Join Us at ACRL

ACRL’s award-winning national conference is coming up quickly. If you’re heading to Philadelphia, be sure to stop by and say hi to us in booth #548. Programming Librarian will be demonstrating some of our newest website features and offering information on some upcoming program grant opportunities from ALA.

Of course, we’ll also be taking some time to attend some of ACRL’s excellent programming. Here are a few paper presentations and programs we’re looking forward to:

Building a “Town and Gown” Collaborative Partnership to Promote Diversity and Literacy: A University Library’s Involvement in the National African American Read-In Chain Literacy Initiative
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 8–9 a.m., Room 105 A/B
This paper describes building a successful partnership that involves a university library in collaborative activities with town entities to develop literacy programs for community children. The collaborative partnership was headed by librarian leadership with faculty and professionals from other university units, the public school system, public libraries, and a city civic organization. Collaborative efforts resulted in an inaugural city-wide celebration of the National African American Read-In Chain (AARIC).

Capturing Your Community: Partnering with Local Booksellers for Collection Development and Events
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Room 105 A/B
In the past few years, libraries have focused their attention on creating library spaces similar to those found in bookstores, yet they have not explored the collaborative opportunities provided by local independent bookstores. When librarians at a large academic institution partnered with a local independent bookstore, they invested in their local economy and provided a model of collaboration that supports collection development and events programming.

From Bus Boycotts and Reading Forts to Gardens and Gov Docs: Challenges and Opportunities in Student-Curated Library Exhibits
Thursday, March 31, 2011, 3:15–4:15 p.m., Room 107 A/B
Curricular exhibits are a powerful mechanism for connecting the learning goals of the college with the physical and intellectual resources of the library. As an assignment type, exhibits have potential for creating meaningful learning experiences for students, cultivating campus advocates, and providing a way to bring student ideas into the library. This panel explores several models for involving faculty, librarians, and students in the creation of this innovative type of library exhibit.

The Pedagogy of Gaming
Friday, April 1, 2011, 1:30–2:30 p.m., Room 103 A
How will gaming explorations in higher education impact libraries and library instruction? Game Studies recognizes that video games create unique experiences that impact players, peers, and students. These experiences create teachable moments that use student’s extracurricular experiences to create meaningful information literacy connections within the classroom. Three librarians explore different aspects of educational gaming: games adapted for classroom instruction, the development of formal Game Studies programs, and student-created library games.