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ACRL New Members Community
ACRL is looking for videos of no more than one minute in length about what the association means to you, our members. Selected videos will receive one year of free ACRL membership (a $57 value, does not include ALA membership) and an invitation to the ACRL 2013 Chair's Reception held Thurs., April 11 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, 2013, and all applicants will be notified via email by March 29, 2013. Complete details and submission requirements are available on the ACRL website.
The early bird registration deadline for ACRL 2013 is Feb. 22. Register now and save $70 or more!
Welcome to the ACRL New Members Community! Use the Group Headings on the lefthand side of the community to navigate to useful information that will help you get started as a member of the division.
As part of the refresh, we have some questions to help us learn more about our new members. We'll introduce a new poll or discussion question each month and look forward to your responses!
This month, we want to know:
Which ACRL committees are you most interested in volunteering to join? Tell us in the comments and then go volunteer -- the ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!
Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my conference travels, as well as some recommended reading:
- USE THE CONFERENCE SCHDULER! Plan your days out before you get to the conference. I mean really plan, have ideas for places you can eat, maps and/or address of where you need to go etc. ALA has a pretty handy conference scheduler that you can use to plan your sessions, AND it gets updated when rooms change.
- Dress Code: This is a matter of personal style and/or brand, but generally business casual is a good place to be during the day. In the evening for conference sanctioned events I stick with semi-professional dress. What’s most important is that you wear something that is comfortable for extended periods of time, especially your shoes. I know everyone talks about wearing comfortable shoes, but having twice broken-in shoes at a conference...trust me, it’s not pretty.
- When you pick up your conference badge: They’re going to try and give you MANY THINGS, including a huge conference program that is already out-of-date. What I do is take only the program and a coupon book for the exhibit hall. Then I sit down and tear out the maps and bus shuttle schedule from the program to keep, and recycle the rest of the program. If you’ve got an electronic device you can find what you need in the scheduler - and these are all updated with new times and locations! If you insist that you need paper, there is a paper program at all information stands. Use theirs and save your back!
- Regarding conference swag: if you wouldn’t pay for it (even a dollar) then do not take it! It’s so very easy to get overwhelmed by the headphones, pens, books, and endless quantities of tote bags. Remember that you have to carry them until you get to your hotel AND you have to get them home.
- Business Cards: Bring plenty, and when you get one from someone else write on the back of it why you took the card (i.e. I need to email them about this, they write this, etc). Write down whatever is going to help you remember. I keep these in my badge holder, because it forces me to process them quickly.
- What do I carry around? Try not to start the day with a huge bag of stuff, you will ended up with papers, books, business cards, and other ephemera. I have a conference kit that I carry around, which I’ll be honest is a little overboard, however, I’m everyone’s best friend when they need something from it. I carry (in addition to my usual purse):
- iPhone charger
- Business cards
- A sweater (the conference centers are COLD)
- Pens & paper (usually a small notebook)
- Water bottle
- Hand sanitizer
- Mints or gum
- Band-Aids (for your poor feet after you wear uncomfortable shoes)
- Umbrella (if the weatherperson says so)
- Laptop or iPad (only if I really really need it and of course pack the charger too)
Some other random tips:
- Go to the social events.
- Don’t just hang out with people you know.
- Try some local eats or spaces. You’ve paid a lot to go to the city, you might as well get some sight-seeing in.
- Take alone time if you need it.
- Do your best to eat well and sleep.
- Take Emergen-C or Airborne (thousands of people = germ pit).
Other conference survival guides:
Gotta Tip? Share it in the comments!
ACRL Sections are a fantastic way to find your niche within the larger ACRL network! Right now ACRL has 17 Sections that focus on particular areas of interest to college and research librarians. These Sections can help you tailor your ACRL experience to suit your own interests and needs. Sections conduct specialized programming, preconferences, discussion lists, recognition, and focused activities.
African American Studies Librarians Section
Anthropology and Sociology Section
Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section
College Libraries Section
Community and Junior College Libraries Section
Distance Learning Section
Education and Behavioral Sciences Section
Law and Political Science Section
Literatures in English Section
Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
Science and Technology Section
Slavic and East European Section
University Libraries Section
Western European Studies Section
Women and Gender Studies Section
In the face of negative messages about the value of the library degree and the future of the profession, what can we do as library professionals and educators to send a collective message about recruitment into the profession and into libraries? Do we have reliable data about jobs and placements? Do new graduates have the skills to compete successfully in a turbulent and often tight job market? What can ALA do to support new graduates, as well as other job-hunting professionals, in building their library careers? Save the date for a focused discussion on Friday, January 25, 3:30 -5:00 pm.