ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

Details about ACRL's activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL, June 27 – July 2, 2013.

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

President's Program

ACRL/LLAMA Joint Program: Standing on Marbles: Ensuring Steady Leadership in Unsteady Times

Essay Contest Winner: Melissa Cardenas-Dow

Based on nearly three decades of leadership consultation to business organizations, clinical psychologist, global pioneer of executive coaching, author and poet, Dr. Karol M. Wasylyshyn, will discuss her leadership research and experiences working with senior leaders.  With an eye toward the potential applicability of her findings to the challenges facing leaders in libraries of all kinds, she will describe three common patterns of leadership behavior and illustrate them through free verse or what she terms leadership vignettes. Attendees will be invited to consider their own ways of leading through this provocative use of metaphorical thought.  The integration of their learning about these leadership behavior patterns with their personal leader insights can become a new tool – a tool for ensuring steady and intentional leadership.  Steady, intentional leadership will be necessary to manage the complex and relentless dynamics of 21st century library landscapes.  A booksigning will follow.

ACRL 101 & Membership Meeting

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 Programs at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

ANSS | Arts | CLS | DLS | EBSS | Health Sciences Interest Group & STS | Image Resources Interest Group & Individual | Immersion Program Committee | Intellectual Freedom Committee #1 | Intellectual Freedom Committee #2 | IS | LES, SEES, & WESS | LPSS | RBMS | ULS | WGSS | Individual Proposal #1 | Individual Proposal #2 | Individual Proposal #3 | ACRL In-Name Only Co-Sponsored Programs

Studying Ourselves: Libraries and the User Experience
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
This program will discuss applications of traditional sociological and anthropological research methods to the study of libraries, librarians and library use. Experts from anthropology, sociology, and library science will gather together to discuss how research, including ethnographic studies of libraries have helped librarians understand their role and learn more about their environments. The panel will provide insight into the academic library environment, librarian roles, and the user experience as well as considerations for the future of libraries. What new ethnographic, library trends can librarians anticipate for the future? The implications of this research to future planning and the development of ethnographic research trends will also be considered. Co-sponsored by ULS.

Transformations in Performing Arts Librarianship
Sunday, 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
The study of the performing arts is being transformed by new methods and technologies, presenting challenges and opportunities to librarians.  This session features two panelists, Doug Reside, Digital Curator for the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts, and Susan Wiesner, 2011 Innovation Fellow for the Council of Learned Societies, who will discuss their own groundbreaking work and suggest ways that librarians can engage with new initiatives in the performing arts.  This session is co-sponsored by the ALA Video Roundtable (VRT) and the Theatre Library Association.

Value Enhanced: Reimagining a Philosophy of Excellence
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
Small college libraries rock! Listen to ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries awardees share nimble, flexible, and courageous approaches to the challenges we all face. Learn how each of these college libraries has used recognition for past practices to inform future directions. College library directors and staff will showcase initiatives that not only respond to their institutions’ needs, but also demonstrate a significant voice in the conversation about the value of libraries in higher education.

Is It Worth It? Accessing Online Instruction
Saturday, 10:30 - 11:30p.m.
Panelists address methods for incorporating measurable institutional learning outcomes in online library instructional activities, including the process by which assessment measures are designed and techniques to use when gathering data to assess student learning. An overview of proven assessment activities at various institutions is provided. Participants will learn how to apply assessment measures to their digital library scholarship and teaching. Time will be allotted to address questions from the audience. Co-sponsored by CJCLS.

Crossing the K-20 Continuum: Are Librarians Bridging Information Literacy and 21st Century Skills?
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
What is your university doing to help students cross the K-20 continuum? When public funding for libraries and librarians is dwindling, this program features model community instructional programming and examples of scaffolding that are ripe for emulation. The panelists will discuss challenges and opportunities that can help all of us strengthen the information literacy and 21st century skills bridge between secondary and higher education so that our students are better positioned for the global marketplace.

There's An App for That: The Use of Mobile Devices, Apps and Resources for Health and Sci-Tech Librarians and Their Users
Health Sciences Interest Group and ACRL-STS
Monday, 8:30 - 10:00a.m.

Mobile devices are changing how library users access information and applications (apps) for mobile devices are being released at a rapid rate. This program will discuss the range and functionality of mobile and tablet applications available to librarians and end users and how librarians can play an integral role in providing access to quality applications. The program will also address how mobile technologies can be implemented and offer a clearer understanding of the usefulness of these tools. Guidelines for using apps for teaching and assessment of available apps will be also be presented.  This is a joint STS/HSIG program.  Co-sponsored by IS.

Success Stories and Challenges:  How Librarians are Employing Fair Use with Their Code
Image Resources Interest Group and Individual Proposal
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
Creators of the ARL Fair Use Code describe the achievements and challenges of employing the ARL code, including innovative ways that librarians have implemented the code, common reactions and obstacles, and the latest legislation.  Next, the workshop examines the educational use of images, including the VRA Fair Use Statement, and a Code being developed by the College Art Association on image use in scholarly publications and on the creation and exhibition of new artistic works.

Bringing the Immersion Program Back Home
Immersion Program Committee
Saturday, 4:30 - 6:00p.m.

Find out what the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program can do for you and your institution! Immersion alumni will describe significant learning experiences gained from the experience and how they applied their learning to transform information literacy instruction for themselves and their institutions. Attendees will gain insight into the various tracks of the Immersion program, as well as Immersion’s ongoing community of practice, during this engaging panel presentation and poster session.

Why Does Intellectual Freedom Matter to Academic Libraries?
Intellectual Freedom Committee
Saturday, 3:00 - 4:00p.m.
This panel will explore the continued relevance of intellectual freedom to academic libraries.  The session will kick-off with an overview of key Intellectual Freedom principles frequently encountered in academic libraries, followed by several case studies of academic libraries actively educating students (and staff members) on core intellectual freedom values.

