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Hello from your new convener and news about ACRL Communities of Practice

Hello everyone,

As the new convener for the HSIG I wanted to say hello to you all and invite you to email me with questions, concerns, ideas, and plans you may have for our membership.  We have several projects underway in our group at this time. Loree reported on a number of these at our business meeting in June. These are also included in the minutes of the meeting which is linked in ALA Connect on the HSIG page, (below this message), so you can catch up if you were not able to attend the meeting in Las Vegas.

As you may or may not know the ACRL Board of Directors, along with the Leadership Council, has been discussing changes to the formation and structure of the Communities of Practice, which includes interest groups and sections. The Board has made some decisions that affect the Health Science Interest Group that I want to pass on to you.

  • First a previous decision to discontinue Interest Groups in August of 2013 has been rescinded. This means that we, the HSIG will continue as an interest group.
  • It also approved the following policy for Section formation:

(The following is from http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter4#4.7.1:%20Section%20formation)

After June 30, 2013: Interest Groups that have successfully renewed after reaching their initial sunset date and maintain a membership of 400+ members for three consecutive years after their initial renewal (years four through six) are eligible to submit a Petition for Establishing a Section (ALA e-petition) signed by a simple majority of the members of the Interest Group. The Interest Group also submits a Board Action Form to Establish a Section by May 1 of the seventh year for Board consideration at the ALA Annual Conference. The Board Action Form requires the following information:  

  • a charge for the section
  • a statement of how the Section will support ACRL’s Plan for Excellence
  • a process for developing a slate for elected leadership positions
  • identification of an initial standing committee structure
  • proposed initiatives and projects.
  • The membership of the HSIG has exceeded the 400 member mark and could be eligible to petition to become a section in next year if we maintain or increase our membership and if we choose to do so. There are pros and cons to becoming a section that we will begin to talk about next year. A comparison grid that displays the differences between sections and interest groups is located online at http://www.ala.org/acrl/copa-group-breakdown

I am expecting a productive and exciting year ahead,

Julie Planchon Wolf