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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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(via ACRL)

In anticipation of a new edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual, the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) is continuing to update intellectual freedom-related documents.

The IFC would appreciate feedback on “Education and Information Literacy: An Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights” by Friday, March 1. The interpretation was adopted by ALA Council in 2009 with the title “The Importance of Education to Intellectual Freedom,” and amended in 2014 with the title “Advocating for Intellectual Freedom<http://www.ala.org/advocacy/intfreedom/librarybill/interpretations/advocating-intellectual-freedom>.” The original version was about how libraries provide education, and in doing so, facilitate intellectual freedom. The most recent version focused on how libraries educate people about intellectual freedom. After extensive conversations, the revision returns to the 2009 intent. IFC and the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics are discussing the possibility of creating a joint policy statement or interpretation of ALA’s Code of Ethics that focuses on the 2014 version’s goal of promoting intellectual freedom in libraries.

Feedback can be posted in the following two ways:

IFC will make revisions to the draft in light of your suggestions and plans to distribute the document to ALA Council prior to the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC. The committee also plans to present it at the ALA Council Forum for further feedback.

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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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