New IRIG Convener
Good news! Professor Zoe Mayhook from Purdue University will be stepping into the role of the IRIG Convener. Professor Mayhook is an Information Studies & Business Information Specialist with expertise in the role visual literacy plays in business students reading and communicating visual information. Thank you, Professor Mayhook! I look forward to passing on the IRIG torch and you leading the charge.
IRIG moving from Interest Group to Discussion Group
After a number of callouts, we were unable to fill the position of Incoming Convener. ACRL suggested we move IRIG to a Discussion Group. The Board will be voting on this change.
What are the differences between discussion and interest groups?
ACRL Discussion Groups are offered the same support from ACRL and offer the same level of programming and support to its members.
Both discussion and interest groups have a discussion list, an ALA Connect space and the option to meet both virtually and on site at ALA conferences. The main difference is the leadership structure of requiring three different people in place. Interest groups are also required to turn in the ACRL Plan For Excellence Report while Discussion Groups have the option to turn it in. Interest groups also must also renew and discussion groups do not have to.
Discussion groups only require a single convener for a one-year term each year, and conveners have the option to renew and serve multiple years. Essentially, discussion groups are a simplified way to exist.
Going forward, the plan is still to host a fall and spring meeting with lightning talks.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
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