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Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes

Creating Leaders: : An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership InstitutesACRL announces the publication of Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes. Edited by Irene M. H. Herold, and featuring a foreword by Maureen Sullivan, the work focuses on leadership development programs for academic and research librarians. Creating Leaders is number 69 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series.

There are a wide variety of leadership development opportunities available to academic and research librarians. The eighteen programs studied in Creating Leaders provide a diverse array of possibilities for those contemplating attending or implementing an academic leadership development program. Each program chapter explores the history, curriculum, leadership theories, and author-participant perspectives on that program. Some include a study of past participants’ perceptions of the program’s effectiveness in developing leadership, or a longitudinal look at career trajectories, while others include a case study of the application of program concepts. The final chapters compile the eighteen programs into one research study and draw conclusions that facilitate a better understanding of issues in leadership development in academic and research libraries.

Creating Leaders explores whether leadership development programs develop leadership, the value of attending a leadership development program, and what a participant can reasonably expect, and ought never expect, if they attend a particular program. Whether contemplating attending a program, developing a program, or having an interest in what others consider essential theories or activities for personal leadership development, this book provides an informative look into a variety of approaches to creating academic and research library leaders.

Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes 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.

C&RL News – September 2015

C&RL News - September 2015The September 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

The use of social media on Flickr platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram is old hat in the academic library world. But there is always room to improve the use of these tools to connect with library users. Katy Kelly and Hector Escobar write about taking the “Bird’s eye view” to engage with students through Twitter.

Data management continues to be a growing focus for many academic and research libraries. In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Amanda K. Rinehart of Ohio State University writes about the “soft side” of providing data management services in her article “Getting emotional about data.”

While summer break has ended, it is never too early to start planning future professional development events. Librarians at Aquinas College in Michigan created an in-house conference for their colleagues to share and learn from each other. Shellie Jeffries and Christina Radisauskas write about their experiences creating “A conference of our own.”

At Rutgers University, librarians took on the responsibility of “Planning an academic conference” reaching outside the library and even their university community. Julie Still and Zara Wilkinson discuss their experiences and provide useful tips for planning events of all kinds.

This month we look back at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco with our annual roundup of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. We also conclude our decade-by-decade look back at the history of ACRL, as Sarah H. Northam takes a look at the 2000s in her article “Braving 21st-centrury challenges,” and Frances Maloy gives an overview of our more recent history, highlighting ways ACRL has been “Leading with creativity and innovation.”

With the start of a new academic year, many of you are starting your first job in an academic or research library or moving to a position in a new institution. In this month’s The Way I See It essay, “Reflections of an academic librarian,” Elise Silva discusses her recent experiences moving to the library world from a different academic department.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2016 awards program.

Thanks as always for reading the News.


crl squareThe September 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.


Therese F. Triumph and Penny M. Beile. “The Trending Academic Library Job Market: An Analysis of Library Position Announcements from 2011 with Comparisons to 1996 and 1988.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Forrest E. Link, Yuji Tosaka, and Cathy Weng. “Mining and Analyzing Circulation and ILL Data for Informed Collection Development. ” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kirsten Kinsley, Rachel Besara, Abby Scheel, Gloria Colvin, Jessica Evans Brady, and Melissa Burel. “Graduate Conversations: Assessing the Space Needs of Graduate Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Francine May and Alice Swabey. “Using and Experiencing the Academic Library: A Multisite Observational Study of Space and Place.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Brian Detlor and Kathryn Ball. “Getting More Value from the LibQUAL+® Survey: The Merits of Qualitative Analysis and Importance-Satisfaction Matrices in Assessing Library Patron Comments.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Ilka Datig and Beth Russell. “‘The Fruits of Intellectual Labor’: International Student Views of Intellectual Property.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Patrick L. Carr. “Serendipity in the Stacks: Libraries, Information Architecture, and the Problems of Accidental Discovery.”  Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Harlan Greene. Patricia Steele, David Cronrath, Sandra Parsons Vicchio, and Nancy Fried Foster. The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 138p. Paper, $42.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8740-7). Full Text (PDF).

Jen Hoyer. Tomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson. Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2014. 248p. Paper, $67.00 (ISBN 978-1-55570-989-1). Full Text (PDF).

Michelle Hendley. Reinventing Reference: How Libraries Deliver Value in the Age of Google. Eds. Katie Elson Anderson and Vibiana Bowman Cvetkovic. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 192p. $65.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1278-2). Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers. Eds. Maria Bonn and Mike Furlough for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 288p. Paper, $50.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8697-4). Full Text (PDF).

Ryan Litsey. Library Consortia: Models for Collaboration and Sustainability. Eds. Valerie Horton and Greg Pronevitz for American Library Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 216p. $65.00 (ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1218-8). Full Text (PDF).

Lizzy Walker. Andrew Weiss. Using Massive Digital Libraries: A LITA Guide. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 192 p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1235-5). Full Text (PDF).

Choice Goes Mobile With New Tablet App

choice appChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, has announced the release of the new Choice tablet app, which makes Choice magazine available for the  iPad and Android tablets. Current Choice or Choice Reviews Online subscribers can access the Choice app for free by downloading it from the App Store and Google Play™.

The Choice tablet app includes features and functionalities that make it more than simply a digital version of the monthly magazine, including the options to:

  • Browse by subject
  • Search by keyword
  • Create lists
  • Email reviews
  • Sign up for ACRL-Choice webinars or watch the most recent presentations
  • Use social media links to share articles on Facebook or Twitter

Debuting with the September 2015 issue, the Choice tablet app joins a growing roster of products and services from Choice, which include Choice magazine, Choice Reviews Online, Resources for College Libraries, and the ACRL-Choice webinar program.

Learn more about Choice on the publication website.

Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries

Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic LibrariesACRL announces the publication of Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries, edited by Sara Holder and Amber Butler Lannon.

In response to factors such as the decline in circulation of print materials, cuts to library budgets, decreasing demand for in-person reference service, and the implementation of new service models as well as the increasing interdisciplinary nature of academic research—research libraries across North America are merging and consolidating library branches. Merging libraries is complex work for the librarians tasked with these projects. Not only do moving staff, collections, and services require careful planning and execution, there are also myriad stakeholder groups affected when a library closes, all of whom require individualized attention, consideration, and response.

Difficult Decisions explores library consolidation through commentary, research, and case studies written by librarians with experience navigating these events. Individual chapters address either the entire process of a consolidation or closure, multiple aspects of one or more experiences, or one aspect that is particularly important such as communicating with faculty or using data to make decisions about collections. The book is a comprehensive resource for library administrators, librarians asked to assist with these challenging projects, and anyone working in a library undergoing a merger, and is appropriate for all types of academic libraries, as well as an instructive casebook for collections at schools of library and information science.

Difficult Decisions: Closing and Merging Academic Libraries 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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