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(via Sarah Houghton, California Digital Library)

I was recently appointed to the ALA Working Committee on Eliminating Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Justice. This group was formed as a result of the passage of a Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity at ALA Midwinter 2019.

We are working to create a toolkit for libraries of all types with information resources, strategies, and tips for libraries wishing to eliminate fines. As this trend continues to build throughout the U.S., there is a growing demand from library staff and stakeholders on how to successfully transition to a fine-free library environment.

And that’s where you come in! We are seeking feedback from a broad range of ALA divisions, round tables, and committees to find out what type of information you and your membership would find helpful in this toolkit. What do you want to make sure we cover? What topics are the most relevant to your membership when it comes to fines?

Please send any feedback or questions to by Friday, April 12th (apologies in advance for the tight timeline).

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(via Sarah Hartman-Caverly, on behalf of Alexandria Chisholm, both of Penn State University’s Berks campus)

Greetings colleagues,

You are invited to participate in a research study about privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries.  We are interested in learning about what privacy topics are taught, in what instructional contexts it occurs, what teaching and learning strategies are used, how it is assessed, and what factors influence privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries.

We are interested in perspectives from all academic librarians with library instruction duties (defined broadly to include one-on-one, web based, and asynchronous modalities) whether privacy literacy is covered in their instruction or not.

For the purposes of our study, we define privacy as the “right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others” and “the right to read, consider, and develop ideas and beliefs free from observation or unwanted surveillance by the government or others” (ALA).

Relevant knowledge practices from the Information has Value frame include:

“understand how the commodification of their personal information and online interactions affects the information they receive and the information they produce or disseminate online”, and

“make informed choices regarding their online actions in full awareness of issues related to privacy and the commodification of personal information”

For your convenience and to ensure the accuracy of responses, please have any privacy-related lesson plans or instructional materials at hand while completing this survey.

Click here to access the survey: The survey will remain open until Thursday, April 11th at noon EDT.

Taking part in this research study is completely voluntary.  If you choose to be in this research, you have the right to skip any question or stop at any time.  The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to fill out.  No identifying information will be collected unless you indicate willingness to participate in a potential qualitative follow-up study about privacy instruction in academic libraries, in which case, you may be contacted for future research.  In the event of any publication or presentation resulting from the research, no personally (or institutionally) identifiable information will be shared.

Thank you for your participation!  Please feel free to contact us with any questions:  Sarah Hartman-Caverly<> or Alex Chisholm<>.

This study has been approved by Penn State University Institutional Review Board STUDY00011611.

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(via Mary Witt, RAILS)

During our 2018 strategic plan revision process, RAILS’ academic library members told us that they needed help telling their story and proving the value of the academic library to administrators, faculty, students, and other stakeholders. RAILS is working on a year-long campaign to help meet this need.

As a first step, we would like more specific information on how we can best help you. Please take a few moments and complete this survey by Friday, March 8, at 5 p.m. The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. All staff at all RAILS academic libraries are welcome to take the survey. RAILS will use the results to plan activities for our campaign.

Thank you in advance for your feedback!

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(via Rachel Scott, University of Memphis)

We invite you to participate in study of open access policies in academic libraries tentatively titled, “Open Access as a Collections Strategy: Policy or Happenstance?” This study seeks to establish the extent to which OA is written into academic library policies.

We expect this survey to take approximately ten to fifteen minutes to complete. This survey is anonymous and entirely voluntary; you may exit at any point. Although you will not receive any direct benefit for participating, we anticipate that this study will reveal current practices, benefits, and limitations of OA policies in academic libraries. This instrument was submitted to local Institutional Review Board (IRB), and was determined not to require IRB approval or review.

Please respond by Friday, March 15, 2019.

Please contact the co-investigators with any questions or concerns:

Caitlin Harrington

Rachel Scott

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University)

Greetings from the STM RA21 Hospital Clinical Access Library Working Group!

We are conducting a study to learn the particular challenges and needs of hospital, health systems, and/or health center/clinic libraries with regard to authentication, technical support, and library resource access. This link leads to an important survey comprised of about 20 questions. Can you help us?

Please participate in the survey If you are a librarian serving a hospital or health care institution or in academia serving any type of health care institution.

If you choose to participate, you can also leave your contact information to be entered in a raffle to win one of four $50 Amazon gift cards. The data you enter in the survey will be anonymized and will be used to inform: the final report of the “RA21 Hospital Clinical Access Library Working Group,” the work of the “NISO RA21 Outreach Committee” and a paper for MLA’s annual meeting in May, 2019.

Many stakeholders are working to set up best practices, a new authentication standard and guidelines that addresses the needs of 21st century information seekers.  We need to hear from you, your perspective is vitally needed!

Thank you for your participation. There is no deadline, but the Working Group will need to compile and review the responses well before the MLA 2019 conference in May.

Please feel free to forward this message to your medical librarian colleagues or regional discussion lists in Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or South or Central America, or Africa. We welcome assistance with distribution.


