Discussion Groups

Designed to respond quickly, discussion groups address hot topics. These short-term 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.

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.

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

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.

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
Provides opportunities to discuss and share ideas, knowledge, research, experiences, and expertise in the areas of human resources and staff development among library administrators with responsibilities in those areas.

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.

Popular Cultures
Devoted to the general discussion of popular culture materials and all types of libraries.

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

Sponsored Research Administrators and Grants Managers
Elevates the role of sponsored research and grants in supporting the strategic goals of libraries.

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.