ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

Details about ACRL's activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, June 21 - 26, 2012.

Complete details about the ALA Annual Conference including the online scheduler, registration, and housing are available here.

President's Program

Future of the Book: Innovation in Traditional Industries
ACRL/ALCTS Joint Program
Monday, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Duane Bray, a partner at IDEO, a global innovation and design consulting firm, will discuss the challenges traditional industries often face when experiencing disruptive change.  He will share concrete techniques for recognizing and harnessing opportunities for innovation.

ACRL 101 & Membership Meeting
Saturday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.


ACRL is offering two preconferences prior to the 2012 ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 22, 2012:

Digital Humanities in Theory and Practice: Tools and Methods for Librarians
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This preconference will position humanities librarians to participate in, create, and lead digital humanities initiatives. In addition to introducing theories and practices that characterize the digital humanities, explore several examples of how librarians currently lead library digitization initiatives, collaborate on faculty projects, and participate in national grant-funded efforts. Investigate project management complexities, digital humanities’ impact on research collections, humanities librarians’ work with faculty to manage their digital humanities research, and digital humanities’ role in scholarly communications.  Add this event to your conference schedule.

Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Libraries in higher education are increasingly required to demonstrate their value and document their contributions to overall institutional effectiveness. The Standards for Libraries in Higher Education is a framework for library planning and assessment that can be used for a variety of circumstances including annual planning, program review, and accreditation self-study. Through presentation, discussion, and group activities, learn how to use the Standards to communicate your library’s impact!  Add this event to your conference schedule.


ACRL Programs at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.

AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy | Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group | AFAS | CLS | Copyright Committee | DLS | EBSS | Health Sciences Interest Group | IS | LES | Publications Coordinating Committee | RBMS | Research Program Committee | Residency Interest Group | STS | Committee on the Status of Academic Librarians | ULS | WESS | WGSS | Individual Proposal #1 | Individual Proposal #2 | Individual Proposal #3

Preparing College-Ready 21st Century Citizens with Integrated Information/Media Literacy Programs in Education
AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

How can K-12 and academic librarians prepare learners to work successfully in information- and technology-rich environments so they will be college-ready? How can we librarians expand our focus from information literacy to incorporate all 21st Century skills that boost deep content understanding, and successfully collaborate with teachers and professors to truly integrate these skills? This program features school and academic librarians who met this challenge and succeeded in integrating information literacy into their curriculum.

Speakers: Moderator, Lesley Farmer, Professor of Library Media, California State University Long Beach; Lydia Elizabeth Smith-Davis, School Librarian, Lifelong Information Literacy (LlLi); Lynn Lampert, Librarian, Chair of Reference and Instructional Services, California State University Northridge; John McGinnis, School Board, Long Beach Unified School District

Addressing Global Diversity: Meeting the Needs of International Students in Academic Libraries
Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Addressing Global Diversity Program Description International student enrollment in higher education in the United States reached an all-time high of 723,277 students in 2011. This panel presentation will provide various perspectives on meeting the unique needs of international students in academic libraries. The panelists will represent several types of institutions and will discuss ways of effectively improving programs and services, developing partnerships with other campus units, and raising staff awareness of cross-cultural issues.

Speakers: Jannelle Ruswick, Librarian for Psychology and Social Sciences,  Instruction Coordinator, Illinois Institute of Technology; Karen Bordonaro, Liaison/Teaching and Learning Librarian, Brock University; Moderator, Dawn Amsberry, Information Literacy Librarian, Penn State University; Victor Dominguez Baeza, Director of Library Graduate and Research Services; Interim Head of Science and Engineering Division, Oklahoma State University; John Hickok, Instruction/International Outreach Librarian, California State University Fullerton

HBCU Library Alliance - History and Accomplishments
Monday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities Library Alliance was created to promote collaboration of information professionals and excellence in library leadership and services.  The Alliance was recently awarded a Mellon grant to document its history and accomplishments.    This program will allow Alliance members to discuss this historical collaborative effort and showcase some of their success stories.

Speakers: Sandra M. Phoenix, Executive Director, HBCU Library Alliance; Shanesha R.F. Brooks-Tatum, Project Coordinator/Writer, HBCU Library Alliance

Reference Resurrected: Models for the 21st-Century College Library
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

The shift from traditional reference desk activity has become an accepted reality in most academic libraries.  Librarians now offer a variety of reference services including live chat, “roving” reference in the library, embedded or personal librarian service for classes, and research services in residence halls, gyms, and campus centers. This program will focus on the challenges that college libraries face in deciding how to provide and assess reference services that best meet local needs without straining resources.

