ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

Details about ACRL's activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, June 23 - 28, 2011.  

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

President's Program

From Idea to Innovation to Implementation: How Teams Make it Happen
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We all value great ideas. Unfortunately, few ideas get beyond the lightning-bolt thought or some scribbled words. The greatest innovations across time, according to new research, emerge from teams characterized by diverse skill sets not the lone creative genius. To move our libraries into the future, we must create and sustain teams that transition great ideas to implementation. Jason Young, President of LeadSmart and author of the book Culturetopia, will share his perspectives on the importance of identifying and developing the essential factors that impact performance for any team or organization: leadership principles, management practices, alignment and employee behavior.

Speaker: Jason Young, President of LeadSmart and author of the book Culturetopia

Visit the President's Program website for more details, including a pre-program contest.

ACRL 101 & Membership Meeting

Saturday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
ACRL leaders will meet with first-time attendees and explain how to get the most out of the ALA Annual Conference experience as well as opportunities for engagement with ACRL. A membership meeting (30 minutes) will be followed by the orientation program.


ACRL is offering three preconferences prior to the 2011 ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, 2011:

Action Research: How to easily incorporate evidence-based librarianship into your professional practice
This preconference will introduce librarians to action research, show free tools for collecting and analyzing data, generate ideas for individual research, and empower users to engage in action research and develop evidenced-based practices at their own institutions. 

It Helps to Have Presence: Strategies for Personal and Library Leadership
Every librarian can be a leader in their library, on their campus or in the community. Accomplishing it is no simple task. To become a leader it helps to have presence. This preconference is designed to help attendees grasp what presence is and its value in building leadership qualities.

Getting Your Story Told: Media Strategies for Academic, College, and Research Librarians
This preconference has been cancelled due to insufficient registration.


ACRL Programs at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.

AAMES | ANSS | Arts | Assessment Committee | CJCLS | CLS/ULS | EBSS | Committee on Ethics | Health Sciences Interest Group | Image Resources InterestImmersion Program Committee/Information Literacy Committee | ISLPSSRacial and Ethnic Diversity CommitteeRBMS | Research CommitteeWESS & SEES | WGSS | Individual Proposal #1 | Individual Proposal #2 |

Asian, African and Middle Eastern Librarianship in the 21st Century: Effective Models in an Age of Globalization
Saturday, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
The program intends to provide information to prospective librarians and give opportunity to existing librarians to share their knowledge and exchange ideas with peers on issues of globalization, creation and preservation of digital information, open access and collaborative collection development and library services. Co-sponsored by CALA, APALA, and the ACRL International Relations Committee.

Speakers: Ellen Tise, Senior Director, Stellenbosch University; Moderator, Triveni Kuchi, Sociology & South Asia Librarian Director, South Asian Studies Program, Rutgers University; Majed Khader, Associate University Librarian, Director of the Morrow Library, Marshall University; Anchi Hoh, Librarian, Asian Division, Library of Congress; H K. Kaul, Director, DELNET-Developing Library Network

The Aftermath of Katrina and Rita: The Effects on Libraries, People, and Neighborhoods
Sunday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
A scholar, a documentary filmmaker and a librarian will discuss the consequences of hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the people and neighborhoods of Louisiana. The speakers will explore how the residents of the region responded not only to the estrangement but also the ways communities began to rebuild. The documentary "A Village Called Versailles" will be screened around 10:30 a.m.

Speakers: Rebecca M. Blakeley, Government Information Department Head, McNeese State University Library; S. Leo Chiang, Documentary Producer/Director, Walking Iris Films; Fredrick Weil, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Louisiana State University

Creating Multimedia Metadata: Controlled Vocabularies Across Time and Space
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The performing arts are ephemeral textual forms that often elude capture and are difficult to access. While libraries and archives have developed metadata that enables research into collections of written texts, little has been done for texts that encompass space and time: dance, theatre, architecture, and archeology. This panel will discuss issues and possible solutions to the development of controlled vocabularies for, and systematic description of, performance arts objects: both tactile and ephemeral. Co-sponsored by the ALCTS Metadata Interest Group and the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group.

Speakers: Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, Head, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia; Moderator, Kathleen Haefliger, Music & Performing Arts Librarian, Chicago State University; Jenn Riley, Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Susan L. Wiesner, Treasurer, Society of Dance History Scholars and Instructor in Dance (Theory), Kennesaw State University

Demonstrating the Value of the Library: Assessment Tools and Techniques
Assessment Committee
Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Assessment results are powerful tools to showcase, validate and inform constituents, stakeholders and funding bodies on the value of the library. This panel presentation focuses on various assessment techniques and tools to demonstrate the value of the library. Topics include: How to use the ACRL Assessment Toolkit; Results of the “ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Research Review” and discussion of value-driven metrics and ideas for collaboration with other groups for greater visibility and impact.

