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ACRL Releases Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice

Databrarianship coverACRL announces the publication of Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Edited by Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson, the work provides advice and insight on data services for all types of academic libraries and library educators.

Data service has become a critically important topic for academic libraries with the appearance of big data, open data, and particularly research data curation. Drawing on the expertise of a diverse community of practitioners, this nearly 400-page collection of case studies, original research, survey chapters, and theoretical explorations presents a wide-ranging look at the field of academic data librarianship.

By covering the data lifecycle from collection development to preservation, examining the challenges of working with different forms of data, and exploring service models suited to a variety of library types, this volume provides a toolbox of strategies that will allow librarians and administrators to respond creatively and effectively to the data deluge.

Lynda Kellam is the Data Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s University Libraries. Kristi Thompson is the Data Librarian at the University of Windsor and currently heads the systems department. Before coming to the University of Windsor in 2006, she was a Data Services Specialist at Princeton University, and she has also worked as a freelance digital librarian and web developer.

Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store; Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Introducing Choice Reviews

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Choice has announced the launch of a new service called Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned Choice Reviews Online built to respond directly to the many suggestions received from subscribers.  This version has been engineered to work the way that librarians do, with an intuitive user interface, improved search and discovery features, and data management tools that will save you time and simplify decision-making.

The new Choice Reviews features advanced technology that makes librarians faster and better at what they have been doing for centuries: identifying the best sources.

With tools that make it easy to save, share, and manage results, Choice Reviews puts the power of curation back into the hands of librarians.

  • Searchable database of almost 200,000 academic reviews.
  • Intuitive interface to make searches faster and easier.
  • Reviews published in real time for immediate access.
  • Build lists, save searches, create alerts, find books in WorldCat, poll faculty on their preferences, and even add titles to your GOBI shopping cart.

Choice Reviews is designed to be used by librarians, faculty, and patrons—as a source of bibliographic information and critical reviews of works being considered for research projects and/or classroom assignments.

Visit www.choice360.org for more on Choice Reviews, to sign up for a free trial, and for information on the other products and services Choice has to offer.

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.

ACRL Books Flash Sale – Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment!

coverCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! In our final sale, Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment edited by Elizabeth Leonard and Erin McCaffrey, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on June 1st, using the code ACRL44 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this casebook, a blueprint for embedding academic librarians in online environments from undergraduate to science-based graduate schools to MOOCs, today!

ACRL Books Flash Sale – Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research!

QR_frontCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! This week, Using Qualitative Methods in Action Research, edited by Frances C. Wilkinson, Linda K. Lewis, and Nancy K. Dennis, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 25th, using the code ACRL62 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this theoretical overview, practical application, and examples of the process of qualitative and action research and assessment today!

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