Discussion Groups

Designed to respond quickly, discussion groups address hot topics. These flexible groups gather together to discuss the issues and provide members with the always-important informal networks for exchanging ideas and problem-solving.

A forum for assessment librarians – and those with responsibility for, and interest in, library assessment – to discuss methods, training, results, impact, institutional needs and challenges, and seek solutions to common problems faced by the library assessment community.

Balancing Baby and Book
A discussion forum for academic librarians on the challenges and opportunities present in being or preparing to become a parent while continuing to work and/or maintain a career track.

Continuing Education/Professional Development
A forum for issues of current interest for librarians and others abut continuing education for librarians and library staff.

A forum to discuss copyright issues that confront those working in academic and research libraries.

First Year Experience
A platform for discussion and idea exchanges related to the library's role in the new student's first year experience in higher education.

Global Library Services
Aimed to establish a network of librarians to exchange knowledge and develop sustainable services in order to support teaching and research.

Heads of Public Services
A forum and opportunity for academic librarians to openly discuss and explore common issues, ideas, problems, and opportunities associated with the administration, management and delivery of public services in academic libraries.

Hip Hop Librarian Consortium
A discussion forum for academic librarians to discuss hip hop information literacy and how it aligns with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

International Perspectives on Academic and Research Libraries
Promotes awareness and discussion of the international, transnational, and global dimensions of issues critical to the future of academic and research libraries.

A forum for conversation, communication and collaboration about leadership and management issues important to academic librarians.

Learning Commons
Open to all who wish to share knowledge about information commons/learning commons.

Library and Information Science Collections
A forum for discussion of current issues and problems related to collections in LIS fields.

Library Support for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Provides librarians with an opportunity to share information about how libraries are supporting the provision of MOOCs created by their campuses.

Media Resources
Provides assistance in the planning, selection, distribution, and use of electronic media resources and services.

MLA International Bibliography in Academic Libraries
Furthers communication regarding the use of the MLA international bibliography in academic libraries.

New Members
This discussion group is a welcoming place for new members interested in academic and research libraries. This group offers a place to ask questions, make connections with other members, and start off on the right foot.  This discussion group also provides the opportunity for experienced librarians to mentor those incoming new faces by answering questions, advertising volunteer opportunities or other events, and offering advice as necessary.

Personnel Administrators & Staff Development
This group of administrators, who are direct reports to the library director, will meet to discuss topics of interest related to their role within their library and their institution.

Philosophical, Religious, and Theological Studies
A forum to discuss issues related to philosophical, religious, and theological studies librarianship.

Scholarly Communication
Supports advocacy efforts designed to transform the scholarly communication landscape.

Student Retention
Discusses methods, best practices, and assessment for developing case-by-case and programmatic efforts related to student retention.

Undergraduate Librarians
Promotes communication among undergraduate librarians by providing a forum for regular discussion of current issues related to provision of library services to undergraduate students at research universities.