Category Archives: C&RL News

C&RL News – December 2016

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

The upcoming holidays, coupled this year with an especially emotional election season, can be a stressful time both personally and professionally. Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, Joe Eshlerman, Lisa Moniz, and Howard Slutzky provide context and advice for dealing with workplace stress in their article “Stressors and librarians: How mindfulness can help.” Their recommendations for mindfulness practice can be a big help with stress of all kinds, as well.

One of their tips for mindful behavior is to be thankful. Receiving thanks for a job well done can also help rejuvenate a commitment to the profession. At Duke University, librarians undertook a National Library Week project to give the campus community a chance to express their thanks for the university libraries. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Kim Duckett, and Aaron Welborn provide an overview of the “#ThankALibrarian” project. In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Michelle Price writes about confronting stress while participating in a course in her article “Fun, fear, and frustration.”

The December issue features new installments of two of our popular ongoing features. Judy Ruttenberg writes about the “SHARE” project in the Scholarly Communication column while “The future of U.S. university international branch campus libraries” is the focus of the International Insights feature.

According to tradition, we also take a look back at ACRL’s accomplishments in advancing learning and transforming scholarship over the past fiscal year with our Annual Report. You can help make the next year of your association as successful as the last by volunteering to serve on an ACRL committee.

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including information on “Journal metrics” education for faculty from Lori Bronars, Internet Resources on “Cases, statues, law review, and more” by Jessica Almeida, and the latest installment of our series highlighting the ACRL 2017 host city of Baltimore by Natalie Burclaff and Gina Calia-Lotz.

C&RL News – November 2016

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

As relations between the United States and Cuba have changed over the past couple of years, many academic libraries are positioned to further cultural and intellectual connections between the two countries. Librarian Troy Davis and Cuba scholar Ann Marie Stock of the College of William & Mary write about their collaborations towards “Making Cuba connections” in this month’s issue.

Meiyolet Méndez of the University of Miami provides an introductory list of resources to learn more about Cuban history and culture in her Internet Resources column “Cuba on our minds.”

Succession planning and leadership development continue to be major areas of focus for many libraries. Kimberely Bugg of the NYC College of Technology outlines five activities to help cultivate leadership in her article “Creating the leadership you seek.”

Leadership development has been a focus for the University of Houston Libraries for the past several years. Christina Hoffman Gola and Miranda Henry Bennett write about how their library’s Liaison Services Advisory Board contributes to leadership development and succession planning.

Not all librarians find that they thrive in leadership positions, however, as Helene Gold notes from personal experience in her The Way I See It essay “At least you didn’t burn the place down.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Emily Drabinski of Long Island University-Brooklyn discusses her experiences as an editorial board member of a journal that went through the process of “Flipping to open access for survival.” Our Perspectives on the Framework column returns this month with a look at mapping the Framework to local curricula by Donna Witek of the University of Scranton in her article “Becoming gardeners.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including Carrie Bertling Disclafani and Jennifer C. Hill’s detailed look at the neighborhoods of Baltimore as they invite you to “Experience the charm of Charm City” during the upcoming ACRL 2017 conference. Registration and housing for ACRL 2017 are now open.

C&RL News – October 2016

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

As issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice continue to dominate the news headlines this fall, academic libraries also continue their focus on these issues, as well. In this issue, Orolando Duffus discusses his efforts to bring multicultural campus groups together through the library at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His article “The library as an incubator for multicultural awareness and engagement” is a wonderful model for library diversity efforts.

Katherine O’Clair of Cal Poly State University writes about a personal experience advocating for social justice issues while working with students in a library instruction context in her The Way I See It essay “At the intersection of academic librarianship and social justice.”

In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature, Bohyun Kim discusses the role of libraries in advocating for online privacy in her article “Cybersecurity and digital surveillance versus usability and privacy.”

A focus on continuous improvement is an important part of making any library program successful. At the University of Vermont, librarians introduced “The 360° Feedback Model for library instructors” to improve teaching. Daisy Benson and Daniel DeSanto discuss the program in this issue.

Katelyn Angell of Long Island University-Brooklyn improved her library instruction sessions through a clever pop culture exercise. She discuses her assignment in her fabulous article “America’s Next Top Citation.”

This month we begin our series of articles leading up to the ACRL 2017 conference, being held March 22–25, 2017, in Baltimore. Barbara G. Preece and Carissa Tomlinson of the conference Local Arrangements Committee kick of the series with an introduction to our host city in “Baltimore—Charm City.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including a look at “Funding open access monographs” by Rupert Gatti and Marc Mierowsky of Open Book Publishers in the Scholarly Communication column and Internet Resources on “Paper ephemera” by E. Richard McKinstry.

C&RL News – September 2016

The September 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.
C&RL News-September 2016
We start this month with two articles on archives and special collections. First, Brian Flota, Mark Peterson, and Julia Merkel discuss “Pulp in the ivory tower” and the development of James Madison University’s pulp magazine collection. Their article provides a good look at the context for this particular collection and advice for starting any unique collection of the kind.

In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Eddie Woodward of the Library of Virginia writes about the growing trend of “Participatory archiving” as it relates to creating and acquiring digital collections.

This month marks the launch of Perspectives on the Framework, a new bimonthly column focusing on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and edited by our Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee. For the inaugural column, Emily Drabinski of Long Island University-Brooklyn examines the Framework through the six frames in her article “Turning inward.”

ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold authors this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, focusing on ways that library leadership can go about “Supporting scholarly communication” at their institutions.

In this issue’s International Insights column, which launched in the May 2016 issue, a group of authors from six regions around the world provide their thoughts on trending topics, taking “A pulse on the world of academic libraries.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including recaps of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2017 awards program, and a look at the contents of the September issue of our online-only scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries by editor Wendi Kaspar.

C&RL News – July/August 2016

julaug16The July/August 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Publishing is a vital component of the promotion and tenure system in academic librarianship and across academia. This legacy system can also be one of the main barriers to the continued adoption of open access to research. In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Jere Odell, Heather Coates, and Kristi Palmer discuss efforts at IUPUI in “Rewarding open access scholarship in promotion and tenure” and their focus on driving institutional change.

Learning from other libraries and applying their successes at your institution is the subject of Ashley L. Downs and Kelee Pacion’s article “Employing field research to shape the library’s direction.” They discuss organized efforts at Cornell University to support visits to model libraries to improve spaces and services.

Visiting libraries to learn about the profession is also the subject of Ilana R. Stonebraker, Ebony Magnus, and Mark A. Puente’s article “Real institutions, real talk.” They write about their experiences participating in, and leading, ARL’s diversity scholars’ site visits.

At the University of Alaska Southeast, Bethany Wilkes found inspiration outside the library but on her campus. In her article “Let’s work out!” she tells the story of how enrolling in a PE class led to a fruitful information literacy collaboration, as well as a good workout.

Summer term can often mean a time of projects, including training opportunities. In his article “Be Here,” Dustin Fife provides inspiration for customer service initiatives through the story of Utah Valley State University’s principle-based approach to service.

Cori Wilhelm provides an antidote to the statement “That’s not my job” through an overview of SUNY-Canton’s cross-training process.

In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Brett Bodemer discusses “The wisdom of embedding student assistants in library learning workflows,” while Darcy Del Bosque and Susie Skarl provide resources for “Keeping workplace burnout at bay” in our Internet Resources feature.

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