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ACRL Endorses Protocols for Native American Materials

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

ACRL, at the request of its Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS), has endorsed the Protocols for Native American Materials.

In April 2006 a group of nineteen Native American and non-Native American archivists, librarians, museum curators, historians, and anthropologists gathered at Northern Arizona University Cline Library in Flagstaff, Arizona. The participants included representatives from fifteen Native American, First Nation, and Aboriginal communities. The group met to identify best professional practices for culturally responsive care and use of American Indian archival material held by non-tribal organizations.

The resulting Protocols build upon numerous professional ethical codes; a number of significant international declarations recognizing Indigenous rights, including several now issued by the United Nations; and the ground-breaking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Protocols for Libraries, Archives, and Information Services.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Library Organizations, Reports | No Comments »

(via the Illinois Library Association)

IACRL and RAILS are excited to announce a new event for Spring 2020 – Spark: Connect and Get Fired Up! on Friday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Milner Library, Illinois State University, Normal We hope this professional development opportunity will be the first of many to Spark our enthusiasm to share and connect with each other as academic librarians in Illinois. Librarians from all libraries in Illinois are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The committee is now seeking proposals that feature the theme Connect and Get Fired Up! Speakers will share their experience with participants in 15-minute lightning rounds. After a set of lightning rounds, speakers will lead round table discussions with participants to network and discuss each lightning round topic. Participants will be able to share their own experiences and ideas with one another. Proposals are due Friday, March 6.

For more information, please go to

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award, sponsored by the Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum and Library Juice Academy. Established in 1985, this award recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The recipient must be a personal ILA member or be employed at an institution that is an ILA member. The person must have earned distinction through notable service to the Forum and to the Illinois Library Association, in addition to having exhibited leadership and exemplary library service in an academic setting.

To assure equitability of representation of awardees among the various types of academic libraries and constituencies represented in the Forum’s membership, the ILA Awards Committee will give consideration, on a revolving basis, to these factors in the selection process. Individuals nominated should have demonstrated achievements in such areas as:

  • service to the organized profession through ILA, the IACRL Forum, and related organizations;
  • significant and influential academic or research library service;
  • contributions to academic or research library development through research or publications; or
  • planning or implementing a library program of exemplary quality.

Nominees do not have to meet all the above criteria.

The Illinois Library Association will present the Award at its Annual Conference (October 20-22 in Springfield). The awardee will receive a certificate, along with a financial award totaling $500. Please note that monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the Award is presented.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, May 15, 2020. The nominator’s statement of support should address all criteria under the individual awards as outlined. The nominator must submit the nomination form and attach all support statements, letters, and documentation, etc., required by the Award’s criteria. Self-nominations are welcome.

More information on the Award is available here. The link to submit a nomination is here. Not sure how to get started with your nomination? Click here to download Award nomination guidelines and requirements.

If you have any questions, please contact Eric Edwards, IACRL Past President and Awards Committee Chair, at

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

(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illinois State University)

Just a quick reminder that the deadline to volunteer for any ACRL committee is Friday, February 14. The University Libraries Section encourages everyone to submit a volunteer form.

Submit a volunteer form if:

  • You are not on a committee and want to give back to the profession
  • You are not on a committee and are looking for national service opportunities
  • Your term on a committee is ending and you want to serve another term on that committee
  • Your term on a committee is ending and you want to serve on a different committee
  • Your term on a committee is not ending but you want to add another opportunity to your service efforts

ULS have a variety of committees and discussion groups. All of our committees do virtual work and most do not require attendance to either the MidWinter meeting or Annual Conference (of course, we are happy for you to attend either or both). Visit our LibGuides for more information about our service opportunities.

You can find more information about volunteering on the ACRL volunteer web page.

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

(via the Illinois Library Association)

In honor of our 2020 Annual Conference theme Many Libraries,One State (#WeAreILA), we want to showcase our members with a weekly photo contest!

Every week we will be accepting photos from ILA members (personal, institutional, and associate). Send us your best photo from an event at your library, your patrons, your staff, anything you think captures your library at its best! ILA staff will select the winners, and the photo will be featured on ILA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages and here, in the ILA Alert!

The submission deadline is noon on Thursdays. Photos must be in png or jpg format and include a brief description (1-2 sentences). Please send photos via email to Tamara Jenkins <> (include in the subject line ILA Photo Contest Submission). One entry per member. Winners will be announced on ILA social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) on Fridays.

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

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Would you like to meet your legislator and advocate for libraries in higher education? Here is your chance! Note that the Chicago event will take place on March 6 in the beautiful Winter Garden at HWLC downtown.


2020 ILA Legislative Meet-ups

Registration is now open for the 2020 ILA Legislative Meet-ups. The ILA Legislative Meet-ups are a chance for the Illinois library community to hear from and meet with state lawmakers and discuss the issues affecting libraries.

The registration fee includes breakfast or lunch, legislative materials, and a program featuring state and federal legislative briefing and library-related priorities and speakers.

Get a sneak preview of ILA’s legislative priorities and some tips for how to prepare for a Meet-up by viewing this free, 15-minute preparatory video.

Additional information, including the lists of invited legislators and legislative issues, is available on the ILA website.

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

(via Krista Bowers Sharpe, IACRL Communications Committee Chair)

Are social media platforms your thing? Please consider joining the IACRL Communications Committee and helping to engage the public through our Facebook and Twitter accounts (via Hootsuite). Spread the word about IACRL, its committees’ activities, and upcoming events!

If interested, please contact me at

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

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

For staff at RAILS member libraries–

RAILS is inviting library staff from system members to take a brief survey. The topic is how you use social media in your work and in your relationship to RAILS. Any library staff from any member library is free to complete the survey.

Your answers will help us determine how to focus our social media messages and tailor content for specific platforms. We appreciate your time. If you have any questions about this survey, please email

Posted in Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS), Surveys | No Comments »

(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

If you would like to find out more about submitting a proposal, join members of the ACRL 2021 Conference Committee for a free hour-long webcast at 1:00 p.m. Central on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, to get information on how to put forward your best ACRL Conference proposal. (Convert additional time zones online.)

During this live webcast, committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on the overall process and show examples of successful proposals. Discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission, maximize your chances of acceptance, and ask any questions you may have.


Beth McNeil, ACRL 2021 Conference Chair
Lee LeFleur, ACRL 2021 Panel Sessions Committee Co-Chair
Willie Miller, ACRL 2021 Invited Presentations Committee Co-Chair
Kathy Parsons, ACRL 2021 Roundtable Discussions Committee Co-Chair
Paul Sharpe, ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference Committee Co-Chair
Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development

Submit your free registration online. A recording of the session will be available on the ACRL 2021 website shortly after the live event.

Check out the complete ACRL 2021 Call for Participation to learn more, or contact Margot Conahan at with questions.

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

(via Tana Petrov, Fountaindale Public Library District)

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 Direct any questions to

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