Speakers: Annette Day, Head, Collection Management, North Carolina State University; Jennifer Rutner, Assessment & Marketing Librarian, Columbia University; Megan Oakleaf, Assistant Professor, iSchool, Syracuse University; Steve Hiller, Director of Assessment and Planning, University of Washington Libraries

Currents of Change and Innovation: Libraries Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Renew
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The program will highlight innovations and “best practices” in community college libraries related to reducing print collection size, re-purposing spaces to accommodate learner-centered collaborative areas, and renewing commitments to campus technology collaborations.

Speakers: Moderator, Ann Coder, Library Services Manager, Brookhaven College; Theresa C. Stanley, Library Director, Pima Community College; Denise Repman, Dean of Library Services, Delgado Community College; Linda McCann, Director of Library Services, Bucks County Community College

Theresa Stanley - Presentation (PDF)
Linda McCann - PowerPoint
Denise Repman - PowerPoint

Academic Librarian Lightning Round! Innovative New Roles
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Innovative College and University Librarians are increasingly assuming new academic, governance, professional, and service roles and responsibilities. By forging new pathways and partnerships, academic librarians can reassert the centrality of the library in their colleges and universities, and expand their expertise to benefit the core missions of their library and their institution. This fast-paced program features a variety of Lightning Talk presentations that dive right to the heart of the issue and engage the audience. This is a joint CLS/ULS program.

Speakers: Gregory Schmidt, Librarian II, Auburn University; Susan Sharpless Smith, Director of Research, Instruction and Technology Services, Wake Forest University; Caitlin A. Bagley, Reference Librarian, Murray State University; Angiah Davis, Reference Librarian, Atlanta University Center; Lisa Lapointe, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Florida Southern College; Allison Leaming, Business Liaison Librarian, Arizona State University; Dominique Turnbow, Undergraduate Services Librarian, UC San Diego; Eric A. Kidwell, Professor and Director of the Library, Huntingdon College; Tara Schmidt, Research Services Librarian, The University of Texas at San Antonio; Michelle Demeter, Academic Partnerships Librarian, Florida State University; Diane VanderPol, Director of the Library, Westminster College; Rachel Besara, Assessment Librarian, Florida State University

Millennials and Beyond: Student and Faculty Voices
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Millennial students and faculty will continue to challenge views of research and technology in higher education. Join EBSS for an interactive discussion of their experiences, expectations and perceptions of libraries and librarians, learning how we can capitalize on our strengths and theirs to prepare for the next wave of digital natives.

Speakers: Jennifer T. Edwards, Assistant Professor of Communications, Tarleton State University; Gene Roche, Director of Academic Information, College of William and Mary

Technology and Ethics: Supporting Privacy and Free Expression in the Digital Age
Committee on Ethics
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
The digital age has brought with it an overwhelming dependence on technology for communication and access to information. A myriad of ethical issues arise concerning how to protect privacy in the digital realm. Libraries providing access to computer terminals need to balance the need for supporting confidentiality with the need for authentication. Further, web 2.0 technologies present special concerns regarding patron privacy and a library’s traditional responsibilities to its users. Co-sponsored by the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics.

Speakers: Moderator, Rebecca Blakiston, Instructional Services Librarian, University of Arizona; Rebecca MacKinnon, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation and Co-Founder, Global Voices Online

Presentation (PDF)

Consumer Health Information: Library Partnerships that Serve the Community
Health Sciences Interest Group
Sunday, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Public and academic health sciences libraries are uniquely qualified to create consumer health education partnerships. This program showcases three successful consumer health program collaborations. Panelists will discuss their partnership and provide participants with ideas and tools they can use to find and establish partnerships with libraries and organizations that seek to provide consumer health education in their community. Sponsored by the ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group.

Speakers: Cynthia J. Vaughn, Clinical Information Librarian, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee; Deidra Woodson, Metadata and Digitization Librarian, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center; Martha Earl, Assistant Director, Preston Medical Library, University of Tennessee; Nita Ferree, Reference and Liaison Librarian, Health Science Center Library, University of Florida; Linda Butson, Consumer Health and Community Outreach Librarian, Health Science Center Libraries, University of Florida

Presentation (PDF) - Cynthia J. Vaughn and Martha Earl
Presentation (PDF) - Linda Butson and Nita Ferree
Presentation (PDF)- Deidra Woodson

Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a New Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Standard for 21st Century Learners
Image Resources Interest Group
Sunday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Visual literacy experts and practitioners will introduce a working draft of the new Visual Literacy Competency Standards, and discuss implementation strategies for higher education. Sponsored by the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group. Co-sponsored by Arts, IS, and WGSS.

