Many Academic librarians belong to the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Here are a few items from ACRL’s 2009-2010 annual report, printed with the December 2010 C&RL News issue:
Two important reports came out in 2010:
1) Value of Academic Libraries multi-year Initiative: Megan Oakleaf, an assistant professor at the Syracuse University iSchool, completed The Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Research Review and Report (September). The report, with supplemental materials, is available at www.acrl.ala.org/value. The main objective was to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance.
2) Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025. Written by David J. Staley (Ohio State University) and Kara Malenfant (ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist), librarians can examine 26 possible scenarios. The report includes a process for doing scenario thinking in individual libraries. Available at www.acrl.org/futures/ .
Also available: Top 10 Trends in Academic Libraries (ACRL Research, Planning, and Review Committee) at http://crln.acrl.org.
Scholarly Communication Toolkit: “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics”, was hosted by five sites around the US. Materials have been added to the toolkit, available at www.acrl.ala.org/scholcomm. A related resource are videocasts of forums co-sponsored by ACRL and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) at www.arl.org/sparc/meetings/forum.shtml
New in 2010: Choose Privacy Week Springboard Event (May, 2010). See the webcast at www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/springboard.cfm
New Information Literacy standards: Psychology Information Literacy Standards http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/psych_info_lit.cfm – in addition, more than 1,300 print copies of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) were distributed. Available online: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm
Librarians and interested others can utilize ACRL’s Instruction Section’s wiki, Information Literacy in the Disciplines http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/Information_literacy_in_the_disciplines – it identifies information literacy standards created by many different entities, and also disciplines for which no known information literacy standards exist, as well as associations and bibliographies, teaching materials and search tips.
Another new online resource is ACRL TechConnect, to identify all ACRL technology-related events, professional development opportunities, articles, podcasts, etc. www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/proftools/techconnect
Choice has long been a pre-imminent source for book and other library materials reviews. Its website offers 6 free- newsletters that anyone can sign up for. Go to http://www.cro2.org/ and look for the “Sign up for our Email Newsletters” link. Also, look for Choice’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Choice.Reviews . To be published in 2011, with Bowker: Resources for College Libraries 2.0
Indiana University – Bloomington received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, university category!
While ACRL membership declined slightly, there are still over 11,000 personal members of the parent group. Members also have the option of joining different topic-focused Sections such as Instruction, Women and Gender Studies Studies, University Libraries.