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Springshare presentation experience at ACRL

Many of our librarians attended the ACRL conference in Baltimore at the end of March. Penn State had a huge presence and even got double credit for supplying coffee to the whole conference! I participated in a really fun presentation at the conference. I submitted a proposal to SpringShare to talk about an innovative way that I am using SpringShare products and talked about my “Link in Every Syllabus” initiative.

promotional graphic for faculty to include a link to the libraries for students in online learning environments

In addition to presenting in the exhibit hall, the session was live-streamed on Facebook. It was so much fun! I felt like I was Rachel Ray giving a presentation in the exhibit hall. I used a microphone and was speaking during a session break. In addition, the presentation was easily archived by SpringShare and is visible through all of their communication channels. I thought this was a neat and different way to bring the awesome things Penn Staters are doing to a broader community. It was a little nervewracking being live streamed, but afterward, I definitely wanted to do it again.

SpringShare has been doing this for about two years and I strongly encourage others to submit a proposal if you are using SpringShare products in an innovative way.

View my guest presentation on “A Link in Every Syllabus” here: http://buzz.springshare.com/videohighlights/flashacrl2017/syllabus

Additional ACRL presentations are available on facebook here:

– submitted by Victoria Raish, World Campus and Penn State Online

University Libraries joins ACRL Diversity Alliance

logo for the Association of College and Research Libraries Diversity AllianceThe University Libraries recently became a charter member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance. As a member, Penn State has committed to a residency program that provides professional development and opportunity commensurate with a professional appointment. In addition to the residency program, member institutions will have the opportunity to collaborate to create multi-institutional opportunities to enhance diversity and inclusion in the field of librarianship and at each institution.

The ACRL Diversity Alliance grew out of the Diversity Alliance for Academic Librarianship, a consortium of four institutions; American University, the University of Iowa, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia University. In response to interest by institutions including Penn State, the ACRL Board voted to support the Alliance at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando in June 2016.

University Libraries intends to be active within the Alliance. More information on the ACRL Diversity Alliance is available on the ACRL website.

– submitted by Joe Salem, associate dean

ACRL Immersion comes to Penn State

Beginning tomorrow, May 17, nearly fifty of our Libraries faculty and staff will be gathering at the Nittany Lion Inn at University Park to participate in a four-day, customized version of the Association of College & Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. This program, often simply called Immersion, provides instruction librarians the opportunity to work intensely over the course of several days on many different aspects of information literacy.

There are now six different tracks, including Teacher, Program, Assessment, and Intentional Teaching, that individuals can select if they travel to one of the national Immersion opportunities that take place around the country. A full description of the Immersion program and its six tracks is available: http://www.ala.org/acrl/immersion

Here at Penn State, we are welcoming three Immersion faculty — Lisa Hinchliffe, Karen Nicholson, and Craig Gibson — for an Immersion track customized to Penn State University Libraries and the needs we have identified for evolving our teaching and learning.

Beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, the customized Penn State Immersion will focus on three main areas: classroom assessment techniques, collaboration with disciplinary faculty, and interactive and engaging learning design, including instructional technology. The program will run through the afternoon on Friday, May 20.

If you are unable to attend but would like to following along with the discussion, follow our Twitter hashtag, #immersionPSU.

Many thanks to Joe Salem for supporting this initiative, and to the Penn State Immersion Planning Committee, led by Amy Deuink and including the following members: Anne Behler, Nancy Dewald, Russ Hall, Glenn Masuchika, Rebecca Miller, Rebecca Peterson, and Beth Theobald.

– submitted by Rebecca Miller, Library Learning Services

Dean’s News

By Barbara I. Dewey, dean of University Libraries and Scholarly Communications

I recently returned from the American Library Association Mid-Winter Meeting in Philadelphia. Many Penn Staters were active participants in the meetings, boards, and committee work. I chaired the ACRL New Publications Committee. This committee is actively seeking book proposals of interest to ACRL constituents. Lisa German and I also attended the ARL January 23 regional design meeting hosted by Temple University. The regional design meetings are part of ARL’s strategic planning process and are being held to create a collaborative space for discussion about the future of the academic library and its place in higher education. This was a timely meeting given Penn State’s active engagement in strategic planning. I also attended the ARL Diversity and Leadership Program lunch and reception. Participants in the 2014 ARL Leadership Symposium included the Diversity Scholars, fellows from the 2014 Career Enhancement Program, and the ARL/SAA Mosaic Program. Mark Puente, director of ARL’s Diversity and Leadership Programs was the event host. Mark will be our Dean’s Diversity Forum speaker on February 24, at 1:30 p.m., in Foster Auditorium and on Media Site. I hope you can attend!

I also wanted you to know that Michael Adewumi, vice president for Penn State Global Programs and I have invited Barbara Ford, director of the Mortenson Center for International Librarianship and professor, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, to Penn State to help us develop strategies to support Penn State’s Global Engagement Network and global initiatives in general. Professor Ford will be meeting on February 3rd with Penn State Global Programs staff and a number of our faculty.

ACRL Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success

By Alan W. Shay, data analyst

ACRL is seeking applications from all types of higher education institutions for 75 teams to participate in the first cohort of “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA),” made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and described on the AiA program homepage.

Librarians will each lead a campus team in developing and implementing an action learning project which examines the impact of the library on student success and contributes to assessment activities on campus. They will be supported in this work by a professional development program with sequenced learning events and activities at key junctures. The AiA program, part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, employs a blended learning environment and a peer-to-peer network over the course of the 14-month long program, which runs from April 2013-June 2014.

The Library Assessment and Metrics Council is seeking individuals who have an idea for a project topic with the potential to contribute to the greater library and higher education community. Neither a complete plan nor a list of team members are necessary to have in place at this time.

If you have a potential project topic and/or an interest to participate in the AiA program, please contact the Library Assessment and Metrics Council via ul-assessment-council@lists.psu.edu by Friday, February 8, 2013. For more information on the AiA application process, please visit the AiA application website.