Author Archives: David Free

Keeping Up With… The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by Lauren Hays and Melissa Mallon.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members can visit our email sign up page to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

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.

Keeping Up With… Mindfulness

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Mindfulness by Julie Artman.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members can visit our email sign up page to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

COUNTER Code of Practice Release 5

COUNTER recently published Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice. The new release internally consistent, unambiguous, and flexible, so that it will be easier for publishers to be compliant and so that the Code of Practice can be adapted and extended as digital publishing changes over the years. The new Code of Practice becomes effective from January 1, 2019.

COUNTER is eager to support librarians, answer questions about Release 5, keep the community updated on the publication of library support guides. Librarians can register to be included in an email forum to receive more details.

More information is available on the COUNTER website.

Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement Mini Grants for Academic Institutions, Due July 14

Over the past two years, longstanding political and social rifts in the United States have become deeper and more overtly hostile, embittering our already polarized public life. Various groups and individuals on our campuses and in our communities have experienced identity-based threats and marginalization that have led to heightened levels of fear and anxiety within campus communities. Students whose political views differ from the majority of their peers have come to fear social ostracism. The intensification of these phenomena harms students, interferes with the achievement of higher education’s mission, and threatens the health of our democracy.

Faculty, administrators, students, and their partners are working to address a variety of challenges: balancing the right to free speech with the need to cultivate learning environments in which all students can be successful, supporting students whose safety and well being are threatened by public policy or rhetoric, responding to attacks on academic freedom, and cultivating spaces in which all students can constructively build relationships and exchange ideas with one another across differences of all kinds–including ideological differences.

The purpose of the Campus Compact Fund for Positive Engagement is to catalyze experimental responses to challenges arising from this new climate. Up to 40 grants of $5000 per institution will be awarded through a national competition.

Read more about this opportunity and apply online.

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