PPIRS IL Standards Conversations

The PPIRS is re-writing its information literacy standards. The previous “Research Competency Guidelines” were created by the LPSS section in 2008. As part of our information gathering process, we would like to hear from members of the section. To facilitate these discussions we are holding online sessions.

We will have four questions to guide our conversation and look forward to hearing from you about you about what you are currently doing with the new ACRL framework, what tools you use to teach students critical inquiry, and what students studying political science/IR/public policy should know about research in the discipline.

Understanding busy schedules, we are offering two sessions:

  • Tuesday, November 27th at 1:30pm EDT/10:30am PDT
  • Wednesday, December 5th at 3pm EDT/12pm PDT


We hope you can join us! While not required, we encourage you to register your attendance: https://goo.gl/forms/DV9aepwIAhKKnCHo1

Marta Lange Award Winner

Dear PPIRS Members,


As you know, the Marta Lange Award is bestowed every year to honor an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to bibliography and information service in law or political science.


This year’s honoree is Allan Scherlen, professor and social sciences librarian at Appalachian State University. In announcing Allan’s selection, the award committee emphasized “his impact on the political science curriculum at Appalachian State University in being embedded in the undergraduate research methods course as well as his implementation of a two-year NEH grant dealing with Muslim culture and politics within the community.”


Please consider joining us Sunday, June 24th, at 2:05 pm, at the Sage booth on the Exhibit Floor to honor Allan and enjoy a champagne toast.


David Schwieder

Chair, PPIRS




Programming for ALA Annual : Fake News

PPIRS will host this needed discussion on Fake News- come on out and participate!

PPIRS Member?
Attending Annual?
Appalled by “Fake News”?

Come to the PPIRS Plan for Excellence Discussion Session:

Techniques and Approaches:
Librarians on Information Credibility and “Fake News”

10:30-11:30Saturday, June 23 
Sheraton New Orleans, Rm Bayside C 

This session will help librarians of all types to discuss, share and receive feedback on their approaches to the key current topics of information credibility and fake news.

Topics will include classroom pedagogy, LibGuides and other web resources, and innovative techniques and approaches in all areas. This will contribute to PPIRS’s ACRL Plan for Excellence in the Student Learning focus.

We are soliciting a small group of librarians to give brief presentations at the beginning of this session as a means of stimulating discussion. If you feel you have an approach that others might find interesting, or a problem in this area you’d like to solve, contact David Schwieder, PPIRS Chair, at dschwieder@uflib.ufl.edu