Upcoming New Home for ACRL Online Journals

ACRL is pleased to announce the upcoming move of the online versions of the association’s College & Research Libraries (C&RL), College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), and RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage publications to the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform.

OJS is an open source journal management and publishing system developed by the Public Knowledge Project as part of its efforts to expand and improve access to research. The move of ACRL’s serials publications to OJS aligns the association’s commitment to open access publishing with the open source software movement.

C&RL, C&RL News, and RBM will launch on OJS at the end of April 2017.

Join ALA Washington Office for Webinar on Federal Budget 4/13

On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the ALA Washington Office Appropriations expert Kevin Maher and the Penn Hill lobbying group’s Aissa Canchola will host an hour long discussion about the Congressional budget process. Their goal is to help unravel the complicated tangle that is the FY17 budget, the FY18 budget, the President’s “Skinny” budget, Continuing Resolutions, and everything that means for library funding. They’ll also take time to look to the future and discuss what comes next in the appropriations process and ways that you can take action.

The free webinar will be hosted on the ALA YouTube channel on at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on April 13th and will include a time for Q and A. Tune in to hear from the experts and ask questions of how it all works (or doesn’t), and use #SaveIMLS to ask questions and join the conversation.

Looking for other ways to help #SaveIMLS and protect federal library funding? Sign up to join the National Library Legislative Day Thunderclap or commit to calling, emailing, or tweeting your Members of Congress on May 1, 2017.

Member of the Week: Rebecca L. Hankins

Rebecca L. HankinsRebecca L. Hankins is an associate professor at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Rebecca has been an ACRL member since 2002 and is your ACRL member of the week for April 10, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Advocate, fearless, and passionate.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? Professor Sherman Abdul Hakim Jackson’s Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection and on my mobile device I listen to a number of podcasts.

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Professional, advocacy, and accessible.

4. What do you value about ACRL? What I value about ACRL are the opportunities to always learn something new that is strategic to the work that I do. I value the colleagues that I’ve met through ACRL conferences, meetings, and organizations. People that I have had the good fortune to work with and engage in dialogue with over shared issues of concern.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? As an academic librarian I contribute to my campus in a myriad of ways, from providing instructional sessions to sharing resources for students, staff, and faculty research and courses. I contribute by serving on campus-wide committees, from search committees to tenure denial hearings, from evaluating faculty teaching to voting on promotion and tenure cases. I mentor colleagues, both in and outside the library, sharing my years of experience, working in diverse environments and with diverse populations.

6. In your own words: My life as an academic/research librarian has been varied, exciting, and filled with many achievements. The opportunities to conduct research on areas of scholarship unexplored and underexplored, and to impart this to diverse audiences, has been a passion of mine since I’ve been in this field; librarianship has afforded me those options. I have traveled around the world, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, but not yet Africa, working and advocating for our profession. I love working with students and sharing undiscovered resources and new knowledge that they have and can use in their writings, performances, and other scholarship. I am a fearless advocate for diversity within the profession, in our collecting of resources, and in providing leadership skills for all within the library environment, from the support staff to the faculty. The most successful libraries are those that value their people, work to hire staff that reflect the diversity within our society, and reward those that are on the frontlines, the first to engage with our patrons. These are the issues and discussions that animate me as a librarian and are reflected in my research and scholarly output and hopefully, will be for years to come.

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.

NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition

The New Media Consortium (NMC), University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and ACRL are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition at the ACRL 2017 Conference. This is the third edition of the NMC Horizon Report that explores the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.

This report describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a 15-year-old ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies poised to influence learning, teaching, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology are placed directly in the context of their likely impact on the core missions of academic and research libraries. The topics are summarized in the accompanying infographic.

Top 10 “Sound Bites” from the Report

 1. Each topic is placed into one or more of six meta-categories that reflect movements in academic and research libraries: 1) Expanding Access and Convenience; 2) Spurring Innovation; 3) Fostering Authentic Learning and Discovery; 4) Balancing Societal Shifts; 5) Tracking Research and Patron Data; and 6) Spreading Digital Fluency.

