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RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage – Fall 2016

rbm_17_2The Fall 2016 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

Jennifer K. Sheehan. “Editor’s Note.”

Research Articles

Anne Garner, Johanna Goldberg, and Rebecca Pou. “Collaborative Social Media Campaigns and Special Collections: A Case Study on #ColorOurCollections.”

Jacob Gordon. “In the Flesh? Anthropodermic Bibliopegy Verification and Its Implications.”

Laila Hussein Moustafa. “From Peshawar to Kabul: Preserving Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage during Wartime.”

Silvia Vong. “A Constructivist Approach for Introducing Undergraduate Students to Special Collections and Archival Research.”

Book Reviews

Libby Hertenstein. A Great Library Easily Begets Affection: Memories of the William L. Clements Library 1923–2015. Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Cheney J. Schopieray, Emiko Hastings, and J. Kevin Gaffagnino, eds. Ann Arbor: William L. Clements Library University of Michigan Press, 2015. 169p. ISBN 978-1881606017.

Simran Thadani. Wolfgang Ernst. Stirrings in the Archives: Order from Disorder. Translated by Adam Siegel. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield, 2015. vi, 102p. $75. ISBN 9781442253957.

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks

Threshold full coverACRL announces the publication of Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks, edited by Randall McClure. College and research librarians have been working alongside professors invested in writing in the disciplines for decades, but new kinds of partnerships are emerging as faculty members and librarians are re-imagining their work for students in a world where writing is both global and largely digital.

Rewired highlights the clear connections between two important disciplinary documents—the Framework for Success in Postsecondary Writing (CWPA, NCTE, and NWP, 2011) and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL, 2016)—and examines partnerships between librarians and their colleagues who are teaching information literacy in new and impactful ways.

The chapters in Section 1, Developing a Shared Understanding, show off the ways we can learn from each other’s expertise when we engage in conversation and break down the disciplinary silos that tend to separate us. The range of curricular reforms at institutions across the country showcased in Section 2, Partnering Research & Writing, offer multiple options for how partnerships between faculty members invested in writing in the disciplines and their librarian colleagues might develop in different kinds of institutional contexts. And finally, Section 3, Assessing Writing & Information Literacy, challenges us to think about how we assess students’ research-writing development and the impact of the partnerships we develop.

From disciplines and areas one would expect—English departments, first-year writing programs, and university writing centers—to those perhaps more unexpected, such as the health sciences, courses in music, and summer bridge programs, Rewired features partnerships within a range of institutional types that have built upon the connections between these Frameworks in ways that construct meaningful relationships for students as they develop expertise in research-writing.

Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks 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.

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.

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