ACRL Board of Directors’ actions, January 2016: Highlights of the Board’s Midwinter meetings


During the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, the ACRL Board of Directors met on January 9 and January 11. The Board met with the leaders of its three goal-area committees: Value of Academic Libraries, Student Learning and Information Literacy, and Research and Scholarly Environment, to assess progress on the Plan for Excellence.

The Board also received updates from the chair of the Liaisons Coordinating Committee, the chair of the Standards for Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators Task Force, the ACRL representative to the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, the ACRL liaison to the ALA Board, ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy Sharon Mader, and CHOICE Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings.

The ACRL Board of Directors also took the following actions:

Enabling Programs and Services: Education

  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving the ACRL 2019 conference location of Cleveland, and the deferment of the originally selected Minneapolis site to the ACRL 2025 Conference.
  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow Presenter Coordinator William Cross.
  • Approved the Digital Badges Interest Group’s request for ACRL to provide a letter of support for the Digital Library Federation’s proposal to IMLS for a national forum on “Legible Learning.”

Enabling Programs and Services: Member Engagement

  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving the renewal of the Academic Library Services to International Students Interest Group.
  • Approved a revised charge for the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board.
  • Approved the transition of the African American Studies Section into a division-level interest group.
  • Approved the Liaisons Committees’ recommended structure, amended the Liaisons Training and Development Committee charge, and amended the Liaisons Assembly charge.
  • Approved an Access Services Interest Group.
  • Approved a Community College Engagement Task Force.

Enabling Programs and Services: Publications

  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving the proposed ACRL 2015 ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey.
  • Approved adopting the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and affirmed its intent to make a decision on the status of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference, according to the timeline established at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting.
  • Approved the partnership with the New Media Consortium to produce the 2017 New Media Consortium Horizon Project: Library Edition report, with funding from ACRL of $15,000 for the 2017 cycle.
  • Approved the addition of $19,490 to the FY16 budget to undertake the member engagement data analysis and report proposed by McKinley Advisors.

Enabling Programs and Services: Operations

  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving the minutes of the ACRL Board meetings at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.
  • Confirmed the virtual vote approving the minutes of the virtual ACRL Board of Directors Fall Meeting held October 23, 2015.
  • Approved to provide a two-year period during which the Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section (EBSS) may offer the ACRL/EBSS Distinguished Education and Behavioral Sciences Librarian Award without monetary support, and approved the creation of an Awards Task Force to review award policies and procedures.
  • Approved the Routledge award criteria to be adopted for the 2017 award cycle and beyond.
  • Approved ACRL 2017 campaign goal of $50,000, which includes a $30,000 goal for ACRL membership groups (i.e., named scholarships from sections, interest groups, committees, etc.).
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