Category Archives: C&RL News

C&RL News – April 2016

C&RL News - April 2016The April 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Spring is in the air, but it isn’t too early to start thinking about events and programming for the next academic year. Stanislav “Stan” Bogdanov and Rachel Isaac-Menard write about their efforts to “Hack the library” by putting on a hackathon event at Adelphi University.

A now-traditional annual fall event at Auburn University is the library’s tailgate open house to mark both the start of the fall term and football season. Nancy Noe gives an overview of the event and provides tips for similar activities in her article “Party with a purpose.”

In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect column, Christopher Chan of Hong Kong Baptist University revisits the topic of Facebook advertising for academic libraries. He writes about his experiences and experiments in “Your mileage may vary.”

Columnist Maria Bonn provides an overview and update on the HathiTrust Research Center in this month’s Scholarly Communication column “Computation, corpus, community.”

Continuing the ongoing theme of collaborations across academic units, Sandie Friedman and Robert Miller discuss their experiences working together as a writing instructor and librarian in “Launching students towards source-based writing.” Their experiences in helping students move from locating sources to incorporating the information they find in their writing provides a solid model of collaboration for student success.

Xan Goodman, Susan Wainscott, and Samantha Godbey reflect on their experiences navigating “Grief in the library” following the untimely passing of a beloved colleague. Their advice is very useful in dealing with grief and bereavement both in and outside of the workplace

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including including the second round of profiles of 2016 ACRL award winners and the call for volunteers for ACRL section nominating committees.

ALA JobLIST Receives WEDDLE’s 2016 User’s Choice Award

joblist_logo_greenALA JobLIST, the online career center for job seekers and employers in library and information science and technology, has been voted a 2016 User’s Choice Award winner in WEDDLE’s Media Group’s annual survey of job seekers, recruiters, and employers.

WEDDLE’s Media Group, whose guides have been described by the American Staffing Association as the “Zagat” of job boards, hosts this survey to determine the top 25 sites for job seekers and recruiters. The competition is open to any online employment services site worldwide, including more than 150,000 such sites in the U.S. alone, with voting conducted all year long on This year, over 3,800 ballots were cast to select the winners. For a complete list of the winners, visit the WEEDLE’s website.

As Peter Weddle, CEO of WEDDLE’s Media Group, notes, “There is no higher accolade than to be recognized by your customers, and job seekers and recruiters have spoken – these 25 sites are the elite among job boards worldwide.”

The User’s Choice Awards have been held for eleven years, providing both recruiters and job seekers a voice in the online job market. The awards program isn’t designed to be a scientific survey, but is a valid measure of the support individual sites have among their users.

“We are so honored to hear that our job seekers and recruiters took the time to recognize us with this award,” said ACRL Classified Ads Coordinator David Connolly. “With ALA JobLIST busier than ever since the launch of its all-new site several months ago, we will continue to look for ways to connect qualified professionals with even more terrific opportunities in library and information science and technology in 2016.”

ALA JobLIST is a joint project of ALA’s American Libraries magazine, the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) C&RL News magazine, and ALA’s Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR). ALA JobLIST is located at

C&RL News – March 2016

C&RL News March 2016

The March 2016 issue C&RL News is now freely available online.

With the coming of spring, many libraries are beginning the hiring process for new staffing in earnest. In their article “Virtual vetting,” Christine Bombaro, Jessica L. Howard, and Anna Kozlowska provide advice for successful virtual interviews for both interviewees and search panels.

It is not too early to start planning outreach programs for the summer and fall. Librarians from Western Carolina University discuss their summer faculty program, based in part on the popular website Apartment Therapy. Jenny Erdmann and Patty H. Clark write about their experiences with student athletes as “Librarians in the huddle.”

Carrie Russell of the ALA Washington Office and Ed Sanchez of Marquette University discuss the impact of piracy on information policy and what librarians can do to take action in their article “Sci-Hub unmasked.”

This month’s Scholarly Communication column features a report of the June 2015 “ARL Library Liaison Institute. The institute brought together 50 liaison librarians to discuss and measure the impact of liaison work, including on the scholarly communication system.

We feature two related The Way I See It essays this issue. First, Elizabeth Choinski of the University of Mississippi writes about the difficulty of identifiying librarians’ academic rank when looking for outside reviewers in the promotion and tenure process. Paula Kaufman then discusses her efforts to create a database tracking information about past directors of ARL libraries.

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 and a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the first round of profiles of 2016 ACRL award winners and Internet Resources on “Telemedicine” by Angela K. Gooden.

C&RLNews – February 2016


The February 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Collaborations, both within and across institutional lines, provide a way to extend library services and demonstrate the value of libraries to the higher education community. Gauging the success of collaborative efforts can sometimes be tricky, however. Librarians from the Cornell University Library provide tested tips and tools for assessing both internal and external collaborations in their article “Partnerships.”

Assessment and evaluation are also essential to developing courses and other learning activities. Amanda Nichols Hess and James L. Moseley discuss their experiences “Conducting formative evaluation online,” while developing and presenting an online learning module at Oakland University.

Cynthia Hudson-Vitale and Jennifer Moore add to the discussion of assessment techniques with their experiment using “Digital badges” in helping librarians at Washington University in St. Louis develop data management and GIS skills.

Diversity and inclusion efforts continue to be a needed point of focus in academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Charlotte Roh of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst examines these issues through the lens of scholarly publishing in her article “Library publishing and diversity values.”

With spring conference season close at hand, Tina P. Franks of The Ohio State University provides a travelogue of her recent adventures as a first-time poster presenter in her The Way I See It essay “Travel companion.”

Also this month we continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with statements from the candidates for ACRL vice-president/president-elect. Vote for the candidates of your choice in the election beginning March 15.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including an ACRL TechConnect article by Tammy Ivins on creating automated reports from Google Forms and Internet Resources on Intellectual Freedom Associations by Steven Greechie.

C&RL News – January 2016

C&RL News - January 2016The January 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Academic and research libraries continue to use social media and other technology tools in new and exciting ways in their work. Librarians from two colleges in South Carolina took inspiration from the #shelfie meme to create an instruction activity to engage students from the social media generation. Amanda Kraft and Aleck F. Williams Jr. write about their project in “#Shelfies are encouraged.”

The citation management tool Zotero has proven to be very popular in a variety of applications. Ellen Hampton Filgo of Baylor University used Zotero in her work as a liaison librarian to keep track of faculty publications and research interests for outreach and collection development purposes.

At Penn State-Brandywine, librarian Nina Clements partnered with Earth Sciences Professor Laura Guertin to use Zotero as a teaching tool in the classroom. They discuss their project in “Science literacy meets information literacy.”

On the subject of collaborations between faculty and librarians, Brian T. Sullivan and Karen L. Porter of Alfred University provide lessons learned from their seven years of collaborations in the article “From one-shot sessions to embedded librarian.” Dory Cochran and Sidney Horrocks of Utah State University shift the collaborative focus to the library and the writing center in their article “Our powers combined.”

Debbie Morrow of Grand Valley State University looks back on her path to “Becoming a liaison librarian” after spending years in a systems role in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

In this month’s Scholary Communication column, Alice Meadows provides detailed information on “Everything you ever wanted to know about ORCID . . .” in her overview of the author identification service.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including contents and news from our online-only scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries and a first look at candidates for ACRL office in the upcoming 2016 ALA/ACRL election.


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