Category Archives: Publications

Interactive Open Educational Resources

Interactive Open Educational ResourcesACRL announces its sponsorship of the publication by Jossey-Bass of Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching by John D. Shank.

Recent faculty surveys show that some of the most difficult challenges instructors face when teaching are motivating and engaging their students, while making connections to critical course content. And today’s students are “digital natives”–a generation who like to be able to watch, listen, read, and interact with their technology-rich environment. Consequently, interactive learning resources in various formats (including multimedia tutorials, modules, games and simulations) are rapidly becoming vital learning resources for faculty and students to enhance both classroom and online learning. Unfortunately, it is difficult and confusing for faculty, librarians and students to locate and utilize existing high-quality interactive learning resources.

Sponsored by ACRL, Interactive Open Educational Resources is the only resource to weed through OERs to identify which ones are effective. It helps decipher the best tools, resources and techniques for discovering, selecting, and integrating interactive learning resources into the higher education teaching and learning process. Shank examines many of the best repositories and digital library websites for finding high quality materials, explaining in depth the best practices for effectively searching these repositories and the various methods for evaluating, selecting and integrating the resources into the instructor’s curriculum and course assignments, as well as the institution’s learning management system.

These new resources, and new activities centered around them, will increase student engagement with the course content and enhance student learning. Additionally, instructors will learn how to employ and use interactive learning resources for student assessment.

Interactive Open Educational Resources: A Guide to Finding, Choosing, and Using What’s Out There to Transform College Teaching is available for purchase in print and as an e-book from the Jossey-Bass website.

Shank will be available to discuss the book from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26., 2014,  at the ACRL booth (#1045) at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Studying Students: A Second Look

Studying Students: A Second LookACRL announces the publication of Studying Students: A Second Look, edited by Nancy Fried Foster. The book revisits the ground-breaking ethnographic work done by the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries and serves as a follow-up to the 2007 ACRL release Studying Students.

Studying Students: A Second Look presents the results of further ethnographic projects at the University of Rochester’s River Campus Libraries. Topics range from how college students “learn the ropes” to their use of technology and how they study and write their research papers. The volume also discusses what professors expect of their students along with the similarities and differences among faculty, student and librarian research practices. Filled with ideas for applying the findings, the book provides additional insight into the place and role of libraries in the academy.

“In recent years, we began to ask ourselves whether our undergraduates were still the same as they had been almost 10 years ago when we did the first study,” Fried Foster notes. “Had anything changed about our undergraduates and their work practices? Accordingly, we convened a team and conducted a new study, the Undergraduate Research Refresher, from 2011—2013. This book reports on the new study and draws comparisons to the original work.”

Studying Students: A Second Look 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.

2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2012 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The three-volume set includes Associate of Arts institutions, Master’s Colleges and Universities/Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The individual volumes for Associates Colleges, Masters/Baccalaureate, and Doctoral-Granting institutions are also available for purchase.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for collection materials increased 7.3% over 2011. Baccalaureate schools increased their spending by an average of 11%; associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 5.4%; comprehensive degree-granting institutions spent 6.9% more on average and doctoral degree-granting institutions spent 7.1% more than in 2011.The percentage of the collection materials budget spent on ongoing resources purchases (including subscription expenditures) averaged 64.8% of the total materials budget. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 72.4% of their materials budgets on ongoing purchases in 2012; comprehensive schools spent an average of 71.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 65.9% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 49.4%.

The 2012 data show that library expenditures for salaries and wages increased 3.7% over 2011. Salary and wages expenditures increased only slightly for comprehensive institutions (by 0.4%) while increasing 9.4% for baccalaureate schools. On average, doctoral degree-granting institutions increased salaries and wage expenditures by 4.1% and associate degree-granting institutions increased spending by an average of 3.2%. Salaries and wages constituted 74.2% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.7% for baccalaureate, 53.4% for comprehensive schools and 44.1% for doctoral/research institutions.

In the past year 76% of all academic libraries reported using social media with Facebook, blogs and Twitter being the top three. The top three reasons for using social media include promotion of library services, marketing of events and community building.

The 2012 survey includes data from 1,495 academic libraries in six major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes and electronic books);
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.);
  • Personnel and Public Services (staff and services);
  • Ph.D.s Granted, Faculty, Student Enrollment;
  • Social Media Use; and
  • Awareness and use of ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2012 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

2012 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

“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.

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