Category Archives: ALA/ACRL

Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL

It’s that time again, folks! Codex: The Journal of the Louisiana Chapter of the ACRL needs *YOUR* content! We’re looking for articles, annotated bibliographies, and materials reviews! You can submit one of two ways:
1. Through the Codex website at
2. Or directly to this email (
Regardless of which way you choose to submit, please make sure to read the Author’s Guidelines page(

Deadline for submissions will be Friday, October 27, 2017, by 4:30pmRemember: you don’t have to be a librarian, work in Louisiana, or even be a member of ACRL or ACRL-LA to submit – we welcome submissions from staff and LIS students as well! We’re all in this together! Please feel free to share this with your colleagues!
If you have questions regarding submissions to the journal, or would like to talk to me about an idea for an article, please don’t hesitate to contact me!
Megan Lowe, Editor

Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.

***Deadlines for Spring 2017*** Nominations: April 25, 2017 Submissions: May 9, 2017

Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available from the following link:

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the Nomination Form. For further information, please contact committee co-chairs Bill Marino at and Megan Hodge at

**Important note**

All submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO co-chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

Bill Marino and Megan Hodge Co-chairs, ACRL IS PRIMO Committee

Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment

Call for Book Chapter Proposals in Library Assessment  

(For a PDF version of this announcement, please click here).

We are seeking chapter proposals for a book on library assessment. Please consider sharing your work in this area to this effort.

Working Title – Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impact, and Return on Investment


This book will be published under the auspices of ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries). The anticipated publication date is early 2018.


Assessment in academic libraries will play an increasingly crucial role in higher education. With the demand for greater transparency and accountability in funding for institutions, diminished budgets, and a shift to performance-based funding, academic libraries are examining and implementing new and creative approaches to demonstrate their inherent, immediate and long term value and impact to their institutions and stakeholders. Academic libraries of all shapes and sizes are understanding the need to establish their place and role in supporting institutional goals and objectives particularly related to student learning outcomes, academic student success measures, and faculty teaching and research productivity. To this end, many academic libraries are investing in efforts focused on implementing assessment initiatives that demonstrate their value and impact to their institutional stakeholders and community.


This book will present cases of how academic libraries are successfully implementing initiatives to demonstrate their worth and value to their institutional and community stakeholders. The cases will include proven strategies, lessons learned, effective approaches and practical applications successfully employed by academic staff and support professionals. The publication is intended to inform those at all levels of experience and stages of implementation— that is, those who are considering or just beginning to embark on this path, as well as others who have already taken the plunge and are looking to leverage or triangulate other strategies.

Target Audience

This publication will primarily target librarians, professional staff and administrators at all types of academic libraries, and we anticipate it will also be of interest to others across disciplines and industries who are engaged in similar assessment initiatives. It will present practical, easy-to-adopt strategies and approaches based on case studies, and will offer a breadth and depth of options to appeal to a wide range of readers at various stages of experience with demonstrating library value — from beginners to experts.

Proposed Book Sections

This book will be structured in four sections of case studies as described below:

Section 1: Seeding the Initiative. Explores the planning stages or “works-in-progress” in assessment that relate to the library’s impact and value. The results of these efforts may not be imminent. Nevertheless, these case studies demonstrate the potential value and the importance of the initial design and planning stage.   

Section 2: Low-Hanging Fruit.  Provides stories of assessments that are easy to measure, short-term (less than one year), low cost, require few resources (staff or tools), and are easily replicable at similar academic libraries.

Example: ROI spreadsheets at the University of West Florida

Section 3: Reachable Fruit (with some effort).  Provides stories of assessments that may require more external and internal resources to measure, may take more than six months to one year to collect and analyze, feature medium costs and resources (i.e., incentives, equipment, tools), and may be replicable at other academic libraries that are similar in size or scope.

