ACRL Updates, Fall 2015

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2015, Vol. 39, No. 1


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

DEADLINE: December 4, 2015
More information about these and all other ACRL award opportunities can be found on the ACRL website or by contacting Chase Ollis at (312) 280-2521 or

Did You Know?

ACRL members can view full contact information for all ACRL section committee rosters by logging into the ACRL Web site.

ACRL Fall e-Learning

ACRL is offering two webcasts in November to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

The Neoliberal in Your Library: Resisting Corporate Solutions to Collection Development (November 4, 2015)
What is the 21st century library? Will it be a makerspace, a learning commons, or a sustainer of collections? Through an examination of collection development trends, explore the political currents converging in libraries and higher education that are obfuscating our community-oriented values in favor of privatization. This webcast will provide a frame to support librarians as they articulate the value of collection development, and sustainable collection management, that affirms our core values.

Introduction to Critical Library Pedagogy (November 10, 2015)
Investigate critical pedagogical approaches for library instruction with the greater goal of improving our teaching, how students feel about using the library, and the image of the librarian. As we strive to make our teaching, our libraries, and our campuses as inclusive as we can, there is still a lot of work to be done.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.

ACRL Annual Survey Now Open

Since 1999 the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey has gathered statistics at the national level from all types of academic libraries in the United States and Canada. The survey is developed and overseen by the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Editorial Board. Earlier this year, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a recommendation from the editorial board that ACRL create and administer its own survey instrument to make it more relevant and responsive to the needs of academic libraries. Formerly, ACRL had been using the Association of Research Libraries survey instrument with permission. Following a ten-month development process involving scores of librarians and opportunities for review and feedback, the ACRL Annual Survey has been overhauled and will open on September 18, 2015, to collect data for the 2015 fiscal year. Fiscal year 2015 is defined as the most recent 12-month period that ends before October 1, 2015. Complete details on the new survey are available on the ACRL Insider blog. Surveys will close on April 30, 2016.

ACRL 2017

At the Helm: Leading Transformation
March 22-25, 2017
Baltimore, Maryland
The ACRL 2017 Call for Participation will be available December 2016. Watch the ACRL website for details!