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C&RL News – September 2016

The September 2016 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.
C&RL News-September 2016
We start this month with two articles on archives and special collections. First, Brian Flota, Mark Peterson, and Julia Merkel discuss “Pulp in the ivory tower” and the development of James Madison University’s pulp magazine collection. Their article provides a good look at the context for this particular collection and advice for starting any unique collection of the kind.

In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Eddie Woodward of the Library of Virginia writes about the growing trend of “Participatory archiving” as it relates to creating and acquiring digital collections.

This month marks the launch of Perspectives on the Framework, a new bimonthly column focusing on ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and edited by our Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee. For the inaugural column, Emily Drabinski of Long Island University-Brooklyn examines the Framework through the six frames in her article “Turning inward.”

ACRL President Irene M. H. Herold authors this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, focusing on ways that library leadership can go about “Supporting scholarly communication” at their institutions.

In this issue’s International Insights column, which launched in the May 2016 issue, a group of authors from six regions around the world provide their thoughts on trending topics, taking “A pulse on the world of academic libraries.”

Make sure to check out the rest of our features and departments, including recaps of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2017 awards program, and a look at the contents of the September issue of our online-only scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries by editor Wendi Kaspar.

College & Research Libraries – September 2016

crl squareThe September 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. “Opening the Black Box.”


Samantha Teplitzky and Margaret Phillips. “Evaluating the Impact of Open Access at Berkeley: Results from the 2015 Survey of Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) Funding Recipients.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Quinn Galbraith, Melissa Garrison, and Whitney Hales. “Perceptions of Faculty Status among Academic Librarians.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Timothy J. Cain, Fern M. Cheek, Jeremy Kupsco, Lynda J. Hartel, and Anna Getselman. “Health Sciences Libraries Forecasting Information Service Trends for Researchers: Models Applicable to All Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Carol Perruso. “Undergraduates’ Use of Google vs. Library Resources: A Four-Year Cohort Study.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Adam Murray, Ashley Ireland, and Jana Hackathorn. “The Value of Academic Libraries: Library Services as a Predictor of Student Retention.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Linda R. Musser and Barbara M. Coopey. “Impact of a Discovery System on Interlibrary Loan.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Nathan Hall, Sara Arnold-Garza, Regina Gong, and Yasmeen Shorish. “Leading by Example? ALA Division Publications, Open Access, and Sustainability.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Bradford Lee Eden. Difficult Decisions: Closing & Merging Academic Libraries. Sara Holder and Amber Butler Lannon, eds. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 253p. Paper, $58 (ISBN 978-083898791-9). Full Text (PDF).

Bradford Lee Eden. Ronald C. Jantz. Managing Creativity: The Innovative Research Library. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016 (Publications in Librarianship; no. 70). 185p. Paper, $44.00 (ISBN 978-083898834-3). Full Text (PDF).

Dana Hart. Ellen Mazur Thomson. Aesthetic Tracts: Innovation in Late-Nineteenth Century Book Design. New Castle, Del.: Oak Knoll Press, 2015. 208p. Cloth, $55.00 (ISBN 9781584563365). Full Text (PDF).

Jen Hoyer. Metaliteracy in Practice. Trudi E. Jacobson and Thomas P. Mackey, eds. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 256p. Paper, $70.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1379-6). Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Academic E-Books: Publishers, Librarians, and Users. Suzanne M. Ward, Robert S. Freeman, and Judith M. Nixon, eds. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 2016. 360p. Paper, $29.95 (ISBN 978-1-5575-3727-0). Full Text (PDF).

Lizzy Walker. Making Institutional Repositories Work. Burton B. Callicot, David Scherer, and Andrew Wesolek, eds. West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 2016. 360p. Paper, $29.95 (ISBN 978-1557537263). Full Text (PDF).

New Look for Choice Magazine Debuts with September 2016 Issue

Choice September 2016 coverWith the September 2016 issue, Choice will unveil a new cover and interior design, the first such change at the magazine in almost a decade. The premier source for reviews of academic books, digital media, and Internet resources in higher education for over fifty years, Choice is a publication of ACRL.

Launched in 1964 out of office space at Wesleyan University’s Olin Library under the leadership of founding editor Richard K. Gardner, Choice magazine originated as “a monthly current book selection guide to aid colleges and junior colleges in strengthening their library collections with the best of academic materials.” Since then, Choice has expanded coverage to accommodate new subjects and formats of interest to the academic community, most notably the proliferation of new digital and Internet resources. Choice‘s contributions to the academic library community have grown in recent years beyond reviews, with highlights such as bibliographic essays, the Outstanding Academic Titles list, forthcoming titles lists, and most recently, features devoted to community college libraries, including the editors’ top 75 community college resources list.

