Investment Research 101

Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Studies is offering
Investment Research 101 from May 1st-May 31st, online. This class will help
you learn about financial literacy and investment concepts and sources to
better help your patrons and/or students. Financial Literacy has been in
the spotlight lately! See, for example, this article from College &
Research Libraries:

For more information about the course please see:

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at:

Bibliography of Research Methods

Are you working on a research project but feeling fuzzy about methodology?

Have you read an article recently that used a research method you want to know
more about?

Are you new to the profession and looking for guidance on how to develop and
implement research you can write up for publication?

The ACRL Instruction Section Research and Scholarship Committee has recently
updated our extensive Bibliography of Research Methods Texts and published it
on a new, user-friendly WordPress platform. It provides an annotated list of
books that can help you with everything from research design to conducting
effective interviews.

Check it out!

The Machiavellian Librarian- Call for Chapter Proposals!

Call for Chapter Proposals

The Machiavellian Librarian: Winning allies, combating budget cuts, and influencing stakeholders

Send a proposal –

Why is it that librarians never end up in the ‘influence’ grid on personality assessment tests? Is it any wonder that pop culture tends to think of librarians as wallflowers who don’t rock the boat or fight for their libraries?

Chandos Publishing has accepted our proposal for a book about librarians’ influence-building strategies and political wins in universities and organizations.  We would like to include your experiences as influencers, and how you have helped turn the tide in your favor. We are looking for 1,000-5,000 words sections about real life examples of librarians like you, who used their knowledge and skills to help drive influence in your institution.

Authors offer firsthand and clear examples to help librarians learn to use their influence for the betterment of their library’s and careers. Please send a 200 word or less abstract to Include your full name, title and institution. We will let you know if your submission is selected. Please send these no later than 2/1/2013. If you have any questions please contact us at

We would like proposals from potential authors for the following chapters:

1. Influence without Authority – Winning fierce allies

2. Visualizing Data for persuasive impact

3. Networking in (Academic, Government, Organizations)

4. Capturing the value of online/digital holdings

5. Capturing the value of online/digital help services

6. Strategic alignment

7. Combating the budget

8. Communicating results in accessible language (translating value propositions from ‘librarian-ese’)

9. User-Centered Planning

10. Using Accreditation and Regulation Reporting to Better Position the Library

11. Political Positioning –traits & behaviors to adopt and avoid

12. Outcome Assessment

13. Succeeding against the odds

14. Rallying the troops

15. Dealing with the Prince and other Stakeholders

16. Discourses on the Library: Creating the best

17. [Other similar themes]


We would like proposals by February 1, 2013.  Final accepted chapters will be due to us by April 1, 2013.  The publication date is currently set for Summer 2013.  Chapters must be unique to this book.

We look forward to hearing from you!
Melissa and Erika

Melissa Aho MA, MLIS, MS               Erika Bennett MLIS, MS

University of Minnesota                      Capella University


Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy

Changing Lives, Changing the World: Information Literacy and Critical Pedagogy

Instructor: Maria T. Accardi

Dates: Feb. 1-28, 2013

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

Instruction librarians interested in enriching their pedagogical practices in progressive, political, and innovative ways will be interested in this workshop on critical pedagogy and library instruction. Critical pedagogy is a theory and framework that envisions education as a site for social change. The ultimate goal of critical pedagogy is for students to achieve critical consciousness about societal oppression and then become equipped to change the world. Critical pedagogy has, in recent years, been brought into conversation with information literacy and library instruction theory and practice. Instruction librarians have been exploring how progressive pedagogical practices not only serve to teach students information literacy skills, but also to equip learners with an understanding of racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, and other forms of oppression, and how they, as learners, can change the dominant culture that perpetuates these forms of oppression. This workshop continues and participates in this conversation by providing participants with an overview of critical pedagogy, contextualizing it in library instruction, and empowering participants how to enact it in their own educational settings.

Participants will engage with the workshop via assigned readings, homework, and online discussion. Homework assignments will include developing lesson plans and assessment tools designed in the critical pedagogical framework.

At the end of the workshop, students will be able to:

• Define critical pedagogy in order to identify implications for library instruction theory and practice

• Identify ways in which critical pedagogy might be employed in the library setting in order to enrich instructional practices

• Design critical pedagogical learning activities and assessment tools in order to deploy them in the library instruction classroom

• Describe the importance and significance of liberatory, progressive, and critical approaches to education in order to serve as an agent of change in the library instruction classroom.