Michelle Brewer, Librarian/Manager Market Intelligence, Wolters Kluwer (<>)
Don Hamparian, Senior Product Manager, OCLC
Catherine Dixon, MSLIS, Product

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(via Anne Craig, CARLI)

Good afternoon!

Following is an email I sent last week to directors about a survey to assess whether CARLI might apply for the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Collections grant. Please consider completing and submitting it.

I also write to you today to publicize the CLIR webinar about the grant on Tuesday, Feb. 5. Registration is at this link: I will be attending.

Thanks so much! Anne


Dear CARLI Directors/Deans:

I write to you today to ask your help in assessing whether CARLI might apply for the for the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) grant supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Digitizing Hidden Collections,” This grant seeks to fund the digitization of “…rare and unique content in collecting institutions.”

Please forward this message to the collections staff in your organization, especially:

·        Digital collections staff
·        Special and rare collections staff

The CLIR grant was suggested to me by a few of our member institutions as a possible consortium-wide effort because of its strong support for consortia and thorough project design, and its record of excellence in digitizing significant works. Among our membership, we can document a critical need for funding for digitization projects.

In order to evaluate whether CARLI should apply for this grant on behalf of our member libraries, we will need to assess whether we can assemble a cohesive collection from our member libraries–most likely based on a focus area of Illinois’ history–that is currently not discoverable and of significance to the larger research community. I encourage you to read the application information about this grant found at

If you are interested in possible participation, please complete the online survey, “Initial Assessment of CARLI Members’ Holdings” (takes about 15 minutes per included collection) by Friday, February 15.

Following the survey, next steps include an evaluation of the survey results with an eye to deciding whether we should proceed, and, if so, a conversation with the CARLI members involved. If we decide to proceed, we will call for a volunteer group of members to assist with drafting and compiling the necessary application information. Every CARLI member that completes the survey will receive a response indicating whether CARLI will proceed and whether the grant will include their library’s collections.

Although the grant is very competitive, I think that CARLI could present a strong application if we can identify appropriate and compelling collections housed at our member libraries. If awarded, the project must begin between January 1 and June 1, 2020. Collaborative projects can last up to 36 months and have a maximum request limit of $500,000. The application is due April 3, 2019.

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Thank you! Anne

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

As 2019 marks the 7th year that the I-Share “UB” Standard policies have been fully implemented across the consortium, the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee is undertaking a review of the policies.

This survey, to gather I-Share member library feedback, is one portion of the Committee’s review of the policies:

Please share the survey with your library colleagues; multiple people per I-Share member library are welcome to complete this survey. We plan to close the survey at the end of the day on Friday, February 15.

Please send any questions to

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(via Mary Oberlies, College of William and Mary)

You are invited to participate in a research survey examining the effect of personal and professional identity on the level of emotional labor performed in providing face-to-face services in libraries.

The purpose of this study is to discover how library employees at different professional levels and from different demographics perform emotional labor in providing face-to-face services in libraries. Participants can be any type of library employee (including librarian, staff, and student) and work in any type of library (including academic, public, and school), but must currently be in a position where they provide face-to-face services in a library setting.

If you choose to participate, you will complete a survey that will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary, and you may withdraw at any time and for any reason. Results may be published and any identifying data will be removed. There is no identified risk to taking this survey.

Please feel free to share with other library colleagues who provide face-to-face services in their current position.

Thank you for your consideration. Any questions about the survey may be directed to:

Carolina Hernandez
Journalism and Communication Librarian
University of Oregon<>

Mary Oberlies
Research & Instruction Librarian
College of William and Mary<>

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Call for Participation: Survey on Makerspaces in Academic Libraries

(via Katy Mathuews, Ohio University)


We are conducting a survey to learn about academic library makerspaces for an upcoming book on planning, collaborating, and supporting campus innovation via academic library makerspaces. We would love to hear about your academic library makerspace!

Please consider taking our survey. The survey should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Take the survey

If you have any questions, please e-mail or call as using the information below.

Many thanks,

Katy B. Mathuews, M.A., M.L.I.S., Ph.D.
Head of Collections Assessment & Access
Ohio University Libraries

Daniel J. Harper, M.I.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Interior Architecture
School of Art + Design
Ohio University

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(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage)

On behalf of OCLC’s Global Council of library leaders I’d like to invite you to participate in the Open Content Survey.

OCLC’s Global Council of library leaders wants to hear from you regarding your library’s use and support of open content/open access resources. The goal of the survey is to engage a global audience of librarians in a joint exercise to map and align their open content activities and cultivate a shared understanding of how libraries are invested in and working together to leverage open content from around the globe.

All types of libraries are encouraged to complete the survey. We wish to gather as many different perspectives as possible, bringing more voices to the table and sharing a baseline understanding of libraries’ commitment to exploit the potential of open content. Open content is relevant to all libraries.

Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and share it with your colleagues

Take the survey:

The survey will be open until January 15, 2019, and the results will be shared during the Global Council Meeting in March 2019.

Thank you in advance for your participation.

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