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in ACRL STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee (Science and Technology Section)
American Library Association
Association of College and Research Libraries
Science and Technology Section
Minutes of the Meeting
Held as part of the STS All-Committees Meeting at the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas
Saturday, 28 June 2014
8:30 am - 10:00 am
LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) - Pavilion 09
Members Present: Jennifer W. Roach (in-coming co-chair), Larayne J. Dallas (co-chair and recorder)
Guests: (in-coming member) Angela Davis, Ken Lin, Alana Verminski, Ibi (Ronke) Lawal
Members not able to attend: Sandra Barclay, Laura L. Barnes, Khue D. Duong, Betty Landesman (co-chair), Carolyn Rauber, Amanda L. Whitmire
Committee charge: To provide a forum for exchange of information relating to discovery of and access to science and technology resources. Serve as a channel/clearinghouse to identify concerns, problems, issues, trends, standards, and best practices. Propose projects and present them to the appropriate STS Committees.
- Updates from STS Council
- Committee webpages and work promised
- Still trying to find next projects
- Assignments to members
- Next meeting/Midwinter planning
- Other topics?
Attendance and Introductions: Members were disappointed that a lack of Internet access kept Amanda Whitmire from participating in the meeting (via FaceTime). It was great to have in attendance in-coming member Angela Davis and three visitors, Ken Lin, Alana Verminski, and Ibi (Ronke) Lawal.
Updates from STS Council: Larayne noted a few topics from the Council discussion of the night before. These included a reminder of the hearing at the conference on ACRL’s Information Literacy guidelines and a focus at the 2015 ACRL Conference on data management. Also, members of each committee were asked to consider and report back their answer to this question: Does the committee need to meet face-to-face? The conclusion was that this committee does not require face-to-face meetings, though we value face-to-face discussion.
Web Pages and Promised Work: This part of the discussion concerned a status report from Larayne. Members had previously determined that meeting minutes (from past years) should be copied from ALA Connect to the committee’s web pages. Larayne said that she had not forgotten her promise to make that request.
Committee Projects: Committee members were looking for a good project. For several months after the Midwinter (virtual) meeting, members attempted to form a project around the topic of encouraging and facilitating access to data sets. Members learned from the effort but did not find a project to pursue. Larayne reported on a pre-Annual conference call with Betty Landesman (committee co-chair) and Matt Marsteller (Chair of STS). Hearing about discouragement on the committee, Matt had encouraged cooperative efforts with other STS groups.
In discussing new work for the committee, these topics were mentioned:
Updating a guide previously produced by the committee
Advocating for improved interfaces for databases
Setting best practices
Working with other STS groups:
-ACLR/STS Scholarly Communications Committee
-ACRL/STS Information Literacy Committee
Problematic open access providers
Integration with discovery services products
Setting long-term and short-term goals for discovery improvement.
Known problem-societies; that is, societies whose services fall below expected norms
Working around issues with publishers
Rewarding the better publishers
Identifying barriers to discovery and access was agreed upon as the topic to explore. Jennifer proposed creating a Google Doc to collect the list of barriers. The next step would be to group these to find themes and then to identify a group with which to work. We also agreed on the need for a virtual meeting in the fall.
Assignments and next meetings. Jennifer agreed to create the Google doc and to invite contributions from participants, including the meeting guests and out-going members. The plan was to set mid-August as the deadline for input. Larayne would be responsible for arranging a virtual meeting in mid-September. Members agreed to hold a Midwinter on-site meeting for those attending the conference.
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in ACRL RBMS Conference Program Planning — San Francisco, 2015 Committee (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section)
2015 ALA Annual Conference Program Planning (San Francisco, CA)
Sunday, 2014 June 29, 10:30-11:30am
Bally's Bronze 3 (Las Vegas, NV)
Jason Kovari (Chair - Cornell University), Shannon Supple (William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA), Danielle Culpepper (Rare Book School), Laura Micham (Duke University), Arvid Nelsen (University of Minnesota), Katharine Chandler (Free Library of Philadelphia), Henry Raine (NewYork Historical Society), Susan Walker (Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University)
Call to Order: 10:32am
Discussion of broad themes:
Special collections materials pushed to the general public both at a local/community level but also special collections materials in the greater public realm. Would be particularly interesting to engage with public librarians as part of this discussion
Crucial to include in the programming; engagement between special collections and native communities; or including communities important to the development of San Francisco, e.g.: the LGBT community or the Chinese immigrant community.
Special collections in broader contexts
The proliferation of special collections materials in the digital realm creates higher accessibility of content to authors, journalists, publishers, nontraditional data users and mixers of all types
Special Collections in popular media
Focusing attention on special collections materials in popular media and massmarket communication; ‘popular’ writing activity outside the traditional academic realm, moving special collections materials into broader cultural spaces.
Initial list of potential speakers has been compiled; however, individuals have yet to be contacted
Finalize proposal and contact cosponsors prior to proposal deadline to ACRL : 2014.09.01
Meeting adjourned: 11:30am
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in MAGIRT (Map and Geospatial Information Round Table )
Accidental Map Librarian 2.0
This webinar is a follow up to the presentation Accidental Map Librarian presented at ALA in Las Vegas in June. Digital or paper maps can pop up in anyone’s collection. Whether you inherited official map duties or are struggling with a few unexpected items, this webinar will answer your questions and also give you information on aerial photographs.
This webinar is sponsored by the Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) of the American Library Association and the Western Association of Map Libraries (WAML). For more information about these organizations, see http://www.ala.org/magirt/and http://www.waml.org/
Hallie Pritchett and Katherine Rankin
Hallie Pritchett has managed large academic map collections for over a decade, first at the University of Minnesota's John R. Borchert Map Library and currently as head of the Univ. of Georgia's new Map and Government Information Library and Past Chair of MAGIRT. Katherine Rankin has been the special collections cataloger at the Univ. of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries since July 2006. She also catalogs maps and is active in both the Western Association of Map Libraries and ALA MAGIRT.