Print Principles in a Digital World: Intellectual Freedom in the 21st Century Academic Library
Intellectual Freedom Committee
Monday, 10:30 - 11:30a.m.

The panelists will explore the impact of the continuing digital revolution on academic libraries and their users.  What will be the implications for scholars when almost all information is born digital and no paper copies exist – when libraries no longer buy anything physical other than paper towels and soap?  Issues will include the implications of licensed access and external storage versus outright purchase for the availability, preservation and reliability of data, and researcher privacy.

All the News That’s Fit to Teach: News Literacy Instruction
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
Nationally, there is growing awareness of the need to educate young adults in news literacy, the ability to think critically about print, broadcast, and online news. The News Literacy Project sponsors outcomes-based research in best practices; however, few libraries have news literacy programs and the topic remains under represented in our professional literature. This program features an invited speaker involved in news literacy research, followed by librarian-led lightning talks on successful news literacy instructional programs.

Literary Texts and the Library in the Digital Age: New Collaborations for European and American Studies
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.
Digital technologies are changing library spaces and reconfiguring relationships between librarians and researchers. Digital humanities centers, scholarly commons, and off-site storage have created new physical and virtual spaces for research. This program will investigate new roles for European and American Studies librarians in this environment. What old skills remain relevant and what new skills are needed? What new forms of collaboration are developing between librarians, scholars, and IT personnel? How can librarians contribute to new search and discovery tools?  This is a joint program by LES, SEES, and WESS. More information is available here.

Preparing, Sharing, and Archiving: What Scholars in Political Science and Law Need to Know and How Librarians Can Help Them
Saturday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.

Scholarly communication is in flux.  While new publishing models are appearing and ground breaking legislation and court cases signal far reaching changes to the dissemination of research, university faculty are grappling with questions about copyright, author’s rights, and open access.  Join us for a discussion with a panel of influential and active professionals engaged in the work of scholarly communications. Discover what political science and law scholars at your university need to know and how librarians can help them navigate the various choices open to them.

History on Fire! How Libraries Mitigate Loss of the Cultural Record Due to Disaster or Destruction
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.

Fires and other disasters have impacted our physical holdings of the historical record in libraries. When disaster strikes, how do we, as stewards of cultural heritage, mitigate the loss of rare and unique items? How do we fill in historical gaps, inform our researchers, and work with risk management specialists to ensure that we can rebuild (insofar as possible) what is lost? Speakers will address these questions from historical and practical perspectives.

Busting Out of the Cubicle: Your Creative Self at Work
Saturday, 4:30 - 6:00p.m.
Are your library’s brainstorming sessions more like… brain droughts? Learn activities and strategies you can use to teach your library how to be a more creative organization. As academic libraries face new technologies, shifting priorities, and ever-increasing competition for resources, they must learn to respond creatively to problems. Innovation and organizational creativity know-how are critical to success. Leave this active, hands-on session electrified!

Out of the Library and into the Community: Academic Librarians and Community Engagement
Monday, 8:30 - 10:00a.m.

Conversations about democracy, information access, and information distribution within communities continue to gain momentum in both academia and society as a whole.  Academic librarians and LIS faculty can work with social justice issues in many ways.  Learn how the speakers shape and bring to the forefront these issues via their teaching, scholarship, and work in local communities. Areas addressed include: community informatics, information literacy-focused service learning, and community outreach. Co-sponsored by EBSS and Social Responsibility Round Table (SRRT).

Lessons for the Librarian:  10 Tips for Teaching the One-Shot Instruction Session
Individual Proposal
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.

Academic librarians teach every day.  They teach diverse audiences in a variety of venues, but one teaching scenario remains quintessential: the one-shot library instruction session.  In recognition of the centrality of the “one-shot,” this panel shares  time-tested “lessons” for librarians that teach in this format.  These lessons provide a range of strategies for developing pedagogically sound one-shot library instruction sessions and can be grouped loosely into three categories: planning, delivery, and integration.

How to Teach and Assess Discipline-Specific Information Literacy
Individual Proposal
Monday, 10:30 - 11:30a.m.

Discipline-specific information literacy is an essential topic for all students to understand. Using Psychology courses as an example, this presentation will discuss faculty-librarian collaborative teaching approaches based on skill and age-level. This approach uses the new ALA/ACRL Psychology Information Literacy Standards. Quantitative assessment data will be discussed.  Suggestions from this presentation will help all fields teach discipline-specific information literacy.

Pre-service Teachers: Creating a Curriculum Materials Library/School Library Loop
Individual Proposal
Sunday, 8:30 - 10:00a.m.
In the first half of this combined program experts on college and university curriculum materials centers will share insights related to the history and future of these resources and their role in teacher education. In the second half, panelists will discuss how pre-service teachers are exposed to the role of the school librarian and ways that academic and school librarians can work together to teach pre-service and student teachers about their respective roles.


ACRL in-name only co-sponsored programs

Managing Projects: From Ideas to Reality
ALCTS Acquisitions Technology Programming Committee
Sunday, 1:00 - 2:30p.m.

A presentation of basic project management concepts and how they can be applied in technical services to increase effectiveness by introducing the five areas of project management: Initiate, Plan, Execute, Control, and Close. In addition, the program will discuss criteria for selecting projects appropriate for project management tools. Speakers will address how these tools and techniques have been used in technical services departments. In addition, visual displays of actual project graphs will be displayed. ACRL members will find this topic interesting because academic libraries face so many pressures to constantly reinvent themselves.  These reinventions invariably lead to projects, which can range from implementing a discovery system, converting from one ILS to another, instituting a learning commons or creating and integrating library learning applications into courseware.