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(via Amber Wessies, Union University)

Registration is open for the free ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee webinar “Libraries and Learning Analytics: The Future is Now”. The webinar will take place on Friday, July 15, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. Please see below for a description and the registration link.

Learning analytics offers a new tool in the library assessment toolbox, one that closes gaps left by other assessment methods but requires different ways of framing assessment questions, innovative strategies for using or connecting data, and strengthening collaborations with campus partners. This workshop is a continuation of the November 2021 ACRL ULS webinar, “Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays” (presentation link available here, recording link available here), and is designed to help librarians take the next step in learning analytics preparedness by guiding them through a series of activities designed to support them in thinking through decisions, data, and conversations necessary for ethical, effective, and engaging learning analytics work at their institutions. Attendees are requested to watch the recording of the earlier session (65 minutes; presentation slides are available separately) as this content is foundational to the current workshop.

This highly-interactive workshop will open by reviewing the next steps identified in the previous presentation and then delve into concrete hands-on activities designed to help librarians prepare to initiate those first steps in collaboration with library and institutional colleagues and students.

  • Presenters and participants will consider questions and problems that may merit a learning analytics approach across a variety of institution types.
  • Presenters will lead a guided activity in which participants apply a user story format to explicitly articulate potential stakeholders, goals, and anticipated outcomes.
  • Participants will brainstorm potential data sources, including those that may not traditionally be considered, to address these user stories.
  • Presenters and participants will discuss how their anticipated user stories and data identification efforts can lead to maximum positive impact of learning analytics work and anticipate ways in which normalizing these processes will expedite future solutions.
  • Participants will identify potential new collaborations with campus partners and students to fill data gaps and ensure that results are accurate and actionable.

To wrap up, presenters will facilitate a conversation about the broader future of learning analytics in libraries, including ways to overcome technical challenges and conduct initial pilot testing of this approach.

Participants will leave this workshop with a solid foundation or action plan for taking the next steps at their institutions and a list of discussion questions and readings for continuing the conversation at their individual institutions.

Presenter Bios

Megan Oakleaf is an Associate Professor at Syracuse University’s iSchool. She is the PI of two IMLS grants on libraries and learning analytics, Library Integration in Institutional Learning Analytics and Connecting Libraries and Learning Analytics for Student Success.

Ken Varnum is a Senior Program Manager in Library Information Technology at the University of Michigan. He is the Technical Lead for the IMLS Library Learning Analytics Project and works with the library’s analytics data retention and access processes.

Rebecca Croxton, Head of Assessment at UNC Charlotte’s library, is the PI for a campus wide student success initiative focused on quantifying the role of student engagement with the library and other co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

Register here. If you can’t make this session but wish to view a recording later, please register so that you’ll receive an email that includes a link to the video of the presentation.

Please direct questions and concerns to Andrea Wright (Andrea.Wright@afacademy.af.edu) or Sam Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), co-chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee. A full list of the committee’s past and future programs is available here.

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

(via Andrew Johnson, University of Colorado Boulder)

The ResearchDataQ Editorial Board (part of the ACRL Digital Scholarship Section), is seeking proposals for editorials that will be featured prominently on the ResearchDataQ website. We are seeking editorials that describe services, support, or related activities around research data at your institution. Topics could include the following.

  • Collaborative data management/services (computing infrastructure, storage, software/code, etc.)
  • Data ethics (privacy, ethical sharing, data ownership, data governance, data sovereignty, etc.)
  • Data literacy
  • Data policies
  • FAIR data in practice
  • Qualitative data management and analysis
  • Replication/reproducibility
  • Or anything else you want to share with the ResearchDataQ audience!

Proposals (up to 250 words) should clearly describe the following.

  • The services, support, or related activities you intend to address;
  • How you implemented this and/or what would be required to implement it elsewhere; and
  • How this relates to relevant existing recommendations, policies, or standards (if applicable).

Please submit proposals here by Sunday, July 31. We expect to notify authors of accepted proposals in late August, and we will ask authors to expand accepted proposal topics into approximately 1000-1500 word editorials (ideally by mid-October with the possibility to extend if needed). The editorials will be featured on the ResearchDataQ website on a rolling basis beginning in early 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Clara Llebot Lorente (incoming Chair) at clara.llebot@oregonstate.edu.

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

(via Ramune Kubilius, Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center at Northwestern University)

Calling all solo librarians!

RAILS is re-launching the Chicago Area Solo Librarians (CASL) Networking Group. The first meeting will take place virtually on Friday, June 24, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CDT.

