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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, https://forms.gle/KHHSmWX6dvt3dNeu6.

Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2020.

To see examples of past discussion topics, view the digests of past discussions online (https://acrl.ala.org/IS/is-committees-2/committees-task-forces/discussion-group-steering/all-current-issue-discussion-digests/).


Contact the ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee Chair, Melissa Harden (mharden@nd.edu) or Vice-Chair, Kristy Nowak (kristy.nowak@colostate.edu).

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(via Dr. Amanda Folk, The Ohio State University)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is accepting paper submissions for the LRRT Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. The LRRT Research Forum will feature 15-minute presentations of library and information science (LIS) research followed by discussion. Proposals are due Friday, January 17.  Notification of acceptance will be made in mid-February 2020.

Description of the Session

This session will present three peer-reviewed papers describing research with the potential to make significant contributions to the field of library and information science (LIS). The three papers will be selected as examples of research excellence, with a focus on work exemplifying strong use of theory, clear and well-organized research design, and appropriate data gathering and analysis methods.

Submissions emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS are welcome. Topics can include information access, user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, emerging technologies, organizational structure, and personnel. All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries and other organizations, LIS faculty, graduate students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals. Both members and nonmembers of LRRT are welcome.

The selection committee will use a blind review process to select three papers. Authors will be required to present their papers in person at the forum and to register for the conference. Criteria for selection include:

  • Significance of the research problem to LIS research and practice
  • Quality and creativity of the methodology/methods/research design
  • Clarity of the connection to existing LIS research

Please note that research accepted for publication by January 31, 2020 cannot be considered.

Each submission must consist of no more than two pages. On the first page, list the author names, titles, institutional affiliations, and contact information, including mailing addresses and email addresses.

The second page must NOT show your name or any personally identifying information. Instead, it must include:

  • The paper title
  • A 500-word abstract of the research project, including: 1) a problem statement and significance, 2) project objectives, 3) methods/methodology, and 4) conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress)
  • A brief statement saying if the research is complete or ongoing and listing the project beginning and end dates.

Send submissions via e-mail to Audrey Church, churchap@longwood.edu, with the subject line: LRRT Research Forum Proposal

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(via Tony Melvyn, OCLC)

Plan to join your OCLC resource sharing colleagues for updates on WorldShare Interlibrary Loan, Tipasa, ILLiad, and Relais. We’ll also have time for discussions of timely ILL topics.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

4:00 – 5:30 PM, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 103-C

Register here.

Also, you are invited to join our other OCLC programs and events at ALA Midwinter as we connect conversations across our community. Our key events-all taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center-include:

  • Hot Topics in OCLC booth 1541 where OCLC experts present for 15-minutes on topics such as EZproxy Analytics, WorldCat quality, OA resources, GreenGlass, and more
  • A linked data roundtable on Saturday, 10:30-11:30 am
  • The popular OCLC Research Update on Monday, 10:30-11:30 am

Please also visit us at OCLC booth 1541 for product demonstrations and answers to your questions.

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)



The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website. The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

  1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
  2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
  3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

  1.      Title of the project
  2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
  3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
  4.      Findings or results if available
  5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire         list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 Committee Chair:

Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu)

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(via Mary Huismann, St. Olaf College)

The annual Nancy B. Olson Award, which OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.) sponsors, recognizes and honors a librarian who has made significant contributions to the advancement and understanding of audiovisual cataloging.

Nominees shall have made contributions to audiovisual cataloging by:

  • Furthering the goals of standardization of AV and/or electronic resource cataloging, including MARC coding and tagging;
  • Interpreting AV and/or electronic resource cataloging rules and developing policies on organization for these materials on the national and/or international levels;
  • Promoting the understanding of AV and/or electronic
  • resource cataloging, coding, and data exchange for professionals unfamiliar with these materials and processes.

Nominees may be OLAC members, but OLAC membership is not required. The nomination must be accompanied by a statement that provides supporting evidence for the nominee’s qualifications. The nominations and statement(s) must be dated no later than December 31, 2019.

The winner will be selected at ALA Midwinter 2020. The award will be presented at ALA Annual 2020.

Please send nominations and any supporting documentation to:

Mary Huismann

OLAC Past President

Nancy B. Olson Awards Committee Chair

Mary Huismann

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(via LLAMA)

Libraries are public places open to all. Unfortunately, in today’s society this means library leaders and their communications and marketing teams need to be prepared to react to violence and other disruptive events in their libraries. In a 24-hour news cycle world, it is essential that crisis communications be managed quickly and effectively during and in the aftermath of a crisis.

