Category Archives: C&RL News

C&RL News – September 2014

sept14 cover72The September 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Data management is a growing area of focus for many academic libraries. Librarians at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Libraries took the initiative in educating graduate students on managing their research data through a series of “flipped” workshops. Lisa Johnston and Jon Jeffryes encourage other libraries to “Steal this idea” and duplicate the program at their institutions. Katherine G. Akers makes an argument for “Going beyond data management planning” and providing more comprehensive research services in her The Way I See It essay.

The intersection between scholarly communication and information literacy has been an ongoing focus for ACRL over the past several years. Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Teresa A. Fishel, and Merinda Kaye Hensley discuss this initiative and ways they’ve made the connection at their institutions in this month’s Scholarly Communication article “Weaving the threads.”

The world of social media is ever-changing, as anyone who has a Facebook account well knows. In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians from Montana State University discuss their shifting adventures with Facebook advertising and marketing efforts on “The social media toll road.”

This month we look back at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas with our annual round-up of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. Going even further back in the history of ACRL, Jill Sodt gives an overview of trends and issues from “The 1940s” in our ongoing series celebrating ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

We also look ahead to the upcoming ACRL 2015 conference with the first in a series of articles focusing on our host city of Portland, Oregon. Tony Greiner and Rachel Bridgewater provide a general overview of the region in their piece “Portland: An eclectic introduction.” Join us March 25-28, 2015, for ACRL 2015. Registration and housing are now available on the conference website at

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look the “Reimagining or revisioning?” of the Northwestern University Libraries’ public services spaces and services, the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2015 awards program, and the monthly look at contents and events from our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.

C&RL News – July/August 2014

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The July/August 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The purposeful use of social media can be a powerful tool in engaging your library and campus communities. Natalie Burclaff and Catherine Johnson provide tips for “Developing a social media strategy” to increase the usefulness of your presences in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article.

Sharing and building on resources created by our peers is a long-standing tradition. Katie Fortney, Cody Hennesy, and Deborah Murphy discuss a project to create recommendations for uniform application of Creative Commons licenses to library learning objects in their article “Share the wealth.”

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services have undergone a great amount of change over the past several years. While the services continue to be essential to students and researchers, they no longer resemble the traditional picture of acquiring books and photocopies of articles from other institutions. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Beth Posner of the CUNY Graduate Center looks at “The view from interlibrary loan services” from a research and scholarly communication perspective.

In her article “It’s all about the relationships,” Laura Graveline discusses the importance of ILL as a service in launching library services for a residency-based PhD program for studio artists. In another view from the frontlines of ILL, Andrew Shuping compares the skills needed for success as an ILL staffer as a combination of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver, and Neo in his essay “The modern interlibrary loan office.”

Successful outreach programs can increase the view of the library as a center for campus activity. Catherine M. Brown looks at the past and present of cultural performances in the rotunda of the UCLA College Library in her article “Concerts and dances in a library?”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the final installment in 2013-14 ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes’ series on financial literacy education and libraries, a The Way I See It essay by Dale Larsen on reaching business students through“The Friday E-Mail List,” and Internet Resources on biographical resources by Susie Skarl.

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

C&RL News – June 2014

june14 coverThe June 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Every two years, ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee produces their “Top trends in academic libraries.” The 2014 edition focuses on a theme of collaboration through the categories of data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness, student success, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.

Two additional articles this month highlight these trends in action. Emma Ganley discusses the “PLOS data policy” in her Scholarly Communication article, while Greg MacAyeal writes about ways the Northwestern University Library created “A culture of assessment” through a formal committee.

Diversity additionally continues to be a major trend in libraries and higher education. Eileen Theodore-Shusta and Araba Dawson-Andoh discuss the Ohio University Libraries efforts at “Engaging the campus community in conversations on diversity,” and librarians from the University of Washington-Bothell and Cascadia Community College outline their use of ACRL’s “Diversity Standards” in developing “Cultural competency on campus.” Alexia Hudson-Ward provides a list of resources for further study of “Diversity and inclusion” in this issue’s Internet Resources article.

