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Archive for 2017

(via David Ward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

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 New Discoveries in Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

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 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 New Orleans, LA.

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, December 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 19th, 2018. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:
Submissions will be accepted using our online form at:


FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information
Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address. Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

FORM 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

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 2017-2018 committee chairs:

David Ward (dh-ward@illinois.edu) and Joseph Yue (contact.jyue@gmail.com)

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Legislative Action Item: Save Net Neutrality, Round 2!

Following the FCC’s vote to repeal net neutrality, what’s next? Even though Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is one of 17 State Attorneys General appealing the decision, your voice matters, too. Speak with your congressional representatives preceding their review of the vote. Contact information and a sample script are available at 5calls.org.

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(via Andrea Kingston, Monroe Community College)

Final call! Proposals are due this Friday, December 15!

Are you effectively engaging students with library instruction based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in your community or junior college library? Have you incorporated the Framework into your library’s instruction program or specific lesson plans? Please consider presenting your Framework-infused instruction strategies at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans as part of a panel sponsored by the Community and Junior College Libraries Section of ACRL. We are seeking community college librarians who are excited to share their innovative and practical approaches with the rest of us. This call for panelists is open to any community or junior college librarian with instruction experience. The panel is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, at 9:00 a.m.

Here is the full program description: “A dynamic panel of community college librarians will share their practical methods for creating effective, student-focused instructional strategies based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. This panel will address some of the unique challenges community college librarians face when adapting the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to meet the needs of their students. Panel participants will discuss their original, field-tested ideas that have not been widely published. Attendees will be offered hands-on, practical solutions to the application of the Framework in community college library instruction, especially one-shots. Key takeaways will include examples of the successful utilization of the Framework’s frames and threshold concepts in active learning scenarios, which attendees can adopt and modify as needed to fit the learning objectives in their own instruction.”

If you think you have a Framework-based lesson plan, activity, program redesign, etc. that would be a good fit, please send a brief description of it and a short summary of any assessment or evaluation that you’ve done for it (if any) to the CJCLS ALA 2018 Program Planning Committee Chair, Andrea Kingston (akingston4@monroecc.edu), by December 15.? Questions? Feel free to contact me.

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(via Maoria Kirker, George Mason University)

We are writing to ask you to participate in a research survey on the teaching beliefs and instructional practices of librarians who teach information literacy.

The purpose of this study is to discover the epistemological beliefs and practices of teacher librarians. We are particularly interested learning about beliefs relating to approaches to teaching information literacy and how these beliefs align with instructional practices.

If you choose to participate, you will complete a survey that will take about 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and you may withdraw at any time, and for any reason.

Results may be published and any identifying data will be removed. There is no identified risk to taking this survey.

Please feel free to share this survey with colleagues who provide library instruction who would be interested in sharing their thoughts with us. Click the link below to start the survey.

Click here to participate in the survey.

The survey closes at 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, December 20.

Thank you for your consideration.

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(via Robin Champieux, Oregon Health and Science University)

The Awesome Foundation Libraries Chapter is hosting its first ever Awesome Ideas Pitch for Libraries during the 2018 ALA Midwinter Conference in Denver on Saturday, February 10th, from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. We’re looking for great ideas for small projects that could impact your community, demonstrate a new idea, or improve a tool or service. We’ll choose roughly 8 participants to share their ideas with the ALA community and the judges, along with the audience, will choose their favorite. The winner will walk out of the pitch event with $1000.

To be considered for the Midwinter event, submit a Pitch Proposal by Friday, December 15th, 2017. To help support this event and future awesome projects by being a trustee or sponsor, please visit: http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/libraries. Also, check out the Awesome Foundation Libraries Chapter promotional video.

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(via Megan Heuer, Southern Methodist University)

Proposals are now being accepted for Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum. This year’s Research Forum will be held on Friday, April 27th, 2018, at the Loyola Jesuit Hall and Conference Centre in the beautiful city of Montreal.

The Research Forum provides an opportunity for librarians, archivists, graduate students, teaching faculty, and information professionals to describe and promote their completed or in-progress research, practical case studies or projects. The Forum also provides a venue for researchers to seek suggestions for enhancing their research interests, to identify potential new partners for projects, to test the effectiveness of their undertakings, and to promote research in academic libraries.

This year’s keynote speaker is Roberto Rocha. Roberto is a data journalist at the CBC, part of a four-person national investigative team that specializes in data-driven stories. Before that, he worked 10 years at the Montreal Gazette, where he developed an interest in the craft and became one of the first in Canada to do it full time. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has lectured in journalism at the University of Ottawa.

Call for Proposals

Proposals are invited for presentations and / or posters on research or a case study in any area of Library and Information Science including but no limited to accessibility integration; assessment and impact; digital library technologies; literacy instruction; library space and design; publishing and scholarly communication; research data management; social media; new library technologies; and library history.

Presentations and posters may be in English or French.

At least one of the presenters of the poster and/or presentation should be the primary researcher involved with the original project.

