ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference

Going to ALA Annual for the first time? Not sure what to expect?  Check out the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) recorded webcast (with slides) to help first-time ALA Annual Conference attendees make the most of their first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to San Francisco, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

Details about ACRL's activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 25–30, 2015.

Registration and housing information is available here.

The ALA conference scheduler is available here. The scheduler allows attendees to search for ACRL's many discussion group meetings, forums, and committee meetings, and can also create a customized itinerary for each attendee.

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President's Program

The Power of Mindset: Fostering Grit on the Way to New Roles

The education landscape is evolving rapidly, but the stress of being pulled in different directions can be challenging. New research shows that our approach to challenges can make all the difference. How can library staff at all levels develop a growth mindset to approach the demands of new roles? Hear from Thomas Hoerr, noted author of Fostering Grit, and OCLC research scientist Constance Malpas to understand the emerging higher education landscape and to learn to embrace its challenges, celebrate mistakes, persist in the midst of setbacks, and focus on continuous learning to re-invent ourselves and our libraries.

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.


Reflective Teaching: Self-evaluation to assess and improve your teaching practice
Instruction Section Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
Discover techniques and strategies for more structured and intentional reflection. Learn how to identify, articulate, and diagnose teaching and learning “problems” you encounter in the classroom, analyze your role as a teacher in that situation, and learn about techniques of reflective practice to address those learning problems and improve student learning.

Data Visualization: Tools, Techniques, and Practice
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
Due to the proliferation of digital data and the emergence of big data, visualization is of crucial importance in academic research and institutions.
This preconference will introduce the fundamentals of data visualization including discussion of visual variables – the building blocks of any visualization. Attendees will participate in a sketching exercise to explore visual variables and create a foundation for the creation of library specific visualizations in the afternoon.

Storytelling 101: Craft Narratives to Engage and Persuade
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
When was the last time someone changed your mind with a story? We empathize with, persuade, and teach each other using the social tool that is storytelling. Whether you’re a high-powered library administrator headed into an important conference call or a part-time instruction librarian at the head an unfamiliar classroom, humans crave connection and a compelling story can be the difference between connecting deeply with your campus colleagues and patrons or experiencing a total disconnect.

Writing Data Management Plans Across the Curriculum
ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference
June 26, 2015, San Francisco, California
Demand for data management plans (DMPs) is growing as more granting agencies add this requirement. Join an experienced data management plan consultant from a major research university to learn how to apply your existing skills to writing strong DMPs for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Most presentations concerning data management are more concerned with the creation and management of repositories than how to write, or consult with researchers writing a data management plan for grant submission.


ACRL Programs at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA.

ANSS/LES/LPSS | ARTS | DLS | EBSS | IS | Liaison Assembly Committee | Library and Information Science Education Interest Group | Professional Values Committee | Publications Coordinating Committee | RBMS | SEES and WESS | STS | ULS | Individual Proposal #1 | Individual Proposal #2 | Individual Proposal #3 | Individual Proposal #4 | Individual Proposal #5

Libraries Behind Bars: Education and Outreach to Prisoners
The United States incarcerates more citizens than any other country, which presents a pressing issue for civil society. This program brings together a multidisciplinary panel of scholars, moderated by a prison librarian, to raise awareness of the importance of prisoner education in reducing recidivism and improving rehabilitation outcomes. It highlights the role academic libraries play in research on the incarcerated and incarceration institutions, as well as in outreach to incarcerated populations. This is a joint program by ANSS, LES, and LPSS. This program is co-sponsored in name only by ASCLA.

Framing and Enhancing Visual Literacy: Using the New ACRL Framework to Develop Effective Art Instruction
Through a lively interactive dialogue, experts will define, interpret, and enhance understanding of how to situate Visual Literacy Standards and the new Framework within varying arts instruction scenarios. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear examples, participate in developing tailored instruction sessions and activities for their art and visually focused curricula. Panelists from varying art and instruction backgrounds will provide feedback and demonstrate flexible and creative approaches by marrying aspects of the Standards and Framework. This program is co-sponsored in name only by the ACRL Instruction Section.

