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(via Stacey Knight-Davis, Eastern Illinois University, on behalf of Aubrey Iglesias, New Mexico State University)

Dear colleague,

Are you 18 years of age or older, earned a graduate degree in Library and Information Science (LIS) from an institution in the United States during the academic years 2009/2010 – 2018/2019 while living in the U.S. (including U.S. territories), and have applied for librarian positions in academic or research libraries? We would love to hear about your job search pathway whether or not your search has so far resulted in an academic librarian position.

I am Aubrey Iglesias, Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University Library in Las Cruces, NM. I finished my LIS degree at the end of 2008 during the Great Recession. It took me 8 years and relocating my family several times to transition into my first academic librarian position. I know some of the challenges LIS graduates face in finding academic jobs. This is why I, along with my colleague, are conducting this study on the academic and pre-professional experiences of recent LIS graduates to better understand what variables may significantly influence either an unsuccessful or successful job search outcome in order to help colleagues navigate entry into academic librarianship.

We need your help! We ask that you please take our survey (link provided below), which takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and includes demographic as well as multiple choice questions with options to write in additional information. All study participants will remain anonymous. We would also like to ask you to please distribute the link to this survey widely.

By participating in this survey, you can enter into a drawing for a chance to be randomly selected to receive one of five Amazon gift cards worth $25 each. We are also looking for interview participants for the second part of this study, which is focused on graduates who had a mentor during their LIS studies. This would be another chance to receive a $25 Amazon gift card. (Note: per NMSU policy, employees of NMSU in addition to people who were born outside the U.S. and are not considered permanent residents of the U.S. are ineligible to be awarded a gift card. Also, multiple gift cards should not be given to the same individual.)

This study has been approved through NMSU’s IRB approval (#21263), and we anticipate publishing the aggregated study results in an open access academic journal. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at aiglesia@nmsu.edu. Thank you for your time!

With much appreciation,

Aubrey Iglesias, MA, MLS

Assistant Professor/Cataloging Librarian

New Mexico State University



Tiffany Schirmer, MLS

Library Specialist, Sr.

New Mexico State University


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Registration Open for 2021-2022 HEDS Research Practices Survey

(via Camella Ashment, HEDS Consortium)

The 2021-2022 HEDS (Higher Education Data Sharing) Research Practices Survey is open for registration. Fall administrations can begin as soon as Sunday, August 1. The link to registration is here.

The survey assesses students’ research experiences and their skills in finding, evaluating, and citing sources. The two-part survey first evaluates your students’ self-perceived proficiency in these skills, and then tests their skills to see how those perceptions line up with reality. Librarians can use this knowledge to develop pedagogies and materials to strengthen students’ research skills. It is very useful for determining where to focus limited instruction time.

You can administer the survey at three points during the year, depending on what you wish to learn.

  • the upcoming fall administration is intended for your incoming first-year students; to help identify their pre-college research skills and experience
  • a winter administration is available to measure how these first-year students’ research skills improved over their first term
  • a spring administration can be used to assess the research skills and experience for both first-year students after one year of college, and for graduating seniors after four years of college

You will receive a summary report comparing your students to students at all other participating institutions and a real-time report that allows you to monitor results as they come in. A single administration is $2,000 for institutions not in HEDS and $500 for HEDS members. Membership is not required to participate in our surveys, but all institutions are welcome to join the HEDS community!

Please visit our website at the link above for more information about the survey, to view the instrument, or register. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Jessica Deemer at jessica.deemer@hedsconsortium.org or (765) 361-5771.

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(via Abby Moore, University of North Carolina at Charlotte)

Librarians at UNC Charlotte and NC State University are researching academic librarian perceptions of productivity while working from home during a pandemic.

This online survey will add to the scholarly conversation regarding academic librarians’ ability to work effectively and creatively in home offices. We hope that the results of this study will impact how and where academic librarians are encouraged to complete their work.

The survey is anonymous and no personal information will be gathered. Completion of the survey is voluntary and is expected to take less than 10 minutes of your time.

Please complete the online survey here.

We look forward to sharing our results with the greater library community. If you have questions about this study, please contact Abby Moore, at amoor164@uncc.edu, or Amelia Rodarte, at amelia_rodarte@ncsu.edu.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

NOTE: This study has been approved by the UNC Charlotte and NC State University Institutional Review Boards. IRB #21-0533 (UNC Charlotte) and #24155 (NC State).

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(via Danielle Hinrichs, St. Catherine University)

You are invited to participate in a research study about connections between information literacy instruction and writing curriculum at colleges and universities in the United States. Participants will answer 12 questions about information literacy and writing instruction at their institutions. The survey will take approximately 20-40 minutes to complete.

The study is being conducted by Danielle Hinrichs, Master’s candidate in the Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN. The faculty advisor for this study is Professor Joyce Yukawa, Program Director and Associate Professor in the Master of Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University.

The survey below will include an informed consent statement. To review the consent statement and complete the survey, please click here.

If you have questions, please contact Danielle Hinrichs, at dmhinrichs@stkate.edu.

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(via Mallory Jallas, Illinois State University)

Academic librarians in the United States and Canada that 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 time slots.

The following investigators are available for questions about this study:

Thank you for your consideration.

