ACRL 2013 Updates

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2012, Vol. 36, No. 1

ACRL 2013: Imagine, Innovate, Inspire
Access cutting-edge information, discover new ideas, and engage in conversations with academic and research librarians from around the world at the ACRL 2013 conference to be held April 10-13, 2013, in Indianapolis.

  • More than 300 carefully curated, thought-provoking sessions.
  • Exchange ideas and discuss hot topics.
  • Network with colleagues at receptions, breaks, and social events.
  • Information on products and services from more than 200 exhibitors.
  • Free access to more than 130 Virtual Conference sessions for one year.

There is still time to share your expertise with your peers! Proposals for Cyber Zed Shed presentations, Poster Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, and Virtual Conference Webcasts are due November 9, 2012. Details are available online.

Ways to save!
Register for the conference by February 22, 2013, and take advantage of discounted early-bird registration fees. You can save $70 or more!

To further stretch your professional development dollars, ACRL is offering more than 70 scholarships in five categories worth over $40,000. Applying online is easy and there’s still time! Scholarship applications are due November 9, 2012.

Connect with ACRL 2013
Official Conference Tag: acrl2013 or #acrl2013 on Twitter

Apply for Immersion ‘13
ACRL is currently accepting applications for the Information Literacy Immersion ’13 Program (Teacher and Program tracks) to be held July 28-August 2, 2013 at Seattle University. Immersion ’13 provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians. Acceptance to Immersion ’13 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. Complete program and track details, along with application materials, are available online. The application deadline is December 7, 2012, and notifications will be issued in February 2013. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail

ACRL e-Learning
ACRL is offering a wide variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2012 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Topics include embedded librarianship, mobile apps, copyright and fair use, and the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website. Registration for all online courses and webcasts qualifies for the ACRL Frequent Learner Program. Register for three ACRL e-Learning events and receive one free registration. Complete details and registration information for all fall 2012 e-Learning opportunities are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at or (312) 280-2522 for more information.

The 54th Annual RBMS Preconference
O Rare! Performance in Special Collections
Sunday – Wednesday, June 23 – 26, 2013
Minneapolis, MN
Registration opens February, 2013. More information available soon!

Call for Award Nominations
Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
$3,000 and a plaque
Sponsored by YBP Library Services

Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
$5,000 and a plaque
Sponsored by YBP Library Services

Information for many other award opportunities may be obtained on the ACRL Web site

or by contacting Casey Kinson at (312) 280-2511 or

DEADLINE: December 7, 2012

ACRL Awarded Second IMLS Grant to Build Profession’s Capacity to Demonstrate Value
ACRL has been awarded a National Leadership Demonstration Grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for the project “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success.” The grant funding of $249,330 will support ACRL, in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and build on their IMLS 2011 Collaborative Planning Grant which convened two invitational summits. With this grant, a professional development program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy will be designed, implemented and evaluated.

“I am delighted with IMLS’ decision to provide continuing support for ACRL’s commitment to helping academic libraries demonstrate alignment with, and impact on, institutional outcomes, the goal of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative,” said ACRL President Steven J. Bell, associate university librarian for research and instructional services at Temple University.

“Continuing our work with our higher education partners AIR and APLU is an exciting opportunity to further engage librarians in the broader campus assessment initiatives,” added ACRL Executive Director Mary Ellen K. Davis.

Three hundred institutions will participate in the project (Year 1: 75 institutions; Year 2: 100 institutions; Year 3: 125 institutions). Each participating institution will identify a team, consisting of a librarian and at least two additional team members as determined by the campus (e.g., faculty member, student affairs representative, institutional researchers, or academic administrator). The librarians will participate as cohorts in a one-year professional development program that includes team-based activities carried out on their campuses.

“I am pleased to continue APLU’s partnership with ACRL on this grant to more effectively assess the impact of university libraries on learning and to use that information to enhance student success,” said APLU President Peter McPherson.

“Institutional researchers and librarians have long been partners in using data to improve institutional performance,” Randy Swing, executive director of the Association for Institutional Research, noted. “This grant allows us to raise the bar for using data to prove and improve the impact of libraries on student learning and success.”

Librarians who participate in the program, supported by a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network, will lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of an action learning project examining the impact of the library on student success and contributing to assessment activities on their campus. The projects will result in a variety of approaches to assessing library impact on student learning which will be documented and disseminated for use by the wider academic library and higher education communities. The different perspectives and experiences represented by the institutional team members will foster a collaborative approach to assessing the library’s impact on student learning and success on the campus of each participating institution.

Information about how to apply to participate in the first cohort will be available in January 2013. Contact Kara Malenfant, ACRL senior strategist for special initiatives, at or (312) 280-2510 with questions about the grant or the Value of Academic Libraries initiative.