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University Libraries Section (ULS): About Our Committees

Whether you are a chair, committee member, or prospective member, this is your go-to resource for information about ULS committees.

Future Programs


The ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee (PDC) welcomes proposals for online programs that further ACRL members’ professional development, knowledge, and practice. Proposals should be grounded in theory and/or practice. We encourage the use of panels and multiple presenter models to convey a variety of viewpoints. Presenters are responsible for recruiting their own co-presenters and panelists. Proposals for programs led by an individual presenter are also accepted. Programs usually run one hour, including time for questions, and are offered via Zoom.

All proposals will be considered, however, we are particularly interested in programs addressing the following topics in 2021-2022:

  • Evolving Models for Public Services and Learning Spaces

  • Critical Librarianship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice in Academic Libraries

  • Scholarly Communications

  • Data Management and Visualization

  • Changing Roles of Liaison Librarians and Functional Experts

  • Digital Scholarship

  • Assessment and Learning Analytics

  • Identifying and Developing Future Leaders

Complete the following form to submit an online program proposal. To receive full consideration for the 2021-2022 programming year, submissions should be received by Friday, September 24th, 2021. Please submit proposals here. The committee will let you know if your proposal is accepted and next steps by late October.

Please direct questions to Samantha Harlow or Laura Gariepy, Co-Chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee, at and



Libraries and Learning Analytics: Facts, False Choices, and Future Forays

Presented by Megan Oakleaf, Ken Varnum, Becky Croxton

Monday, November 15 1pm Central Time

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Past programs


Considering Data Literacy Using Kuhlthau's Information Search Process: Implications for Librarians and Data Providers | August 16, 2021 | 1pm CST

Presented by: Charissa Jefferson, Kristin Fontichiaro, Katrina Stierholz, Lynette Hoelter

Registered: 316 | Attended: 121

Video URL:      Slides


Incorporating Feminist Practice Into Library Research | July 26, 2021 | 1pm CST

Presented by: Kelsey Cheshire, Hillary Miller, and Patricia Sobczak

Registered: 385 | Attended: 186

Video URL:      Slides 


A Predatory Primer: What Every Librarian Should Know About Problem Publishers | May 24, 2021 | 11am CST

Presented by: Nicole Webber and Stephanie Wiegand

Registered: 652 | Attended: 344

Video URL:


The Flywheel Effect: Bridging the Gap for First-Year Students in a Virtual World | May 11, 2021 | 1pm CST

Presented by: Kay Coates and Vivian Bynoe

Registered: 330 | Attended: 157

Video URL: 


Building a Community to Foster Your Professional Growth | March 25, 2021 1pm CST

Presented by: Karen Sobel, Zary Kamarei, Erin Richter-Weikum, Kate Silton

Registered: 157. Attended: 72

Recording URL:   Slides 


Supporting the Whole Person with Student Basic Needs ServiceFebruary 23, 2021 | 1pm CST

Presented by: Lana Wood and Darice Ingram, California State University East Bay

Registered: 353. Attended: 138. 

Recording URL:  Slides:


Critical Information Literacy in Ideologically Pluralistic Classrooms: Exploring Challenges and Possibilities  | February 12th, 2021 1pm CST  

Presented by: Andrea Baer, Rowan University; Sara Miller, Michigan State University; Gabe Ording, Michigan State University; Dr. Claudia Vergara, Michigan State University

Registered: 568. Attended: 228. 

Recording URL:  Slides. Available here


Tapping into Specialist Knowledge: Strategies to Enhance Data Services Support Through Collaboration | December 1st, 2020 1pm CST  

Presented by: Thea Atwood, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Patricia Condon, University of New Hampshire; Catherine DeRose, Yale University. 

Registered: 264. Attended: 128. 

Recording URL:  Slides. Available here


Learning Together: Case Studies in Implementing faculty learning communities around information literacy  | July 21st, 2020 1pm CST  

Presented by: Jenny Dale, UNC Greensboro; Joanna Gadsby, UMBC; Katy Sullivan, UMBC; Debbie Morrow, GVSU; Hazel McClure, GVSU; Heather Snapp, FGCU

Registered: 437. Attended: 169. 

Recording URL:  Slides:



Deficit or Equity: Decoding Implicit Thinking and Practice in Information Literacy Teaching and Learning  | June 18th, 2020 1pm CST

Presented by Amanda L. Folk, The Ohio State University and Sara D. Miller, Michigan State University

Registered - 999 - FULL. Attended - 370. 

URL: ttps://, Slides:; Additional Materials:


Trans and Gender Non-conforming Inclusion in Libraries  | February 27th, 2020 1pm CST

Presented by Krista McCracken, Algoma University

Registered - 999 - FULL. Attended - 345. 


Working on Ourselves: Mitigating Unconscious Bias in Literature Searching  | December 9, 2019  | 1pm CST

Presented by Molly Higgins and Rachel Keiko Stark

Registered - 805. Attended - 325. 


Raise Your Voice: Increasing Diversity and Inclusion by Participating in Scholarly Peer Review  | September 10, 2019 | 1pm CST

Presented by Erin Owens, Sam Houston State University

Registered - 424. Attended - 149



I Didn't Mean Anything by it: How Racial Microaggressions are Perceived | April 23, 2019 | 1pm CST

Presented by Audrey Robinson-Nkongola, Western Kentucky University

Registered - 1,242. Attended - 491


Beyond Citation Counting: Metrics and Altmetrics for Demonstrating Scholarly Impact | March 19, 2019 | 11am CST

Presented by Erin Owens, Sam Houston State University

Registered - 358. Attended - 161.


Beyond Library Diversity Residencies: Strategies to Recruit, Retain, and Promote Librarians of Color | February 19, 2019

Presented by Jessica Dai, West Virginia University; Grace Adeneye, University of Delaware; Jesus Espinoza, University of Michigan

Registered - 607. Attended - 337.


Establishing a Scholarly Communication Baseline: Using Liaison Competencies to Design Scholarly Communication Boot Camp Training Sessions | January 30, 2019

Presented by Cindy Shirkey, Jeanne Hoover, Katy Webb, all at East Carolina University

Registered - 342. Attended - 163


A Culture of Accessibility Through Policy and Communication | December 11, 2018

Presented by Angie Brunk, Missouri Western State University

Registered - 394. Attended - 163


Tenure Track Positions: Could I Survive? Could I Thrive? | December 6, 2018

Presented by Karen Sobel, University of Colorado Denver; Gene Springs, The Ohio State University; Barbara B. Moran, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

Registered - 342. Attended - 145




Librarian Toolkit for Working with Online Instructors and Students | April 19, 2018 

Presented by Samantha Harlow, University of North Carolina Greensboro; Kelly McCallister, Appalachian State University 

Registered - 523. Attended - 224


Free Graphics, Audio, and Video for Education | March 7, 2018

Presented by Lindsay O'Neill, California State University, Fullerton

Registered - 239, Attended - 81


How to Think (And Act) Like a UX Librarian Part 2 | February 21, 2018

Presented by Rebecca Blakiston, University of Arizona; Josh Boyer, North Carolina State University; Emily Daly, Duke University

Registered - 258, Attended - 81


20 Apps in 60 Minutes | January 31, 2018

Presented by Lindsay O'Neill, California State University, Fullerton

Registered - 521, Attended - 212


Set Big Goals, Get Big Results | December 15, 2017

Presented by Jason Martin, Middle Tennessee State University

Registered – 150, Attended – 46


Planning, Conducting, and Communicating Library Assessment: An Overview | November 9. 2017

Presented by Starr Hoffman, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Ebony Magnus, Southern Alberta Institution of Technology; University of Louisville

Registered – 463, Attended – 76


How to Think (and Act) Like a UX Librarian | October 17, 2017

Presented by Rebecca Blakiston, University of Arizona; Josh Boyer, North Carolina State University; Emily Daly, Duke University

Registered – 658, Attended – 326


How Libraries can Help Students from Disadvantaged Socio-economic Backgrounds | August 1, 2017

Presented by Ray Pun, Fresno State; Annie Downey, Reed College; Bob Schroeder, Portland State University

Registered – 560, Attended – 206