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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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ACRL Releases 2019 Environmental Scan

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2019 Environmental Scan (PDF) provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries, published every other June in C&RL News. The 2019 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

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(via Ginny Pannabecker, Virginia Tech University)

Call for Science and Technology Section Liaisons

Are you a member of a science/technology organization?

Do you normally attend the conference/meeting of the organization?

Would you like to be more involved in STS, or would if you “had the time?”

If so, the STS Liaison program could be a great opportunity for you!

STS maintains a liaison program to encourage STS members to report on the meetings and activities of science and technology organizations. Liaisons have an opportunity to share annual meeting reports and updates via the STS email list, present to the community about what they’ve learned in the annual Spring STS Liaisons Online Forum, and more, as they help develop connections between librarians and other professions.

The following liaison positions (2-year terms) will be available from July 2019:

·  Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)

·  International Association of Aquatic and Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers (IAMSLIC)

·  Special Libraries Association Science-Technology Division (SLA DST)

·  Special Libraries Association Physics, Astronomy, and Math Division (SLA PAM)

STS-appointed liaisons:

·  Are expected to serve at least a two-year term (if possible)

·  Attend the annual conference or meeting of their assigned organization (funding may be available)

·  Report back to the STS community

·  Annual report on key issues, initiatives, interests of the association within 2 weeks of the association’s annual meeting

·  Updates (conference calls, etc.) via the STS email list

·  Other methods you would like to use!


Apply by June 14th, 2019

Please email a short statement (200 words or less) to the STS Liaisons Committee’s SubCommittee for Liaison Recruitment (email addresses below) explaining why you are interested in the association that you would like to be liaison for, and sharing your experience or involvement in that association by June 14th, 2019.

Contact: The 2019 STS Liaisons Committee’s SubCommittee for Liaison Recruitment

·  Ginny Pannabecker ( )

·  Alison Ricker (

·  Allison Langham-Putrow (

See the full STS Liaisons Committee roster and information here:

For more information about STS liaison work, please visit:

Also see the STS Liaisons Committee FAQ available via a public file on ALA Connect (no need to sign in)

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(via Ashley Crane, Sam Houston State University)

June is a great time to reflect on teaching experiences of the previous academic year and find inspiration for next fall. To that end, the ACRL Instruction Section would like to invite you to join one of two virtual brown bag discussions on Monday June 3rd or Tuesday, June 4th to chat about the following article: Folk, A. L. (2018). Drawing on students’ funds of knowledge: using identity and lived experience to join the conversation in research assignments. Journal of Information Literacy12(2) (free to download at the link). These brown bags are designed as an informal way to share ideas and get to know colleagues around the country-a conversation, rather than a webinar-style presentation. This is a pilot test for the IS Building Virtual Communities Task Force, so if you participate, we’d love to hear your feedback afterward.

Monday June 3, 1pm Central Time discussion room sign-up link:

Tuesday, June 4, 11am Central Time discussion room sign-up link:

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of the Illinois Library Association)

ACRL’s Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group (LMOIG) is hosting an inaugural Chicago area meetup for librarians interested in forming a community and discussing ideas related to library marketing, events, promotion, and outreach. The event will be held Thursday, May 30, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at DePaul University Library in Chicago. Participants do NOT need to be members of the interest group or ACRL to attend or present at the event. To present a lightning talk at the event, fill out the form HERE. Please contact the planning group at with questions.

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