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Call for Participants: Advisory Panel on Shared Print Copies

(via Helen Levenson, Oakland University)

The Risk Research Working Group of the Partnership for Shared Book Collections invites your participation on an advisory panel looking at a tool for determining the number of copies of a title that a shared print consortium must commit to keeping in order to ensure the survival of at least one usable copy.

Your volunteer participation involves a one-hour small-group videoconference meeting to discuss the model plus one to two hours in advance to review written materials. Primarily, we are looking for your expertise and experience working with library collections as a reality check on the assumptions and parameters used for this tool.

Shared print programs have long struggled to determine just how many copies of each title must be preserved. The Risk Research Working Group has been reviewing this problem and working with Dr. Candice Yano of U.C. Berkeley to develop a tool to project the number of copies of monograph titles needed to hit a target probability that at least one usable copy will survive after a given time horizon. Modeling the projected survival of books is complicated because of the quantity of risk factors, the ways these risks interplay, and insufficient hard data to describe the loss and deterioration of books in libraries. Dr. Yano has helped us create a flexible tool with options to input different rates for the loss or deterioration of books from different causes. Our research has identified tentative numbers to use for those rates. We are looking to you to help us check, is our reasoning accurate? Are the compromises we inevitably had to make reasonable?

If you can help us out, please respond on this Google form to confirm your interest and select dates of availability. Each panel session is limited to 7 to 10 participants. We will try to accommodate everyone who volunteers, but we may not have space to include everyone who responds. We will follow up to confirm whether or not you are on a panel and the date and will send you links to a small packet of information in advance.

If you have questions, please contact the group at SharedPrintRisk@umich.edu. We appreciate your expertise and advice!

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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

We have a few spaces left for the last of our focus group sessions, on Tuesday, July 27; Wednesday, July 28; and Friday, July 30. Please consider participating.

Academic librarians in the United States and Canada who are currently working as a Student Success Librarian are invited to participate in an hour-long focus group on student success in academic libraries. In appreciation for your participation in the focus group you will be provided with a $20 gift card to Amazon.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how academic libraries support student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what university-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and how they assess these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an approximately hour-long virtual focus group via Zoom. The focus group interview is voluntary and confidential. The questions are of a non-sensitive nature. You may decline to participate or withdraw at any time without penalty or risk.

If you would like to participate in the focus group, please use this link to access available timeslots.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study:

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(via Gwen Gregory, Northern Illinois University)

On behalf of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, thank you for your interest in this survey.

This survey is part of the project entitled “Telling Our Stories: Community Building and Leadership, Recruit and Retain Latinx to the Library Profession”. Funded by an IMLS grant (RE-00-17-0130-17), this study aims to identify challenges and highlight the experiences of librarians of color, particularly as it relates to retention and promotion. Our focus is to capture data to strengthen support for current and prospective Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) throughout the library field.

​We invite adults who have completed an MLIS and identify as a person of color to participate in this study. The survey is expected to take 20 minutes to complete. Your participation in this research is completely voluntary.  All data collected will remain anonymous and confidential. Participants will have the option to contribute to a 30-minute follow-up study for which there is an incentive.

We invite you to participate in this survey on employment and job seeking experiences of BIPOC librarians and fill out the form by Wednesday, July 14.

​Louis Muñoz Jr.
Tess Tobin

Co-PI’s

Lisrecruitment16@gmail.com

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(via Lily Todorinova, Rutgers University)

Please consider taking a short (10-15 minute) survey on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on academic libraries. The purpose of this exploratory study is to gather information on the current effects of the pandemic in relation to a number of broad factors, including services, budget, internal processes, and personnel.

To complete the survey, please go here. The deadline is Thursday, February 25. The study is entirely anonymous and voluntary.

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(via Maggie Albro, Clemson University)

We invite you to participate in a survey designed to explore academic library work environments. To participate, you must be 18 years of age or older and employed by an academic library in the United States. The survey should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. Participants who complete the survey will have the option to enter in a drawing to receive one of three $50 Amazon gift cards.

Participation is voluntary and participants will remain anonymous. No identifying information will be collected that could connect an individual with their survey responses. Raw data will only be accessible to the project investigators. The survey results will be used in an aggregate manner when disseminated in publications or presentations.

Access the survey here. The survey will close at 11:00 AM CDT on Friday, February 12.

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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

All academic librarians in the United States and Canada are invited to participate in a survey about student success in academic libraries.

The research project is an examination and analysis of student success initiatives in academic libraries. The researchers seek to find out how institutions define student success, how resources (positions, spaces, and programming) are being allocated to and developed for student success, what campus-wide partnerships or collaborations are being created, and assessment of these efforts.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked to complete a survey that asks you about student success initiatives on your campus and at your library. The survey is expected to take between 10 and 20 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and anonymous. You can choose to complete the survey or not and may decide to stop the survey and leave the study at any time. Participation carries no known risks. There will be no costs for participating.

