Category Archives: Publications

Putting the User First

Putting the User FirstACRL announces the publication of Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services by Courtney Greene McDonald.

User experience is everywhere. From a library’s website to the signage by the elevators, everything contributes to the overall experience of library patrons. Just one simple idea can transform libraries: put the user first. But just because an idea is simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. How can libraries best identify, implement and evaluate user-driven changes in order to improve physical and virtual services?

The good news is that even small changes can make big headway. Putting the User First provides 30 hands-on strategies, activities and practical suggestions to enable the transformation of libraries and library services, along with individual approaches and practices, to a more responsive, effective and user-centered model. These practical strategies are coded for cost, technology, physical space, personal practice and organizational culture to easily identify areas of impact. MacDonald’s work is essential reading for all librarians interested in improving overall user experience.

Putting the User First is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

New From ACRL – “The Librarian Stereotype”

The Librarian StereotypeACRL announces the publication of The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby. The Librarian Stereotype serves as a response to passionate discussions regarding the ways in which librarians are perceived. Through twelve chapters, covering topics such as racial and ethnic identity, professional personas, pop culture, and a variety of specific stereotypes of librarians, the book reignites an examination of librarian presentation within the field and in the public eye, employing theories and methodologies from throughout the social sciences.

The ultimate goal of the project is to launch productive discourse and inspire action in order to further the positive impact of the information professions. Through deconstructing the perceived truths of our profession and employing a critical eye, as illustrated by the chapter authors, librarians can work towards improved status, increased diversity and greater acceptance of each other.

More information on the book, including interviews with chapter authors and a link to a free preview of the foreward and first chapter, is available on the Librarian Wardrobe website.

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work 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 Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

New From ACRL – “The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook”

The Embedded Librarian's CookbookACRL announces the publication of The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook, edited by Kaijsa Calkins and Cassandra Kvenild.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook offers step-by-step guidelines for implementing tested approaches to embedded librarianship. Following the popular format of ACRL’s 2009 release The Library Instruction Cookbook, the book features fifty-five “recipes” sorted into categories related to working with a variety of instructional situations, audiences, and levels of engagement. The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook provides librarians with a smorgasbord of approaches to embedding instruction and assessing these activities.

This volume builds on Calkins and Kvenild’s 2011 ACRL publication Embedded Librarianship: Moving Beyond One-shot Instruction and is essential for all instruction and liaison librarians working  with any variety of emdedded librarianship as well as library and information science program professional collections.

The Embedded Librarian’s Cookbook is available for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

“The Librarian Stereotype” Sneak Preview

The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information WorkACRL is pleased to offer a free sneak preview of our forthcoming book The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work. Edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Miriam Rigby, The Librarian Stereotype delves into a wide variety of aspects related to how librarians are perceived and perceive themselves.

The book’s forward by James V. Carmichael, Jr. and first chapter by Pagowsky and Rigby are now freely available on the ACRL website (pdf).  The full book will be available for purchase through the ALA Store in late June 2014.

ACRL Releases “Snapshots of Reality”

Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library InstructionACRL announces the publication of Snapshots of Reality: A Practical Guide to Formative Assessment in Library Instruction by Mary Snyder Broussard, Rachel Hickoff-Cresko, and Jessica Urick Oberlin.

Through ten practical chapters, Snapshots of Reality works from the assumption that classroom-based assessment does not have to take away from invaluable instruction time, nor does it have to be an overwhelmingly complicated task. The book outlines the concept of formative assessment, “bite-sized” assessments that help the librarian get a snapshot of the students’ level of understanding in relation to the learning target(s). These mini-assessments are usually learning tools themselves and can be assessed quickly enough that can be adjusted on the spot to meet the immediate needs of learners.

Snapshots of Reality explores the adaptation of formative assessment theory into something that works for the library one-shot and more advanced instructor-librarian collaborations. It also includes three sections detailing 48 FAST (Formative Assessment Snapshot Technique) ideas for use before, during and after instruction sessions as well as a guided planning template to help librarians seamlessly bring formative assessment into the library classroom. This book is appropriate for all types of academic libraries, school libraries with strong information literacy programs, and library and information school collections.

Snapshots of Reality is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. Coming soon to Amazon in print and for Kindle.

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