Presentations should be between 15 and 20 minutes, followed by a question period.

Posters may also be submitted. These will be on view for the entire day. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to describe their posters during the day.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 5, 2018, 10:00 AM CST

For more information, please visit: http://library.concordia.ca/about/staff/forum

To submit a proposal, please click here.

For more information about the Concordia University Library’s 16th Annual Research Forum, please contact Christopher Carr, Chair of the Librarians’ Research Forum Committee at christopher.carr@concordia.ca

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

Free Dialogue/Deliberation Workshop for Academic Libraries at ALA Midwinter // ACRL Insider — News and information from the Association of …

Join ALA, ACRL, the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD), and the National Issues Forums Institute for a free workshop about dialogue and deliberation approaches for academic libraries at ALA’s 2018 Midwinter Meeting.

“Libraries Transforming Communities: National Issues Forums Workshop for Academic Libraries” will be held on Friday, February 9, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Read the workshop description at the ALA Midwinter meeting website.

Learn more and register for the workshop.

The one-day workshop will explore the National Issues Forums approach to dialogue and deliberation. Participation in the workshop is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Participants will also be asked to view three 90-minute webinars and claim digital badges in preparation for the workshop.

This workshop is part of Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change, an ALA initiative that seeks to introduce libraries to various dialogue and deliberation approaches, enabling libraries to foster conversation and lead change in their communities. The initiative is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Questions should be directed to Sarah Ostman at sostman@ala.org.

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(via Jennifer Schwartz, DePaul University)

17th Annual Information Literacy Summit

Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action

Friday, April 20, 2018, 8:30am-3:30pm

Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library

Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus

Keynote Address

Char Booth, Associate Dean of the University Library at California State University San Marcos and an ACRL Immersion Institute faculty member

Call for Proposals

We are seeking presenters to lead engaging and interactive discussions about information literacy and library instruction. We are especially interested in breakout sessions and panels which focus on this year’s theme: Teaching for Curiosity, Creativity, and Action. How might we engage our learners to help them develop curiosity and creativity? What role does information literacy play in taking action and making change in our communities? How might our own teaching practice reflect these dispositions? We hope to foster conversations across all types of libraries, schools, and other organizations and encourage a diversity of perspectives in this proposal call.

The Summit is a regional conference which will be held at the Moraine Valley Community College campus. If you wish to propose more than one breakout session, please fill out a form for each topic. Breakout sessions and panels will be 50 minutes long and should include audience interaction or discussion. Panel discussions should have a three person maximum. Hands-on lessons and demonstrations (and/or practical takeaways) are encouraged. Sessions typically have 20-40 participants.

The submission should include a 200-300 word description of your session. Please include learning outcomes and a brief explanation of why people should attend your session and what they will take away. A shorter abstract (around 100 words) for publication in the Summit programming will be required as well.

Please fill out this Google form to propose a breakout session

Deadline to submit proposals is Friday, January 12, 2018

Some possible topics for sessions include the following.

  • social justice
  • service learning
  • student curiosity and creativity
  • student-centered teaching and learning
  • students as creators
  • critical information literacy
  • critical pedagogies
  • reflective practice
  • communities of practice
  • applications of the Framework for Information Literacy
  • programmatic assessments
  • instructional design

Questions? Contact:

Moraine Valley Community College Library
Tish Hayes

Susan Miller

DePaul University Library
Jill King

Jennifer Schwartz

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(via Dr. Elisabeth Shields, Kennesaw State University)

I am pleased to announce that registration is open for

“Transforming Libraries for Graduate Students”

March 22-23

Kennesaw State University

Kennesaw GA

General information, a tentative program, and registration are available at http://digitalcommons.kennesaw.edu/gradlibconf/ and on the attached flyer.

Many thanks to those of you who submitted proposals; we have accepted 26 proposals from 21 institutions, and the presenters are drawn from an even wider range of universities. There will be a mix of individual and panel presentations, workshops, roundtables, networking sessions, and pop-up sessions.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues, and we look forward to seeing old friends again and to meeting new ones.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

The ACRL Immersion Program is all new for 2018! The 4.5-day program will take place at the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul, Minnesota from July 29 to August 3, 2018. The new, more central location will provide easy travel access, while still providing the small campus feel with nearby urban amenities.

The 2018 ACRL Immersion Program will launch a major curriculum revision. The Immersion Faculty are responding to feedback from teaching librarians, including past Immersion Program participants, in order to design a learning experience that meets current challenges, is responsive and flexible, enables participant-driven learning goals and experiences, and provides opportunities to develop a critical reflective practice. The program is not just for instruction or information literacy librarians or instruction coordinators. It is designed for anyone engaged in the educational role of libraries in higher education, including librarians from all library areas that engage in teaching and learning practices such as offering workshops, designing library assignments, creating exhibits, etc.

Applicants may register for the program on a first come, first served basis in early 2018. Some scholarships will be available; scholarship details will also be available in early 2018. Watch the Immersion Program webpage (http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion) for details.

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