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Event: Accidental Map Librarian 2.0
When: Monday 28 July 2014, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
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in ACRL Diversity Committee (Association of College and Research Libraries)
ACRL Diversity Committee Minutes
2014 ALA Annual Conference - Las Vegas
Committee Meeting - June 29th, 2014
1-2:30PM - Las Vegas Convention Center, N214
Mary Ann Sheblé (ACRL Board Liaison)
Althea Eannace Lazzaro (Member)
Megan Watson (Member)
Darlene Nichols (University of Michigan - Librarian for Diversity and Inclusion, Staff Development Librarian)
Tarida Anantachai (Member)
Latrice Booker (Member)
Kenny Garcia (Member)
Martha Parker (Vice-Chair)
Scott B. Mandernack (Member)
Leo Agnew (University of Iowa - Director, Human Resources & Diversity Programs)
Rudolph Clay (Washington University - Head of Outreach Services)
Kelly McElroy (University of Iowa - Undergraduate Services Librarian)
Jeff Banks (University of Arkansas-Fayetteville - Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs)
Designation of Recorder
- ACRL Council Report
- The incoming ALA president is establishing a diversity taskforce, which will be headed by Trevor Dawes. The taskforce supports ACRL Diversity Standard # 7.
- The Diversity Toolkit will be discussed at ALA Luncheon on Tuesday, July 1st.
- The annual Report will be due on August 1st. This committee is not responsible for Spectrum Scholar Committee Report.
- The ACRL Scholarship Committee plans to raise $50,000 for 75 scholarships, which is an adjustment from $75,000 in 150 scholarships.
- The deadline to submit comments on the ACRL Draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is July 15th. A final document will be submitted to the ACRL Board by August 15th.
○ Mary was notified that the committee will be submitting a statement regarding the lack of diversity and culture mentioned in the draft document.
- Mary will by cycling off and the board’s new contact info will be sent in July.
- Review of Diversity LibGuide
- The Diversity LibGuide/Toolkit is based on the 2012 ACRL Diversity Standards. Presentations were made throughout ALA events. Joint and individual presentations were also made at ACRL and JCLC conferences. A video was created by Martha Parker and Jeff Banks, which summarizes the standards.
- A toolkit was created by Latrice, Tarida, Althea, and Martha to share what can be done to address these standards.
- A list of best practices/examples of how to implement the toolkit is needed.
- Question: Since the toolkit is not a static document, how would ACRL Publications handle this document?
○ Answer: Once the process of publishing through ACRL Publications is fully researched, it will be taken into consideration. The video is already included on the committee website and the toolkit will be included as a resource as well.
- ACRL IL Framework - Diversity Statement
- A statement critical of the draft was made by the University of Washington. Shared with those present at the meeting, the statement asking for the inclusion of culturally responsive language in the draft. The statement needs to be made by July 15th. Committee members asked for time to read over framework document to see where the inclusive language would fit best.
Statement: To best support our increasingly diverse student populations, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education would benefit from an acknowledgement of the role that culture plays in learning and knowledge construction. There is a significant body of literature on multicultural and culturally responsive theory and praxis in the field of education that should inform how we teach information literacy. Including this language in the Framework will support those of us teaching information literacy through culturally responsive methods. To move forward with the Framework without acknowledging the ways that culture shapes how we teach and learn will further marginalize vulnerable student populations and artificially limit our understanding of information. This language would fit naturally and easily into several threshold concepts including “Scholarship is a Conversation” and “Authority is Constructed and Contextual”. We would be happy to provide a bibliography and consultation.
These changes are consistent with the recently circulated feedback calling for language related to social justice and civic engagement.
Note- The above statement is the final July 10th, 2014 revision.-Martha
○ ACRL Draft Framework for Information Literacy: http://acrl.ala.org/ilstandards/
- Megan & Althea will revise the statement by July 14th and will also attend the online forums.
- Reviewing/Revising 2012 ACRL Diversity Standards
- The 2012 ACRL Diversity Standards were created when the charge of the committee was to address racial and ethnic diversity.
○ Should the standards be more inclusive to include ADA, sexual orientation, etc.?
■ The process of including more inclusive language will involve a lot of iterations. Should it be the charge of the incoming committee?
- Should the standards be used as a foundation and create other sets of standards?
■ A blog can be set up to collect feedback before starting the revision process. The ethnic caucuses and diversity-based roundtables need to be contacted. Should there be a communications point person?
- ACRL 75th Anniversary Fundraising Campaign
- In celebration of the 75th anniversary of ACRL, the ACRL Conference Scholarship Committee is raising $50,000 for 75 scholarships to be given to students and junior librarians. The total number of scholarships is being discussed by the committee. The committee is reaching out to vendors, the ACRL Board, and individual contributors.
- Action Items
- We are in the planning stage on revising the diversity standards.
○ A blog will be created to solicit feedback.
○ Planning meetings will be held through Skype.
○ The estimated time frame will be one year.
- Everyone should take another look at the Social Work Diversity Standards that the ACRL Diversity Standards are based on. Here is the link for your review http://www.naswdc.org/practice/standards/NASWculturalstandards.pdf
- The ALA Connect portal will be used to share information, including meeting minutes.
- Final Thoughts
- The ALA Committee on Diversity has a Diversity Council that will meet every other month. Should this committee send multiple representatives to these meetings (one different rep per meeting)?
○ The representative that attends the meeting will be responsible for writing up the meeting notes and posting the notes on ALA Connect.