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C&RL News – October 2015

The October 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.
C&RL News - October 2015
Helping demonstrate the value of academic and research libraries remains one of the core goals of ACRL. This month we feature two articles focusing on the assessment of library services. Sarah Anne Murphy discusses the use of technology in assessment projects at The Ohio State University and demonstrates “How data visualization supports academic library assessment.

Starting out on assessment projects of any size or scale can be a daunting process. Mary O’Kelly of Grand Valley State University shares “Seven questions for assessment planning” that can help you take stock of a pending project and move forward strategically.

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Maria Bonn writes about strategies for “Maximizing the benefits of open access” by focusing on the discoverablity of open content. In a bonus Scholarly Communication feature, ACRL President Ann Campion Riley takes a look at future ACRL activities related to “Data management and curation,” including upcoming professional development opportunities.

ACRL’s initaitve on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy has been a great success over the past few years. Joyce L. Ogburn and Merinda Kaye Hensley give an update on initiative activities in their article “Bringing together the educator and the advocate.

Collaborative uses of technology can expand the ability of today’s academic and research librarians to develop creative tools and services. A group of veterinary librarians from across the country used LibGuides in the process of “Designing and creating centralized and sharable reading lists” for veterinary speciality qualification exams and wrote about their project in this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature.

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Vincent F. Scalfani of the University of Alabama discusses applications of the Scientific Method in libraries in “Hypotheses in librarianship.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a final look at ACRL’s 75th anniversary by Pamela Snelson and Internet Resources on the Vietnam War by Seth Kershner and Michael Mannheim.

C&RL News – September 2015

C&RL News - September 2015The September 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The use of social media on Flickr platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is old hat in the academic library world. But there is always room to improve the use of these tools to connect with library users. Katy Kelly and Hector Escobar write about taking the “Bird’s eye view” to engage with students through Twitter.

Data management continues to be a growing focus for many academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Amanda K. Rinehart of Ohio State University writes about the “soft side” of providing data management services in her article “Getting emotional about data.”

While summer break has ended, it is never too early to start planning future professional development events. Librarians at Aquinas College in Michigan created an in-house conference for their colleagues to share and learn from each other. Shellie Jeffries and Christina Radisauskas write about their experiences creating “A conference of our own.”

At Rutgers University, librarians took on the responsibility of “Planning an academic conference” reaching outside the library and even their university community. Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson discuss their experiences and provide useful tips for planning events of all kinds.

This month we look back at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco with our annual roundup of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. We also conclude our decade-by-decade look back at the history of ACRL, as Sarah H. Northam takes a look at the 2000s in her article “Braving 21st-centrury challenges,” and Frances Maloy gives an overview of our more recent history, highlighting ways ACRL has been “Leading with creativity and innovation.”

With the start of a new academic year, many of you are starting your first job in an academic or research library or moving to a position in a new institution. In this month’s The Way I See It essay, “Reflections of an academic librarian,” Elise Silva discusses her recent experiences moving to the library world from a different academic department.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2016 awards program.

Thanks as always for reading the News.

C&RL News – July/August 2015

feb 15 cover imageThe July/August 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Most do-it yourselfers know that home improvement and renovation projects are never as easy as they appear on HGTV. The stress of changing and updating spaces is compounded in projects the size of renovating all or part of a library building. Simone Yearwood reflects on her experiences during a recent renovation of the Queens College Rosenthal Library and provides tips for other libraries looking to update starting out on similar projects in her article “Catching up with time.”

Jonathan Cain and Gardner Treneman provide another perspective on taking advantage of a renovation project to improve services to a rapidly growing student body. Their piece, “New spaces to the space-strapped student,” details changes to service and study spaces during a renovation at Hunter College.

Keeping your building safe from natural disasters can be an increased priority following a renovation. Or at any time, really. Karen Nourse Reed of Middle Tennessee State University provides tips for “Taking a second look at emergency procedures plans” to keep them up-to-date and functional.

