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(via Stephanie Pierce, University of Arkansas)

CFP: Open Education Southern Symposium

OPENING EDUCATION: Using Open Education & Open Pedagogy to Transform Learning and the Educational Experience 

The Open Education Southern Symposium at the University of Arkansas is accepting proposals for its day and a half conference on Monday, Oct. 1 and Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018. Proposals should fall into one of three categories: 

o   Presentations: 15-20 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after presentations.) 

o   Panel Discussions: 45 minutes (Please allow 10 to 15 minutes for Q&A after panel discussions.) 

o   Lightning Talks: 7 minutes (A short 5 to 10 minute Q&A will follow all lightning presentations.)

We welcome proposals from organizations, including colleges and universities of all sizes, community colleges, special libraries, and any others involved in open education and open pedagogy. We’re particularly interested in proposals with topics centering around: 

o   Adoption and creation of resources

o   Publishing platforms

o    Best practices and the impact of Open Education 

o   Creative Commons, copyright, and other licensing 

o   Marketing and advocacy

o   Pedagogy and student success, including K-12 highlights

o   Instructional design strategies for OER

o   Trends and innovation

o   OER in community colleges

o   Tenure, promotion, and OER

o   OER community building

o   Assessment

o   Inclusion and diversity in Open Education 

Submission Details:

·         The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. The submission form can be found on our event website under the Call for Proposals page.

·         Proposal social media summaries should not exceed 240 characters (spaces included).

·         Proposal abstracts should not exceed 2000 characters or approximately 500 words.

·         All submissions will be evaluated based on the relevance of the topic and potential to advance the thinking or practice of Open Education and Open Pedagogy. Proposal reviewers will use similar proposal criteria to those being used by the Open Education Conference and OER18.

·         The planning committee will deliver decisions by June 29, 2018.

·         Presenters will be asked to accept or decline to invitation to present by July 13, 2018.

·         All presenters will be required to register for the symposium. 

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Pierce, Head of the Physics Library at the University of Arkansas (, or the Open Education Southern Symposium Planning Committee.

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(via John Oliver, The College of New Jersey)

Are you using the Framework to assess, structure, or advocate for first-year information literacy learning? Care to be an ACRL co-panelist?

Student transitions to college are challenging and ever-evolving. From their very first days in our classrooms, we want students to learn what they need to know in order to be successful. We’re looking for others who have been using the Framework to inform first-year information literacy teaching and learning to join us on a panel at ACRL 2019 in Cleveland. Let’s explore how we are using the Framework to support student learning, including, but not limited to, instructional design and assessment, collaboration with high school and college educators, and information literacy content.

Our own project assesses the information-literacy-related expectations of faculty teaching a mandatory, writing-intensive, first-year seminar course, through analysis of syllabi and writing prompts using a rubric grounded in the Framework. To our ears, this sounds like approximately one-third of a well-rounded panel presentation and discussion. We invite the participation of others who are assessing, providing, and changing information literacy instruction in ways that are informed by the Framework.

If you’re interested, please get in touch off list. Tell us about your project, the context of your institution, and what you might like to discuss as part of this panel.

Please respond as soon as possible, since the due date for ACRL panel proposals is rapidly approaching (Friday, May 4th). The sooner we hear back, the sooner we can turn this into a full-fledged proposal.

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(via Ramune Kubilius, Northwestern University)

Rivers of Data, Streams of Knowledge” is the theme of the 2018 HSLI (Health Science Librarians of Illinois) Annual Conference that will take place September 26-28 in Rockford, IL at the newly renovated Cliffbreakers Riverside Hotel & Conference Center.  Visit the website to see photos of the hotel, located above the scenic Rock River, and to read about the amenities the hotel offers (complimentary WiFi, a fitness center, and an indoor pool!).  

First settled in 1834, a mere 16 years after Illinois became a state, (and 3 years after Chicago was incorporated), the city was originally called Midway, because it was midway between Chicago and Galena. It later became Rockford because of the Rock River’s rocky ford bubbling near the original settlement.  Home to universities and hospitals where some of our HSLI members work, Rockford is a wonderful place to visit, with much to see and do.  Leave time to explore.

A number of cultural institutions share Riverfront Museum Park campus park real estate not far from the hotel.  Rockford Art Museum (RAM) houses a collection of works by Illinois artists and in 2018 began a new Pop-Up Restaurant Series. Discovery Center Museum is a family-oriented museum with a science bent, focusing on geological and life science topics relevant to the Rockford region. Burpee Museum of Natural History is home to a juvenile T. rex named Jane. Locals also recommend visiting the nearby Tinker Swiss Cottage that sits on the limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek.

Across the Rock River, if time permits, visit Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the top Japanese gardens in North America. Also consider visiting  Klehm Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Since it will be fall, you may also enjoy a 30-minute drive to an apple orchard, such as Edwards Apple Orchard.

More information about the aforementioned and so much more can be found in the site of the Rockford Visitors and Convention Bureau.

