Submit to Biblio-Notes by April 26!

Just a friendly reminder that we encourage LES members to submit content for the spring 2021 issue of Biblio-Notes.

You can find the fall 2020 newsletter here.

Send your submissions for the spring 2021 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to LES Biblio-Notes (biblionotes@gmail.com) by 26 April 2021.

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

1). Use inclusive language, spell out acronyms, and avoid jargon

2). 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 from the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter conference
  • Updates from/news related to 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
  • What is your library doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic? Or how has the pandemic affected your work and the services/collections that you provide to faculty, staff, students, and community users?
  • 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!

ACRL-LES Elections — please vote!

The ALA 2021 election is now open!  We have an excellent slate of candidates this year:

VICE-CHAIR/CHAIR-ELECT

Kristina De Voe

Mark Dahlquist

SECRETARY  

Hillary Richardson

M. Leslie Madden

MEMBER-AT-LARGE  

Paizha Stoothoff

Sam Lohmann

Voting will remain open until April 7, so please take a few moments to cast your ballot! Your vote really does matter, and gives you an opportunity to show your support for the section and help shape its direction going forward.  

Eligible members should have received voting instructions via email.  You can read the biographical information about each candidate by clicking on the “View Bio” button next to their name on the ballot.  For more information about the ALA elections, visit http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/alaelection.

Volunteer for an LES committee! Deadline is 2/12

Are you a librarian who works with English departments, collections, students, and/or faculty? Would you like to meet other librarians who do so? Are you a librarian or student who would like to be an English librarian? If so, please volunteer for an LES: Literatures in English committee! You’ll meet interesting people and learn more about how ACRL works. Librarians from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply, as are new and student members. In-person attendance at conferences is not necessary (though right now, conferences are virtual), and no experience is necessary.

A list of committees is included below, along with a list of committee chairs:
http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/les/involved

http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/les/acr-lesec

Information about volunteering and the volunteer form can be found on the page below:
http://www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer

Please contact LES Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Glenda Insua (ginsua1@uic.edu) with any questions.

LES Anti-Racist Action Plan Town Hall

The Literatures in English (LES) Anti-Racist Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee is hosting a town hall to share the committee’s work thus far and to hear your comments and suggestions. Our goal is to assess and improve the operation of the Section as a first step toward anti-racist practice. At this town hall we will be sharing the committee’s charge, draft report and explaining the process thus far, examining: 

  • Publications
  • Marketing
  • Volunteer recruitment
  • Programming
  • Governing documents
  • Nominations
  • Inclusive meeting practices 

We are seeking feedback from library workers across all subject fields, areas of expertise, and types of libraries, whether or not you are members of LES, ALA, or ACRL.

The town hall is scheduled for December 11, from 2:00-3:30pm EST. Please click here to register

If you have questions, please contact LES Anti Racist Action Plan Ad Hoc Committee co-chairs Nancy Foasberg (nfoasberg@qc.cuny.edu) and Ginny Moran (vmoran@macalester.edu).

Contribute to Biblio-Notes

Welcome to the start of a new academic year. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage you to submit to Biblio-Notes.

Send your submissions for the Fall 2029 issue in .doc, .docx, .odt, or .rtf format to LES Biblio-Notes (biblionotes@gmail.com) by Monday, 5 October 2020.

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

  • Updates/Talks/News from ALA or will you present at another forthcoming conference?
  • Are you engaged in an innovative project related to LES at your library?
  • Did you complete an exciting research project, or recently publish an article? 
  • Have you tried a new instruction method or designed a new assignment? Tell us about it. 
  • What role are you taking to develop more inclusive literary collections and what strategies do you use to develop such collections? 
  • 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. Why were these books so meaningful to you?
  • What is your library doing to address the COVID-19 pandemic? Or how has the pandemic affected your work and the services/collections that you provide to faculty, staff, students, and community users?
  • 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.