C&RL News – July/August 2015

feb 15 cover imageThe July/August 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Most do-it yourselfers know that home improvement and renovation projects are never as easy as they appear on HGTV. The stress of changing and updating spaces is compounded in projects the size of renovating all or part of a library building. Simone Yearwood reflects on her experiences during a recent renovation of the Queens College Rosenthal Library and provides tips for other libraries looking to update starting out on similar projects in her article “Catching up with time.”

Jonathan Cain and Gardner Treneman provide another perspective on taking advantage of a renovation project to improve services to a rapidly growing student body. Their piece, “New spaces to the space-strapped student,” details changes to service and study spaces during a renovation at Hunter College.

Keeping your building safe from natural disasters can be an increased priority following a renovation. Or at any time, really. Karen Nourse Reed of Middle Tennessee State University provides tips for “Taking a second look at emergency procedures plans” to keep them up-to-date and functional.

In the latest installment of our ACRL TechConnect series, Sarah Hartman-Caverly of Delaware Community College provides a framework for examining student behavior through video tutorial analytics to improve both tutorials and in-person services in her article “Brevity, complexity, availability.”

This month we feature not one but two The Way I See It essays. First, Clark Nall of East Carolina University discusses “Academic libraries and the principles of universal design for learning.” Amy Brunvald of the University of Utah then issues a call for format-sensitive collection development in her essay “Taking paper seriously.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments in this month’s issue, including Internet Resources highlighting “Online resources for writers” by Julie Flanders, a look at “Going analog, and getting artsy” for creative library programming and campus collaboration by Lisa A. Forrest, and tips for navigating change while working on your library and campus “Strategic vision” by Deborah B. Gaspar.

Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you back in the News in September.

Member of the Week: Rachel Borchardt

Rachel BorchardtRachel Borchardt is the Science Librarian at American University in Washington, D.C. Rachel has been an ACRL member since 2006 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 29, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, quirky, and helpful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? These days, I usually only listen to audiobooks while running, so I have a strong preference for YA sci-fi/fantasy, which is entertaining enough to distract me while running! I’m currently reading Atlantia by Ally Condie and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani is up next.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Diverse, engaging, and useful.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The thing I value most about ACRL has been the opportunity to meet other science librarians and become involved in STS. The wide range of opportunities to both learn and contribute, from conference presentations and discussions to webinars and ACRL publications, has been invaluable to my growth as a librarian and scholar. And a specific shout-out to Kathryn Deiss, who has been a valuable resource in helping publish our book through ACRL!

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? Like many subject specialists, many of my contributions happen through my reference, instruction, and collection management duties in support of the faculty and students on campus. I also serve on a fair number of committees, including serving on the faculty senate as the library representative starting this June. Right now, I am trying to build a better program to support the research impact needs on our campus, including offering workshops and presentations to faculty and graduate students and providing one-on-one consultations with faculty, many of whom are preparing tenure or reappointment files.

6. In your own words: As librarians, I think our community is uniquely poised to affect higher education in many ways, and we are often looked to by the academic community as an important leader in many discussions. To that end, I believe that we have an opportunity to influence the current research impact landscape – that is, to reimagine what it means to measure the ways in which a scholar impacts his or her academic discipline. For instance, within our own profession, we recognize that scholarly contributions can occasionally mean something different than other professions – a presentation at the ACRL conference, for example, can have a greater impact than traditional scholarship in the form of a peer-reviewed publication. I think, as a profession, now is the time for us to define what scholarship means to our profession and how we want to measure the impact of that scholarship. And yes, I think that altmetrics has a role to play in capturing our impact.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Elizabeth Caris at ecaris@ala.org for more information.

ACRL/ALA/ARL Joint Task Force for IPEDS Academic Library Survey Component – Draft Recommendations Available for Comment

ACRL, ALA, and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and have formed a joint advisory task force to suggest changes to the current definitions and instructions accompanying the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Academic Libraries (AL) Component for FY 2015. The ACRL/ALA/ARL task force worked through a series of phone calls and an in-person meeting on June 19 and has drafted the following recommendations to be presented to National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) for the IPEDS AL component.

The Task Force is seeking feedback on the recommendations by July 9. Please provide your feedback as comments to the Google Doc or email martha@arl.org if you cannot comment on the document.

There will be two presentations on the work of this joint task force at the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco:

ARL Library Assessment Forum: Friday, June 26 from 1:00 –2:30 p.m. – InterContinental San Francisco, Laurel Hill Room. A recorded version of this presentation will be made available after the event.

ACRL Update on the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Academic Library Survey: Saturday, June 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Moscone Convention Center, N132

ALA Delegation to Finland

Editor’s note: The following message is from ALA President Courtney Young.

As the ALA President, I am honored to serve as the leader of the upcoming ALA Delegation to Finland. I invite you to join me and other ALA members to participate in this important international exchange in Helsinki, Finland in October 11-16, 2015.

As you know, Finland is noted for having some of the most innovative library communities in the world. It will be a great to learn and share experiences with our Finnish colleagues.  I believe you would contribute valued expertise to the team while gaining both personally and professionally from the experience.

In addition to visiting cutting edge libraries, we’ll have the opportunity to meet with leadership of the Finnish Library Association to discuss issues such as:

  • Sources of funding and government commitment to library development
  • The role of libraries as an educational resource
  • Use of technology at all levels
  • Education and training for librarians

Each delegate will be asked to complete a profile identifying their background and areas of interest, to ensure the final schedule of activities reflects the professional goals and specific topics of discussion of the enrolled delegates. The itinerary is available at www.professionalsabroad.org.

The estimated cost per delegation member is $4,150. This cost includes: group ground transportation within Finland, meetings, accommodations in double-occupancy rooms, entry fees for cultural visits, the service of a national guide, and most meals.  The program convenes on October 11, 2015 in Helsinki and ends on October 16, 2015.  In most cases, this means a departure from the U.S. on October 11th, with a return on the 16th.

Travel arrangements will be arranged through Professionals Abroad, a division of Academic Travel Abroad.  The 60-year-old organization handles the logistical arrangements for prestigious organizations, such as National Geographic, The Smithsonian, The New York Times – Times Journeys and many top professional associations and universities.

A parallel program of unique cultural activities will be arranged for non-professionals and accompanying guests. If you are interested in bringing a guest to experience the rich culture of Finland, please contact Professionals Abroad for program specifics.

For U.S. citizens, expenses associated with this program may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. You should consult with a tax advisor to determine if the tax deduction is applicable to you.

As the team will be limited and due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at www.professionalsabroad.org.  A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.  In the event that you are unable to accept this invitation, an alternate delegate candidate will be invited. You may also recommend a colleague as your alternate for the program. I look forward to hearing from you regarding your participation.

If you have questions regarding the delegation, contact our Program Representative at Professionals Abroad, at 1-877-298-9677.

I am pleased to be involved in this exciting opportunity and hope that you will strongly consider participating in the delegation to Finland.


Courtney Young

ALA President


ACRL 101 Annual Conference Webcast Recording Now Available

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the ACRL 101 recorded webcast (with slides) on our website to help first-time ALA Annual Conference attendees make the most of their first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to San Francisco, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

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