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(via the Illinois Library Association)

The Illinois Library Association has announced the results of its 2021 Executive Board elections. Several academic librarians won seats on the Board. Congratulations to Heather Jagman, DePaul University, who won the contest for President-Elect. She served as IACRL Secretary from 2019 to 2020. Her opponent, Michelle Nielsen Ott of Methodist College, is the current IACRL Past President. Michelle is a member of HSLI.

Additionally, Michelle Oh of Northeastern Illinois University won one of the Director-at-Large seats. Her opponent was Northwestern University’s Qiana Johnson, who is the current Secretary of IACRL.

To see the full list of results, please go here.

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(via Dr. Raymond Pun, Hoover Institution)

The ALA Nominating Committee is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA President-elect (two candidates), Treasurer (two candidates), and Councilor-at-Large (51 candidates).

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form found here. The Nominating Committee may ask for additional information about an individual’s candidacy for a leadership position.

You will be asked to create an account to access the form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than Thursday July 1, 2021.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA Election. Committee members are listed below. (The list includes UIUC’s George Gottschalk.)

  • Madeline Peña, Chair / Past REFORMA President, Senior Librarian Digital Content Team, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA / mpena@lapl.org
  • Kathy Carroll, Member / AASL President, Media Specialist, Westwood High School, Columbia, SC / kacarroll@richland2.org
  • Tyler Dzuba, Member / Core Board Member, VP, Learning & Development, DeEtta Jones & Associates, Rochester, NY / tdzuba@gmail.com
  • George Gottschalk, Member / Past AILA President, Director of Acquisitions, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL / gotts@illinois.edu
  • Janice Greenberg, Member / Senior Librarian, Jersey City Free Public Library, Jersey City, NJ / morjan1027@gmail.com
  • Kirby McCurtis, Member / ALSC President, Interim Director of Outreach and Programming, Multnomah County Library / Portland, OR / kirbyalsc@gmail.com
  • Ray Pun, Member / APALA Vice President, Education and Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Palo Alto, CA / raypun101@gmail.com
  • Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Member / President, BCALA, Associate Director, School Support, The New York Public Library, New York, NY / shaunteeburns@nypl.org
  • Paula Singer, Member / Vice President, Segal Consulting Group, Baltimore, MD / psinger@segalco.com

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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(via Rebecca Starkey, University of Chicago)

The ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section) Current Topics Discussion Group is inviting you to a free Lightning Round Discussion Program on Thursday, June 3, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM CDT. The program will feature two 15-minute talks with discussion. (Please see below for descriptions.) Register here.

“Bridging the Gap: Ensuring Digital Equity through WiFi Hotspot Lending”

Since colleges and universities across the country moved to emergency remote learning for the spring 2020 semester, it has become abundantly clear there is a very real digital divide among students (and families) who have access to a home computer and/or reliable, high-speed Internet and those that do not. With many classes again being offered through online modalities for the Academic Year 2020-2021, and social distancing guidelines limiting computer lab space, this divide will continue to inhibit students’ abilities to easily complete their course work.

To ease the digital divide and improve students’ academic success, Montana State University (MSU) Library acquired funding for 17 Wi-Fi hotspots and data plans to increase access to the Internet for those students most in need. The Wi-Fi hotspots are loaned to students on medium- to long-term check-outs to enable them access their course content either as on-campus or online students. The hotspots are offered through an application process to identify students with high-need and marketed to programs on campus that already work closely with underrepresented students.

Mary Anne Hansen
Research Services Librarian
Montana State University

Meghan Salsbury
Instructional Technology Librarian
Montana State University

“Creating a Staff Development Committee to Share Educational Opportunities & Improve Morale”

In early 2020, the Staff Development Committee at the Pace University Library was charged with creating initiatives to promote and facilitate access to educational and developmental opportunities for all library staff. The committee started by surveying the staff to determine what opportunities would be most valuable. Using that information, the team created a monthly resources e-mail, a journal club and scheduled training sessions on topics of interest.

In the current climate of limited budgets and low morale, finding opportunities to bring staff together and provide educational opportunities at low/no cost is vital, and we’ve become increasingly flexible with how we deliver this content such as shifting our journal clubs online. The initiatives have been received positively by staff and we’ve seen increased participation across events which create valuable discussions that keep everyone connected to their colleagues. The team is currently working on a partnership with our new EDI Committee and a few new initiatives to bring library content and improved morale to all library staff members.

