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Professional Development Opportunity: ACLCP Fall Conference Registration Open

September 19, 2019

ACRL will present Project Outcome at the ACLP Fall Conference on October 25th at the Red Lion in Harrisburg.

Registration is free for ACLCP (Associated College Libraries of Central Pennsylvania) members and $20 for non-members.

Learn more about Project Outcome here:

Register for the ACLCP Fall Workshop here: Register

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Survey Invitation for CRD Luncheon – Cultural Intelligence in PA Libraries

September 17, 2019

We hope to see everyone next month in Erie for the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference. Our CRD luncheon speaker, Dr. Michele Villagran, will present on Cultural Intelligence in Libraries, and she hopes to include some data from our membership to inform her work.

I hope that you will take a few moments to respond to her survey by September 20, available here:

You do not need to be a PaLA member, CRD member, or conference attendee to complete the survey. Anyone who works in a Pennsylvania Library is eligible. 

Bullies on the Playground: Confronting Horizontal Hostility

September 6, 2019

Photo Credit: G. Adam Poley (CC BY 4.0)

It’s that “back-to-school” season again. Will there be bullies on the playground? In higher ed it is hoped that the worries of high school harassment are left behind as the young adults on our campuses form the habits of college students. Unfortunately, the ubiquitousness of handheld communication carries with it the baggage of cyber-bullying. Some faculty members at Villanova University noted recently that people seem to grow down and not up when it comes to online activities. “Just read the comments section of anything online.” This is particularly disturbing when educational practices that involve electronic media continue to accelerate without any end in sight.

As librarians we used to worry about creeps in the stacks or vandals defacing the books. Now that the life of students is imbued with online media and incessant status checks using a “smartphone,” educators need to be sensitive to the impact of horizontal hostility. The term was coined by thinkers in the feminist movement and the concept has been researched extensively concerning nurses in the workplace, but what about our library users? Especially if they are students.

Overt physical hazing on campuses may be less, although unfortunately still not entirely unheard of, but the initiation of young people into a new learning environment is not only disorienting, but also distressing if their fellow members of the community are critical to the point of abusive. If libraries are loci for democratizing access to knowledge, a crossroads for academic disciplines and a commons for interdisciplinary dialog, librarians need to educate patrons about the insidious and very real possibility of some in the learning community using the anonymity of online media to excoriate each other. The problem of jurisdiction is real, however the library can be a resource for stemming the behavior and fostering civil discourse, if we bring it into the forefront.

Kelsey Merkley gave a passionate talk about “Horizontal Hostility” in the Open community at the Creative Commons 2019 Global Summit earlier this summer. Maybe librarians should even consider programming around shining a light on horizontal hostility in the workplace as well as within the student body?

You can check out all the keynotes from CC’s 2019 Global Summit via their Website:

The CRD Virtual Journal Club is back!

September 3, 2019

Join the College and Research Division’s Virtual Journal Club fall series!  This series we will focus on students’ transition from high school to college. All members of PaLA are welcomed.

In our online meetings, participants engage in discussion or critical appraisal of professional literature covering a broad range of topics in our field. You can learn more about how our series have benefited our participants in our recent Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice article.

The CRD virtual journal club fall series will meet September 24, October 22, and November 19 from 2:00-3:00 pm. Those interested in participating can sign up at

Prior to the September meeting, registered participants will receive an email containing a link to article we will be discussing, a list of discussion questions/prompts, and the online Zoom meeting invitation.

If you have any questions or suggestions for the planning committee, please feel free to contact us at

C&CS Presents: If Not Us, Who? Privacy Literacy Instruction in Academic Libraries with Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly

September 3, 2019

Connect and Communicate Presents

If Not Us, Who? Privacy Literacy Instruction in Academic Libraries

Presented by Alex Chisholm and Sarah Hartman-Caverly

September 27th at 12pm EST

Register here for the Zoom link 

Join us as Sarah and Alex showcase current privacy literacy instruction practices in academic libraries. They will feature activities from the librarian-led Privacy Workshop Series at Penn State Berks and encourage participants to adapt them to their communities’ needs. Participants will preview privacy literacy activities; access the facilitators’ privacy literacy toolkit featuring resources for future privacy literacy programming; gain working knowledge of contemporary privacy challenges and solutions to build professional self-efficacy; and leave inspired to engage in privacy literacy education or advocacy.  Sarah and Alex, who conduct ongoing research in this area, will frame these activities with emerging scholarship on intellectual freedom and privacy literacy practices in academic libraries. This session prepares librarians to answer the call for privacy education and advocacy articulated in Article VII, recently added to the Library Bill of Rights.

