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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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(via Dr. Emily Knox, iSchool at UIUC)

The Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society (Beta Phi Mu) is pleased to announce a new category of membership in its society, Professional Memberships. This membership category is intended for those who meet all requirements for Regular Membership (GPA of at least 3.75 upon graduation from an ALA-accredited or approved LIS program, and professional recommendations), but for whatever reason did not join at the point of graduation.

Applicants for Professional Membership are also asked to provide evidence of their contributions to the field of library and information science. There is a one-time, lifetime membership fee of US$150. More information about this new category of membership, and a link to the application form, can be found at: www.betaphimu.org/membership.html

Beta Phi Mu, established in 1948, is a formal Affiliate of the American Library Association and has been a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) since 1969. The ACHS provides recognition for legitimate college and university honor societies, setting standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility. Many ACHS-certified honor societies offer professional memberships or similar membership categories. The Beta Phi Mu Executive Board approved adding this membership category at their April, 2018 board meeting and the by-laws changes necessary for formalizing this change were ratified by the Beta Phi Mu membership on the May, 2018 ballot.

Interested LIS professionals and LIS faculty members are encouraged to visit the Beta Phi Mu website for more information, or to contact Beta Phi Mu Headquarters with any questions they may have.

For more information:
Beta Phi Mu International Library and Information Studies Honor Society:
Beta Phi Mu Membership Information:

Alison Lewis, Executive Director, Beta Phi Mu – 267-361-5018 executivedirector@betaphimu.org

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The Illinois Heartland Library System is seeking feedback from academic librarians in Illinois, regarding what topics related to cataloging they would like to see IHLS cover in future training sessions. To gain an idea of the types of training IHLS currently offers through its Cataloging Maintenance Center, please go to https://www.illinoisheartland.org/cmc/online. (The recordings of past sessions are also available on L2.) Additionally, IHLS in the process of putting together two RDA training sessions, one covering books and the other focusing on video and sound recordings. Registration details will be forthcoming. All IHLS cataloging sessions are open to staff from member and non-member libraries.

If there are any topics of interest to academic librarians, including staff at your own library, for which you would like Illinois Heartland Library System to provide training, please contact Eric Edwards, 2018-19 IACRL President, at eedwards@ilsos.net<mailto:eedwards@ilsos.net>.He will then pass the ideas along to Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator for the Cataloging Maintenance Center.

Thank you very much.

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(via Cyndi Robinson, Illinois Library Association)

The Intellectual Freedom Round Table of the American Library Association is currently soliciting feedback as we undergo a strategic planning process for 2019-2022. We would like your input on the following survey:


The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete, and we would appreciate your honest feedback.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly, at robinson@ila.org.

Thanks for your time and support!

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Brittany Fiedler–University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Make Small Changes, Get Inclusive Results: Bringing Universal Design into Library Instruction

A virtual discussion led by Samantha Cook (Instructional Design Librarian) and Kristina Clement (Student Success Librarian) from University of Wyoming on Thursday, January 17th, 2019 from 1:00pm-2:00pm Central Standard Time.

How can we most effectively reach students with disabilities in information literacy instruction? Librarians often encounter students for just a single class session, which can make it extremely difficult to plan for and accommodate diverse student needs. Join the ACRL Instruction Section’s 2019 Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum to discuss Universal Design Learning and strategies to accommodate all students. This discussion will include varied perspectives on the experience of students with disabilities in the classroom and strategies for on-the-fly accommodations.

Register nowas space is limitedhttps://ala-events.zoom.us/webinar/register/cd1d9c802366d3f7d746f627e8486654

Find out more by reading the discussion digest: https://acrl.ala.org/IS/instruction-section-2019-ala-midwinter-virtual-discussion/

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Committees (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Nicole Swanson, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois)

The CARLI Technical Services Committee and Collection Management Committee invite you to attend Change is Good: You Go First! Leading Others To and Through Change. This all-day event on change management will be held at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Student Center East on April 2, 2019.

Morning plenary sessions will include presentations by Kevin O’Connor (a Leadership and Communications Expert who specializes in change) and Kristine Hammerstrand (CARLI Director of User Services) who will talk about the upcoming changes with the I-Share migration to Alma. After lunch (provided by CARLI), the day will continue with topical breakouts on change in technical services, collection management, and public services, giving attendees a chance to focus on working with change in particular areas of specialization.

