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(via Seangill Peter Bae, Princeton University)

The IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) Document Delivery and Resource Sharing Section Standing Committee is revising the International Resource Sharing and Document Delivery: Principles and Guidelines for Procedure. The document was last revised in 2009, and we believe it is the time to review the contents to reflect the current international or global resource-sharing landscape. As the first step of the revision process, we wish to ask your comments and suggestions on the current version of the document. To facilitate the process, we have prepared an online survey form in which you can provide us your thoughts, section by section.  The form is available here, until Friday, June 30.

Once the committee collects the suggestions, we will work on a draft of revised guidelines and later we will have a second public survey on the draft. Please feel free to the Information Coordinator or the Standing Committee members, if you have any question or concerns on the Guidelines. In addition, if the online survey form does not work with you, you can always send us your comments via e-mail.

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ACRL Board of Director has approved Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the association’s 2007 ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education model prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.

In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians is available here.

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NN/LM – GMR Releases Annual Report for 2016-17

(via Molly Roberts, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region has released its annual report for 2016-2017. This is the first year of the University of Iowa’s five-year term hosting the Greater Midwest Region’s Office. The report details progress toward the 10 goals below.

  • The Hardin Library for the Health Sciences at the University of Iowa will establish a regional office for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine staffed with quality health information professionals and governed by stakeholders. Partnerships with regional network members will be established to support the mission of the NNLM including access to quality health information for health professionals, librarians and consumers during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR will continually strive to improve communications within the NNLM and NLM, and with network members and the community through a variety of communication modes, with the intent to enhance knowledge and understanding of the network’s programs and services and to ensure transparency with our peers, network members, and the community during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will expand and manage the GMR network to enhance services to health care professionals, librarians, and community organizations throughout the five years of the award so that the NNLM mission continues to be met through a distributed network.
  • The GMR staff will strengthen the Network National Emergency Preparedness and Response Plan within the Region in order to limit interruption in access to information throughout the Region and nationally during disasters and other emergencies during the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will increase the number of network members actively and effectively participating in NLM programs and services within the GMR, ensuring that a variety of users have equal access to quality biomedical and health information over the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will provide a Data Management Education Center (DMEC) for network members to increase the number of network libraries skilled at supporting health researchers with data management throughout the data life cycle during the five years of the award.
  • The GMR staff will develop and implement outreach and education programs that reach health professionals in the Region with a focus on underserved health communities and health professionals that work in these medically challenging communities so that easy access to NLM resources can be obtained regardless of location or economic status, throughout the five years of the award.
  • The GMR staff will ensure that all GMR network members have the opportunity to keep current on health sciences information topics and resources such as PubMed so that health professionals receive quality support from GMR Network libraries throughout the five years of the grant.
  • The GMR staff will increase the number of public health professionals who have new skills in accessing and searching quality health information through online educational opportunities throughout the five years of the grant so that they can easily and effectively access quality information at time of need.
  • The GMR staff will improve GMR consumer’s understanding of quality health information resources available on the Internet so that they make better informed health care decisions throughout the five years of the award.

To read the full report, click here.

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Spring, 2017, Issue of IACRL Newsletter is Available

The Spring, 2017, issue of the IACRL Newsletter is out! To access it, click here. Some of this issue’s highlights are listed below.

  • ACRL 2017 Conference Preview: find out when and where your Illinois colleagues will be presenting
  • messages from  IACRL President Lindsay Harmon, CARLI Senior Director Anne Craig, and ILA President Melissa Gardner
  • profiles of award winners, including Library Luminaries Jessie White and Kip Kolkmeier, along with Atkinson/Demco Award recipient Dee Brennan
  • how libraries are serving refugees and asylum-seekers

There is also a Health Science Librarians of Illinois update, which appears on pages 10 and 18 and includes some of the highlights from last fall’s conference.

Thank you to the IACRL Communications Committee and other contributors for all of their hard work in making this issue a success!

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RUSA Seeking Feedback on Disaster Guidelines for Resource-Sharing

(via Margaret Ellingson, Emory University)

The ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee (http://www.ala.org/rusa/contact/rosters/stars/rus-stacodes) has begun the required 7-year review of the Guidelines for Resource-Sharing Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters (http://www.ala.org/rusa/files/resources/guidelines/disasterguidelines.pdf). We  are seeking input from the resource-sharing community as part of the review process.

Please look over the current guidelines and email Margaret Ellingson, Committee Chair, at margaret.ellingson@emory.edu, if you have comments or questions to share with the committee.  We’d appreciate receiving your comments/questions by mid-February.

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(via the Association of College and Research Libraries)

The team from OCLC Research, which is developing a new action-oriented agenda on library contributions to student learning and success, has released a second draft. Team members seek your input and reactions via the feedback form by Friday, February 17.

Learn about the team’s continued progress and next steps during ACRL’s Update on the Value of Academic Libraries Initiative at ALA Midwinter meeting on Sunday, January 22, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM. In this session, join ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee chair, along with OCLC Research’s project director and project team members, to hear the context for this work.. Ask questions and give your feedback on the second draft.

Find out more about the scope of the agenda and background on the project website, or by watching the recording of a November ACRL online forum.

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Call for Submissions: NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

(via the News Media Consortium)

The expert panel has completed voting and the topics for the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition have been selected. The report is a collaboration among the NMC, the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich, with the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) as our key dissemination partner. It is set to be released on March 23 at the ACRL National Conference. We’re now looking for any projects, programs, policies, or leadership initiatives that fit any of the below chosen areas, to be submitted here.

