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(via Kendall Hobbs, Wesleyan University)

Joint Call for Proposals

Joint Annual Conference: Finding the Balance

 2020 ACRL New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) &  New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG – A Special Interest Group of ACRL/NEC)

May 26-27, 2020

Rhode Island Convention Center

Providence, RI

Library work is often a balancing act. We seek proposals from staff, faculty, administrators, and students in all areas of librarianship that explore the ways we find balance in our profession, among our coworkers, patrons or students, and with our lives beyond the workplace.

About the 2020 Two-Day Conference:  ACRL New England Chapter and New England Library Instruction Group (NELIG) are joining up to offer two days of conference engagement: May 26 will focus primarily on instruction, while May 27 will include all areas of librarianship (including instruction).

·         May 26: A day dedicated to library instruction and led by NELIG.  There will be no vendors on this day. There will be social events in the evening.

·         May 27: A day dedicated to all areas of librarianship and led by ACRL/NEC.  A variety of vendors will be exhibiting on this day. There will be a poster session on this day.

There are many ways to interpret this year’s conference theme; we encourage your creative ideas. Topics may include but are not limited to:

·         Wellness initiatives in libraries

·         Growing sustainable instruction programs

·         Balancing the instructional needs of diverse library users

·         Balancing budgets

·         Diversity, equity, and inclusion in libraries

·         Balancing space needs in libraries

·         Developing balanced collections for all user needs

·         Work-life balance

·         Balancing cataloging metadata in diverse formats

Proposal Due Date: Friday, January 24, 2020, 10:59 PM CDT

Submit your proposal and find details about session formats and submission requirements at

Questions? Email the 2020 NELIG and ACRL/NEC Program Planning Committee at

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(via the Conference planners)

Attend the ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) 2020 Annual Conference, October 20-23, 2020, in Pittsburgh, PA to explore the interconnected world of library and information sciences, archives, knowledge management, information management, media studies, informatics, data science, computer science, and communications.
Transforming LIS Education in an Interconnected World

Library and information science (LIS) education continues to be transformed by technological advances, international trends, and expanded interconnectedness, both local and global. “Change” has become a buzzword but also a constant reality. Our social settings, educational environments, and workplaces are fluid and fast-paced. In an era shaped by the continuing evolution of the information landscape, ALISE ’20 will focus on the challenges and opportunities these transformations present to LIS educators in terms of institutional narratives, sustainability, and the positioning of LIS as an increasingly interdisciplinary field.

LIS education is affected by growing diversity, the pervasive culture of metrics and performance indicators, widespread misinformation campaigns, the need to project clear institutional images, the imperative of the public good and sustainability, and the need to prove the value of higher education and professional activities to community stakeholders, professional collaborators, and funding agencies. These trends present an auspicious field of activity to LIS educators, students, and researchers but also challenge them to stay relevant, creative, up-to-date, responsive to change, and proactive for the future.

The ALISE 2020 Annual Conference invites participants to engage with these notions of change and all aspects of the transformation of LIS education.

For more information on the Conference in general, please go to

Instructions for submitting a proposal are available at The deadline is Sunday, March 15.

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The IHLS Nominating Committee is preparing for the 2020 election cycle and has opened the nomination process. The open seats include one academic library representative, who will serve a three-year term.

If your library is part of the IHLS service area and you are interested in appearing on the election ballot, complete the nomination survey by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 11.

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(via Rory Litwin, Library Juice Academy)

“Introduction to Design Thinking”

Instructor: Carli Spina
Dates: February 3rd through March 1st, 2020
Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs
Price: $175

Though the word “design” may readily bring to mind an image of architecture or graphic design, it is much broader than that. Design impacts virtually all aspects of library work from space design to service design to curriculum design. But, how do you ensure that your design is successful? Design Thinking is an approach to tackling problems and developing creative, user-centered solutions. This course will walk participants through the theory behind this process and offer a chance to gain hands-on experience with each step in the Design Thinking cycle. Participants will learn how libraries have found success through Design Thinking and techniques for bringing Design Thinking to any type of library.

