Category Archives: Publications

Encoding Space: Shaping Learning Environments that Unlock Human Potential

ENCODING SPACEACRL announces the publication of Encoding Space: Shaping Learning Environments that Unlock Human Potential.

Can we create library environments that inspire people to be more creative, collaborative, reflective, or engaged? That is the driving question of this imaginative new book authored by Brian Mathews of the Virginia Tech Libraries. Encoding Space weaves elements together from architecture, psychology, retail, neuroscience, and many other disciplines in this narrative about the evolution of library buildings. Re-conceptualizing libraries as showrooms, studios, salons, and boutiques, some new directions are outlined for discussion about the future. Mathews encourages you and your team to look beyond the functional value of your facility, and to consider how libraries can also serve as an experimental landscape that helps foster well-being and personal growth.

Featuring drawings and renderings from interior designer Leigh Ann Soistmann, Encoding Space is ideal for librarians and campus administrators looking to spark their creative thinking and push strategic conversations about the purpose, value, and future of library buildings.

Encoding Space: Shaping Learning Environments that Unlock Human Potential is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Putting Assessment into Action

AiA coverACRL announces the publication of Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, edited by Eric Ackermann.

Are you new to library assessment? Are you tasked with conducting an assessment project and don’t know what methods to use, or which ones are the most effective (or practical)? The methodological issues addressed in Putting Assessment into Action are based on the real world, practical experience of librarians who participated in the first cohort of the ACRL Assessment in Action program. Unlike many books on this subject, this volume allows the selection of an appropriate assessment method(s) based on the activity or program being assessed without requiring extensive previous knowledge of research design, methods, or statistics.

Twenty seven cases are presented in arenas as varied as assessing fourth year undergraduate learning, first year experience, graduate student information literacy, technology facilities, assessing outreach services and space, and more. The cases feature 25 American and two Canadian institutions representing a wide range of institutional types from doctoral/research universities to baccalaureate/masters granting institutions to a tribal college and a community college. Putting Assessment into Action is appropriate for professional Library and Information Science collections in all types of libraries.

Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant 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.

College & Research Libraries – January 2016

crl squareThe January 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.


Carol Tilley and Scott Walter. “What’s in a Name?


Le Yang. “Metadata Effectiveness in Internet Discovery: An Analysis of Digital Collection Metadata Elements and Internet Search Engine Keywords.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Steven A. Knowlton. “A Two-Step Model for Assessing Relative Interest in E-books Compared to Print.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kaya van Beynen and Camielle Swenson. “Exploring Peer-to-Peer Library Content and Engagement on a Student-Run Facebook Group.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Michael J. Khoo, Lily Rozaklis, Catherine Hall, and Diana Kusunoki. “‘A Really Nice Spot’: Evaluating Place, Space, and Technology in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Quinn Galbraith, Leanna Fry, and Melissa Garrison. “The Impact of Faculty Status and Gender on Employee Well-being in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Victoria Raish and Emily Rimland. “Employer Perceptions of Critical Information Literacy Skills and Digital Badges.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Vince Graziano. “LGBTQ Collection Assessment: Library Ownership of Resources Cited by Master’s Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Laura Costello. Robert J. Grover et al., Evolving Global Information Infrastructure and Information Transfer. Santa Barbara: Libraries Unlimited, 2015. 150p. Paper, $75.00 (ISBN 1-61069-957-0). LC 2014046767. Full Text (PDF).

Scott Curtis. Enhancing Teaching and Learning in the 21st-Century Academic Library: Successful Innovations that Make a Difference, ed. Bradford Lee Eden. New York: Rowan & Littlefield, 2015. 214p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1442247055). LC 2014043551. Full Text (PDF).

Marcy Simons. Julie Todaro, Mentoring A–Z. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2015. 168p. Paper, $58.00 (ISBN 13: 978-0-8389-1329-1). Full Text (PDF).

Dana E. Hart. Appraisal and Acquisition: Innovative Practices for Archives and Special Collections, ed. Kate Theimer. Landham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-3854-1). Full Text (PDF).

Michael Ryan. A History of Modern Librarianship: Constructing the Heritage of Western Cultures, eds. Pamela Richards, Wayne A. Wiegand, and Marija Dalbello. Santa Barbara and Denver: Libraries Unlimited, 2015. 248p. Paper $60.00 (ISBN 978-1-61069-099-7). Full Text (PDF).

Choice Now Presents Acclaimed Bibliographic Essays in LibGuide Format

choice_logo-80HChoice, the premier review journal for new English-language books and digital resources for academic libraries, has launched a new section on its revamped site, featuring Choice bibliographic essays in LibGuide format.

At launch, the LibGuide section will contain all eleven of the bibliographic essays published in 2015, with essays from 2013 and 2014 to be added in the spring. Moving forward, new bibliographic essays will be featured simultaneously in the LibGuide format as well as in Choice magazine and on Choice Reviews Online.

“LibGuides have become increasingly popular with librarians, so presenting the Choice bibliographic essays in such a useful format was a natural progression for us,” said Mark Cummings, editor and publisher of Choice. “And publishing our essays as open-access content makes them readily accessible as research tools for students and faculty, one of the ways in which we are working to expand the reach and utility of Choice.”

Also new to are dedicated sections on the new Choice tablet app, Outstanding Academic Titles (OATs), and ACRL books and digital resources.

Applications/Nominations Invited For PIL Editor

ACRL is currently accepting applications, and nominations are invited, for the position of editor of Publications in Librarianship (PIL), an imprint of ACRL book publications.

Appointed for a nonrenewable five-year term, the PIL editor works closely with the ACRL content strategist and PIL Editorial Board to acquire and develop appropriate research-based monographic publications. Membership in ALA and ACRL is required at the time of appointment. Qualifications include professional experience in academic libraries, a record of scholarly publication, editing experience, a willingness to proactively seek content and proposals, effective communication skills and experience working with a group, and a broad knowledge of the issues confronting academic libraries.

Appointment will be made by the ACRL Board of Directors following the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting upon the recommendation of the search committee and of the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.

Nominations or resumes and letters of application for either editorship, including the names of three references, should be sent to the PIL Search Committee c/o Dawn Mueller, ACRL, 50 East Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611 or email to

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Finalists will be interviewed by phone following the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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