ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

Details about ACRL's activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV, June 26 – July 1, 2014.

Did you attend an ACRL program in Las Vegas?  If so, please evaluate the session(s) and help us keep our programming relevant to your needs!

President's Program

Financial Literacy at Your Library

The program will bring together leaders in financial advising and higher education to discuss ways in which college students especially can learn how to more effectively manage their finances.  Featuring speakers Ferris State University President David Eisler and Washington Post columnist and financial educator Michelle Singletary, the program will highlight ways in which librarians and libraries can partner with others on and off campus to aid our students in these endeavors.

ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes' Financial Literacy Initiative

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.


Preconferences will be held prior to the 2014 ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 27, 2014:

iPad, YouPad: Circulating iPad Collections in Academic Libraries

Maximize Your Professional Time: Strategies to Cultivate a Habit of Scholarship


ACRL Programs at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy | ANSS and EBSS | CLS | DLS and ULS | IS | LES, SEES, and WESS | Professional Values Committee | Publications Committee | Residency Interest Group | STS and HSIG | WGSS | Individual Proposal #1 | Individual Proposal #2 | Individual Proposal #3 | Individual Proposal #4 | Individual Proposal #5 | Individual Proposal #6 | Individual Proposal #7 | Individual Proposal #8

Common Core State Standards and General Education: Information Literacy Connects the Dots
AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
Utilizing expert speakers in both K-12 and higher education, this panel session will provide a connection between the newly-implemented Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Association for American Colleges & Universities (AACU) Essential Learning Outcomes by concentrating on the strong information literacy thread between them. Through an awareness of common CCSS assessments and trends in higher education, school and academic librarians will be prepared to support student transitions.

Supporting Community Transformation: Becoming a Community-Engaged Academic Library
This panel presentation brings together researchers and their academic library partners to illustrate their direct impact on local communities. It explores the collaboration of researchers and academic libraries involved in community-engaged learning, service, and scholarship through two current UNLV projects – one that teaches community members about business opportunities using librarian-curated resources and strategies, the other an oral history project that engages and strengthens ties within the local African-American community.  Program Web site available here.

Science+Form=Function: The Impact of Neuroscience on Architecture & Design
What can the new interdisciplinary field of neuroscience for architecture tell us about the connection between physical space and personal experience and well-being?  Join us as we explore this topic and examine how this research can be applied to library building design and overall use of space. As the “library as place” debate continues, libraries are feeling mounting pressure to justify use of institutional resources to support brick-and-mortar facilities.  Does this research speak to the value of physical library spaces?  Co-sponsored by the LLAMA BES Buildings for College & University Libraries Committee.

Leading from the Side: On, Off and Within Your Campus
In collaboration, DLS and ULS bring together academic librarians to speak about their roles as leaders within their institutions, not through administrative authority but through innovation and creativity, with special emphasis on the changing landscapes of digital research and distance learning. Panelists will discuss their experiences including: communicating effectively to foster innovation; developing a self-awareness of leadership potential while recognizing that potential in others; and building coalitions horizontally and vertically within an organization.

From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks: Using Threshold Concepts to Teach Information Literacy
Over the past decade, the “threshold concept” has emerged as a valuable tool for educators seeking to improve teaching and learning in higher education. The term refers to the core ideas and “ways of thinking and practicing” that are characteristic of a discipline but that students often find difficult to grasp. This program explores ways that librarians can use the threshold concept model to make information literacy instruction more relevant, meaningful, and exciting to students.

"Embedded" Cultural Communities in Europe and the Americas: Challenges for Librarians
In Europe and the Americas, ethnic groups living within or dispersed among larger communities often seek to preserve their own languages, literatures, artistic traditions, and social identities. What strategies do they use? How can libraries and librarians collect and preserve the languages, literatures, and cultural heritage of these communities? Focusing on Basque, Romani, and Native American cultures, this panel will address the challenges librarians face as they collect materials for and about "embedded" ethnic groups.

Professional Values Committee
Surveillance is a big topic. What implications do the latest disclosures about wide-spread government surveillance have for libraries and librarians? The purpose of this session is to provide librarians an update and refresher on the impact of surveillance. The conversations will include recent NSA disclosures, digital surveillance, as well as laws familiar to all librarians, such as the Patriot Act, FISA, and more.

Libraries in the Publishing Game: New Roles from Content to Access
Publications Committee
Libraries have been at the receiving end of the publishing process, but things are changing for the good of libraries, authors and scholarly communication. Libraries are taking on new and innovative roles in every aspect of the publishing process. Examples of such innovation include partnering with publishers, creating content, providing author-support services and publishing an assortment of content. Hear from libraries and institutions that serve in a variety of publishing roles, affecting publishing by becoming integrated into it.

Stop Dreaming and Do It! Best Practices for Gaining Momentum, Developing and Maintaining a Successful Residency Program
Residency Interest Group
This program will describe the creation of a library diversity residency programs at three very different academic libraries. The participants will leave with the ability to make an informed decisions regarding creating residency programs at their home institutions and applying to residency programs. We will also offer advice to new and recent graduates interested in applying to residency programs. The panel is made up of individuals who have designed residencies, residency coordinators and current residents.

