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ACRL Update, November 15, 2006

ACRL UpdateWednesday, November 15, 2006

1. Share your favorite Web resource with C&RL News

2. December 8 is deadline to register for ACRL Midwinter Workshops
3. Submit a proposal for a Cyber Zed Shed presentation at the ACRL 13th National Conference
4. Applications/nominations invited for PIL editor

1. Share your favorite Web resource with C&RL News
Can you name one Web resource that you can't live without? Is there a blog out there that blows your mind? Or a wiki that wows you every time? Maybe you use a database or Web site that seems to answer your questions before you even ask them. If there's a Web resource that speaks to you, chances are it will speak to others in the profession. C&RL News wants to hear from you about these tools and how they help you succeed in your work. Whether it provides inspiration or information, we encourage you to share your thoughts about your favorite resource so that we can share them with our readers.
Submissions should be brief, providing a snapshot of the resource and why you can't live without it in about 100 words. Please make sure to include access information. Send your submissions by e-mail to Stephanie Orphan, C&RL News editor,

2. December 8 is deadline to register for ACRL Midwinter Workshops
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"). Friday, December 8, is the advance registration deadline.

--Assessment of Academic Library Effectiveness: Using ACRL Standards for Continuous EvaluationLearn about the new ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education as a framework for assessing all academic libraries. During this full-day workshop, 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-own 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-StepThis 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. The day-long workshop will follow the basic instructional design cycle: assessment, development, design, implementation, and evaluation that is broken down into 20 steps. Find out how to employ specific techniques to avoid information overload and increase learning.

--Managing the Changing Research Models in the HumanitiesIn 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.

3. Submit a proposal for a Cyber Zed Shed presentation at the ACRL 13th National Conference
Are you a tech savvy librarian using new technologies in innovative ways to help your library be more effective, efficient and productive? Here is an opportunity to share your innovations with your colleagues, library administrators, and others at the "Cyber Zed Shed" at the ACRL 13th National Conference! The ACRL 13th National Conference Innovations Committee invites proposal submissions that document technology-related innovations in every area of the library. Whether you are teaching in a classroom, answering questions from patrons, acquiring, cataloging, processing or preserving materials, or providing other services, we're interested!

Presentations will be shared at the Cyber Zed Shed during the ACRL 13th National Conference, which will be held in Baltimore, March 29 - April 1, 2007. Cyber Zed Shed presentations will be held throughout the day on Saturday, March 31, 2007, and will be located on the exhibit floor at the Baltimore Convention Center. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, December 8.

Cyber Zed Shed presentations are 20-minutes in length, with fifteen minutes to present a demonstration, and five additional minutes for audience Q&A. Presentations should document technology-related innovations in academic and research libraries.

The full text of the Cyber Zed Shed Call for Proposals is online at Proposals must be submitted via the online submission form:

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, December 8, 2006 (5:00 p.m. CST).

4. Applications/nominations invited for PIL editor
ACRL is accepting applications for the position of editor of ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL), a series of monographic and edited volumes that reports research and scholarly thinking in academic and research librarianship. The editor is appointed for a non-renewable five-year term.Applicants must be a member of the American Library Association (ALA) and ACRL. Candidates should have experience in research and writing, the ability to evaluate submissions and edit manuscripts, skills in working with authors and an understanding of publishing. The editor is expected to chair two editorial board meetings a year at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference.

Together with a four- to seven-member editorial board, the editor is charged with encouraging research and writing that is appropriate for the series, identifying topics and authors for new books, refereeing submissions and editing manuscripts for publication. The current editorial board is developing a number of promising proposals, and the new editor will oversee some of these to publication as well as develop others.

A number of noteworthy works has been produced for the series ranging from single-authored monographs to edited collections. Recent publications include: Centers for Learning: Writing Centers and Academic Libraries in Collaboration, Publications in Librarianship no. 58, James K. Elmborg and Sheril Hook (2005); Colleges, Code, and Copyright: The Impact of Digital Networks and Technological Controls on Copyright and the Dissemination of Information in Higher Education, Publications in Librarianship no. 57, Center for Intellectual Property and Copyright (2005); The Changing Academic Library: Operations, Cultures, Environments, Publications in Librarianship, no. 56, John M. Budd (2005).

The new editor will serve on a volunteer basis and succeed Charles A. (Tony) Schwartz, whose term ends in July 2008. Interviews of candidates will take place at the 2007 Midwinter Meeting and, following approval by the ACRL Publications Committee and ACRL Board, the successful candidate will serve as associate editor from July 2007 to July 2008, before assuming the editorship.

Persons wishing to be considered for the five-year term of editor should communicate their interest by submitting a resume along with a statement of qualifications and names of three references by December 1, 2006 to: Dawn Mueller, Production Editor, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611, 312-280-251, E-mail: Additional information about the Publications in Librarianship series is available from: Charles A. (Tony) Schwartz, Florida International University, Green Library, University Park Campus, 11200 SW 8th St., Miami, FL 33174-2516, (305) 348-2982, E-mail: Finalists will be interviewed at the Midwinter Meeting in January 2007.


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