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(via Kerry Creelman, University of Houston)

The ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open! I hope you will consider volunteering for University Libraries Section committees for the 2018-19 appointment cycle, and encourage colleagues to do the same.

Visit for a link to the form.

The deadline to volunteer is February 15, 2018, for appointments that begin July 1, 2018. The official announcement is below.

Make a difference: Connect, contribute, collaborate

Volunteer for division, section, or representative appointment!


Are you looking for ways to expand your professional network and contribute to ACRL? Committee volunteers help shape ACRL by advancing its strategic plan and influencing the direction of academic and research librarianship. Serving on a committee or editorial board is a great way to become involved and make an impact on the profession.


This is an invitation for volunteers to serve on ACRL’s committees and sections. I ask you to consider volunteering with enthusiasm and with acknowledgement of the diversity of skills, perspectives, and experiences of our members. ACRL’s work is vital to the audiences we support, the librarians and libraries that make up our organization, and the communities we serve. Please consider sharing your expertise and experiences with ACRL. I hope that you will volunteer to work with ACRL and share in making a difference, supporting lifelong learners, and contributing to an informed society.


Thank you,


Lauren Pressley

ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect

The appointment process
Appointments are made at the division and section level, and through the editorial board process (see editorial board section below). Section vice-chairs are responsible for committee appointments for the year they will serve as chair. The ACRL vice-president is responsible for committee appointments at the division level for the year she serves as president. The ACRL Appointments Committee assists the vice-president in an advisory capacity. Division-level committees are created to conduct the work of the Board, and each committee crafts an annual work plan in consultation with their Board and Staff liaisons to accomplish their charged activities and responsibilities.


Current committee members whose terms conclude at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference should submit a new volunteer form if they wish to be considered for re-appointment. The online volunteer form closes February 15 and most committee appointment offers will be sent in April and May 2018.

Onsite attendance at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and the ALA Annual Conference is not a requirement of committee service. However, members of all ACRL committees, task forces, and similar bodies are expected to fully participate in the work of the group whether it be working virtually or face-to-face.

How to apply

Visit (Internet Explorer is the preferred browser for accessing the form). You will be asked to login using your ALA member ID and the password you created. The form should be completed by February 15, 2018. Be sure that you are a current ALA/ACRL member before attempting to login, as the form is tied directly to the ALA membership system. Need to renew? Please renew online here.

If you have any questions about using the volunteer form, please contact ACRL Program Officer Allison Payne for division committees at or ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin for section committees at

Questions about the ACRL appointment process?  Please join the ACRL Membership Committee on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at 1 pm CST, for an online discussion on how the ACRL appointment process works for division-level committees, sections, interest groups, and discussion groups.  Access information for the session is available here. 

ACRL division-level committee appointments
ACRL committees (and their charges) can be found on the ACRL website at

Appointments to ACRL standing committees are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The Appointments Committee sends appointment recommendations to the ACRL president-elect. The president-elect makes the final appointments for the committees.

Questions about division-level appointments may be directed to the chair of the Appointments Committee, Catherine B. Soehner, Associate Dean, Research & User Services, University of Utah,


ACRL section appointments

ACRL sections help members customize their ACRL experience through newsletters, electronic discussion lists, specialized programming, preconferences, recognition, and focused activities.

Section vice-chairs appoint members to section committees. Most appointments are made in the spring for terms beginning immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. For more information about section appointments, please contact section vice-chairs. Contact information is available by logging in at


Editorial boards
ACRL has eight editorial/advisory boards for its publications: Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board; Choice Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries Editorial Board; College & Research Libraries News Editorial Board; New Publications Advisory Board; Publications in Librarianship Editorial Board; RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Editorial Board; and Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board.

Appointments to editorial boards are made after the Midwinter Meeting for terms that begin immediately after the ALA Annual Conference. The editors recommend the names of individuals to fill vacancies. The Publications Coordinating Committee approves the recommendation and the ACRL vice-president/president-elect makes the appointment.

If you would like to be considered for appointment to an editorial board, contact the editor of the editorial board early in the fall or indicate your interest on the ACRL online volunteer form.


