ACRL Board of Directors’ actions, January 2019

Highlights of the Board’s Midwinter meetings

During the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, the ACRL Board of Directors met on January 26 and January 28. The Board met with the leaders of its four goal-area committees—New Roles and Changing Landscapes, Research and Scholarly Environment, Student Learning and Information Literacy, and Value of Academic Libraries—to assess progress on the Plan for Excellence.

The Board also heard updates from ALA IT Consultant Tobin Conley, ALA Chief Information Officer Jim Gibson, ALA Washington Office Associate Executive Director Kathi Kromer, and ALA Committee on Legislation member James K. Teliha, as well as updates from the ACRL liaison to the ALA Board and representatives from the Project Outcome for Academic Libraries Task Force. The Board reviewed performance of the FY19 budget and a draft budget for FY20. The Board met with a representative from the ACRL Science and Technology Section to consider a request to join the AAAS Societies Consortium for Sexual Harassment in STEMM Membership, and the Board requested additional information for another review after conference.

The ACRL Board of Directors took the following actions:

Scholarly Communication

  • Confirmed the virtual vote to endorse ARL’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Software Preservation.”

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Revised the charge for the Budget and Finance Committee to align their charge with ACRL’s Core Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Renamed the Diversity Committee to the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and approved the addition of the past-chair position in the committee’s composition rules.
  • Extended the Diversity Alliance Task Force’s terms through June 30, 2020.

Enabling Programs and Services: Member Engagement

  • Confirmed the virtual votes to create the External Liaisons Committee with the committee’s charge and composition while simultaneously eliminating the Liaisons Coordinating Committee, Liaisons Grants Committee, and Liaisons Training and Development Committee.
  • Extended the Status of Academic Librarians Standards and Guidelines Review Task Force’s terms through June 30, 2020.
  • Created the National Survey of Student Engagement Information Literacy Module Review Task Force.

Enabling Programs and Services: Publications

  • Appointed Wendi Arant Kaspar to a second three-year term as editor of College & Research Libraries, with a term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022.
  • Approved the “ACRL/RBMS Guidelines Regarding Security and Theft in Special Collections.”
  • Approved the “Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices.”

Enabling Programs and Services: Operations

  • Confirmed the virtual votes approving the minutes of the ACRL Board meetings at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference and the minutes of the virtual ACRL Board of Directors Fall Meeting held on November 16, 2018.
  • Approved the following disbursements from the ACRL Friends Advancement Fund in FY20:
  • $7,000 to fund an additional ALA Spectrum Scholarship sponsorship, and
  • $13,000 to support additional free training opportunities for Project Outcome for Academic Libraries.
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