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Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education

Choosing to Lead coverACRL announces the publication of Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education, edited by Antonia P. Olivas, Ed.D. Through case studies, promising practices, and specific strategies for cultivating diversity in academic library leadership, this is a resource for both librarians of color who wish to seek leadership positions and current library leaders who want to nurture these future leaders.

Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Over the years, many library researchers have found that underrepresented minority librarians leave the profession for various reasons: microaggressions, discrimination, burnout, lack of opportunity. But some of these academic librarians both stay in the profession and are motivated to become leaders.

Choosing to Lead takes a positive inquiry approach by providing first-hand accounts of success stories, best practices, and practical advice from a collection of diverse authors. Instead of looking at academic library “failures” when it comes to diversifying the leadership workforce, this book highlights what’s going right and how to implement it across the profession—with an emphasis on building strengths and fully leveraging one’s interests, behaviors, and passions, while never ignoring or deemphasizing the prevailing challenges that exist for diverse LIS professionals who wish to advance their leadership skills.

As Mark A. Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), writes in the Foreword, “The stories offered here provide authentic and personal views, from highly diverse perspectives, about why one might pursue management or leadership positions in LIS, the challenges that people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups face when they attempt to enter that landscape, and practical strategies for developing oneself to ensure success.”

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

College & Research Libraries – February 2017

The February 2017 special issue of College & Research Libraries focusing on scholarly communication issues is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.

Guest Editorial

Clifford Lynch. “Updating the Agenda for Academic Libraries and Scholarly Communications.”

Articles

Carolyn Caffrey Gardner and Gabriel J. Gardner. “Fast and Furious (at Publishers): The Motivations behind Crowdsourced Research Sharing.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Dan DeSanto and Aaron Nichols. “Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion about Scholarly Metrics.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Clara Y. Tran and Jennifer A. Lyon. “Faculty Use of Author Identifiers and Researcher Networking Tools.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

John Wenzler. “Scholarly Communication and the Dilemma of Collective Action: Why Academic Journals Cost Too Much.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

John P. Wilkin. “How Large Is the ‘Public Domain’? A Comparative Analysis of Ringer’s 1961 Copyright Renewal Study and HathiTrust CRMS Data.” Abstract  | Full Text (PDF).

Daniel G. Tracy. “Libraries as Content Producers: How Library Publishing Services Address the Reading Experience.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Juan-Carlos Fernández-Molina, João Batista E. Moraes, and José Augusto C. Guimarães. “Academic Libraries and Copyright: Do Librarians Really Have the Required Knowledge?” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

ACRL Releases Curating Research Data Two-Volume Set

Curating Research Data coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Curating Research Data, edited and authored by Lisa R. Johnston. These volumes present those tasked with long-term stewardship of digital research data a blueprint for how to curate those data for eventual reuse.

Data are becoming the proverbial coin of the digital realm: a research commodity that might purchase reputation credit in a disciplinary culture of data sharing, or buy transparency when faced with funding agency mandates or publisher scrutiny. Unlike most monetary systems, however, digital data can flow in all too great an abundance. This profusion of digital research data challenges library and information science professionals to harness the flow of information streaming from research discovery and scholarly pursuit and preserve the unique evidence for future use.

Volume One, Practical Strategies for Your Digital Repository, explores the concepts of research data and the types and drivers for establishing digital data repositories. Volume Two, A Handbook of Current Practice, looks across the data lifecycle and into the practical strategies and techniques for curating research data in a digital repository setting. Data curators, archivists, research data management specialists, subject librarians, institutional repository managers, and digital library staff will benefit from these current and practical approaches to data curation.

Digital data is ubiquitous and rapidly reshaping how scholarship progresses now and into the future. The information expertise of librarians can help ensure the resiliency of digital data, and the information it represents, by addressing how the meaning, integrity, and provenance of digital data generated by researchers today will be captured and conveyed to future researchers.

Curating Research Data is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store; in print for volume one and volume two through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

C&RL News – January 2017

C&RL News cover January 2017The January 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education continues to be a major topic of discussion in the academic library community. In this issue’s Perspectives on the Framework column, Troy Swanson of the Moraine Valley Community College discusses his efforts in “Sharing the ACRL Framework with faculty.” Also, visit this month’s News from the Field department for information on the launch of the exciting new ACRL Framework Sandbox.

Experimenting with social media and related technologies for marketing and instruction continue to be a focus for many libraries. In this month’s ACRL TechConnect feature, Elizabeth Price and Rebecca Richardson of Murray State University write about their library’s experiences with Yik Yak in their article “Eavesdropping on the user experience.”

Emily Ford of Portland State University shares her experiences and evolving thinking on digital badging in instruction in her The Way I See It essay “To badge or not to badge?”

With the ACRL 2017 early-bird registration deadline fast approaching, the Baltimore conference is also a trending topic. Sara Arnold-Garza and Joanna Gadsby provide a fascinating history of “Social justice and Baltimore” in our look at the conference’s host city.

Strategic planning is another important, but sometimes dreaded, process for most academic libraries. Aaron L. Brenner, Robin Kear, and Eve Wilder provide a look at ways the University of Pittsburgh Libraries went about “Reinvigorating strategic planning” by introducing more collaborative processes.

The Johns Hopkins Libraries open access promotion fund” is the focus of this month’s Scholarly Communication column by Robin N. Sinn, Sue M. Woodson, and Mark Cyzyk.

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including Internet Resources on “United Nations” statistical and data resources by Lisa DeLuca of Seton Hall University, and a look at the contents of the January issue of College & Research Libraries, with a focus on library activism, in the C&RL Spotlight department.

2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2015 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities/ and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. Those who purchase the print edition will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the 2015 survey data available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2015.

The 2015 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5,700,113 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $725,826 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $524,184 for baccalaureate schools and $146,542 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 76.7% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2015; comprehensive schools spent an average of 76.8%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 72.4% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 55.5%. On average, academic libraries spent 70.4% of their materials budget on subscriptions.

The 2015 data show that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 63.4% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 77.9% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 45.4% for baccalaureates, 87% for comprehensive schools, and 43.3% for doctoral/research institutions.

Of the libraries surveyed, 57.5% of doctoral degree-granting institutions, 34.5% of comprehensive degree-granting institutions, 38.5% of baccalaureate schools, and 19.9% of associate-degree granting institutions are developing or considering developing a shared print collection with a group of libraries or consortium partners to avoid duplication of titles between partner libraries.  More libraries are participating in open education initiatives by providing open access text books, teaching resources, courseware, and books, including 24% of associate degree granting institutions, 21.2% of baccalaureate schools, 22.4% of comprehensive schools, and 40.5% of doctoral/research libraries.

In the past five years, collection budgets have shifted from traditional collection development to patron-driven (PDA) or demand-driven acquisitions (DDA) with the largest shifts taking place in research/doctoral universities. Currently only 27.5% of research/doctoral institutions, 48.6% of comprehensive schools, 55.2% of baccalaureate schools, and 67.7% of associate degree granting schools still use a traditional collection development model.

The 2015 survey includes data from 1,499 academic libraries in five major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
  • Library Services
  • Staffing
  • Collection development trends (including shifts in formats, open education initiatives, institutional repositories, support for digitization, shared print collections, and more)

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2015 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2015 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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