Category Archives: C&RL News

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.

C&RL News – July / August 2017

C&RL News-July/August 2017The July/August issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Librarians are continuing to make great strides in using the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their instruction. In this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column, Zoe Fisher of the University of Colorado-Denver writes about using the Framework in a credit-bearing information literacy course in her article “Facing the frames.”

Looking for additional resources to help with instruction? This issue also features “Project-based learning resources,” an Internet Resources column by Rhonda Huisman of Marian University, and a new version of ACRL’s “Roles and strengths of teaching librarians.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Leila Sterman of Montana State University discusses the impact of green open access policies on institutional repository deposits in “The enemy of the good.”

Steven J. Bell of Temple University examines the potential impact of textbook affordability programs on the relationship between libraries and the campus bookstore in his article “What about the bookstore?”

In a related article, David Stern writes about the examination of “Textbook alternatives” at the Saint Xavier University Library in order to assist with both affordability for students and expanded pedagogy options for instructors.

While gaming programs in libraries have been around for several years, many institutions continue to innovate and explore in this area. Librarians at the University of Oregon created a video game advisory board to facilitate the purchase and circulation of console games. Their program is the focus of the article “Uploadable content.”

Librarians at Georgia Court University partnered with GameStop to run a series of successful game night outreach programs at their library. Jeffrey C. Donnelly and Barbara R. Herbert write about their efforts in “Calling all gamers.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a The Way I See It essay by Silvia Vong and a look at the July issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries.

C&RL News – June 2017

June 2017 C&RL NewsThe June 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. In the current political climate, many libraries are renewing their commitment to serving immigrant and refugee communities. This month’s International Insights column features a series of project outlines from “Academic libraries serving refugee and asylum seekers” both in the United States and overseas.

Librarians at California State University-Fresno partnered with the Fresno County Public Library to help address the digital divide in their area’s diverse community through a service-learning grant program. Raymond Pun, along with Fresno State students See Xiong, Adan Ortega, and Vanna Nauk, outline student-led training workshops in their article “Doing technology.”

People come to academic librarianship from a variety of backgrounds, including performing arts. Solomon Blaylock and Declan Ryan of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries discuss how their experiences as part of the DIY music community can influence librarianship in their article “Librarian in the underground.”

Laura Schwartz experienced DIY first-hand when she became a first-time actor in a student play set and staged at the University of Texas-Austin Fine Arts Library. She reflects on her experience in this issue’s The Way I See It essay “When life becomes art.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Jill Cirasella of the Graduate Center-CUNY discusses “Open access outreach” strategies across a variety of communities with input from library-world Twitter celebrity the OA Hulk.

Makerspaces, including 3-D printing capabilities, continue to increase across academic libraries. Jennie Levine Knies, Valerie Lynn, and Erik Angel write about the launch of 3-D printing at two Penn State University campuses in their ACRL TechConnect article “Parallel lives.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including 2017 ACRL election results and Internet Resources on “Medieval illuminated manuscripts” by Robert Miller.

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