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Call for Reviewers—Resources for College Libraries

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced subject librarians and academic faculty to serve as referees for the peer review of its arts and humanities disciplines. Referees are tasked with reviewing the subject bibliography comprehensively for breadth and depth, providing recommendations for editorial improvement. Continuously updated, RCL includes over 85,000 resources in 61 curriculum-specific areas and is a co-publication of Choice/ACRL and ProQuest. Learn more about RCL on the bibliography website.

Subject Disciplines

American Literature :: British Literature :: Classical Languages and Literatures :: Dance :: Drama and Theater :: French Language and Literature :: General Language and Literature :: Germanic Languages and Literatures :: Italian Language and Literature :: Music :: Other Literatures in English :: Philosophy :: Religion :: Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literatures :: Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures :: Visual Arts

How to Apply

Choice/ACRL encourages individuals with experience selecting for academic collections and/or teaching undergraduates to apply. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please submit a brief description of your relevant background, along with your résumé or CV to Anne Doherty (, RCL Project Editor. Preference will be given to those who apply by June 1, 2017.

Find further details and FAQs are available on the RCL website.

College & Research Libraries – May 2017

The May 2017 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.

Guest Editorial

Emily Ford. “Advancing an Open Ethos with Open Peer Review.”


Ningning Kong, Michael Fosmire, and Benjamin Dewayne Branch. “Developing Library GIS Services for Humanities and Social Science: An Action Research Approach.”

Elise Silva, Quinn Galbraith, and Michael Groesbeck. “Academic Librarians’ Changing Perceptions of Faculty Status and Tenure.”

Deborah D. Blecic, Stephen E. Wiberley Jr., Sandra L. De Groote, John Cullars, Mary Shultz, and Vivian Chan. “Publication Patterns of U.S. Academic Librarians and Libraries from 2003 to 2012.”

Sue Samson, Kim Granath, and Adrienne Alger. “Journey Mapping the User Experience.”

Angela Boyd, Yolanda Blue, and Suzanne Im. “Evaluation of Academic Library Residency Programs in the United States for Librarians of Color.”

Lili Luo, Marie Kennedy, Kristine Brancolini, and Michael Stephens. “Developing Online Communities for Librarian Researchers: A Case Study.”

Lindsay Roberts. “Research in the Real World: Improving Adult Learners Web Search and Evaluation Skills through Motivational Design and Problem-Based Learning.”

Book Reviews

Kristen Cardoso. Joe Eshleman, Richard Moniz, Karen Mann, and Kristen Eshleman. Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2016. 198p. Paper, $65.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1455-7). LC 2016014823.

Amy Frazier. Managing Digital Cultural Objects: Analysis, Discovery and Retrieval. Eds. Allen Foster and Pauline Rafferty. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 256p. Paper $88.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1343-7).

Lisa M. McFall. Building Trustworthy Digital Repositories: Theory and Implementation. Ed. Philip C. Bantin. Lanham, Md.: Roman & Littlefield, 2016. 371p. Paper, $65.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-6378-9).

Michael C. McGuire. Library Technology Buying Strategies. Ed. Marshall Breeding. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2016. 136p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1467-0).

Richard M. Mikulski. Being Evidence Based in Library and Information Practice. Eds. Denise Koufogiannakis and Alison Brettle. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. xiv, 224p. Paper, $75.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-071-6).

Marisa Soltz. Mastering Subject Specialties: Practical Advice from the Field. Ed. Karen Sobel. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2016. 184p. Paper, $70.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408- 3964-1). LC 2015-043485.

ACRL Online Journals Migration April 28

As a reminder, the online versions of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications will migrate to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform on Friday, April 28. The addition of features and other enhancements will continue in the weeks following the beta launch.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

Upcoming New Home for ACRL Online Journals

ACRL is pleased to announce the upcoming move of the online versions of the association’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM will launch on OJS at the end of April 2017.

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and ACRL are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. This is the third edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

This report describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a 15-year-old ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies poised to influence learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of academic and research libraries. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.

Top 10 “Sound Bites” from the Report

 1. Each topic is placed into one or more of six meta-categories that reflect movements in academic and research libraries: 1) Expanding Access and Convenience; 2) Spurring Innovation; 3) Fostering Authentic Learning and Discovery; 4) Balancing Societal Shifts; 5) Tracking Research and Patron Data; and 6) Spreading Digital Fluency.

2. The Introduction looks back at the topic sets for the past three library-focused editions of the NMC Horizon Report. Over time, the Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record and Research Data Management have been the most pervasive trends, Embracing the Need for Radical Change the most targeted challenge, and the Internet of Things the most enduring technology development.

3. The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 75 experts. Library leaders, librarians, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 14 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments.

4. The Executive Summary presents 10 highlights capturing the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics. Among the themes are the notions that better catering to patrons’ needs requires user-centric design and a focus on accessibility and that advancing innovation necessitates the reimagining of organizational structures.

5. Semi-finalists — topics from the cutting room floor that almost made the report — are listed. The shift away from books, marketing library services, mixed reality, and more were all heavily considered by the expert panel. They could make a comeback in the next edition!

6. The report illuminates examples of compelling trends, solutions, and technology initiatives in practice at academic and research libraries. Leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment can look to these exemplars from across the world.

7. Three new challenges to the NMC Horizon Project were proposed by the panel and voted into the report. They are: 1) Accessibility of Library Services and Resources; 2) Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work; and 3) Economic and Political Pressures. The expert panel’s inclusion of these topics signals a need to look outward — to deeply consider major societal shifts.

8. Big Data and Digital Scholarship Technologies are both considered on the “near-term horizon” for widespread adoption. The former topic reflects the desire to track and analyze the data generated via online resources and services to better meet patron needs. The latter refers to the suite of digital and computational tools used to advance scholarship as libraries continuously integrate new emerging technologies.

9. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services. These developments on the “far-term horizon” can personalize the library experience for patrons, connecting them more efficiently to resources that best align with their goals.

10. The inclusion of topics such as Patrons as Creators and Improving Digital Literacy shed light on library professionals’ roles as deeper learning guides. Libraries are well-positioned to lead efforts that develop patrons’ digital citizenship and content creation skills, ensuring mastery of responsible and creative technology use.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition is published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.


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