Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy AASL / ACRL Committee
Received this morning.
To: Jennifer Leigh Fabbi, ACRL Co-Chair, AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
Mary O. Keeling, AASL Co-Chair, AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
From: Mary Ellen Davis, ACRL Executive Director
Re: Dissolution of AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
CC: Allison K. Cline, AASL Staff Liaison
Mary Jane Petrowski, ACRL Staff Liaison
Julie Ann Garrison, ACRL Board Liaison
Karen A. Williams, ACRL President
Ann Campion Riley, ACRL President-elect
Carrie Donovan, SLILC Chair
Merinda Kaye Hensley, SLILC Vice-Chair
Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL Past President
I am writing to confirm the email conversation we had this month that the ACRL Board of Directors, at its June 27, 2015, meeting in San Francisco, CA, approved a motion to dissolve the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy. This action was taken at the request of AASL who is interested in continuing to work with ACRL but in its strategic planning decided that standing committees were not the most effective means to accomplish this. We may well hear from AASL about a joint task force to accomplish specific, targeted initiatives. AASL and ACRL remain committed to the importance of the K-20 continuum of information literacy and appreciate all of your efforts to work on this. ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee will be working with you to move the management of any web resources you have created to that committee.
On behalf of the ACRL Board of Directors, I would like to express appreciation for your leadership of the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy.
Mary Ellen K. Davis
Association of College and Research Libraries
ACRL/ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611-2795
**This meeting will be convened by Mary Keeling, AASL co-chair
AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy
Sunday, June 28, 2015 1-2:30 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square Presidio Room
1. Introductions if needed
2. Follow up on AASL membership memo (one new member from AASL, still waiting on others and confirmation of Jason Dupree as listserv administrator)
3. Toolbox (now posted under "links" at http://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/infolit)
4. LLAMA/LOMS program co-sponsorship proposal for Annual 2016
Jennifer L. Fabbi, Ph.D.
Dean, University Library
California State University San Marcos
As ACRL co-chair of the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy Committee, I recently received the following message from Mary Ellen Davis, Executive Director of ACRL:
"I am writing to let you know that AASL has completed a strategic review of its structure and will be disbanding the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy Committee. This is not a reflection on the members of the committee but rather a desire to create task forces charged with specific projects rather than to have standing committees. The ACRL Board will also vote on dissolving the committee at the Annual Conference. The committee would conclude at the close of the annual Conference."
I have shared this information with Mary Keeling, AASL co-chair. While we find this action disappointing, it has been over a year since we have had full committee membership, so it has been difficult to complete work as a committee. Mary and I have developed a plan for finishing up/transferring the work of this committee, including:
1. Posting this message to ALA Connect and canceling our in-person meeting for ALA Annual in San Francisco.
2. Working with the Student Learning and Information Literacy to develop a transition plan for the K-20 IL Toolbox that is currently hosted by this committee. This may include shifting responsibility for this resource, leaving it posted for an interim period of time and removing it, or removing the resource immediately.
3. Terminating conversations about co-sponsoring program proposals for ALA Annual 2017.
Please contact me if you have questions.
Jennifer L. Fabbi, Ph.D.