College & Research Libraries – July 2016

crl squareThe July 2016 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.


Wendi Arant Kaspar. “An Introduction.”


Christopher W. Belter and Neal K. Kaske. “Using Bibliometrics to Demonstrate the Value of Library Journal Collections.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Brian K. Kooy. “Building Virtually Free Subject Area Expertise through Social Media: An Exploratory Study.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Paula R. Dempsey. “‘Are You a Computer?’ Opening Exchanges in Virtual Reference Shape the Potential for Teaching.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Christine Fruin and Shan Sutton. “Strategies for Success: Open Access Policies at North American Educational Institutions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Yi Shen. “Strategic Planning for a Data-Driven, Shared-Access Research Enterprise: Virginia Tech Research Data Assessment and Landscape Study.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Julie Gilbert. “Heroes and Holidays: The Status of Diversity Initiatives at Liberal Arts College Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Emily P. Frank and Nils Pharo. “Academic Librarians in Data Information Literacy Instruction: A Case Study in Meteorology.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Jen Hoyer. Where Are All the Librarians of Color? The Experiences of People of Color in Academia. Rebecca Hankins and Miguel Juárez, eds. Sacramento: Library Juice Press, 2016. 352p. Paper, $35.00 (ISBN: 978-1936117833). Full Text (PDF).

Kelli Johnson. Michelle Reale. Becoming an Embedded Librarian: Making Connections in the Classroom. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2016. 128p. Paper, $54.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1367-3). Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Is Digital Different? How Information Creation, Capture, Preservation and Discovery Are Being Transformed. Michael Moss, Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, and Marc J. Dupuis, eds. London: Facet Publishing, 2015. 224p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-85604-854-5). Full Text (PDF).

Ryan Litsey. Nigel Ford. Introduction to Information Behavior. London (UK): Facet Publishing, 2015. 224p. Paper, $85.00 (ISBN-13 978-1-85604-850-7). Full Text (PDF).

Michael R. Mitchell. Monty L. McAdoo. The Student’s Survival Guide to Research. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2015. 232p. Paper, $58.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1276-8). Full Text (PDF).

Mary E. O’Dea. Theresa Willingham and Jeroen De Boer. Makerspaces in Libraries. Library Technology Essentials; 4. Ellyssa Kroski, ed. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 142p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-5300-1). OCLC: 906121721. Full Text (PDF).

ACRL Board Outlines Next Steps in Information Literacy

The ACRL Board of Directors continued its discussion about the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education at its meeting on Monday, June 27, 2016. The ACRL Board recognizes that there are librarians who are seeking guidance for using the Framework now that the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education have been rescinded. A number of ACRL groups and individuals are already working with the Framework to develop resources that will address the needs of librarians who previously relied on the Standards, including the ACRL Framework Advisory Board, the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, and the Information Literacy Framework and Standards Committee.

The ACRL Framework Sandbox, which will be available Fall 2016, will provide a space for librarians to share examples of how they are using the Framework. This will include such things as  lesson plans, rubrics, assessments, and learning outcomes. These resources will be tangible tools that librarians can adapt to their work. ACRL units are developing discipline-specific companion documents that address the need for learning outcomes and assessment. It is the Board’s intention to ensure that tools are available to assist all librarians in the practical application of the Framework.

Member of the Week: Elena Perez-Lizano

Elena Perez-LizanoElena Perez-Lizano is Senior Archivist at the State Archives of New Mexico in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Elena has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 27, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, lifetime learner, adaptable.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently rereading Not the End of the World by Kate Atkinson and Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper by Nicholson Baker.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Responsive, forward-thinking, diverse.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the camaraderie and the ACRL conferences, which have been compared to a spa day: you feel refreshed and re-invigorated, ready to take new ideas back to your library.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I somewhat recently transitioned from a technical services librarian at a small academic library to an archivist at the New Mexico State Archives.  When I first started, I really missed being a librarian, but I realized that what I missed most about being a librarian was meeting people at their point of need, especially at the reference desk. I realized that as an archivist my skills were highly transferable, and I really enjoy connecting patrons to the documents that we hold.

6. In your own words: Libraries and archives are in an continued state of evolution. As librarians, we must be flexible and adaptable to meet patrons at their point of need, wherever that may be.

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 for more information.

ACRL Board Takes Action on Information Literacy Standards

Today the ACRL Board of Directors voted to rescind the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. The Board will continue to discuss next steps to support all academic librarians working with information literacy at its public meeting on Monday afternoon at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

It is important to acknowledge the groundbreaking work embodied in the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, approved by the Board in 2000, in moving the profession forward. These Standards were co-developed with and subsequently endorsed by the American Association for Higher Education and the Council for Independent Colleges.

ACRL recognizes the tremendous contributions of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the transformational work of many ACRL members working with them. Those Standards paved the way for information literacy to become common language in many general education requirements and informed many regional and subject-oriented accreditation bodies. The Board will continue to seek input from the profession as the process moves forward.

ACRL President’s Program on Data Services

Join ACRL President Ann Campion Riley for the ACRL President’s Program “Strategies and Partnerships: Tailoring Data Services for Your Institutional Needs,” from 10:30 am-12:00 pm on Saturday, June 25, in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) W109B. In nearly every discipline, understanding how to find and use data effectively and how to create and manage your own data for re-use are emerging critical competencies in higher education. Approaching data services at the institutional level requires coordinated communication and collaboration across units and/or externally.

Speakers include Sara Bowman, Project Manager, Center for Open Science; Yasmeen Shorish, Scholarly Communication and Data Services Coordinator, James Madison University; and, Kristin Partlo, Reference and Instruction Librarian for Social Science and Data, Carleton College.

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