Intentional Teaching Online: Using Instructional Design to Enhance Distance Library Instruction
Whether embedded in an online course, facilitating an online one-shot instruction session, or creating multimedia tutorials and learning objects, librarians spend more and more time teaching online. Library instruction can be enhanced by intentionally applying the principles of instructional design, which will enable librarians to systematically address factors such as learners' needs and motivation. Panelists will demonstrate the best practices of instructional design to effectively create, deliver, and assess online library instruction.

Boots on the Ground: Making Academic Libraries Work for Veterans
Large numbers of veterans enrolled in academic institutions using educational benefits provided through the “Post-9/11 GI Bill” remain an invisible library constituency. To highlight what we do to help, current librarian and former U.S. Army Ranger, Eduardo Tinoco, presents an environmental scan of veteran services at academic institutions. Then, Jared Hoppenfeld, a business librarian, describes library support given to the national Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) program, designed to create small business owners.

Aligning Learning Spaces with Pedagogy: The Instruction Librarian's Role in Classroom Re/Design
How do we redesign our library classrooms to better align changing pedagogy and student learning? A panel of instruction librarians who influenced change in their learning spaces in support of information literacy programs will discuss strategies for small and large-scale library classroom needs assessments and redesigns, the pedagogical shifts that the redesigns supported, and the impact of new learning space design on student learning. This program is co-sponsored in name only by LIRT.

How Others View Us: Insights from Librarian Engagement in Higher Education Associations
Liaison Assembly Committee
Librarians communicate value and vision, but how do higher education professionals hear this message? What are the issues for which we can offer expertise and partnerships? ACRL liaisons bridge the communication gap between librarians and colleagues such as planners, technologists, administrators and faculty. A panel of liaisons will discuss their work, how others view academic libraries, the lingo used to address concerns in higher education, and opportunities for partnerships to advance higher education in society.

Collaborative Influences of LIS Educators and Practitioners Regarding Hiring the Profession
Library and Information Science Education Interest Group
This program will explore the mutual influences that LIS educators can have with their academic library counterparts on the future of the profession. Specifically, what will be explored and discussed is the influence of academic libraries on LIS curriculum, as it relates to changes in staffing needs, such as research intensive skills or specializations, as well as how updates to theory-based curriculum can translate into knowledge and skills sought in academic library hiring practices. This program is sponsored by the ACRL Library and Information Science Education Interest Group.

Should I Tweet That? Academic Freedom and Social Media
Professional Values Committee
Social media gives us a platform to express ourselves on any subject to a wide audience. It also tests the traditional boundaries of speech protected by academic freedom. When faculty appointments can be revoked on the basis of 140 characters, are we witnessing new limits on academic freedom? Join our panel of experts for a lively discussion on what academic freedom means in the age of social media.  This program is sponsored by the ACRL Professional Values Committee.

Reducing the Fog around Publishing: Practical Strategies for Book Development, from Research to Writing
Publications Coordinating Committee
Do you have a great idea for a book? Expand your knowledge of the book publishing process, including concept development, proposals, research, working with chapter authors, 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 panelists will present the unique but complementary perspectives of authors, editors, and the publishing industry. This program is sponsored by the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.

Curating Activism in LGBT History
This conversation-focused session delves into the importance of collecting, preserving, and making available materials documenting the history of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activism. Panelists will reflect on successes and shortcomings in caring for the cultural memory of LGBT activists, movements, and daily lives in special collections libraries and archives as well as the nexus between education and activism within the LGBT community. The conversation will include not only knowledgeable panelists with unique perspectives, but also the audience, whose participation, questions, and perspectives are an essential part of the session, too.  This program is sponsored by RBMS and the ALA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table.

