C&RL News – September 2017

C&RL News September 2017In light of the current political and social climate, many libraries and librarians are renewing their commitment to core professional values such as diversity and inclusion. At Portland State University, librarians are an integral part of teams working to support a culturally responsive and inclusive curriculum. Kimberly Pendell and Robert Schroeder write about the project in “Librarians as campus partners.”

In this month’s Internet Resources column, Jennifer Kaari provides an overview of digital collections and primary sources focused on “Social activism in the United States.” While the list is by no means comprehensive, it provides an excellent starting point for information on several social justice topics.

The start of the new academic year means a return to library and campus-wide meetings. Kate Dohe and Erin Pappas share ways in which lessons from improv comedy can inform affirmative collaborations in their article “The many flavors of ‘yes,’ ” and Mark Bieraugel of Cal Poly discusses his use of Liberating Structures to help attendees “Never be bored at a meeting again!”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Devin Soper reflects “On passing an open access policy at Florida State University,” providing a roadmap for other libraries beginning a similar process, while Douglas Black of Middlebury College writes about his experiences as “An accidental datahound” in this month’s The Way I See It essay.

The University of Illinois-Chicago Library recently underwent a reorganization, creating a new technical services collection management unit. Gwen M. Gregory writes about the project in her article “For the duration.”

This month we look back at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with our annual roundup of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. Many thanks to all the reporters who volunteered to write program summaries.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2018 awards program and a look at the September issue of College & Research Libraries from editor Wendi Kaspar.

Choice and The Charleston Company Launch ccAdvisor

ccAdvisorChoice and The Charleston Company today announced the launch of ccAdvisor, an online review source for information databases and digital resources. Itself a database, ccAdvisor draws upon the traditions of objectivity and scholarly excellence that characterize both Choice and The Charleston Advisor to create the source for the evaluation and selection of digital resources for libraries.

In these tough budget times and with hundreds if not thousands of resources for libraries to choose from, Choice and The Charleston Company have collaborated to create an authoritative and ground-breaking tool that evaluates databases and digital resources. Choice and The Charleston Advisor are well-known and highly respected review sources, and ccAdvisor builds on the architecture of both to present an entirely new product that is faceted, allowing users to filter by subject, type of resource, target audience, or access type (open, subscription, one-time purchase, hybrid), to compile and export lists, save searches, and set alerts. Better yet, the database allows users to construct side-by-side comparison tables of their own. Launching now, ccAdvisor contains 300 reviews and will see at least 200 new reviews added in the first year.

Rather than a digital edition of the reviews in the Advisor or Choice Reviews, ccAdvisor is an entirely new product.  Because it is a database, not simply an archive of reviews, the information in ccAdvisor will be continuously updated and remain current through round after round of product upgrades and successor versions of standing works.

As Choice Editor and Publisher Mark Cummings notes, ccAdvisor is more than simply a selection tool. “Because it also reviews open-access resources, public websites, and tools, the work is an all-purpose guide for students and faculty looking to rapidly assess the scope and quality of resources needed for their research. ccAdvisor brings a powerful new voice to the evaluation of information databases.”

ccAdvisor is what all of us collection developers have been waiting for,” said Katina Strauch, chair of the Board of The Charleston Advisor and Assistant Dean for Technical Services at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library. “I’m excited about the launch.”

“What a wonderful way to mark our 18th year of publication for The Charleston Advisor. We are very pleased to be working with Choice to bring our reviews to the new ccAdvisor platform, which allows us to keep them up-to-date and accessible to a wider audience of library professionals,” added Rebecca Lenzini, president of The Charleston Company.

More information on ccAdvisor, including how to register for a free trial, is available by visiting the Choice 360 website.

Member of the Week: Minhao Jiang

Minhao JiangMinhao Jiang is a software development librarian at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Minhao has been a member of ACRL since 2014 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 5, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Analytic, goal-driven, self-growing.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am reading Calculus: Early Transcendentals by James Stewart, a classic calculus book, for my Calculus III class. I also listen to piano music for higher working efficiency.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Developmental, established, multicultural.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL periodically offers professional programs of high quality. I finished the data management online course and got the certificate. At the same time, the organization values engaging members in such initiatives. I, myself, serve as a member of the ACRL/ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee. I coordinated one webinar that just took place last week.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I maintain existing and develop new applications, contributing to the Wayne State University library system’s digital initiatives. I also research and explore new technologies and ideas for better online library experiences.

6. In your own words: Working as an academic librarian is awesome! I have been taking mathematics classes at the university, to fulfill my intellectual curiosity and to know the larger community. Besides, I, as a software development librarian, learn and thrive with technologies, which are constantly evolving.


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.

College & Research Libraries – September 2017

C&RL September 2017The September 2017 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.


Sarah Potvin. “And Who Will Review the Review(er)s?


Shannon M. Oltmann. “Intellectual Freedom in Academic Libraries: Surveying Deans about Its Significance.”

Lucy Campbell. “The Information-Seeking Habits of Architecture Faculty.”

Megan Fitzgibbons, Lorie Kloda, and Andrea Miller-Nesbitt. “Exploring the Value of Academic Librarians’ Participation in Journal Clubs.”

Leo S. Lo, Bethany Herman. “An Investigation of Factors Impacting the Wellness of Academic Library Employees.”

Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, Shane Nackerud. “The Impact of Academic Library Resources on Undergraduates’ Degree Completion.”

Carol Tenopir, Elizabeth D. Dalton, Lisa Christian, Misty K. Jones, Mark McCabe, MacKenzie Smith, and Allison Fish. “Imagining a Gold Open Access Future: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Funding Scenarios among Authors of Academic Scholarship.”

Sarah Thorngate, Allison Hoden. “Exploratory Usability Testing of User Interface Options in LibGuides 2.”

Book Reviews

Christopher K. Anderson. Forging the Future of Special Collections. Arnold Hirshon, Robert H. Jackson, and Melissa A. Hubbard, eds. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2016. 202p. Paper, $85.00 (ISBN 978-08389-1386-4).

John M. Budd. Academic Librarianship Today. Todd Gilman, ed. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 248p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-7875-2).

Scott Curtis. Mark Aaron Polger and Scott Sheidlower. Engaging Diverse Learners: Teaching Strategies for Academic Librarians. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 164p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3850-7).

Alexandra Hauser. Cinthya M. Ippoliti and Rachel W. Gammons. User-Centered Design for First Year Library Instruction Programs. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 192p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 9781440838521).

Jordan S. Sly. Timothy Snyder. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. New York: Tim Duggan Books, 2017. 126p. Paper, $7.99 (ISBN 978-0-8041-9011-4).


ACRL Offers Sympathy To Clovis

ACRL expresses deepest sympathy to the community of Clovis, New Mexico. We echo the sentiments expressed by ALA President James (Jim) Neal in the statement below, released by ALA earlier today. We are keeping the people of Clovis in our thoughts.

ALA President James (Jim) Neal released the following member statement regarding a mass shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico.

“We are shocked and saddened by the shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library in New Mexico,” said Neal. “We mourn those who were killed, and we offer our thoughts and prayers for the wounded, the families of the victims, library staff, and the community. ALA offers its full support to Clovis-Carver Public Library, the New Mexico Library Association, and the New Mexico State Library as they deal with this senseless violence.

“Unfortunately, we must all be prepared for violence in public places. While ALA encourages its members to work closely with local law enforcement and officials to prepare and train for violence prevention and response,  The ALA also provides resources to assist with this issue.”

ALA members are encouraged to visit ALA resources and best practices regarding violence prevention, emergency preparedness, and other valuable resources at:

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