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

June 18th, 2014 by Kathryn Deiss in Publications

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; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

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ACRL seeks feedback on revised Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

June 17th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerThe Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the revised draft of the association’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, adopted by ACRL in 2000, has become an essential document related to the emergence of information literacy as a recognized learning outcome at many institutions of higher education. These, like all ACRL standards, are reviewed cyclically. In June 2012, the ACRL Board of Directors approved a unanimous recommendation that they be a significantly revised. A task force charged with creating the Framework has been working since March 2013 and shared a first draft this spring.

“The revision of the ACRL information literacy standards is vital in order for our libraries and librarians to think about, understand, and use new methods of incorporating information fluency in our curricula. I’m pleased with the work of the task force thus far and look forward to the completion – and implementation – of the new Framework,” said ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes of Washington University in St. Louis.

Since the publication of the first standards, the information environment has evolved into a fragmented, complex information ecosystem that demands greater sense-making and metacognition from the student.

“The Framework offers possibilities for thinking about information literacy in a more holistic way and for designing more coherent programs based on genuine collaboration,” said Co-Chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force Craig Gibson of Ohio State University Libraries.

The new Framework seeks to address the interconnected nature of the abilities, practices and dispositions of the student, moving away from the hierarchical and formulaic approach of the current standards.

“Preliminary conversations about the Framework with both librarians and faculty at a number of institutions suggest increasing excitement about and engagement with the potential it provides,” said Trudi E. Jacobson, co-chair of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force and head of the Information Literacy Department at the University at Albany, SUNY University Libraries.

The revised draft Framework, along with questions to guide the review and feedback process, is now available on the task force website. An in-person hearing is scheduled for 10:30 am – 11:30 am on Saturday, June 28, at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas. Two additional online hearings will take place on Monday, July 7, and Friday, July 11, 2014. Sign-up for the July online hearings is available on the task force website.

Please provide feedback on the revised draft by 5pm Central on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, via an online form.

Contact ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives Kara Malenfant with questions.

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Member of the Week: Brianna Marshall

June 16th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Brianna MarshallBrianna Marshall is Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, Wisconsin. Brianna has been an ACRL member since 2012  and is your ACRL member of the week for June 16, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Positive, analytical, pragmatic.

2. What are you currently reading?  I am re-reading Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood. The third and final book in the series, MaddAddam, came out in the last few months and I can’t wait to read it. Now that I’m done scouring the web for job ads my availability has really opened up, so I am eagerly welcoming reading for pleasure back into my life!

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Community, connections, collaboration.

4. What do you value about ACRL? My first real introduction to ACRL was attending the 2013 conference with the generous help of an ACRL scholarship. I’m a big picture thinker, so I was really inspired by the opportunity to compare what was happening at different institutions, especially in terms of digital scholarship and data curation. ACRL 2013 confirmed that I want to work in an academic library a thousand times over. Although I had attended several other conferences in the past, I felt a strong connection to the community there. Now I’m looking into ways to become more involved with ACRL moving forward.

5. What do you as a librarian/ technologist contribute to your campus? While pursuing my MLS and MIS at Indiana University (IU), I was lucky to be able to work in various roles within the IU Libraries: Science Data Curation Assistant in the Scholarly Communication Department, Digital Library Research Assistant for Digital Collections Services, and Project Assistant for the Avalon Media System. In an average week I got to work one-on-one with colleagues, researchers, and students; write about digital projects; and tinker with different technologies until they worked (or until they broke – which is just another step toward figuring out how to make them work, really). I did my part to further the progress of the many amazing digital projects happening there.

I just started this month as the Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW). I can’t pinpoint specifics about my impact yet, seeing as I’m only a few weeks into the job, but I will say that I’m most excited when I can convince people that the library is relevant to them. People make assumptions about what the library is and does; we need to be proactive in communicating and marketing our spaces and services to the academic community. If we don’t take an active role in shaping people’s ideas about the library, it will fail to be a connector central to campus life. Although there are many technical aspects of my job, I am a believer in getting enthusiastic faces out in front of faculty, staff, and students, so this is something I hope to prioritize in my position. Institutional repositories and data services add incredible value but without relationships that lead to use and support, you aren’t going to get very far.

