Thursday, May 25, 2006

ACRL Update, Thursday, May 25, 2006

ACRL Update
Thursday, May 25, 2006

1. May 31 Deadline Extension: ACRL Intentional Teacher Program
2. Interested in representing ALA at IFLA? Act by June 9
3. New ACRL Advocacy Toolkit Available at 'Power of Personal
Persuasion' Workshop

4. New Information Literacy Standards Translations Available!

1. May 31 Deadline Extension: ACRL Intentional Teacher Program
ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) seeks applicants
for the newest addition to its popular Immersion program,
"The Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection."
Acceptance to the program is competitive; the deadline
for application has been extended until May 31, 2006.

The "Intentional Teacher: Renewal through Informed Reflection"
program will be 3.5 days of learning and reflection
for academic librarians and will offer a mixture
of structured and co-constructed learning segments
such as peer discussions, individual reading and
reflection times, and participant-led communities
of practice. During the program, participants will
examine their practice through the four lenses of:
autobiography, student perspective, colleague as
resource, and research literature on teaching and
learning. Each of these lenses will be used to
look at four areas important to teaching: p
hilosophy/values, pedagogy, student impact,
and experimentation.

A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will guide the
process, create an environment for professional renewal,
provide the structure and overarching process for the program,
and offer content and information to spark new thinking.

The Intentional Teacher Program will be offered twice during
the upcoming year, and applicants can select their preferred
program dates as part of their application. Program dates are
as follows:

Fall 2006: November 30 - December 2, 2006
Spring 2006: May 3-6, 2007

Both programs will be held on the campus of the National
4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Immersion Intentional Teacher applications must be submitted
via the online application form by Wednesday, May 31, 2006.
The application form and instructions are available at:

Complete details about the program are available at:

2. Interested in representing ALA at IFLA? Act by June 9

Would you like to represent ALA on an International Federation of
Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) section standing committee?
Now's the time to act. The biennial appointment process to represent
ALA on relevant IFLA standing committees is currently underway,
well before individuals begin serving as representatives in August
2007 for terms ending in 2011. The ACRL Board endorses candidates
for election to a number of IFLA standing committees, with the ACRL
International Relations Committee (ACRL IRC) acting in an advisory
capacity to the Board in recommending approval for appointment.
While any ACRL Section may bring forth a nominee for a relevant
standing committee, ACRL looks to the Sections below as the primary
bodies to do so. Official representation may be sought for the
following standing committees of IFLA:
-Section of University Libraries (ACRL ULS)
-Rare and Precious Books and Manuscripts (ACRL RBMS)
-Social Science Librarians (ACRL EBSS and ANSS)
-Science and Technology Libraries (ACRL STS)
-Art Libraries (ACRL Arts)

Interested ACRL members must start the process now, as these
sections will forward application materials (along with a
brief memo of justification outlining why representation
is desirable) to the ACRL IRC for discussion during the
Annual Conference. ACRL IRC will present all such
recommendations with advice to the ACRL Board. Additional
information is available on the ALA International Relations
Office Web site at

Complete guidelines on the Web
The ACRL guidelines for selection and appointment of ACRL members
to represent ALA on IFLA standing committees contain much more
detail about the process, eligibility, selection criteria, and
responsibilities. You can find them on the ACRL Web site at
, or navigate by selecting
"Guide to Policies & Procedures" from the "Quicklinks" dropdown
menu in upper right hand corner of the ACRL Web site. See Chapter 7:
Appointments and Nominations, section 7.5.

Forward your nomination materials to the appropriate ACRL unit
for the specific IFLA standing committee that you are interested
in applying for by June 9. For more information, contact the
ACRL International Relations Committee co-chairs, Heleni
Pedersoli <
> or Nicoletta Hary < >.

3. New ACRL Advocacy Toolkit Available at 'Power
of Personal Persuasion' Workshop

Saturday, June 24, 2006, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Morial
Convention Center, Room 353-355
Changes in higher education are compelling librarians
to reassess the vision, mission, and role of the academic
library; to redefine the image of the library; and to
re-position the library as a key partner within the broader
institutional community. With an enhanced understanding
of the dynamics of persuasion, academic and research
librarians can more effectively advance student learning,
increase organizational visibility, and positively influence
decisions affecting the future.

Attendees at "The Power of Personal Persuasion: Advancing
the Academic Library Agenda from the Frontlines" workshop
will receive a free copy of the new ACRL Advocacy toolkit.

