Category Archives: Publications

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Fall 2017

RBM Fall 2017 coverThe Fall 2017 issue of RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage is now freely available online. Visit the RBM website for complete contents of RBM and its preceeding title Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship from 1986 to the present. RBM became an open access journal in Spring 2016.

Editor’s Note

Richard Saunders. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

D. Courtenay McLeland. “Artists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and CollectionsArtists’ Books Collection Development: Considerations for New Selectors and Collections.”

Melissa McMullan and Joanna Cobley. “Lessons in Ephemera: Teaching and Learning through Cultural Heritage Collections.”

Eddie Woodward. “The Epidemic in the Archives: A Layman’s Guide to Cellulose Acetate Lamination.”

Colleen Hoelscher and Sarah Burke Cahalan. “Rethinking Special Collections Moves as Opportunities, not Obstacles.”

Book Reviews

Jennifer K. Sheehan. Michelle Levy and Tom Mole. The Broadview Introduction to Book History.

Eric C. Stoykovich. Science in the Archives: Pasts, Presents, Futures. Lorraine Daston, ed.

C&RL News – November 2017

C&RL News-November 2017The November 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. The continued focus on the accuracy of information in both traditional and social media provides an important opportunity for academic and research librarians to provide information literacy instruction that is meaningful to students beyond their classroom assignments. In their article “Says who?” librarians from Aquinas College provide insight into a variety of classroom approaches to addressing “fake news” with undergraduate students.

Librarians at the University of California-Merced took a variety of approaches to highlighting media literacy on campus, including a library exhibit, faculty workshop, special events, and a social media outreach campaign. Sara Davidson Squibb writes about their efforts in her article “Be aware: Elevate your news evaluation.”

The ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee recently conducted a demographic survey of ACRL’s editorial boards as part of their committee workplan. Emily Ford, Wendi Arant Kaspar, and Peggy Seiden discuss the results of the survey in “Diversity of ACRL publications, editorial board demographics.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, ACRL President Cheryl A. Middleton discusses “Closing the divide” between subject and scholarly communication librarians to help reach common campus goals around open access and other scholarly communication issues.

Librarians continue to use the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in creative ways. Four art and design librarians from different institutions write about their collaborative efforts to apply the Framework to Studio Art classes in their article “CREATE.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look at applying user experience design principles to library signage, Internet Resources on “Community engagement in higher education” by Anne Marie Gruber, a The Way I See It essay on “Reference, reading, and nonreading” by Evan F. Kuehn, a preview of the November issue of College & Research Libraries in the C&RL Spotlight department, and the ACRL 2019 Call for Participation.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices

Undergraduate Research coverACRL announces the publication of Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practicesedited by Merinda Kaye Hensley and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. In 25 chapters featuring 60 expert contributors, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian is a detailed guide to how librarians can help students go beyond a foundation of information literacy toward advanced research and information management skills, and align the library with institutional goals of engagement and retention.

Undergraduate research is often conflated with standard end-of-semester research papers, featuring APA style bibliographies and a certain number of sources. But in fact, undergraduate research is one of several high-impact educational practices identified by George Kuh and the Association of American Colleges & Universities, and is increasingly seen as a vital part of the undergraduate experience. Research helps students connect the dots between their interests, general education courses, writing requirements, and major coursework, and increases learning, retention, enrollment in graduate education, and engagement in future work.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian explores the strategic new services and cross-departmental collaborations academic libraries are creating to support research: publishing services, such as institutional repositories and undergraduate research journals; data services; copyright services; poster printing and design; specialized space; digital scholarship services; awards; and much more. These programs can be from any discipline, can be interdisciplinary, can be any high-impact format, and can reflect upon an institution’s own history, traditions, and tensions.

As higher education becomes more competitive—for dollars, for students, for grant money, for resources in general—institutions will need to increase their development of programs that provide the experiential and deep learning, and increased engagement, that research provides. The scholarly and extracurricular experiences of college are increasingly becoming a major part of marketing college education. Beyond the one-shot, beyond course-integrated instruction, Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian examines how the structures that undergird undergraduate research, such as the library, can become part of the core infrastructure of the undergraduate experience.