Example: Contingent valuation measures

Section 4: Hard-to-Reach Fruit. A range of assessment activities more difficult to measure and time and resource intensive, may require long-term data collection (e.g. longitudinal studies that require more than a year to collect a dataset or have measures that require more time, such as measuring a cohort’s graduation rates), and feature greater external partnerships, internal infrastructure, and/or additional resources to measure and analyze.

ExamplesThe Library Cube (which required the creation of a relational database), and Mixed-method Ethnographies, such as the ERIAL Project. (Ethnographic qualitative studies require more time to transcribe and analyze.)

Chapter proposals should focus on a topic that is related to one of the four sections listed above. Authors are also welcome to propose additional topics or sections that may be relevant to this publication.

Submission Procedure

Authors are invited to submit a chapter proposal as an email attachment in Word or PDF to on or before Monday, January 09, 2017. The chapter proposal should be 300-500 words clearly explaining the intent and details of the proposed chapter as it relates to one of the four sections of the book described above. Authors will be notified by Monday, February 27, 2017 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Completed chapters are expected to be between 3,000-5,000 words, although shorter or longer chapters are negotiable. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by Tuesday, May 29, 2017.

Proposals should include:

  • Author name(s), institutional or organizational affiliation, job title/role
  • Brief author(s) bio
  • Proposed chapter title
  • A summary of the proposed chapter (300-500 words)


Proposed chapters should be based on unpublished work, unique to this publication and not submitted or intended to be simultaneously submitted elsewhere.   

Important Dates

Book Chapter Proposals Submission Due: Monday, January 09, 2017 Authors notified: Monday, February 27, 2017  Abstracts/Full Chapters Due: Tuesday, May 29, 2017  Feedback and revisions to Authors: Summer, 2017

Final Revised Chapter Due: September, 2017  Copy-editing, production: Fall, 2017

Publication Date: Early 2018

Inquiries to:


Marwin Britto, Ph.D., MLIS

University of Saskatchewan



Kirsten Kinsley, Ed.S., MLIS

Florida State University


Effective Library Instruction: Inspiring Student Motivation

For publication with ACRL Press

Proposal submission deadline: October 1, 2016

Editors Sarah Steiner and Miriam Rigby invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on library instruction. The book’s primary focus is student motivation, with an emphasis on motivational techniques that can be incorporated into instruction settings where time is of the essence: one-shots, quick introductions, video tutorials, etc. We are open to studies that branch away from higher education as long as they focus on adult learners.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere.

We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters:

1.Research/case studies/explorations of the following motivation-related topics (multiple studies desired for each):

Establishing a connection between student needs and interests and the value of information literacy topics/frames

Building intrinsic motivation via positive outcome expectancies or efficacy expectancies

Inspiring students to learn by employing learning goals rather than performance goals

Allowing students to set their own learning goals

Encouraging play and discovery, social connection, and supportive learning environments

Creating appropriate levels of challenge through communication of expectations, class activities, active learning activities, or assessments

2.  Instruction exercises that use/encourage the above.

Submission procedure: Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, and a writing sample, to by October 1, 2016. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for submitting your research plan to your Human Subjects/Institutional Review Board, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you think are relevant.  Authors will be notified of acceptance before December 1, 2016.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample – it is optional to provide multiple writing samples (i.e. not all co-authors have to submit writing samples, but if you feel it best represents your team to submit more than one, please do.)

Note: This initial stage requires a 500 word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due July 2017, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors:

Sarah Steiner, Head of Research & Instruction Services, Western Carolina University,

Miriam Rigby, Social Sciences Librarian, University of Oregon,



Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance

Do you encourage active learning in your online instruction? Do you have strategies for promoting online student engagement? Would you like to share what you’ve learned with your colleagues?

The ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee would like to invite you to submit a proposal to be part of our Spring Online Panel Discussion where participants will share strategies and practical tips for engaging students and promoting active learning in online environments. The proposal from can be found here:

Proposals should not be more than 300 words in length and should include a very brief biographical sketch (additional 150 words or less) of the presenter(s), as well as links to any online materials that will be discussed in the presentation, if available. The Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee will review and select from the proposals submitted. The deadline for submitting proposals is March 9th, 2016.

