C&RL News – May 2016

may16coverThe May 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The Barnard College Library recently completed a move to a temporary space in the college’s former gym while a new library building is being constructed. The timing of the transition meant that for one semester, students were greeted by a nearly empty building as the stacks had been transferred to storage over the preceding summer. Jenna Freedman and Shannon O’Neill write about the library’s efforts to provide an inviting and fun atmosphere during this transition, including allowing students to create art on the library walls, in their article “Library beautification.”

Rutgers University librarians took a perhaps more traditional approach to art in the library by developing a permanent gallery space. Megan Lotts discusses the project and its impact on creating campus collaborations in her article “Building bridges, creating partnerships, and elevating the Arts.”

Teaching information literacy to art majors can often be a dicey prospect, given the emphasis on studio work over traditional written research in many fine arts degree programs. Katie Greer of Oakland University writes about her experiences moving students “From the studio to the archive” by using special collections materials to instill visual and information literacy skills.

This month we are excited to launch a new regular feature, International Insights. Edited by Clara M. Chu and Barbara J. Ford of the University of Illinois’ Mortenson Center, this quarterly feature will focus on providing a global perspective on academic and research library issues. The feature launches with a focus on several current IFLA initiatives.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at “A standardized self-paced nursing library course” at Penn State University, a The Way I See It essay on “Survey data” by Emma Oxford, Internet Resources on “Jamaica” by Kai Alexis Smith, and information on ACRL events at the upcoming 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

ACRL Books Flash Sale – International Students and Academic Libraries!

International Students and Academic LibrariesCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! This week, International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success, edited by Pamela A. Jackson and Patrick Sullivan, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 4th using the code ACRL39 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this book, full of case studies and examples of innovative strategies to encourage library use and academic success among international students, today!

Member of the Week: Nataly Blas

Nataly BlasNataly Blas is Business Librarian at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA. Nataly has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for May 2, 2016.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Motivated, collaborative, thoughtful.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I am currently reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. So far it is a great novel that touches upon family life, death, and diversity. The novel is set in the 1970s but many of themes, especially diversity, are still very relevant today.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Innovative, supportive, engaging.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s commitment and engagement with its members and the library profession as a whole. As an early career librarian, I was confused (and a bit scared!) about the inner workings of such a large professional organization as ALA. Yet, my involvement with ACRL has eased the transition from graduate student to information professional. Through ACRL, I found a great mentor, I have participated in meaningful and knowledgeable discussions, and I feel that I am part of an innovating organization.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As the Business Librarian in a medium-sized institution, I truly have the ability to connect more intimately with the students and faculty. I am very committed to their academic success and promote information literacy skills that will be relevant in their future careers. Since my position tends to be very narrowly focused, I make a great effort to be involved in the larger library environment and ensure that I am engaging with my fellow colleagues. Overall, I try to maintain a positive and collaborative attitude in everything I do.

6. In your own words: Recently, a student worker casually asked, “So, what do the librarians do when they are not on the desk?” I could not help but smile at this question. There are so many answers to the student’s question, but in short, life as an academic librarian is dynamic and rewarding. Librarians are always learning, teaching, solving, and connecting with others.

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.

2016 ACRL Election Results

Cheryl MiddletonCheryl A. Middleton, associate university librarian for learning and engagement at the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, has been elected ACRL vice-president/president-elect. She will become president-elect following the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and assume the presidency in July 2017 for a one-year term.

Emily Daly, head of assessment and user experience and librarian for education at Duke University, and Caroline Fuchs, associate professor and outreach librarian at St. John’s University, have been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as director-at-large.

LeRoy LaFleur, associate director of library services at Tufts University, has been elected to the ACRL Board of Directors as councilor.

Full 2016 election results will be available this afternoon on the ACRL website.

Congratulations to those elected and many thanks to the dedicated members willing to stand for office.

April 29 Update: Full division election results (PDF) are now available on the ACRL website.

College & Research Libraries – May 2016

crl squareThe May 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.


Emily Drabinski and Scott Walter. “Asking Questions that Matter.”


Luke Swindler. “New Consortial Model for E-Books Acquisitions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Katie Greer, Amanda Nichols Hess, and Elizabeth W. Kraemer. “The Librarian Leading the Machine: A Reassessment of Library Instruction Methods.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Amanda L. Folk. “Academic Reference and Instruction Librarians and Dweck’s Theories of Intelligence.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Fatih Oguz. “Organizational Influences in Technology Adoption Decisions: A Case Study of Digital Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Rumi Graham. “An Evidence-Informed Picture of Course-Related Copying.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

John K. Stemmer and David M. Mahan. “Investigating the Relationship of Library Usage to Student Outcomes.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Joan E. Beaudoin. “Describing Images: A Case Study of Visual Literacy among Library and Information Science Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Lizzy Walker. Martin De Saulles. Information 2.0, Second Edition: New Models of Information Production, Distribution and Consumption. London: Facet Publishing, 2015. 192p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-009-9). Full Text (PDF).

Johanna Denzin. Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. eds. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2015. 287p. Paper, $68.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8767-4). LC 2015006339. Full Text (PDF).

Elise Ferer. Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt. Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact. Chicago: The Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 241p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-083898755-1). Full Text (PDF).

Lynne F. Maxwell. Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes. ed. Irene M.H. Herold for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 380p. Paper, $78.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8763-6). LC Z668.5C72 2015. Full Text (PDF).

Joseph Aubele Jill Markgraf, Kate Hinnant, Eric Jennings, and Hans Kishel. Maximizing the One-Shot: Connecting Library Instruction with the Curriculum. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 175p. Paper, $55.00 (978-1-4422-3866-4). Full Text (PDF).

Edward Copenhagen. Educational Programs: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections. ed. Kate Theimer. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 208p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 1-4422-3852-7). Full Text (PDF).

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