Category Archives: Publications

ACRL Books Flash Sale – Comprehensive Guide to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery!

Disaster recovery book coverDon’t miss your chance to catch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! In this week’s sale, Comprehensive Guide to Emergency and Disaster Preparedness and Recovery by Frances C. Wilkinson, Linda K. Lewis, and Nancy K. Dennis is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 18th, using the code ACRL89 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this essential resource on preparing for a disaster by creating a plan, responding to an emergency, and the intricacies of recovering today!

ACRL Books Flash Sale – Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication!

2. Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly CommunicationCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! This week, Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication, edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Kaye Hensley, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 11th, using the code ACRL19 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this look at the concepts, experiments, collaborations, and strategies at the crossroads of the fields of scholarly communication and information literacy today!

ACRL Books Flash Sale – International Students and Academic Libraries!

International Students and Academic LibrariesCatch up on your professional reading this month through our series of weekly flash sales! This week, International Students and Academic Libraries: Initiatives for Success, edited by Pamela A. Jackson and Patrick Sullivan, is 25% off until 11 p.m. CST on May 4th using the code ACRL39 at checkout via phone, fax, email, or online! Get your copy of this book, full of case studies and examples of innovative strategies to encourage library use and academic success among international students, today!

College & Research Libraries – May 2016

crl squareThe May 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.


Emily Drabinski and Scott Walter. “Asking Questions that Matter.”


Luke Swindler. “New Consortial Model for E-Books Acquisitions.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Katie Greer, Amanda Nichols Hess, and Elizabeth W. Kraemer. “The Librarian Leading the Machine: A Reassessment of Library Instruction Methods.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Amanda L. Folk. “Academic Reference and Instruction Librarians and Dweck’s Theories of Intelligence.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Fatih Oguz. “Organizational Influences in Technology Adoption Decisions: A Case Study of Digital Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Rumi Graham. “An Evidence-Informed Picture of Course-Related Copying.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

John K. Stemmer and David M. Mahan. “Investigating the Relationship of Library Usage to Student Outcomes.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Joan E. Beaudoin. “Describing Images: A Case Study of Visual Literacy among Library and Information Science Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Lizzy Walker. Martin De Saulles. Information 2.0, Second Edition: New Models of Information Production, Distribution and Consumption. London: Facet Publishing, 2015. 192p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-009-9). Full Text (PDF).

Johanna Denzin. Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists. eds. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, Laura Braunstein, and Liorah Golomb. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 2015. 287p. Paper, $68.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8767-4). LC 2015006339. Full Text (PDF).

Elise Ferer. Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt. Meaningful Metrics: A 21st-Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact. Chicago: The Association of College and Research Libraries, 2015. 241p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-083898755-1). Full Text (PDF).

Lynne F. Maxwell. Creating Leaders: An Examination of Academic and Research Library Leadership Institutes. ed. Irene M.H. Herold for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 380p. Paper, $78.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8763-6). LC Z668.5C72 2015. Full Text (PDF).

Joseph Aubele Jill Markgraf, Kate Hinnant, Eric Jennings, and Hans Kishel. Maximizing the One-Shot: Connecting Library Instruction with the Curriculum. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 175p. Paper, $55.00 (978-1-4422-3866-4). Full Text (PDF).

Edward Copenhagen. Educational Programs: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections. ed. Kate Theimer. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. 208p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 1-4422-3852-7). Full Text (PDF).

ACRL Report Shows Compelling Evidence of Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

report cover April2016A new report issued by ACRL, “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
  2. Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 postsecondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.

“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”

In addition, there is building evidence of positive library impact in five areas, although they have not been studied as extensively or findings may not be as consistently strong:

  • Student retention improves with library instructional services.
  • Library research consultation services boost student learning.
  • Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
  • The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
  • Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.

In addition to findings about library impact, participant reflections reveal that a collaborative team-based approach on campus is an essential element of conducting an assessment project and planning for subsequent action. Kara Malenfant, contributor to the report and a senior staff member at ACRL, noted, “The benefits of having diverse team members working together are clear. They achieve common understanding about definitions and attributes of academic success, produce meaningful measures of student learning, align collaborative assessment activities with institutional priorities, create a unified campus message about student learning and success, and focus on transformative and sustainable change.”

Read more in the full report “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects.” The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

Join a free ACRL Presents live webcast to hear more from the report authors on Monday, May 9, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.) Submit your free registration online by Friday May 6, 2016. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 6. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

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