Speakers: Emy Nelson Decker, Director, Visual Resources Center, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia; Virginia Allison, Research Librarian for Visual Arts, University of California, Irvine; Shilpa Rele, Metadata Librarian, University of Miami; Robin Miller, Research & Instruction/Government Publications Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Jodi Kearns, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science, Kent State University and Digital Projects Manager, Center for the History of Psychology, The University of Akron; Gilda Santana, Head, Architecture Information Resources & Services, School of Architecture, University of Miami, Coral Gables; Holly Tomren, Head of Monograph, Electronic Resources & Metadata Cataloging, University of California, Irvine Libraries; Lizette Royer, Reference Archivist, Center for the History of Psychology,  The University of Akron; Joanna Burgess, Digital Assets Librarian, Reed College

Handout (PDF) - Emy Nelson Decker
Handout (PDF) - Shilpa Rele and Gilda Santana
Handout (PDF) - Allison Tomren
Handout (PDF) - Jodi Kearns and Lizette Royer
Handout (PDF) - Robin Miller

Bringing the Immersion Program Back Home
Immersion Program Component Committee/ACRL Information Literacy Coordinating Committee
Saturday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Find out what the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program can do for you and your institution! Program alumni will describe significant learning experiences gained from Immersion, and how they applied this experience to transform their teaching and their Information Literacy programs. Gain insight into the application process during the panel and poster sessions.

Speakers: Wendy Holliday, Coordinator of Library Instruction, Utah State University; Margaret Montet, Information Literacy Librarian, Bucks County Community College; Martha Allen, Reference Librarian, St Louis University; Suzanne Byerley, Library Instruction Coordinator, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Making Information Literacy Instruction Meaningful through Creativity
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
This program invites participants to step back and use a theoretical lens to re-create excitement about information literacy. By looking at teaching as a process of shared learning with students, we are free to try something different and meaningful: using creativity to increase student learning. A panel will engage participants in a conversation that expands the conventional definition of information literacy to include creativity and how creativity can facilitate the transfer of learning.

Speakers: Randy B. Hensley, Professor and Coordinator of Information Services, Baruch College, CUNY; Dane Ward, Associate Dean for Information Assets, Illinois State University; Moderator, Merinda Kaye Hensley, Instructional Services and Reference Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Beth S. Woodard, Staff Development and Training Coordinator, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PowerPoint - Randy B. Hensley, Dane Ward, Beth S. Woodard

The Legal Consequences of Environmental Crises: What Librarians Need to Know about the Gulf Oil Spill
Saturday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
While the environmental cleanup of the BP oil spill will undoubtedly impact the Gulf region for years to come, its legal consequences may last longer. Making sense of legal issues surrounding the gulf oil spill can be a challenge for patrons and librarians alike. Hear about current research regarding the legal implications of the gulf oil spill as well as ways to make this information more accessible to your patrons.

Speakers: Jenna Ryan, Science Reference Librarian, Louisiana State University; Robert Gramling, Professor of Sociology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette; Jonathan L. Ramseur, Specialist in Environmental Policy, Congressional Research Service

Bibliography - LPSS program (PDF)
PowerPoint - Robert Gramling

Cultural Competencies: From Development to Action!
ACRL-Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee
Saturday, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
The ACRL Racial and Ethnic Diversity Committee, having worked for two years to develop cultural competency guidelines for academic libraries, is pleased to present how these guidelines can be implemented in a library setting. This panel will discuss the need for guidelines, the development process, and the issues for establishing competencies in libraries. Panelists will also share their realities of racial and ethnic discrimination and the advantages/disadvantages for the implementation of these organizational standards.

Speakers: Paula M. Smith, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Penn State Abington; Moderator, Deloice Holliday, Head, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Library, Indiana University; Emily Backe, Human Resources Manager, University of Chicago Library; Charlene Maxey-Harris, Diversity Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Patricia Montiel-Overall, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science, The University of Arizona

You Can’t Always Get What You Want (But if You Try Sometimes You Might Find You Get What You Need): Special Collections in Tough Economic Times
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
We propose to present a moderated panel discussion on the subject of how tough economic times have affected special collections. Participants will include representatives of at least three types of institutions: 1.) a large university with a separate special collections library; 2.) a smaller university or college where special collections are part of the main library; and 3.) an independent research library. Questions and comments from the audience will be part of the conversation.

