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Choice Launches Academic Publishing Weekly

snipimageLaunching November 11 and created specifically for the academic publisher market, the latest newsletter from Choice is Academic Publishing Weekly. Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL (a division of the American Library Association), has been the go-to resource for academic librarians for more than 50 years. As a trusted tool for collection development, Choice has been an important ally to academic publishers and this newsletter is a natural extension of the Choice brand.

Academic Publishing Weekly is curated by the editors of Choice. From mergers and acquisitions to research reports, major product launches and significant “people on the move” items, the newsletter aggregates the latest updates from around the industry in a convenient, single-source format, emailed to opt-in subscribers.

  • Frequency: Weekly
  • Distribution: Over 900 executives at large and small academic and university presses
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“Choice is excited to add this newsletter to its growing stable of products,” says Bill Mickey, Choice editorial director. “We’ve long kept our subscribers up-to-date on Choice-reviewed titles and now we’re pleased to offer a smartly curated source of industry news for the publishers we’ve been working with for more than 50 years.”

C&RL News – November 2016

C&RL News - November 2016The November 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

As relations between the United States and Cuba have changed over the past couple of years, many academic libraries are positioned to further cultural and intellectual connections between the two countries. Librarian Troy Davis and Cuba scholar Ann Marie Stock of the College of William & Mary write about their collaborations towards “Making Cuba connections” in this month’s issue.

Meiyolet Méndez of the University of Miami provides an introductory list of resources to learn more about Cuban history and culture in her Internet Resources column “Cuba on our minds.”

Succession planning and leadership development continue to be major areas of focus for many libraries. Kimberely Bugg of the NYC College of Technology outlines five activities to help cultivate leadership in her article “Creating the leadership you seek.”

Leadership development has been a focus for the University of Houston Libraries for the past several years. Christina Hoffman Gola and Miranda Henry Bennett write about how their library’s Liaison Services Advisory Board contributes to leadership development and succession planning.

Not all librarians find that they thrive in leadership positions, however, as Helene Gold notes from personal experience in her The Way I See It essay “At least you didn’t burn the place down.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Emily Drabinski of Long Island University-Brooklyn discusses her experiences as an editorial board member of a journal that went through the process of “Flipping to open access for survival.” Our Perspectives on the Framework column returns this month with a look at mapping the Framework to local curricula by Donna Witek of the University of Scranton in her article “Becoming gardeners.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including Carrie Bertling Disclafani and Jennifer C. Hill’s detailed look at the neighborhoods of Baltimore as they invite you to “Experience the charm of Charm City” during the upcoming ACRL 2017 conference. Registration and housing for ACRL 2017 are now open.

Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships

Collaborating for ImpactACRL announces the publication of Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships, edited by Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell. Designed to guide the reader through three different themes—collection stewardship; projects, research, and exhibitions; and instruction—Collaborating for Impact offers inspiration and case studies detailing how departments can impact research, teaching, and learning by working collaboratively.

With individual expertise and skillsets, librarians and staff are together better equipped to provide researchers with a holistic, well-rounded perspective on the research process and scholarship. Collaborating for Impact opens with an exploration of current collaborations between liaison and special collections librarians, including a thorough literature review. A proposed framework for acquiring general and special collections that document the history of the academy and remain responsive to campus curricular needs, and a tutorial on object-based pedagogy that can underpin such arrangements, follow. And finally, there are thirteen case studies that provide concrete examples of how to move the needle towards sustainable efforts and away from one-off examples.

If special collections are destined to become the mainstay of the library, many more paths to deeper collaboration can and should be developed. Special collections and liaison librarian partnerships offer a good foundation from which teamwork can take root across administrative, physical, and cultural divides. This book addresses a gap in both special collections and liaison librarian literature, showing how librarians work together across library departments.

Collaborating for Impact is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

College & Research Libraries – November 2016

crl squareThe November 2016 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.


Wendi Arant Kaspar. “What’s So Important about Peer Review?


Jason M. Blank, Karen J. McGaughey, Elena L. Keeling, Kristen L. Thorp, Conor C. Shannon, and Jeanine M. Scaramozzino. “A Novel Assessment Tool for Quantitative Evaluation of Science Literature Search Performance: Application to First-Year and Senior Undergraduate Biology Majors.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Maria Pinto and Rosaura Fernandez Pascual. “Exploring LIS Students’ Beliefs in Importance and Self-Efficacy of Core Information Literacy Competencies.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Shin Freedman and Dawn Vreven. “Workplace Incivility and Bullying in the Library: Perception or Reality?” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Erin Rinto, Melissa Bowles-Terry, and Ariel J. Santos. “Assessing the Scope and Feasibility of First-Year Students’ Research Paper Topics.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Jannette L. Finch and Angela R. Flenner. “Using Data Visualization to Examine an Academic Library Collection.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Shannon Marie Robinson. “Artists as Scholars: The Research Behavior of Dance Faculty.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Shea-Tinn Yeh and Zhiping Walter. “Determinants of Service Innovation in Academic Libraries through the Lens of Disruptive Innovation.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Elise Ferer. Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow. The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your Teaching Presence. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. 112 p. Paper, $38.00 (ISBN 978-083898821-3). Full Text (PDF).

Harlan Greene. Jeannette A. Bastian, Megan Sniffin-Marinoff, and Donna Webber. Archives in Libraries: What Librarians and Archivists Need to Know to Work Together. Chicago: Society of American Archivists, 2015. 137p. Paper, $69.95 (ISBN 978-1-931666-87-3). Full Text (PDF).

Brenna Helmstutler. Moira J. Bent. Practical Tips for Facilitating Research. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 288p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-017-4). Full Text (PDF).

Scott Curtis. Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries. Starr Hoffman, ed. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2016. 154p. $75.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1469-4). Full Text (PDF).

Phill Johnson. Self-Publishing and Collection Development: Opportunities and Challenges for Libraries. Robert P. Holley, ed., for Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Sciences. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 2015. 198p. Paper, $29.95 (ISBN 978-1-55753-721-8). Full Text (PDF).

RBM Call for Submissions

rbm squareRBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (RBM), a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by ACRL, seeks submissions pertaining to special collections and cultural heritage topics for its spring 2017 issue.

RBM is ACRL’s journal covering issues pertaining to special collections libraries and cultural heritage institutions. Those writing for RBM may include special collections librarians, archivists, preservation officers and conservators, artists, museum professionals, collectors, dealers, filmmakers, performance artists, faculty, students, researchers, and anyone interested in and working to preserve cultural heritage.

RBM represents a wide range of cultural heritage collections, especially the theory and practice of working in and with those materials,” said Editor Jennifer K. Sheehan of The Grolier Club. “I hope that students, practitioners, and academics all feel free to submit their relevant manuscripts for consideration.”

Topics covered in recent issues include:

  • the printing press as living history,
  • online discoverability of collections,
  • successful social media campaigns,
  • preserving cultural heritage during wartime,
  • interlibrary loan of special collections materials, and
  • embracing the future as stewards of the past.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your ideas, knowledge, and experiences. To be considered for the spring issue, submissions are due to RBM Editor Jennifer Sheehan at by January 1, 2017. Submissions will also be considered on a rolling basis for future issues. Additional information is available on the journal website.

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