Representatives Assembly

The ACRL Representative Assembly consists of the current ACRL representatives to other ALA units. Appointments are made at the discretion of the ACRL president-elect. Questions about representative appointments may be directed to ACRL President-Elect Lauren Pressley at

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Assistance Needed From CARLI Members to Build OER Website

(via Chris Diaz, Northwestern University)

The OER Task Force would like your help with populating a new CARLI website dedicated to sharing information and resources related to open educational resources. We would like to highlight any LibGuides, websites, citations, presentations, or other materials created by CARLI members about OER. Please contribute the content you’d like to highlight or have found to be useful by EOB Thursday, January 11th.

We set up a Google Folder for the sections of the website we are developing. Follow these links to add your contributions:

Background Readings

– Illinois Higher Education Data

– Presentations


Professional Development

Sample OER Sites/OER LibGuides

– CARLI Member OER sites and LibGuides

– Sites organized by Academic Discipline

Creative Commons

Editing an Open Textbook Resources

OER Repositories – CARLI Members Developed Resources

– Courses

– Textbooks

– Other

OER Social Media

Thank you for your help.


Chris Diaz (on behalf of the OER Task Force)

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Call for ALCTS News Reporters at 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver

(via Chelcie Rowell, Boston College)

ALCTS News is looking for volunteers to report on ALCTS preconferences, programs, and forums at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Are you attending one of the sessions listed on the call for reporters announcement on the ALCTS News site? Would you like to share what you learn with the ALCTS community?

Reports should summarize the session and highlight particularly valuable takeaways. If the session is not sponsored by ALCTS, reporters should articulate the ‘so what?’ for ALCTS members. Length of reports typically ranges from 400-600 words. Reporters are also welcome to contribute photos or other images.

To volunteer to report on one of the sessions, email Chelcie Rowell at After a full slate of reporters is in place, she’ll be in touch with more detailed how-to’s for reporters.

Here again the URL to the call for reporters announcement:

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

‘Tis the season to volunteer! If you’re interested in opportunities to connect and network with others in the field or want to gain leadership experience by serving on an ACRL committee, now is the time to submit your volunteer application for 2018-19.

The ACRL Membership Committee invites all new members and anyone who would like to get more involved in ACRL to join us on Wednesday, December 13 at 1:00 pm CST for an online forum explaining the ACRL volunteer process. We will explain how to volunteer for ACRL division-level committees, ACRL section committees, and ACRL Interest and Discussion Groups. Participants are encouraged to come with any questions they have about ACRL and how to serve.

Session Moderator:
Rachel Minkin, Chair, ACRL Membership Committee, Head of Reference Services, Michigan State University Libraries
Guest Panelists:
Kristen Totleben, ACRL European Studies Section (ESS), co-chair, Modern Languages and Cultures Librarian, University of Rochester
Catherine Soehner, Chair, ACRL Appointments Committee, Associate Dean for Research and User Services, University of Utah
Mariel Colbert, ACRL Program Coordinator for Member Services

Additional Information
Meeting Name: Get Involved! Everything You Need to Know about Volunteering for an ACRL Committee
Date and time:  Wednesday, December 13, 2017 1:00pm CST
Duration: 1:00 hour
Dial-in option available upon login
Access: no registration required; available to anyone with the meeting URL

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(via Maoria Kirker, George Mason University)

We are writing to ask you to participate in a research survey on the teaching beliefs and instructional practices of librarians who teach information literacy.

The purpose of this study is to discover the epistemological beliefs and practices of teacher librarians. We are particularly interested learning about beliefs relating to approaches to teaching information literacy and how these beliefs align with instructional practices.

If you choose to participate, you will complete a survey that will take about 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 this survey with colleagues who provide library instruction who would be interested in sharing their thoughts with us. Click the link below to start the survey.

Click here to participate in the survey.

