Category Archives: Publications

New ACRL Occasional Report Examines Building with Purpose

Building with PurposeACRL is pleased to announce the first in a two-part set of Occasional Reports on academic library construction and renovation. Authored by Christopher Stewart, Building with Purpose: A Quantitative Overview of U.S. Academic Library Construction 2000-2014 presents a rich set of data on, and analysis of, new library construction over the past fourteen years. A forthcoming second report will cover academic library renovations in the same period.

While some argue that the academic library building has been unfairly characterized as a legacy structure, inflexible in its primary role as a space for physical materials, others point to the ongoing transformation of the library space as a center for collaboration, multi-modal learning, discovery, and social and cultural life. As the conversation about the evolving role of the library space widens, a broad, quantitative overview and analysis of new library construction and/or renovation activity across U.S. higher education is useful in helping us understand pace and scope of investments in new library space across different types of institutions.

The analysis presented in Stewart’s report examines new library construction through a framework of institutional characteristics, which provides an opportunity to identify patterns in terms of where libraries are investing in new space. This information also provides evidence of shifting institutional intentions and aspirations for the library building.

Stewart is also the author of the 2010 ACRL publication The Academic Library Building in the Digital Age: A Study of Construction, Planning, and Design of New Academic Library Space.

Building with Purpose is freely available on the ACRL website.

New ACRL Publication Focuses on “The Living Library”

The Living LIbraryACRL announces the publication of The Living Library: An Intellectual Ecosystem by Patricia Steele, David Cronrath, Sandra Parsons Vicchio, and Nancy Fried Foster.

The Living Library describes the evolution of one possible future for academic libraries – as laboratories for cross-disciplinary investigation. At the University of Maryland, a collaborative effort among the Libraries, the School of Architecture and the Department of Anthropology led to the participation of students, faculty, and staff in an initiative to design a full renovation of the main library building with the guidance of professionals in anthropology and architecture. As part of the process, Anthropology students and library faculty and staff investigated how the broader university community undertakes its work in the library. Architecture students in graduate design studio analyzed the findings along with the building and then created a series of designs to support faculty, student, and staff work practices. All of the work was reviewed by a leadership committee from a variety of disciplines.

The authors – the library director, the dean of architecture, a practicing architect, and an applied anthropologist – describe the project, explain the methods and review the outcomes, sharing their particular experiences of the living library. The Living Library is essential reading for academic librarians interested in innovative building redesign and space usage.

The Living Library 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.

Assessing Liaison Librarians

Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive ChangeACRL announces the publication of Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White.

Assessment is increasingly important to higher education. Tight budgets and scarce resources demand accountability from the entire academy, including the library. Librarians must be prepared to document the impact of the programs they create, the collections they develop, and the services they offer. Liaison librarians in academic libraries focus on engagement with academic units and outreach to students, faculty, and the community of scholars.

In a series of scholarly essays, Assessing Liaison Librarians examines how academic libraries assess liaison activities and offers recommendations for documenting the impact of programs and services. Individual chapters address liaison activities relating to collection development; library instruction; research services; engagement and outreach; online, blended and other learning environments, including MOOCs; scholarly communications and information technology; the importance of assessment in the 21st century research library and professional development of liaisons librarians.

Assessing Liaison Librarians is #67 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) monograph series and is suitable for all types of academic libraries and to schools of library and information science.

Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change 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.

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Owning and Using ScholarshipACRL announces the publication of Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin L. Smith, JD.

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. Owning and Using Scholarship demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

Throughout the book a clear explanation of the law is coupled with concrete examples drawn from actual issues encountered by scholars. This balance of theoretical background and practical application is designed to appeal to both those who want a quick discussion of potential approaches and those who prefer to know “why.” In addition to applying this approach to copyright issues that arise for research and teaching, the volume also discusses the options and obstacles that confront authors wishing to publish their work in new environment. Explanations and objective assessments of the different options available for disseminating scholarship are provided to assist authors and other creators in making their own decisions about the best choice for them.

Smith is director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries and is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He also serves as a campus resource on national policy in order to help the community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape of scholarly publication. 

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers 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.

Owning and Using Scholarship is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website. 

New ACRL IS Tips and Trends

The ACRL Instruction Section Instructional Technologies Committee has published their latest Tips and Trends covering “Online Presentation Creation Tools,” written by Brad Sietz and Caroline Sinkinson. Tips and Trends introduce and discuss new, emerging, or even familiar technologies which can be applied to the library instruction setting. Learn more about how to use online presentation creation tools to present content, encourage active and engaged classroom learning, and create online learning artifacts.

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