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Discussion ACRL Leadership Council Roster & Documents

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 04:18 pm

Dear ACRL Leaders,

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Leadership Council at Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, which will be Friday, January 30, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom 2. You are also welcome to join a pre-Leadership Council Networking Session from 1:00-1:45 p.m. for light refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with fellow ACRL leaders at the Sheraton Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom 3.

Dear ACRL Leaders,

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Leadership Council at Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, which will be Friday, January 30, 2015, from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Sheraton Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom 2. You are also welcome to join a pre-Leadership Council Networking Session from 1:00-1:45 p.m. for light refreshments and an opportunity to interact informally with fellow ACRL leaders at the Sheraton Chicago, Sheraton Ballroom 3.

The document packet for Leadership Council is attached, as well as a Leadership Council roster. Please note that to conserve paper, we will have printed copies of only the agenda and worksheet available at Leadership Council.

If you have not already submitted an RSVP, please email me at apayne@ala.org. We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!

Very best,
Allison Payne
ACRL Program Officer

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Discussion ACRL Leadership Council at Midwinter

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 09:38 am

Please see the following message on behalf of ACRL President Karen Williams.

Thanks,
Allison Payne
ACRL Program Officer


Greetings Fellow ACRL Leaders,

I look forward to our time together at Leadership Council on Friday, January 30 and am attaching the agenda.  

Please see the following message on behalf of ACRL President Karen Williams.

Thanks,
Allison Payne
ACRL Program Officer


Greetings Fellow ACRL Leaders,

I look forward to our time together at Leadership Council on Friday, January 30 and am attaching the agenda.  

The Board of Directors has been taking a look at a number of our processes and traditions and we’ve come to realize that it may not be transparent to all of you how or why you ended up on Leadership Council; so I’ll try to shed some light.  When you are elected or appointed to leadership positions with committees or communities of practice (COP), you also become a leader for ACRL at large.  Your leadership at this level is critical to the success of ACRL and our strategic initiatives; your input on key issues is very important to the Board.  

Your committee or COP leadership also makes you a member of the Leadership Council (LC), which has been the primary vehicle for interaction between you and the Board.  The Board is very intentional in crafting agendas for the LC meetings that occur at Midwinter and Annual conferences.  We want your good thinking on important issues and questions.  Having said that, we want to use a part of our upcoming meeting to hear your thoughts and expectations as an ACRL Leader.  How do you want to participate in ACRL leadership beyond your primary role?  What are the best vehicles for making this happen?

We’re also trying something new in sharing an item with you in advance so you can think about it and be prepared for conversation in Chicago.  There have been many recent conversations in higher education around academic freedom.  The ACRL Professional Values Committee has drafted a Statement on Academic Freedom and we’ll be asking you to discuss in small groups and share your thoughts at LC.  As you consider the proposed statement below, please think about whether this adds to or complements existing ACRL/ALA policies or if you believe existing policies are adequate.

Background on the proposed ACRL Statement on Academic Freedom:

In recent years, new forms of media such as Facebook and Twitter have made it easier for faculty to share their perspectives and opinions beyond the classroom and traditional publications. Consequently, controversial statements made by faculty are easily shared by fans and critics alike, broadening the audience and scope of academic discourse while raising questions about the limits of academic freedom in a digital environment. Concerns about faculty rights of free expression on social and other online media prompted the American Association of University Professors to revise and update their statement on Academic Freedom and Electronic Communications in November 2013 (which was subsequently endorsed by ACRL in October 2014).

Academic librarians face the same threat of curtailed academic freedom as our colleagues in the classroom. Existing ACRL and ALA policy statements are narrowly focused on either specific threats to academic freedom (e.g., the ALA resolution against the Academic Bill of Rights) or on specific roles of faculty librarians (i.e., teaching and research). As members of the academic community, librarians should show our support for the principles that are essential to all faculty. Therefore, the ACRL Professional Values Committee (PVC) believes that our association should have a clear and unambiguous statement that supports academic freedom in general, as free expression is a central tenet of our profession.

In the fall of 2014, the PVC drafted a Statement on Academic Freedom and submitted it for review by the ACRL Executive Committee at their October meeting.   In response to comments from the Executive Committee, the PVC revised the statement, which is presented below:

Proposed ACRL Statement on Academic Freedom

Librarians have a long history and practice of defending the free expression of ideas. 