In this month’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians at Oregon State University worked with their campus Cultural Resources Centers to develop a checkout system for the centers’ libraries. Natalia Fernández and Jane Nichols discuss the project in their article “Booxter and LibraryThing.”

In honor of the return of the popular Netflix streaming series Orange is the New Black this month, Jill A. Grunenwald discusses her experiences behind bars as a prison librarian in her The Way I See It essay “Orange is the new academia.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including results of the 2014 ACRL election, a new entry in the Libraries and Financial Literacy Education column by ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes, and a look back at the first issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries as part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

C&RL News – May 2014

may 2014The May 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Google Glass has been the topic of much discussion and debate in the media over the past several months. Char Booth and Dani Brecher discuss the pros and cons of this new technology along with the Claremont Colleges Library’s Glass lending and education efforts in their article “Ok, library.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Christine Fruin and Fred Rascoe discuss the economics of open access, including author processing charges, in their article “Funding open access journal publishing.”

As Spring terms begin to wind down, planning for the next academic year begins in many libraries. Scott Garrison and Jennifer E. Nutefall give great advice for new library directors based on their own experiences in “Start by interviewing every librarian and staff member.” Anne Langley and Andrea Baruzzi of Princeton University give tips on holding planning events in “So you want to have a library retreat?”

A new academic year may mean new opportunities for collaboration, as well. Jane Carlin, Lori Ricigliano, and Ellen Peters share their experiences of collaboration between “Libraries and institutional research” at Portland State University. May 2014 marks the kickoff of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary celebration. To help celebrate this milestone, we are launching a series of articles running each issue over the next year highlighting the history of ACRL along with anniversary celebration events. In the inaugural edition, 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force Chair Pamela Snelson outlines the reasons to celebrate ACRL.

In this month’s installment of ACRL President Trevor Dawes’ series on financial literacy education, Heather Jagman, Krystal Lewis, Brent Nunn, and Scott Walter discuss ways the DePaul University Library integrated financial literacy into their programs and services.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including information on ACRL events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, a The Way I See It essay by Jen Green on “Library instruction for first-year students,” and Internet Resources on crowdfunding for research by Dawn Cadogan.

C&RL News – April 2014

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The April 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. In 2013, ALA launched a partnership with the Harwood Institute to help libraries “turn outward” and engage their communities through conversation to better align with community expectations. Nancy Kranich, Megan Lotts, and Gene Springs describe the Rutgers University Library’s experiences with the Harwood approach in their article “The promise of academic libraries.”

Meeting community needs and expectations can be done in a variety of ways. Heather McCullough of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte shares her library’s efforts at “Developing digital scholarship services on a shoestring” to address their campus’ need for additional services in this area.

This month’s issue also features articles on two approaches to meeting community needs by providing chat reference services. Jodi Shepherd and Irene Korber of California State University-Chico detail their implementation of a LibAnswers knowledge bank in their article “How do I search for a book?”

Librarians at John Carroll University looked to the business community for inspiration to provide “Proactive chat reference” by implementing a trigger-initiated customer service system on their library website.

In this month’s ACRL Tech Connect article, Jewelry Yep and Jason Shulman detail a method of assessing social media and examine the concept of nodes and links in “Analyzing the library’s Twitter network.”

In preparation for ACRL’s 75th anniversary, our sister publication College & Research Libraries is asking for your input in identifiying seven seminal articles from that publication’s history for a special issue to be published next year. Visit this issue’s C&RL Spotlight department for more information.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a Scholarly Communication column examining the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment by Marta Bladek, Internet Resources on “Street art and graffiti” by Michael DeNotto, a The Way I See It essay detailing “Lessons learned at the general education table” by Emily A. B. Swanson, and the final round of profiles of 2014 ACRL award winners.

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