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(via Kelly Grossmann, Eastern Michigan University)

* The 2018 Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians (July 25 – 27, 2018) is now accepting submissions for lightning talk proposals.

The lightning talks are an opportunity for librarians to share their experiences with colleagues on the first evening of the boot camp. The possibilities for topics are wide-open: How did you support STEM/Medical research or student learning this year?  Did you to launch a new project, program, partnership, or tool? What were the outcomes of your efforts? Selected speakers will get five minutes to present during this hour-long session.

Talk proposals are due Wednesday, June 13. Visit the boot camp website at: for more information and the proposal submission form.

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(via LeEtta Schmidt, University of South Florida)

Build a global audience and share your latest research with the  Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserve( Your contributions are important to the growth of library resource sharing on an international level.

With the rapid advancement of library resource sharing, your research will add to the study by capturing the trials, research, and innovations of international librarians and library professionals. We invite you to submit your scholarly paper on the history, obstacles, and innovations that cover a wide range of topics, including:

·         interlibrary loan

·         shared storage facilities

·         shared virtual services

·         cooperative training

·         collection development

·         and more

We sincerely thank you for helping to further the study of library resources and look forward to receiving your manuscript! For details on the submissions process and to submit your work, please go to

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(via Mary Slebodnik, University of Arizona)

CFP: Critical Librarianship and Pedagogy Symposium (CLAPS)

The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, November 15-16, 2018

Theme: Power & Resistance in Library Pedagogy

**Registration will be free

This symposium is an effort to expand ongoing discourse surrounding critical pedagogy and higher education within academic libraries. Additionally, we hope to augment conversations on these topics between librarian educators, disciplinary faculty, and other campus instructors. Teaching information literacy is highly collaborative, often sharing space with supporting diversity and instilling awareness of inequality and privilege on our campuses, which allows educators to unpack the neoliberal influences over curriculum and the inner-workings of academia. Thus, by implementing our most effective teaching for learning that embodies the whole student, we explore critical pedagogy as a shared and ongoing conversation. With this symposium, we hope to make critical pedagogy more accessible to all, discussing a range of theory and practice (praxis), in order to have greater discourse.

This conference will include proposal-based sessions, keynotes, and workshops spread across two days. More details coming soon. We invite proposals for symposium sessions in any of the following formats:

·        Presentations and/or panels, 50min.

·        Facilitated roundtable discussions, 50min.

·        Workshops, 50min.

·        Lightning talk sessions, 10min. per person/group

The loose theme for this year is Power & Resistance in Library Pedagogy. However, topics within the broader realm of critical pedagogy won’t be excluded. Some suggested topics (expanding from the theme) include:

·        Praxis: applying pedagogical theory to practice (related to critical theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, feminist pedagogy, etc.)

·        Problematizing neutrality in libraries

·        Power and “empowerment” in the classroom

·        Assessment and critical praxis

·        Neoliberalism in higher education

·        Criticism of critical pedagogy

·        Identity and role of librarians as educators through a critical lens

·        Emotional labor of librarianship

·        How to engage in effective discourse with power structures when you have little power yourself

Please submit proposals at our Google form by Monday, April 16, with notification by April 30. For background on the first CLAPS in 2016, see  Send questions to Nicole Pagowsky (on behalf of the planning committee) at

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(via NASIG)

The NASIG Student Outreach Committee (SOC) invites proposals for the Student Spotlight Sessions for the 33rd NASIG conference in Atlanta, GA, June 8 to 11. The theme of the conference is “Transforming the Information Community.” The Student Spotlight Sessions will be held Saturday, June 9, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Presenters must be available to discuss their showcases or present their snapshots during that time. The [ Student Spotlight Sessions ]( ) will consist of up to eight 5-minute presentations with a focus on an idea, project, workflow, etc.  Student Spotlight Sessions provide an excellent introduction to professional presentations and look great on resumes!

Proposals may present a report of a research study, an analysis of a practical problem-solving effort, or a description of an innovative program that may be of interest to the NASIG community. Proposals should name any particular products or services that are integral to the content of the showcase or snapshot. However, as a matter of NASIG policy, spotlight sessions should not be used as a venue to promote or attack any product, service, or institution.

To submit your proposals for Student Spotlight Session visit this page: Proposals must be received by 4:00 PM CST on Monday, April 16. Members of the Student Outreach Committee will evaluate abstracts, and presenters will be notified of the status of their proposal by mid-April. Inquiries may be sent to the NASIG SOC Chair, Danielle Williams at [ ]( )

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(via Emily Carlin, Erie Community College)

The ACRL Instruction Section Management & Leadership Committee is excited to announce the second of our spring online professional development series on topics of interest to instruction coordinators and library staff with instruction responsibilities.

Curricular Mapping – From Planning to Practice Thursday, May 31, 2018 1:00-2:00 (EST)/12:00-1:00 pm (CST)/11:00-12:00 pm
(MST)/10:00-11:00 am
Access at:

Join the ACRL Instruction section for its virtual annual program to discuss four stages of curriculum mapping. Curriculum mapping is a systematic approach to reviewing curriculum and identifying of areas in which information literacy instruction would have a high impact. Library instructors across the country are examining impact, developing outreach strategies, and communicating with both internal and external stakeholders. Learn how strategic use of curriculum mapping can help you advance both your teaching and instruction program.

Panelists will showcase:
History of this practice,
Strategic programmatic approaches,
Project management processes for mapping,
Working with campus partners and stakeholders,
Communication practices for sharing and using the curriculum map results.

