Join the LES Reference Discussion Group on Wednesday, 1/25 at 11am PST / 2pm EST

  • Discussion Topics
    • Analog Reference
      • Is there a place for physical reference materials?
      • What are some best practices for deselection for print reference?
      • What changes in staffing physical reference desks have been happening at your library?
    • What’s New?
      • What reference sources have you recently acquired or subscribed to?
    • Social Media and Reference
      • How are you using social media to promote or provide reference services?

For more information and to register via Zoom, visit this Google doc!

LES, Twitter, and LibLearnX

Welcome to a new semester and hello to LibLearnX 2023! LES wishes you a wonderful conference week January 27-30, 2023. We would love to hear from you about sessions, networking, and anything else that excites you during your LibLearnX experience.

Remember to follow us on Twitter @LES-ACRL and tag us with #lesacrl. 

Happy conference and we’ll see you on Twitter!

LES needs you!

What better way to start 2023 than to volunteer for an LES committee?!

The form to volunteer for ACRL section committees is now open at Volunteering is a great way to learn more about the section, network with colleagues, and fulfill professional service requirements. The deadline to volunteer is February 28, 2023. Appointments will begin on July 1, 2023.

For information about LES, our committees, and the work of the section, please visit our website. Please feel free to contact LES Vice-Chair Leslie Madden at with any questions about volunteering! Leslie is also hosting an information session for potential volunteers on Friday, January 20 at 2pm EST. You can join that session at – no registration is needed!

LES Collections Midwinter Virtual Discussion

Hello Everyone!

Please join us for the
LES Collections Discussion Group, Winter 2023!
Tuesday Jan 24, 2023
11:00am PST / 12:00pm MST / 1:00pm CST / 2:00pm EST

Below is the link to Register for the Zoom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For this Winter Session, our topics will include:


  • Outreach events for to showcase an area/items in your collection – If you have them, what do you do? Does there always need to be pizza?
  • Are you advertising your Print and/or Online collection as leisure reading?

Famous Works – old and new editions

  • How do you add/weed famous novels/poems/letters?

Digital Humanities

  • Do you keep tabs on Digital Humanities Websites? How do you integrate them into your work?

Please see the agenda in ALA Connect for more details. Email Erin or Alexis with your ideas to further our discussion! 

Erin Durham Wright  |  Alexis Pavenick

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Erin & Alexis

New deadline! Submit to Biblio-Notes by 10/10/2022!

Biblio-Notes is soliciting content for the Fall issue. The call is open and any submissions are welcome, including those on new publications, upcoming online workshops, or anything you feel would be of interest to the LES community. 

The submission deadline is Monday, October 10, 2022.

Please send submissions to


LES Programming at ALA Annual in June 2022

Please join us for a mix of virtual and in-person programming in June 2022! We will have several virtual events before Annual actually begins on June 23rd in DC, as well as an in-person conference program on June 26th.

June 13th (virtual – watch for participation links in ALA Connect!)
General Membership: 3:30PM – 5:00PM EST
Social: 5:15PM – 6:00PM EST

June 14th (virtual – watch for participation links in ALA Connect!)
Reference Discussion Group, 1:30PM – 2:30PM EST
Collections Discussion Group, 4:00PM – 5:00PM EST

June 26th – *in person in DC*
LES Conference Program: 4:00-5:00 EST

We hope to see you this summer!

Submit to Spring 2022 Biblio-Notes by 4/29!

Send your submissions for the spring 2022 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to LES Biblio-Notes ( by 29 April 2022.

Here is a link to the Fall 2021 newsletter:…

To conform to the Literature in English Section’s (LES) commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, please conform to the following stylistic elements:

  • Use inclusive language, spell out acronyms, and avoid jargon
  • For authors willing to provide them, please include preferred personal pronouns

Ideas for Biblio-Notes articles can include, but are not limited to, the following topics: 

  • Updates/talks/news related to past or forthcoming conferences
  • Innovative projects related to LES at your library
  • Completed or ongoing research projects, scholarship, or other similar content 
  • Library instruction, instructional design, etc. during the pandemic
  • How to develop inclusive literary collections, services, outreach and engagement initiatives, or instructional support
  • Were you recently hired, promoted, published, tenured, or otherwise excellent? Your fellow LES members want to know!
  • Contribute to the “What’s In Your Bag” feature by writing a brief piece that describes a book or books that you read this fall or winter
  • Given that LES endorses the anti-racist actions outlined in ALA Black Caucus’s Statement on Racial Violence, how have you participated to create a more just society? What role, if any, can literature, poetry, creative non-fiction, etc., play in how you envision and materialize such a society?

Biblio-Notes is a newsletter. Brief articles are welcome (25­­­­­­­0-1000 words). If you have any ideas for an article or other relevant content, feel free to let us know. 

We look forward to reading your submissions. 

All the best, 

Stacy Reardon and Matt Roberts 

Editors, Biblio-Notes 

LES Collections Discussion Group – Save the date!

Please join the ACRL LES Collections Discussion Group for a virtual discussion on Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 11:00am PST/12:00pm MST/1:00pm CST/2:00pm EST! Discussion topics will include working with LES faculty to develop collections, collecting for recreational reading, and how we define textbooks. For Zoom information, see the post on ALA Connect!

Research Competencies in Writing and Literature Companion Document approved!

The Companion Document to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education: Research Competencies in Writing and Literature was recently approved by the ACRL Board of Directors! This companion was primarily written for academic librarians working with writing and literature programs, but is also useful for educators in those disciplines, other academic subject librarians, and anyone else who is interested. Many LES members worked hard on this project, so please join me in congratulating them on a job well done! You can read the ACRL Insider announcement about the Companion Document here.