ACRL-CJCLS Open Position

Are you looking for an opportunity to be a community college library leader? Do you want to ensure that community colleges have an active voice and advocate in ACRL and ALA?
I am part of the Nominating Committee for the 2018 ballot for ACRL-CJCLS. Please help us in fill this position!

The CJCLS (Community and Junior College Libraries Section) of ACRL seeks candidates to run for Secretary on the 2018 ballot, a two-year total commitment.
See information below on the position of secretary. The position of Secretary is a two year commitment.

All nominees must be current members of CJCLS and have consented to be a candidate. The deadline for nominations is August 1, 2017.

Please consider nominating yourself or someone who you think would be a great candidate. Send a brief biography and statement of interest to the CJCLS Nominating Chair, Lisa Eichholtz, at [email protected]

The term of a secretary begins at the conclusion of the ALA Annual following their election to office until the conclusion of the next ALA Annual Conference.

The secretary shall
● preside in the absence of the chair, vice-chair, and immediate past-chair (in such case appointing a secretary pro tem),
● take and distribute minutes for all Executive Committee meetings, the Section’s annual meeting, and any special meetings.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to serve our profession and represent the interests of Community College librarians.

Angie Creel, MLS
Director of Library Services
Arizona Western College
P.O. Box 929
Yuma, AZ 85364

Study Participation: Use of Prayer spaces in Academic Libraries.

The Penn State University Libraries is conducting a study on the presence and use of prayer spaces in academic libraries.

If you are currently employed at a college or university in the United States, please consider responding to our survey.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and will not collect any identifiable information.

Access the survey through this anonymous link:

Initial survey results will be available at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, with future wide dissemination planned. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the investigators:

Emily Mross, [email protected], 717-948-6130
Christina Riehman-Murphy, [email protected], 215-881-7911

Implementing ACRL’s Information Literacy Framework: Instructional Strategies and Collaborative Opportunities

Please join librarians and faculty from various disciplines on Friday, November 18th from 8:30am – 3:30pm at the Mesa Community College Library for the conference: Implementing ACRL’s Information Literacy Framework: Instructional Strategies and Collaborative Opportunities

Hosted by the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) Library Instructional Council (LIC), this conference promises to be an enlightening day of dialogue and collaboration between faculty across the curriculum on interpreting and applying the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Our keynote speaker is Wendy Holliday of NAU, winner of the 2016 ACRL/IS Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award. There will be nine breakout sessions focusing on interpretation, instructional strategies and collaborative opportunities regarding the ACRL Framework.

Registration is open and free to all attendees (lunch will also be provided). For further information on this event and to register follow the link below:


Feel free to forward this email to ANY colleagues or faculty that may be interested in attending.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact
Marjorie Leta: Library Faculty, LIC Chair 2016-17
1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa AZ 85202
phone | 480-461-7663
email | [email protected]
website |

A Rose by any other name…

Retention, Persistent, Resilience, or GRIT …  How do we keep our students engaged and invested in their personal journeys ensuring their academic success?

Middle Tennessee State University created a comprehensive multi-departmental initiative which provided proactive programming and communications to low performing students, focused on assisting each student in course correction. The program, named REBOUND  aimed to connect at risk students with academic and tutoring support services.  The program attempted to build resilient or grit in the student by reassuring them one “miss” or academic set back does not need to end a fledgling academic career. The result was a  fall-to-fall retention rate (among the 96 students who participated in REBOUND) of 46%, compared with 29% for the non-participants.

The acronym REBOUND created by MTSU is:

Retake classes.
Engage your purpose.
Be intentional about attendance.
Own your future.
Understand what went wrong.
Narrow your activities.
Determine that you are going to succeed.

A New Tool for your Toolbox “Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries

Higher education and academic libraries are in a period of rapid evolution. Technology, pedagogical shifts, and programmatic changes in education mean that libraries must continually evaluate and adjust their services to meet new needs. “Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries,” published by ALA Neal-Schuman, provides illustrative examples of emerging models of research support. Editor Starr Hoffman and a team of library practitioners from across the world discuss the ways in which research and learning across institutions is becoming more team-based, crossing disciplines and dependent on increasingly sophisticated and varied data. Highlighting new ways to collaborate across library and departmental boundaries, this book is intended to enrich and expand your vision of research support in academic libraries by:

  • inspiring you to think creatively about new services;
  • sparking ideas of potential collaborations within and outside the library, increasing awareness of functional areas that are potential key partners;
  • providing specific examples of new services, as well as the decision-making and implementation process; and
  • encouraging you to take a broad view of research support rather than thinking of research and instruction services, and metadata creation and data services as separate initiatives.

