Member of the Week: Rebecka Embry

Rebecka EmbryRebecka Embry is Library Director at the University of Arkansas Community College at Morrilton E. Allen Gordon Library in Morrilton, Arkansas. Rebecka has been an ACRL member since 2014, is a 2015 ALA Emerging Leader, and your ACRL member of the week for January 12, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Literate. Practical. Sweet.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Emily Post’s Wedding Etiquette, 6th edition. I’m getting married in June 2015! {Editor’s note: Congratulations!!}

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Educator. Connector. Helper.

4. What do you value about ACRL? It is the practical advice that ACRL provides academic librarians that I find the most valuable. I’ll have an idea for a library project or I’ll read about something another library is doing, but I need more information before figuring out if the project would work for our students. I can go to ACRL and read about the steps another library went through to implement a similar project and the struggles they experienced.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? I have become enamored with the community college environment over the past two years. At UACCM, I have expanded what services our library can offer based on the needs of the students. Right now we are seeing success with providing students access to learning models that give hands on experience. By providing models in the library, students have convenient access that fits their study needs. I started out with human anatomy and physiology models, and I am in the process of expanding what we offer to include models that assist students in our technical degree fields.

6. In your own words: When it comes to the library I manage, no services are off limits to evaluation and change. I think about this often when I walk through my library and look at how the students are using the space. “That’s how it’s always been done” gets thrown out the window. Databases that are underutilized get reevaluated. As the degree programs and instructors on the campus have changed, so have how the students use our resources. We should be able to reconsider library services to make sure they are still effective and useful for our students without certain services being off limits.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.

ASA Liaison Application Deadline Extended

The ACRL Anthropology and Sociology Section (ANSS) is currently seeking applications to serve a three-year term (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2018) as the ACRL liaison to the American Sociological Association (ASA). Liaisons are responsible for outreach, education, and communication between ASA and ACRL to form strong relationships and advance the interests of ACRL and ANSS. Details and deadlines will be posted below. For more information contact Katie Elson Anderson ( or Jenny Bowers (

Details and submission guidelines are available in the ACRL ANSS Liaison Recruitment Form for ASA 2015-2018 (PDF). More information is also available on the ANSS website. The deadline for applications has been extended to January 20, 2015.

College & Research Libraries – January 2015

The January 2015 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.

James Elmborg and Scott Walter. “Critical Thinking About ‘Getting Research Published’ in College & Research Libraries.”

Timothy P. Bailey, Amanda L. Scott, and Rickey D. Best. “Cost Differentials between E-Books and Print in Academic Libraries.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kevin Michael Klipfel. “Authenticity and Learning: Implications for Reference Librarianship and Information Literacy Instruction.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Jennifer L. Fabbi. “Fortifying the Pipeline: A Quantitative Exploration of High School Factors Impacting the Information Literacy of First-Year College Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Courtney Lundrigan, Kevin Manuel, and May Yan. “‘Pretty Rad': Explorations in User Satisfaction with a Discovery Layer at Ryerson University.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Bruce Kingma and Kathleen McClure. “Lib-Value: Values, Outcomes, and Return on Investment of Academic Libraries, Phase III: ROI of the Syracuse University Library.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Kristin Calvert. “Maximizing Academic Library Collections: Measuring Changes in Use Patterns Owing to EBSCO Discovery Service.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Denise Koufogiannakis. “Determinants of Evidence Use in Academic Librarian Decision Making.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Kelli Johnson. The Quality Infrastructure: Measuring, Analyzing, and Improving Library Services. Edited by Sarah Anne Murphy. Chicago: American Library Association, 2014. 200p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1173-0). LC 2013-5034. Full Text (PDF).

C&RL News – January 2015

C&RL News - January 2015

The January 2015 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online.

Librarians at all types of institutions continue to innovate by adapting pedagogical trends to instructional services. At Marquette University, librarians experimented with the flipped classroom approach for instruction. Elizabeth Andrejasich Gibes and Heather James describe the results of their project and ask the question “Is flipping enough?”

Librarian Ellen Bahr and communications instructor Chandler Harriss collaborated at Alfred University to provide an integrated library/classroom experience for student research projects. They discuss their efforts in the article “One-to-one instruction.”

In this month’s The Way I See It essay, Kate Lucey provides a brief overview of differentiated instruction and ways it can be applied in the instruction classroom.

Internal staff training and outreach can be an overlooked aspect of academic libraries but is an essential component of a successful library program. Denise Foley, Sarah Barbrow, and Megan Hartline provide an overview of the University of Michigan Library’s “StaffShare” cross-departmental communication and connecting program this month.

The Davidson College Library developed an innovative training program for student workers who provide information services, focusing on developing these workers both as library employees and students. Cara Evanson writes about the program in her article “‘We aren’t just the kids that sit at the front.’”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Michael Wolfe and Adrian K. Ho introduce News readers to the “Authors Alliance.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including a look at parks, hiking, day trips, and general nature in our ACRL 2015 host city of Portland, Oregon, by Roberta Richards; Internet Resources on “Outsider art” by Shannon Marie Robinson; and a look at candidates for ACRL offices in 2015, in this issue as well.

Assessing Liaison Librarians

Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive ChangeACRL announces the publication of Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change (PIL #67), edited by Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White.

Assessment is increasingly important to higher education. Tight budgets and scarce resources demand accountability from the entire academy, including the library. Librarians must be prepared to document the impact of the programs they create, the collections they develop, and the services they offer. Liaison librarians in academic libraries focus on engagement with academic units and outreach to students, faculty, and the community of scholars.

In a series of scholarly essays, Assessing Liaison Librarians examines how academic libraries assess liaison activities and offers recommendations for documenting the impact of programs and services. Individual chapters address liaison activities relating to collection development; library instruction; research services; engagement and outreach; online, blended and other learning environments, including MOOCs; scholarly communications and information technology; the importance of assessment in the 21st century research library and professional development of liaisons librarians.

Assessing Liaison Librarians is #67 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) monograph series and is suitable for all types of academic libraries and to schools of library and information science.

Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change 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.

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