The “Code of Ethics of American Library Association” states that “we are members of a profession explicitly committed to intellectual freedom and the freedom of access to information.” In the context of the university, intellectual freedom is closely associated with academic freedom.

The “Association of College and Research Libraries Joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians” states that “[c]ollege and university librarians share the professional concerns of faculty members. Academic freedom is indispensable to librarians in their roles as teachers and researchers.”

The American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” states that “Libraries should cooperate with all persons and groups concerned with resisting abridgment of free expression and free access to ideas.” 

Therefore, the Association of College and Research Libraries, in accordance with our professional norms and stated commitments, opposes any actions that limit the free expression of ideas by employees and faculty on campus, in the classroom, in writing, and in the public realm, especially in the context of the university and its traditional support for academic freedom, and opposes retaliation for the expression of those ideas. [end]

Many of you will also be aware of the robust conversation underway about the proposed new Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  We have not placed this item on the Leadership Council agenda as there have been many opportunities for input and it appears on the Board agenda both Saturday and Monday, with time for open mic comments.   If, however, your group has had conversation about the Framework, the Board would appreciate receiving a summary.  You can send something to or speak with your Board liaison.  For more information, please see my recent blog post on ACRL Insider at http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/category/information-literacy

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments about the agenda.  See you soon in Chicago.  Wear layers!

karen

Karen Williams

Dean of University Libraries

Main Library A349 
The University of Arizona
P.O. Box 210055
1510 E University Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055

Phone: (520) 621-5079
FAX: (520) 621-9733

 

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Discussion EXTENDED - Recruiting for an American Sociological Association Liaison

by Heather Jeffcoat on Thu, Dec 18, 2014 at 10:10 am

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below.

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson (katie.anderson@camden.rutgers.edu) or Jenny Bowers (jennifer.bowers@du.edu)

DEADLINE EXTENDED. Deadline for applications is: January 20, 2015

Details and submission guidelines:

ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018

Reports from our Liaisons appear in Currents

We encourage you to apply!

Katie Elson Anderson and Jenny Bowers
Co-Chairs, ANSS Liaison Committee

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Discussion Recruiting for an American Sociological Association Liaison

by Heather Jeffcoat on Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below.

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL Liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson (katie.anderson@camden.rutgers.edu) or Jenny Bowers (jennifer.bowers@du.edu)

Deadline for applications is: December 10, 2014

Details and submission guidelines:
ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018

The following is a link to the information page on the ANSS Website:
http://anssacrl.wordpress.com/committees/liaison/acrl-liaisons/

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Discussion Sharing the new Information literacy framework with your liaison groups

by Mary Ellen Davis on Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 09:21 am

Dear ACRL Liaisons,

 We have just released a revised draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (read more at http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8911 ). and I need your help in reaching out to the most appropriate contacts at the associations to which you are liaisons.

Dear ACRL Liaisons,

 We have just released a revised draft of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (read more at http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8911 ). and I need your help in reaching out to the most appropriate contacts at the associations to which you are liaisons.

Please adapt as appropriate the message below and send to your contacts asking them to help spread the word within their associations. Or if you can post directly to the most appropriate email lists for committees, discussion groups, etc. for your target association, please post your own announcement asking for members to read and comment on the new Framework.

 Many thanks,

Mary Ellen

 

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 Subject: draft framework for information literacy from ACRL

 Hi X,

 I’m writing to you today about the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, first adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2000. This document has become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. The ACRL Board of Directors has appointed a task force to significantly revise the standards in order to address the changing information climate and information needs of students.

 We recently announced that a draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is available for review and feedback, due July 15. We are also holding online hearings July 7 and 11 for all stakeholders to learn more about the direction the task force is taking and, most importantly, to share their input, reactions, and questions. Please see more in the full press release at http://www.acrl.ala.org/acrlinsider/archives/8911 .

 While we’ve promoted this to academic librarians through our channels, information literacy is a campus wide concern and we want to be sure we reach the widest possible audience, including higher education stakeholders.

 Are you able to help us promote this on your lists/newsletter/blog/social media outlets? Feel free to simply copy and paste the full press release, or amend if you think there is better language to use in communicating with your members so they see the connection to their issues and work.

 Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have questions or concerns. I appreciate you helping us spread the word on this important work of ACRL.

 Sincerely,

 X

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File NWSALiaisonReport2014

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 02:24 pm

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