Internationally recognized speaker Robert Cialdini, author
of The Power of Persuasion, will define the issue. Participants
will apply the training to their own situation during the
second half of the program using a free copy of the new ACRL
Advocacy toolkit. Dr. Cialdini will speak from 8:30 - 10 a.m.,
followed by a facilitated workshop until noon.

This workshop is sponsored by the ACRL Grassroots Library
Advocacy Presidential Task Force and co-sponsored by the
ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS).

4. New Information Literacy Standards Translations

ACRL is proud to announce four new translations of the
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
including the Japanese translation by Toshihiko Nozue, Eiko
Uozumi (Kwansei Gakuin University), and Seiko Kojima
(International University of Japan); the Chinese Translation
by Li Ling and Zhang Dongrong, the Farsi translation by A. H.
Ghassemi and Atifa Rawan; and the Italian translation by Alina
Renditiso, Alberto Scarinci, Cinzia Buccioni and Serafina Spielli.

These translations are available at:
Chinese Translation (PDF) (
acrlstandards/InfoLit-Chinese.pdf)Farsi Translation (PDF) (
French Translation (PDF) (
acrlstandards/InfoLIt-French.pdf)German Translation (PDF) (
Greek Translation (PDF) (
Italian Translation (
Japanese Translation (PDF) (
Spanish Translation (

ACRL seeks to expand the adoption and use of these standards,
and has received numerous requests for translations in
languages other than English. If you are interested in
translating the standards into a language not already
listed above, please contact Dawn Mueller at .

Monday, May 22, 2006

Funding available for Professional Development

Do you have a unique library application or patron service you would like to implement, but haven't had the funds to develop it? Have you been researching a topic and need finances to continue your research? Or maybe there is a workshop or institute you would like to attend, but limited travel funds keep you from attending. The Academic Library Section's Professional Development Committee has the perfect solution to your woes! Consider applying for a 2006 Professional Development Grant.

The ALS Executive Committee has given approval for an award of up to one thousand dollars ($1000), with the possibility of multiple partial grants, should the Committee receive a sufficient number of qualifying proposals. So, MAKE US WORK!! Send those applications today!

The deadline is July 28, 2006. The award recipient(s) will be announced at the fall KLA conference.

More details, including instructions on how to submit your applicaton, are available at:

Feel free to contact any of the Committee members if additional information is needed:

Sean Kinder 270-745-6339
Carol Nutter 606-783-5110
Jill D. Sherman 502-852-7082
Mary M. Vass 859-257-0500, ext. 2114

Friday, May 19, 2006

May 19 is the registration deadline for ACRL preconferences

ACRL is offering three preconferences in conjunction with the 2006
American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in New Orleans,
Louisiana, on Friday, June 23, 2006. Friday, May 19, is the advance
registration deadline. Registration materials are available at

*Assessment and Beyond: Starting It Off, Pulling It All Together and
Making Decisions (Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
Learn about the common methods of assessment and gain hands-on
experience to design a tool that can be used to start assessment
activities. Find out about methods to analyze and interpret results of
information gathering and examine ways to manage information and data.
After participating in this preconference, you can be assured that you
are taking correct first steps in assessment activities.

*Federated Search: How Do We Teach It? (Friday, June 23, 2006, 1:00 -
4:30 p.m.)
Hear practical advice on how to integrate federated search into
existing information literacy courses and curricula. During this
half-day preconference, develop learning outcomes as well as a framework
for introducing federated search and related information literacy
concepts, and lesson plans and exercises for use in the classroom.
Identify specific outcomes from the Information Literacy Standards for
Higher Education which relate to federated search, and find out how to
calculate at what class level certain federated search features and
related information literacy concepts should be introduced.

*Taking Your Library Liaison Program to the Next Level: Strategies for
Outreach and Integration (Friday, June 23, 2006, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)

Participate in an overview of library liaison programs and strategies
for strengthening or revitalizing liaison programs. Learn about methods
of effective program development to ensure curricular integration of
library services and resources. During the preconference, you will be
engaged through a variety of exercises, including case studies of
liaison roles involving discipline-based academic programs,
interdisciplinary research, and such initiatives as learning
communities, undergraduate research programs, and diversity and
globalization initiatives. Learn how to develop outreach/marketing
plans for liaison programs to expand the scope and depth of interaction
between liaison librarians and their constituencies.