In the latest installment of our ACRL TechConnect series, Sarah Hartman-Caverly of Delaware Community College provides a framework for examining student behavior through video tutorial analytics to improve both tutorials and in-person services in her article “Brevity, complexity, availability.”

This month we feature not one but two The Way I See It essays. First, Clark Nall of East Carolina University discusses “Academic libraries and the principles of universal design for learning.” Amy Brunvald of the University of Utah then issues a call for format-sensitive collection development in her essay “Taking paper seriously.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments in this month’s issue, including Internet Resources highlighting “Online resources for writers” by Julie Flanders, a look at “Going analog, and getting artsy” for creative library programming and campus collaboration by Lisa A. Forrest, and tips for navigating change while working on your library and campus “Strategic vision” by Deborah B. Gaspar.

Enjoy your summer, and we’ll see you back in the News in September.

C&RL News – June 2015

C&RL News June 2015The June 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Assessment of library services continues to be a major trend across academia. At the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, librarians created impact story logs to add “Micro assessing” of interactions to their assessment portfolio in order to present a more holistic picture of their work. Jennifer Gundry writes about their efforts in this issue.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Najla Rettberg and Brigit Schmidt discuss “OpenAIRE,” an open access project designed to gather metadata of research output funded by the European Commission.

Academic libraries can often be places of stress, especially during times such as finals, and on a day-to-day basis with the distractions of constant information flow. At the University of Oklahoma, librarians installed a projected Sparq labyrinth to attempt to reduce stress among both library users and staff. Matt Cook and Janet Brennan Croft write about the project in their article “Interactive mindfulness technology.”

At Emerson College, librarians worked with campus partners to create a course design spa program to reduce faculty stress and rejuvenate course assignments and teaching. Karla Fribley outlines their “Massages in the library” program in this month’s issue. Yes, there were actual massages in addition to spa-themed course design services.

Rhonda Rosen of Loyola Marymount University discusses an ongoing, highly successful campus and community outreach program in her article “What’s a nice Jewish book group doing in a Catholic university?

In this month’s The way I See It essay, Donald A. Barclay makes the case that it may be time to kill print textbook reserves in his piece “No reservations.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments in this month’s issue, including full results of the 2015 ACRL election, Internet Resources on LGBT workplace protections by Donna Braquet, and a look back at ACRL in the 1970s as part of our continued celebration of the association’s 75th anniversary.


C&RL News – May 2015

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The May 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

With the recent filing of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education by the ACRL Board of Directors, many libraries are working to put the framework into practice. Mahrya Carncross provides an overview of her efforts at Western Illinois University in “Redeveloping a course with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education” focusing on a research skills class.

At Saint Leo University, Jacalyn E. Bryan and Elana Karshmer used the threshold concepts at the heart of the framework to create information literacy kits for one-shot sessions. Read about their experiences adapting the framework in the article “Using IL threshold concepts for biology.”

Librarians at the University of Michigan recently embarked on “An initiative to address name ambiguity” for faculty authors by implementing ORCID across their campus. Merle Rosenzweig and Anna Ercoli Schnitzer outline the project in this issue.

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Julia Kelly and Linda Eells discuss the role of subject repositories in calling attention to research from the developing world and their impact on “Global scholarship.”

Variations on the library question and answer box have been around for years. Librarians at Mount Holyoke College took a fun approach to this old standby to disseminate information and create a sense of community with library users. Chrissa Godbout, Sarah K. Oelker, and Mary C. Stettner write about their project in the article “Ask LITS.”

With the spring semester drawing to a close at many institutions this month, thoughts are turning to summer projects. Katy Kavanagh Webb advocates for using the summer to review and refresh LibGuides in her The Way I See It essay “What I did over my summer vacation.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including the second round of profiles of 2015 ACRL award winners, Internet Resources on “The American Civil War” by Susan Birkenseer, and information on ACRL activities at the upcoming 2015 ALA Annual Conference.

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