C&RL News – January 2018

C&RL News - January 2018The January 2018 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Nearly every field or industry has experienced disruption over the past several years, and librarianship is no exception. Susan M. Ryan and W. Tandy Grubbs discuss the concept of “Library self-disruption” through the lens of their collaboration bringing 3-D printing to the Stetson University Library and Chemistry Department.

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy can easily been seen as disrupting the library instruction world. Andrea Falcone and Lyda McCartin discuss using the Framework to facilitate student learning outcome development, changing the approach to instruction at their institutions, in their article “Be critical, but be flexible.”

At Rice University, Marcel LaFlamme and Shannon Kipphut-Smith disrupted their traditional approach to a student research fellows program by “Rescoping research through student-librarian collaboration.” Finally, in this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Stephanie Rosen discusses her work in an innovative job position, answering the question “What does a library accessibility specialist do?

In the latest installment of our Internatitonal Insights column, Reggie Raju examines the role of academic libraries in South Africa, along with the concept of Ubuntu, in his article “From ‘life support’ to collaborative partnership,” with a focus on the social justice aspects of open access.

Roxanne Shirazi of the City University of New York explores “The doctoral dissertation and scholarly communication” in this month’s Scholarly Communication column, while Amy Riegelman and Caitlin Bakker provide guidance on “Understanding the complexities of retractions” in their Internet Resources article.

Make sure to check out all of the other features and departments in the January issue, including a look at “ACRL candidates for 2018,” and information on the latest issue of our sister research journal in editor Wendi Kaspar’s C&RL Spotlight department.

College & Research Libraries – January 2018

C&RL - January 2018The January 2018 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.


Franklin Sayre and Amy Riegelman. “The Reproducibility Crisis and Academic Libraries.”


Eamon C. Tewell. “The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic Librarians’ Involvement in Critical Library Instruction.”

Karen Kohn. “Worth the Wait? Using Past Patterns to Determine Wait Periods for E-Books Released After Print.”

Joseph D. Olivarez, Stephen Bales, Laura Sare, and Wyoma vanDuinkerken. “Format Aside: Applying Beall’s Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals.”

Amy Fry. “Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and Discussion.”

Julie Linden, Sarah Tudesco, and Daniel Dollar. “Collections as a Service: A Research Library’s Perspective.”

Ixchel M. Faniel and Lynn Silipigni Connaway. “Librarians’ Perspectives on the Factors Influencing Research Data Management Programs.”

Trenia Napier, Jill Parrott, Erin Presley, and Leslie Valley. “A Collaborative, Trilateral Approach to Bridging the Information Literacy Gap in Student Writing.”

Book Reviews

Joseph Aubele. Victoria Martin. Transdisciplinarity Revealed: What Librarians Need to Know. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 211p. Paper. $85.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4347-1).

Alicia Hansen. Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume 1: Essays and Workbook Activities, and Volume 2: Lesson Plans. Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, eds. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries a division of the American Library Association, 2016. Paper, $95.00 for the set (ISBN: 978-0-8389-8917-3).

Michael R. Mitchell. Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians. Brandon K. West, Kimberly D. Hoffman, and Michelle Costello, eds. Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2017. 396p. Paper, $72.00 (ISBN 978-0

2018 ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow Hosts Announced

Scholarly Communication workshopThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” at a subsidized rate in 2018. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road. The institutions selected to host the 2018 road shows are:

  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • New York University, Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. The workshop’s goal is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system has been updated with a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of scholarly communication including open access, copyright, and library engagement, and provides an opportunity to explore deep dives into selected topics of greatest interest to each host community.

Host sites are partnering with other institutions and organizations in their area to extend the reach to as diverse an audience as possible. Library staff, including liaison librarians, catalogers, access services and senior management from two-year, liberal arts, master’s, comprehensive and doctoral institutions will attend the workshops. In addition to the competitive subsidized version, the Scholarly Communication workshop is part of ACRL’s slate of day-long RoadShows that can be brought year-round at full cost to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Member of the Week: Billy S. Augustine

Editor’s Note: For the month of January, we’re profiling student members of ACRL. For a limited time, ACRL membership dues for students are just $5.

Billy S. AugustineBilly S. Augustine is an MLIS student at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Billy first joined ACRL in 2017 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 3, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Inquisitive, passionate, learner.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I’m currently reading the Book of Nehemiah/Hebrews from the Bible and listening to K-Love radio station on the mobile.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Academic, research, community.

4. What prompted you as a student to join ACRL? I have been an academician for more than two decades in the field of engineering. As I was transitioning to the field of library and information science, I thought it was only logical that I become a part of the ACRL, which has been actively involved in academic libraries and their concerns as a key division of the ALA.

5. What are your career goals? How might ACRL help you achieve those goals? I would love to have a career that keeps me motivated through active service to the local community and academia at large. ACRL no doubt keeps me updated on the key issues in reference and research in the field of LIS and hence is valuable to me in achieving my goals.

6. In your own words: As I have come to know, the concept of academic librarianship has changed a lot over the years, in terms of what essentially is expected by students/researchers from their associated academic libraries. So in the present context, the academic librarian is required to keep up with the times and be flexible enough to take on new roles as necessitated by the ever-changing field of information sciences.

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.

Request for Proposals: Research Agenda on the Research Environment and Scholarly Communication System

ACRL seeks proposals for the design, development, and delivery of a new ACRL research agenda on the research environment and scholarly communication system. The final research agenda will provide an overview of trends, identify effective and promising practices, and delineate important questions where deeper inquiry is needed to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship. This research agenda will be informed by scholarly literature, as well as by advances in practice and the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

The goals of the research agenda are to: a) provide practical, actionable information for academic librarians; b) include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of research environments and scholarly communication systems; and c) point librarians and other scholars towards the most important research questions to investigate.

Work will begin in mid-March 2018 with a with a final document of publishable quality, 23-40 pages in length, due by December 4, 2018. Read more about project objectives and scope along with proposal specifications in the full request for proposals. Proposals are due by January 29, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

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