ACRL Presents – Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component (10/1)

Join us for the free “ACRL Presents” webcast, “An Update on the New IPEDS Academic Library Component,” on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m Central time.  This webcast will bring participants up to date concerning the reintegration of the NCES Academic Library Survey into IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). Implications of revised library data elements for academic libraries will be discussed.

Submit your free registration online by September 30.  The webcast will be recorded and made available on the ACRL webcast shortly after the live event.  Questions should be directed to

C&RL News – September 2014

sept14 cover72The September 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Data management is a growing area of focus for many academic libraries. Librarians at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Libraries took the initiative in educating graduate students on managing their research data through a series of “flipped” workshops. Lisa Johnston and Jon Jeffryes encourage other libraries to “Steal this idea” and duplicate the program at their institutions. Katherine G. Akers makes an argument for “Going beyond data management planning” and providing more comprehensive research services in her The Way I See It essay.

The intersection between scholarly communication and information literacy has been an ongoing focus for ACRL over the past several years. Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Teresa A. Fishel, and Merinda Kaye Hensley discuss this initiative and ways they’ve made the connection at their institutions in this month’s Scholarly Communication article “Weaving the threads.”

The world of social media is ever-changing, as anyone who has a Facebook account well knows. In this issue’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians from Montana State University discuss their shifting adventures with Facebook advertising and marketing efforts on “The social media toll road.”

This month we look back at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas with our annual round-up of ACRL programs and Board of Directors actions. Going even further back in the history of ACRL, Jill Sodt gives an overview of trends and issues from “The 1940s” in our ongoing series celebrating ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

We also look ahead to the upcoming ACRL 2015 conference with the first in a series of articles focusing on our host city of Portland, Oregon. Tony Greiner and Rachel Bridgewater provide a general overview of the region in their piece “Portland: An eclectic introduction.” Join us March 25-28, 2015, for ACRL 2015. Registration and housing are now available on the conference website at

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including a look the “Reimagining or revisioning?” of the Northwestern University Libraries’ public services spaces and services, the call for nominations for ACRL’s 2015 awards program, and the monthly look at contents and events from our online-only scholarly research College and Research Libraries.

College & Research Libraries – September 2014

crl squareThe September 2014 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.

Guest Editorial
Scott Walter and James G. Neal. “A New Age of Reason for Academic Libraries.” Full Text (PDF).

Nadaleen Tempelman-Kluit and Alexa Pearce. “Invoking the User from Data to Design.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Chris Leeder and Steven Lonn. “Faculty Usage of Library Tools in a Learning Management System.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen, and Barbara J. Hamel. “Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

David C. Tyler, Joyce C. Melvin, MaryLou Epp, and Anita M. Kreps. “Don’t Fear the Reader: Librarian versus Interlibrary Loan Patron-Driven Acquisition of Print Books at an Academic Library by Relative Collecting Level and by Library of Congress Classes and Subclasses.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Nancy M. Foasberg. “Student Reading Practices in Print and Electronic Media.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Quinn Galbraith, Elizabeth Smart, Sara D. Smith, and Megan Reed. “Who Publishes in Top-Tier Library Science Journals? An Analysis by Faculty Status and Tenure.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Connie Strittmatter and Virginia K. Bratton. “Plagiarism Awareness among Students: Assessing Integration of Ethics Theory into Library Instruction.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews
Jennifer Hoyer. Information Literacy Instruction that Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population, 2nd ed. Ed. Patrick Ragains. Chicago: Neal-Schuman, 2013. Full Text (PDF).

Andrea Kosavic. Robert Spoo. Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013. 384 p. Paper, $35.00 (ISBN: 978-0-19-992787-6). LC 2012-040019. Full Text (PDF).

Member of the Week: Timothy Hackman

Timothy HackmanTimothy Hackman is Head of Resource Sharing and Access Services at the University of Maryland McKeldin Library in College Park, Maryland. Timothy has been an ACRL member since 2004 and is your ACRL member of the week for September 2, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Affable, dedicated, thoughtful.

2. What are you currently reading (or listening to on your mobile device)?  Reading: Heroes and Villains: Essays on Music, Movies, Comics, and Culture by David Hajdu; and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (I know, I’m late to the party). Listening: An ever-rotating list of music and comedy via Spotify. Some friends and I are in the middle of an 80’s album “bracket challenge,” where we choose a pair of albums each week and try to determine which one is the “best.” At the moment we’re on Round 2, with 32 pairs of albums.

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Learning, connecting, innovating.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the opportunities ACRL provides to connect with other professionals in academia. The connections I’ve made with colleagues via ACRL’s sections and committees have enriched my personal and professional life.

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? As the Head of Resource Sharing and Access Services, I oversee some of the most important services we offer in support of research and teaching, including circulation, reserves, document delivery, and interlibrary loan. My department also maintains the Libraries’ physical collections and keeps the building open 24 x 5 to provide a quiet, safe study space for all our students. I spent 10 years as a subject specialist/liaison librarian before my current job, and I think there’s a tendency for those of us on the “reference side of the house” to devalue the tasks that go on in circulation and its related departments. But I can attest that the work is just as challenging and rewarding, the staff just as dedicated and knowledgeable. It is truly a privilege to lead this team of committed professionals to serve our University.

6. In your own words:  The pace of change in the academic library is fast and furious, which means that I’m almost always behind and never bored. I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing!

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.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast –Google It or Go Elsewhere (9/4)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “Google It or Go Elsewhere!,” on Thursday, September 4 (1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central).

Google is at the tip of our tongues when it comes to searching, but alternative tools such as Bing, WolframAlpha, DuckDuckGo, Blekko are often overlooked, even though they can provide more useful results. This interactive webcast will provide an introduction to a variety of alternatives to Google, cover the strengths and weaknesses of competing tools, and the search techniques each one requires. Participate in real-time comparisons of the output of various tools, explore differences in search results, and practice the specific techniques required to search within different tools.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Explore and compare search results provided by Google and other search tools.
  • Understand when a different tool may provide more targeted searching.
  • Discover how to utilize basic and advanced search strategies in alternative search engines.

Presenter(s): Amanda Izenstark, Associate Professor, Reference & Instructional Design Librarian, University of Rhode Island

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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