Looking for a Service Opportunity? Consider the ACRL DVC Board!

Are you interested in a rewarding professional development opportunity with a team of fantastic librarians? The Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL is seeking nominees for the following offices:

  • Vice President/President Elect – This is a three-year term, elected position. Serve one year as VP, one year as President and one year as Past President. Voting privileges. Must be a member of ACRL national.
  • Secretary – This is a two-year term, elected position. Voting privileges.
  • Director at Large – This is a three-year term, elected position. Voting privileges.

See the ACRL DVC website for full Board Member Position Descriptions with duties. The Board meets approximately ten times per year (virtually and in person) to develop programs, to provide mentorship and networking opportunities, and to address issues in the larger library landscape. The goal of the ACRL DVC is to “promote library and information services and library and information professionals in college, university and research organizations within the Delaware Valley.”

Nominations and self-nominations are welcome. Please submit nominations through this form by Friday, March 3, for ballot distribution on Monday, March 12. The ballot will remain open until Friday, March 24 at 5:00PM.

Thank you, on behalf of the Nominating Committee!

Cathy Ogur, Past President
Anne Schwelm, Secretary
Pam Harris, Director at Large

Delaware Valley ACRL Chapter – Student Stipend Award 2017

The Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL/DVC) annual scholarship essay is designed to foster and support future academic librarians. A $1000 scholarship award is offered this spring to cover expenses towards attending the ACRL 2017 Baltimore Conference, At the Helm: Leading Transformation. The conference is held once every two years and offers librarians the opportunity to discover new ideas and stay at the forefront of the profession.

Library school students living or working in the chapter’s service area (eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and who are currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program, including distance education programs, are invited to apply.

Each applicant will need to answer the following question in 500 words or less.  The student who receives the award will be asked to write an entry for the ACRL/DVC blog about their ACRL Conference experience. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.  Submit your entry to Martha Stevenson, stevenson@kutztown.edu.

Applicant Question: Identify 2-3 programs in the Conference Schedule of interest to you. Why might they benefit your studies?

Fall 2016 Program Report – CritLib: Theory and Action

CritLib: Theory and Action

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Photo by Cathy Ogur

An engaged group arrived Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Inn at Swarthmore to learn what is behind conversations tagged #critlib. CritLib, or critical librarianship, is a movement to bring social justice principles into our work in libraries. CritLib aims to engage participants in discussion about critical perspectives on library practice. At this workshop, participants began the day exploring the CritLib movement and personal identity. Following the ACRL/DVC Business meeting, attendees heard a panel of  librarians share three approaches to helping students learn to think critically and take action. The workshop ended with exercises to help us look at our personal and social identities. We discussed and reflected on their impact on our interactions.

If you’d like to know more, please read on! The following agenda includes links to a report about each of the sessions.

Agenda

Keynote

“From the Personal to the Theoretical, or a Love Letter to bell hooks”
Veronica Arellano Douglas, Reference & Instruction Librarian, St. Mary’s College
session report by Carol Howe

Delaware Valley Chapter Business Meeting

session report by Cathy Ogur

CritLib in Practice Panel Session

“Hiring and Instruction,” Jeremy McGinniss, Library Director, Clarks Summit University

“Subverting Power: Let the Students Teach,” Romel Espinel, Web Services Librarian, Stevens Institute of Technology

“Just Do Something About Social Justice,” Adam Mizelle, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Widener University

session report by Nancy Bellafante

Closing Discussion

“Your Social Identity Snapshot,” DeVon Jackson, Assistant Director for Leadership Programs & Cultural Development, Villanova University
session report by Cathy Ogur

ACRL/DVC Awards Scholarship to Alexandra Wilder

In November, Martha Stevenson, President of the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Association of the College & Research Libraries (ACRL/DVC) presented Alexandra Wilder with a $1,000 stipend in support of her MLIS studies at Drexel University. Alexandra is currently Manager of Public Programs for the Rosenbach Museum & Library. In her application, Alexandra stated, “I want to continue and expand upon my work in libraries and give back some of what they have given me. Libraries are not only sources of information, but they are sources of connection and community in so many lives.”  The ACRL/DVC Board congratulates Alexandra and wishes her much success.

Each year, ACRL/DVC invites any library school student living or working in the chapter’s service area (eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware) and currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited program to apply for the scholarship.

Welcome!

Welcome to the new blog of the Delaware Valley Chapter of ACRL.

Until now, the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter published a biannual newsletter to share news and information with you. In order to provide more timely updates and make it easier to share and read electronically, the ACRL-DVC Board decided to change to a blog format. You will still get the same helpful updates and we all will be saving paper in the process!

We are in the experimentation stage, so I ask that you please excuse delays, inconsistencies, or adjustments as we transition to this new mode of distributing information.

Please check back for updates.

Penny Lochner, Blog Editor