Extreme Makeover: A Blueprint for Redefining the Role of the Liaison Librarian in the Academic Library

What does it mean to be an engaged liaison in today’s academic library? New trends in liaison roles have shifted the focus of many librarians from traditional activities to new areas, such as scholarly communication and research data management. Join the ACRL Instruction Section’s 2017 Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum to delve into the issues related to these trends and hear about one librarian’s experience using a model of change management to successfully engage this shift. The ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee presents:

Extreme Makeover: A Blueprint for Redefining the Role of the Liaison Librarian in the Academic Library

A virtual discussion led by Cinthya Ippoliti, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time.

Find out more about the session by reading the discussion digest: http://acrl.ala.org/IS/2017-ala-midwinter-current-issues-virtual-discussion-forum/

Join the forum: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r90eus6xh2c/

From Stale to Stellar: Practical innovations for teaching information literacy

Are you a librarian in the greater New York City area? Are you looking to discuss practical ways to reinvigorate your instruction? Does your library want to try out a new instructional approach but could use some advice? Do you have experience related to gaming, flipped instruction, or other innovative practices to share? If so, please join us for an event organized by the City University of New York’s Information Literacy Advisory Council (LILAC):

“From Stale to Stellar: Practical innovations for teaching information literacy.”

Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Brooklyn College Library, Fourth Floor (Room 411)

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

Light refreshments will be served

Event is FREE! RSVP at http://goo.gl/IHGtda

Topic leaders (listed below) will first offer short introductions to a variety of innovative instructional practices. Attendees will then break into small, facilitated group discussions focused on the opportunities, practicalities, and challenges of developing new learning opportunities in the following areas:

* Integrating information literacy in distance learning contexts

Robin Davis, John Jay College

* Teaching & assessing information literacy for graduate students

Shawnta Smith, Graduate Center

* Gaming

Maura Smale, New York City College of Technology

* Flipped Information Literacy Classroom

Madeline Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, and Alison Lehner-Quam, Lehman College

* Critical Information Literacy

Ian Beilin, New York City College of Technology

Again, the workshop is free. Please RSVP at: http://goo.gl/IHGtda

Hoping to see you there!

Robert Farrell (Lehman College)

Amy Stempler (College of Staten Island)

LILAC Co-conveners, 2013-2014

Blended Librarian Webcast: Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Critical Skills Needed by Librarians for the Instruction Process

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guest, Nancy H. Dewald, invite you to join the next webcast, “Academic Library Administrators’ Perceptions of Critical Skills Needed by Librarians for the Instruction Process” On Thursday, April 9, 2009 at 3 pm. EDT.

Event Description:

This research study explores the attitudes of today’s library leaders toward the skill sets needed to fulfill the library’s educational role. The speakers will share preliminary results from their research and discuss possible implications, impact, and effects. This session will help you become more aware of the skills and traits that could affect your future hiring needs. This research will include information that can enable academic public services librarians and future library school graduates to identify critical existing and newly emerging skills and traits in order to pursue strategic professional development. Additionally, Library school faculty can gain a deeper understanding of newly emerging trends in instructional positions and be more informed when modifying curricula.

Although this event is free, advance registration is required.


Call for Presentation Proposals: Our Town, Common Ground: Academic Libraries’ Collaboration with Public Libraries

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The College Libraries Section of ACRL invites you to submit a presentation proposal for a program tentatively scheduled for Sunday, July 12, 2009 from 10:30 until noon at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  The title of the program is Our Town, Common Ground: Academic Libraries’ Collaboration with Public Libraries.

This session is co-sponsored in name only by the Public Library Association (PLA) and the Community and Junior College Libraries Section (CJCLS).

We would like the program to provide real-world examples of academic and public libraries cooperating with one another.  Experiences and reflections may be presented by individual librarians or co-presenters who represent academic and/or public libraries.  Examples of cooperative endeavors include but are not limited to shared systems, buildings, or programming; cooperative digitization projects; services for distance learners; and consortial relationships.  The collaborations may be short-term endeavors or permanent partnerships.

Four presentations of 15 minutes each will be selected through a blind review process.  This will permit time for dialog between the presenters and questions from the audience within the 90 minutes allocated for our meeting.  This presentation may be recorded as a web cast, and made available on the ALA website.

If you are interested in presenting, please send a proposal of 500 words or less to Ruth Connell at ruth.connell@valpo.edu by October 1, 2008.  Please send questions to the same e-mail address.  Notification of acceptance will be made by November 1, 2008.

2 ACRL e-Learning Events

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Registration is now open for the following e-Learning events.  Reserve your seat today for these exciting programs!
Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 2
September 1 – 27, 2008
This four-week course builds on the work completed in “Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1.” Learn about advanced CSS design, accessible menus, and re-Javascript. The course will also review multimedia (FLASH, Quicktime etc.), Web-accessible database applications (PHP, MYSQL, ASP etc.), and content management software options.
Keys to Innovation
September 9, 2008
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern
Discover new ways to look at innovation by participating in this interactive, live Webcast. Learn the differences between innovation and creativity. Be part of a discussion on the impact of an organization’s age on its innovation tendencies and learn the key environmental factors in creating an innovative culture. The Webcast will also cover the politics of innovation in complex organizations.
For more information about these and other upcoming learning opportunities, please visit the ACRL eLearning page at http://www.acrl.org/ala/acrl/acrlproftools/elearning.cfm.
Direct questions to Jon Stahler at jstahler@ala.org or call (312) 280-2511.

Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1

Register for now for the ACRL e-learning course, “Designing Web Sites for the Academic Library, Part 1,” to be offered April 21 – May 16, 2008.

This four-week course focuses on the basics of Web site planning and design and content development, with a concentration on academic libraries. The course will also examine Web standards, usability, and accessibility. XHTML and CSS (external) will be introduced. Students will be expected to be able to create a basic HTML Web page before beginning the course. However, XHTML/HTML basics tutorials will be provided for those who need more practice. Students will plan and design a representative site during the course.

“Designing Web Sites for Academic Libraries, Part 1″ is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the week.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Plan and design a Web site for usability and accessibility for selected users/groups.
  • Understand and apply Web standards.
  • Develop basic Web site contents for selected users/groups.
  • Use DreamWeaver (MX2004 or higher preferred) or a text editor to create usable, accessible, and interesting Web pages. Participants may use FrontPage if they are already trained in and using the software.

Participants will end the session with a completed Web site plan and design, and a main Web page that illustrates how the design will be implemented and will allow for minimal usability and accessibility testing. These pages will also be validated XHTML with external CSS.

Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting, has been teaching Web Design and related topics for more than 13 years including LIS590LWL Designing Web Sites for Organizations for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GSLIS LEEP program.


Librarians and other information specialists who want to learn to design usable, accessible, standard Web pages that will attract the intended users and encourage and invite them to persist and return to the site.

Registration for this seminar is now open. For additional information and a link to the online registration form, visit: