Category Archives: C&RL News

C&RL News – January 2015

C&RL News - January 2015

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

Librarians at all types of institutions continue to innovate by adapting pedagogical trends to instructional services. At Marquette University, librarians experimented with the flipped classroom approach for instruction. Elizabeth Andrejasich Gibes and Heather James describe the results of their project and ask the question “Is flipping enough?”

Librarian Ellen Bahr and communications instructor Chandler Harriss collaborated at Alfred University to provide an integrated library/classroom experience for student research projects. They discuss their efforts in the article “One-to-one instruction.”

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Kate Lucey provides a brief overview of differentiated instruction and ways it can be applied in the instruction classroom.

Internal staff training and outreach can be an overlooked aspect of academic libraries but is an essential component of a successful library program. Denise Foley, Sarah Barbrow, and Megan Hartline provide an overview of the University of Michigan Library’s “StaffShare” cross-departmental communication and connecting program this month.

The Davidson College Library developed an innovative training program for student workers who provide information services, focusing on developing these workers both as library employees and students. Cara Evanson writes about the program in her article “‘We aren’t just the kids that sit at the front.’”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Michael Wolfe and Adrian K. Ho introduce News readers to the “Authors Alliance.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including a look at parks, hiking, day trips, and general nature in our ACRL 2015 host city of Portland, Oregon, by Roberta Richards; Internet Resources on “Outsider art” by Shannon Marie Robinson; and a look at candidates for ACRL offices in 2015, in this issue as well.

C&RL News – December 2014

C&RL News - December 2014
The December 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Data management continues to be an important topic for many researchers and libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Heather Coates examines how data management programs are “Ensuring research integrity” in an era of crises, including the risk of data becoming inaccessible.

Undergraduate creative writing programs are an area that has potentially been underlooked in library instruction efforts. Julia Glassman of UCLA discusses “Research support for creative writers” in this month’s issue, providing examples of why research skills are important for fiction writers as well as researchers.

At Yale University, librarians are working with researchers to highlight their work in creative ways. Lori Bronars and Gwyneth Crowley discuss their efforts at “Library outreach through media wall exhibits,” demonstrating an interesting program to both increase campus outreach and provide engaging visual elements to the library.

In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, librarians from Appalachian State University discuss their experiences “Modeling ACRL’s Standards for Libraries in Higher Education” to help create a culture of assessment for their library and institution.

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments over the past fiscal year with our Annual Report. The report demonstrates the progress the association has made on achieving the goals of the Plan for Excellence along with other programs and services. We also continue our look back at the history of the association in honor of our 75th anniversary. Lian Ruan gives an overview of ACRL in the 1960s in her article “Aiming high.”

Help make the next year as successful as the last by volunteering to serve on an ACRL committee.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including a preview of association activities at the upcoming 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting and an update on our online research journal C&RL, in this issue as well.

 

C&RL News – November 2014

C&RL News - November 2014

The November 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. With the growing trend of libraries as publisher, more institutions are focusing attention on locally created research and publications authored both by faculty and students. Danielle Barandiaran, Betty Rozum, and Becky Thoms outline the Utah State University’s program of “Focusing on student research in the institutional repository” through the DigitalCommons@USU program.

The University of Michigan science library makes a concerted effort of highlighting publications by faculty authors through a series of exhibits and events. Jennifer Bonnet, Barbara Alvarez, and Sigrid Anderson Cordell discuss the program in their article “Let’s get this party started.”

The place of the print book in an environment of online access and changing roles for library spaces continues to be a topic of discussion on many campuses. Stefanie R. Bluemle and Carla B. Tracy take a look a legacy print collections in the learning-centered library in their piece “The lives of books.”

The Princeton University Costen Children’s Library highlights the legacy of print through a rare books education program in local elementary schools, Dana Sheridan discusses their approach to “Teaching the untouchable” in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Korey Jackson of Oregon State University examines open access evaluation in the Humanities in his article “More than gatekeeping.”

Registration is open for the ACRL 2015 Conference to be held March 25—28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. In this month’s issue, Angie Beiriger and Dan Kelley take us on a tour through the “Neighborhoods of Portland,” highlighting the unique offerings of our host city.

We return to our look back at the history of the association this month with our 75th Anniversary feature “Cruising through the ’50s” by Sarah H. Northam.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including Internet Resources on the history of medicine by Jolie Braun, and an overview of the contents of the November issue of our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.

 

 

 

C&RL News – October 2014

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The October 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. With the revision of our current standards in full swing, information literacy has been a particularly hot topic of late. Continuing this trend, Dawn Stahura of Simmons College introduces her concept of “Information intimacy” and details several innovative classroom activities designed to get students engaged in the research process.

Anne Grant and Diane Finkle continue the focus on information literacy by describing Clemson University’s process of “Taking face-to-face library workshops for freshmen online” by creating and refining a series of tutorials which allow librarians to focus more classroom attention on upper division undergraduates.

Scheduling individual research consultations with students can often be a daunting process. In this issue’s ACRL Tech Connect article, Amanda Nichols Hess describes her experiences working with YouCanBook.Me to simplify the process.

Assessing information literacy instruction efforts, along with the impact of library services in general, continues to be a major trend in academic libraries. In his article “Assessment is everywhere,” Scott Walter shares some of the assessment initiatives currently being undertaken at DePaul University.

The scholarly communication landscape is undergoing a number of shifts and changes. Nicole Allen, Peter Binfield, and Carly Strasser provide “Updates from the field” on the current status of open access, open data and data management, and open educational resources in the latest Scholarly Communication column.

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Rachel Sarjeant-Jenkins and Keith Walker provide insights on “Research in communities” that are valuable both to the novice and experienced LIS researcher.

Registration is open for the ACRL 2015 Conference to be held March 25-28, 2015, in Portland, Oregon. In this month’s issue, Stephanie Michel takes a look at our host city’s arts, culture, and sports scene in her article “Experience Portland.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including information on the new NSSE Experiences with Information Literacy module, Internet Resources on linked open data by Cliff Landis, and the monthly look at contents and events from our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.

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 http://conference.acrl.org.

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.

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