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C&RL News – March 2017

March 2017 C&RL News coverWith ACRL 2017 fast approaching, many of us are looking forward to gathering in Baltimore. Large events like the ACRL conference can sometimes be a bit daunting for those new to the profession and first-timers in general, however. Students at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Information take a proactive approach to preparing future professionals for the conference experience by holding their own student-led QuasiCon event. UM alumni Martha Stuit and Joanna Thielen provide an overview of “Introducing library students to library conferences” this month.

This issue’s installment of our International Insights column looks at the conference experience from a global perspective, focusing on the history, background, and organization of “The European Conference on Information Literacy.”

Kathy Shields and Christine Cugliari examine information literacy in practice, discussing how they used the Framework for Information Literacy “Scholarship as Conversation” frame as an instructional tool for nonprofit studies students in this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column.

In this month’s Scholarly Communication feature, Merinda Kaye Hensley and Steven J. Bell write about “Digital scholarship as a learning center in the library.” If you are interested in digital scholarship issues, make sure to check out ACRL’s Digital Scholarship Center Interest Group, as well.

We continue our look at the upcoming ALA/ACRL elections with responses from the candidates for ALA vice-president/president-elect to questions from the ACRL Board of Directors and a list of ACRL members running for ALA Council. Help shape the future of your associations by voting in the election starting March 13.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including new “ACRL Proficiencies for Assessment Librarians and Coordinators,” a The Way I See It essay on “Word of mouth and library workshops” by Laura Turner of the University of San Diego, and a look at the March issue of C&RL from editor Wendi Kaspar.

2017 ACRL Environmental Scan Released

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries. The 2017 environmental scan provides a broad review of the current higher education landscape, with special focus on the state of academic and research libraries. The document builds on earlier ACRL reports, including the Top Trends in Academic Libraries. The 2017 environmental scan is freely available on the ACRL website (PDF).

A distinguished panel will review and discuss the 2017 environmental scan at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore on Thursday, March 23. The ACRL Environmental Scan Discussion Forum will take place at from 9:40 – 10:40 a.m. in Room 316 in the Baltimore Convention Center.

College & Research Libraries – March 2017

C&RL March 2017 coverThe March 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

Morten Wendelbo. “Perspectives on Peer Review of Data: Framing Standards and Questions.”

Nils Petter Gleditsch, Ragnhild Nordås, and Henrik Urdal. “Peer Review and Replication Data: Best Practice from Journal of Peace Research.”


Marci D. Brandenburg, Sigrid Anderson Cordell, Justin Joque, Mark P. MacEachern, and Jean Song. “Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Librarian Involvement in Grant Projects.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Gayle Schaub, Cara Cadena, Patricia Bravender, and Christopher Kierkus. “The Language of Information Literacy: Do Students Understand?” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Carrie Forbes, Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, and Peggy Keeran. “Expanding Support for Graduate Students: Library Workshops on Research Funding Opportunities.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Shailoo Bedi and Christine Walde. “Transforming Roles: Canadian Academic Librarians Embedded in Faculty Research Projects.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Amanda B. Click, Claire Walker Wiley, and Meggan Houlihan. “The Internationalization of the Academic Library: A Systematic Review of 25 Years of Literature on International Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Crystal Boyce. “Measuring Perceptual (In) Congruence between Information Service Providers and Users.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Michael C. Goates, Gregory M. Nelson, Megan Frost, Michael C. Goates, Gregory M. Nelson, and Megan Frost. “Search Strategy Development in a Flipped Library Classroom: A Student-Focused Assessment.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Teresa A. Fishel. David W. Lewis. Reimagining the Academic Library. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 192p. Paper, $40 (ISBN 978-1-4422-3858-9). Full Text (PDF).

