Category Archives: C&RL News

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.

C&RL News – May 2017

C&RL News - May 2017The May 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. While the literature on pedagogy and library services may trend more towards aspects of educating traditional college students, the changing populations at many institutions require an additional focus on continuing education students. In this issue’s Perspectives on the Framework column, Carrie Ludovico of the University of Richmond writes about “Seeing the world through adult eyes” when applying the concepts in the Framework for Information Literacy.

Karen Pruneda, Amber Wilson, and Jessica Riedmueller discuss efforts to engage students in the physical spaces of the University of Central Arkansas in their article “Writing on the walls.”

The University of North Carolina-Greensboro has long used interns from the university’s LIS program to provide reference services. Orolando Duffus provides an overview of the program, along with looking at its benefits for interns as they move into professional roles, in his article “Assessing UNC-Greensboro’s Reference Interns Program.”

Cynthia A. Romanowski of Governors State University follows up on a past essay on her experiences beginning the tenure process in this month’s The Way I See It essay, “First-time faculty librarian, second-year experience.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Allyson Rodriguez discusses opportunities to normalize open access through “Collaboration in scholarly communication” efforts at the University of North Texas. Also, this month, our Internet Resources feature by Sarah Barbrow, Denise Brush, and Julie Goldman provides an excellent list of online tools related to “Research data management and services.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the second installment of 2017 ACRL award winners, information on ACRL programming and events at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, and a look at the latest issue of our scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries.

C&RL News – April 2017

The April 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. While providing services to undergraduate students may be the main focus of much of the LIS literature, many academic and research libraries are exploring innovative ways to serve graduate students as well as faculty. At the Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries, librarians worked with a writing specialist to put on a writer’s retreat of graduate students and faculty looking to improve their writing and publication skills. The program is the focus of the article “A time and place to write and hone skills.”

Librarians at Kennesaw State University’s Graduate Library created a conference to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to graduate student services in libraries. Crystal Renfro and Elisabeth Shields provide an overview of the conference in their article “Transforming libraries to serve graduate students.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, regular columnist Maria Bonn explores “Collaborating and communicating: Humanities scholars working and talking together” through her experiences as part of a Humanities Without Walls grant team.

Librarians at the University of Vermont developed an excellent evaluation rubric for their instruction tutorials. Graham Sherriff outlines the project in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article “Interactive tutorials: The platform matters.”

Nancy Foasberg of Queens College discusses her use of information games such as “Spyfall” to bring the concept of scholarship as conversation from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to life in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the first round of profiles of 2017 ACRL award winners, Internet Resources on “Haitian history and culture” by Marjorie Charlot, a recap of ACRL Board of Directors’ actions at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, and the call for volunteers for ACRL section nominating committees.

C&RL News – March 2017

March 2017 C&RL News coverWith ACRL 2017 fast approaching, many of us are looking forward to gathering in Baltimore. Large events like the ACRL conference can sometimes be a bit daunting for those new to the profession and first-timers in general, however. Students at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Information take a proactive approach to preparing future professionals for the conference experience by holding their own student-led QuasiCon event. UM alumni Martha Stuit and Joanna Thielen provide an overview of “Introducing library students to library conferences” this month.

This issue’s installment of our International Insights column looks at the conference experience from a global perspective, focusing on the history, background, and organization of “The European Conference on Information Literacy.”

Kathy Shields and Christine Cugliari examine information literacy in practice, discussing how they used the Framework for Information Literacy “Scholarship as Conversation” frame as an instructional tool for nonprofit studies students in this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication feature, Merinda Kaye Hensley and Steven J. Bell write about “Digital scholarship as a learning center in the library.” If you are interested in digital scholarship issues, make sure to check out ACRL’s Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group, as well.

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 and a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council. Help shape the future of your associations by voting in the election starting March 13.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including new “ACRL Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators,” a The Way I See It essay on “Word of mouth and library workshops” by Laura Turner of the University of San Diego, and a look at the March issue of C&RL from editor Wendi Kaspar.

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