ACRL Updates Fall 2017

WESS Newsletter

Fall 2017, Vol. 41, No. 1

RBMS Conference, June 19-22, 2018, New Orleans

New Orleans is a hotbed of convergences, ones so powerful that its lineage includes a dish as delightful as gumbo and a storm as destructive as Hurricane Katrina. This conference will focus on the idea of convergences including our field’s preparedness for increasing environmental vulnerabilities, our readiness for the inclusion of different people and cultures in our outreach and leadership, and, finally, our willingness to democratize all of our materials. Registration opens in February!

ACRL 2019 Call for Participation – Coming November 2017

Keep an eye out for the ACRL 2019 Call for Participation, coming November 2017! ACRL invites you to share your research and creative endeavors at ACRL 2019, “Recasting the Narrative,” to be held April 10-13, 2019, in Cleveland, Ohio.
Why Present at ACRL 2019?

  • Advocate for your research, project or initiative.
  • Expand your connections and get feedback from the best in the profession.
  • Boost your professional experience and confidence.
  • Invite new collaborations and opportunities into your life.
  • Inspire your colleagues by presenting on the most dynamic issues and ideas facing the profession.
  • Be published in the online ACRL 2019 Conference Proceedings (contributed papers).
  • Add your presentation to your CV and feel good about contributing to the profession.
  • Good work juju (it’s true, ACRL presenters receive good juju all year long).

Watch the ACRL website for details!

Learn More about the Framework

Take a deeper dive into the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education during a full-day workshop held in conjunction with the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting. “The Mile High Roadshow: Engaging with the ACRL Framework,” will be held Friday, February 9, 2018, in Denver, Colorado.

The ACRL Framework – with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging – has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. This full-day workshop supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework. Explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to your own instructional work. Apply learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Complete details, including registration materials, are online. Contact with questions.

Call for Award Nominations

Excellence in Academic Libraries Award
$3,000 and a plaque
Academic/Research Librarian of the Year
$5,000 and a plaque
Generously sponsored by Library Solutions from EBSCO
DEADLINE: December 1, 2017
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

ACRL RoadShow Workshops

Looking to build your library’s professional skills? ACRL offers a variety of traveling workshops that can be brought upon request to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Led by expert presenters, these one-day immersive workshops are designed to engage participants and help academic librarians strengthen competencies in multiple areas of concentration. ACRL currently offers several workshops available upon request on an ongoing basis, including:

Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at or (312) 280-2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Did You Know?

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

Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research

Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research is a new, valuable resource investigating how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. The full report is freely available for download on the ACRL website. This action-oriented research agenda includes:

  • a report on all project phases and findings;
  • a detailed research agenda based on those findings;
  • a visualization component that filters relevant literature and creates graphics that can communicate library value to stakeholders;
  • a bibliography of the literature analyzed;
  • and a full bibliography of the works cited and reviewed.

ACRL Books

ACRL publishes a range of books to assist academic librarians in developing their professional careers, managing their institutions, and increasing their awareness of developments in librarianship, providing timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research to academic and research librarians worldwide. Some recent titles:

Interested in writing for ACRL? Contact Erin Nevius, ACRL’s Content Strategist, at for more information, or visit ALA’s publishing page to learn more about our book publishing program and submit a proposal.