Librarian Presents at ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium


Reference/Instruction librarian, Shelley Arvin, attended the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL)/New York 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power in New York City on Friday, December 2. She displayed a poster (poster abstracts) titled “Librarian Immersion in Shared Governance” which is largely about her involvement with AAUP and what it has taught her.

ACRL/NY 2016 Annual Symposium: Money and Power

Economic, social, and political power affect the choices we all make as individuals and as institutions, and academic libraries and archives are far from exempt. Power and money determine who and what is included or excluded, affect our conscious and unconscious agendas, and can be used to further or hinder changes of many kinds. Yet as ever-present as these forces are, they are often assumed and unspoken. At this one-day conference, presenters will address some of the undercurrents of money and power within academic libraries and archives, with the goal of moving forward together with productive analysis and action.

Abstract: Librarian Immersion in Shared Governance

At a time when academic institutions are under economic stress, university governance must make hard decisions regarding the prioritization of goals and distribution of resources. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) defends the ideals of academic freedom and shared governance under which higher education institutions aspire to operate. AAUP recommends that faculty become educated about the governance system under which their university functions and how decision-making occurs in order to more effectively influence policy. This poster illustrates the case study of a librarian’s involvement with the local chapter of the AAUP and library and university governance. AAUP training enabled her to contribute to the political conversation of the decision-making process to achieve positive outcomes that ultimately benefited both the library and the academic institution.