The new cover design of Choice reflects an overall rebranding effort begun earlier this year, which includes a new logo and tagline for the Choice publishing unit.

“There have been a number of changes recently at Choice, with several new staffers in place, the launch of the Choice Reviews database this summer, the redesigned and expanded site, and new products on the horizon. We are committed to providing academic librarians with the support and tools they need to do their jobs in today’s changing world of information,” said Mark Cummings, Choice editor and publisher. “It’s an exciting time for us and one that called for a fresh look all around. We are especially proud of the new cover and interior design of Choice. Rest assured, though, that beautiful photographs of academic libraries will still take center stage on our covers moving forward.”

For more on Choice magazine, Choice Reviews, or Choice’s other products and services, please visit

The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations

SARAL cover smallACRL announces the publication of The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations. Edited by Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Deborah Tritt, the work provides practical tips and techniques for this unique subset of librarians.

Small and rural academic libraries struggle with a particular set of technological and institutional barriers—tight budgets, stagnant salaries, small staff, and limited access to current technologies can prevent these active academic librarians from fully participating in professional development. Feelings of isolation, concerns about institutional support, and worries about the perception of the LIS profession within the community can also be issues.

Through the use of case studies, research, and practical interviews, The Small and Rural Academic Library explores how academic librarians in such environments can keep pace with, create, and improve modern library practices and services, network with colleagues, and access continuing education and professional development opportunities. Additionally, this book acts as a resource on matters of human resources and management concerns that are unique to LIS professionals and paraprofessionals who serve at small campuses and in rural communities.

Kaetrena Davis Kendrick is Assistant Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, where she has expanded outreach, grown instruction, introduced and promoted teaching and learning technologies, and implemented data collection and scholarship curation initiatives on her small campus. Deborah Tritt is an instruction/reference librarian and assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Aiken’s Gregg-Graniteville Library. She is also the archivist for the Gregg-Graniteville Archives and oversees the library’s digital collections.

The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Choice and The Charleston Company announce collaboration on new online review resource for academic databases

Choice and The Charleston Company have announced plans to collaborate on a new reference product, an online review source for academic databases and digital resources, with the working name of CC Advisor. CC Advisor will be published on the database platform recently launched at Choice.

The goal is to unveil a working prototype at the Charleston Conference in November and to launch in time for the ACRL 2017 conference to be held March 22-25, 2017, in Baltimore.

Important facts:

  • Editorial efforts will be spearheaded by The Charleston Advisor team.
  • The new product will offer enhanced and updated reviews from The Charleston Advisor archive.
  • New and revised reviews will be added monthly and commissioned especially for the work.
  • Design plans for CC Advisor include a user-friendly interface, extensive search and retrieval functionality, and improved navigation.
  • Updating will be continuous.
  • An enhanced “competitive analysis” section and an “on the fly” database comparison option will make CC Advisor unique.

Chas_Co_logo“Choice and The Charleston Advisor have long been known for their thoughtful peer reviews,” said Choice editor and publisher Mark Cummings. “Teaming up on this new database was a natural progression for us both. CC Advisor will bring a powerful, trustworthy new voice to the evaluation of academic databases.”

CC Advisor will be what all of us collection developers have been waiting for,” said Katina Strauch, chair of the Board of The Charleston Advisor and assistant dean for technical services at the College of Charleston Addlestone Library. “I can’t wait for the launch.”

“What a wonderful way to mark our 18th year of publication for The Charleston Advisor. We are very pleased to be working with Choice to bring our reviews to the new CC Advisor platform, which will allow us to keep them up-to-date and accessible to a wider audience of library professionals,” said Rebecca Lenzini, president of The Charleston Company.


About Choice

Choice is a publishing unit of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Founded in 1964, Choice has for over 50 years been the premier source for reviews of academic books and digital resources of interest to scholars and students in higher education.  Please visit Choice at for more information.

About The Charleston Company

Founded in 1999, The Charleston Company is the publisher of The Charleston Report, a bi-monthly newsletter summarizing major trends of interest to collection managers, publishers and intermediaries, and The Charleston Advisor, a quarterly journal providing peer-reviewed reviews of online databases, tools and applications offered to libraries worldwide. The company also sponsors the Fiesole Retreat Series, an international meeting examining issues and progress in the field of scholarly communication.

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