Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions (7/22)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions to Teach Transfer Students Information Literacy Skills,” on Wednesday, July 22 (1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central).

Typically, librarians at four year colleges and universities and their feeder institutions do not communicate about information literacy instruction. Rather than sharing details about the information literacy needs of students in each year of college we work within our institutions to meet institutional information literacy goals. As a result we may not be aware of  specific information literacy skills needed by students who transfer.  Learn how librarians at a university and community college collaborated to enhance information literacy instruction for transfer students. Ideas for designing a collaborative professional development workshop to enhance communication and design information literacy student learning outcomes at two and four year institutions will be shared.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the importance of investigating information literacy programs for transfer students at regional community colleges and four year institutions.
  • Learn strategies for fostering communication with academic librarians within their service region.
  • Learn techniques for sharing information literacy strategies and developing mechanisms for ongoing collaboration between feeder institution librarians and university librarians.

Presenter(s): Margaret Gregor, Instructional Materials Center Librarian, Appalachian State University; Deborah Joyner, Director, Learning Resource Center, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute; Kelly McCallister, Distance Education Librarian, Appalachian State University

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available online, and group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.


Member of the Week: Devin Savage

Devin SavageDevin Savage is the Assistant Dean for Assessment and Scholarly Communication at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois. Devin has been an ACRL member since 2013 and is your ACRL member of the week for July 20, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Curious, optimistic, and collaborative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device(s)? I’m unfortunately not reading too much for fun, but I’ve really enjoyed reading BJ Novak’s The Book with No Pictures to my son. Professionally, I’ve read a couple of articles recently that I thought were really interesting. The first was a contributed paper at ACRL from Amanda Folk “Access or Awareness? Identifying Relationships between Reference and Other Dimensions of Public Services.” The other was “Evaluating Big Deal Journal Bundles” by Theodore Bergstrom, et al, who used FOIA requests to analyze the advent of the “Big Deal” journal bundling practice.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Active, informative, and fun.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value ACRL’s relevancy, how active it is organizationally, and the membership’s willingness to stand up for their values. And more than anything, I enjoy how ACRL provides platforms for librarians to be both pragmatic and inspiring.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? I feel we as librarians probably don’t do enough self-promotion about the crucial nature of our role in sustainably supporting and promoting the continual creation and refinement of knowledge. My role in assessment and scholarly communication has opened many doors for contribution at many levels – from accreditation activities to launching support for Open Education Resources. Still, some of the most enjoyable activities have come from my instructional duties as an academic liaison – there’s nothing like seeing students realize you just made their work so much easier.

6. In your own words: I love working in a field where all we do is help people. I love assisting researchers and faculty, and being a part of changing the way that students think. We are uniquely situated to be an unconditional ally to the students, and to further the mission of higher education while concurrently celebrating and promoting the accomplishments of all of partners on campus. Most of all, I love the collaborative and team-oriented nature of academic librarianship. It’s such a pleasure to get to work with such amazing, intelligent, hardworking, and passionate library professionals.

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 mpetrowski@ala.org for more information.

ALA 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries

Registration is now available for ALA’s 2015 Public Innovators Lab for Libraries, offered in partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. This fee-based, three-day training is designed to help libraries lead change in their communities. Libraries around the country are using Harwood’s approach to hold community conversations, learn about residents’ wants and needs, and translate that knowledge into action. The training will be held October 14-16, 2015, in Detroit. Learn more about the program on the ALA website or register online by October 2.

ALA Sympa Email List Server

Editor’s Note: The following message is from Sherri Vanyek of ALA’s ITTS department regarding the association’s email lists. If you subscribe to any ALA or ACRL email lists through Sympa, please review.

I am writing to let you know that over the last couple of days we have determined that ALA‘s Sympa list server has been the object of a successful spam attack. What this means is that some individual subscribers have been blocked by our spam service. We do not have the information about who has been blocked but we know that some messages may be distributed to lists, some individuals will not receive them, and some individuals may be blocked from sending messages.

After examining options, a determination was made that the best solution was the installation of a newer version of the Sympa software. This installation, which is already underway, involves the testing and installation of a new operating system and working with our spam service to unblock individual users. At this point we are estimating that the installation should be completed by the end of the week and that the spam service should have individuals unblocked no later than early next week. Once the installation is completed and users unblocked, users will have access to all the lists and archives as before.

We will be sending you updated information as the installation progresses and is completed.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at svanyek@ala.org.

Sherri Vanyek
Director, Information Technology & Telecommunication Services
American Library Association

College & Research Libraries – July 2015

crl squareThe July 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.


Scott Walter. “Research and Writing.”

Felly Chiteng Kot and Jennifer L. Jones. “The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students’ Academic Performance: A Propensity Score Matching Design.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Steven W. Witt, Laurie Kutner, and Liz Cooper. “Mapping Academic Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Gail Munde and Bryna Coonin. “Cross-Generational Valuing Among Peer Academic Librarians.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Char Booth, M. Sara Lowe, Natalie Tagge, and Sean M. Stone. “Degrees of Impact: Analyzing the Effects of Progressive Librarian Course Collaborations on Student Performance.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Charlotte Priddle and Laura McCann. “Off-Site Storage and Special Collections: A Study in Use and Impact in ARL Libraries in the United States.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Jeffery L. Loo and Elizabeth A. Dupuis. “Organizational Learning for Library Enhancements: A Collaborative, Research-Driven Analysis of Academic Department Needs.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Harriett E. Green and Angela Courtney. Beyond the Scanned Image: A Needs Assessment of Scholarly Users of Digital Collections.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Scott Curtis. Assessing Liaison Librarians: Documenting Impact for Positive Change. Eds. Daniel C. Mack and Gary W. White. Chicago, Ill.: Association of College and Research Libraries / A division of the American Library Association, 2014. 154p. $44.00 (ISBN 978-083898708-7). LC 2014041523. Full Text (PDF).

Joseph Aubele. Victoria Martin. Demystifying eResearch: A Primer for Librarians. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2014. 189p. Paper, $75.00 (978-1-61069-520-6). Full Text (PDF).

Michael R. Mitchell. Richard Moniz, Jo Henry, and Joe Eshleman. Fundamentals for the Academic Liaison. Chicago, Ill.: Neal-Schuman, an imprint of the American Library Association, 2014. 200p. Paper, $60.00 (ISBN 978-1-55570-967-9). LC 2013-050031. Full Text (PDF).

Mark E. Shelton. Aaron Schmidt, and Amanda Etches. Useful, Usable, Desirable: Applying User Experience Design to Your Library. Chicago, Ill.: American Library Association, 2014. 174p. Paper, $65.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-1226-3). Full Text (PDF).

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