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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.

C&RL News – October 2016

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

As issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice continue to dominate the news headlines this fall, academic libraries also continue their focus on these issues, as well. In this issue, Orolando Duffus discusses his efforts to bring multicultural campus groups together through the library at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. His article “The library as an incubator for multicultural awareness and engagement” is a wonderful model for library diversity efforts.

Katherine O’Clair of Cal Poly State University writes about a personal experience advocating for social justice issues while working with students in a library instruction context in her The Way I See It essay “At the intersection of academic librarianship and social justice.”

In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature, Bohyun Kim discusses the role of libraries in advocating for online privacy in her article “Cybersecurity and digital surveillance versus usability and privacy.”

A focus on continuous improvement is an important part of making any library program successful. At the University of Vermont, librarians introduced “The 360° Feedback Model for library instructors” to improve teaching. Daisy Benson and Daniel DeSanto discuss the program in this issue.

Katelyn Angell of Long Island University-Brooklyn improved her library instruction sessions through a clever pop culture exercise. She discuses her assignment in her fabulous article “America’s Next Top Citation.”

This month we begin our series of articles leading up to the ACRL 2017 conference, being held March 22–25, 2017, in Baltimore. Barbara G. Preece and Carissa Tomlinson of the conference Local Arrangements Committee kick of the series with an introduction to our host city in “Baltimore—Charm City.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including a look at “Funding open access monographs” by Rupert Gatti and Marc Mierowsky of Open Book Publishers in the Scholarly Communication column and Internet Resources on “Paper ephemera” by E. Richard McKinstry.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook Two-Volume Set Now Available

Critical Pedagogy coverACRL announces the publication of the two-volume Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook. Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy, these books provide a collection of ideas, best practices, and lesson plans that contribute to the richness of what it means to do this type of work in libraries.

Critical pedagogy incorporates inclusive and reflective teaching for aims of social justice. It provides mechanisms for students to evaluate their social, political, and economic standing, and to question societal norms and how these norms perpetuate societal injustices. Teaching librarians have long incorporated social justice into their work, but focused interest in critical library pedagogy has grown rapidly in recent years. In two volumes, the Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook works to make critical pedagogy more accessible for library educators, examining both theory and practice to help the busy practitioner explore various aspects of teaching for social justice.

Volume One, Essays and Workbook Activities, provides short essays reflecting on personal practice, describing projects, and exploring major ideas to provide inspiration for the exploration of critical pedagogy. The bibliography of each chapter provides a network of other sources to examine, and the volume closes with a selection of workbook activities to improve practice and understanding of critical pedagogy.

Volume Two, Lesson Plans, provides plans covering everything from small activities to multi-session projects. Critical pedagogy requires collaborating with learners and adapting to their needs, as well as continual reflection, but these lessons provide elements that can be tweaked to fit many kinds of environments. These chapters also provide 30 different views on creating and delivering critically designed information literacy instruction and reflect material commonly requested by faculty—including introductions to databases, evaluating information sources, and the research cycle.

The Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook set will help build personal teaching skills and identity, cultivate local community, and document the journey of critical practitioners.

Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook is available for purchase in print and as ebooks for Volume One and Volume Two through the ALA Online Store, in print from, and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe

Bridging Worlds coverACRL announces the publication of Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe. Edited by Raymond Pun, Scott Collard, and Justin Parrott, the book provides insight into international academic libraries and provides best practices and practical leadership strategies.

Over the past decade, a growing number of American colleges and universities have made international engagement a key facet of their missions, emphasizing global awareness, interconnectedness, and student and community diversity. Universities are establishing campuses, branches, and enhanced programs outside of the United States, and many are partnering with foreign institutions in the Middle East and East Asia to introduce and integrate Western higher education into these regions. These collaborations seek to take advantage of the blending of cultural, social, political, and economic communities, and to chart new territories in research, teaching, and learning.

Academic libraries are playing a key role in many of these undertakings, acting as partners in the development of campus community, student life, and research. Bridging Worlds presents examples of libraries working to play their part in campus development and international engagement. This book provides practical best practices, lessons learned, and perspectives gained, from collection building to finances to designing spaces, and touches on some of the cultural, political, and social factors at play as institutions work to support these complex organizations.

Raymond Pun is first year student success librarian at California State University-Fresno. Previously, he was a reference and research services librarian at New York University Shanghai. Scott Collard is head of Specialized Research Services and Social Sciences at New York University Division of Libraries. Justin Parrott has been Technical Services and Research Librarian at New York University Abu Dhabi since December 2012. He currently manages the local technical services unit for NYU Abu Dhabi Library and is liaison to the university’s Mathematics, Arabic, and Chinese language departments.

Bridging Worlds: Emerging Models and Practices of U.S. Academic Libraries Around the Globe is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and in print from, and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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