The June 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Every two years, ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee produces their “Top trends in academic libraries.” The 2014 edition focuses on a theme of collaboration through the categories of data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness, student success, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.
Two additional articles this month highlight these trends in action. Emma Ganley discusses the “PLOS data policy” in her Scholarly Communication article, while Greg MacAyeal writes about ways the Northwestern University Library created “A culture of assessment” through a formal committee.
Diversity additionally continues to be a major trend in libraries and higher education. Eileen Theodore-Shusta and Araba Dawson-Andoh discuss the Ohio University Libraries efforts at “Engaging the campus community in conversations on diversity,” and librarians from the University of Washington-Bothell and Cascadia Community College outline their use of ACRL’s “Diversity Standards” in developing “Cultural competency on campus.” Alexia Hudson-Ward provides a list of resources for further study of “Diversity and inclusion” in this issue’s Internet Resources article.
In this month’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians at Oregon State University worked with their campus Cultural Resources Centers to develop a checkout system for the centers’ libraries. Natalia Fernández and Jane Nichols discuss the project in their article “Booxter and LibraryThing.”
In honor of the return of the popular Netflix streaming series Orange is the New Black this month, Jill A. Grunenwald discusses her experiences behind bars as a prison librarian in her The Way I See It essay “Orange is the new academia.”
Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including results of the 2014 ACRL election, a new entry in the Libraries and Financial Literacy Education column by ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes, and a look back at the first issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries as part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary.