Monday, September 25, 2006

Excellence in Academic Libraries Award

"Take a Bow - or Encourage Someone Else To!"

The 2006 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award applications are due December 1, 2006! This award annually celebrates academic libraries that are outstanding in furthering the educational mission of their institutions. $3,000 for each type-of-library award (college, community college, and university) will be presented by Blackwell's Book Services.

We need your help to identify libraries that are deserving of this prestigious award. The ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award committee is currently accepting nominations for all three awards. Please visit the ACRL Awards website for more details about the awards and the
application process or contact me for more information.

ACRL Awards Website:

ACRL UpdateThursday, September 21, 2006

ACRL UpdateThursday, September 21, 2006

1. Registration is now open for ACRL's Fall Virtual Institute

2. ACRL invites applicants for IIL Immersion ’07 Program - deadline to apply December 1, 2006
3. Register for ACRL workshops on assessment, instruction, and research models by December 8, 2006
4. Apply for the 2007 ACRL Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library® Award!

1. Registration is now open for ACRL's Fall Virtual Institute
Registration is now open for the ACRL Fall Virtual Institute, "The User at the Center." The institute, which will be held completely online, will be offered on November 9, 2006, and will focus on how libraries can use technologies and practice to put the user at the center of the information enterprise on campus. Maximize your ability to meet your mission on your campus by discovering new tools and new ways of thinking about users and their behaviors. Programs include a framing featured speaker, Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster University (Canada), as well as concurrent sessions focusing on topics varying from vlogging to wikis to user perceptions. Complete details about the institute, including registration materials, are online at October 26, 2006, is the advance registration deadline.

2. ACRL invites applicants for IIL Immersion ’07 Program - deadline to apply December 1, 2006
ACRL's Institute for Information Literacy (IIL) invites you to apply for its first international Immersion program which will be held at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, August 5-10, 2007. Immersion '07 will be four-and-one-half days of intensive training and education for academic librarians. Immersion ’07 will provide you with the intellectual tools and practical techniques to help you build or enhance your instruction programs. A faculty of nationally recognized librarians will offer the program. Program sessions fall into two separate tracks:

TEACHER TRACK. This track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing, or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership, and assessment framed in the context of information literacy.

PROGRAM TRACK. This track focuses on developing, integrating, and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program. Immersion participants will be expected to develop the case studies into an action plan for implementation at the home institution.

Complete details about Immersion '07 as well as the online application form and instructions are online at (Click “Immersion ‘07”). Acceptance to the Immersion Program is competitive; participation is limited to 90 individuals to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Friday, December 1, 2006.

3. Register for ACRL workshops on assessment, instruction, and research models by December 8, 2006
ACRL is offering three professional development workshops in conjunction with the 2007 American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington. The workshops will be held on Friday, January 19, 2007, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Registration materials and complete details about the workshops are online at (click “Events & Conferences”).

* Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous Evaluation
Learn about the new ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as a framework for assessing all academic libraries. Discover how to use commonly-collected information: statistics for internal and peer comparison of inputs and outputs, as well as user satisfaction and service quality data for evaluating the academic library. A hands-on activity session will involve all attendees in a small group learning exercise to apply some of the principles introduced at the workshop.

* Creating the One Shot Library Workshop Step-by-Step
This workshop will provide an overview and hands-on practice of a well tested process for designing one-shot library workshops. The process, covered in the book by the presenter called Creating the One-Shot Library Workshop: A Step-by-Step Guide (ALA Editions), will help you build effective and interesting sessions that ensure learning objectives are being met. Find out how to employ specific techniques to avoid information overload and increase learning.

*Managing the Changing Research Models in the Humanities
In an academic setting where many undergraduates never learned the models for conducting research with print materials, and many graduate students and faculty struggle with evolving electronic interfaces, those transmitting research skills need new metaphors, communication techniques and, perhaps, objectives. This full-day workshop will provide an overview of the current environment in humanities research, focusing on library services and communication initiatives. Explore the effects of classroom presentation techniques on educational outcomes and acquire communication techniques to promote library services to humanities constituencies.

4. Apply for the 2007 ACRL Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library® Award!
This award will be presented at the 13th ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, March 29-April 1, 2007. Sponsored by the ACRL Marketing Academic and Research Libraries Committee and funded by Springer, the award will be given to the academic/research library in each category (community college, college, and university) that demonstrates an outstanding best practices marketing program. Programs must have been in place for one year and selection will be based on the most complete documentation.

Each winning library will receive a plaque and $2,000 award. Portfolios are due December 4, 2006. For more details, visit the Awards section of the ACRL Web site at , or contact Megan Bielefeld, .

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Kentucky Chapter of SLA Now Blogging

The Kentucky Chapter of SLA has just launched a new blog. Kentucky Chapter members are encouraged to become authors on the blog which will cover conference events, news and announcements, discussions of technology and other items of interest to information professionals. Comments are open to anyone, so check us out and join the discussion!

The Kentucky Chapter of SLA and the Special Section of KLA are hosting a reception at the Kentucky Library Association Conference on Wednesday, September 27. The reception is open to all conference attendees, but considering that many Academic Section members are also members of the Kentucky Chapter of SLA or the Special Section of KLA, I especially wanted to make sure to get the word out:

KLA Special Section and KY Chapter of SLA Reception
Wednesday, September 27
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Networking Reception - come join members of the Kentucky Chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and the KLA Special Section for an evening’s social repast. Opportunities for idea exchanges, discussion of common issues and exploration of possible future interactions will abound. Open to all Conference attendees.

Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 11, 2006

NYT Academic Librarian Awards

The New York Times Academic Librarian Awards

The New York Times has long been committed to supporting education and access to information, qualities that are so well exemplified by libraries. The Times is pleased this year to inaugurate The New York Times Academic Librarian Awards, which will honor three librarians who are currently working in university libraries.

The Times Librarian Award recognizes those librarians whose outstanding service has enriched their libraries, institutions and communities.

Eligibility Guidelines: Eligible nominees include any librarian with a Master’s degree in library science who is currently working in a college or university library in the United States.

Nominators must be current students, faculty or staff members of accredited colleges or universities within the United States. Nominations of librarians by their family members will not be considered. Nominators are encouraged to nominate librarians who consistently demonstrate the highest levels of professionalism, knowledge and public service in the execution of their duties.

Nominations may be sent by e-mail or through the mail. Details are on the New York Times website.

Nominations for 2006 will be accepted until midnight on October 20, 2006.