Category Archives: Publications

“The Greening of America’s Libraries” E-Book From ACRL and LLAMA

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the WayACRL and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announce the publication of The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way. Written by Mary M. Carr and Steven L. Carr, United States Green Building Council (USGBC) trained and certified accredited LEED-AP professionals and librarians, this digital publication introduces librarians and design professionals to the information, standards and tools necessary to construct or renovate a library in accordance with the USGBC’s LEED requirements and process.

A core principle of libraries is to be a presence in the communities they serve. That presence takes many forms, from historical images of a librarian riding the circuit on horseback, to a bookmobile, to the physical space of a library building. Today’s libraries use technology to extend the reach of resources and services. These sorts of changes, along with economic concerns, have necessitated a fresh look at physical library buildings, including making them more environmentally sound.

Building on Mary M. Carr’s recent book The Green Library Planner: What Every Librarian Needs to Know Before Starting to Build or Renovate, the goal of The Greening of America’s Libraries is to provide the information, tools and confidence a non-building or design professional needs to construct or renovate library spaces with an eye towards sustainability. Carr and Carr provide readers with point by point explanations of LEED requirements in all relevant categories along with examples of existing library building projects that illustrate specific LEED requirements. The handbook is an invaluable resource for anyone involved in library renovation projects along with the construction or lease of new library spaces.

The Greening of America’s Libraries: LEEDing the Way is available for purchase in a variety of e-book formats through the ALA Online Store and; and through EBSCO for library e-book collections.

New From ACRL: Designing Training

Designing TrainingACRL announces the publication of Designing Training by Melanie Hawks, the fifth entry in the ACRL Active Guides series.

Focusing on the needs of the adult learner, Designing Training will help librarians and library staff plan training sessions for takeaway value, learner engagement and learning transfer. Hawks provides examples and exercises that demonstrate how to design highly effective learning events from the ground up. The practical activities provided throughout this title will lead the reader through the process of developing well-designed training that sets up both the trainer and the learners to succeed.  Designing Training is practical guide that will serve as an essential go-to resource for those responsible for training as either an on-going job assignment or an occasional project.

The ACRL Active Guides series address professional and workplace issues. Additional titles in the series include Life-Work Balance, Influencing without Authority, Conversations that Work: Conducting Performance Assessments and Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals.

Designing Training is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship

Twenty-First-Century Access ServicesACRL announces the publication of Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship, edited by Michael J. Krasulski, Jr. and Trevor A. Dawes.

The access services departments in academic libraries are literally and metaphorically at the front line of 21st century academic librarianship. In both tangible and intangible ways these departments, with their circulation desk roots, are making great strides to facilitate access in an ever changing higher education landscape. Today’s access services departments are expanding their portfolios to include electronic reserves (e-reserves), increased cooperative and shared services, facilities management, assessment initiatives, e-book lending initiatives and copyright management.

“This volume of essays captures so effectively the evolution and adaptability of access services,” notes Columbia University Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian James G. Neal in the forward. “It defines the hybrid qualities that characterize the suite of services that have bridged analog and electronic content, physical and virtual space, and self-sufficient and radically collaborative and collective relationships among libraries.”

The ten chapters in Twenty-First-Century Access Services highlight these roles and services, while discussing the role access services departments will continue to play in the success of the library, as well as place these services in the context of supporting the academic mission of the institutions of which the libraries are a part. This work will be useful to access services practitioners in all types of academic libraries, and to library and information science graduate students and faculty interested in learning more about access services operations.

Twenty-First-Century Access Services: On the Front Line of Academic Librarianship 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.

Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study

Finding a Public VoiceACRL announces the publication of Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study, edited by Danielle Theiss and Diane Kovacs.

This eclectic volume shares vivid examples of how academic librarians, inspired by the writings of noted library leader and blogger Barbara Fister, are engaging with others and blazing a leadership path for the profession on topics such as information literacy, scholarly communication and e-publishing, librarian career adaptability and healthcare privacy rights. Throughout the collection, Fister serves as a model for fearless public expression, speaking out about libraries and learning and engaging in substantive debate. Following her example, Theiss, Kovacs and their contributing authors explore a range of subjects through the lenses of collaboration and partnerships, questioning the status quo, bravery and new modes of learning.

Representing the diversity and creativity in academic librarianship, the nine chapters in Finding a Public Voice are intended to ignite continued dialogue and inspire readers to find and express their own public voices, following Fister’s inspirational example. This volume is recommended reading for librarians interested in information literacy, scholarly communication, e-publishing and the future of the profession.

Finding a Public Voice: Using Barbara Fister as a Case Study 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.

Academic Librarians of Color Research Survey

Note: Please consider participating in the survey described below for a chapter in a forthcoming ACRL book if appropriate.

Are you a librarian of color? Do you work in an academic library in the United States? If so, please add your voice by filling out a questionnaire for a study on the self-perceptions of professional and racial identity of academic librarians of color.

Despite an abundance of existing literature on diversity in libraries, as well as recruitment and retention initiatives of underrepresented populations in libraries, there has been little research on how academic librarians of color perceive themselves as professionals and as people of color. This research will serve as the basis for a book chapter tentatively titled “Librarians of Color: Perceptions of Professional and Racial Identity in Academic Libraries” in the forthcoming ACRL publication Beyond the Bun: Librarian Valuing through Perception and Presentation (working title).

For this research, we want to define the term “person of color” beyond the literal color of one’s skin. We are defining the term as individuals who reside in the United States who belong to minoritized racial and ethnic groups, including but not limited to: African American or African, Arab, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latino, Native American and Alaskan Native, and Multiracial.

We are seeking participants who are librarians working in an academic library setting in the United States, over the age of 18 years, who identify as persons of color.

Questionnaires will be collected online through the survey tool Qualtrics. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed in the online research environment. To protect the confidentiality of survey respondents the collection of IP addresses will be disabled in the survey results. Participation is voluntary and participants are free to withdraw at any time, or may choose to only answer specific questions. The questionnaire consists of several open-ended questions and will take about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Click here to access the questionnaire:

Thank you for your participation in this study.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith
Academic Resident Librarian
University of Illinois, Chicago
312-413-3273 |

Azusa Tanaka
Japanese Studies Librarian
University of Washington
206-543-4490 |

Juleah Swanson
Acquisitions Librarian
Ohio State University
614-247-7461 |

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