Association of College and Research Libraries: 2010

Many Academic librarians belong to the American Library Association’s Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). Here are a few items from ACRL’s 2009-2010 annual report, printed with the December 2010 C&RL News issue:

Two important reports came out in 2010:

1)      Value of Academic Libraries multi-year Initiative: Megan Oakleaf, an assistant professor at the Syracuse University iSchool, completed The Value of Academic Libraries Comprehensive Research Review and Report (September). The report, with supplemental materials, is available at The main objective was to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance.

2)      Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025. Written by David J. Staley (Ohio State University) and Kara Malenfant (ACRL scholarly communications and government relations specialist), librarians can examine 26 possible scenarios. The report includes a process for doing scenario thinking in individual libraries. Available at .

Also available: Top 10 Trends in Academic Libraries (ACRL Research, Planning, and Review Committee) at

Scholarly Communication Toolkit: “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics”, was hosted by five sites around the US. Materials have been added to the toolkit, available at A  related resource are videocasts of forums co-sponsored by ACRL and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) at  

New in 2010: Choose Privacy Week Springboard Event (May, 2010). See the webcast at

New Information Literacy standards: Psychology Information Literacy Standards – in addition, more than 1,300 print copies of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) were distributed. Available online:

Librarians and interested others can utilize ACRL’s Instruction Section’s wiki, Information Literacy in the Disciplines – it identifies information literacy standards created by many different entities, and also disciplines for which no known information literacy standards exist, as well as associations and bibliographies, teaching materials and search tips.

Another new online resource is ACRL TechConnect, to identify all ACRL technology-related events, professional development opportunities, articles, podcasts, etc.

Choice has long been a pre-imminent source for book and other library materials reviews. Its website offers 6 free- newsletters that anyone can sign up for. Go to and look for the “Sign up for our Email Newsletters” link. Also, look for Choice’s Facebook page: . To be published in 2011, with Bowker: Resources for College Libraries 2.0

Indiana University – Bloomington received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, university category!

While ACRL membership declined slightly, there are still over 11,000 personal members of the parent group. Members also have the option of joining different topic-focused Sections such as Instruction, Women and Gender Studies Studies, University Libraries.

Take Survey: Federal Depository Libraries

The ISU Library has been a Federal Depository Library since 1906. Our collection is still jammed packed with wonderful resources, and of course, we have links to the many online government publications now available, via our online catalog. If you have used government documents, you may be interested in a survey the US Government Printing Office is offering, throught February 28. The information you provide will be confidential and will be shared with the GPO and the Library in an anonymous and aggregated format.

Find the survey at

PINs in Fusion Catalog

Starting  Thursday, January 13th , 2011, ISU Library patrons will need to enter their library card number and a PIN before they access their personal records online.

The PIN must be at least a 4-digit number.

The first time patrons try to access their records, they will need to select “Create/Forgot your PIN?” on the login screen. If they correctly type their name and library card number, the library catalog will automatically email a URL to the Reset PIN form. The link will be valid for three hours from the time of the request.

Facts & Figures: 2010 US Census info coming out

Visit <> to use an interactive map that highlights the history of apportionment and our country’s changing population throughout the past century. You can also learn more about apportionment through the video The Amazing Apportionment Machine on our YouTube channel: <> and from our Special Edition: Facts for Features by visiting <>. Census in Schools lesson plans for grades 3-12 are available at: <>.