Thank you for your consideration. Questions about the study may be directed to:

Mary Oberlies

Conflict and Peace Studies Librarian

George Mason University Libraries

Janna Mattson

Instruction & Social Science Librarian

George Mason University Libraries

Maoria Kirker

Instruction & Assessment Coordinator

George Mason University Libraries

Jason Byrd

Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Instructional Services

Adelphi University Libraries

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(via Dani Brecher Cook, University of California – Riverside)

The NMRT President’s Program Committee seeks potential speakers for an in-person preconference program at ALA Annual 2018 (New Orleans, LA) on the theme of authenticity and the library profession. In this preconference workshop, we will examine the presidential theme of “You Belong Here” by considering ways in which libraries and the library profession can create more inclusive environments that encourage individuals to bring their whole selves to their work and addresses imposter syndrome. We hope to hear from both new professionals and experienced administrators, who can put their personal experiences within a larger framework of inclusive practices. This active discussion-based workshop will encourage new professionals to engage with the tension between self-expression and externally defined ideals of “professionalism” in the library workplace, and deliver concrete suggestions for both individuals and institutions.

If you’d be interested in helping to lead this conversation in the preconference, please fill out the following form to describe your ideas and interest: would especially like to hear from applicants from diverse backgrounds and viewpoints, and have no requirements for previous national speaking experience.

Please submit your statement of interest by Friday, January 5. All applicants will be notified by the end of January. Questions and comments can be submitted to:

Dani Brecher Cook

Director of Teaching, University of California-Riverside Library

2018 NMRT President’s Program Committee Co-Chair

dani.cook [at]

Madison Sullivan

Business Research and Instruction Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

2018 NMRT President’s Program Committee Co-Chair

madds [at]

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(via Kris Johnson, Montana State University)

One of the many ways Designing for Digital (D4D) planners build programming is through an open call for proposals and a community vote on all submissions.The Designing for Digital Program Planning Committee welcomes and encourages the community to participate in an open, easy and anonymous community vote of the 2018 Designing for Digital Conference Call for Proposals submitted proposals.

Our community voting requires no registration and is open now through December 6th.


Scan submission titles & abstracts and simply check off the sessions you’d like to attend or those you think should be included in our conference. Voting is open for a short time and will close on Wednesday, December 6th

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(via Kristen Garlock, ITHAKA/JSTOR)

In 2014, JSTOR launched a new online publication designed to introduce academic scholarship to a broader audience. Since its launch, JSTOR Daily( has published more than 2,500 open articles that address current affairs and link back to academic content on JSTOR for context and insight. The content on JSTOR is open and free to anyone when following links from the Daily.

We invite you to join Cathy Halley, editor of JSTOR Daily, for a free 45-minute webinar on December 15. You’ll get a behind the scenes look at the publication’s origins and production, as well as ideas for how it can be used to model best practices for student writing. If you can’t make the live event, please register for the webinar and we’ll be happy to send you a link to the recording and accompanying materials. More information, including the registration link, is below.

Webinar details:

JSTOR Daily in the Classroom

Speaker: Cathy Halley, Editor

Friday, Dec 15, 2017 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM EST

Registration link:

Description: JSTOR Daily ( is an online publication that provides scholarly context to news and current affairs. Each story we publish provides direct links to underlying scholarship within the JSTOR library, and offers a solid example how to cite sources and incorporate research into essays. Join us for a free webinar to learn more about JSTOR Daily and how it models best practices for bringing scholarship into content-writing for a broad audience, and get ideas for incorporating it into the classroom.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The Cataloging Maintenance Center (CMC) receives a grant from the Illinois State Library to provide cataloging services and training for Illinois Heartland Library System (IHLS) and RAILS members. IHLS staff operate the center. IHLS and RAILS are very interested in making sure our members know about the CMC. We are also interested in learning about other member cataloging needs that the CMC may be able to meet in the future.

You can help by filling out this survey. It should take about 10 minutes. We are looking for one response from all IHLS and RAILS libraries of all types (academic, public, school, and special), and the deadline is Wednesday, December 20. Thanks in advance for your input!

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(via Suzanne Odom, Florida Institute of Technology)

RUSA (Reference & User Services Association), a division of ALA (American Library Association) is seeking nominations for the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services.  Please consider nominating your library or another library.  The deadline is fast approaching!

Established in 1990, the  Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is a citation and $1,500 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children’s reference needs. Tools, guides or databases that have been developed for reader’s advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award.  This award is sponsored by Reference USA.

To submit a nomination, download and complete the form and follow the submission instructions therein.
Forms may be emailed to the committee chairperson, Suzanne Odom at

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.
Nominations are being accepted through January 5, 2018.

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