Call for Student Poster Proposals

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL strongly encourages MLIS students to submit poster proposals for our spring program on April 20 at Muhlenberg College. The theme for this year’s program is university and community partnerships.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet with professional librarians in the area and to share their work.

In the poster session, we hope to showcase innovative projects that students have worked on as part of a practicum, internship, or fellowship.

Submitting a poster proposal is easy! Email your proposal to with following information:

  • Full Name
  • Email
  • MLIS Program
  • Poster Title
  • Poster Brief Description

Deadline: March 6, 2018

Call for Spring Program Proposals: We’d Like to Hear Your Partnership Experience

Call For Proposals:
ACRL Delaware Valley Spring Program

Program Date:
Friday, April 20
, Muhlenberg College

Submission deadline: February 24, 2018
Submit proposal to:
(Instructions included below)

Program Description
The theme for the ACRL Delaware Valley spring program is partnerships. Academic librarians cannot work in isolation; we must look beyond our walls in order to better understand the needs of our communities, to make the most of institutional resources, and to provide successful, high-impact programs and services. Collaborating with our stakeholders improves the quality of our services, increases our visibility in the community, and leads to new initiatives. How does one get started on building university and community relationships? What are the best practices? Where are the opportunities? What are the success stories?

All are invited to submit proposals for presentations that fit the theme of partnerships and address one of the following topics.

  • Scholarship and Publishing
  • Learning and Assessment
  • Co-curricular and Extra-curricular Partnerships
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Project Management
  • Technology and Data Services
  • Community Service
  • Archives

Format Options
Please choose from the following:

  • Interactive Session (30-40 minutes)
  • Short Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Long Presentation (40 minutes)

Submission Instructions

Deadline: February 24, 2018
Submit proposal to
Notification of acceptance: March 12, 2018

  1. Please include the following in your proposal
  • Full name, email, and institution affiliation
  • Title of presentation
  • Topic(s) addressed (from list above)
  • Format of presentation (from list above)
  • Two learning outcomes
  • Explanation of how your presentation fits the program’s theme

2. If your presentation is about a specific project, please answer these additional questions:

  • Who were the group(s)  or department(s) you collaborated with?
  • What were the goals of the project?
  • What did you learn from the project’s results?



Board Meeting Minutes – November 2017

11/10/2017 ACRL DVC Board Meeting Minutes

In attendance:  Nancy Bellafante, Jessica Brangiel, Jess Denke, Penny Lochner, Ellie Goldberg, Sarah Wingo

October meeting minutes were approved. They will be posted to the blog.

December meeting will be cancelled.  Board will resume meetings in January.  Meeting date needs to be changed for January 2018.  Possible date is January 11th, second Thursday.  Date will be confirmed in the near future. Continue reading “Board Meeting Minutes – November 2017”

Session Reports for the Fall 2017 Program

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter, Fall 2017 Program

Fact, False, or Just Flawed:
Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness
November 17, 2017
at University of Pennsylvania Law School

Sessions Reports

image of attendeesThe current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be smart and ethical information consumers and producers? We heard from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We  also heard from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.

Pamela Newkirk ImageKeynote

Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

View Session Report by Carol Howe

Expert Panel

image of panelTom Ipri (Moderator), Associate Director for Public Services & Programming, St. Joseph’s University

Mark Dent, Reporter, Billy Penn and Politifact: Pennsylvania Edition

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Delaware County Community College

Vanessa Schipani, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Science Writer for

John L Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College

View Session Report by Penny Lochner

Lightning Round

Group 1

View Session Report by Jess Denke

Humorous Accounts of Fake News — Why They’re Not So Funny by Lane Glisson, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Muckraking 2.Gonz0: Reframing Alt-Media by  Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Delaware County Community College (slides)

Balancing act: Making a small shift to complicate an evaluation activity by Jennifer Jarson, Penn State Lehigh Valley (slides)

Power and privilege in media and research: A new First Year Seminar by Joanna Gadsby and Katy Sullivan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (slides)

Internet fakery is a many-splendored thing: teaching first-year students about digital dangers by Jasmine Woodson, Lehigh University (slides)

Group 2

View Session Report by Jessica Brangiel

image of attendees Digital Media Literacy Workshop Series by Vickie Karasic, University of Pennsylvania Libraries (slides)

Memes: Learning, Literacy, and Lulz by Mariya Zharova, Former Research Fellow at Drexel ExCITe Center (slides)

The Tequila Diet: Using Questionable Health Claims to Teach Undergraduates about Fake News by Alex Pfundt, Bryn Mawr College (slides)

Source Cards for Critical Consumption of Information: Active Learning for Digital Natives by Jess Denke, Muhlenberg College (slides)

Examining Bias and Objectivity in Journalism by Eleanor Goldberg, Delaware County Community College (slides)

What’s new in your library? We want to know!

We want to hear from you! So before you leave for holiday break, share with other chapter members what’s new at your library.

Tell us about library initiatives, hires and promotions, retirements, honors and awards. We will post the information right here on the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter blog & our mailing list.

This form is also available online 

Spring Program: April 20, 2018

cheryl middletonSave the Date for the Delaware Valley Chapter’s spring program on campus partnerships!

Friday, April 20, 2018
Muhlenberg College

The board is thrilled that Cheryl Ann Middleton has accepted our invitation to be the program’s keynote speaker. Ms. Middleton is the President of the ACRL & Associate University Librarian for Research & Scholarly Communication at Oregon State University Libraries.  Read the ACRL 2016 Profile  of Ms. Middleton.

Abigail Shelton, MLSIS student, Receives $1,000 Award from ACRL DVC

image of abigail sheltonCongratulations to Abigail Shelton, an MLIS graduate student at Drexel University, for winning this year’s $1,000.00 ACRL DVC stipend! Ms. Shelton is interested in digital libraries, archives, and reference and instruction.  She has an M.A. in Early American history from Binghamton University, SUNY and works at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia.

Each year applicants for the stipend must respond to an essay prompt. This year’s prompt required students to consider how the IL framework could be used to address the challenges of a post-truth society. Ms. Shelton’s response included emphasis on library partnerships and student exposure to diverse perspectives in library instruction.

Ms. Shelton’s full response to the essay prompt is included below. Continue reading “Abigail Shelton, MLSIS student, Receives $1,000 Award from ACRL DVC”

Fall Program Lightning Talks – Slides Added

Friday,  November 17, is our fall program on news literacy…

Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness



We’ve added the slide presentations from our excellent lineup of lightning round presenters! Continue reading “Fall Program Lightning Talks – Slides Added”

Board Meeting Minutes- October 2017

10/19/2017 ACRL DVC Board Meeting Minutes

In attendance: Nancy Bellafante, Sarah Wingo. Ellie Goldberg, Jessica Brangiel. Jess Denke. Carol Howe. Stephanie Pennucci, Paul Proces.

September meeting minutes  approved.  They will be posted to the blog.  

Next board meeting will be Friday, November 10, 2017.  This is the final board meeting before the fall program and will be held virtually.  Meeting time – 3pm.   Continue reading “Board Meeting Minutes- October 2017”

Board Meeting Minutes- September 2017

September 21, 2017

Attending – Nancy Bellafante, Stephanie Pennucci, Jessica Brangiel, Leslie O’Neill, Paul Proces, Jess Denke, Penny Lochner, Ellie Goldberg

Introductions – Leslie O’Neill is the new archivist for ACRL DVC.

Approved Aug 17 Meeting Minutes. Will start posting meeting minutes to the blog beginning with September minutes (after approval at October meeting).  Continue reading “Board Meeting Minutes- September 2017”