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.

Member of the Week: Madeleine Charney

Madeleine CharneyMadeleine Charney is Sustainability Studies Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst W.E.B. Du Bois Library in Amherst, Mass. Madeleine has been an ACRL member since 2012 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 5, 2015.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Energetic, out-of-the-box, inquisitive.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? A favorite genre of mine is the modern autobiography. Two that I read recently were Yes, Chef! by Top Chef alum Marcus Samuelsson and Natural Woman by musician Carole King. I am fascinated and inspired by the struggles and triumphs of talented individuals who often battle great odds to achieve their best.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Forward-thinking, supportive, thought provoking.

4. What do you value about ACRL? The myriad professional development opportunities, both online and in person at conferences.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? UMass Amherst has a rapidly growing body of sustainability courses and programs for which I’ve become the main point person in our libraries. I play an active role in organizing professional development opportunities for faculty teaching sustainability across disciplines. My participation reminders others of the library’s vital resources and services that support these programs and the students, our future leaders, who will work toward building a more resilient society.

6. In your own words: The part of my job I love most is the one-hour consultation with a student, professor, or community member. This allows me to listen deeply to their ideas and information needs. I sometimes refer to myself, but only half-jokingly, as an “information therapist.” In our fast-paced, DIY culture, I believe this kind of personalized, focused attention is appreciated and needed more than ever.

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.

ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected four sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” as road show events in 2015. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road.

The institutions selected to host the 2015 road shows are:

  • Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, Ala.
  • Iowa State University Library, Ames, Iowa
  • Tri-College University Libraries, Fargo, N.D.
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system supports individual or institutional strategic planning and action. The workshop focuses on access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. It is intended to provide a foundational understanding for participants and serve as a catalyst for action.

Host sites are partnering with other institutions and organizations in their area to extend the reach to as diverse an audience as possible. Library staff, including liaison librarians, catalogers, access services and senior management from two-year, liberal arts, master’s, comprehensive and doctoral institutions will attend the workshops.

In addition to offering a partial subsidy on a competitive basis to these four hosts, ACRL offers the option of bringing this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Read more about how to bring this workshop to your region.

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