C&RL News – September 2015

C&RL News - September 2015The September 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The use of social media on Flickr platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is old hat in the academic library world. But there is always room to improve the use of these tools to connect with library users. Katy Kelly and Hector Escobar write about taking the “Bird’s eye view” to engage with students through Twitter.

Data management continues to be a growing focus for many academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Amanda K. Rinehart of Ohio State University writes about the “soft side” of providing data management services in her article “Getting emotional about data.”

While summer break has ended, it is never too early to start planning future professional development events. Librarians at Aquinas College in Michigan created an in-house conference for their colleagues to share and learn from each other. Shellie Jeffries and Christina Radisauskas write about their experiences creating “A conference of our own.”

At Rutgers University, librarians took on the responsibility of “Planning an academic conference” reaching outside the library and even their university community. Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson discuss their experiences and provide useful tips for planning events of all kinds.

This month we look back at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco with our annual roundup of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. We also conclude our decade-by-decade look back at the history of ACRL, as Sarah H. Northam takes a look at the 2000s in her article “Braving 21st-centrury challenges,” and Frances Maloy gives an overview of our more recent history, highlighting ways ACRL has been “Leading with creativity and innovation.”

With the start of a new academic year, many of you are starting your first job in an academic or research library or moving to a position in a new institution. In this month’s The Way I See It essay, “Reflections of an academic librarian,” Elise Silva discusses her recent experiences moving to the library world from a different academic department.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2016 awards program.

Thanks as always for reading the News.

Member of the Week: Elizabeth Galoozis

Elizabeth GaloozisElizabeth Galoozis is Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Elizabeth has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for August 31, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Reflective, methodical, pragmatic.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I just raced my way through Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, and now I’m reading Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, & Lipstick Lesbians by Lillian Faderman and Stuart Timmons. (I love a good subtitle.) I’m also reading Saga by Brian K. Vaughan as each issue comes out, and trying to keep up with Poetry and The Atlantic.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Connection, support, learning.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The conference is by far my favorite conference – there’s always so much programming that interests me, the keynote speakers are creative, and it’s the perfect size. I also value the in-depth professional experiences ACRL offers, like Immersion and Assessment in Action. Participating in Immersion in 2012 was a real turning point in my thinking and professional development. I appreciate that ACRL’s members are always challenging ourselves to improve, and not rest on the progress we’ve already made.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an Information Literacy and Educational Technology Librarian, I consider my central contribution to be making connections: for disciplinary faculty between their learning goals and information literacy; for students with other perspectives and ways of thinking; and for librarians with information literacy across the university and across our large library system. More specifically, I work with our General Education curriculum, graduate student and faculty orientation, and the libraries’ reference working group, and I’m the subject librarian for linguistics and comparative literature.

6. In your own words: I became an academic librarian because I love and value inquiry and critical thinking, and I didn’t feel like that passion was (for me) contained in any one discipline. I don’t think I would have said it in those words back when I applied to library school, but I did have a sense I would be happier participating in a wide range of learning and research experiences rather than devoting myself to a narrower field of study. I’m happiest when I’m working closely with faculty and students to explore their passions and interests.

Another reason I became, and love being, a librarian was articulated recently by my colleague Callie Wiygul, who said that she often asks herself: “How is what I’m doing helping people?” I’ve used this thought many times since then as a way to re-focus, to help me to prioritize work, and to consider the impact of both small- and large-scale efforts.

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


crl squareThe September 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.


Therese F. Triumph and Penny M. Beile. “The Trending Academic Library Job Market: An Analysis of Library Position Announcements from 2011 with Comparisons to 1996 and 1988.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Forrest E. Link, Yuji Tosaka, and Cathy Weng. “Mining and Analyzing Circulation and ILL Data for Informed Collection Development. ” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kirsten Kinsley, Rachel Besara, Abby Scheel, Gloria Colvin, Jessica Evans Brady, and Melissa Burel. “Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Francine May and Alice Swabey. “Using and Experiencing the Academic Library: A Multisite Observational Study of Space and Place.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Brian Detlor and Kathryn Ball. “Getting More Value from the LibQUAL+® Survey: The Merits of Qualitative Analysis and Importance-Satisfaction Matrices in Assessing Library Patron Comments.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Ilka Datig and Beth Russell. “‘The Fruits of Intellectual Labor’: International Student Views of Intellectual Property.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Patrick L. Carr. “Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery.”  Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Harlan Greene. Patricia Steele, David Cronrath, Sandra Parsons Vicchio, and Nancy Fried Foster. The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 138p. Paper, $42.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8740-7). Full Text (PDF).

