Category Archives: C&RL News

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.

C&RL News – June 2016

june16coverThe June 2016 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 2016 edition discusses research data services, digital scholarship, collection assessment trends, content provider mergers, evidence of learning, new directions with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy, altmetrics, emerging staff positions, and open educational resources. Many thanks to the committee for pulling together this important and popular survey of the current landscape of academic and research librarianship.

Continuing the examination of current trends, and ways to incorporate them into day-to-day work, John J. Meier and Rebecca K. Miller make a case for applying design thinking and rapid prototyping to help make libraries more adaptable to change in their article “Turning the revolution into an evolution.”

Sheila Bonnand and Mary Anne Hansen of Montana State University discuss how they attempted to “Make more of these facilities!” by creating a learning studio space in their library to help support faculty teaching innovation.

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, returning columnist Nancy Sims looks at issues of copyright and academic values in “My unpublished research was scooped?”

As spring terms come to an end, many students and librarians are thinking about summer plans, including travel. In this month’s The Way I See It piece, Jordan Moore of the Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library discusses her student travel experiences in her essay “How studying abroad made me a better librarian.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including full results of the recent ACRL election and Internet Resources on “Journalism resources online” by Hugh Burkhart focusing on new media and journalism in the digital age.

C&RL News – May 2016

may16coverThe May 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The Barnard College Library recently completed a move to a temporary space in the college’s former gym while a new library building is being constructed. The timing of the transition meant that for one semester, students were greeted by a nearly empty building as the stacks had been transferred to storage over the preceding summer. Jenna Freedman and Shannon O’Neill write about the library’s efforts to provide an inviting and fun atmosphere during this transition, including allowing students to create art on the library walls, in their article “Library beautification.”

Rutgers University librarians took a perhaps more traditional approach to art in the library by developing a permanent gallery space. Megan Lotts discusses the project and its impact on creating campus collaborations in her article “Building bridges, creating partnerships, and elevating the Arts.”

Teaching information literacy to art majors can often be a dicey prospect, given the emphasis on studio work over traditional written research in many fine arts degree programs. Katie Greer of Oakland University writes about her experiences moving students “From the studio to the archive” by using special collections materials to instill visual and information literacy skills.

This month we are excited to launch a new regular feature, International Insights. Edited by Clara M. Chu and Barbara J. Ford of the University of Illinois’ Mortenson Center, this quarterly feature will focus on providing a global perspective on academic and research library issues. The feature launches with a focus on several current IFLA initiatives.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at “A standardized self-paced nursing library course” at Penn State University, a The Way I See It essay on “Survey data” by Emma Oxford, Internet Resources on “Jamaica” by Kai Alexis Smith, and information on ACRL events at the upcoming 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

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 weddles.com. 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 http://joblist.ala.org.

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