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(via Sarah McHone-Chase, Northern Illinois University)

I am writing an article for the ILA Reporter, and I would like to hear about the experience of others.

At Northern Illinois University Libraries, we have other University offices in our building: tutoring, Writing Center, and others–even our Caribou Coffee. So, we have a lot of people who work in the library, but don’t work for the Library. If I had to say that there were problems with this arrangement, I would say that it is fracturing to our sense of community: we don’t all know each other. This manifests most often when patrons come in and asks at one of our service desks about a person who works at one of these other offices, or about these services, etc. When we don’t know the answer here, we have had patrons react with frustration. It makes us frustrated too.

I wanted to try to make a resource that the staff could use that would tell us who works where. These other offices would have access too, and that’s where it got hard: our Systems folks couldn’t think of a way for all these various entities to have access to this resource, plus there’s still the issue of keeping such a resource current. What I would like to hear about from others is about the kind of relationships or partnerships that your library has within it or elsewhere, and then how your institution keeps everyone current on those relationships/partnerships and the staff involved. What challenges have you noticed?

Any insights would be appreciated!

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(via Dr. Kara Malenfant, ACRL)

Feedback on Draft ACRL Research Agenda – Deadline Extended to January 11

ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee together with Rebecca Kennison and Nancy Maron – the authors selected by ACRL to design, develop, and deliver a new ACRL research agenda for scholarly communications and the research environment – are grateful for the feedback received thus far on thedraft document for public comment. To ensure the robust community engagement continues, the deadline to comment has been extended to COB Friday, January 11, 2019.

Developed with a high degree of community involvement, particularly historically underrepresented groups, this powerful new ACRL action-oriented agenda is intended to encourage the community to make the scholarly communications system more open, inclusive, and equitable by addressing issues concerning people, content, and systems. It outlines trends, encourages practical actions, and clearly identifies the most strategic research questions to pursue.

Your input is crucial for ensuring the final document is as helpful as possible both in guiding academic librarians on actions that can be taken now to promote a more open system of scholarship and identifying essential areas that merit further investigation. Your comments will be most helpful by addressing these areas:

1.       Suggestions regarding the major categories of people, content, and systems.

2.       Examples of recent publications to cite, work currently underway, and notable projects just getting started.

3.       Additional research questions–or variants of the questions–that you feel are important.

Add your comments publicly to the draft research agenda by COB Friday, January 11, 2019. Or share your comments privately with Nancy, Rebecca, and ReSEC member leaders via a feedback form.

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(via Julia Warga, Kenyon College)

This is the third request for feedback from the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC). In anticipation of a new edition of The Intellectual Freedom Manual, the IFC is in the process of updating intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on “Challenged Resources: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” by Monday, January 7. The interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 1971, and amended in 1981, 1990, 2009, and 2014. Please feel free to share this message widely.

Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

  • Post feedback on this Google Doc draft. The IFC requests that you post comments on the document, rather than edit the document directly. To post a comment, select “Insert” in the top menu, and then click “Comment.” Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into your Google account).
  • Using “track changes,” add comments and edits to the attached Word doc draft. You can email it to me ( or post it as a comment to this ALA Connect post, and I’ll forward it to working group members.

A note about paragraph four of the draft: This quote is from the current “Diversity in Collection Development” interpretation, last amended in 2014. It does not reflect the revisions proposed in the interpretation draft that was sent to the library community. The quoted material in “Challenged Resources” may be altered if the revisions for “Diversity in Collection Development” are adopted.

The Intellectual Freedom Committee will make revisions to the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the document to ALA Council prior to the Midwinter Meeting in Seattle. The committee also plans to present it at ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The field-testing process for the new surveys for ACRL’s Project Outcome for Academic Libraries, developed in partnership with the Public Library Association (PLA), wrapped up at the end of October. These surveys are outcome-based, following the model developed by the PLA’s Performance Measurement Task Force. The goal is to provide users with free, easy-to-use, standard surveys in a toolkit that all types of academic libraries can adopt to assess and improve their services, and to benchmark themselves against their peers.

Here are a few key takeaways from the field-testing process:Project Outcome for Academic Libraries: Field-Testing Results (data visualization)

1.     108 individuals volunteered to be field testers. In the end, 54 institutions submitted a total of 11,449 survey responses, greatly exceeding our expectations. Explore the overall results in this interactive data visualization. A special mention goes to the 3 most active institutions that each submitted more than 700 responses: Boston College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, and Gwinnett Technical College – well done!

2.     Of the 7 surveys field tested, the Undergraduate Instruction survey was by far the most popular, with 40 institutions participating in data collection and submitting 9,148 responses. Library Spaces was the second most popular, with 1303 responses from 15 institutions.

3.     The volunteers and responses come from all different institution types. Community colleges contributed 27% of the total responses, baccalaureate-granting institutions contributed 27%, master’s-granting institutions contributed 21%, doctorate-granting institutions contributed 24%, and special focus institutions contributed the remaining 1% of the total responses. Explore the quantitative results for each of the surveys, including a breakdown by Carnegie classification, in this interactive data visualization.

