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New ACRL Book Examines “Modern Pathfinders”

Modern PathfindersACRL announces the publication of Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides by Jason Puckett.

Whether you call them research guides, subject guides or pathfinders, web-based guides are a great way to create customized support tools for a specific audience – a class, a group, or anyone engaging in research. Studies show that library guides are often difficult, confusing, or overwhelming, causing users to give up and just fall back on search engines such as Google. How can librarians create more effective, less confusing, and simply better research guides?

In Modern Pathfinders, Puckett takes proven ideas from instructional design and user experience web design and combines them into easy-to-understand principles for making your research guides better teaching tools. It doesn’t matter what software your library uses, the advice and techniques in this book will help you create guides that are easier for your users to understand and more effective to use.

Puckett is also the author of the ACRL publication Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators.

Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides 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; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

College & Research Libraries – November 2015

crl squareThe November 2015 issue of College & Research Libraries 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.


Scott Walter and R. David Lankes. “The Innovation Agenda.”


Madeline Kelly. “Citation Patterns of Engineering, Statistics, and Computer Science Researchers: An Internal and External Citation Analysis across Multiple Engineering Subfields.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Helen Georgas. “The Case of the Disappearing E-Book: Academic Libraries and Subscription Packages.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Mariana Regalado and Maura A. Smale. “‘I Am More Productive in the Library Because It’s Quiet’: Commuter Students in the College Library.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Mandi Goodsett and Andrew Walsh. “Building a Strong Foundation: Mentoring Programs for Novice Tenure-Track Librarians in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Qinqin Zhang, Maren Goodman, and Shiyi Xie. “Integrating Library Instruction into the Course Management System for a First-Year Engineering Class: An Evidence-Based Study Measuring the Effectiveness of Blended Learning on Students’ Information Literacy Levels.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Krisellen Maloney and Jan H. Kemp. “Changes in Reference Question Complexity Following the Implementation of a Proactive Chat System: Implications for Practice.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Merinda Kaye Hensley, Sarah L. Shreeves, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. “A Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Bradford Lee Eden. Joan Giesecke, Jon Cawthorne, and Deb Pearson. Navigating the Future with Scenario Planning: A Guidebook for Librarians. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 118p. Paper, $36.00 (ISBN 978-083898751-3). Full Text (PDF).

Mark E. Shelton. Joseph R. Matthews. Library Assessment in Higher Education. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 226p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 13: 978-1-61069-817-7). Full Text (PDF).

Phill Johnson. The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work. Eds. Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 312p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8704-9). Full Text (PDF).

Mark E. Shelton. Library Analytics and Metrics: Using Data to Drive Decisions and Services. Ed. Ben Showers. London, UK: Facet Publishing, 2015. 176p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN: 978-1-85604-965-8). Full Text (PDF).

Kelli Johnson. Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information (Publications in Librarianship No. 68). Eds. Troy A. Swanson and Heather Jagman. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 440p. $88.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8716-2). Full Text (PDF).

Choice Debuts Content, Tools Tailored for Community College Market

Choicechoice_logo-80H, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, premieres content specifically crafted for community college libraries in the November 2015 issue of Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.

“With two-year colleges currently constituting about 39% of all colleges, the role of the community college library is more important than ever. Today, much of the work there revolves around three main challenges: helping students learn, improving academic and program performance, and promoting innovation,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “By expanding its attention to instructional resources most appropriate for community colleges, Choice can help community college libraries meet these challenges.”

With that in mind, Choice’s new community college features include:

  • All titles appropriate for community college libraries are marked with an easily identifiable iconchoicecc.
  • The top community college titles each month are listed in a special multipage section at the front of the magazine and in Choice Reviews Online.
  • Editorials addressing topics especially relevant to community colleges will appear in selected issues. Prospective topics include collection development, inclusiveness, leadership, workforce development, educational technologies, college readiness, information access, OERs, and more.

An editorial by Zoe Fisher, reference and instruction librarian at Pierce College in Puyallup, Washington, and a Choice Editorial Board member, inaugurates Choice’s new targeted content with her editorial, “Hey, That’s My Librarian!: Perspectives on Student Engagement from a Community College Librarian.” As she notes in her column, “Librarians, particularly community college librarians, are uniquely situated to be mentors to adult learners. This is the advantage of doing it all —we teach, we coordinate, we advise, and we make new connections with students every day.”

Choice looks forward to providing the tools to help community college libraries continue to “do it all,” now and in the future.

C&RL News – October 2015

The October 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.
C&RL News - October 2015
Helping demonstrate the value of academic and research libraries remains one of the core goals of ACRL. This month we feature two articles focusing on the assessment of library services. Sarah Anne Murphy discusses the use of technology in assessment projects at The Ohio State University and demonstrates “How data visualization supports academic library assessment.

Starting out on assessment projects of any size or scale can be a daunting process. Mary O’Kelly of Grand Valley State University shares “Seven questions for assessment planning” that can help you take stock of a pending project and move forward strategically.

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Maria Bonn writes about strategies for “Maximizing the benefits of open access” by focusing on the discoverablity of open content. In a bonus Scholarly Communication feature, ACRL President Ann Campion Riley takes a look at future ACRL activities related to “Data management and curation,” including upcoming professional development opportunities.

ACRL’s initaitve on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy has been a great success over the past few years. Joyce L. Ogburn and Merinda Kaye Hensley give an update on initiative activities in their article “Bringing together the educator and the advocate.

Collaborative uses of technology can expand the ability of today’s academic and research librarians to develop creative tools and services. A group of veterinary librarians from across the country used LibGuides in the process of “Designing and creating centralized and sharable reading lists” for veterinary speciality qualification exams and wrote about their project in this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature.

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Vincent F. Scalfani of the University of Alabama discusses applications of the Scientific Method in libraries in “Hypotheses in librarianship.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a final look at ACRL’s 75th anniversary by Pamela Snelson and Internet Resources on the Vietnam War by Seth Kershner and Michael Mannheim.

Reviewing the Academic Library

Reviewing The Academic LibraryACRL announces the publication of Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review, edited by Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden.

Whether the library assessment is driven by external pressure or by an organizationally inspired desire to improve, library managers are expected to be able to plan and implement both comprehensive and targeted evaluations of their impact, services, resources, programs, virtual and physical spaces, and partnerships. Many librarians have been invited to serve on review teams for other academic libraries, either as part of a reaccreditation process or as part of a general cyclical program review process. At their own institutions, librarians have initiated reviews of their libraries or been asked to do so by a senior administrator. There are no blueprints for conducting external reviews and self-studies.

In a series of sixteen chapters, Mitchell and Seiden present essays by key thinkers and leaders in the field that address the major aspects of the formal assessment and review of academic libraries. Reviewing the Academic Library offers practical and applicable information, contextualized through current theory and approaches.

Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-Study and External Review 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; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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