C&RL News – June 2017

June 2017 C&RL NewsThe June 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. In the current political climate, many libraries are renewing their commitment to serving immigrant and refugee communities. This month’s International Insights column features a series of project outlines from “Academic libraries serving refugee and asylum seekers” both in the United States and overseas.

Librarians at California State University-Fresno partnered with the Fresno County Public Library to help address the digital divide in their area’s diverse community through a service-learning grant program. Raymond Pun, along with Fresno State students See Xiong, Adan Ortega, and Vanna Nauk, outline student-led training workshops in their article “Doing technology.”

People come to academic librarianship from a variety of backgrounds, including performing arts. Solomon Blaylock and Declan Ryan of the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries discuss how their experiences as part of the DIY music community can influence librarianship in their article “Librarian in the underground.”

Laura Schwartz experienced DIY first-hand when she became a first-time actor in a student play set and staged at the University of Texas-Austin Fine Arts Library. She reflects on her experience in this issue’s The Way I See It essay “When life becomes art.”

In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Jill Cirasella of the Graduate Center-CUNY discusses “Open access outreach” strategies across a variety of communities with input from library-world Twitter celebrity the OA Hulk.

Makerspaces, including 3-D printing capabilities, continue to increase across academic libraries. Jennie Levine Knies, Valerie Lynn, and Erik Angel write about the launch of 3-D printing at two Penn State University campuses in their ACRL TechConnect article “Parallel lives.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including 2017 ACRL election results and Internet Resources on “Medieval illuminated manuscripts” by Robert Miller.

Member of the Week: Stephanie Espinoza

Stephanie EspinozaStephanie Espinoza is the eLearning librarian at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV. Stephanie first joined ACRL in 2015 and is your ACRL member of the week for June 5, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Conscientious. Passionate. Creative.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I just finished Anna Kendrick’s biography, Scrappy Little Nobody, which is not only quite amusing but also relatable for any woman early in her career who might have anxiety or even imposter syndrome. I also recently read the young adult novel Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon in about seven hours. I absolutely love children’s and young adult literature! For my next YA book club meeting I’ve started Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Inclusive. Vast. Inspiring.

4. What do you value about ACRL? I value the experiences that ACRL provides academic librarians, both new in their career and established in the field. There is always something to learn, and ACRL offers those opportunities to learn—both in person and virtually—that we might not otherwise have. Librarianship has so many areas of focus. It’s nice to have an organization that’s dedicated specifically to our needs. It’s not just professional development. It inspires us to be leaders, or better leaders. It encourages us to innovate. It’s an exciting world in which to be involved!

5. What do you as an academic librarian contribute to your campus? On my campus, I recently transitioned from an instruction/reference librarian to an eLearning librarian. Having taken all my graduate degree courses online, I understand how important it is for distance students to be able to connect with a friendly, human face even if they can’t come to campus. I serve as a resource and advocate for this demographic, assisting students with everything from online research to technical difficulties. I also serve on our library’s marketing team where I help to plan student engagement events, create promotional materials, and maintain our social media.

6. In your own words: I work at a community college library where the population of students is so incredibly diverse—we see students from all cultures, backgrounds, and ages. I serve international students who are just learning English, 60-year-old students going back to school, teenagers who are the first in their family to go to college, mothers who work, raise kids, and attend classes. And all of them are so proud to be here. The students I see in the library and help online work so hard to be able to finish their assignments and progress in their studies. They are dedicated to their success, so I just make sure they know they can always come to me if they have questions or need help along the way. That’s what we’re here for.


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.

Sign Up Now for an ACRL Buddy at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference

Are you planning to attend your first ALA Annual Conference? First-time attendees are invited to sign up for a conference buddy who can guide you through selecting conference sessions, navigating conference venues, and answer any other questions you might have. This is a great way to learn about ACRL and expand your professional network!

How much time are we talking? It’s up to you. We suggest the buddy/mentor make the first contact after initially signing up and go from there. You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 24, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Hilton Chicago, Continental C  room (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 24, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

Interested? Sign up now! The deadline is Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians

The ACRL Board of Director has approved Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians, a revision of the association’s 2007 ACRL Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators. Authored by the Standards and Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators Revision Task Force, the shift in focus in 2015 from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education model prompted the Task Force to closely examine not only the proficiencies themselves but their structure and purpose.

In the spirit of the Framework, the Task Force intended to present a more holistic perspective of the range of work done by teaching librarians rather than a list of skills needed to do a specific job. Teaching librarians have increasingly explored innovative and creative roles within their institutions, and the document is intended to reflect the myriad activities, projects, and responsibilities that teaching librarians from a wide variety of institutions may find themselves taking on at different points in their work life and throughout their careers, as well as the characteristics and strengths needed to flourish within these roles. The Task Force also wanted to provide a basic framework from which teaching librarian roles can continually expand within a variety of contexts. In short, this document was designed to act as a bridge between concept and practice.

Roles and Strengths of Teaching Librarians is available on the ACRL website.

Library Copyright Alliance Files Briefs and Submits Testimony

Library Copyright Alliance Logo The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members are the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, and Association of College and Research Libraries) continues to address copyright issues that affect libraries and our users. In recent weeks, LCA has worked for the library community in the following ways:

Amicus Brief: Georgia v. Public.Resource.org, Inc.
On May 23, 2017, members of LCA joined an amicus brief in Georgia v. Public.Resource.org, Inc. The case centers on whether a statutory code by the state legislature may be subject to an exclusive federal copyright preventing others from redistributing that official statutory code and, if so, whether redistributing it is permissible under fair use.

Amicus Brief: Mavrix Photographs v. LiveJournal
On May 12, 2017, members of LCA filed the Mavrix Photographs, LLC v. LiveJournal, Inc. amicus brief in support of LiveJournal’s petition for a rehearing. The case involves potential new restrictions on the availability of safe harbors of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Testimony on Library of Congress Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2018
On May 12, 2017, the Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) submitted testimony to the US Senate Committee on Appropriations for the Library of Congress for FY 2018. It offered three principal observations and requests: it is imperative that Congress appropriate sufficient funding to allow the Library to continue to perform its broad and fundamental mission of preserving and providing the public with access to critical information resources; it is particularly important that the Library be fully enabled financially to truly modernize; and consistent with the goal of increasing public access to information, we strongly support expanded access to non-confidential Congressional Research Service reports.

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