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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<>. 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<>, 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<> 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

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

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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<>.” 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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(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.

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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

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(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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