Complete details about these ACRL professional development
preconferences are available online at (Click
"ACRL @ ALA Annual Conference). Questions? Contact

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA),
representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and
interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership
organization in North America that develops programs, products and
services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians.
Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the
role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research

Thursday, May 04, 2006

ACRL endorses Federal Research Public Access Act

For Immediate Release
May 2, 2006
Contact: Ray English, Chair
ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee

ACRL endorses Federal Research Public Access Act

CHICAGO - The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) enthusiastically endorses The Federal Research Public Access Act of 2006, which has been introduced into the U.S. Senate by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CT). This legislation would require that federally funded research appearing in peer-reviewed journals be made openly accessible in digital repositories within six months of publication.
Specifically the legislation would require:

* All federal agencies with annual extramural research budgets of 100 million or more to implement a public access policy
* Researchers funded totally or partially by those agencies to submit electronic copies of their final peer- reviewed manuscripts that have been accepted for publication
* Peer-reviewed manuscripts to be preserved in digital repositories maintained by those agencies or in other suitable repositories.
* Free online access to taxpayer-funded manuscripts to be available as soon as possible and no later than six months after publication in a peer-reviewed journal

“The Cornyn-Lieberman bill is a landmark event in the ongoing effort to establish public access to federally-funded research,” said Ray English, chair of ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee. “The principle behind this proposed legislation is very simple - research funded by taxpayers should be readily accessible to the public. I encourage all academic librarians to work actively for its passage.”

The Federal Research Public Access Act would not affect copyright laws. It also would not apply to classified research or to works not submitted or accepted for publication. The legislation exempts laboratory notes, preliminary data analysis, author notes, phone logs and other information used to produce the final manuscript.

The Act would extend and improve upon the public access policy of the National Institutes of Health, which was implemented in May 2005. That policy is voluntary for researchers and allows up to 12 months following publication for research to be made publicly accessible in NIH’s PubMed Central online digital archive. NIH estimates that only four percent of eligible research is making its way into PubMed Central under their current policy.

ACRL will work with SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and the Alliance for Taxpayer Access to support adoption of the Federal Research Public Access Act by Congress. ACRL strongly encourages all members to ask their U.S. senators to become co-sponsors of the Cornyn-Lieberman bill and also to express support to their representatives.

ACRL also endorses the public access provisions of the American Centers for CURES Act of 2005 (S.2104), introduced December 7 by Senator Lieberman and Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS), which would create the American Center for Cures to orchestrate focused research and development of specific solutions to pressing ailments and speed biomedical research and development. The Center’s mission would be to translate basic research into practical therapies. Among its provisions, the CURES bill would establish free public access to articles stemming from research funded by agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, including the NIH, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The bill also would require that the research be made available in PubMed Central within six months of publication in a peer-reviewed journal. It also stipulates that non-compliance may be grounds for the sponsoring agency to refuse future funding.

To view contact information for members of Congress, visit ALA's online Legislative Action Center at: For more information on the Conryn-Lieberman and CURES bills, see the Alliance for Taxpayer Access web site at:

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.

RLG Merges with OCLC

From the press release, May 3, 2006:

" Two of the world's largest membership-based information organizations
have agreed to come together. The combined organization will offer an
integrated product and service line, and will give libraries, archives
and museums new leverage in developing services, standards and software
that will help them support research and disseminate knowledge online.

"The RLG Board of Directors and OCLC Board of Trustees have recommended
that the two service and research organizations be combined effective
July 1, 2006. If approved by RLG member institutions, RLG's online
products and services will be integrated with OCLC products and
services, and RLG's program initiatives will be brought forward as a new
division of OCLC Programs and Research."

Full release:

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

ACRL Offering Online Info Lit Seminar: Creating a Comprehensive Plan

"I am now a firm believer in online courses. . . . I have a better grasp of IL than I ever did and most of my confusion is gone. Joanna is an excellent instructor."

"This course really helps you think through all of the steps of putting together an info lit plan and makes the task not so daunting."

"This course was of excellent value to me, both cost and time. . . . It was structured enough so I learned what I needed to do while giving me flexibility to complete parts of the course on my time."

--past participants in "Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy"

ACRL is offering its online seminar, "Creating a Comprehensive Plan for Information Literacy," May 30 to June 17.

Registration is open!

This course will provide you with the information you need to create a comprehensive plan for information literacy for your institution. The course will cover:

* planning;
* setting goals and objectives;
* how to organize and prioritize ideas;
* the writing process;
* and the creation of a draft plan.

Participants will be guided through the process of developing a comprehensive plan using worksheets developed by the presenter, participating in weekly on-line chats, and comparing examples of completed plans from a variety of institutions.

Register today. Registration for this seminar is now open. ACRL and ALA members will receive a registration discount. Complete information, including learning outcomes and requirements, and a link to registration are available online at

Payment may be made by credit card or purchase order (PO) only.

The seminar is limited to 60 participants, so register early.