As it becomes available, more information about the Conference program and speakers will be posted in the Conference website. For any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, Publicity Chair for the 2018 HSLI Conference Planning Committee, at

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(via Suzanne Schriar, Illinois State Library)

The Targeting Autism Forum will be held on May 17-18, 2018 in the atrium of the State Library in Springfield. The full agenda for the forum is available at the State Library’s website. To register, send an email to Suzanne Schriar with a subject line that reads, “Registration for the forum”. Please include your name, job title, name of your library or other professional affiliation and a brief statement about your interest in the topic of autism and libraries. As in previous years, there is no registration fee to attend. Lodging for May 16-17 will be provided at no additional charge at the Wyndham Springfield City Centre. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Registrations will be accepted now through Friday, April 20.

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(via Allison Brungard, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania)

Please join us Wednesday, April 18, 1-2 pm CDT (2-3 pm EDT) for the monthly discussion hosted by the ACRL STS Information Literacy committee. This month Courtney Mlinar, Head Librarian (Elgin Campus) / Associate Professor at Austin Community College, will lead our discussion: “”Active and Engaged Teaching in the Sciences: Building a Community of Practice”.

Discussion Description:

This session will discuss engaged learning practices, project based learning and collaborative learning activities to increase the impact of library instruction within the sciences. Increased awareness of active teaching techniques will help build a community of practice at librarian institutions.

Recommended Readings:
Barkley, Elizabeth F. et al. 2014. Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey Bass.

Major, Claire Howell. 2016. Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.


When: Wednesday 18 April 2018, 1:00 PM -2:00 PM (CDT)

Participants must pre-register here:

Only registered users may enter the room (guest access is blocked). Limit of 100 attendees (including speakers) per our license.

Event Login Page:

Note: Please do not access the meeting link above prior to 15 minutes before the start time, as you may interrupt another meeting.

You will get an email confirmation with this meeting link as well.

Archive of all chats can be found here:

Interested in leading an STS monthly chat on a relevant science and information literacy topic? Have any questions about the STS-IL chats? Please send your inquiries to Kristen Cooper, Chair, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Engaging Students Through Images: Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)

Register: <>

Description: In this webinar, the presenter will share ways to integrate images to enhance student engagement and learning. From using politically charged images to fake images, these active learning techniques can engage with students and support their critical thinking skills and research processes through visual literacy. The presenter will also describe how to gamify library instruction through the act of drawing and concept-mapping. Attendees will learn how to include such activities to expand their students’ user experiences and learning, and will be inspired to apply these techniques into their next library workshop in all subject matters, particularly for one-shot library research instruction.

About the Presenter:

Raymond Pun is the first year student success librarian at Fresno State where he coordinates and organizes the first year information literacy program and student engagement programs on campus. He has presented and published extensively including edited volumes such as The First Year Experience Cookbook and Asian American Librarians and Library Services. An active member of ALA, ACRL, APALA and CALA, Ray also blogs for Credo Reference on the first year experience trends and instructional services <>  and tweets at @raypun101.

Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available <>  on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.

To register for the online event

1. Go to registration page: <>

2. Complete and submit the form.

3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.

Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions: <>

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(via Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director)

 Karen Munro, associate dean of libraries, learning, and research services at Simon Fraser University, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans and assume the presidency in July 2019 for a one-year term.

“I am honored and excited to follow in the footsteps of all those who have served as leaders of ACRL,” Munro said. “ACRL has been my professional home for sixteen years, and I expect the next three years to be particularly challenging, interesting, and potent as I learn about and contribute to the work happening at all levels of the association. I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who made this an enjoyable and illuminating candidacy process, and I look forward to serving the association in this new role.”

Munro’s service to ACRL includes serving as chair of the ACRL Sections Council (2008-09), as ex-officio member of the ACRL Research Coordinating Committee (2008-09), and as cochair of the ACRL Conference Planning Green Component Committee (2007-09).

“I am delighted to welcome Karen Munro to the ACRL Board of Directors,” said ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis. “Karen brings to the Board a broad engagement across ACRL and a variety of experiences with state and regional associations. Her interests in teaching and learning, meeting users at their point of need, and sustainability will be a great asset to the Board and ACRL as a whole.”

Munro received the University of Oregon Libraries Solari Incentive Award (2014). She additionally received a UC-Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities Fellowship (2007); a UC-Berkeley Mellon Library/Faculty Fellowship on Undergraduate Research (2006); the University of British Columbia/British Columbia Library Association, Neal Harlow Prize (2002); a University of British Columbia Graduate Fellowship (2001); a North American Serials Interest Group Student Grant Award (2001); and a Canadian Library Association, HW Wilson Scholarship (2000).

Her publications include “Tactical Urbanism for Librarians” (ALA Editions, 2017); “Energy Efficiency in the LMS: Faculty Evaluations of a Sustainable Embedded Model,” coauthored by Amy Hofer for “Virtually Embedded: Case Studies of Online Embedded Librarianship” (ACRL 2013); and “Research for Design: Exploring Student and Instructor Attitudes Toward Accessing Library Resources and Services from Course Management Systems,” coauthored by Merinda McLure, for Communications in Information Literacy (2010).