6. In your own words:  As an undergraduate I was drawn to my campus library because it was equally a place for guidance, inspiration, collaboration, or solitude – it all depended on my needs at the time. Now as I look at things from a librarian/technologist perspective, I still find myself considering library spaces and services. How can we ensure that the library is a place where people want to be? Even if a user never steps foot in the library, how can we develop services that are useful? How can we leverage technology to enrich users’ lives? These are huge issues that bring more questions than answers but it’s a worthy challenge for the profession.

I’ll be honest: There are days when I am overwhelmed by how much I don’t know. However, I’ve been really encouraged by how helpful my mentors and the broader library community have been. Whether I’m looking for advice or support, colleagues have been very accessible, with many of the connections coming via Twitter or as a byproduct of conference meetups. The morale boost I get from having an amazing network helped me bring fresh ideas and enthusiasm back to my work at IU and I suspect the same will be true for UW.

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.

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Sneak Peek at Forthcoming Revised IL Framework

June 12th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Information Literacy, Standards and Guidelines

small_bannerMembers of ACRL’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force have been working diligently to revise the draft Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. They’ve been reviewing all the community feedback to the February 20 and April 4 drafts and are working to improve and expand the revised draft, which will be released next week.

The full task force met in person in Chicago in late April for an energizing and productive meeting. Members engaged in very important discussions as they come into the home stretch of their work and reached conclusions that they shared with the ACRL Board on June 4 in their latest interim report. Some important decisions are related to primary audience and stakeholder outreach, recasting the introduction, calling each threshold concept with its supporting elements (i.e., knowledge practices/abilities and dispositions) a “frame,” and moving assignments and scenarios to an ancillary document that will, later on, form the basis of an online “sandbox.”

In addition to sharing these decisions, the task force also shared their thinking about prospective recommendations to the Board. These would be recommendations they expect to make in August when they submit a final Framework to the ACRL Board for approval. They will be seeking community input on the recommendations along with the revised draft later this month. Read the full June 4 interim report to understand their latest thinking.

Stay tuned for the revised, complete draft Framework next week with an in person hearing on Saturday, June 28, 10:30 am – 11:30 am, at the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Online hearings are scheduled for Monday, July 7, at 1pm Central and Friday, July 11, at 10am Central. Sign up details will be included when the forthcoming draft is released next week.

Learn more about the revision process and listen to recordings from past online open forums on the task force website.

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Libraries Applaud Landmark Copyright Ruling Affirming Fair Use

June 11th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy

The Library Copyright Alliance—which consists of the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries— is extremely pleased with the decision issued Tuesday, June 10, by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Authors Guild v. HathiTrust, finding in favor of fair use. The Library Copyright Alliance filed an amicus brief (PDF) in the case, supporting HathiTrust’s position and the lower court’s finding of fair use.

Jonathan Band, counsel for the Library Copyright Alliance, said, “The decision is a significant victory for the public.”

The HathiTrust Digital Library (HDL)—comprised of 80 college, university, and nonprofit member institutions at the time of the court filings—contains digital copies of more than 10 million works and engages in several projects that provide new value and use to copyrighted works. These projects include the creation of a full-text search database, facilitation of access to works for the visually impaired and print disabled, and preservation of works in its library.

The Second Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision, holding that the creation of a full-text search database and providing access to the print disabled constitute fair uses and such activities are thus protected under the Copyright Act.

The Second Circuit declined to rule on the issue of HDL’s preservation activities, noting its skepticism that plaintiffs had standing to bring this claim, and remanded to the district court. In remanding this issue back to the lower court, the Second Circuit in no way suggested that the preservation activities could not be fair use, but instead simply suggested that the plaintiffs could not bring the claim.

The Library Copyright Alliance believes the Second Circuit rightly concluded that HDL’s activities are protected by fair use, ensuring the “safety valve” of fair use is well-functioning and providing meaningful balance through limitations on the copyright holder’s rights. Fair use has long been relied upon to provide important protections for the public and promote new and transformative uses of copyrighted works, such as those facilitated by HDL.