Undergraduate Research and the Academic Librarian 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 2017

C&RL November 2017The November 2017 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. “The Role and Responsibility of Peer Review.”


Sarah P.C. Dahlen and Kathlene Hanson. “Preference vs. Authority: A Comparison of Student Searching in a Subject-Specific Indexing and Abstracting Database and a Customized Discovery Layer.”

Paula R. Dempsey. “Resource Delivery and Teaching in Live Chat Reference: Comparing Two Libraries.”

Ayoung Yoon and Teresa Schultz. “Research Data Management Services in Academic Libraries in the US: A Content Analysis of Libraries’ Websites.”

Anna Mierzecka, Małgorzata Kisilowska, and Andrius Suminas. “Researchers’ Expectations Regarding the Online Presence of Academic Libraries.”

Leila Belle Sterman and Jason A. Clark. “Citations as Data: Harvesting the Scholarly Record of Your University to Enrich Institutional Knowledge and Support Research.”

Heather Brodie Perry. “Information Literacy in the Sciences: Faculty Perception of Undergraduate Student Skill.”

Hilary Bussell, Jessica Hagman, and Christopher S. Guder. “Research Needs and Learning Format Preferences of Graduate Students at a Large Public University: An Exploratory Study.”

Book Reviews

Melissa Anderson. Andrea Baer. Information Literacy and Writing Studies in Conversation: Reenvisioning Library-Writing Program Connections. Sacramento, Calif.: Library Juice Press, 2016. 202p. Paper, $28.00 (ISBN 978-1-63400-021-5).

Deborah Garson. Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks. Randall McClure, ed., for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2016. 303p. Softcover, $68.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8904-3).

Harlan Greene. Engaging with Records and Archives: Histories and Theories. Fiorella Foscarini, Heather MacNeil, Bonnie Mack, and Gillian Oliver, eds. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. Paper, $85.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-158-4).

Andrea Kosavic. Developing Digital Scholarship: Emerging Practices in Academic Libraries. Alison Mackenzie and Lindsey Martin, eds. Chicago: ALA Neal Schuman, 2016. 184p. Paper, $70.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1555-4). LC 2017289052.

Mark Shelton. Mary Snyder Broussard. Reading, Research, and Writing: Teaching Information Literacy with Process-Based Research Assignments. Chicago: American Library Association for the Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. 140p. Paper, $40.00.

Marisa Soltz. Connie Strittmatter and Virginia K. Bratton. Teaching Plagiarism Prevention to College Students: An Ethics-Based Approach. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 158p. Hardbound, $75.00 (ISBN 1-4422-6440-3). LC 2016-012049.

Now You’re a Manager: Quick and Practical Strategies for New Mid-Level Managers in Academic Libraries

Now You're a Manager coverACRL announces the publication of Now You’re a Manager: Quick and Practical Strategies for New Mid-Level Managers in Academic Libraries by M. Leslie Madden, Laura Carscaddon, Denita Hampton, and Brenna Helmstutler. With ten chapters covering everything from building teams to creating a respectful workplace to managing university politics, Now You’re a Manager provides lists, exercises, and techniques for assembling and managing an effective, happy team.

Many of us were never taught how to be managers before we began managing. Maybe you sought the position and interviewed for it, or maybe you were appointed to fill a need. Perhaps your long-term goal is upper-level library management, or maybe you’re happy where you are and aren’t sure how you’d like your career to progress.  Whatever the case, this guide will provide you with quick, easy-to-implement tips and strategies for tackling the most common issues encountered by mid-level managers in an academic library:

  • Managing and Building Departments and Teams
  • Managing Diverse Departments
  • Creating a Respectful Workplace and Dealing with Problem Employees
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Conducting Effective Meetings
  • Managing Between Library Administration and Your Employees
  • Managing Library and University Politics and Bureaucracy
  • Managing Change
  • Managing as a Team

Now You’re a Manager is designed to meet the specific needs of new mid-level managers in academic libraries, and can be used for individual growth or group discussion, and by librarians and paraprofessionals who manage teams and departments.

Now You’re a Manager: Quick and Practical Strategies for New Mid-Level Managers in Academic Libraries is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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