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ACRL Programs Go Above and Beyond

ACRL preconferences highlight assessment, digital scholarship
ACRL is sponsoring two preconference sessions at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans. The day-long preconference Assessment in Action: Demonstrating and Communicating Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success focuses on strategic and sustainable assessment. Attendees will learn to identify institutional priorities and campus partners, design an assessment project grounded in action research, and prepare a plan for communicating the project results. Held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018, this preconference is based on the highly successful ACRL Assessment in Action program curriculum.

If you’re a liaison librarian or functional specialist curious about how to translate your skills and approaches to reference interviews into strategies for consulting on digital scholarship topics, the hands-on preconference “Deconstructing Digital Scholarship Consultations in the Library” is for you. Learn an overview of the digital scholarship landscape in different emerging topical areas, including research data management, digital humanities, and geospatial data. Attendees will delve into breakout sessions featuring hands-on exercises working through different scenarios drawn from the facilitators’ personal experiences. This half-day preconference will be held from 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22.

Both preconferences require separate preregistration and additional information is available at

ACRL President’s Program Beyond Resilience: Crafting a Caring Organization
Join ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton for the ACRL President’s Program at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. A well-attended program at the ACRL 2017 Conference challenged academic librarians to think critically about how the term resilience is used to shift responsibility for success and survival to individuals, while silencing conversations about structural inequalities. For some, this sparked overdue conversations and provided an opportunity to talk about something they had long understood. For others, it introduced a new way of understanding the term and how workplace resilience can have negative effects. For many, this led to another question: if asking employees to “be resilient” isn’t enough, what can we do instead – as individuals or as organizations – to create caring and healthy workplaces in our libraries?

In this follow up, “Beyond Resilience: Crafting a Caring Organization,” panelists will share stories describing how they have dealt with major change and challenges and discuss steps to shape responsive and caring organizations. Moderated by Eamon Tewell of Long Island University Brooklyn, speakers include Chris Bourg (Director of Libraries, MIT),

Fobazi M. Ettarh (Student Success Librarian, California State Dominguez Hills),

Derrick Jefferson (Communication Librarian, American University), and

K. G. Schneider (Dean of the University Library, Sonoma State University). The ACRL President’s Program will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion focus of SPARC-ACRL Forum
While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s ACRL/SPARC Forum at ALA Annual will invite panelists to address the challenges of building an open, inclusive, and equitable system for scholarly communication and to start a conversation about how we can all contribute to this important work. The forum will be held from 2:30 – 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 23, in room 344 of the Morial Convention Center.



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