ACRL/IS Committee Charges, Rosters and Web Pages

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE   
To provide direction for the attainment of the objectives of the Section. The Executive Committee has authority over the affairs of the Section during the period between meetings of the Section, subject to review by the members at a meeting of the Section.
Chair 2013-14: Christy Stevens (crstevens@csupomona.edu)
Executive Committee Web Page
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ADVISORY COUNCIL   
To provide a forum for reporting, discussing, and coordinating the work of Instruction Section's committees and task forces. The Advisory Council is composed of the Executive Committee, plus all the chairs of the standing committees and task forces, and ex officio members including the IS Committee List Administrator, the IS Web Administrator(s), the IS Newsletter Editor, the IS Archivist, the IS liaison to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA), and the director of the Library Orientation & Exchange Clearinghouse (LOEX).
Chair 2013-14: Christy Stevens  (crstevens@csupomona.edu)
Advisory Council Web Page
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AWARDS   
To recognize outstanding scholarship, instructional programming, and leadership among our colleagues by choosing the recipients of the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award, the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year Award, and the Instruction Section Innovation Award. The committee will proactively research possible nominees for these awards and solicit nominations widely from membership, and convey their decisions to the Executive Committee. The committee will periodically review the selection criteria for honorees; coordinate publicity related to individual awards and award recipients according to ALA/ACRL award procedures; update information about award winners on the Section web site; and update the internal documents that guide the committee. The Committee also coordinates the awards ceremony, plaques and certificates, and invites the honorees to the IS Soiree. The committee will also regularly evaluate the need for new awards and investigate ongoing funding sources.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Susanna Maria Eng-Ziskin (susanna.eng@gmail.com) and Lori DuBois (ldubois@williams.edu)
Awards Web Page
Roster (member login)

COMMUNICATION   
To facilitate internal and external Section communication through print and electronic media about membership activities, achievements, procedures, and publications. The committee supports the ILI-L List Administrator who moderates the ILI-L list and maintains the former BI-L list archives on the ALA server. The committee supports the Committee List Administrator who maintains the electronic communications for the Advisory Council, the Executive Committee, and all IS committees. The committee also supports the Newsletter Editor and the Web Site Administrators. The committee seeks candidates for these four positions on a biennial basis. The committee maintains and updates all the internal tips documents related to its work.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: John Siegel (jxsiegel@ualr.edu) and Sheila Stoeckel (sstoeckel@library.wisc.edu
Communication Web Page
Roster (member login)

CONFERENCE PROGRAM PLANNING   
To work with the Section Chair and ACRL to plan and execute an annual conference program that supports the ACRL strategic plan. The committee will examine opportunities to co-sponsor the program with other ACRL and ALA units to avoid duplication of topics at the ALA Annual Conference and to better promote instructional programs in general. Following ACRL and ALA procedures for developing programs, the committee will draft the initial program proposal and budget for Executive Committee and ACRL approval; secure written agreements from invited speakers; determine and arrange for equipment needs; and prepare program evaluation materials and other relevant handouts. After the conference program, the committee will post the program information on the Section web site, review and update the IS Program Planning Manual, and prepare a report for the Executive Committee, which includes the results from the evaluation.
Annual - Las Vegas, 2014:
Chair: Lizz Zitron (lizz.zitron@gmail.com)
Roster 2013-14 (member login)

DISCUSSION GROUP STEERING   
To promote discussion of current instruction topics by coordinating discussion forums facilitated by IS members at the ALA Midwinter and Annual conferences. To that end, the committee will issue calls for, review, and select proposals for discussions; communicate decisions to all applicants; serve as liaison to each discussion group; provide guidance and support to conveners as needed; ensure that digests are completed and uploaded to the IS web site for each discussion group; maintain tip sheets for selection of proposals and facilitation of discussions; and refine criteria for selection of proposals as needed. This committee does not propose any discussion groups of its own.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Veronica Arellano Douglas (varellano@gmail.com) and Jennifer Knievel (jennifer.knievel@colorado.edu)
Discussion Group Steering Web Page
Roster (member login)

INFORMATION LITERACY BEST PRACTICES   
To promote best practices in information literacy and library instruction by developing, maintaining, and promoting the "Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline" and related web site.
Chair 2013-14: Joseph Goetz (goetzje@gmail.com)
Information Literacy Best Practices Web Page
Roster (member login)

INFORMATION LITERACY IN THE DISCIPLINES   
To gather and promote information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education nationally and internationally. The Committee presents its data on Section-sanctioned web sites, including "Information Literacy in the Disciplines" and "Information Literacy Around the Globe." The Committee shall review and update the content annually.
Chair 2013-14: Dr. Carol A. Leibiger (c.leibiger@usd.edu)
ILD Web Page
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INSTRUCTION FOR DIVERSE POPULATIONS   
To support instruction librarians in providing instructional services to diverse populations. The committee reviews, researches new content, updates, and promotes the "Multilingual Glossary" and the "Library Instruction for Diverse Populations Bibliography" bi-annually, focusing on one document per year.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Amanda Breu (breua@uhv.edu) and Elana Karshmer (elana.karshmer@saintleo.edu)
IDP Web Page
Roster (member login)

INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGIES   
To educate and inform membership about the impact of technology on instruction.  The committee researches instructional technologies for the "Tips and Trends" series, which is posted on the IS web site and announced on ILI-L. The committee is responsible for promoting and annually updating the "Classroom Control Systems" page on the Section web site.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Meredith Farkas (mgfarkas@gmail.com) and Brad Seitz (bsietz@emich.edu
Instructional Technologies Web Page
Roster (member login)

LOCAL ARRANGEMENTS   
To select the location and coordinate arrangements for the IS social event at the ALA Midwinter or Annual Conference, working closely with the IS Chair and using as a guide, the IS document: "Tips for Planning the IS Soiree." The committee updates this document (available from the IS web page by choosing > About > Tips for…Planning the IS Soiree) as needed.
Midwinter - Philadelphia 2014:
Chair: 
Jill Luedke (jluedke@temple.edu)
Roster (member login)
Annual - Las Vegas 2014:
Co-Chairs: 
Ernesto Hernandez (ernesto.hernandez@nsc.edu) and Erin Rinto (erin.rinto@unlv.edu)

MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP   
To promote effective leadership and management of academic library instruction programs. The committee promotes Section documents "Analysis of Instructional Environments" and "Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators," gathers information on the uses and impact of these documents, and solicits feedback for future revisions.
Chair 2013-14: Barbara Mann (barbara.mann@umuc.edu)
Management and Leadership Web Page
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MEMBERSHIP   
To encourage participation of new, returning, and prospective Section members through orientations, social activities, promotional events/materials, and other mechanisms. The committee works with the Local Arrangements Chairs to coordinate IS Soirees and with the Executive Committee to organize membership orientations. Membership also conducts and reports on the Dropped Membership Survey, communicates with new and dropped members, updates the "FAQ for IS Members" and the IS Brochure. The Membership Committee co-chairs serve as the Section's representatives on the ACRL Membership Advisory Committee.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Sarah Holliday Holder (sara.holder@mcgill.ca) and Dominique Turnbow (dturnbow@ucsd.edu)
Membership Web Page
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MENTORING PROGRAM   
To manage, promote, and assess the Mentoring Program whereby experienced instruction librarians are recruited to serve as mentors to newer librarians or librarians new to instruction or to the Instruction Section. Tasks include updating guidelines and procedures, linking mentors with mentees, tracking program participants, providing support to the volunteer mentors and mentees, updating and maintaining online resources relating to good mentoring practices, and assessing the program. The committee will continue to explore opportunities for collaboration with other mentoring programs within the American Library Association.
Chair 2013-14:  Mollie Lauren Wahman (lauren.wahman@uc.edu)
Mentoring Program Web Page
Roster (member login)

NOMINATING   
To ensure effective leadership of the Instruction Section by nominating for the elective offices of the Section the best possible candidates who reflect the diversity, professional environments, and geographical distribution of the Section membership. The committee solicits nomination suggestions from the membership through the "Nomination Form for IS Officers" on the Section web site, a document which it also updates and maintains. After preparing a slate of at least two nominees for each of the offices, the committee ensures that the candidates complete all of the requisite steps, including submitting an online ballot form (with biographical information and a statement of concern), and reviewing their ballot information on the ALA web site. The committee also maintains a list of past and potential nominees for use by future committees.
Chair 2015: Stephanie Michel (michel@up.edu)
2015 Roster (member login)
Nominating Committee Web Page

PLANNING   
To assist the IS Executive Committee in the development and fulfillment of the IS Strategic Plan by collecting and summarizing information about Section committee activities as submitted in the planning forms. The committee maintains and updates these forms on the Section web site and sends out timely reminders to committee chairs prompting them to submit their information. The committee also assists the Executive Committee in revising the IS Strategic Plan.
Chair 2013-14: Amanda Folk (alfolk@pitt.edu)
Planning Web Page
Roster (member login)