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
– Define Design Thinking and understand each of the steps in the process
– Understand how Design Thinking has been applied in a range of library settings
– Apply the steps of the Design Thinking process
– Build prototypes
– Ideate and develop ideas, including as part of a group

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in User Experience (UX), but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Carli Spina is an associate professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the library at SUNY’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she was the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on user experience, web design, and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is a member of LITA’s Bylaws and Organization Committee. She was also the inaugural chair of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She teaches classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, and web design.

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

You can register for any of our courses through the first week of instruction (as long as the course is not full). The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants us to send a billing statement or wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us by email to make arrangements:

For a list of all of the courses being offered next month, please go to:

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(via Melissa Harden, University of Notre Dame)

Is there an instruction issue you wish more folks were talking about?

The Instruction Section (IS) Current Issues Virtual Discussion Forum is an opportunity for library workers to explore and discuss pressing topics related to library instruction and information literacy. The IS Discussion Group Steering Committee welcomes topic proposals from individuals who are interested in facilitating the discussion. We strongly encourage proposals that promote participant reflection and discussion.

Proposals will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • clarity of focus
  • how well the topic lends itself to meaningful discussion
  • observed significance of the proposed issue for library workers and learners

The Discussion Group Steering Committee will support the selected facilitator by issuing a second call for panelists in addition to hosting and publicizing the forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:59 PM EDT

To submit a proposal, please use the online submission form,

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden ( or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (

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(via the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Greater Midwest Region)

The organizers of the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium (LSLS) invite breakout session proposals for our ninth annual conference to be held on June 5, 2020, at the University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library in Duluth, Minnesota.

This year’s theme, “Mapping Our Identity”, invites attendees to explore the varied identities of libraries and library workers and how those identities shift in response to external events, personal development, changes in communities, and more. At LSLS20 we will ask, and hopefully start to answer, the questions of “Who are we?”, “Who do we want to become”, and “How are we getting there?”.  Learn more here.

Proposals are due Sunday, March 29.

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(via Tana Petrov, Fountaindale Public Library)

I am seeking responses for a survey being used to collect information for an upcoming article appearing in the Illinois Library Association’s ILA Reporter magazine. The topic of the article is “community engagement through makers and the maker movement”. I am interested in learning about maker programs from both inside and outside the library building. I am seeking examples from all types, sizes, and locations of libraries across the state. Examples from outside of the Chicago area, including central and southern Illinois, are especially welcome. The deadline to submit responses is Saturday, Feb 15, 2020.

To access the survey, please go to Please direct any questions to

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Call for Volunteers: IACRL Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee

(via IACRL)

IACRL is seeking volunteers for an ad-hoc bylaws committee. The committee’s tasks are to review and amend the IACRL bylaws in 2020. The chair is Rob Morrison, National Louis University.

If interested, please contact Rob, at

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(via Denise Wetzel, Florida State University)

This year, the 2020 Southeast Science Boot Camp for Librarians  will be held for the first time in sunny Tallahassee, Florida at Florida State University from June 3 to 5.

This year’s boot camp provides an affordable opportunity for librarians to hear presentations about current scientific research, to hear “data blitz” talks from other science and health sciences librarians, and to network with librarians in the region. This year the theme is Energy, and we are planning an exciting slate of speakers and activities you won’t want to miss!

For a preliminary schedule, speaker bios, and links to registration and a proposal submission form, please visit:

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for info on speakers, schedules, and the upcoming call for “Date Blitz” speakers, and more!

Register here:

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(via the Illinois Library Association)

This spring, ILA will launch a new member learning resource, ILA Noon Network. The ILA Noon Network will offer afternoon micro-learning webinars on various topics designed to help members with their professional development goals.

Webinars will be twenty minutes, and consist of a 10-minute presentation followed by a 10-minute question and answer session.

We are seeking universal topics that will resonate with all library professionals. Examples of topics include:

  • New ideas with storytimes
  • Marketing to patrons
  • What’s new in social media
  • How to submit a program proposal
  • How to become an ILA Board Member

Please submit your topic suggestions to Tamara Jenkins and include in the subject line ILA Noon Network Topic. Please submit topics by January 17, 2020.

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