Category Archives: C&RL News

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.

C&RL News – July/August 2014

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The July/August 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The purposeful use of social media can be a powerful tool in engaging your library and campus communities. Natalie Burclaff and Catherine Johnson provide tips for “Developing a social media strategy” to increase the usefulness of your presences in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article.

Sharing and building on resources created by our peers is a long-standing tradition. Katie Fortney, Cody Hennesy, and Deborah Murphy discuss a project to create recommendations for uniform application of Creative Commons licenses to library learning objects in their article “Share the wealth.”

Interlibrary loan (ILL) services have undergone a great amount of change over the past several years. While the services continue to be essential to students and researchers, they no longer resemble the traditional picture of acquiring books and photocopies of articles from other institutions. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Beth Posner of the CUNY Graduate Center looks at “The view from interlibrary loan services” from a research and scholarly communication perspective.

In her article “It’s all about the relationships,” Laura Graveline discusses the importance of ILL as a service in launching library services for a residency-based PhD program for studio artists. In another view from the frontlines of ILL, Andrew Shuping compares the skills needed for success as an ILL staffer as a combination of Sherlock Holmes, MacGyver, and Neo in his essay “The modern interlibrary loan office.”

Successful outreach programs can increase the view of the library as a center for campus activity. Catherine M. Brown looks at the past and present of cultural performances in the rotunda of the UCLA College Library in her article “Concerts and dances in a library?”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the final installment in 2013-14 ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes’ series on financial literacy education and libraries, a The Way I See It essay by Dale Larsen on reaching business students through“The Friday E-Mail List,” and Internet Resources on biographical resources by Susie Skarl.

Enjoy your summer and we’ll see you back in the News in September.

C&RL News – June 2014

june14 coverThe June 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Every two years, ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee produces their “Top trends in academic libraries.” The 2014 edition focuses on a theme of collaboration through the categories of data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness, student success, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.

Two additional articles this month highlight these trends in action. Emma Ganley discusses the “PLOS data policy” in her Scholarly Communication article, while Greg MacAyeal writes about ways the Northwestern University Library created “A culture of assessment” through a formal committee.

Diversity additionally continues to be a major trend in libraries and higher education. Eileen Theodore-Shusta and Araba Dawson-Andoh discuss the Ohio University Libraries efforts at “Engaging the campus community in conversations on diversity,” and librarians from the University of Washington-Bothell and Cascadia Community College outline their use of ACRL’s “Diversity Standards” in developing “Cultural competency on campus.” Alexia Hudson-Ward provides a list of resources for further study of “Diversity and inclusion” in this issue’s Internet Resources article.

In this month’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians at Oregon State University worked with their campus Cultural Resources Centers to develop a checkout system for the centers’ libraries. Natalia Fernández and Jane Nichols discuss the project in their article “Booxter and LibraryThing.”

In honor of the return of the popular Netflix streaming series Orange is the New Black this month, Jill A. Grunenwald discusses her experiences behind bars as a prison librarian in her The Way I See It essay “Orange is the new academia.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including results of the 2014 ACRL election, a new entry in the Libraries and Financial Literacy Education column by ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes, and a look back at the first issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries as part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

C&RL News – May 2014

may 2014The May 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Google Glass has been the topic of much discussion and debate in the media over the past several months. Char Booth and Dani Brecher discuss the pros and cons of this new technology along with the Claremont Colleges Library’s Glass lending and education efforts in their article “Ok, library.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Christine Fruin and Fred Rascoe discuss the economics of open access, including author processing charges, in their article “Funding open access journal publishing.”

As Spring terms begin to wind down, planning for the next academic year begins in many libraries. Scott Garrison and Jennifer E. Nutefall give great advice for new library directors based on their own experiences in “Start by interviewing every librarian and staff member.” Anne Langley and Andrea Baruzzi of Princeton University give tips on holding planning events in “So you want to have a library retreat?”

A new academic year may mean new opportunities for collaboration, as well. Jane Carlin, Lori Ricigliano, and Ellen Peters share their experiences of collaboration between “Libraries and institutional research” at Portland State University. May 2014 marks the kickoff of ACRL’s 75th Anniversary celebration. To help celebrate this milestone, we are launching a series of articles running each issue over the next year highlighting the history of ACRL along with anniversary celebration events. In the inaugural edition, 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force Chair Pamela Snelson outlines the reasons to celebrate ACRL.

In this month’s installment of ACRL President Trevor Dawes’ series on financial literacy education, Heather Jagman, Krystal Lewis, Brent Nunn, and Scott Walter discuss ways the DePaul University Library integrated financial literacy into their programs and services.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including information on ACRL events at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, a The Way I See It essay by Jen Green on “Library instruction for first-year students,” and Internet Resources on crowdfunding for research by Dawn Cadogan.

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