News from the Field

Librarians March for Science

Science librarians were well-represented in the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, in cities from coast-to-coast, from the heartlands to the deep south and the far west. The March for Science drew tens of thousands of scientists, science communicators, and science enthusiasts worldwide, with a mission statement that was strictly nonpartisan.

“It was both exhilarating and exhausting in Washington, D.C., where we spent five hours standing in the rain at the foot of the Washington Monument,” said Alison S. Ricker, head of the Science Library at Oberlin College. “Inspiring messages from speakers and good music kept us energized for the eventual march along Constitution Avenue toward the U.S. Capitol. By the time we passed the EPA building, marchers and spectators were full of enthusiasm, shouting ‘fund the EPA!’ and ‘alternative facts have got to go!’”

Alison Ricker of Oberlin College at the Washington, D.C., March for Science.

Alison Ricker of Oberlin College at the Washington, D.C., March for Science.

In addition to the March in Washington, D.C., there were 610 registered satellite marches to “acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives.” The March for Science website links to a website or social media page for every march, where summaries of speeches, photos, videos, and estimated attendance numbers attest to the outpouring of support for science and, just as fervently, evidence-based policy, and legislation. Read online comments from librarian participants across the country at http://bit.ly/2q61VYr and learn more about the march at https://marchforscience.com.

2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda

Each year, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, in consultation with the ACRL Board of Directors and staff, formulates an ACRL Legislative Agenda. Drafted with input from key ACRL committees, ACRL leaders, and the ALA Washington Office, the ACRL Legislative Agenda is prioritized and focuses on issues at the national level affecting the welfare of academic and research libraries.

The 2017 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on four issues that the U.S. Congress has recently taken, or will most likely take, action on in the year ahead: federal funding for libraries, network neutrality, access to federally funded research, and privacy and government surveillance. The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Legislation on these issues is not likely to arise and, moreover, ACRL does not believe that any legislation about these issues is necessary.

Issues on the watch list are: access to government data, proposed budget cuts, and the activities of the Congressional House Education and the Workforce Committee. ACRL will continue tracking these issues and advocate for the best interests of academic and research libraries, if necessary. The complete agenda is available at www.ala.org/acrl/issues/washingtonwatch/legagenda.

NCLA launches CUS Webinar Wednesday

The North Carolina Library Association’s College and University Section (CUS) has launched a monthly webinar series titled CUS Webinar Wednesday. These multidiscipline webinars began as a state-wide professional development opportunity for North Carolina CUS members, but have since grown to include national participation. As an extension of the webinar series, CUS’s first one-day virtual conference was successfully held in February 2017, with participation from a diverse group of libraries across the nation as well as a few attendees from Canada and Mexico.

These informative 40-minute webinars provide the opportunity for librarians to present concise online sessions on their research, knowledge, and experience to their peers. Thus far, presentations on intentional course design, e-textbooks, and gamification, to name a few, have been successfully hosted and archived. Additional information, including the webinar schedule and proposal link, can be found at www.nclaonline.org/college-university.

OCLC Research publishes guide for collaboration between archivists and IT professionals

OCLC recently released “Demystifying IT: A Framework for Shared Understanding between Archivists and IT Professionals,” a report in the Demystifying Born Digital series designed to help archivists achieve a better understanding of how information technology professionals work so that they can be effective collaborators. The report by Seth Shaw, Clayton State University; Richard C. Adler, University of Michigan Library; and Jackie Dooley, OCLC Research, describes types of IT providers and the services they typically offer, offers insights on the software development process, provides guidance toward building partnerships, and emphasizes the centrality of resource constraints. Many of the issues described are relevant to librarians and archivists who work with IT colleagues on issues other than born-digital management. The report is available for download from the OCLC Research website at www.oclc.org/research/publications/2017/oclcresearch-demystifying-it-shared-understanding.html.

Performing Arts Readiness website launches

The Performing Arts Readiness project, which supports a variety of programs to increase the knowledge and ability of performing arts organizations to create and execute emergency recovery plans, launched a new website this May. LYRASIS is administering this three-year project that is funded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and was created to address the vulnerability of performing arts organizations to emergencies and disasters that can damage business operations and artistic legacy.

The Performing Arts Readiness project will soon offer free webinars and onsite training, conference presentations, grants, and tools to help build the field’s capacity for disaster preparedness. The website is available at http://performingartsreadiness.org.

ACRL Instruction Section releases Tips and Trends: Accessibility and Universal Design

The ACRL Instruction Section Instructional Technologies Committee, has published their latest Tips and Trends article, “Accessibility and Universal Design,” written by Bonnie L. Fong, Elizabeth M. Johns, and Becka Rich. Tips and Trends introduces and discusses new, emerging or even familiar technologies that can be used in library instruction. “Accessibility and Universal Design” is freely available at bit.ly/tipsandtrendsw17.

NCSU Libraries announces Library Fellows class

The North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries has announce its incoming class of Library Fellows for 2017–19. The Fellows Program develops future leaders for academic libraries, with a focus on science, engineering, digital librarianship, diversity, and library management. Fellows are appointed for a two-year term as members of the library faculty, combining an assignment on an initiative of strategic importance with an appointment in a home department. For more than 15 years, the program has attracted talented new graduates from universities throughout North America. The 2017–19 NCSU Libraries Fellows are Nicola Andrews, Shelby Hallman, Erica Hayes, and Colin Nickels.

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