Speakers: Moderator, Barbara Whitney Petruzzelli, Director, Curtin Memorial Library, Mount Saint Mary College; Scott Vine, Deputy College Librarian and Information Services Librarian, Franklin and Marshall College; Susan Sharpless Smith, Associate Dean, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University; David Consiglio, Head of Research Support and Educational Technology, Information Services, Bryn Mawr College

Campus Copyright Initiatives: Roles and Opportunities for Libraries
Copyright Committee
Sunday, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

This program considers the Library's role in campus copyright education and copyright management support, advocacy and leadership.  Presentations will focus on two different Library-based copyright services which operate without a university sanctioned copyright office staffed by an attorney.  The policies, practices, service philosophies, training issues, benefits and challenges involved in each model will be discussed and compared. Program format will include overview presentations from each campus followed by a facilitated question and answer session.'

Speakers: Moderator, Tim Gritten, Head of Library Systems and Copyright Librarian, Indiana State University; Chris LeBeau, Assistant Teaching Professor/Business Librarian, University of Missouri & University of Missouri-Kansas City; Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City; Dwayne Buttler, Professor, University Libraries & Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication, University of Louisville

Embedded Librarian Best Practices: You Can Do It, We Can Help
Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Embedded librarianship is not a new term, however, for librarians being partnered with faculty in online classrooms it is becoming a critical job component.  As attendees arrive to the session, they will be asked to contribute a tip or frustration of embedding which will be integrated into the program. Following a brief history on embedding, a panel will discuss different types of embedding models as they involve the audience with interactive audience polling.

Speakers: Krista McDonald, Director, Rentschler Library, Miami University Hamilton; Kathleen Pickens-French, Public Services Librarian, Rentschler Library, Miami University Hamilton; Kathleen A. Langan, Humanities Librarian, Western Michigan University; Paul Betty, Distance Learning Librarian, Regis University; Moderator, Deborah A. Nolan, Dean, University Libraries, Towson University

Ubiquitous Video: Can libraries offer it? (Or Can libraries adapt?)
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Is your library embracing the demand for streaming video content?  Video is becoming a ubiquitous medium, and educators are demanding more content and easier access.  Hear from a librarian, a faculty member, and a content developer as they discuss the changing demands for multimedia access and delivery; how libraries can adapt collection development strategies and access methods to meet these needs; and how video collections are conceptualized to meet the needs of their academic markets.

Speakers: Stephen Rhind-Tutt, President, Alexander Street Press, LLC; Cyndy Scheibe, Associate Professor, Ithaca College; Claire Stewart, Head, Digital Collections, Northwestern University

NIH’s Public Access Policy and the Library: Use, Development, and Ramifications
Health Sciences Interest Group
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. 
This panel will explore the diverse roles of librarians in supporting the NIH Public Access Policy. Participants will recap the NIHPA policy, PubMedCentral submissions, and bibliographic management tools developed to help identify articles requiring PMC submission. They will also discuss the benefits of this dramatic increase in PMC?s freely available health science articles to researchers and libraries since 2008, alongside counter attempts by opponents hoping to derail the NIH Public Access Policy.

Speakers: Scott Lapinski, Digital Resources and Services Librarian, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School; Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC; Neil M. Thakur, Special Assistant to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health - Office of Extramural Research

Learning Styles: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Mystery?
Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

What do we really know about learning styles?  This program will examine the conventional wisdom about learning styles and lead us into deeper consideration of how we address learning styles in our online and classroom teaching. A moderated panel of speakers will investigate the relevance and validity of learning styles in relation to information literacy instruction, and lead participants in exercises to reflect on their perceptions of learning styles.

Speakers: Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library; Jean Runyon, Dean, Virtual Campus, Anne Arundel Community College; Moderator, Anne-Marie Deitering, Franklin McEdward Professor for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives, Oregon State University; Lori S. Mestre, Head, Undergraduate Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fair Use, Intellectual Property, and New Media
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

As libraries continue to acquire digital content (books, films, websites, and other media), they face an increasing demand both to adhere to relevant intellectual property laws, and to open up materials for teaching and research purposes.  This session will feature a panel of professors, lawyers, and librarians to discuss how librarians can assert fair use rights and understand the complex range of issues concerning intellectual property rights over new media materials.

Speakers: Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University; Lisa Callif, Partner, Donaldson & Callif, LLP; Moderator, Shawn Martin, Scholarly Communication Librarian, University of Pennsylvania; Jack Lerner, Clinical Associate Professor of Law, University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Riding the Publishing Rollercoaster: Practical Strategies From Research to Writing
Publications Coordinating Committee
Monday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Expand your knowledge of the publishing process, from concept through research, submission, revision and publication. Bringing first-hand experience of the writing and publishing process, this session’s panelists will present strategies and suggestions for individuals considering publishing. The five panelists will present the unique but complementary perspectives of authors, editors, and the publishing industry.  Our panelists include authors Char Booth and David Lankes, editors Joseph Branin and Katherine O’Clair, and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss.

