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Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians

ACRL announces the publication of Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians, edited by Brandon K. West, Kimberly D. Hoffman, and Michelle Costello. This is a comprehensive exploration of why instructional design is so impactful for academic librarians—intentionality, collaboration, and engagement—and provides extensive examples of how librarians are using instructional design to craft and assess new and innovative services, teach information literacy, develop online content, and design programs and outreach initiatives in a targeted and mindful way.

With the explosion of accessible information online and students feeling more and more independent in their searching skills and information needs, libraries are shifting to user-centered models. These changes are requiring librarians to define the library by the services it can provide, especially innovative ones, such as publishing services, scholarly communications, and project management. Regardless of the instructional format, from classes to workshops to videos to worksheets, instructional design strives to ensure that potential learning gains by students are maximized and that the instruction is evaluated for improvement in future iterations.

Creative Instructional Design examines ways in which librarians are using instructional design principles to inform, construct, or evaluate information literacy initiatives; online library instruction and services; and programming and outreach efforts, and provides ways for instructors, trainers, and educators to both approach instruction creation systematically, and evaluate how it has been effective and how it can be improved.

Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

New ACRL Publication: 2016 Academic Library Trends and Statistics

2016 Academic Library Trends and StatisticsACRL announces the publication of 2016 Academic Library Trends and Statistics, the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate Colleges, Master’s Colleges and Universities, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. Those who purchase the print edition will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to the 2016 survey data available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2016.

The 2015 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5,623,980 for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $701,778 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $493,206 for baccalaureate schools and $148,822 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 70.9% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2016; comprehensive schools spent an average of 79.2%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 74.2% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 55.2%. On average, academic libraries spent 69.8% of their materials budget on subscriptions.

The 2016 data show that expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 57.2% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 76.5% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 52.3% for baccalaureates, 55.7% for comprehensive schools, and 44.5% for doctoral/research institutions.

In the past five years, 21% of all academic libraries saw increases for staffing while 19% saw decreased funding and 60% reported flat budgets. During the same time period, almost 61% of academic libraries re-purposed and/or cross-trained staff to better support new technologies or services in the libraries or provide support new positions or departments in the library.  Retirements and budget constriction were also factors influencing the need for re-purposing and cross-training. The top five systems/projects currently supported by academic libraries include web development, open access/institutional repositories, learning systems, digital humanities, and digital media production.

Academic libraries also provide specialized assistance in these top six areas: copyright, metadata, data management, research impact, instructional design, and data visualization. In the past five years more than 58% of all academic libraries surveyed have their reference staffing models, with the most popular change being a switch to on-call staffing. Libraries are providing staff and other forms of support to many campus services including writing centers (42%), tutoring (39%), testing (25%), diversity and equity (12%), and digital scholarship labs (11%).

The 2016 survey includes data from 1,525 academic libraries in five major categories:

  • Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)
  • Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)
  • Library services
  • Staffing
  • Staffing trends (including budget shifts, specialized assistance, cross-training, reference staffing, information literacy services, support for campus units)

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2016 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications, and benchmarking.

2016 Academic Library Trends and Statistics is available for purchase through the ALA Online Store, by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

College & Research Libraries – July 2017

C&RL - July 2017 coverThe July 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.


Wendi Arant Kaspar. “The Signaling Value of Peer Review.”


Manuel Ostos. “What Do They Use? Where Do They Get It? An Interdisciplinary Citation Analysis of Latin American Studies Faculty Monographs, 2004–2013.”

Tao Zhang, Xi Niu, and Marlen Promann. “Assessing the User Experience of E-Books in Academic Libraries.”

Jenny S. Bossaller and Heather Moulaison Sandy. “Documenting the Conversation: A Systematic Review of Library Discovery Layers.”

Ellen Nierenberg. “A Comparison of Nursing and Teacher Education Students’ Information Literacy Learning: Results from Norway, 2016.”

Frans Albarillo. “Is the Library’s Online Orientation Program Effective with English Language Learners?