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Message Dissemination During a Crisis: Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Main Library Shooting,” on Wednesday, January 22, at 1:30-3:00 pm CT. In this webinar, Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus (OH) Metropolitan Library, will provide an overview of a shooting incident that took place at CML’s Main Library and how he executed his crisis communications plan. He’ll share practical strategies that will help libraries implement a plan and navigate the complexities of message dissemination during a crisis.

Participants will learn:

* What to communicate to patrons and the community during a crisis
* Why it is important to develop a crisis communication plan before it’s needed
* Strategies developing the plan
* How to identify the most important communication channels and when to use them

This webinar addresses several of LLAMA’s Foundational Leadership Competencies including: Communication skills, marketing and advocacy

Who Should Attend: Library leaders and communications and marketing staff

Our Presenter: Gregg Dodd, Director of Marketing, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Columbus, Ohio,

Registration: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199;

Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29

Register online.

To register with a purchase order or by mail, contact Vicky Williams: vwilliams@ala.org.

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! If you register you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software which may require a small download.

Questions about this webinar: contact Fred Reuland at freuland@ala.org.

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(via Susan Schreiner, Grays Harbor College)

Want to help someone new to the profession, or more experienced but seeking your wisdom? Sign up to be a mentor!

The University Library Section (ULS) Membership Committee is providing its “On-the-Fly” Mentoring Service, which allows a mentee to talk with a mentor for a 20-minute session, on a drop-in basis. We need experienced librarians to help those new to the profession, or looking for career advice.

Based in the Placement Center at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the service is available during these windows of time:

Saturday, 1/25:  9:00am – 12:00pm

Sunday, 1/26:  1:00pm – 4:00pm

At Midwinter 2019, we had a great turnout of people wanting to be mentored but only a few mentors. Please consider sharing your time and expertise!

Mentors please sign up here today: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pCGLH1OpCLttCxl5kacVoX6EYtrA8dsZVriPdB0Utvk/edit?usp=sharing

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Call for Nominations: Beta Phi Mu Award (Deadline February 3)

(via Emily Bergman)

The American Library Association and the jury for the Beta Phi Mu encourages you to submit nominations for someone who deserves to be known for their work in education for librarianship. The award consists of $1,000 and a 24k gold framed citation of achievement.  This annual award is for a library school faculty member or an individual. Self nominations are welcome. To submit your nomination you’ll need a statement indicating this nominee’s distinguished contributions to education, indicating why the candidate is worthy of the Beta Phi Mu Award. Supporting evidence or testimonials are also welcome.

More details are here: http://www.ala.org/awardsgrants/beta-phi-mu-award

Deadline is Monday, February 3, 2020.

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(via Megan Ortegon, American Library Association)

Registration for NLLD 2020 is now open! www.ala.org/advocacy/nlld

When library advocates gather to share their experiences, collaborate to overcome common obstacles, and strive to elevate their skill sets, valuable learning and growth are bound to happen. Here’s hoping you’re planning to join us in May: ALA opens registration for 2020 National Library Legislative Day

If you have any questions, please contact me at NLLD@alawash.org. The deadline to register is March 31, and participation is limited to 400 people.

Advocate leaders across ALA are sharing why they plan to attend. Check out what they have to say:
Sharon Kay Edwards on Twitter
Janet T. O’Keefe on Twitter
K.G. Schneider on Twitter
Ray Ray Pun on Twitter
Eileen Palmer on Twitter

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(via Sheryl Reyes, American Library Association)

The application for the 2020 “Leading to the Future” ALA Leadership Institute (August 2-6, 2020 at the Hilton Oak Brook/Chicago Conference Center and Resort, Oak Brook, Illinois) is now open, with applications accepted through March 9, 2020. ALA Past-President Maureen Sullivan and Library and Leadership Consultant Kathryn Deiss will return to facilitate a four-day immersive leadership development program for mid-career librarians.

Now in its eighth year, the Institute has earned a reputation as a transformative program for leadership development in the library community.  Selected future library leaders gather to develop and implement leadership skills in areas critical to the future of their libraries. Through reflective and active learning, participants delve into leadership practices, concepts, and frameworks, shape their own sustainable leadership vision and ethos, and build a professional learning community and network. With content based on real-world cases and nuanced situations, participants explore topics related to the greatest challenges of leading in an uncertain future.

Year after year in post-participation evaluations, the majority of attendees give the ALA Leadership Institute the top rating possible, with descriptions such as “by far, the best professional development I have attended in 15 years.” Many also praise the particular benefits of learning and discussing with peers.  One past participant noted, “I found strength in the larger fellowship discussions at the institute – that no matter the focus of that particular person’s library profession – academic, public, school, special – the leadership skills needed were the same.” Visit the Leadership Institute website for more information and testimonials.

You can find the application here.  Please note that applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer. Participation includes a free one-year membership in LLAMA (Library Leadership and Management Association).  As noted, all applications must be received no later than March 9, 2020.

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