Jessica Kiebler
Instructional Services Librarian
Pace University

Gina Levitan
First Year Outreach Services Librarian
Pace University

Brendan Plann-Curley
Reference Librarian
Pace University

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(via Cecilia Smith, University of Chicago)

The ACRL DSS (Digital Scholarship Section) Numeric & Geospatial Data Services Discussion Group is seeking speakers for a panel on data literacy for our 2021 ALA activity, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT. This one-hour virtual panel aims to bring together library professionals from a variety of institution types and career stages to discuss the various aspects of data literacy. We encourage submissions from all backgrounds and levels of experience, whether you are a data services veteran or newly interested in incorporating data literacy concepts into your work.

Talks will be 7-10 minutes long depending on the final number of panelists. Time will be allocated at the end of the session for Q & A.

Examples of potential topics include the following.

  • data literacy instruction
  • data literacy outreach and engagement
  • data literacy training for library staff
  • data literacy among the disciplines
  • geospatial data literacy
  • data literacy in the digital humanities
  • data literacy for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • feminist data literacy
  • data literacy and civic engagement
  • data visualization and infographics
  • data management, formatting, archiving, and preservation
  • finding and using data
  • data ethics
  • critical data literacy

Panelists should be prepared to engage in anti-oppressive behavior during the session, as articulated in the DSS Community Agreement.

Submit a Proposal

Complete proposals must include a title, full abstract (fewer than 300 words), and information for each speaker, including name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address. Registration is free. Please complete the proposal form by Monday, May 24.

Direct any questions to asklar@ucsd.edu.

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(via Debbie Campbell, CARLI)

The CARLI Instruction Committee is coordinating its 9th annual Online Instruction Showcase on Friday, May 21, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. We hope you’ve saved the date! Registration is now open, so please share with anyone at your institution who may be interested!

The program, focused on the theme, “Virtual Realities: The Challenges and Potential of Online Instruction” will feature a morning keynote, morning and afternoon presentations, and a virtual lunch from 12:00 to 12:30 PM during which participants can socialize, network, and talk about instruction with their colleagues from across CARLI. Please join us!

For more information, and to register, please go here. The deadline for registering is Thursday, May 20. 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, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Lauren Carlton, ACRL, on behalf of the ALA Working Group to Finalize and Implement ALA’s Online Code of Conduct)

I’m writing on behalf of the Working Group to Finalize and Implement ALA’s Online Code of Conduct. This standardized Online Code of Conduct will apply to ALA Connect, blogs and websites, social media, and other channels across ALA. This Code of Conduct will replace any existing codes/guidelines we use for our online channels in ACRL.

The goal of this new Code of Conduct is to address incidents in a consistent and transparent manner, replacing the many existing codes and practices currently in place across the association. The Working Group has built the draft for the new Code of Conduct using existing sources within ALA (such as the Spectrum Scholars Guidelines) as well as examples from other groups (including Tor Project, Mozilla, and Geek Feminism). The Group now wants to collect community input in order to clarify and strengthen the Code before finalizing their draft.

Please give feedback in this Google Doc no later than Friday, May 21. Comments may be posted anonymously (if you’re not signed into a Google account) or publicly (if you’re signed into a Google account).

The Working Group invites input from any library workers or users of ALA’s online spaces. The group will use this feedback to finalize the new Code of Conduct prior to the ALA Annual Conference, where it expects to be replaced by a standing committee to oversee and implement the Code going forward.

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IACRL Announces Results of 2021 Officer Elections

(via Michelle Nielsen Ott, IACRL Past President)

The results of the 2021 IACRL (Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries) elections, which took place from April 1 to 30, are available. Congratulations to the newly-elected Vice-President/President-Elect, Dan Matthews, Moraine Valley Community College, and the newly-elected Secretary, Elena Carrillo, University of Illinois at Chicago! Their terms will start on July 1, 2021.

The full announcement, including a breakdown of the vote, is available here. Thank you very much to all of the candidates who ran in this year’s elections, and to the IACRL Nominations Committee.

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(via Amber Hayes, American Library Association)

ALA’s Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee (RNTLOAK) invites rural library workers for the inaugural Rural Libraries Summit. During this two-day summit, library workers will have the opportunity to hear new innovative initiatives happening at libraries across the United States, share challenges and successes, and network with peers. Conversations happening at the summit include partnerships with academic libraries as well as tribal libraries, avenues for unique library funding, and more. All summit attendees are encouraged to join these conversations and share resources from their library and communities.