Registration is available to those from CARLI member libraries and is free.

Registration will be first come and will initially be limited:

December 13 – January 10: registration is limited to 1 person per CARLI member library;
January 11 – February 3: registration is limited to 2 people per CARLI member library;
February 4 – March 1: if space remains, CARLI will open registration to any members on the waitlist.

To register, please visit:


If you have any questions about this program, please contact the CARLI Office at support@carli.illinois.edu.

Posted in Committees (non-HSLI), Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Rodney Lippard, University of South Carolina Aiken)

Does your library have exciting, innovative ways to train your patrons about information technology?

The ALA/Information Today, Inc. Library of the Future Award honors an individual library, library consortium, group of librarians, or support organization for innovative planning for, applications of, or development of patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. The annual award consists of $1,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation of achievement.  All types of libraries are welcome to apply!

The 2018 award winner was the NCSU Libraries in Raleigh, N.C. for their active learning centered Emerging Digital Information Skills workshops which addressed a previously unmet need for instruction in areas like data science, visualization, virtual reality, digital media production, fabrication and introduced students and researchers to tools such as Tableau, Web VR frameworks, Jekyll, 3D printing and R programming.  Sessions gave a conceptual overview of the technology or process, provided a structured hands-on experience where participants learned by doing, and allowed time for participants to apply that learning through open-ended exploration and play.

Nominations should address the selection criteria, which “include the benefit to clients served; benefit to the technology information community; impact on library operations; public relations value; and the impact on the perception of the library or librarian in the work setting and to the specialized and/or general public.”

ALA is currently accepting nominations for the 2019 Library of the Future Award: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/awards/213/apply.  The online application is to be submitted to ALA by February 1, 2019.  For additional information, contact Rene Erlandson, Award Jury Chair, rene.erlandson@gmail.com<mailto:rene.erlandson@gmail.com> or Cheryl Malden, ALA Governance Office, cmalden@ala.org<mailto:cmalden@ala.org>.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Rebecca Kennison and Nancy Maron, selected by ACRL to design, develop, and deliver a new research agenda for scholarly communications and the research environment, have been hard at work since March 2018 with guidance and input from ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC). ACRL is now seeking public comment on a draft document by COB Friday, January 4, 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.

By sharing this draft publicly for feedback, ACRL seeks to continue the robust community engagement, which has included input from over 1,000 individuals via expert interviews, online focus groups, a survey, and large group conversations at major conferences. ACRL wants the final document to be 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 4, 2019. Or share your comments privately with Nancy, Rebecca, and ReSEC member leaders via a feedback form.

ACRL expects to release the final document in spring 2019 as a free PDF download and for purchase in print. ReSEC is designing a program to competitively award modest research grants to enable librarians to carry out new research in areas suggested by the research agenda. A group of ALA Emerging Leaders recently selected ACRL’s proposed project to promote the adoption and use of this forthcoming research agenda. With guidance from ReSEC, this group will develop plans to complement ACRL marketing and promotion strategies through official outlets. This could include targeted use cases for how different constituencies could use the ACRL research grants to address the areas of focus.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Scholarly Publishing | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Inspire others with quick glimpses at your latest innovations, interesting ideas, and new technologies or services. The sky is the limit! Each five-minute Lightning Talk will require you to create a maximum of 20 slides that advance automatically every 15 seconds. Submit your 150-word proposal by Wednesday, January 16, 2019. It’s that quick and easy!

The top proposals will be chosen by the ACRL 2019 Innovations Committee. Winners will be determined by popular vote.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

The 18th Annual Information Literacy Summit at Moraine Valley is now accepting proposals for breakout sessions.


18th Annual Information Literacy Summit

News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape

Friday, April 5, 2019, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, School of Information Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Call for Proposals 

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: News, Media and Disinformation: Making Sense in Today’s Information Landscape. We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 11, 2019

Some possible topics for sessions include:

·         News and Media Literacy

·         Social Justice and Information Literacy

·         Critical Information Literacy

·         Critical Pedagogies

·         Service Learning

·         Student Curiosity and Creativity

·         Student Centered Teaching and Learning

·         Students as creators

·         Reflective Practice

·         Communities of Practice

·         Applications of the Framework for Information Literacy

·         Programmatic assessments

·         Instructional design

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