Digital Age Management and Leadership: Five Critical Steps to Integrating Digital Age Techniques into the Workplace

I will be attending … will you?

Digital Age Management and Leadership: Five Critical Steps to Integrating Digital Age Techniques into the Workplace (April 7, 1-2pm Central Time)


Dr. Julie Todaro is dean of the 11 campus libraries at Austin Community College, serving over 40,000 students. She is an author and frequent presenter at state and national conferences. She is past president of both the Texas Library Association and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Topics include

Managing and leading in library and information settings today requires:

  • Different techniques to address change in general;
  • Techniques for identifying change specific to organizations and workers;
  • Timing considerations for faster moving work and umbrella organization settings;
  • Using contemporary visuals for illustrating issues;
  • Finding unique data for articulating value;
  • And, persuasive content to match techniques to target populations.

This free one-hour webinar offers specific ideas and techniques for managers and leaders as well as a handout with extensive web links of content and examples.
More information may be found at

Contact Your Senator – SKILLS Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) provides federal funding for K-12 education programs. Reauthorization of legislation of this nature will determine federal education policy for the coming decade and it is imperative that dedicated funding for school library programs be included.

On January 29, 2015, Senators Reed (D-RI), Cochran (R-MI), and Whitehouse (D-RI) introduced S. 312, the Strengthening Kids’ Interest in Learning and Libraries Act (SKILLS Act), that would improve students’ literacy skills and readiness for higher education and careers through effective school library programs. ALA is currently working with Sen. Whitehouse (D-RI) on an amendment for the HELP Committee markup that would add provisions from the SKILLS Act to ESEA to provide dedicated funding for effective school library programs.

We need you to contact both Senators from your state at their DC office and let them know how critical school libraries are in improving our education system. Ask them to support dedicated funding for effective school library programs under ESEA by co-sponsoring S.312.
Here is the link to ALA’s Engage system that will provide you more information, talking points, direct information on your senators. You just need to put in some basic information.

Or you can call the United States Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. A switchboard operator will connect you directly with the Senate office you request.

Please take a few minutes to make a call. They need to hear from you! Help make an impact for kids and libraries!

Michael Dowling
International and Chapter Relations Offices
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL, USA
p +1 800-545-2433 ext 3200
f +1 312-280-4392

Hacking the University

Retention, Retention, Retention …There is not an academic institutions out there that is not focused on retention at every possible level, including the academic library. In his December blog post, David discuses ways Librarians can provide very personal services to help improve retention. Lankes’ mentions that unlike departmental retention programs the University Library can reach students across the entire university.  He introduces a great idea or class he calls on “Hacking the University.”  This class would have “Students work in small teams or one-on-one with librarians to understand ALL the information systems they are likely to encounter.” The librarian works at the individual and personal level assisting with all information needs.  Lankes’ continue to suggest this personal interaction could forge a relationship with the librarian and ingrain the librarian as a dependable support system for the student. Once this relationship has been built, librarians become dependable resources for students throughout matriculation.


Better yet read David Lankes larger blog, Reinventing the Academic Library: Conclusion here:

One week left to submit roundtables, posters, blitz proposals

There’s only one week left to submit roundtable, poster, and blitz session proposals for the joint AzLA/MPLA 2014 conference!

You can go big with a full program or workshop, dip your toes in with a poster, or present in a 15-minute blitz session.

Need guidance? No problem! Here’s a great guide to creating winning conference proposals for library professionals.

Hesitant because you’re a library school student? Here’s a blog post on the whys and hows of submitting a conference proposal!

If you need some topic ideas, take a look at last year’s presentations!

Deadlines for AzLA/MPLA 2014 conference:

  • Preconferences, Programs, and Workshops: April 28, 2014.
  • Posters, Roundtables and Blitz Sessions: May 26, 2014.

Submit your proposal now on the AzLA website!

Books? Or no books? Envisioning the Academic Library of the Future

Two librarians debated the future of the academic library over on Huffington Post recently. Their consensus: physical books aren’t going away anytime soon! Furthermore, “students want spaces that inspire learning and offer opportunities for the three C’s: collaboration, creation and contemplation.” See the whole post here.

The ALA also released the 2014 State of America’s Libraries report in honor of National Library Week (April 13-19). Spoiler: academic libraries are dedicating more money to electronic resources than ever, and “staffing at academic libraries declined 9% in 2010–2012,” though salaries for new academic librarians increased 5% in the same time period. Jump straight to the section on academic libraries here.