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Upcoming New Home for ACRL Online Journals

ACRL is pleased to announce the upcoming move of the online versions of the association’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM will launch on OJS at the end of April 2017.

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and ACRL are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. This is the third edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

This report describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a 15-year-old ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies poised to influence learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of academic and research libraries. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.

Top 10 “Sound Bites” from the Report

 1. Each topic is placed into one or more of six meta-categories that reflect movements in academic and research libraries: 1) Expanding Access and Convenience; 2) Spurring Innovation; 3) Fostering Authentic Learning and Discovery; 4) Balancing Societal Shifts; 5) Tracking Research and Patron Data; and 6) Spreading Digital Fluency.

2. The Introduction looks back at the topic sets for the past three library-focused editions of the NMC Horizon Report. Over time, the Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record and Research Data Management have been the most pervasive trends, Embracing the Need for Radical Change the most targeted challenge, and the Internet of Things the most enduring technology development.

3. The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 75 experts. Library leaders, librarians, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 14 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments.

4. The Executive Summary presents 10 highlights capturing the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics. Among the themes are the notions that better catering to patrons’ needs requires user-centric design and a focus on accessibility and that advancing innovation necessitates the reimagining of organizational structures.

5. Semi-finalists — topics from the cutting room floor that almost made the report — are listed. The shift away from books, marketing library services, mixed reality, and more were all heavily considered by the expert panel. They could make a comeback in the next edition!

6. The report illuminates examples of compelling trends, solutions, and technology initiatives in practice at academic and research libraries. Leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment can look to these exemplars from across the world.

7. Three new challenges to the NMC Horizon Project were proposed by the panel and voted into the report. They are: 1) Accessibility of Library Services and Resources; 2) Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work; and 3) Economic and Political Pressures. The expert panel’s inclusion of these topics signals a need to look outward — to deeply consider major societal shifts.

8. Big Data and Digital Scholarship Technologies are both considered on the “near-term horizon” for widespread adoption. The former topic reflects the desire to track and analyze the data generated via online resources and services to better meet patron needs. The latter refers to the suite of digital and computational tools used to advance scholarship as libraries continuously integrate new emerging technologies.

9. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services. These developments on the “far-term horizon” can personalize the library experience for patrons, connecting them more efficiently to resources that best align with their goals.

10. The inclusion of topics such as Patrons as Creators and Improving Digital Literacy shed light on library professionals’ roles as deeper learning guides. Libraries are well-positioned to lead efforts that develop patrons’ digital citizenship and content creation skills, ensuring mastery of responsible and creative technology use.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition is published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.

 

C&RL News – April 2017

The April 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. While providing services to undergraduate students may be the main focus of much of the LIS literature, many academic and research libraries are exploring innovative ways to serve graduate students as well as faculty. At the Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries, librarians worked with a writing specialist to put on a writer’s retreat of graduate students and faculty looking to improve their writing and publication skills. The program is the focus of the article “A time and place to write and hone skills.”

Librarians at Kennesaw State University’s Graduate Library created a conference to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to graduate student services in libraries. Crystal Renfro and Elisabeth Shields provide an overview of the conference in their article “Transforming libraries to serve graduate students.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, regular columnist Maria Bonn explores “Collaborating and communicating: Humanities scholars working and talking together” through her experiences as part of a Humanities Without Walls grant team.

Librarians at the University of Vermont developed an excellent evaluation rubric for their instruction tutorials. Graham Sherriff outlines the project in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article “Interactive tutorials: The platform matters.”

Nancy Foasberg of Queens College discusses her use of information games such as “Spyfall” to bring the concept of scholarship as conversation from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to life in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the first round of profiles of 2017 ACRL award winners, Internet Resources on “Haitian history and culture” by Marjorie Charlot, a recap of ACRL Board of Directors’ actions at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, and the call for volunteers for ACRL section nominating committees.

Gina Kessler Lee Wins Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? Contest

Gina Kessler LeeGina Kessler Lee, information literacy librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, California, has been chosen as winner of the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest.

Launched in December 2016, the Where Can Choice Reviews Take You? contest solicited ideas on how the Choice Reviews database might be used in instruction and research, particularly in hands-on ways that librarians might present it as a useful tool to faculty and students undertaking research. In early March, a panel of judges at Choice met and reviewed the submissions, considering the merits of each based on the benefit to students and/or faculty research, overall importance of the proposed initiative, and practicality. One winning submission was chosen.

Gina Kessler Lee’s winning submission, “Select, Annotate, and Critique: An English Honors Thesis Project Using Choice Reviews,” presented an assignment that would enable students to use Choice Reviews to identify the most authoritative books on their chosen topic; create a LibGuide summarizing, comparing, and contrasting the books and articles they found; and—based on their findings—to critique the library’s collection of books on their topic and submit a recommendation to the librarian of titles to purchase.

“We were impressed with how Gina’s idea involved the student, librarian, and faculty advisor, and using Choice Reviews as an interactive tool, which is very much in line with how we encourage the database to be used,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “Using CR to find the best sources on a given topic, learning how to organize those sources into a LibGuide in the style of a Choice Bibliographic Essay, and ultimately making collection development recommendations to the librarian are valuable growth opportunities for students – and great ways to utilize Choice Reviews.”

The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education, Choice Reviews is a publication of ACRL, a division of the American Library Association. The database published its 200,000th review earlier this month.

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy White Paper

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy coverACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) announces the publication of a new white paper, Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding. The paper includes chapters written by information literacy experts from around the world, including Africa, Canada, Europe, Oceania, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and seeks to share individual international perspectives that demonstrate how information literacy is viewed, taught, and conceptualized internationally.

The white paper is divided into thirteen chapters covering several topics from each author’s regional and/or cultural perspective:

  • Research trends: What kind of IL-related research is being done in your country or region that has impacted your approach to teaching?
  • Models of information literacy: What standards / frameworks / models / learning theory / pedagogy or specific paradigms do you most often use for inspiration in your teaching?
  • Theory and practice = praxis: Describe the connection between information literacy and student learning from your position or perspective. Alternatively, what is your teaching philosophy?
  • Role of librarians: What is the role of librarians in the higher education landscape of your country or region? How were/are you trained to become a teaching librarian?
  • Future visioning: Think about the future of information literacy for your region and share your vision for what you think that might look like in the next 5–10 years.

A final reflection explores themes presented by the authors, including an overarching shift to an increasing conceptual approach to information literacy; a growing enthusiasm for the teaching role of librarians; a responsibility to prepare our students to live and work in intercultural settings; a growing focus on the intersection of critical pedagogy and information literacy; and the challenges presented by translating information literacy work into multiple languages.

Please join the authors and the Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee for a panel presentation and open discussion to discuss the white paper at the upcoming ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore. The panel presentation will take place from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Baltimore Convention Center, room 341. The open discussion will take place from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, in the Hilton Key Ballroom.

Global Perspectives on Information Literacy: Fostering a Dialogue for International Understanding is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

For more information about the white paper and to watch the archived webinar with foreword author, Emma Coonan, please visit the SLILC homepage.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #acrlglobalinfolit.

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