Speakers: Katherine O’Clair, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Librarian, California Polytechnic State University; Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library; Moderator, Melinda Dermody, Head, Access & Resource Sharing, Syracuse University; Kathryn J. Deiss, Content Strategist, ACRL; R. David Lankes, Professor, Syracuse University; Wendi Arant Kaspar, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University

The Current State of Bibliography, and its future as practiced and supported in Special Collections Libraries
Sunday, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

This panel will discuss the current and future state of Bibliography and the crucial role that Special Collections libraries must play in that future from the perspective of rare book cataloging, collection development & curatorial work, humanities scholarship, instruction in both the class room and the reading room, and how bibliography can and must inform digital projects whether generated inside or outside of the library. Audio recording available here.

Speakers: David R. Whitesell, Curator, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia; James P. Ascher, Assistant Professor and Rare Book Cataloger, University of Colorado, Boulder; Moderator, Gerald W. Cloud, Clark Librarian, William Andrews Clark Library, University of California, Los Angeles; David Vander Meulen, Professor of English, University of Virginia

Curation as a Form of Collaborative Research
Research Program Committee
Sunday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Program Web Site
Data curation involves managing digital research data to facilitate access, dissemination, and preservation of information content and context. Librarians can engage with academic researchers in organizing, describing, and preserving research data from beginning to end of a project. This program examines data curation research opportunities for librarians, including the skills and knowledge needed for effective data curation; collaborative relationships between librarians and academic researchers; and approaches to data curation within the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

Speakers: Moderator, Sheril Hook, Curriculum Development Coordinator, University of Toronto Mississauga; D. Scott Brandt, Associate Dean for Research & Professor of Library Science, Purdue University; Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Patricia Hswe, Digital Collections Curator, The Pennsylvania State University; Sophia Krzys Acord, Associate Director of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, University of Florida

Winning on Two Fronts: How Library Residencies are Placing Libraries at the Leading Edge of Innovation and Diversity Initiatives
Residency Interest Group
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

This panel will discuss the importance of library residencies in recruiting a more diverse workforce; in giving the library a greater leadership role in diversity initiatives; in providing formidable career development opportunities for residents; and in keeping libraries at the forefront of new technologies and innovative services.  The panel will include a current resident, a former resident, a residency coordinator and an academic library dean.  Presentations will be followed by a Q & A session.

Speakers: Gerald Holmes, Reference Librarian and Diversity Coordinator, University of North Carolina at Greensboro; Hannah K. Lee, Affiliate Assistant Librarian and Pauline A. Young Resident, University of Delaware; Deborah A. Nolan, Dean of University Libraries, Towson University; Moderator, Shannon Simpson, Research Instruction and Special Collections Librarian, Towson University; Mark A. Puente, Director of Diversity and Leadership Programs, Association of Research Libraries

Preparing Tomorrow’s Science Professional
Monday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The proposed program seeks to establish a dialogue between science librarians, faculty and students, focusing on the issue of preparing today’s students to become tomorrow’s science professionals. The discussion will explore the challenges faculty face as they seek to educate emerging scientists, new outreach models for working with faculty on creating information and data literate researchers, and the ways librarians can work with science students to support their goals of becoming science professionals.

Speakers: Moderator, Dave Schmitt, Engineering Librarian, UC San Diego; Moderator, Lindsay Johnston, Public Service Manager and Circumpolar Librarian, University of Alberta; Bill Tomlinson, Associate Professor of Informatics, Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California, Irvine; John Rossi, Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology & Dean, Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences, City of Hope National Medical Center; Jon Jeffryes, Engineering Librarian, University of Minnesota; Barbara MacAlpine, Associate Professor and Science Librarian, Trinity University; James B. Clarke, Engineering Librarian, Miami University

The Current Status of Academic Librarians: The Best of Times or the Worst of Times?
Committee on the Status of Academic Librarians
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Given the current fiscal environment, how do we, as academic librarians, maintain or improve our status in order to position ourselves for the future? Is this really the "best of times" where we can redefine our profession and seize the opportunity to reevaluate and retool our responsibilities and workflow or is it the "worst of times" where we experience continued economic uncertainty, the effects of workload creep, and a barrage of new initiatives facing us?