Required text (provided free to participants): Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (ISBN: 978-1-936117-01-7)

Maria T. Accardi is Assistant Librarian and Coordinator of Instruction at the Library at Indiana University Southeast. Maria holds a BA in English from Northern Kentucky University, an MA in English from the University of Louisville, and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a co-editor of and contributor to Critical Library Instruction: Theories and Methods (Library Juice Press, 2010), and is the author of the forthcoming Feminist Pedagogy for Library Instruction (Library Juice Press, 2013). Interview with Maria Accardi

Library Juice Academy

PO Box 25322

Los Angeles, CA 90025

Tel. 218-260-6115

FACRL Conference Oct. 18-19


    Nova Southeastern University
    Alvin Sherman Library
    3100 Ray Ferrero Jr. Blvd
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314


    Thursday, October 18:
  • FACRL Board Meeting, 4-5PM at the Alvin Sherman Library
  • FACRL Reception from 5-7pm at the Alvin Sherman Library, Room 205S – All are Welcome!
    Friday, October 19:
  • Fall 2012 Program from 8:00AM – 3:15PM. (breakfast & coffee from 8:00am-8:30am)


      FACRL is offering an online registration & payment option for the first time! PayPal will be used for secure payment processing; with PayPal you can use a credit card or PayPal account. If you prefer not to pay online, a mail-in registration form is also available.

Registration is limited to a maximum of 100 people

    Registration must be received by October 12, 2012 (electronically or mail-in). Lunch and reception are included in the registration fee.
    You have 2 options:
      To register & pay online, click here for

Online Registration & Payment

      To register & pay by check, click here to download the

Mail-in Registration Form

  • ACRL or FLA Member: $50.00
  • Non-ACRL or Non-FLA Member: $60.00
  • Student:$30.00
  • Retired Librarian or Job-Seeking Librarian: $30.00
  • On-Site registration: $60.00 (space permitting)

Cancellations must be received by October 12, 2012.



Ft. Lauderdale Campus

    on the web site:


      Free parking; parking passes and directions to the library will be e-mailed to you after registration is received. Refer to the following page for more information on the location of NOVA Southeastern University:

Main Campus Map


Scholarly Research and Source Validation in the Age of Google

via email

SPONSORED BY: Oxford University Press and Library Journal
SCHEDULED EVENT DATE: Tuesday, September 21, 2010– 3:00 PM EDT – 60 minutes

Librarians, scholars, and publishers alike are asking questions about how to manage the increasing amount of unverified content (both good and bad) that is now easily available through our computers. We are all drowning in it. The situation poses a particularly challenging problem in the educational arena, where students and scholars need reliable sources of information. Whether today’s researchers are doing initial research for a book, working on a doctoral dissertation, or an undergraduate term paper, it’s harder and harder to know what sources to consult. Register now to hear our esteemed panel, moderated by Library Journal’s Cheryl LaGuardia discuss this crisis of validation in the Google age, and the new roles that Libraries, Publishers and Scholars play in the culture of information overload.


Casper Grathwohl is Vice President and Online and Reference Publisher at Oxford University Press. In his 13 years at OUP, he has led the transition of Oxford’s renowned dictionary and reference list into one of the leading online academic publishing programs in the world. Most recently he oversaw the build and launch of Oxford Bibliographies Online and Oxford Dictionaries Online. Prior to OUP, Casper worked for both Princeton University Press and Columbia University Press. He currently splits his time between New York and Oxford managing the two online and reference centers of the Press.

Luis F. Rodriguez is the University Librarian at the Nancy Thompson Library of Kean University. Mr. Rodriguez is a past president of the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section/New Jersey Association of College and Research Libraries Chapter and received its Distinguished Service Award in 2007. He currently serves as the legislative representative for the group, as well as the New Jersey Legislative Advocate for the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Margaret King is a Professor of Renaissance History at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her publications include Women of the Renaissance, The Renaissance in Europe and Western Civilization: A Social and Cultural History. King received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 1967 and her PhD from Stanford University in 1972. She has taught at Brooklyn College since 1972 and at the Graduate Center since 1987.

Moderator: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Harvard University, Cambridge; author of the e-Views Blog and e-Reviews columns for Library Journal and Editor of Bowkers’ Magazines for Libraries

Can’t make the live webcast? Register now and you will get an email reminder from Library Journal when the webcast is archived and available for on-demand viewing at your convenience!

Call for Presentations – 15th Reference Research Forum, 2009


Subject: Call for Presentations – 15th Reference Research Forum, 2009

The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 15th Reference Research Forum at the 2009 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

The Committee employs a “blind” review process to select two projects for 25 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Chicago.

Criteria for selection:

* Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;
* Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;
* Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;
* Research projects may be in-progress or completed;
* Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

Proposals are due by Monday, January 5, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday, March 20, 2009. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:
a. Title of the project;
b. Explicit statement of the research problem;
c. Description of the research design and methodologies used;
d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research.

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman
Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee
312.745.3858 (phone)