Jen Hoyer. Tomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson. Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. 248p. Paper, $67.00 (ISBN 978-1-55570-989-1). Full Text (PDF).

Michelle Hendley. Reinventing Reference: How Libraries Deliver Value in the Age of Google. Eds. Katie Elson Anderson and Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 192p. $65.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1278-2). Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers. Eds. Maria Bonn and Mike Furlough for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 288p. Paper, $50.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8697-4). Full Text (PDF).

Ryan Litsey. Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability. Eds. Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz for American Library Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 216p. $65.00 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1218-8). Full Text (PDF).

Lizzy Walker. Andrew Weiss. Using Massive Digital Libraries: A LITA Guide. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 192 p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1235-5). Full Text (PDF).

2015 I Love My Librarian Award

ilml2015-320Nominations are open through September 28, 2015, for the I Love My Librarian Award. The award encourages library users — professors, administrators, students — to submit nominations about how their librarian makes a difference on campus or in the community.

Up to 10 librarians in public, school and college, community college and university libraries will be selected to win $5,000 and will be honored at a ceremony and reception in New York, hosted by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. In addition, a plaque will be given to each award-winner’s library. Winners will be announced in December 2015.

Nominate your favorite College, Community College, or University librarian today!

The award is supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, The New York Public Library, and The New York Times.

ACRL IS Seeks National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience Liaison

The ACRL Instruction Section (IS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (through July 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience.  Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between the National Resource Center and ACRL in order to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and IS.

About the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience

The National Resource Center’s mission reads: “Building upon its history of excellence as the founder and leader of the first-year experience movement, the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition serves education professionals by supporting and advancing efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education. We achieve this mission by providing opportunities for the exchange of practical and scholarly information as well as the discussion of trends and issues in our field through the convening of conferences and other professional development events such as institutes, workshops, and online learning opportunities; publication of scholarly practice books, research reports, a peer-reviewed journal, electronic newsletters, and guides; generating, supporting, and disseminating research and scholarship; hosting visiting scholars; and maintaining several online channels for resource sharing and communication, including a dynamic website, listservs, and social media outlets.”  For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.sc.edu/fye/ or contact the previous liaison Anne-Marie Deitering (anne-marie.deitering@oregonstate.edu).

Submission Requirements

Deadline for Applications: September 18, 2015

Nominees must submit:

  • A letter of application articulating qualifications to Mark Szarko, IS Past Chair, at szarko@mit.edu.
  • A current vita.


  • Liaison attends the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience (organized by the National Resource Center), which takes place in February.
  • Attendance at ALA Midwinter Meetings or Annual Conferences is optional.
  • Liaison must be willing to advocate for the importance of school and academic libraries in student learning and successful transitions.
  • Liaison should effectively share information about ACRL strategic initiatives and agendas to the NRCFYE.
  • Liaison will regularly report back to ACRL and the Instruction Section about upcoming NRCFYE events and initiatives.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current member of IS and ACRL.
  • Experience working with first year students.
  • Demonstrated interest in quantitative research in higher education.
  • Interest in coordinating activities to increase interaction between the National Resource Center, ACRL, and IS.
  • Financial support to attend the Annual Conference on the First Year Experience for the length of the three-year term if not funded by ACRL. (Note: Liaison may apply for up to $1500 in conference funding from the Liaison Grants Committee, but funding is not guaranteed).
  • Experience with or interest in outreach and advocacy to campus stakeholders engaged in the first-year experience movement.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Record of serving IS and/or ACRL on committees, task forces, etc.
  • Advanced degree or credential in teaching.
  • Experience conducting research on the first-year experience.

If you have any questions about the process, please contact IS Past Chair Mark Szarko at szarko@mit.edu.

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