To learn more, read a preprint of a paper (PDF) delivered at the Library Assessment Conference by Eric Ackermann (ACRL Project Outcome for Academic Libraries task force chair; Radford University), Sara Goek (ACRL staff) and Emily Plagman (PLA staff) and view the slides from the presentation (PDF).

The task force met on December 10 to decide on the final survey topics and text, taking into account the results and feedback from the field-testing process. The seven surveys in the final toolkit will be: Instruction, Events / Programs, Research, Teaching Support, Digital & Special Collections, Space, and Library Technology. The toolkit will allow you to: add up to three custom questions per survey; get real-time results; use the data dashboards to explore your results; create custom reports that you can use for advocacy; and explore resources and a community to learn more about effectively measuring outcomes.

The Project Outcome for Academic Libraries toolkit will officially launch at the ACRL 2019 conference.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Library Organizations, Reports | No Comments »

In a news release on November 19,2018, the ECRI Institute announced the opening of the ECRI Guidelines Trust™  to fill the void left by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s defunded National Guideline Clearinghouse™.  The healthcare community has free access to the website.

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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The GMR invites our hospital librarians to share their feedback about NLM’s new strategic plan<>. In response to our first call for feedback, several hospital librarians submitted responses, which generated discussion at the annual MLA meeting. National Library of Medicine Director Dr. Patti Brennan has requested additional feedback from this group, and for this purpose our office will facilitate an informal meeting for our hospital librarians.

I invite our hospital librarians to join us for a virtual meeting on Monday, July 2, at 10:00 AM CDT. If you are unable to attend, I welcome your feedback and recommendations via e-mail instead.

You can connect to the meeting by either computer or phone using the following information:

Join from computer:
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923
Meeting ID: 970 521 545

Posted in Greater Midwest Region NN/LM, Library Organizations, Reports, Webinars | No Comments »

(via ACRL)

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) is seeking community input on proposed revisions to the ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, approved by the ACRL Board of Directors during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. Based on recent recommendations, ReSEC is proposing revisions in order to make a more inclusive and forceful case for openness across all types of scholarship and scholarly products, and to provide a model for citation. As scholarship is a dynamic enterprise, ever changing in its goals and methods, ReSEC views the statement as a living document, subject to further changes with the future evolution of scholarship.

Please review the draft revision (PDF) on the ACRL website and send your feedback by July 1, 2018 to Steven Harris at

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(via Leighann Wood, RUSA)

A RUSA working group has drafted an aspirational statement of RUSA values as it concerns equity, diversity and inclusion in community with our users and fellow members. The working group & RUSA Board welcome your comments & feedback. The draft can be viewed and commented on in ALA Connect (member login required).

Please comment by Friday, June 1, 2018.

You may also e-mail your comments to Alesia McManus, If you are not RUSA member, you may contact her to receive a copy of the draft.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Reports | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The ACRL Board of Directors has approved a revision of the association’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education (SLHE). SLHE, adopted in 2004 and previously revised in 2011, is designed to guide academic libraries in advancing and sustaining their role as partners in educating students, achieving their institutions’ missions, and positioning libraries as leaders in assessment and continuous improvement on their campuses. The standards are a framework for library planning and assessment, particularly in regard to providing guiding principles, performance indicators, outcomes and metrics for libraries to use in a variety of circumstances as they work with faculty and students in higher education setting, achieving and measuring institutional learning outcomes.

A Board-appointed task force reviewed SLHE as part of the usual five-year review process and suggested revisions to the 2011 document. The Board approved the revised SLHE at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

The revised version of SLHE will become part of ACRL’s Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action RoadShow workshop beginning in May 2018. Additional opportunities to learn more about the revised SLHE are forthcoming, watch ACRL Insider for additional details.

The revised standards are freely available on the ACRL website at

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(via Elizabeth Kiscaden, Associate Director for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region, on behalf of Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine)

I am pleased to present you with A Platform for Biomedical Discovery and Data-Powered Health, the NLM Strategic Plan for 2017-2027:

As it approaches its third century, the National Library of Medicine will do for data what it has done for the literature – create the tools to make it FAIR, guide the development of repositories to store it in a safe and accessible manner, and develop the linkages that makes seamless pathways between the literature, models, data, visualization tools, and people. The NLM will play a critical role in driving the shift to data-powered research and the inherent growing demand for access to our resources. We will foster new kinds of scientific communication while preserving the world’s biomedical knowledge in sustainable ways. In partnerships across NIH and around the world we will bring together the people and processes that create biomedical knowledge for health care, health, and economic growth.

This plan will guide us as we expand and enhance our research, development, training, and or literature and data resources to make more biomedical data easier to find, use, and understand. In doing so, we are fully committed to partnership with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, the NIH Institutes and Centers, NIH grantees, scientists, health professionals, and members of the public.

Over 1700 NLM staff members, hundreds of national and international librarians, informatics professionals, biomedical scientists, data scientists, clinicians, public health specialists, and other stakeholders advised us as we charted a pathway for the next ten years. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine plays a key role in bringing the NLM to the scientific, clinical, and lay communities. We value its members as collaborators and look to a future of growth in outreach and impact.

Even though the plan is now in final form, I welcome your comments and advice, too, as we begin its implementation. I invite you to be our partner in the adventure.

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