The Rural Libraries Summit is online May 25-26 (Tuesday-Wednesday), and registration closes Friday, May 21. The summit is free to all attendees but will have a limited capacity, so please save your seat!

Learn more, and register, here. If you have any questions, please e-mail diversity@ala.org.

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(via Chapel Cowden, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga)

We are pleased to announce the dates and times for the annual ACRL STS (Science & Technology Section) Research Forum and Poster Sessions. The Research Forum will be held on Thursday, June 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, via Zoom (look for registration in May).

We are excited to offer TWO poster sessions this year: one on Monday, June 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, and one on Monday, June 28, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT. There will be ten posters presented at each session and there will be an asynchronous component where attendees can view and comment on posters of interest and interact with presenters for one week following each session.

A full list of poster session and forum presentations will be forthcoming with the registration link in May. We hope you will be able to join us to celebrate and learn from an excellent slate of presenters.

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(via Dr. Andrea Baer, Rowan University)

Please join us on Tuesday, May 25, at 3:00 PM CDT, for the ACRL SLILC (Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee) Open Educational Practices Showcase (event description below). Register here. A recording be made available following the event.

Event Description

Seeking to cultivate more inclusive and equitable learning environments, many librarians are exploring open educational practices (OEP) through which students are invited to engage as co-learners, knowledge creators, and active agents in their learning process. In this online session, librarians and fellow educators from a range of institution types will share about their experiences with OEPs, lessons learned, pedagogical considerations, and ongoing questions related to these projects. The event will consist of three presentations, followed by a question-and-answer session. Please see below for descriptions of each OEP project.

“Open Textbook Writing as a Tool of Instruction in Information Literacy Courses”

Yang Wu, Open Resources Librarian, Clemson University; Anne Grant, Instruction Coordinator/History Librarian, Clemson Libraries; and Megan Palmer, Assessment Librarian, Clemson Libraries

Semester-long information literacy courses give academic librarians the opportunity to go beyond teaching basic information literacy skills and engage students to critically reflect on the politics of information production, dissemination, and consumption. However, they also challenge librarians to develop more effective strategies to motivate students and sustain their interest over a long period. This is particularly important in the online and hybrid learning environments created by COVID-19. Our presentation introduces open textbook writing, an open education practice as a creative solution to student engagement in semester-long information literacy courses. Given by librarians who have used the practice since 2019, it highlights the connections between open textbook writing and the ACRL Framework and shows participants how the practice can be applied to courses in online and face-to-face environments. The presenters reflect on differences between these teaching environments and use student surveys and assignments to demonstrate the benefits of open textbook writing.

“WikiEdu: Open Educational Practice Overload?”

Brandon Adler, Assistant Professor, Head of Library Services, & Information Literacy Librarian (University of New Orleans)

WikiEdu is an immensely powerful Open Educational learning tool for students highlighting the work they contribute on a global scale. WikiEdu teaches students to look at information with an eye toward equity, inclusion, and diversity. By contributing research and writing to a Wikipedia article, students tackle important issues with information and content gaps, such as Wikipedia’s gender and minority gaps. Likewise, learning about and identifying content gaps teaches students to recognize research and writing with an eye toward “notability” and “neutrality” which helps to identify information written with biased or subjective points of view. Wikipedia is a wonderful tool for knowledge creation and collaborative scholarship; but is it too much? This presentation explores whether students are losing the framework in the weeds of learning the WikiEdu platform. Or vice versa? Can WikiEdu succeed in meeting its goal as an equitable and inclusive learning environment if students struggle to keep up?

“OEP Collaborations and the Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap: Considerations for Planning, Implementing, Sharing, and Sustaining Open Pedagogy Projects”

Bryan McGeary, Learning Design and Open Education Engagement Librarian, Pennsylvania State University, Ohio University; Christina Riehman-Murphy, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Pennsylvania State University

In this presentation we will discuss our collaborations with faculty on two open pedagogy projects (a student-authored textbook and a student-glossed anthology) and how this work informed the creation of our Open Pedagogy Project Roadmap, which we’ve designed to guide faculty through the process of planning, implementing, sustaining, and sharing their own open pedagogy projects. We will discuss issues inherent in this work, such as values, student agency, assessment, and the role of open pedagogy in fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

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