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C&RLNews – February 2016


The February 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Collaborations, both within and across institutional lines, provide a way to extend library services and demonstrate the value of libraries to the higher education community. Gauging the success of collaborative efforts can sometimes be tricky, however. Librarians from the Cornell University Library provide tested tips and tools for assessing both internal and external collaborations in their article “Partnerships.”

Assessment and evaluation are also essential to developing courses and other learning activities. Amanda Nichols Hess and James L. Moseley discuss their experiences “Conducting formative evaluation online,” while developing and presenting an online learning module at Oakland University.

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale and Jennifer Moore add to the discussion of assessment techniques with their experiment using “Digital badges” in helping librarians at Washington University in St. Louis develop data management and GIS skills.

Diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be a needed point of focus in academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Charlotte Roh of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst examines these issues through the lens of scholarly publishing in her article “Library publishing and diversity values.”

With spring conference season close at hand, Tina P. Franks of The Ohio State University provides a travelogue of her recent adventures as a first-time poster presenter in her The Way I See It essay “Travel companion.”

Also this month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with statements from the candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect. Vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 15.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including an ACRL TechConnect article by Tammy Ivins on creating automated reports from Google Forms and Internet Resources on Intellectual Freedom Associations by Steven Greechie.

C&RL News – January 2016

C&RL News - January 2016The January 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Academic and research libraries continue to use social media and other technology tools in new and exciting ways in their work. Librarians from two colleges in South Carolina took inspiration from the #shelfie meme to create an instruction activity to engage students from the social media generation. Amanda Kraft and Aleck F. Williams Jr. write about their project in “#Shelfies are encouraged.”

The citation management tool Zotero has proven to be very popular in a variety of applications. Ellen Hampton Filgo of Baylor University used Zotero in her work as a liaison librarian to keep track of faculty publications and research interests for outreach and collection development purposes.

At Penn State-Brandywine, librarian Nina Clements partnered with Earth Sciences Professor Laura Guertin to use Zotero as a teaching tool in the classroom. They discuss their project in “Science literacy meets information literacy.”

On the subject of collaborations between faculty and librarians, Brian T. Sullivan and Karen L. Porter of Alfred University provide lessons learned from their seven years of collaborations in the article “From one-shot sessions to embedded librarian.” Dory Cochran and Sidney Horrocks of Utah State University shift the collaborative focus to the library and the writing center in their article “Our powers combined.”

Debbie Morrow of Grand Valley State University looks back on her path to “Becoming a liaison librarian” after spending years in a systems role in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

In this month’s Scholary Communication column, Alice Meadows provides detailed information on “Everything you ever wanted to know about ORCID . . .” in her overview of the author identification service.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including contents and news from our online-only scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries and a first look at candidates for ACRL office in the upcoming 2016 ALA/ACRL election.


C&RL News – December 2015

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

C&RL News December 2015

With the increasing popularity of institutional open access policies, along with access to institutional repositories and other self-archiving sites, comes renewed focus on copyright issues. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Nancy Sims of the University of Minnesota unpacks copyright law for versions of scholarly works in her article “It’s all the same to me!”

While the fall term is just coming to an end, it’s never too early to start planning for recruitment and orientation activities. Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco discusses the University of California-Merced’s adoption of a Buzzfeed style quiz to educate prospective new students about library services. Read about the program in “Where (in the library) do you belong?” Kylie Bailin recounts Lafayette College’s experiment with drawing inspiration from a popular movie series to jazz up their first year library orientation, along with lessons they learned from the future, in “From ‘The Research Games’ to tours.”

In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Cynthia A. Romanowski writes about overcoming her tenure track and process fears after moving into a new position in her essay “First-time faculty librarian, first year experience.”

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments in advancing learning and transforming scholarship over the past fiscal year with our Annual Report. The report demonstrates the progress the association has made in achieving the goals of the Plan for Excellence along with other programs and services.

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 also available in this issue.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including Internet Resources on ornithology by Adrienne Warner and a preview of ACRL events at the upcoming 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

Thanks as always for reading the News, and we’ll see you in 2016.

C&RL News – November 2015

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

C&RL News - November 2015With the celebration of Open Access Week last month, developing policies and promoting participation in producing open content is on the minds of many librarians. But sometimes momentum towards open comes from areas on campus other than the library. Gennie Gebhart and Juliya Ziskina discuss “Students as leaders in open access advocacy” in this month’s Scholarly Communication column.

Many academic libraries provide support for education and teacher development programs through collections and services. In their article “Toad and Frog make friends,” Bernadette A. Lear and Karla M. Schmit of Penn State University discuss their efforts in collaborative collection development to provide a wider range of resources for education students.

Mara L. Houdyshell and Coleen Meyers-Martin applied a road show model to promote the curriculum materials center at California State University-Northridge. They write about their program in the article “Just give us 10 minutes!

Providing access to information through collection development is also the focus of Sharon Holderman’s article on cultivating relationships with faculty through “Formalizing the academic library subscription request process.” In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, John H. Bales discusses “Making all the right moves for liaison engagement.

At Belmont University, librarians collaborate across campus boundaries by acting as advisors for undeclared students. Judy Williams and Claire Wiley discuss their participation in the program in their article “Academic advising.

This fall, ACRL launched a new version of the association’s annual statistics collection device. Georgie Donovan and Teresa A. Fishel provide an overview of the changes in “Introducing the new ACRL Trends and Statistics Survey.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including Internet Resources on endangered languages by Colin Chappell and a look at the November issue of our online-only scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries.

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.

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