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“Assessment in Action” Project Posters at ALA Annual Conference

June 10th, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in AiA, Events, Value of Academic Libraries

Assessment in Action LogoComing to the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas? Be sure to see assessment project posters presented by the first participants in ACRL’s program “Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success” (AiA). Librarian-led teams carried out assessment projects over 14 months at their community colleges, colleges and universities. The projects examined the impact of the library (instruction, reference, collections, space, and more) on student learning/success. Part of the 75 teams will present posters during each time slot:

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session I
Friday, June 27, 2014, 2-4pm
BALLY-Gold Room

Assessment in Action: Year One Project Posters, Session II
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 8:30-10:30am
BALLY-Skyview 6

Learn more about these assessment projects from the abstracts in the poster guide (pdf). Additionally, teams are submitting online final project reports, which will be analyzed and synthesized in a report released by ACRL later this year. The individual reports (including poster images) will also be available in a searchable online collection.

ACRL is undertaking AiA in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. The program, a cornerstone of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, is made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Member of the Week: Laura Saunders

June 9th, 2014 by Mary Jane Petrowski in Member of the Week

Laura SaundersLaura Saunders is Assistant Professor in the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in Boston. Laura has been an ACRL member since 2007  and is your ACRL member of the week for June 9, 2014.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Passionate, Curious, Optimistic.

2. What are you currently reading?  I’m currently reading a great non-fiction book called The Half-Life of Facts, which explains the rate at which knowledge is changing in different fields.  I’m intrigued by this because I think it has some interesting implications for information literacy.  And, although I haven’t actually started it yet, I finally got my hands on a copy of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s book The Prisoner of Heaven.  I read The Shadow of the Wind several years ago and absolutely loved it, so I am very excited to read the further adventures of Daniel Sempre!

3. Describe ACRL in three words:  Professional, Supportive, Educators.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I see ACRL as one of my main pipelines to the profession.  I draw on its standards, guidelines, forums, etc., constantly to keep informed about what is going on in the field, and I share these resources with my students.  The ACRL standards – such as the information literacy standards or proficiencies for instruction librarians – often form a framework for my research and teaching.  Finally, the ACRL conference is one of my all-time favorite conferences.  I look forward to it every two years, and always come back feeling energized!

5. What do you as an LIS educator contribute to your campus? Within my own department, I try to strike a balance between theory and practice.  While I definitely spend time in all of my classes examining relevant theoretical and philosophical perspectives on content, I also try to be sure to demonstrate how these theories are reflected in practice.  I always try to remember that I am working with future professionals, and I want them to see and understand the connections between the theories that form the foundation of our field and the day-to-day activities that they will engage in as practitioners.  On the wider campus, I like to think that I bring a library perspective to the conversation.  When meeting with faculty, staff, and students across campus, I can often be the person who reminds others of

6. In your own words:  Being a librarian was the best job I ever had, second only to being a library educator.  I feel very lucky to be able to work with up and coming students, to discuss the current issues and challenges of the field with them, and to watch as they grow into full-fledged professionals.  I also love being able to make contributions to the field through my research and publications.  I hope that through all of these activities I can give a little bit back to the field.

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.

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NYPL Represents Libraries at House Judiciary Subcommittee Copyright Hearing

June 3rd, 2014 by Kara Malenfant in Advocacy

On Monday, June 2, 2014, Greg Cram, associate director of copyright and information policy at the New York Public Library (NYPL), testified on the importance of the first sale doctrine to libraries at “First Sale under Title 17,” a field hearing held by the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet. The Library Copyright Alliance—which consists of the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries—endorsed Cram’s public support for the first sale doctrine.

In his testimony (PDF), Greg Cram explained that without the first sale doctrine, libraries would not be able to lend books and other materials. Physical copies of copyrighted works represent the vast majority of collections in public libraries. Cram noted that there has been an increase in the lending and use of NYPL’s library collections—which circulated 28 million items in 2012, a figure representing a 44% increase in circulation since 2008.

“All this library lending is enabled and protected by the first sale doctrine,” Cram explained, adding that the first sale doctrine plays a critical role in advancing the dissemination of information to the public—a core library mission.

