Author Archives: Ann-Christe Galloway

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.

C&RL News – December 2017

C&RL News - December 2017The December 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Digital humanities remains a major trend in academic and research libraries. In this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column, John E. Russell and Merinda Kaye Hensley discuss the intersection of digital humanities, digital pedagogy, and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their article “Beyond buttonology.”

Many libraries continue to launch innovative digital humanities projects, allowing access to, and interaction with, information in new and exciting ways. Danielle Mihram writes about one such project in her article “The University of Southern California’s Voltaire Letters.”

Amanda Clay Powers, Martin Garnar, and Dustin Fife share part two of their “New academic library  leader discussion series” this issue, focusing on the first 100 days of their directorships.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Shea Swauger of the University of Colorado-Denver Auraria Library examines “Open access, power, and privilege” in relation to views on predatory publishing.

While many institutions are focusing on OER to provide expanded access to textbooks and other course materials, some libraries, especially at smaller schools, still find providing access to print textbooks a valid solution to leveling the playing field. Dolores Skowronek writes about her experiences with “Textbooks on open reserve” at Alverno College in this month’s issue.

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments in advancing learning and transforming scholarship with our 2016–2017 Annual Report. The report is a great way to reflect on all of the things you, the ACRL membership, have accomplished over the past year. You can help make the next year of your association as successful as the last by volunteering to serve on an ACRL committee. The call for volunteers is available on page 616.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at ACRL activities at the upcoming 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver and Internet Resources on “Marketing resources for the beginner” from the ACRL Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group.

Have a fantastic holiday season. We look forward to sharing more great content with you in 2018!

C&RL News – November 2017

C&RL News-November 2017The November 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The continued focus on the accuracy of information in both traditional and social media provides an important opportunity for academic and research librarians to provide information literacy instruction that is meaningful to students beyond their classroom assignments. In their article “Says who?” librarians from Aquinas College provide insight into a variety of classroom approaches to addressing “fake news” with undergraduate students.

Librarians at the University of California-Merced took a variety of approaches to highlighting media literacy on campus, including a library exhibit, faculty workshop, special events, and a social media outreach campaign. Sara Davidson Squibb writes about their efforts in her article “Be aware: Elevate your news evaluation.”

The ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee recently conducted a demographic survey of ACRL’s editorial boards as part of their committee workplan. Emily Ford, Wendi Arant Kaspar, and Peggy Seiden discuss the results of the survey in “Diversity of ACRL publications, editorial board demographics.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton discusses “Closing the divide” between subject and scholarly communication librarians to help reach common campus goals around open access and other scholarly communication issues.

Librarians continue to use the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in creative ways. Four art and design librarians from different institutions write about their collaborative efforts to apply the Framework to Studio Art classes in their article “CREATE.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at applying user experience design principles to library signage, Internet Resources on “Community engagement in higher education” by Anne Marie Gruber, a The Way I See It essay on “Reference, reading, and nonreading” by Evan F. Kuehn, a preview of the November issue of College & Research Libraries in the C&RL Spotlight department, and the ACRL 2019 Call for Participation.

C&RL News – October 2017

C&RL News - October 2017

Working with data continues to be a major trend across academic and research libraries. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Laurie Allen, Claire Stewart, and Stephanie Wright discuss “Strategic open data preservation,” based on their presentations at the ACRL/SPARC Forum at this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

In addition to preserving data, the presentation of data in unique and interesting ways is also important to many digital humanities projects. Emily McGinn and Meagan Duever of the University of Georgia Libraries compare a variety of web-based mapping tools in their ACRL TechConnect article “We mapped it so you don’t have to.”

This month we launch a three-part series by Amanda Clay Powers, Martin Garnar, and Dustin Fife on their experiences as new library directors. In their first “New academic library leader discussion series” piece, they reflect on the application and interview processes for their new jobs.

With the fall term underway, outreach to students and faculty is in full swing. A group of librarians from the University of Florida write about their collaboration with public relations students to promote library services in their article “Team up,” while Erica England and Leo Lo provide tips on “Becoming a librarian BFF” based on their experiences working with cohorts of doctoral students. In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Emma Wood discusses ways both students and librarians can overcome library anxiety when working on “Research” projects.

Many librarians are also working to incorporate the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into their instruction this fall. Cara Berg writes about her use of the Framework in a Business Law class in her Perspectives on the Framework article “Enhancing the assignment.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at the  of working as part of a cross-campus research team by Glenn Ellen Starr Stilling and an International Insights article examining “Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals” at a variety of libraries around the world.

C&RL News – September 2017

C&RL News September 2017In light of the current political and social climate, many libraries and librarians are renewing their commitment to core professional values such as diversity and inclusion. At Portland State University, librarians are an integral part of teams working to support a culturally responsive and inclusive curriculum. Kimberly Pendell and Robert Schroeder write about the project in “Librarians as campus partners.”

In this month’s Internet Resources column, Jennifer Kaari provides an overview of digital collections and primary sources focused on “Social activism in the United States.” While the list is by no means comprehensive, it provides an excellent starting point for information on several social justice topics.

The start of the new academic year means a return to library and campus-wide meetings. Kate Dohe and Erin Pappas share ways in which lessons from improv comedy can inform affirmative collaborations in their article “The many flavors of ‘yes,’ ” and Mark Bieraugel of Cal Poly discusses his use of Liberating Structures to help attendees “Never be bored at a meeting again!”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Devin Soper reflects “On passing an open access policy at Florida State University,” providing a roadmap for other libraries beginning a similar process, while Douglas Black of Middlebury College writes about his experiences as “An accidental datahound” in this month’s The Way I See It essay.

The University of Illinois-Chicago Library recently underwent a reorganization, creating a new technical services collection management unit. Gwen M. Gregory writes about the project in her article “For the duration.”

This month we look back at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago with our annual roundup of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. Many thanks to all the reporters who volunteered to write program summaries.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2018 awards program and a look at the September issue of College & Research Libraries from editor Wendi Kaspar.

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