Category Archives: Publications

Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries

Environmental Scan and Assessment cover-1ACRL is pleased to announce the release of “Environmental Scan of OERs, MOOCs, and Libraries: What Effectiveness and Sustainability Means for Libraries’ Impact on Open Education,” a research report by Carmen Kazakoff-Lane. Kazakoff-Lane (Extension Librarian at the Brandon University John E. Robbins Library in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada) introduces and provides background on the open educational resources (OER) and massive open online course (MOOC) movements and investigates the effectiveness and challenges to sustainability of each. The report will be of interest to those who are seeking to learn about OERs and MOOCs, as well as to those for whom the roles of librarians in the realm of open education is an interest, and includes a substantial set of references for further investigation. The paper is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

Learn more about OERs in the recent Jossey-Bass/ ACRL publication Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching by John D. Shank.

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online EnvironmentACRL announces the publication of Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment, edited by Elizabeth Leonard and Erin McCaffrey.

The rise of online education at institutions of higher learning, together with the increasing cost of higher education, lead some to suggest that online (or distance) education will eventually become the dominant form of higher learning. This trend has particular significance for librarians. Virtually Embedded, a blueprint for embedding academic librarians in online environments from undergraduate to science-based graduate schools to MOOCs, is the first book to extensively explore how librarians can play a key role in the virtual academic landscape.

The authors of the book’s 12 chapters, academic librarians representing a broad range of colleges and universities, explore the evolution of the embedded librarian from physical to virtual, suggest how to develop and implement unique programs in and out of the classroom and explain how to scale programs once they are embedded.

Virtually Embedded: The Librarian in an Online Environment 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.

Interactive Open Educational Resources

Interactive Open Educational ResourcesACRL announces its sponsorship of the publication by Jossey-Bass of Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching by John D. Shank.

Recent faculty surveys show that some of the most difficult challenges instructors face when teaching are motivating and engaging their students, while making connections to critical course content. And today’s students are “digital natives”—a generation who like to be able to watch, listen, read, and interact with their technology-rich environment. Consequently, interactive learning resources in various formats (including multimedia tutorials, modules, games and simulations) are rapidly becoming vital learning resources for faculty and students to enhance both classroom and online learning. Unfortunately, it is difficult and confusing for faculty, librarians and students to locate and utilize existing high-quality interactive learning resources.

Sponsored by ACRL, Interactive Open Educational Resources is the only resource to weed through OERs to identify which ones are effective. It helps decipher the best tools, resources and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive learning resources into the higher education teaching and learning process. Shank examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.

These new resources, and new activities centered around them, will increase student engagement with the course content and enhance student learning. Additionally, instructors will learn how to employ and use interactive learning resources for student assessment.

Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching is available for purchase in print and as an e-book from the Jossey-Bass website.

Shank will be available to discuss the book from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26., 2014,  at the ACRL booth (#1045) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Studying Students: A Second Look

Studying Students: A Second LookACRL announces the publication of Studying Students: A Second Look, edited by Nancy Fried Foster. The book revisits the ground-breaking ethnographic work done by the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries and serves as a follow-up to the 2007 ACRL release Studying Students.

Studying Students: A Second Look presents the results of further ethnographic projects at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Topics range from how college students “learn the ropes” to their use of technology and how they study and write their research papers. The volume also discusses what professors expect of their students along with the similarities and differences among faculty, student and librarian research practices. Filled with ideas for applying the findings, the book provides additional insight into the place and role of libraries in the academy.

“In recent years, we began to ask ourselves whether our undergraduates were still the same as they had been almost 10 years ago when we did the first study,” Fried Foster notes. “Had anything changed about our undergraduates and their work practices? Accordingly, we convened a team and conducted a new study, the Undergraduate Research Refresher, from 2011–2013. This book reports on the new study and draws comparisons to the original work.”

Studying Students: A Second Look 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.

2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2012 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for collection materials increased 7.3% over 2011. Baccalaureate schools increased their spending by an average of 11%; associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 5.4%; comprehensive degree-granting institutions spent 6.9% more on average and doctoral degree-granting institutions spent 7.1% more than in 2011.The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 64.8% of the total materials budget. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 72.4% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2012; comprehensive schools spent an average of 71.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 65.9% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 49.4%.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for salaries and wages increased 3.7% over 2011. Salary and wages expenditures increased only slightly for comprehensive institutions (by 0.4%) while increasing 9.4% for baccalaureate schools. On average, doctoral degree-granting institutions increased salaries and wage expenditures by 4.1% and associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 3.2%. Salaries and wages constituted 74.2% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.7% for baccalaureate, 53.4% for comprehensive schools and 44.1% for doctoral/research institutions.

In the past year 76% of all academic libraries reported using social media with Facebook, blogs and Twitter being the top three. The top three reasons for using social media include promotion of library services, marketing of events and community building.

The 2012 survey includes data from 1,495 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes and electronic books);
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.);
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services);
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment;
  • Social Media Use; and
  • Awareness and use of ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2012 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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