Speakers: Jennifer Schaffner, Program Officer, OCLC Research; Richard W. Oram, Associate Director and Hobby Foundation Librarian, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin; Ellen S. Dunlap, President, American Antiquarian Society; Kris Kiesling, Elmer L. Andersen Director of Archives and Special Collections, University of Minnesota.

Getting on Track with Tenure
Research Program Committee
Sunday, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Most tenure-track librarians are expected to do research and publish. Getting started can be a daunting task. This session will discuss the fundamentals of the research and publishing side of tenure, including how to establish a research agenda and identify research questions and methods, tips on building a dossier and a research network, and advice on choosing the right journals to publish your work.

Speakers: Jim Mullins, Dean of Libraries, Purdue University; Beth Whittaker, Head, Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas; Marianne Stowell Bracke, Associate Professor of Library Science, Purdue University; Jim Hahn, Orientation Services Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

Innovation in an Age of Limits
Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
While the tendency in hard economic times is to be conservative and avoid risks, this environment creates the need, and opportunities, to innovate. STS began 50 years ago in an era of seemingly unlimited possibilities, with the Cold War driving investment in scientific research, big technology, and higher education. Now we face grand challenges in science, engineering and library services. Current economic conditions are limiting, but our only real limit is our ability to innovate. The program will be followed by a poster session and reception.

Speakers: Paul St-Pierre, Research and Instruction Librarian, Tulane University; Michael Teets, Vice President of Innovation, OCLC; Jay Schafer, Director of Libraries, University of Massachusetts at Amherst; Stephen Abram, Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets, Gale Cengage Learning

Current Trends in European Film
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
A “new” European Cinema reflects a shifting political and cultural landscape. The establishment of the European Union, the fall of the Wall in 1989, and expanding multiculturalism through immigration have influenced filmmaking in Western and Eastern Europe, creating new cross-cultural and trans-national identities. A panel of faculty and librarians will explore questions of identity and culture in contemporary European film as well as highlight resources for collecting and disseminating film. This is a joint WESS/SEES program. Co-sponsored in name only by ACRL Arts.

Speakers: Carleton L. Jackson, Reference and Collection Management Librarian for Film and Television Studies, University of Maryland at College Park; Milos Stehlik, Executive Director, Facets Multi-Media; Moderator, Michelle Emanuel, Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor, University of Mississippi

21st Century Scholarly Communication: Conversations for Change
Monday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
As the Open Access movement ramps up in the humanities and social sciences, librarians need to be aware of the initiatives that are altering traditional scholarly publishing. Open access journals, monographs, presses, and more, are changing librarians' roles and the scholarly communication landscape. This panel will discuss the progress and impact of this important reform movement from the perspective of feminist librarians and other stakeholders. The WGSS Career Achievement award will be presented to Kay Cassell at 8:00 a.m.  Panel begins at 8:30.

Speakers: Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian, IUScholarWorks, Indiana University at Bloomington; Sherri L. Barnes, Humanities Collection Coordinator, University of California, Santa Barbara; Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, Senior Fellow and Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, UC Santa Barbara; Martin J. Brennan, Copyright and Licensing Librarian, UCLA

All That Jazz:  The Rhythms of Creating an Academic-Public Library ILS Consortium
Individual Proposal
Monday, 10:30 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Patrons demand more service from our library catalogs, while administrators demand a maximized return on investment. Can libraries continue to meet both needs? In Vigo County, Indiana, public and private academic libraries joined with a public library to form a new library consortium. We’ll discuss the decision-making process, the financial and political advantages for partnership, the technical challenges, and the unexpected complexities we stumbled across. Bring your questions!

Speakers: Tim Gritten, Interim Associate Dean, Indiana State University; Alberta Comer, Dean of Library Services, Indiana State University

Midnight-2:00 a.m.: What Goes on at the Library
Individual Proposal
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
As part of a study at Memorial Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato, researchers have surveyed and interviewed late-night library users and gathered data which includes user behavior, gate counts, surveys of databases used, time and length of use and space utilization. Close scrutiny of this data collection has revealed surprising information and a useful view of late-night use from the user’s vantage point.

Speakers: Peg Lawrence, Systems Librarian, Minnesota State University at Mankato; Lynne Weber, Access Services Librarian, Minnesota State University at Mankato