Submit your proposal now! 

ACRL Women and Gender Studies Section 2016 Poster Session Call for Proposals

The Women & Gender Studies Section will hold its 9th annual Research Poster Session during our General Membership Meeting at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. (The schedule is not finalized, this may change.) The forum seeks to provide an opportunity to present newly completed research or work in progress. Both beginning and established researchers are welcome to apply. Participants may receive collaborative feedback and recommendations for future publishing and/or new initiatives.

The potential scope of the topics includes, but is not limited to, teaching methods, instruction, information technology, collection development, interdisciplinarity, and collaboration with academic faculty. For research ideas, see the Research Agenda for Women and Gender Studies Librarianship.


The committee is especially interested in receiving submissions which highlight the ways in which librarians work with faculty and/or establish faculty partnerships. However, as stated above, submissions are NOT limited to this particular theme.

Applicants chosen to present their work at the poster session are expected to supply presentation materials, including poster boards. Tables for presentation materials will be provided.  Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their colleagues interested in related issues and trends in the profession.

The committee will use a blind peer review process. 

Selection criteria:

1. Significance of the topic. Priority will be given to Women and Gender Studies Section members and/or women and gender studies topics

2. Originality of the project

Proposal submission instructions:

1. Proposals should include:  

          Title of the proposal

          Proposal narrative (no more than 2 pages, double spaced) 

          Name of applicant(s) 

          Affiliation (s) 

          Applicant Email address(es), Phone number(s)  

          Are you a member of the Women & Gender Studies Section? 

If you would like to become a member, go to:

2. NOTE: Submission deadline: March 31, 2016

3. Proposals should be emailed to: Jennifer Gilley, Chair, Research Committee, WGSS (

4. The chair will notify the applicants by April 29, 2016

If you are aware of other groups who would be interested in knowing about this call, please forward this message as appropriate. Thanks!

Library Marketing and/or Outreach in Academics

Are you interested in presenting on Library Marketing & Outreach at the ALA Annual Conference?

Submit a proposal to the Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group!

We are looking for three 15 minute lightning presentations for our annual meeting.

Topics should include Library Marketing and/or Outreach in Academics.

Follow the link to submit:

Proposals should be submitted no later than March 15th. After this time, the ACRL Library Marketing & Outreach IG members will have a chance to review your proposal and vote for their favorites. The three selected presentations will be announced by the end of March.

Thank you,

ACRL National- Library Marketing & Outreach Interest Group Team

Virginia Alexander Cononie and Adam Haigh, founders and 2014-2015 co-conveners
Amy Wainwright and Mark Aaron Polger, 2015-2016 co-conveners
Bonnie Lafazan and Christopher Davidson, 2016-2017 co-conveners

SCIL Works 2016 — Crossing the Threshold: Engaging with the ACRL Framework

***Call for Proposals due Friday, December 4, 2015, by 5pm***

When: Friday, February 19, 2016

Where: California State University, Fullerton

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on February 19, 2016. This annual mini-conference, offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. SCIL Works 2016 will focus on the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

For the last fifteen years, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education has served as a guiding document for librarians as they designed, taught, and assessed information literacy instruction sessions. According to the Framework, “the rapidly changing higher education environment, along with the dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem in which all of us work and live, require new attention to be focused on foundational ideas about that ecosystem.”

Thus, the Framework introduces a new set of core concepts, or frames, central to information literacy that include the following:

  • Authority is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

We seek proposals that focus on teaching, learning, and practices that engage with the ACRL Framework. How are librarians incorporating the Framework into their teaching? What does the typical one-shot session look like when re-designed with the Framework in mind? What do the frames look like in specific disciplines? How are the learning goals for each frame, as described in the knowledge practices and dispositions, addressed? How are libraries and librarians implementing the ACRL Framework?