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(via CARLI)

Calling all library employees at CARLI Institutions who provide library instruction.

The CARLI Instruction Committee seeks input from library employees at CARLI member institutions who provide instruction for a research study. The purpose of this study is to explore the degree to which library employees have altered their approach to instruction throughout and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic and concurrent events, as well as instructional support offered during this time. Feedback provided will inform future programming offered through the CARLI Instruction Committee. The survey will remain open until Friday, August 13,  2021.

The research is being conducted via a Qualtrics survey which should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. If you decide to participate in the study, you are free to withdraw any time while you are taking the survey. Please note that If you complete the anonymous survey and then submit it, we will be unable to extract the anonymous data should you wish it to be withdrawn. No personally identifiable information will be requested. Confidentiality will be maintained to the degree permitted by the technology used. Your participation in this online survey involves risks similar to a person’s everyday use of the Internet.

Only the Principal Investigator will have access to the raw data collected from this survey via Qualtrics. She will remove any personally identifiable information from the data before it is shared with the research team (members of the CARLI Instruction Committee). There are no foreseeable risks in participating in this survey. Information you provide will not compromise your standing at your institution, other CARLI institutions, or the CARLI consortium. Responses will be used for research purposes, and will benefit the CARLI community by informing future programming and support offered through CARLI.

If you would like to participate in the study, please visit here.

Please contact Principal Investigator, Annie Armstrong, with any questions about this research.

Annie Armstrong, Principal Investigator
Associate Professor, Liaison Librarian
University of Illinois Chicago

The UIC Exempt Research Protocol Number is 2021-0579.

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(via Gerard Shea, Seton Hall University)​

All academic librarians are invited to participate in a survey about library services for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

We are interested in investigating what library services are being provided for college students with autism spectrum disorder at academic libraries in the United States. If you are an academic librarian in the United States, we invite you to take part in our study. We will use the software program Qualtrics to conduct an online survey. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Participation in this study is completely voluntary and anonymous, and you may end your participation at any time.

The survey will be available through Tuesday, July 6, here. If you have any questions, please e-mail Gerard Shea directly, at gerard.shea@shu.edu.

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(via Brian Quinn, Texas Tech University)

Please consider taking the following survey. Yoga programs are very popular on campuses across the US; however, yoga as outreach has been written about in the library literature with the focus on the programs in public libraries. This survey will ask about higher education outreach yoga programs that have been offered both before and after the Covid-19 pandemic. Your participation is completely voluntary, and there are no direct benefits to you as a participant, but we appreciate your time and effort.

You will be asked to answer questions about yoga outreach programs during the time period from approximately March 2020 to current, though some questions will ask about yoga programming before the pandemic.

This survey should only take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and there are 30 questions. You can stop the survey at any point and skip any questions you prefer not to answer except for the agreement to start the survey.

There are no foreseeable risks to your participation. To protect your confidentiality, no names will be collected and any identifiers will be removed from the data. If you have any questions about this research, please contact any of the researchers listed below.

The survey will be open until Wednesday, June 30. To access the survey, please go here.

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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



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(via Dana Thompson, Murray State University)

The ACRL Visual Literacy Task Force is currently seeking feedback on The Framework for Visual Literacy. We are asking you to consider how you might use this document. We would also like to understand how it could be improved to better align with your needs. We thank you in advance for your input to ensure this document is thoughtful and useful.

Please access the document here. Please provide feedback by using this link.


In 2009, a group of librarians interested in quality research and instructional image content formed the Image Resources Interest Group within the Association of College & Research Libraries to focus on the particular affordances and challenges of visual information. That same year, the inaugural Visual Literacy Task Force was formed to craft a set of standards that would complement the now rescinded the 2001 ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The resultant standards, the 2011 Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, highlighted ways in which visuals are distinct from other information types.

In the years following the publication of the Visual Literacy Standards, librarians began to engage with threshold concepts, metacognition, and metaliteracies, reflected in the 2016 ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which replaced the Information Literacy Standards. Ongoing critical conversation continues to shape how learners are taught to create, use, share, and assess information in the twenty-first century. Addressing these shifts, ACRL assembled several task forces in 2018 to develop Framework Companion Documents and update disciplinary literacy standards documents. In this spirit, the current Visual Literacy Task Force was formed by the Image Resources Interest Group to update the 2011 Visual Literacy Standards.

At the outset, we acknowledged that visual literacy and related terminology remained difficult to define due to variations in use and meaning across disciplines. We also recognized that mapping to the Framework would be a challenging exercise. Success would require the participation of thoughtfully engaged stakeholders. Therefore, we began by conducting an IRB-approved qualitative research study. From fall 2019 to spring 2021, we interviewed a broad community of practitioners and scholars, including architecture and planning librarians. Participants were asked to define visual literacy, identify necessary skills and competencies for their discipline, and discuss what they perceived as challenges and opportunities.

By coding the interviews, we identified four themes that serve as the backbone for the current Visual Literacy Framework Companion Document draft. These themes are listed below.

  • perceive visuals as communicating information;
  • participate in a changing information landscape;
  • practice visual discernment and criticality; and
  • pursue social justice through visual practice.


Please return the survey by Wednesday, July 7.

If you have any questions, please contact us at vltfacrl@gmail.com.

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