Munro earned her MLIS from the University of British Columbia, an MFA in writing from the University of Iowa, and her BA in English Literature from McGill University.

To see the full announcement, go to

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(via Michelle Haake, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

Each year CARLI has a number of opportunities to serve on various committees. Service on CARLI committees affords individuals a unique opportunity to use their experience and expertise to help shape the future of the consortium and its services. CARLI is now seeking volunteers to serve on nine advisory committees. Volunteers chosen will serve a three-year term, July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021. Faculty and staff members from all CARLI member libraries, with all levels of experience, are encouraged to apply.

To volunteer, please complete the committee volunteer form by April 27. To be considered for appointment, you must fill out the online form, even if you have previously submitted a form, or if you are a current committee member whose term is expiring and you wish to be considered again. CARLI seeks to include as many individuals and institutions as possible in committee service, so committee rosters are limited to one person from any institution, and reappointments are not routinely made.

Forms submitted by Friday, April 27, will be considered for initial FY 2019 appointments. The list of all volunteers will be retained until March 1, 2019 and will be used to fill other committee vacancies as they occur.

Individuals accepting appointments to CARLI committees are expected to participate fully and actively in the work of the committee, including regular attendance at meetings and committee-sponsored events held throughout the calendar year. CARLI makes every effort to conduct the majority of committee business using web conferencing technologies or via conference calls. However, committee service may require time and/or travel expenses for one or more in-person meetings each year.

The following CARLI committees are seeking members:

Collection Management Committee

Commercial Products Committee

Created Content Committee

Instruction Committee

Preservation Committee

Public Services Committee

Resource Sharing Committee

SFX System Committee

Technical Services Committee

To view the committee charge, and the current committee rosters, visit the Board and Committee pages. The Senior Director, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the CARLI Board of Directors will make appointments no later than June 15, 2017. All new committee members will officially begin work on July 1, 2018.

Please send questions about CARLI committees or the process for selecting committee members to CARLI support. We have also put together a short, informational video for anyone interested in volunteering.

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(via Theresa Kline, Cleveland Clinic)

Early Bird Registration opens this Saturday, April 14th, for the 2018 Midwest Chapter/MLA Conference in Cleveland, Ohio! We are excited to have you join us for three days of fun in the city of Rock and Roll! Some of the conference highlights include the following:

  • Take a CE class on Saturday morning or afternoon to expand your knowledge or learn a new skill!
  • Join us for our Keynote Speaker, Patricia Flatley Brennan, on Sunday, October 7th!
  • Walk a few blocks and tour the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame on any of these days. Take advantage of the conference discount with the “Show Your Badge” program by ordering a ticket online (even day of) before your visit.
  • Participate in Jam Sessions to discuss the latest technology used by librarians and our patrons on Sunday afternoon.
  • Conclude conference by listening to the Medical Humanities Panel on Monday afternoon!

We encourage you to take a few moments and reserve your spot today by clicking here! In addition to Rock ‘n Roll, the Cleveland Indians or Browns – maybe both – might be playing in Cleveland. Consider purchasing tickets to see a game!

Because Cleveland residents and out-of-town fans might drive into town for a game, while participants are at the conference, we encourage you to make reservations at the Westin Cleveland Downtown to get the hotel rooms at the conference rate today!

Ask Cathy Murch about Registration

Contact Don Pearson with website updates or suggestions

Email Jessica DeCaro if you have questions about the conference venue

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Reminder: ACRL 2019 Program Proposals Due May 4

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at ACRL 2019 – Recasting the Narrative. Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due Friday, May 4, 2018. Submit your proposal via the Call for Participation.

Why Present at ACRL 2019?

·       Advocate for your research, project, or initiative.

·       Expand your connections and get feedback from the best in the profession.

·       Inspire your colleagues by presenting on the most dynamic issues and ideas facing academic librarianship.

·       Boost your professional experience and confidence.

·       Invite new collaborations and opportunities into your life.

·       Be published in the online ACRL 2019 Conference Proceedings (contributed papers).

·       Add your presentation to your CV and feel good about contributing to the profession.

A Format for Everyone
ACRL 2019 offers eight session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. From first-time presenters to seasoned experts, there is a format best suited to your ideas.

Get Started
Consult the conference tags to stimulate your thinking and position your proposal within the conference theme. The tags will serve to create a conference map and guide attendees to themes of interest and inspiration.

Due Dates
Contributed paper, panel session, preconference, and workshop proposals are due May 4, 2018. Poster session, roundtable discussion, TechConnect, and Virtual Conference webcast proposals are due October 12, 2018.

Mark Your Calendars!
ACRL 2019 will be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio. Registration opens mid-May 2018. The conference website has the complete scoop! Questions should be directed to

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