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Reminder: IACRL and ILA Elections Run from April 1 to 30

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Biographical statements for candidates for the ILA Board are available here in advance of the voting period. Polls open on Wednesday, April 1, and close on Friday, April 30. All personal members of the association are eligible to vote. Paper ballots will be sent to persons requesting one.

Your personal membership must be current and active as of March 31, 2020, to receive a ballot. E-mail ila@ila.org if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.

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The IACRL Nominating Committee has announced the 2020 candidates for election to the IACRL Board. Biographical statements are available hereThe polls will open electronically Wednesday, April 1, and close Friday, April 30. Please note: You must be a personal member of ILA, including belonging to IACRL, in order to vote. Be sure your membership is current no later than March 31. E-mail ila@ila.org​ if you are not sure about the status of your membership, or if you have any additional questions.

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(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL President)

IACRL has decided to cancel the webinar viewing. It will reschedule the event for later in 2020. More information on the event is below.

Interested in learning more about how to communicate in clear and precise language online, especially through library websites, research guides, and virtual instruction? Want an opportunity to network with academic and research librarian colleagues? Never visited Northern Illinois University’s Founders Memorial Library and want to take a tour? Consider attending a viewing of the ACRL webinar “Teaching Online in Plain Language: Creating Clear Research Guides, Library Websites, and Online Instruction” at Founders Memorial Library in Dekalb, IL.

A description of the webinar is below.

“Plain language” is a term from the legal field: federal law requires that government agencies are required to use clear communication that the public can understand and use. As online teachers, we can take advantage of the set of clear guidelines and best practices that has grown up around this requirement. The federal plain language guidelines are fully in line with web usability recommendations, and can help streamline and clarify our online teaching. Whether you’re writing for a library website, a tutorial, a research guide or some other format, you’ll learn how to make your materials more accessible to the widest possible audience without dumbing them down.

Light breakfast refreshments will be served. After the webinar, discuss related issues and concepts with fellow attendees. End your morning with a tour of the NIU Memorial Library.

There is no cost associated with attending the event itself, and it is open to all Illinois academic and research librarians, regardless of whether or not they are members of IACRL.

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The Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) Awards Committee is putting together a proposal for a new annual award that would recognize excellence in scholarly publishing by Illinois academic and research librarians. The Illinois Library Association, of which IACRL is a forum, will review the proposal and decide on whether to create the award. The winner of the award would receive a certificate and a check at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference each fall.

One of the requirements for submitting an award proposal is to have obtained a minimum three-year sponsorship. The sponsor would cover the cost of the monetary part of the award over that three-year period. While there is no set rule for the amount of the check the winner would receive each fall (other than that it be at least $200), similar awards, including the Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award, have a $500 amount. Therefore, the sponsor would need to cover $1,500 over a three-year period. Sponsorship of a lesser amount would be acceptable also, however, as long as it meets the $200 annual minimum. The sponsor would need to cover a $50 annual administrative fee, also, along with the cost of any certificate or plaque for the recipient.

More information about the procedures for creating a new award are available on the Illinois Library Association’s awards webpage (scroll halfway down). Additionally, the criteria for the award that the IACRL Awards Committee has put together are below.

  • must be a current employee, full-time or part-time, of an Illinois academic or research library (all staff eligible, regardless of level of education, including whether or not posses a master’s degree in library science)
  • membership in ILA and IACRL not required, as long as affiliated with an Illinois academic or research library or organization
  • publication or other scholarly communication must have appeared within the last calendar year before the deadline for award submissions
  • publication may take the form of a book chapter, journal article, blog post, or other form of scholarly communication
  • presentations at conferences, symposia, or other events are acceptable, as long as they take the form of a written report or overview, in addition to just an oral presentation or poster
  • pre-publication work acceptable, as long as nominee plans to submit a final version for inclusion in a scholarly journal, monograph, blog, or other means of communication
  • publications for which one is a co-author (as opposed to a solo author) are acceptable, as long as the nominee played a substantial role in researching, writing, and revising the publication; if the co-author or co-authors are not Illinois-based, or if they are in Illinois but work in a field other than librarianship, that is fine, as long as the actual nominee meets the award criteria
  • content of publication or other scholarly communication must be relevant to issues affecting Illinois academic and research libraries
  • submission should describe a project, initiative, program, survey, or other activity that readers could realistically apply at their own institutions (in other words, shouldn’t be merely promoting the author’s or authors’ own work or accomplishments)
  • winner selected based on quality of submission’s writing and scholarly research, along with usefulness of discussed program or project to Illinois academic and research libraries
  • winner will receive a certificate and a check for $500 (or another amount, depending on sponsorship)

