Category Archives: C&RL News

C&RL News – April 2015

C&RL News - April 2015

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.

C&RL News – February 2015

C&RL News - February 2015

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

Many libraries of all types, including academic and research libraries, continue to experiment with makerspaces as a way to provide outreach and education. Megan Lotts provides an overview of making activities in academic libraries in her article “Implementing a culture of creativity,” along with detailing her experiments with pop-up making spaces at Rutgers University.

Librarians at the University of Alabama incorporated making activities such as video creation and 3-D printing into their campus’ orientation programs. Vincent F. Scalfani and Lindley C. Shedd discuss the program in their article “Recruiting students to campus.”

Making activities can also extend to service learning programs. Angela Pashia writes about the University of West Georgia Ingram Library’s participation in a community program to fight hunger in her article “Empty Bowls in the library.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, column editors Zach Coble and Adrian Ho interview Martin Paul Eve and John Willinsky about their visions for “Open access in humanities and social sciences.”

Looking for new active learning approaches for instruction sessions? Tiffeni J. Fontno and Dianne N. Brown give helpful tips for incorporating learning centers in the information literacy classroom in their article “Putting information literacy in the students’ hands.”

Also this month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with statements from the candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect. Review the full statements by the candidates for ALA vice-president/president-elect in the March issue, and vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 24.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including a look at dining and drinking options in our ACRL 2015 host city of Portland, by Angie Beiriger; Internet Resources on “Virtual conferencing and meeting systems;” and a The Way I See It essay on the search power of librarians by Tina P. Frank.

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.

 

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