Presenter Biographies


Alexandria Chisholm is an Assistant Librarian at Penn State Berks and liaison to the campus’ first year experience program and science division. She has six years of reference and instruction experience at both private and public baccalaureate- and doctoral-degree granting institutions.  Her research focuses on information literacy, instructional design, and privacy literacy.

Sarah Hartman-Caverly is a reference and instruction librarian at Penn State Berks, where she liaises with Engineering, Business, and Computing programs.  Prior to her current appointment, Sarah was a reference and instruction librarian at a community college, and was an electronic resources manager and library system administrator in both community and small liberal arts college settings. Sarah’s research examines the compatibility of human and machine autonomy from the perspective of intellectual freedom. Recent contributions include “Version Control” (ACRL 2017), “Our ‘Special Obligation’: Library Assessment, Learning Analytics, and Intellectual Freedom” (ACRL 2018), and “Human Nature is Not a Machine: On Liberty, Attention Engineering, and Learning Analytics” (forthcoming Library Trends 2019).


As a reminder, Zoom link will be sent approximately 48 hours before the session. We will mute participants on entry into the Zoom room. Session will be recorded and available on YouTube after the session. As always, we will do our best to provide closed captioning during the session.

Thank you to PaLA and CRD for continuing to sponsor these sessions. If you would like to present with C&CS, please contact Erin Burns or any member of the C&CS team, located on the C&CS page:


Call for Proposals: ACRL DVC Fall Program

August 29, 2019

The ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter is looking for proposals to participate in their annual Fall program taking place on October 25th.  Information on the event and what they are looking for in terms of content is below.

Call for Proposals: Beyond diversity speak: Practicing cultural humility in your library


The ACRL DVC 2019 Annual Fall Program will be held on October 25, 2019 at Cedar Crest College from 9:00-3:30pm. This year’s program will be focused on incorporating cultural humility into equity, diversity, and inclusion professional development in academic libraries. Sarah Ahmed (2012) describes diversity initiatives as frequently being “happy talk” that institutions write into their strategic plans and mission statements to manage their image but then do not integrate into everyday practice.  While some libraries make a concerted effort to provide diversity or cultural competency training opportunities, often the attention is superficial and/or uninformed. Nicole Cooke (2016) stresses the importance of cultural humility in serving diverse populations. Cultural humility is a cousin to cultural competency, but while cultural competency means learning about other cultures, cultural humility means continuously working to uncover how we and the institutions in which we engage are complicit in underserving some and overserving others and making ourselves accountable for rectifying the disparity.  To do this, librarians and libraries need tools to help them reflect on themselves and their institutions, facilitate difficult discussions, and imagine new possibilities. Lorin Jackson, the Research and Instruction Resident Librarian from Swarthmore College and co-founder of WOC+Lib, an online community dedicated to amplifying the voices of librarians of color, will run an interactive workshop in the afternoon on cultural humility that promises to be fun, enlightening, and practical. We are now looking for proposals from academic librarians, staff members, and administrators for the morning session that examine the successes and failures they have experienced during their attempts to develop an environment of cultural humility within their libraries. We also welcome theoretical explorations of the concept and practical discussions on how to apply these principles. We are accepting proposals for presentations, panels, and lightning talks. You can submit your proposal here. The deadline to submit is September 23 with notification by September 27, 2018. 


Ahmed, S. (2012). On being included: Racism and diversity in institutional life. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.


Cooke, N. A. (2016). Information services to diverse populations: Developing culturally competent library professionals. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.


Instructions for Proposal Submissions

Proposals can be submitted here and should include the following information:

  1. Proposal title

  2. Names, affiliations, positions, and email addresses of the presenters

  3. Preferred presentation format

    1. Option A – 20-30 minute presentations

    2. Options B – 20-40 minute panels

    3. Option C –  10-minute lightning round presentations

  4. A 250-word summary of the topic you wish to present including the points you intend to make and the way(s) you intend to engage the audience, if applicable


Any questions can be emailed to  We look forward to hearing from you.

Library Legacies Project at Penn State session now available!

August 28, 2019

Thank you to our presenter Jackie Esposito for sharing information on the Library Legacies Project at Penn State. The video session is now available on an unlisted link below:

Thank you to Sara Pike for volunteering to do the closed captioning for this session, and for everyone who stuck it out through our early audio issues.

We will be promoting our next session sometime next week, which is on privacy literacy! Stay tuned for the registration information!