Cram also supported the Supreme Court’s 2013 ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons, holding that the first sale doctrine applies to non-infringing copies regardless of the place of manufacture. Over 200 million books in US libraries have foreign publishers and many of the books published by US publishers are manufactured abroad. As a result, the Kirtsaeng decision was significant in allowing libraries to continue their existing purchasing and circulation practices without facing potential liability for infringement.

Finally, Cram noted that libraries and some publishers are working together to resolve issues that have arisen with respect to digital copies of copyrighted works, but “as progressively more content is licensed rather than sold, Congress needs to consider whether to prohibit the enforcement of contractual limitations on copyright exceptions in certain circumstances.” Cram recommended that Congress monitor the evolving digital marketplace to ensure that new business practices do not hinder widespread access to works.

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College & Research Libraries 75th Anniversary Issue Article Selections

June 3rd, 2014 by David Free in C&RL

crl squareIn preparation for the upcoming celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary, the editorial board of College & Research Libraries (C&RL) asked the journal’s readers to help identify seven “landmark” articles from C&RL history to be included in a special issue of the journal to be published in March 2015 and discussed at the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Ore.

The following articles were selected from a list of 30 finalists identified by the editorial board and a group of past C&RL editors, as well as one ‘people’s choice’ article selected by the readership.

  • Carla J. Stoffle, Robert Renaud, and Jerilyn R. Veldof, “Choosing Our Futures,” originally published in College & Research Libraries, volume 57 (May 1996)

“It was almost impossible to select a handful of essays from the 75-year history of College & Research Libraries to ‘represent’ its impact on research and practice in our field,” said C&RL Editor Scott Walter of DePaul University. “The editorial board, however, is very happy with the articles that have been selected through the work of board members, past and present, and more than 300 of our readers. Reviewing every article published in the journal since 1939 reminded the editorial board of the incredible contributions that our authors have made to research and practice in academic librarianship over the past 75 years, and we are looking forward to reflecting on those contributions and considering what they mean for the future of research in our field with the publication of this special issue in March 2015.”

The editorial board is currently identifying authors for companion essays from among leading thinkers in academic libraries and LIS education aimed at illuminating the contemporary, and ongoing, significance of these works. These companion essays will be published alongside the original articles in this special issue of the journal.

Complete details on the C&RL 75th anniversary issue, along with other ACRL anniversary activities, are available on the ACRL 75th anniversary website.

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C&RL News – June 2014

June 2nd, 2014 by Ann-Christe Galloway in C&RL News

june14 coverThe June 2014 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Every two years, ACRL’s Research Planning and Review Committee produces their “Top trends in academic libraries.” The 2014 edition focuses on a theme of collaboration through the categories of data, device neutral digital services, evolving openness, student success, competency-based learning, altmetrics, and digital humanities.

Two additional articles this month highlight these trends in action. Emma Ganley discusses the “PLOS data policy” in her Scholarly Communication article, while Greg MacAyeal writes about ways the Northwestern University Library created “A culture of assessment” through a formal committee.

Diversity additionally continues to be a major trend in libraries and higher education. Eileen Theodore-Shusta and Araba Dawson-Andoh discuss the Ohio University Libraries efforts at “Engaging the campus community in conversations on diversity,” and librarians from the University of Washington-Bothell and Cascadia Community College outline their use of ACRL’s “Diversity Standards” in developing “Cultural competency on campus.” Alexia Hudson-Ward provides a list of resources for further study of “Diversity and inclusion” in this issue’s Internet Resources article.

In this month’s ACRL TechConnect feature, librarians at Oregon State University worked with their campus Cultural Resources Centers to develop a checkout system for the centers’ libraries. Natalia Fernández and Jane Nichols discuss the project in their article “Booxter and LibraryThing.”

In honor of the return of the popular Netflix streaming series Orange is the New Black this month, Jill A. Grunenwald discusses her experiences behind bars as a prison librarian in her The Way I See It essay “Orange is the new academia.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including results of the 2014 ACRL election, a new entry in the Libraries and Financial Literacy Education column by ACRL President Trevor A. Dawes, and a look back at the first issue of our sister publication College & Research Libraries as part of the celebration of ACRL’s 75th anniversary.

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