The purpose of this group is to connect solo librarians from around the RAILS region by encouraging support, ideas, peer-to-peer learning, advocacy, and networking. This group is open to anyone who identifies as a solo professional library worker. No other credentials are needed.

Please register here. Direct any questions to Dan Bostrom, RAILS Member Engagement Manager, at dan.bostrom@railslibraries.info.

Posted in Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Professional Development, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Webinars | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

The Illinois Library Association (ILA) Conference Program Committee invites applications for poster sessions during the 2022 ILA Annual Conference at the Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The Conference will take place from Tuesday, October 18, to Thursday, October 20. Poster sessions will be held in the exhibit hall on Wednesday, October 19, and Thursday, October 20.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards (4 x 8 feet) with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text and more and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during an assigned 90-minute time period.

The Poster Session Committee will consider the quality of the research, program or project as presented in the abstract in making its decisions. Applications are due by Friday, July 29.

For more information, and to submit a proposal, please go here. For more information on the Conference itself, please check here.

Posted in Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Illinois Library Association (ILA), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Ebony McDonald, Louisiana State University)

FAFLIG (the American Library Association’s Federal & Armed Forces Libraries Interest Group) is now seeking content for its July, 2022, newsletter! We would most love to hear from others in or interested in federal and military libraries about the following topics.

  • Work practices of federal and military librarians: Are you working on a new project? Is there a job-specific tool or resource that you wish to promote? Are there specific skill sets that are needed to advance the profession?  Is there a particular problem that you are seeking to solve or a developing trend in fed/mil libraries that is on your mind?
  • Human interest stories: Have you recently had a job change such as a promotion, retirement, or even a new hire? Has a library opened, closed, or even been renovated? Any accomplishments that you wish to share? What is it like working at your library, especially if it is abroad; as a retired fed/mil librarian; or as a new fed/mil librarian?
  • Professional opportunities: Are you hiring or anticipating hiring? Is there a professional development, training, or networking event that you would like to promote or for which you are seeking collaborators? Do you have any tips or tricks for those seeking to enter or move up in fed/mil libraries?

If you have any stories to share, please submit content ideas and/or a complete story in 200 words or less with your name, location, and the agency that you work for (if applicable) to FAFLIG.ALA@gmail.com by 11:00 AM CDT on Sunday, July 10.  If you prefer to be published anonymously or using a pseudonym, please indicate that in your email.

The newsletter will be published on ALA Connect and FAFLIG’s social media pages in an accessible PDF format on Friday, July 29.  Since it cannot happen without news and updates from you, FAFLIG thanks you in advance for participating!

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

(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

ACRL invites proposals for the ACRL 2023 Conference, to be held March 15-18 (Wednesday-Saturday) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Higher education has changed dramatically over the last few years. Academic libraries are addressing an increased emphasis on remote learning, rising calls for social justice, and an acknowledged need for flexibility that supports a sustainable work-life balance. At ACRL 2023, explore these issues and more around the theme of “Forging the Future”.

ACRL 2023 features seven session formats to suit a wide range of presentation and learning styles. Lightning talk, poster session, roundtable discussion, and virtual conference presentations are due Thursday, October 13.

In-person or virtual Conference scholarship applications are now available. ACRL anticipates providing over $115,000 in scholarship funding for ACRL 2023. Scholarships typically include complimentary in-person or virtual registration plus an additional travel stipend of $400 – $600 to support in-person participation.

Complete details about ACRL 2023, including the full call for proposals and scholarship application, are available on the conference website.

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

(via Maoria Kirker, George Mason University)

We are excited to share that an edited volume, tentatively titled Person-Centered Management in Academic Libraries, will be published in 2024 by ALA Editions. This volume will be edited by Dani Brecher Cook, Maoria J. Kirker, and Diann Smothers. We are currently soliciting proposals for chapters that relate to the overall theme of person-centered management.

At this point, we envision including three types of chapters: Theory (3-4,000 words), Practical (3-4,000 words), and Reflective (1,000 words) chapters. We encourage and welcome ideas beyond these categories, as well as chapters that mix these approaches.

We welcome submissions by current, former, and aspiring managers; new and experienced writers; and practitioners from community colleges, colleges, and universities.

You can view the full call for proposals and submission form here.

Proposals are due Friday, July 29, at 10:59 PM CDT. All proposals will receive notification of acceptance or rejection by the end of August, 2022.