POLICY AND PUBLICATIONS REVIEW   
To advise the Executive Committee concerning policies and procedures for the Section and manage existing Section publications. The committee drafts and reviews IS policies and procedures, ensuring that they are in alignment with ACRL/ALA policies and procedures, and identifies new ACRL/ALA policies and procedures and determines how they affect the Section. The committee receives and maintains an archive of publication proposals, establishes an update schedule for all IS publications, notifies the Executive Committee 12 months before a publication needs to be updated, and recommends when a publication should be retired. The committee updates "Bibliography of Publications By/About the Instruction Section" and "Publication Policies and Procedures Manual".
Chair 2013-14: Brian Sullivan (sullivan@alfred.edu)
Policy and Publications Review Web Page
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PRIMO (PEER-REVIEWED INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS ONLINE)    
To select, promote, and share the peer-reviewed instructional materials created by librarians to teach people about discovering, accessing and evaluating information in networked environments. The committee reviews submissions for the PRIMO database, updates and maintains the database, chooses and promotes the PRIMO site of the month, and annually reviews and updates the "Selection Criteria" document.
Co-Chairs 2013-14:  Benjamin Oberdick (oberdic1@mail.lib.msu.edu) and Alec Sonsteby (alexander.sonsteby@metrostate.edu)
PRIMO Web Page
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PRIMO DATABASE TASK FORCE   
The PRIMO Database task force will collaborate with the PRIMO Database consultant and the PRIMO committee to rebuild and transition the PRIMO database from the ALA server to a new host site. The PRIMO Database transition will be complete by Annual 2014.
Chair 2013-14: Britt Fagerheim (britt.fagerheim@usu.edu)
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PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION   
Through the maintenance of key documents, the committee encourages the development of professional education for library school students and librarians with instruction-related responsibilities. The committee is responsible for annually updating the IS list of "Library Instruction Courses Offered by Accredited Master's Programs in Library and Information Studies" including verifying current listings and researching new courses.  The committee annually updates the IS list of "Sponsors of Continuing Education Programs for Library Instruction” by investigating current learning opportunities available in conferences, associations and institutes in both the United States and Canada.  Every three years the “Continuing Education Needs and Interest Survey” is conducted among the membership for feedback about professional education.
Chair 2013-14: Braegan Abernathy (bcabernethy@gmail.com) and Anne Driscoll (adrisco2@gmu.edu)
Professional Education Web Page
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RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP   
To promote and support research and scholarship opportunities for academic and research librarians by identifying instruction-related topics for study and research. The committee assesses the impact of the Section publication "Research Agenda for Library Instruction and Information Literacy" by tracking articles that cite the Research Agenda and identifying research that addresses key areas identified in the Research Agenda, which are added to the "Bibliography of Citations Related to the Research Agenda." The committee is responsible for revising and promoting the Research Agenda, researching new additions and updating the "List of Pedagogical Journals" and "A Bibliography of Research Methods Texts," and writing and promoting the "Five Articles You Should Read" series.
Chair 2013-14: Anne Jumonville (ajumonvi@trinity.edu)
Research and Scholarship Web Page
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STANDARDS FOR PROFICIENCIES FOR INSTRUCTION LIBRARIANS AND COORDINATORS REVIEW TASK FORCE   
To review the Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators document in order to identify needed revisions, additions, or deletions.  The Task Force will also develop a checklist that can be used to formalize the review process of the Standards in the future, modeled after the Checklist for Reviewing Subject-Specific Information Literacy Standards.  The Task Force will provide the checklist and recommendations for revision to the IS Executive Committee in December 2013, prior to the ALA 2014 Midwinter Conference.
Chair 2013-14: Sara Harrington (harrings@ohio.edu)
Roster (member login)

TEACHING METHODS   
To identify and promote effective teaching methods of instruction librarians. The committee researches and reviews new information literacy textbooks for their publication "Teaching and Learning Information Literacy Skills Textbooks" and researches and reads books and articles related to the first-year experience for their "First-Year Experience and Academic Libraries: A Select Annotated Bibliography." The committee promotes and annually updates these publications, and updates the associated "Tips" documents as necessary.
Chair 2013-14:  Diane Fulkerson (diane.fulkerson@gmail.com)
Teaching Methods Web Page
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UNESCO INFORMATION LITERACY PUBLICATION TASK FORCE
The task force is charged with contributing appropriate information literacy resources to the English Language (USA) section of the UNESCO ePub “Overview of Information Literacy Resources Worldwide."   This publication will be updated by UNESCO no more than twice a year.  The first update to expand the initial 2013 publication list will be due fall of 2013 at the earliest.  The task force will send their suggested list of resources to IS Exec for review by October 1, 2013.
Co-Chairs 2013-14: Lesley Farmer (Lesley.Farmer@csulb.edu) and Esther Grassian (estherg@ucla.edu)
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WEBSITE IMPLEMENTATION TASK FORCE
The task force is charged with reviewing the recommendations of the Website Revision Task Force and investigate website hosting options outside of ALA/ACRL (e.g., Word Press, Google Sites, etc.). The task force will submit its hosting option recommendation to the Executive Committee by ALA Midwinter (2014). The task force will then implement changes on the selected platform, improving the site’s navigation structure and content organization (deadline: ALA Annual 2014).
Chair 2013-14: Maura Seale (mauraseale@gmail.com)
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