Category Archives: Publications

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold ConceptsACRL is pleased to announce the publication of Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians. Edited by Patricia Bravender, Hazel McClure, and Gayle Schaub, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts is an essential resource for instruction librarians interested in promoting critical thinking and engaged learning.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts provides instruction librarians detailed, ready-to-use, and easily adaptable lesson ideas to help students understand and be transformed by information literacy threshold concepts. The included lessons are categorized according to the six information literacy frames identified in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education. This volume offers concrete and specific ways of teaching the threshold concepts that are central to the Framework and is suitable for all types of academic and high school libraries, as well as a pedagogical tool for library and information schools.

Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson Plans for Librarians 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.

Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact

Meaningful MetricsACRL announces the release of Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

What does it mean to have meaningful research metrics in today’s complex higher education landscape? This highly engaging and activity-filled book serves to introduce readers to the fast-paced world of research metrics from the unique perspective of academic librarians and LIS practitioners. Starting with the essential histories of bibliometrics and altmetrics, and continuing with in-depth descriptions of the core tools and emerging issues at stake in the future of both fields, Meaningful Metrics is a convenient all-in-one resource.

Chin Roemer and Borchardt provide information and insight applicable to a range of readers from those with little to no background on the subject to those looking to become movers and shakers in the current scholarly metrics movement. Tips, tricks, and real-world examples illustrate how librarians can support the successful adoption of research metrics, whether in their institutions or across academia as a whole.

This book is suitable for collections in all types of college and research libraries and for collections in schools of library and information science.

Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact 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: Digital Humanities in the Library

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject SpecialistsACRL announces the publication of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists, edited by Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb.

Digital Humanities in the Library is a collection of essays focusing on the role of the subject specialist in creating, supporting, and promoting digital humanities projects.  Chapter authors include experts from diverse areas, such as humanities subject specialists, digital humanities librarians, special collections librarians, and professors and graduate students from many disciplines. The work also includes a foreword by Joan K. Lippincott.

Published in collaboration with the ACRL Literatures in English Section, Digital Humanities in the Library provides valuable discussions around the role of subject specialists in digital humanities, gives practical advice regarding support of and collaboration with digital humanities projects, and describes real-world examples to inspire subject specialists to increase their own knowledge and expertise.

The work is appropriate for all types of academic libraries and Library and Information Science collections.

Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists 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.

Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information

Not Just Where To ClickACRL announces the publication of Not Just Where to Click: Teaching Students How to Think about Information. Edited by Troy A Swanson and Heather Jagman, Not Just Where to Click explores how librarians and faculty work together to teach students about the nature of expertise, authority, and credibility. The book provides practical approaches for motivating students to explore their beliefs, biases, and ways of interpreting the world.

Not Just Where to Click also includes chapters that bridge the gap between the epistemological stances and threshold concepts held by librarians and faculty, and those held by students, focusing on pedagogies that challenge students to evaluate authority, connect to prior knowledge and construct new knowledge in a world of information abundance. Authors draw from a deep pool of perspectives including social psychology, critical theory, and various philosophical traditions.

Contributors to the nineteen chapters offer a balance of theoretical and applied approaches to teaching information literacy, supplying readers with accessible and innovative ideas ready to be put into practice.

Not Just Where to Click is # 68 in the ACRL monographic Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series and is appropriate for all types of academic libraries. The book is also suitable for library and information science curricula and collections.

Not Just Where to Click 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.

2015 ACRL Environmental Scan

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries.  The 2015 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2015 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2015 environmental scan at ACRL 2015 in Portland on Thursday, March 26. The session will take place at 8:00 am in D138-140 of the Oregon Convention Center.

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