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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 the Illinois Library Association)

As information professionals, we are troubled by the removal of more than 200 books<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=48135bf7ca&e=b9a4efc184> from the Danville Correctional Center’s library. Many of the books removed from the library had been available for years without incident. The cornerstone of the library profession is our commitment to intellectual freedom and the freedom to read, which are enshrined in the Library Bill of Rights<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=327885d72e&e=b9a4efc184>.
Prisoners’ Right to Read: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=5dcacbfdf6&e=b9a4efc184> asserts that there is a compelling public interest in the preservation of intellectual freedom for incarcerated individuals. As Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote in Procunier v Martinez, 416 U.S. 428 (1974):

When the prison gates slam behind an inmate, he does not lose his human quality; his mind does not become closed to ideas; his intellect does not cease to feed on a free and open interchange of opinions; his yearning for self-respect does not end; nor is his quest for self-realization concluded.  If anything, the needs for identity and self-respect are more compelling in the dehumanizing prison environment.

The Prisoners’ Right to Read Interpretation maintains that, like all libraries, collection management in correctional libraries should be governed by written policy, mutually agreed upon by librarians and correctional agency administrators and that correctional libraries should have written procedures for addressing challenges to library materials, including a policy-based description of the disqualifying features. In the case of these removals it is important to note that the Interpretation also states that “correctional librarians and managers should select materials that reflect the demographic composition, information needs, interests, and diverse cultural values of the confined communities they serve.”

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) supports the Freedom to Learn Campaign<https://ila.us12.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6e70654dccbd86e15c572ad55&id=ba2feaedee&e=b9a4efc184> and its mission of transforming lives by opening minds and creating opportunities for incarcerated individuals.

ILA asks that the Danville Correctional Center review its removal of the books and develop transparent and fair policies and procedures to avoid censorship and preserve the freedom to read of incarcerated individuals.

The statement is also available here<https://www.ila.org/news/1113/ila-statement-on-the-removal-of-books-at-the-danville-correctional-center>.

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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 Sarah Dallas, Director of the Southern Adirondack Library System)

Julia Warga, Chair of IFC and Sara Dallas, Chair of COPE, are seeking feedback from the ALA  Council and the library community on a joint committee policy statement regarding the importance of advocating for intellectual freedom.  We are asking you to review and make any comments by  June 6, 2019.

Here is a link to the document:  docs.google.com/document/d/…

We realize this is a very quick deadline. In order for the new policy statement to be included in the Intellectual Freedom Manual‘s publication, a final draft must be completed by Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., approved by both committees, and approved by ALA Council.  Members of the policy statement’s working group are Emily Clasper (co-leader), Andy Harant (COPE, co-leader), Matt Beckstrom, Ray James, Anthony Davis, Bryan Cooper, Geoff Dickinson, and Nancy Bolt (COPE).

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ACRL has just released the Spring issue of its Chapter Topics Newsletter, which is published twice annually and features activities and projects by ACRL state and regional chapters. The issue includes two articles on last fall’s RAILS/IACRL networking events. One piece, written by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Mackenzie Salisbury, covers the November 6 event at Northwestern University’s Evanston campus, while the other article, which Dan Bostrom of RAILS contributed, discusses the November 12 gathering at Prairie State College. To read both articles and view the accompanying photos and slides, please go here. The Illinois chapter is one of only four, nationally, to have articles appear in this issue.

Thank you very much to Mackenzie Salisbury and Dan Bostrom for their work in putting together the submissions.

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(via Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

The team from the IMLS-funded National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics is excited to share two new documents:

These documents represent the culmination of a year-long, community-based effort to shape a better analytics practice that protects our users’ privacy from unwanted third-party tracking and targeting. By pointing to a better analytics practice, the White Paper and the Action Handbook support privacy action in both academic and practitioner settings.

We invite you to read, download, share, and apply the ideas and skills represented in the documents.

More information can be found on our project site: http://www.lib.montana.edu/privacy-forum/

To talk more about this project or any of these documents, please contact Scott Young, Project Director: http://www.lib.montana.edu/people/about/99

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(via Carolyn Ciesla, IACRL Past President)

Congratulations to our newly elected officers!

