Call for Breakout Session Proposals

The Eastern New York Chapter of ACRL (ENY/ACRL) is pleased to offer a new presentation opportunity for its upcoming Spring Conference, “Building Supportive Organizational Cultures in Libraries,” which will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Binghamton University in Binghamton, NY.

In addition to lightning rounds and poster sessions (the official call for which will come in March), this year we are also offering ENY/ACRL members a chance to submit proposals for our breakout sessions.  Breakout sessions should cover 45 minutes, can include 1-2 presenters, and should incorporate a combination of introduction/presentation and the facilitation of an interactive group discussion.  Possible topics could include, but are not limited to: personnel support, professional development and continuing education, staff training, work-life balance, mentoring, tenure, early/mid/late-career perspectives, etc.

Proposals should include:

  • Presenter’s name and position title (If there is more than one presenter, choose one person to be the contact)
  • Institution
  • Contact information, including phone number, e-mail, and mailing address
  • Title of presentation
  • Summary description of less than 250 words, including ways in which you plan to engage your audience.
  • Presentation needs (e.g. technology, electricity, space, etc.)


Submit breakout session proposals to:

Yu-Hui Chen

The deadline for proposals  has been extended to March 2, 2015. Candidates will be notified of acceptance by early to mid March.

ACRL/NEC Chapter Annual Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries – New England Chapter (ACRL/NEC) announces that registration is open for its Spring 2015 Conference!

Spacing Out with the Library: An Exploration of Collaboration Across the Physical, Virtual and those Places in Between

Friday, May 8, 2015 @ College of Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

As the academic library evolves, it is wherever students and faculty are conducting research and learning, and within physical and virtual spaces intentionally designed to encourage scholarship, collaboration and production. Librarians and our colleagues across our campuses and beyond are actively engaged in building and assessing the most useful discovery services, the most valuable collections, the most cost-effective learning resources, the most effective collaborative spaces … for the best education and research. What does it take to expand “the library” beyond its traditional physical space? With whom are we working to expand our services?

Keynote speakers for 2015 are Marie S.A. Sorensen, AIA NCARB LEED AP, Architect and Principal-in-Charge of Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners, Inc., and David Weinberger, Senior Researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. More information about the conference and speakers is at .

Register at:

To attend the Virtual Conference from Maine, Vermont, or (new this year) Western Connecticut, register at:

Call for Nominations: ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award

Do you know an individual, team or library whose projects, scholarship or other contributions have demonstrated a commitment to innovation in libraries? We are currently seeking nominations for the ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award. The ENY/ACRL Library Innovation Award recognizes a chapter member or group whose creativity, vision and leadership have contributed to positive changes within the academic library community. The award includes a plaque and a $500 honorarium, which is presented at ENY/ACRL’s spring conference.

Submit nominations online. Nominations submitted in previous years may be re-submitted, and self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations will be reviewed by the selection committee:

Jane Kessler, University at Albany
Mary Van Ullen, University at Albany
Michelle Young, Clarkson University

Please take the time to nominate a worthy colleague. The nomination deadline is March 15, 2015.

If you need additional information, please contact any member of the Library Innovation Award Selection Committee.

2015 ENY/ACRL Spring Conference: Save the Date

Building Supportive Organizational Cultures in Libraries

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Binghamton University
Keynote speakers:

  • Mary Ellen Davis, Executive Director, ACRL and
  • Jessica Olin, Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College and
    author of the Letters to a Young Librarian blog

Save the Date

Download as PDF file.


Spring newsletter: Call for articles

Spring may seem far off, but we’ve already begun planning the ENY/ACRL newsletter! Have you been working on an new project or paper? Perhaps you’ve recently presented on a topic of interest to ENY/ACRL members? If so, please consider submitting an article for the ENY/ACRL spring newsletter! Articles can be brief write-ups or longer explorations of a topic. For examples, please see previous newsletters.

Contact Kathryn Frederick by February 15th, 2015 if you are interested in contributing or have questions. Final articles should be submitted by March 1st.