If you would like to participate in the survey, please use this link to access the survey. The survey will close on Friday, January 8, 2021.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study.

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(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage and OCLC Global Council Delegate for the Americas Regional Council (ARC))

Dear Colleagues,

Libraries can bring unique strengths and collective muscle to global sustainability challenges. To inspire more conversations, expanded engagement, and action that leads to impact, OCLC Global Council has set its FY21 area of focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More information on the SDGs is available here.

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This UN Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals-all supported by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) through its International Advocacy Programme.

To build on this momentum, Global Council will support all 17 SDGs, with emphasis on the five that explore.

  • Quality education (SDG #4)
  • Decent work and economic growth (SDG #8)
  • Reduced inequalities (SDG #10)
  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG #16)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG #17)

OCLC Research and Global Council have partnered to develop a “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” survey based on questions and ideas from Global Council delegates, and now your input is needed to provide more comprehensive global insight. This survey is a key part of original research that will culminate in a final report that OCLC will publish in June 2021.

Please share your perspectives via the survey, which is open through Sunday, January 31, 2021, to all libraries, regardless of type, size, or location.

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ACRL Releases 2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report

(via the American Library Association)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities/ and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The 2018 survey data is also available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2018.

The 2018 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5.3 million for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $684,000 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $498,000 for baccalaureate schools and $196,000 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 77.2% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2017; comprehensive schools spent an average of 82.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 79.5% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 64.9%. On average, academic libraries spent 76% of their materials budget on ongoing subscriptions.

Expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 55.6% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 72.5% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 51.6% for baccalaureates, 55.4% for comprehensive schools, and 43% for doctoral/research institutions.

Spending per FTE student averaged $81.27 for associate-degree granting institutions, $400 for baccalaureate schools, $262 for comprehensive universities, and $633 for doctoral/research institutions. Staffing at associate-degree granting institutions averaged 4.97 FTE librarians, 5.44 FTE librarians at baccalaureate schools, 7.82 FTE librarians at comprehensive universities, and 30.2 FTE librarians at doctoral/research institutions.

The 2018 survey includes data from 1,726 academic libraries in five major categories:

·         Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)

·         Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)

·         Library services

·         Staffing

·         Library contributions to student success initiatives

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2018 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

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(via Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College)

I am excited to send along the link to an interview I did with Dr. Nicole Cooke from the University of Illinois’ iSchool. We discuss the misinformation, higher education, information literacy, and librarianship.

This is part of a series of interviews on the Circulating Ideas podcast on libraries and fake news. I have pasted the previous interviews below as well.

·         Fake News, Higher Education, and Librarianship, Circulating Ideas episode 139, Nicole Cook, https://bit.ly/2wp09UN

·         Fake News and Social Media Analytics, Circulating Ideas episode 123: Nathan Carpenter: http://bit.ly/2AO6rhD

·         Fake News and the Psychology of the Brain, Circulating Ideas episode 116: Laura Lauzen-Collins: http://bit.ly/2w2rXvd

·         Fake News, Information Literacy and Teaching College Students, Circulating Ideas episode 113: William Badke: http://bit.ly/2tKF5J6

·         Fake News, Journalism and Libraries, Circulating Ideas episode 108 Interview with Jeremy Shermak: http://bit.ly/2pZpm5z

·         Fake News, Information Literacy and Epistemology, Circulating Ideas episode 104 Interview with Lane Wilkinson: http://bit.ly/2lYW0T7

Please share where appropriate. Thanks for listening.

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(via Carrie Forbes–Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, University of Denver Libraries)

How Good is Our Crystal Ball? Predicting Future Changes for Academic Libraries

The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group invites you to join us for an informal discussion at ALA Annual in New Orleans on the role of futures thinking in planning for organizational change. The discussion forum will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 4-5:30pm (CDT) in the Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside A. We will be joined by staff from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.

In June 2010, ACRL released a report, “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025,” which asked academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education and libraries. Authored by Dr. David J. Staley, Associate Professor in the History Department of The Ohio State University, and Dr. Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL, the report presented 26 possible scenarios for the future that would most impact academic libraries. As we inch closer to 2025, it’s important for academic librarians to evaluate these predictions to aid in planning for organizational change. How accurate were these predictions? How has the climate of higher education changed since this report was published in 2010? How can academic librarians best use futures thinking and trend reports to evaluate the future for their own institutions?

The ACRL report highlighted 9 scenarios that had both a high-probability of happening and that would also have the most impact on libraries. To focus the discussion, we welcome participants to provide feedback on the top 3 scenarios they would most like to discuss within the framework of futures thinking and organizational change. Survey feedback will be used to guide the discussion questions for the forum at ALA Annual.

Link to feedback survey- https://bit.ly/2LdqMkH

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