Category Archives: C&RL 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.

C&RL News – April 2015

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

Social justice and equality issues remain a hot topic of discussion across the country. In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Rachel Lockman reflects on the relationship between “Academic librarians and social justice” and calls for increased engagement with social issues through microactivism.

Librarians at the University of Arizona put microactivism and critical pedagogy into action following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, through the creation of a research guide and collaborating on a related conference with campus partners. Nicole Pagowsky and Niamh Wallace discuss these initiatives and why it is important for libraries to be actively involved in social justice issues in their article “Black Lives Matter!”

Judith E. Pasek examines campus collaborations from a different perspective in her article “Organizing the liaison role,” where she discusses a compelling concept map for organizing and planning liaison activities.

Claudia Peterson and Mary Inks Budinsky of Penn State-Fayette, The Eberly Campus, continue the look at “Successful collaboration between learning partners,” focusing on teaming with the campus learning center in a joint instructional program.

Librarians at Wake Forest University took a fun and creative approach to collaboration, working with their Division of Campus Life to host Capture the Flag and Humans Vs. Zombies events in their library as detailed in the article “Large-scale, live-action gaming events in academic libraries.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Kristi Jensen and Quill West examine “Open educational resources and the higher education environment,” focusing on opportunities for library leadership in OER.

With graduation approaching for many LIS students, we provide some helpful job search tips for both newly minted and seasoned librarians from human resources professionals Kathryn Kjaer and Leo Agnew in their article “HR confidential.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including the first round of profiles of 2015 ACRL award winners, a call for nominations for 2016 section offices, and the monthly C&RL Spotlight.


C&RL News – March 2015

march 15 cover imageThere has been much discussion over the past several months about the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. The Board of Directors decided to “file” the new Framework at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting. More information, along with other Midwinter Board actions, is available in this issue.

At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, librarians are collaborating on a new flex education program to provide information literacy instruction. Kristin M. Woodward discusses the program in her article “Information literacy in competency-based education.”

The opening of New York University’s new program in Shanghai, China, offered a unique opportunity to work with students from a variety of cultural groups. Raymond Pun and Heng (Helen) Ge reflect on their challenges and learning opportunities in their article “The first year research experience at New York University-Shanghai.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Monica Berger and Jill Cirasella look “Beyond Beall’s List” to better understand predatory scholarly publishers.

Archives and special collections continue to play a major role in academic and research libraries. Eddie Woodward looks at “Building relationships” between archives, archivists, and alumni; and Matt Gorzalski discusses “Archives and non-Humanities students” in this month’s issue.

Also this month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with responses from the candidates for ALA vice-president/president-elect to questions from the ACRL Board of Directors. This issue also includes a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council. Vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 24.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including an ACRL TechConnect article on the use of “Body apps” in anatomy and physiology instruction, information on our 75th anniversary commissioned publication; and a The Way I See It essay by Tony Horava on teaching 21st-century collection development to LIS students.

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