Association of College and Research Libraries

2019 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award winners

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) has selected six winners, three honorable mentions, and a notable citation for the 2019 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab “American Book Prices Current” Exhibition Awards.

New from ACRL - “Scholarship in the Sandbox”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Scholarship in the Sandbox: Academic Libraries as Laboratories, Forums, and Archives for Student Work,” edited by Amy S. Jackson, Cindy Pierard, and Suzanne M. Schadl.

U.S. Department of Education Seeks Comments on IPEDS Changes by May 20

CHICAGO - The U.S. Department of Education has issued a request for comments on planned changes to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) surveys, which include the Academic Libraries component. The 60-day Federal Register notice (docket ED–2019–ICCD–0028) was published on March 20, and the public comment period ends May 20.  

The following important changes to the Academic Libraries component are planned to go into effect during the next three-year cycle:

Academic librarians 'Recasting the Narrative' at ACRL 2019 Conference in Cleveland

CHICAGO – More than 4,000 librarians, exhibitors and guests convened in Cleveland to reflect and rethink the role of academic librarians in a changing and challenging society.

With the theme “Recasting the Narrative,” the ACRL 2019 Conference, presented by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), was held April 10-13 at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland.

The conference attracted 3,335 onsite attendees, along with 1,033 exhibitors, to Cleveland. There were also 337 additional attendees participating remotely through the Virtual Conference.

2019 ACRL STS Oberly Award goes to Karlen and Pellack

CHICAGO – Douglas Karlen, research soil scientist (retired) at the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service, and Lorraine Pellack, head of the University Library research services department at Iowa State University, have been selected as the 2019 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Science and Technology Section (STS) Oberly Award for Bibliography in the Agricultural or Natural Sciences for their article “Iowa Crop Variety Yield Testing: A History and Annotated Bibliography.”

Cawthorne elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect

CHICAGO -  Jon E. Cawthorne, dean of the Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. He will become president-elect following the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., and assume the presidency in July 2020 for a one-year term.

Academic librarians gathering in Cleveland, April 10-13, to discuss their role in rapidly changing higher education landscape

CHICAGO — Academic and research librarians and libraries are essential to a thriving global community of learners and scholars. As students, faculty, and staff change the way they consume information, academic libraries are also transforming to ensure success across the higher education community.

More than 3,000 academic and research librarians and library workers will gather April 10-13 in Cleveland to discuss the many ways that library professionals are re-inventing themselves to stay on the cutting edge.

ACRL and Gale launch Libraries Transform Toolkit

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and Gale, a Cengage company, have collaborated to create the ACRL Libraries Transform Toolkit. This free new toolkit provides academic and research libraries with easy-to-use tools and resources to develop effective marketing and outreach strategies to promote their services and impact to students, faculty and administrators.

New Project Outcome for Academic Libraries toolkit launches

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce the launch of Project Outcome for Academic Libraries. Based on a model developed by the Public Library Association (PLA), this free toolkit is designed to help academic libraries understand and share the impact of essential library programs and services by providing simple surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes.

2019 ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship recipients

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce recipients of its latest round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2019. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

The selection committee chose three proposals in this competitive round of applications. They are: