportunities to learn from other librarians at events ranging from conferences to Immersion to webinars. Being a member helps me stay up to date on developments within the profession. I also value the opportunity my library had a few years ago to participate in the first cohort of Assessment in Action, which allowed us to make strides in the direct assessment of student learning in special collections.

To see the full interview, please go to

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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 September 9, 2019.

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ACRL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion LibGuide Now Available

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL is dedicated to creating diverse and inclusive communities in the association and in academic and research libraries. This Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) permeates the work of the Association, cutting across all ACRL sections, committees, interest and discussion groups, and communities of practice. You can learn more about our wide range of activities related to EDI in the new ACRL Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion LibGuide.

The new guide contains a wealth of information on ways ACRL has implemented the association’s Core Commitment, including the ACRL Diversity Alliance; standards and guidelines; information on conference and online learning programming; links to books, articles, and other publications focusing on EDI topics; a calendar of association activities; and suggestions on ways you can get involved in this important work. The EDI LibGuide is freely available online.

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(via ACRL)

For many years, the academic and research library workforce has worked to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship. Learn about ACRL’s new research agenda “Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future” in a free ACRL Presents webcast on Monday, July 15, 2019. This action-oriented research agenda is designed to provide practical, actionable information for academic librarians; include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of research environments and scholarly communication systems; and point librarians and other scholars toward important research questions to investigate.

Attendees will also learn how to apply for an ACRL research grant of up to $5,000 to investigate timely and substantial research questions, developing solutions that will move the community forward. Register for free online, and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The webcast will be recorded and posted on the ACRL website after the live event.

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