Fred J. Hay. R. David Lankes (with contributions from Wendy Newman, Sue Kowalski, Beck Tench, and Cheryl Gould). The New Librarianship Field Guide. Cambridge, Mass.; London, England: MIT Press, 2016. 226p. Paper, $22 (ISBN 978262529082). LC 2015-39943. Full Text (PDF).

Rebekah Irwin. Aaron D. Purcell. Digital Library Programs for Libraries and Archives: Developing, Managing, and Sustaining Unique Digital Collections. Chicago: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2016. 224p. Paper, $85 (ISBN 0-838-91450-0). Full Text (PDF).

Kara Kugelmeyer. Databrarianship: The Academic Data Librarian in Theory and Practice. Eds. Lynda Kellam and Kristi Thompson for the Association of College and Research Libraries. Chicago: American Library Association, 2016. 378p. $68 (ISBN: 978-083898799-5). Full Text (PDF).

Mary O’Dea. Sheri V.T. Ross and Sarah W. Sutton. Guide to Electronic Resource Management. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2016. 159p. Paper, $55 (ISBN 978-1-4408-3958-0). LC 2015037581. Full Text (PDF).

Michael Roy. Cathy O’Neil. Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. New York: Crown Publishers, 2016. 272p. Hardcover, $26 (ISBN 978-0553418811). Full Text (PDF).

Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library

Students Lead the Library coverACRL announces the publication of Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library, edited by Sara Arnold-Garza and Carissa Tomlinson. The book features case studies of programs and initiatives that seek student input, assistance, and leadership in the library.

Academic librarians are driven by the belief that student scholars are at the heart of the library. Collections, programs, and services become meaningful when students use and learn from them. Websites and other digital services, buildings, marketing and communication strategies, and content are designed to meet their needs. The library exists, at least in large part, for the students—and student employment, leadership, and input into the library can increase engagement and outreach and improve both the library and the students it employs.

In six parts—Students as Employees, Students as Curators, Students as Ambassadors, the Library as Client, Student Groups as Library Leaders, and Students as Library Designers—Students Lead the Library gives practical perspectives and best practices for implementing these kinds of initiatives in ways that can be easily adopted to fit many different needs and circumstances. Through the library, students can develop leadership skills, cultivate high levels of engagement, and offer peer learning opportunities. Through the students, libraries can create participatory design processes, enhancement and transformation of the library’s core functions, and expressed library value for stakeholders.

This book is useful for libraries seeking to improve their services to students, reach out to new student populations, give students experiential learning opportunities, and even mitigate staffing shortages.

Students Lead the Library: The Importance of Student Contributions to the Academic Library 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.

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education

Choosing to Lead coverACRL announces the publication of Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education, edited by Antonia P. Olivas, Ed.D. Through case studies, promising practices, and specific strategies for cultivating diversity in academic library leadership, this is a resource for both librarians of color who wish to seek leadership positions and current library leaders who want to nurture these future leaders.

Why does a person choose to lead in an environment where she or he is traditionally labeled “the minority”? Over the years, many library researchers have found that underrepresented minority librarians leave the profession for various reasons: microaggressions, discrimination, burnout, lack of opportunity. But some of these academic librarians both stay in the profession and are motivated to become leaders.

Choosing to Lead takes a positive inquiry approach by providing first-hand accounts of success stories, best practices, and practical advice from a collection of diverse authors. Instead of looking at academic library “failures” when it comes to diversifying the leadership workforce, this book highlights what’s going right and how to implement it across the profession—with an emphasis on building strengths and fully leveraging one’s interests, behaviors, and passions, while never ignoring or deemphasizing the prevailing challenges that exist for diverse LIS professionals who wish to advance their leadership skills.

As Mark A. Puente, director of diversity and leadership programs at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), writes in the Foreword, “The stories offered here provide authentic and personal views, from highly diverse perspectives, about why one might pursue management or leadership positions in LIS, the challenges that people from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups face when they attempt to enter that landscape, and practical strategies for developing oneself to ensure success.”

Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education 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.

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