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(via Ann Marshall, Purdue University Fort Wayne)

Do you work with transfer students at your institution, and would you like to share your experiences with fellow librarians? We are seeking a few final proposals for an edited book tentatively titled Transfer Student Success: Advancing Outcomes from the Library, to be published by ALA Editions in Fall 2020.

This edited volume will focus on academic library efforts to engage and support transfer students. The book will be practice-focused, with a firm grounding in the scholarship on transfer students, their use of libraries and information, and libraries’ engagement with them. The three sections of the book as currently planned are as follows:

1.      Welcome to the university: orientation and outreach efforts for new transfer students

2.      Engagement beyond the classroom: co-curricular efforts to engage with transfer students

3.      Building on transfer capital: instruction, information literacy, and research efforts to support student success

We are particularly interested in seeing proposals that fall into the second or third sections outlined above.

The deadline to submit a proposal for consideration is Monday, January 6, 2020.

The submission should include your name, title, affiliation, title of the chapter, and an approximately 250-word proposed description of the work. Collaborative works are encouraged, as well. Chapters should be approximately 8 to 10 pages double-spaced, for a total of between 2,200 to 2,750 words.

Please submit your proposal using this form: will notify you of the status of your submission by January 17, 2020. If accepted, first drafts would be due April 3, 2020.

If you have colleagues who work with transfer students and who may be interested in submitting a proposal, please feel free to share this email.

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Call for Members: ACRL Diversity Alliance

(via Allison Payne, ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives)

The ACRL Diversity Alliance program unites academic libraries committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups. The commitment of each library leader to create one or more residency positions will expand opportunities available to individuals from professionally underrepresented groups to gain the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to thrive in an academic context. Memberships that will begin in 2020 are currently being accepted.

If you would like to become a member, please complete the 2020 Letter of Commitment and invoice or contact ACRL Program Manager for Strategic Initiatives Allison Payne at

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(via IACRL)

The Fall, 2019, issue of ACRL’s Chapter Topics newsletter is now available. The newsletter, which ACRL releases twice annually, highlights meetings, professional-development activities, and other initiatives by statewide ACRL chapters. IACRL has three articles in this issue (all available here). The articles cover the RAILS/IACRL networking events that took place at Waubonsee Community College and Methodist College last spring, in addition to the June ACRL webinar viewing at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Thank you very much to Dan Bostrom (RAILS), Pattie Piotrowski (University of Illinois Springfield), and Kelly Fisher (Eureka College) for contributing IACRL’s articles. IACRL is one of only four statewide chapters to have submissions appear in this issue.

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(via Julia Bauder, Grinnell College)

Do you ever help students or faculty with data? Does that work involve helping them to understand:

  • How to find and interpret data?
  • How to be a critical consumer of data?
  • How to be an ethical producer of data?
  • What it means to decolonize data?
  • Why it’s important to document and share research data?
  • Any other form of data literacy?

Then you are invited and encouraged to submit chapter proposals for an upcoming book to be published by ALA Editions, tentatively titled Teaching Critical Thinking with Numbers: Data Literacy and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Each chapter should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words, and should include a discussion of the ways in which you or your colleagues and institution are incorporating data literacy into your work. Possible topics for these case studies could include, but are not limited to, methods for incorporating data literacy into information literacy instruction, experiences promoting data literacy in digital scholarship projects, or strategies for getting community buy-in for data literacy across your institution. If you have any questions about a topic you are considering, you are encouraged to reach out to Julia Bauder ( to discuss it before submitting a full proposal.

To submit a proposal, please e-mail the following to Julia Bauder, at, by February 3, 2020:

  • 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.


February 3, 2020: Chapter proposals due.

February 21, 2020: Authors notified of acceptance of chapter proposals.

July 1, 2020: Chapter drafts due.

August 14, 2020: Chapter drafts returned to authors for revisions.

October 17, 2020: Chapter revisions due.

Thank you for considering submitting a proposal. Please, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to Julia Bauder.

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(via ACRL)

Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.

If you’d like to become more engaged, ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Jon E. Cawthorne invites you to volunteer to serve on a 2020-21 division or section committee. The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!

If you wish to be considered for a committee appointment, complete the ACRL volunteer form by February 14, 2020. For more information and a link to the volunteer form, visit the ACRL website.

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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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