  • Vice-president/President-elect: Susan Franzen, Illinois State University
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Heather Jagman, DePaul University Library

Please join me in welcoming them!

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Illinois Library Association Approves 2019-2022 Strategic Plan

(via the Illinois Library Association)

On April 18, 2019, the ILA Executive Board voted to approve the association’s strategic plan for 2019-2022. The plan development process began in spring 2018 with Executive Board planning sessions followed by a broad survey of members and non-members, a strategic planning workshop with ILA committees and forum managers in July, a series of focus groups held online and in locations around the state, and additional Executive Board review and discussion.

This plan is intended to guide our focus over the next few years. It is not a “to-do list,” nor is it a comprehensive description of the ILA portfolio of activities. Rather, a strategic plan is a directional document and statement of priorities for the near future. We are so very appreciative of all those who have helped in the development of this plan by sharing your hopes, aspirations, praise, and constructive criticism of and for the association with us over the past year!

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ACRL Releases Libraries Transform Toolkit

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of ACRL)

ACRL and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit<https://acrl.libguides.com/transform>. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators. The toolkit extends the American Library Association’s (ALA) Libraries Transform Campaign<http://www.ilovelibraries.org/librariestransform/>, that’s designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals.

“We created this toolkit in response to an evaluation we conducted with academic libraries on marketing and outreach activities, where they expressed a need for access to easy-to-use, outreach best practices and materials that are flexible and adaptable. In addition, the toolkit also allows for materials to be uploaded and shared as part of each section, so that everyone can contribute to its content,” said Cinthya Ippoliti, chair of the ACRL Libraries Transform Task Force. “The toolkit provides academic libraries with the guidance needed to develop, execute and measure their community engagement efforts alongside their strategic marketing plans.”

Key resources in the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit include:
*  Marketing Instructional Materials: Foundational guidance on how to create a marketing strategy, define message positioning by target audience, and plan campaigns.
*  “Because” Statement Templates: Designed to help libraries develop messaging statements to promote their services and resources or issues of importance. Example statements are provided as well as ALA’s formula where libraries can create their own.
*  Community Engagement Framework: Provides a framework and tactics to develop, support and sustain effective community outreach and communication strategies.
*  Methods for Communicating and Measuring Impact: Provides insight and best practices on analyzing, measuring and communicating library outreach strategy results.

“Academic libraries play an important role in supporting student success and connecting researchers to new insights and ideas, but they often lack the staff, time and money it takes to promote their resources to these audiences.” said Harmony Faust, vice president of marketing and communications at Gale. “Our mission is to connect libraries to learners, and we are proud that our close collaboration with ACRL makes such a valuable marketing toolkit available to help our libraries more efficiently and effectively create awareness of the value and impact they bring to the communities they serve.”

To access the toolkit, visit the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit<https://acrl.libguides.com/transform> webpage.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

ILA is currently in the process of updating our strategic plan! This process began in spring 2018 with ILA Executive Board planning sessions followed by a broad survey of members and non-members, a strategic planning workshop with ILA committees and forum managers in July, a series of focus groups held online and in locations around the state, and additional ILA Executive Board review and discussion.

We are now pleased to share a draft strategic plan document that we intend to guide our focus over the next few years. It is not a “to-do list,” nor is it a comprehensive description of the ILA portfolio of activities. Rather, a strategic plan is a directional document and statement of priorities for the near future.

The ILA Executive Board will vote on the strategic plan at its upcoming April 18, 2019 meeting. While we don’t expect the underlying structure or principles to change much from this document as presented, which was developed with broad-based input and a great deal of thoughtful consideration and discussion (and even debate!), please do share feedback with Executive Director Diane Foote at dfoote@ila.org.

We are so very appreciative of all those who have helped in the development of this plan by sharing your hopes,  aspirations, praise, and constructive criticism of and for the association with us over the past year.

To read the draft, go to https://www.ila.org/content/documents/ila_draft_strategic_plan_2019-22.pdf.

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