Speakers: Samantha Hines, Head of the College of Technology Library, University of Montana-Missoula; Robert Farrell, Assistant Professor, Library  Coordinator of Information Literacy & Assessment, Lehman College, City University of New York; Suzy Szasz Palmer, Dean of the Greenwood Library, Longwood University; Ann Watson, Dean of the Library, Shepherd University; Moderator, Angela Williams, MLK Librarian, Syracuse University

The Librarian Has Left the Building: Keeping the Knowledge Alive through Succession Planning
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Faced with a mass retirement of librarians, university libraries need to confront the loss of hundreds of years of subject, programmatic, and institutional knowledge, skills, and abilities. This potentially detrimental gap can be lessened and even avoided by fostering librarian leadership and implementing a succession plan.  In this session, a group of diverse librarians and educators in higher education will discuss best practices in succession planning at their own institutions.

Speakers: Joan Giesecke, Dean of Libraries, University of Nebraska – Lincoln; Jerome Offord, Jr., Dean of Library Services and University Archives, Lincoln University – Missouri; Kyomi Deards, Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska- Lincoln; Cristina Gonzάlez, Professor of Spanish & Professor of Education, University of California – Davis; Moderator, Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona; Katherine Simpson, Associate Director for Organizational Development, American University Library

Documenting Sexual Dissidence and Diversity in France, Italy and Spain
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Documenting and preserving minority cultures is an ongoing challenge for libraries and archives as most of this cultural production continues to exist beyond the mainstream. Such is the case for sexual minorities in progressive societies like those of France, Italy and Spain.  The various voices from a panel (an independent researcher, a literary scholar, an academic librarian, and an activist-publisher) provide a learning opportunity not only to assess voids in our collections but also offer novel strategies for addressing such gaps.

Speakers: James Michael Fortney, Assistant Coordinator of the Italian Program, University of  Illinois Chicago; Gerard Koskovich, Independent Scholar and Antiquarian Book Dealer; Mili Hernandez, Publisher of Spain's LGBT publisher EGALES and owner of Madrid's LGBT book store Berkana

“Insert Catchy Label Here or the end of Gen Y, Digital Natives and the Millennial Student Myth.”
Monday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
The program will look at how changing demographics effects academic library user populations and how libraries prepare for the changes. Issues addressed may include, demographic projections, users in two-year, four-year and vocational and graduate institutions, economic issues, serving first generation students, the digital divide, race/class/gender/age, Latino students in higher education, information literacy, technology trends and lib 2.0, assessment and ethnographic approaches to understanding users.

Speakers: Yago S. Cura, Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library; Moderator, Pamela Mann, Reference, Instruction & Outreach Librarian, St. Mary's College of Maryland; Roberto C. Delgadillo, Humanities, Social Science and Government Information Services Manager, University of California - Davis; Virginia Eubanks, Associate Professor, Department of Women's Studies, University of Albany (SUNY)

Diving in and Learning to Swim as a New Distance Education Librarian
Individual Proposal
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Online and distance learning offerings are growing rapidly and more libraries find themselves shifting from in-person to online methods for connecting with students and faculty. This panel includes four librarians who dove head first into the role of coordinating library services for distance and online users. Panelists will discuss ideas for implementing successful services, imperative skills every good distance librarian needs, strategic planning advice, and more. Audience interaction will be encouraged.

Speakers: Heidi Steiner, Distance Learning Librarian, Norwich University; Britt Fagerheim, Coordinator of Regional Campuses &  Distance Education Library Services, Utah State University; Beth Filar Williams, Coordinator of Library Services for Distance Learning, UNC Greensboro; Rachel E. Cannady, Assistant Professor and Distance Learning Project Manager, Mississippi State University

Ya' at' eeh!  Serving American Indian students
Individual Proposal
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Five percent of Northern Arizona University’s student population is American Indian, often first generation, from several tribal communities within the United States and Canada.  In support of a university-wide goal, the library engages in instructional support and services to help meet the needs of American Indian students.  Learning about American Indian cultures and incorporating that knowledge into library instruction has created more effective ways of teaching. 

Speakers: Amy Hughes, Academic Programs Librarian, Northern Arizona University; Carissa Tsosie, Library Specialist, Northern Arizona University

Grown Ups Just Want to Have Fun! Library Play Programming for College Students of All Ages
Individual Proposal
Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Research shows that adults that play tend to be more creative and curious in their approach to learning and work. Pauline Lynch Shostack, Electronic Resources Librarian, will share her sabbatical research findings about the benefits of play and give an overview of current library play programs offered at academic libraries. This presentation will also provide an opportunity to try some play activities yourself!

Speakers: Fantasia A Thorne, Learning Commons Librarian, Syracuse University; Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University; Mary Snyder Broussard, Instructional Services Librarian, Lycoming College; Pauline Lunch Shostack, Associate Professor/Electronic Resources Librarian, Onondaga Community College