If your organization would be interested in sponsoring the award, or if you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL Awards Committee Chair, at eedwards@ilsos.gov.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations | No Comments »

Interested in discussing current topics in librarianship with colleagues in Illinois? Michelle Nielsen Ott is putting together a schedule for the IACRL Journal Club for 2020. Based on feedback, it is switching to bi-monthly and is partnering with the CARLI instruction article club. So far the 2020 schedule is:

  • February 26 at 1:00 PM (Central): We will partner with the CARLI Instruction Committee and discuss Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election” by Stefanie R. Bluemle, Augustana College. Please register here. More information is below.
    • The Instruction Committee has selected the following article for discussion. If you’re interested in participating, please read the article in advance. Instruction Committee members will moderate the discussion, and there will be prepared questions to guide our conversation. We hope you will also come with your own perspectives and queries to offer. We’re excited to share that author Stefanie Bluemle will be on hand to participate in our discussion and answer questions about her work.
    • *Winner of ACRL Instruction Publication of the Year
    • Abstract: “This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls post-facts, to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans’ media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.”
    • Link: click here
  • April 23rd at 12:00 PM (Central): Emily Gilbert (Rasmussen College) will lead on the topic of virtual reference. Please register here.

If you would like to lead a session in June, August, October, or December, let Michelle know, at at mnielsenott@methodistcol.edu.

Posted in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Scholarly Publishing, Webinars | No Comments »

(via ACRL)

Mary Ellen K. Davis, executive director of the Association of College & Research (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced her retirement, effective April 24, 2020.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve the academic and research library community through my various roles at ACRL,” Davis reflected. “I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish working together with passionate members and a dedicated staff.”

Davis has led ACRL since 2001, the longest serving executive director in ACRL’s more than 75-year history. She first came to ALA in 1984 as assistant director for the NEH-funded “Let’s Talk About it” Program, and from there held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in ACRL, including editor and publisher of C&RL News, manager of professional development, and associate director, culminating with her appointment as executive director.

During her tenure as executive director, Davis oversaw innovations and programs that helped academic and research librarians advance learning, transform scholarship, and document their contributions to the broader campus and higher education communities. She expanded ACRL’s professional development opportunities, including transforming the ACRL Conference and developing the ACRL RoadShow program; stewarded the move to open access for ACRL’s journals; and strengthened the association’s focus on advocacy and relationships with higher education associations.

ACRL will celebrate Davis’ significant accomplishments in leading the profession at the 2020 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Read more about Davis and her accomplishments on ACRL Insider.

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Want to make a difference in the Illinois academic librarian community? Looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills? Consider running for an Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) office!

Two offices, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice-President/President-Elect, are on the ballot each spring. The Secretary/Treasurer serves a one-year term. The Vice-President/President-Elect serves a year in that position, followed by a year as President and another year as Past President. All terms begin and end at the conclusion of the IACRL Luncheon and Annual Meeting, at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference each October.

The responsibilities of each office are listed in Article VII of the IACRL Bylaws. The IACL Executive Board conducts most of its work via e-mail and monthly conference calls, with opportunities to meet face-to-face at the ILA Orientation Session in July and the ILA Annual Conference. (Attendance at these events is not required, however.)

