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ACRL ULS Communications Committee Pre-ALA Annual Virtual Meeting Minutes

Pre-ALA Annual Virtual Meeting

ACRL-ULS Communications Committee Meeting Minutes

Date: Tuesday – June 11, 2013

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 PM (CST)

Attending: Irene Ke, Jody Bailey, Loretta Wallace, Megan Gaffney, and Sandy Chen


Communications Committee Chair 2013 – 2015

  • Jody Bailey, Chair
  • Sandy Chen, Co-chair

Communications Tools: Updates & changes

ULS Wiki: At this time the Wiki still operates and the ACRL office hasn’t pulled the plug yet. Migration of pertinent information will be up-loaded into ALA Connect.

  • Action Items: Update of ULS Wiki landing page and movement of governance documents (Jody Bailey).

Blog Editor: Megan Gaffney will become the ULS Universe Blog Administrator.

  • Actions Items:
    • Draft new call for guest bloggers following ALA Annual.
    • Editing blog posts.
    • Monitoring comments.


Facebook Moderator: Jody Bailey continues as administrator.

  • Action Items: Jody recommended that all members remember to LIKE, SHARE or COMMENT on ULS Facebook items in order to push them out to be viewed by more Facebook users see Jody’s note with further explanation as to why this is important.
  • Note -- because of Facebook's algorithms (this is called their Edgerank system; see http://www.techwyse.com/blog/social-media-marketing/facebook-page-posts-...) that decide which page posts get posted onto people's feeds, many of our ULS Facebook page posts are not widely seen, so please be sure to LIKE them, SHARE them, COMMENT on them when you do see them. Even just a few people doing this will exponentially expand the number of people who see our posts on their feed.


LISTSERV Moderator: Sandy Chen will serve as one of two listserv moderators.

  • Action Items:
    • Check list of activities and duties performed by moderators. ( Loretta Wallace)
    • New member interest in co-serving with Sandy. (Jody Bailey)


  • Discussed ULS executive Committee Agenda Items for ALA Annual:

(1) How to increase awareness of ULS among library school students and international librarians.  Suggestion: email library schools & ask them to push out our Facebook page, blog, listserv. Jody Bailey drafted the following statement…


As the incoming chair of the ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS) Communications Committee, I’d like to take this opportunity to invite you to interact with our ULS communication portals:

ULS Facebook page

ULS Universe Blog

ULS Listserv

ULS on ALAConnect

ULS on ALA’s website


Don’t know what ULS is or what we do? Read on!

“Nearly 5,000 librarians from a wide variety of university libraries make up the University Libraries Section (ULS) of the Association of College and research Libraries. ULS is one of three type-of-library sections of ACRL. Since its establishment in 1937, ULS has been actively involved in shaping the future of our library and university environments. ULS advances university librarianship, university library service, and the development of university libraries in institutions with graduate programs. In addition, ULS fosters cooperation both locally with university administrators and teaching faculty, and among colleges and universities on issues of mutual concern. ULS member benefits include opportunities to participate in discussions and programs on issues that transcend the boundaries of traditional library functions. We work together to understand and influence the new directions in our library and university environments. Another important member benefit includes the opportunity to participate in the development of standards and guidelines for various aspects of the staffing and operation of university libraries, such as the Standards for University Libraries and Guidelines for Branch Libraries.”


We are always looking for interesting tidbits to post to our Facebook page, and we love guest bloggers! If you are interested in participating, please feel free to contact me or our blog editor, Megan Gaffney.


Best regards,

                Jody Bailey, MA, MLIS

Subject Librarian for Interdisciplinary Studies, Linguistics and TESOL,

Modern Languages, and Philosophy and Humanities

Central Library, Room 312

University of Texas at Arlington



Ph: 817.272.7516