Example topics could include:

  • Class activities or teaching collaborations that explore various frames
  • Instructional tools created to advance the Framework’s learning goals
  • Challenges or opportunities experienced from implementing the Framework
  • Approaches to the Framework from critical pedagogical perspectives

We are accepting proposals for presentations in one of two formats:

Research & Practice Presentation

An hour-long presentation where the presenter shares his/her research or an effective program or practice with participants, includes 10 minutes for Q&A. Each presentation will be presented twice.

Lightning Round Presentation

A live, 5-minute poster session. This presentation could briefly describe a program or initiative, highlight an online tool or tutorial, or exhibit an assessment process or instrument.


Please submit your proposals to Lua Gregory, SCIL Chair,, by 5:00 pm, Friday, December 4th, 2015.  All submissions will be blind-reviewed by a panel. Presenters will be notified that their submissions have been accepted by Wednesday, December 16th.

Format of Submissions

You can submit your proposal within the body of an email. Be sure to include:

  • Primary contact name, institution, title, phone number, email
  • Other presenters names (if any)
  • Title of presentation — labeling it Research & Practice or Lightning Round
  • Short description of the presentation (no more than 250 words)
  • One paragraph describing how this presentation addresses the theme of the program
  • One learning outcome for attendees

Presenters will receive priority registration.

We appreciate your consideration and look forward to hearing from you!




ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group Panelists

The ACRL Student Retention Discussion Group is seeking 3 to 4 panelists for our DG meeting at ALA Annual! We’re looking for librarians who have successfully demonstrated a relationship between libraries and retention- and if you’re local, please consider bringing your IR or assessment person!

Panelists will speak briefly about their experiences and answer questions from attendees. The panel is expected to last approximately 45 minutes, with birds-of-a-feather discussion to follow.

The Discussion Group will meet on Saturday, June 27th from 1-2:30 in San Francisco.

Interested parties should contact Jaime Hammond at by Friday, April 3rd. Panelists will be notified mid-April.

As always, join us online at

Jaime Hammond, Naugatuck Valley Community College & Nicole Pagowsky, University of Arizona Student Retention Discussion Group Co Conveners



– Call for Proposals

The Education and Behavioral Sciences Section Research Committee is holding its 9th Annual Research Poster Forum during the ALA Annual Conference in San
Francisco, California.  The Research Forum and reception follows the
announcement and speech of the 2015 award winner for APA Excellence in
Librarianship, and will take place on the afternoon of Saturday June 27, 2015.

The Forum seeks to provide beginning and established researchers an opportunity to present research in progress, receive collaborative feedback on their work and recommendations for future publishing.  Research / Posters will be simultaneously presented and discussed in small informal groups.   Attendees at the forum will find an arena for discussion and networking with their
colleagues interested in research related issues and trends in the profession.
The committee will use a blind review process.

Proposals are due February 13, 2015.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they:

1.         Measure and/or investigate library and information aspects in the
fields of communication, psychology, social work and/or education.
2.         Represent the current interests of the membership of EBSS.
3.         Represent an original research project.
4.         Show evidence of carefully planned research design and thoughtful
5.         Clearly identify what stage of the project has been completed and
estimate a timeline for the remainder of the project.

Note:  Research that has been previously published or accepted for publication
by December 1, 2014 will not be considered.


1.         Format: Proposals should be 250-350 words, double spaced, 12 pt. font,
one inch margins.

2.         The first page should include:
–           Date of Submission
–           Name of applicant(s) institution(s)
–           Applicant address(es)
–           Phone number(s)
–           E-mail address(es)
–           Title of the proposal

3.         Subsequent page(s) should include:
–           Title of the proposal
–           Statement of the research question(s)
–           Research goals and objectives
–           Description of the methodology
–           Discussion and/or conclusions

Please email submissions to Benjamin Andrus at by
Friday, February 13, 2015.