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Share Your Thoughts on “New Roles for the Road Ahead”

PrintAs part of its 75th anniversary celebration, ACRL has released of an initial version of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary,” authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven Bell, Lorcan Dempsey, and Barbara Fister.

Pam Snelson, the chairperson of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, asks, “Looking to find your way to that elusive sweet spot between the present and the future? The best map you will find to navigate the changing intersection of higher education and librarianship is the collection of essays in ‘New Roles for the Road Ahead.’ Bell, Dempsey, and Fister define the issues, ask questions, create new roles, offer directions, and challenge thinking. By framing the road ahead and positioning librarians in innovative roles, their essays offer compelling instructions for creating a new library landscape.”

In a series of twenty essays, Bell, Dempsey, and Fister share their thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians. The essays include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty.

A draft of “New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary” is now available for open public discussion through a CommentPress site. Your thoughts on this emerging publication will help shape the authors’ final work, so log in and comment now.  You’ll see sections entitled “Framing the Road Ahead”, “Shifts in Positioning”, and “Responding to Opportunity: Creating a New Library Landscape” with three thoughtful voices chiming in to shape an exciting vision for our collective future.  Weigh in with your thoughts though November 30!

Putting the User First

Putting the User FirstACRL announces the publication of Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services by Courtney Greene McDonald.

User experience is everywhere. From a library’s website to the signage by the elevators, everything contributes to the overall experience of library patrons. Just one simple idea can transform libraries: put the user first. But just because an idea is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. How can libraries best identify, implement and evaluate user-driven changes in order to improve physical and virtual services?

The good news is that even small changes can make big headway. Putting the User First provides 30 hands-on strategies, activities and practical suggestions to enable the transformation of libraries and library services, along with individual approaches and practices, to a more responsive, effective and user-centered model. These practical strategies are coded for cost, technology, physical space, personal practice and organizational culture to easily identify areas of impact. MacDonald’s work is essential reading for all librarians interested in improving overall user experience.

Putting the User First is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

New From ACRL – “The Librarian Stereotype”

The Librarian StereotypeACRL announces the publication of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. The Librarian Stereotype serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding the ways in which librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, covering topics such as racial and ethnic identity, professional personas, pop culture, and a variety of specific stereotypes of librarians, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.

The ultimate goal of the project is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, as illustrated by the chapter authors, librarians can work towards improved status, increased diversity and greater acceptance of each other.

More information on the book, including interviews with chapter authors and a link to a free preview of the foreward and first chapter, is available on the Librarian Wardrobe website.

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

New From ACRL – “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook”

The Embedded Librarian's CookbookACRL announces the publication of The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook, edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook offers step-by-step guidelines for implementing tested approaches to embedded librarianship. Following the popular format of ACRL’s 2009 release The Library Instruction Cookbook, the book features fifty-five “recipes” sorted into categories related to working with a variety of instructional situations, audiences, and levels of engagement. The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook provides librarians with a smorgasbord of approaches to embedding instruction and assessing these activities.

This volume builds on Calkins and Kvenild’s 2011 ACRL publication Embedded Librarianship: Moving Beyond One-shot Instruction and is essential for all instruction and liaison librarians working  with any variety of emdedded librarianship as well as library and information science program professional collections.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

“The Librarian Stereotype” Sneak Preview

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information WorkACRL is pleased to offer a free sneak preview of our forthcoming book The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work. Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby, The Librarian Stereotype delves into a wide variety of aspects related to how librarians are perceived and perceive themselves.

The book’s forward by James V. Carmichael, Jr. and first chapter by Pagowsky and Rigby are now freely available on the ACRL website (pdf).  The full book will be available for purchase through the ALA Store in late June 2014.

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