Panelists include::
Lisabeth Chabot, College Librarian, Ithaca College Library Susan Gardner, Head of Reference & Instruction, William H. Hannon Library Loyola Marymount University Laura Kuo, Health Sciences Librarian, Ithaca College Library Kacy Lundstrom, Head of Learning & Engagement Services, Utah State University Libraries Sara Maurice Whitver, Coordinator of Library Instruction, University of Alabama Libraries Join us to hear and discuss this important topic with your teaching and learning colleagues. This program is hosted by the ACRL Instruction Section.

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(via Kara Whatley, New York University)

It is time to nominate or re-appoint an IFLA ACRL representative to the IFLA Science and Technology Libraries Standing Committee for the 2019-2023 session. If you are interested in applying (or re-applying) to be the Science & Technology Section representative, please take a look at the information provided by ACRL here. Complete the application form and associated materials and return them to me (<>), John Meier (<>), and our ACRL section administrator, Megan Griffin (<>) by Friday, May 4, 2018.

The STS Executive Committee will then select a candidate to send forward for review and final decision by ACRL in early June.

Members are nominated and officially endorsed for a four-year term to every IFLA section standing committee at each IFLA election. The new appointments will be for the 2019 – 2023 term. Individuals can only serve on one IFLA committee at a time and for a maximum of two consecutive terms. Any ALA/ACRL member may be suggested for nomination to this IFLA standing committee. Individual applications for nomination are also acceptable. Current incumbents who are eligible for a second term may apply for continuation.

Nominees should be experts in the field covered by the section and have a working knowledge of at least one working language of IFLA (English is an IFLA working language) and should have reasonable expectation of attending meetings of the standing committee without cost to IFLA or to ACRL.

ALA representatives on IFLA section standing committees are required to:

*   Report to their constituencies on appropriate developments and information originating from their respective committees; these communications may be published in ALA journals or newsletters, or as special reports to ALA members.
*   Transmit a copy of the report(s) to the ALA International Relations Committee.

Candidate applications/nomination suggestions should include:

*   ?Completed application form (linked above)
*   A resume reflecting expertise in field of the section applied for
*   Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements.

Additional information is also available on the ALA International Relations Office page here.

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via Mea Warren, University of Houston)

The 2018 STEM Librarians South conference committee would like to invite you to consider attending and/or submitting a proposal for our conference this year!

Please Save the Date for July 20, 2018 at the University of Houston Libraries.

We are soliciting proposals for
•       5-minute lightning talks,
•       15-minute presentations, and
•       45-minute presentations
on any topic relating to STEM librarianship.

The submission deadline is Monday, May 14.

A pre-conference workshop and a welcome dinner will be offered on Thursday, July 19, 2018. The $50 registration includes the pre-conference workshop, welcome dinner, breakfast and lunch on conference day, and a full day of presentations by STEM Librarians.

For more information, visit the conference website,

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Jason Martin, Middle Tennessee State University)

The following online program will be offered free of charge on Thursday 19 April at 12:00 pm (CENTRAL). To register for the program, follow this link:

The program will be recorded for later viewing if you are unable to attend the live session. This program is brought to you by the ULS Professional Development Committee. Please send questions to Jason Martin (

Librarian Toolkit for Working with Online Instructors and Students

Online programs and departments are increasing at many universities and colleges, and online and distance instructors and students usually feel isolated from campus programs and services. In this changing, academic environment, librarians have to shift their services to be more focused on reaching out to online programs. In this session, an Online Learning Librarian and a Non-Traditional Student Librarian from two public universities will cover tips and tricks for liaison and instruction librarians working with online students and instructors including:

·        Creating synchronous virtual sessions using free tools

·        Embedding in learning management systems (LMS)

·        Programming, marketing, and communicating with online instructors and students

·        Strategies for creating and managing accessible digital learning objects such as videos and interactive tutorials and modules

·        Organization and assessment of online learning instruction and digital objects


Samantha Harlow, Online Learning Librarian, University of North Carolina Greensboro

Kelly McCalister, Non-Traditional Student Librarian, Appalachian State University

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(via Megan Griffin, ACRL)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) invites its committees, sections, interest groups and individual members to consider submitting program proposals for the 2019 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Washington, DC. For the second year, program proposals will be submitted via a centralized submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. ACRL members must choose “ACRL” on the first screen of the submission form in order to have the program included in the ACRL pool of programs to be reviewed.

There will be a virtual meeting at 3:00 PM CST on Thursday, April 26, for ACRL units and members interested in submitting proposals for a 2019 ALA Annual Conference program. The purpose of this meeting is to provide potential conference program planners with an understanding of the Annual Conference program planning process, including budgets, timelines, and planning tips. RSVP online to attend the April 26 virtual meeting. Once login instructions are available, attendees will be notified.

2019 ALA Annual Conference program proposals are due August 19, 2018. The ACRL Professional Development Committee will review proposal and select 2019 Annual Conference programs, with notifications issued in October 2018. More details about the Annual Conference program process are on the ACRL website. Contact ACRL Senior Program Officer Megan Griffin at or ACRL Manager of Professional Development Margot Conahan at with questions concerning the program proposal process.

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

Registration is still open for:  17th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Register for the summit:

Keynote Address:

Creative Reflection: The Critical Practice of Stepping Back

Char Booth, Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member


$45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)

Who should attend?

• Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.

• Academic, school, public and special librarians

• Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.

• CPDUs available

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