Please send any questions you have about the book to the editors, at personcenteredmanagement@gmail.com.

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

(via Sue Franzen, IACRL Past President)

The polls for the IACRL People’s Choice Award in Scholarly Publishing have closed, and the votes are counted. Congratulations to Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago, who received the highest number of votes, for the article “Student Voice in Administrative Decision-making: Inclusive Planning during the Pandemic” in Journal of Library Administration (co-written with Elena Carrillo & Linda Naru, University of Illinois Chicago). The second-place winner is Amelia Brunskill, University of Illinois Chicago, whose article “‘Without that Detail, I’m not Coming’: The Perspectives of Students with Disabilities on Accessibility Information Provided on Academic Library Websites” appears in College & Research Libraries. Gwen Gregory of Northern Illinois University, finished third, with the book chapter, “Retreating to Advance Together: Communicating through Internal and External Retreats”, published in Edwards & Mackenzie’s Telling the Technical Services Story.

Thank you to the other four entrants. They are Tina Griffin from University of Illinois Chicago (“Centering Graduate Students’ Research Projects in Data Management Education: A Pilot Program”);  Elizabeth (Betsy) Sterner from Governors State University (“Impact of Academic Libraries on Grade Point Average (GPA): A Review, Performance Measurement and Metrics”); Lisa Wallis from Northeastern Illinois University (“The Impact of COVID-19 on the Use of Academic Library Resources, Information Technology and Libraries”); and Bradley J. Wiles from Northern Illinois University (“Re-thinking Information Ethics: Truth, Conspiracy Theories, and Librarians in the COVID-19 Era”).

The three winners will present on their articles either at future meetings of the IACRL Journal Club or in a separate webinar. Please watch the IACRL listserv, website, and social-media pages for more details.

Thank you very much to everyone who voted in this year’s contest.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL), Library Organizations, Member News | No Comments »

(via Emily Rimland, Pennsylvania State University)

The ACRL Digital Badge Interest Group is excited to host our Spring Program! Please join us for “Micro-credentials in Economic Data Literacy and  FRED® (Federal Reserve Economic Data): A Professional Development Badge for Librarians”. It will take place on Tuesday, June 7, at 12:00 PM CDT. No registration is required; please see below for instructions on accessing the meeting.


The Library Services and the Economic Education team at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis have developed a free micro-credential program on economic data literacy for librarians. In this presentation we provide a working definition of economic data literacy, linking it to seven foundational competencies. We describe the structure of the program, showcasing one of its modules to illustrate the workflow of participants. We conclude by summarizing lessons learned and feedback we received.

Presenter Biography

Please learn more about our speaker, Diego Mendez-Carbajo, here

Accessing Meeting

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android here. The meeting password is 914843.

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(via Alex Carroll, Vanderbilt University)

The Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) seeks applicants for editorial board members for 2022-2025. In line with our commitment to equity,  we wish to use these positions to bring a greater diversity of perspectives and life experiences to our team. Individuals who identify as being from underrepresented groups within LIS publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.

The JMLA editorial board consists of individuals with diverse personal identities, professional roles, workplaces, and geographies who advise on journal processes and policies, act as journal ambassadors, and help to keep the journal at the forefront of scholarly publishing. They are health sciences librarians as well as individuals in positions adjacent to health sciences librarianship, such as other types of information professionals, healthcare workers, educators, and publishers. Editorial board members serve 3-year volunteer terms and include both Medical Library Association (MLA) members and non-members, with MLA members having the option of earning Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP) points.

JMLA editorial board members attend virtual editorial board meetings and communicate through the journal’s internal e-mail listserv. They represent the journal in professional spaces and solicit manuscript submissions from potential authors. They can opt to join workgroups dedicated to specific initiatives (e.g., developing new policies or programs), to serve as liaisons to MLA domain hubs, and to act as mentors to editorial interns or new peer reviewers or authors. Editorial board members are expected to stay up-to-date with new developments in scholarly publishing and to actively participate in editorial board conversations and training opportunities.

To bring a diversity of perspectives to our JMLA leadership team, we are seeking both individuals with experience in scholarly research, writing, or publishing, in addition to individuals who may not yet have first-hand publishing experience but who are curious to learn  If you have questions or recommendations of colleagues who would be particularly well-suited to serve as editorial board members, please contact Alexander Carroll, JMLA Interim Editor-in-Chief, at jmla@journals.pitt.edu. To apply for editorial board membership, please complete this form by Thursday, June 30.

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