Wednesday, October 18, 2006

ACRL Update Wednesday October 18, 2006

ACRL Update
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

1. Register by Oct. 26 for ACRL's Fall Virtual Institute
2. Oct. 20 is deadline for National Conference poster session submissions
3. ACRL 13th National Conference - Registration Now Open! Early-bird deadline is Feb. 7
4. ACRL offering online e-collection development seminar: November 13-December 2
5. ACRL 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Now Available

1. Register by Oct. 26 for ACRL's Fall Virtual Institute
Register now for the ACRL Fall Virtual Institute, "The User at the Center," which will be held completely online on November 9, 2006. The institute 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 campus by discovering new tools and new ways of thinking about users and their behaviors.

The ACRL Fall Virtual Institute will provide you with a framing featured speaker, Jeffrey Trzeciak, University Librarian at McMaster University, as well as concurrent sessions focusing on topics varying from vlogging to wikis to user perceptions and more. Complete program descriptions are online at The ACRL Fall Virtual Institute will be held on Thursday, November 9, and will run on a real-time schedule. The institute will feature synchronous webcasts that begin and end at a certain time. Other asynchronous activities will be offered as part of the institute, allowing for convenient scheduling and flexibility.

Registration materials are online at October 26, 2006, is the advance registration deadline. Group discounts are available.

Register for the ACRL Fall Virtual Institute and enjoy these benefits:
* Flexible event schedule with synchronous and asynchronous activities
* Access to ALL institute sessions in the community archives which is available for one year after the event
* View and download speaker materials including PowerPoint presentations, bibliographies, and biographies
* Connect directly with experts and network with other attendees

2. Oct. 20 is deadline for National Conference poster session submissions
Proposal submissions for poster sessions for the ACRL 13th National Conference, “Sailing into the Future - Charting Our Destiny,” are due October 20, 2006. The ACRL 13th National Conference, which will be held in Baltimore, March 29 - April 1, 2007, offers a forum for an exciting and energizing exchange of ideas on research, practices, developments, and visions in the field of academic and research librarianship.

Poster sessions are informal presentations featuring innovative library-based projects, including successful solutions to problems. Posters may use graphics, tables, and charts; handouts are recommended. Submitters are encouraged to investigate the issues and topics described as part of the conference tracks, and to think about both the future for academic librarianship and the practices that will help librarians get there. Conference track descriptions are available at The complete Call for Participation is online at (scroll down for the Call for Presentation).

Proposals must be submitted by October 20 via the online proposal form ( Poster session proposals are refereed and proposals will be evaluated on clarity and on the usefulness of the information provided to the academic/research library community. Questions? Contact

3. ACRL 13th National Conference - Registration Now Open! Early-bird deadline is Feb. 7
"Sailing into the Future ~ Charting Our Destiny"
Baltimore, MD, March 29 - April 1, 2007

Register now for the premier conference dedicated to meeting the interests of academic and research librarians. The ACRL 13th National Conference offers stimulating programs that reflect the dynamics and diversity of our profession. Keep pace with hot library issues such as; advocacy, assessment, collections, digital initiatives, information literacy, and scholarly communication.

Register by February 7, 2007, and save more than 20% on your conference registration. Group discounts are also available for institutions that register ten or more employees. For a complete program details, registration and hotel reservations, visit today!

ACRL is also offering 85 scholarships worth more than $45,000 to support participation in the conference. All applications must be received by DEC. 1, 2006. See the Scholarships link on the conference Web site for more details.

* Be informed and entertained by this celebrated lineup of keynote speakers: Michael Eric Dyson, one of the nation's most renowned public intellectuals, Filmmaker John Waters and NPR's Nina Totenberg
* Enjoy the enhanced Virtual Conference Community to include live Webcasts, blogs, polls, conference snapshots and hot topic discussions (complimentary to all registrants)
* Learn more about collaboration on institutional repositories
* Form new approaches to diversity recruitment and organizational change
* Check out the Cyber Zed Shed demonstrations that showcase new tech-tools and their library applications
* Examine important trends and issues in scholarly communication
* Search the conference program online; by track, theme or session format at

We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore at the ACRL 13th National Conference! For more details please visit our Web site at or email:

4. ACRL offering online e-collection development seminar: November 13-December 2
Registration is open for ACRL's online seminar, "Electronic Collection Development for the Academic e-Library," which is being held November 13 to December 2.

In this three-week course, participants will learn to create an academic e-library collection development plan for free and fee-based Web-accessible resources for a patron community of their choice.

Walk away with a collection development plan for your e-library. The collection development plan will include:

* collection plan abstract or introduction
* collection strategy
* collection organization plan
* collection maintenance plan

This seminar is delivered through WebCT. The seminar is asynchronous and participants can work through each week's materials and participate in discussion boards according to their schedule.

Register today. Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit: The seminar is limited to 60 participants, so register early.

For more e-learning opportunities from ACRL, visit:

5. ACRL 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics now available
ACRL has published the 2005 Academic Library Trends and Statistics series, available both online and in print. This survey includes comprehensive data from 1,100 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. It covers collections, expenditures, electronic expenditures, personnel and public services (including Ph.D.s granted, number of faculty, undergraduate and graduate enrollment).

The 2005 survey also measures the use of electronic resources by academic libraries. The data cover electronic journals, reference sources, books, networked resources and services, and digitization activities.

"These data are especially useful for libraries seeking to benchmark their effectiveness in relation to their peer institutions as recommended in the ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education," said Shawn P. Calhoun, chair of the ACRL Statistics Committee.

The three-volume survey is arranged by Carnegie classification including one volume with Associate of Arts degree-granting institutions, one with those in the combined Carnegie classifications of Master's Colleges and Universities, and Baccalaureate Colleges, and one with Research/Doctoral-granting institutions. The data also are available in an electronic version, with capabilities for searching and comparing select criteria. Ordering information for both versions can be found on the ACRL Web site, (Click on Publications/Academic Library Statistics).

The volumes may be purchased individually or as a set. ACRL members receive a 10% discount on any purchase.


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