Beyond Tintin: Collecting European Comics in the U.S.
What are the major trends in European comics? What tools exist to help us build an international collection encompassing the various formats—graphic novels, minicomics, webcomics? More and more, libraries seek to support the growing interest comics are receiving from scholars. Our panel of two distinguished professors, a writer/editor of graphic novels, and a curator of a major comics library survey the European comics scene, offering practical suggestions about collecting in this burgeoning field. This is a joint program sponsored by SEES and WESS. This program is co-sponsored in name only by the ACRL Literatures in English Section and the ALA Graphic Novels & Comics in Libraries Member Interest Group.  The program committee developed a Web site here.

Unlocking the Sciences: Collaborative Research with Community Engagement through Citizen Science
Citizen science is the practice of non-experts contributing to or engaging in scientific research across all disciplines. This panel, comprised of scientists and librarians, will highlight various citizen science projects and discuss how libraries can become involved and support these initiatives. For academic libraries, citizen science promotes science and information literacy among students as well as connects community members with researchers to bring about new discoveries. This STS program is co-sponsored in name only by the ACRL Instruction Section and the ACRL Health Sciences Interest Group.

Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries
How should we approach the future? Speakers from Ithaka S+R and Stanford's Graduate School of Education will identify broad transformations within and future directions for higher education. Academic librarians will then discuss how these transformations affect the organization and structure of university libraries, liaison roles, collections, and instruction and outreach. The program will conclude by engaging the audience in a discussion of how changes in higher education are playing out at their own institutions.

But We're Neutral! And Other Librarian Fictions Confronted by #critlib
Individual Proposal
Twitter chats are an opportunity for synchronous bursts of conversation on current topics. We started the #critlib chat to build a conversation about issues of critical pedagogy in academic libraries, but topics have grown to include library assessment, gender in RDA, and library responses to social justice actions in our communities. Publicly exploring our assumptions about our profession is sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes fiery, and always an opportunity for growth and action. This panel presentation and discussion will examine how we talk--and don't talk--about critical issues surrounding the profession and our identity within it.

Academic Integrity: An Opportunity for Faculty Development
Individual Proposal
At UC Berkeley the Library is part of a campus-wide task force that is beginning to use faculty concern about plagiarism and cheating as a faculty development opportunity.  Flipping the script to a focus on how to support faculty and students in understanding and practicing Academic Integrity, rather than focusing on punishment, also opens the door to improved teaching and learning.  Attendees will brainstorm about how librarians can be an important part of this process.

Putting Your Patrons in the Driver's Seat: Assessing the Value of On-Demand Streaming Video
Individual Proposal
Today, more than 90% of Americans are watching over 40 Billion online videos each month. This session explores some big questions: Why, despite this statistic, do we still see such limited use of and innovation in online video on campuses? What is the opportunity for Patron-Driven-Acquisition models for online video? And, how can we most effectively deploy online video to heighten awareness and use with our patrons?

Embeddedness-Plus: Combining Embedded Librarianship with Direct Marketing to Underserved Groups
Individual Proposal
Are you interested in pumping up your library’s outreach program to reach even more students? Come learn about a large western university’s “embeddedness-plus” outreach model, which focuses on providing customized outreach to diverse patrons who may be missed in traditional outreach campaigns. We will describe our strategies and suggest how other libraries can identify demographic groups to whom they want to provide outreach and create similar customized outreach programs.

All the Data: Privacy, Service Quality, and Analytics
Individual Proposal
ACRL’s The Value of Academic Libraries report emphasized the need for libraries to systematically collect user data in planning and decision-making activities. Indeed, many libraries are seeking ways to use such data as part of institutional efforts to better understand and measure library impact and educational outcomes. These efforts have raised many questions about user privacy, anonymity, policy, library values, and service development. This program will prepare librarians to actively engage with these issues.

Programs Co-Sponsored by ACRL