Shannon L. Farrell, Amy E. Neeser, and Carolyn Bishoff. “Academic Uses of Video Games: A Qualitative Assessment of Research and Teaching Needs at a Large Research University.”

Scott Spicer and Andrew Horbal. “The Future of Video Playback Capability in College and University Classrooms.”

Book Reviews

Kelli Johnson. Ann Whitney Gleason. New Methods of Teaching and Learning in Libraries. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 200p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-6411-3).

Lizzy Walker. Linked Data for Cultural Heritage. Eds. Ed Jones and Michele Seikel for the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. Chicago: American Library Association, 2016. 134p. $75.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1439-7).

Ryan Litsey. The Small and Rural Academic Library: Leveraging Resources and Overcoming Limitations. Eds. Kaetrena Davis Kendrick and Deborah Tritt. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. 2016. 264p. Paper, $56.00 (ISBN 978-083898900-5).

Jenny S. Bossaller. Choosing to Lead: The Motivational Factors of Underrepresented Minority Librarians in Higher Education. Ed. Antonia P. Olivas. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2017. 151p. Paper, $38.00 (ISBN 978-083898887-9).

Dana Hart. New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice. Eds. Lynne M. Thomas and Beth M. Whittaker. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 249p. $85.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4290-0).

Ruth Szpunar. Collaborating for Impact: Special Collections and Liaison Librarian Partnerships. Eds. Kristen Totleben and Lori Birrell. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. 270p. $60.00 (ISBN 978-083898883-1).

C&RL News – July / August 2017

C&RL News-July/August 2017The July/August issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Librarians are continuing to make great strides in using the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their instruction. In this month’s Perspectives on the Framework column, Zoe Fisher of the University of Colorado-Denver writes about using the Framework in a credit-bearing information literacy course in her article “Facing the frames.”

Looking for additional resources to help with instruction? This issue also features “Project-based learning resources,” an Internet Resources column by Rhonda Huisman of Marian University, and a new version of ACRL’s “Roles and strengths of teaching librarians.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Leila Sterman of Montana State University discusses the impact of green open access policies on institutional repository deposits in “The enemy of the good.”

Steven J. Bell of Temple University examines the potential impact of textbook affordability programs on the relationship between libraries and the campus bookstore in his article “What about the bookstore?”

In a related article, David Stern writes about the examination of “Textbook alternatives” at the Saint Xavier University Library in order to assist with both affordability for students and expanded pedagogy options for instructors.

While gaming programs in libraries have been around for several years, many institutions continue to innovate and explore in this area. Librarians at the University of Oregon created a video game advisory board to facilitate the purchase and circulation of console games. Their program is the focus of the article “Uploadable content.”

Librarians at Georgia Court University partnered with GameStop to run a series of successful game night outreach programs at their library. Jeffrey C. Donnelly and Barbara R. Herbert write about their efforts in “Calling all gamers.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a The Way I See It essay by Silvia Vong and a look at the July issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries.

Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning

Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries coverACRL announces the publication of Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning, edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. This is a detailed and thorough examination of technology that’s emerging now, and how to incorporate it into your library to help the students and researchers of both today and tomorrow.

Mobile technology has become a ubiquitous presence in the lives of students and faculty. The maturing of this technology has led to our becoming more and more comfortable in a world where digital information flows seamlessly from screen to screen as we move about our daily lives. This evolution presents both risks and opportunities for academic librarians, operating in a field that is both uniquely tied to a static sense of “place” in the public imagination and at the same time passionately devoted to the freedom, spread, and accessibility of information for the public at large.

In seventeen chapters ranging from A Mobile-First Library Site Redesign to Virtual Reality Library Environments, Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries explores how librarians around the world are working to adapt their spaces, collections, teaching, and services to the new possibilities presented by mobile technology.

Leveraging the potential of smartphones, tablets, and even wearable technologies allows academic librarians to further expand their reach to students and faculty beyond the library’s walls. Furthermore, by understanding how mobile technology changes the behavior of library users, we can gain new insights into their needs and make improvements to our traditional services and spaces to better contribute to faculty research and student learning.

Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries 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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