Sticking with STEM: How the Academic Library Can Help to Retain Successful Students
How can librarians assist with student diversity and retention in the STEM and health science fields at their institution?  During this session, three speakers will discuss how library services and instruction can aid student performance overall, as well as highlighting specific retention issues for student groups underrepresented in the STEM fields.  Ample time will be provided for audience questions and discussion.

Digital Humanities and Academic Libraries: Practice and Theory, Power and Privilege
Our panel explores the multiple roles libraries play in digital humanities. Librarians’ capacity to engage critically with the production, consumption, and pedagogy of digital humanities increases our ability to partner with and be valued by our campuses. Whether we see ourselves in a service or a scholar role, we are providing leadership for digital humanities. Our goal is to foster lively discussion about practical and theoretical concerns, and offer conceptual tools.

Tenure-track Support Systems: Perceptions of Academic Librarians
Individual Proposal
In the tenure process for academic librarians, institutional support plays a major role in their success. Amy Vilz and Molly Poremski recently conducted a survey of tenure-track librarians to gauge their perceptions of financial, institutional and sometimes emotional support given by academic libraries to their librarians. In this session, we will discuss some key findings in how librarians perceive the support for tenure that they receive.

Get Writing! Overcome Procrastination, Remove Roadblocks and Create a Map for Success
Individual Proposal
Overcome procrastination, remove roadblocks and create a map for successful completion of your paper. In this hands-on workshop you’ll break down your writing project into manageable steps with deadlines and learn simple approaches and techniques for sticking to your schedule. Whether you’re just beginning the publishing process or are a more seasoned writer stuck on a project that needs to get out the door, this workshop will help you get going and stay on track.

Using Instructional Design Applications to Effectively Flip Library Instruction
Individual Proposal
This presentation is designed to demonstrate how instructional design applications can assist librarians with successfully flipping their classrooms. I will review several instructional design models and cover why flipping the classroom enhances learning environments. (Instructional design applications help to determine the efficacy of learning outcomes for any subject). After leaving this presentation, attendees will become familiar with using well-known instructional design applications, and the best technological tools to implement to successfully flip a class.

Librarians as Digital Leaders: Collaborating on the Development and Use of Digitized Collections
Individual Proposal
Digitization has enormous potential to bring local history collections to a wider audience, often through academic and public library partnerships. In this session participants will hear from several successful collaborations funded through IMLS that highlight promising practices for the wider dissemination of digitized collections. Panelists will share tools they leveraged to bring their materials to researchers, students, and the general public, as well as evidence of how these collections are being used in unanticipated ways.

Making Tenure: A Model for Collaborative Publishing
Individual Proposal
Discover a new group publishing model that supports academic librarians in tenure-track positions. Listen as newly tenured and new tenure-track faculty librarians demonstrate their model and provide the tools you need to bring the model back to your own library environment. From the research brainstorming step through journal selection and the submission process, you will learn to tackle publishing obstacles such as the Institutional Review Board application, fair work distribution, group organization, and clear communication.

Are You Taking a Gamble on Your Academic Library Career by Having a Baby (or Two)?
Individual Proposal
This program presented by two academic librarians, and coincidentally both mothers of identical twins, will explore what the research says about the impact of having children on an individual’s academic library career. The presenters will also lead a discussion about what individuals and ACRL can do to create better working conditions for parents.

Virtual Reference with JoinMe
Individual Proposal
Need to virtually show and tell a patron how to use a library service? Want to conduct potent virtual sessions that go beyond chat or a phone call? These are a few scenarios that can be accomplished with JoinMe. JoinMe is a simple web tool that allows screensharing, chat, and VOIP. The speaker will introduce you to the free web-based service called JoinMe that allows you to show and tell your patrons anything.

Crash Course in Evaluation Research
Individual Proposal
To demonstrate the value of their organizations, librarians must have some knowledge of and facility with evaluation and assessment techniques, including choosing and implementing appropriate methodologies to collect and analyze data, and packaging and presenting results for maximum impact. This workshop will outline the basics of several methodologies, including surveys and focus groups, for gathering valuable evaluation data. Topics include developing effective questions, subject recruitment, and basic data collection and analysis, as well as a primer on how to use study results for accountability, continuous improvement, and outreach.

Programs Co-Sponsored by ACRL

Discovering Open Access Articles: Maximum Access, Maximum Visibility!
Sponsored by ALCTS
Everywhere we go, we hear about Open Access, whether it be green or gold, embargoed or immediate, available from publishers or from institutional repositories. This growing movement raises many practical questions for libraries, researchers, and students.  What is the best way to ensure discoverability of OA content in unsubscribed journals through link resolvers? How can OA content in IRs be more discoverable and usable for patrons? How to OA policies affect these initiatives? Please join the ALCTS CRS Education, Research, and Publications Committee to learn more about challenges and possible solutions involving article level content and how to make it more visible.