If you would be interested in running for either office, or you would like to nominate a colleague, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, at eedwards@ilsos.gov, no later than Friday, March 6. Candidates will need to submit a biography and picture, for inclusion on the ballot, by Sunday, March 15. The elections will run from April 1 to April 30, and IACRL will announce the winners in early May.

Please note that membership in IACRL is a requirement to run for office. One must be a member by the time the elections open, on April 1. To join IACRL, one will need to be a personal member of the Illinois Library Association, but there is no additional cost to become an IACRL member.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards.

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(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, Western Illinois University)

Interested in discussing current topics in librarianship with colleagues in Illinois? Michelle Nielsen Ott is putting together a schedule for the IACRL Journal Club for 2020. Based on feedback, it is switching to bi-monthly and is partnering with the CARLI instruction article club. So far the 2020 schedule is:

  • February 26 at 1:00 PM (Central): We will partner with the CARLI Instruction Committee and discuss Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election” by Stefanie R. Bluemle, Augustana College. Please register here. More information is below.
    • The Instruction Committee has selected the following article for discussion. If you’re interested in participating, please read the article in advance. Instruction Committee members will moderate the discussion, and there will be prepared questions to guide our conversation. We hope you will also come with your own perspectives and queries to offer. We’re excited to share that author Stefanie Bluemle will be on hand to participate in our discussion and answer questions about her work.
    • *Winner of ACRL Instruction Publication of the Year
    • Abstract: “This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls post-facts, to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans’ media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the “Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education,” drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.”
    • Link: click here
  • April 23rd at 12:00 PM (Central): Emily Gilbert (Rasmussen College) will lead on the topic of virtual reference. Please register here.

If you would like to lead a session in June, August, October, or December, let Michelle know, at at mnielsenott@methodistcol.edu.

Posted in Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL and RAILS are excited to announce a new event for Spring 2020 – Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up! on Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal We hope this professional development opportunity will be the first of many to Spark our enthusiasm to share and connect with each other as academic librarians in Illinois. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The committee is now seeking proposals that feature the theme Connect and Get Fired Up! Speakers will share their experience with participants in 15-minute lightning rounds. After a set of lightning rounds, speakers will lead round table discussions with participants to network and discuss each lightning round topic. Participants will be able to share their own experiences and ideas with one another. Proposals are due Friday, March 6.

For more information, please go to https://www.ila.org/events/spark-connect-and-get-fired-up

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, IACRL Communications Committee Chair)

Are social media platforms your thing? Please consider joining the IACRL Communications Committee and helping to engage the public through our Facebook and Twitter accounts (via Hootsuite). Spread the word about IACRL, its committees’ activities, and upcoming events!

If interested, please contact me at ka-bowers-sharpe@wiu.edu.

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Want to make a difference in the Illinois academic librarian community? Looking for an opportunity to develop your leadership skills? Consider running for an Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) office!

Two offices, Secretary/Treasurer and Vice-President/President-Elect, are on the ballot each spring. The Secretary/Treasurer serves a one-year term. The Vice-President/President-Elect serves a year in that position, followed by a year as President and another year as Past President. All terms begin and end at the conclusion of the IACRL Luncheon and Annual Meeting, at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference each October.

The responsibilities of each office are listed in Article VII of the IACRL Bylaws (https://www.ila.org/forums/illinois-association-of-college-research/iacrl-bylaws). The IACL Executive Board conducts most of its work via e-mail and monthly conference calls, with opportunities to meet face-to-face at the ILA Orientation Session in July and the ILA Annual Conference.

If you would be interested in running for either office, or you would like to nominate a colleague, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, at eedwards@ilsos.gov, no later than Friday, March 6. Candidates will need to submit a biography and picture, for inclusion on the ballot, by Sunday, March 15. The elections will run from April 1 to April 30, and IACRL will announce the winners in early May.

Please note that membership in IACRL is a requirement to run for office. One must be a member by the time the elections open, on April 1. To join IACRL, one will need to be a personal member of the Illinois Library Association, but there is no additional cost to become an IACRL member.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards.

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