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(via Emily Gilbert, IACRL Vice-President/President-Elect)

The IACRL Conference & Continuing Education Committee is pleased to announce its next Spark event! Join us for “Spark: Looking Back, Looking Forward”. The event will be held on Friday, June 11, from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM via Zoom. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome to attend! Registration is now open here.

The Committee is currently seeking proposals in the theme of preparing for a post-pandemic future. Topics to consider include the following.

  • practices/services adopted during the pandemic you wish to sustain afterwards
  • lessons learned from transitioning back to in-person after a closure
  • considerations for possibly moving back to in-person in the fall
  • hybrid methods for online instruction
  • flipped classrooms
  • other thoughts on handling post-pandemic life in your library

Proposals on other topics will also be considered as space allows.

Presenters will give 10-minute lightning talks on their topics. After a set of lightning talks, attendees will go into breakout rooms to network and discuss the lightning round topics, and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the presenter in their breakout room. Participants will also be able to discuss their own experiences and ideas with one another.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit a proposal here by Friday, May 21. The schedule will be finalized no later than May 28.

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

(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.

Posted in Committees (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations, Member News | No Comments »

(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.

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

(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

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

(via Nicole Lewis, University of Utah)

Have you ever wanted to lead a conversation with colleagues from near and far about professional development topics, without leaving the comfort of your home or office (or home office)? You can do this by hosting a Core e-Forum! Are you a librarian required to present or otherwise disseminate your expertise to the library community for promotion/tenure consideration? Depending on your institution’s criteria, you can do so by hosting a Core e-Forum.

These two-day, moderated, electronic discussion forums provide an opportunity to discuss matters of interest on a Core e-mail list. Free of charge, e-Forums occur approximately once a month and are available to anyone who wishes to subscribe.

We are currently seeking discussion leaders (moderators/hosts) for e-Forums starting in August 2021 and beyond. Moderators develop questions, lead the discussion and provide daily summaries. When concluded, moderators prepare an overall summary for the list as well as Core News.

Check out the E-Forum website for examples. Potential topics of interest include those related to any of the Core sections. Examples are below.

  • removing bias from library catalogs and/or collections
  • emerging technology and concepts most important to library personnel
  • equitable textbook access/Course reserve management
  • media accessibility
  • tech lending
  • navigating changes in professional interests
  • collection development trends in an “e-world”
  • assistance for librarians from developing countries
  • library operations post-pandemic
  • other — your choice!

If you are interested in hosting an e-Forum or have any questions, please contact core-eforum+help@groups.io.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(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.

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

(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 Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator at Illinois Heartland Library System)

Registration is now open for three additional CMC (Cataloging Maintenance Center) Moodle courses. Please see below for additional information.

“Subject Analysis” will take place from Monday, July 12, to Sunday, August 22. Registration is open until Monday, July 5, and the course is capped at 35 students. For a class description, and to register, please go here.

“RDA Book Training” will last from Monday, September 13, to Sunday, October 24. Registration is open through Monday, September 6, and the course is capped at 30 students. For a course description, and to register, please go here.

“RDA for Audio and Video Recordings” will run from Monday November 8, to Sunday, December 19. Registration is open now until Monday, November 1, and the course is capped at 25 students. For a class description, and to register, please go here. It is recommended that students take “RDA Book Training” first.

If you have any questions about current course offerings or ideas for future course topics, please contact Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Project Coordinator at Illinois Heartland Library System, at pthomas@illinoisheartland.org.

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