  • key trends accelerating technology adoption in academic and research libraries (i.e., cross-institution collaboration, rethinking library spaces, increasing focus on research-data management)
  • significant challenges impeding technology adoption in academic and research libraries (i.e., enhancing accessibility to library services and resources, adapting organizational designs to the future of work, responding to economic and political pressures)
  • important developments in educational technology in academic and research libraries (i.e., big data, library services platforms, artificial intelligence)

We are interested in learning about any kind of research, pilot programs, innovative projects, or work happening at your library in any of the areas listed above. Our goal is to help readers understand the potential impact of these areas and their applications in academic and research libraries as well as policy and leadership. Of course, a number of innovative libraries and library professionals are already working in some of these areas, and those are the very efforts we want to highlight. Of special interest are any activities that have a significant web presence so that a URL might be included in the report.

If you know of examples we could include, please use the brief web form to tell us about them. We ask for a title, a URL, and a one- or two-sentence description; you also will need to select which of the topics your example falls under. The process takes about two minutes. We hope to have your examples by Monday, February 13. For more information, including a full list of possible topics, click here.

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Recording of Sept. 19 NN/LM – GMR Update Now Available

(via Molly Olmstead, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

In case you missed our GMR Update this week, the recording is available on YouTube, with key points annotated and linked below.

submit questions for the next GMR Update–2:45
Resource Library, NN/LM site visits–3:29
new NLM Director–5:30
funding opportunities: awards–6:52
Bobbi: Native and Tribal Health, Community Outreach, and Digital Divide Awards–8:42
Jacqueline: Emergency Preparedness Month–10:19
GMR blog, NN/LM website reboot–15:00
upcoming educational opportunities–17:25

  • “Writing Winning Award Applications”
  • “Don’t Wait, Communicate about Disaster Preparedness”
  • “A Seat at the Table: Working with Local Responders”
  • “Disaster Health Information Sources: The Basics”
  • “Ethical and Legal Aspects of Disaster Response”
  • “Health and Disasters: Understanding the International Context”
  • “BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Series”

call for volunteers for RSNA Annual Meeting–22:20
member question: unaffiliated users?–23:48
member question: Year 2 Professional Development awards?–27:18

If you have any questions about any of the content covered in this update, please don’t hesitate to contact the GMR Office, at gmr-lib@uiowa.edu or (319) 353-4479.

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ACRL Releases 2015 Annual Report

The Association of College & Research Libraries has released its annual report for 2015. (The report appears in the December issue of College & Research Libraries News.) This year marks the organization’s 75th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone, ACRL held a fundraising campaign, “Kick Start the Future”, which raised $56,000 to provide an additional 75 scholarships this past year. (This was among over $225,0000 awarded to 390 individuals.) ACRL also launched a 75th-anniversary website, which includes a commemorative video and a timeline of past ACRL Presidents. The organization held a number of events at its 2015 conference in Portland to celebrate ACRL’s accomplishments and future direction. The conference set a record for total registration (for both in-person and virtual attendance), with almost 3,400 on-site attendees and over 300 virtual ones, hailing from all 50 states and 24 foreign countries. There were also a record number of first time attendees, with approximately 1,250.

Other accomplishments include the following.

  • Completing the revision of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, to take into account ongoing changes in higher education at the global level
  • Releasing a report titled “Academic Library Contributions to Student Success”, which brings together the findings of 70 North American colleges and universities from the “Assessment in Action” program (funded by a National Leadership Demonstration Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services)
  • Hosting nearly 20 programs at the annual ALA conference in San Francisco, covering topics ranging from academic-freedom issues associated with tweeting, to library outreach programs for prisoners
  • Holding several “tracks” in the Information Literacy Immersion Program, which gave attendees the opportunity to enhance their instructional skills and learn how to increase the roles libraries can play in their institutions

To view the full report, go here.

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IFLA Releases Annual Report

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions recently released its annual report for 2014. (The organization has not yet come out with a report for 2015.) The IFLA has members from every continent except Antarctica; just under half are from Europe, and institutions make up two-thirds of members. It strives to make information as freely and broadly available as possible to people worldwide, regardless of race, culture, or economic status. Some of the organization’s accomplishments for the year are below.

  • Distributing the IFLA Trend Report as widely as possible, including making it available in many languages
  • Hosting the World Library and Information Congress, which drew almost 4,000 people from over 130 countries, in Lyon, France
  • Bringing the two-year IFLA International Leaders’ Programme, which trains individuals to become stronger advocates for the profession at both the regional and international levels, to a successful conclusion at the congress
  • In 2015 (after the period covered by the report), the organization inaugurated a new President, American Donna Scheeder. She held a two-day summit in Cape Town, South Africa, to launch the IFLA’s “Change Agenda”, which seeks to strengthen the library and information profession at four levels: individual, organizational, national, and global.

The organization is also in the process of creating a strategic plan for 2016-2021. The plan will focus on bringing about social change by making access to information resources and knowledge as broadly available as possible, using innovative and creative methods. Preserving, and educating about, cultural heritage will receive special emphasis. This will build upon the 2010-2015 strategic plan’s focus on making the library and information field more dynamic, while giving librarians the tools to effect change.

To view the IFLA annual report, click here.

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