2. The Introduction looks back at the topic sets for the past three library-focused editions of the NMC Horizon Report. Over time, the Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record and Research Data Management have been the most pervasive trends, Embracing the Need for Radical Change the most targeted challenge, and the Internet of Things the most enduring technology development.

3. The topics in the report were selected by a diverse panel of 75 experts. Library leaders, librarians, technologists, industry leaders, and other key stakeholders from 14 countries comprise this year’s expert panel. They engaged in a three-month virtual discussion to share how the trends, challenges, and technologies are materializing in their environments.

4. The Executive Summary presents 10 highlights capturing the big picture themes of educational change that underpin the 18 topics. Among the themes are the notions that better catering to patrons’ needs requires user-centric design and a focus on accessibility and that advancing innovation necessitates the reimagining of organizational structures.

5. Semi-finalists — topics from the cutting room floor that almost made the report — are listed. The shift away from books, marketing library services, mixed reality, and more were all heavily considered by the expert panel. They could make a comeback in the next edition!

6. The report illuminates examples of compelling trends, solutions, and technology initiatives in practice at academic and research libraries. Leaders seeking inspiration, models, and tactical insight around strategy and technology deployment can look to these exemplars from across the world.

7. Three new challenges to the NMC Horizon Project were proposed by the panel and voted into the report. They are: 1) Accessibility of Library Services and Resources; 2) Adapting Organizational Designs to the Future of Work; and 3) Economic and Political Pressures. The expert panel’s inclusion of these topics signals a need to look outward — to deeply consider major societal shifts.

8. Big Data and Digital Scholarship Technologies are both considered on the “near-term horizon” for widespread adoption. The former topic reflects the desire to track and analyze the data generated via online resources and services to better meet patron needs. The latter refers to the suite of digital and computational tools used to advance scholarship as libraries continuously integrate new emerging technologies.

9. Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services. These developments on the “far-term horizon” can personalize the library experience for patrons, connecting them more efficiently to resources that best align with their goals.

10. The inclusion of topics such as Patrons as Creators and Improving Digital Literacy shed light on library professionals’ roles as deeper learning guides. Libraries are well-positioned to lead efforts that develop patrons’ digital citizenship and content creation skills, ensuring mastery of responsible and creative technology use.

The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Library Edition is published under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.


C&RL News – April 2017

The April 2017 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. While providing services to undergraduate students may be the main focus of much of the LIS literature, many academic and research libraries are exploring innovative ways to serve graduate students as well as faculty. At the Dartmouth College Biomedical Libraries, librarians worked with a writing specialist to put on a writer’s retreat of graduate students and faculty looking to improve their writing and publication skills. The program is the focus of the article “A time and place to write and hone skills.”

Librarians at Kennesaw State University’s Graduate Library created a conference to facilitate the exchange of ideas related to graduate student services in libraries. Crystal Renfro and Elisabeth Shields provide an overview of the conference in their article “Transforming libraries to serve graduate students.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication article, regular columnist Maria Bonn explores “Collaborating and communicating: Humanities scholars working and talking together” through her experiences as part of a Humanities Without Walls grant team.

Librarians at the University of Vermont developed an excellent evaluation rubric for their instruction tutorials. Graham Sherriff outlines the project in this month’s ACRL TechConnect article “Interactive tutorials: The platform matters.”

Nancy Foasberg of Queens College discusses her use of information games such as “Spyfall” to bring the concept of scholarship as conversation from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to life in this issue’s The Way I See It essay.

Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the first round of profiles of 2017 ACRL award winners, Internet Resources on “Haitian history and culture” by Marjorie Charlot, a recap of ACRL Board of Directors’ actions at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference, and the call for volunteers for ACRL section nominating committees.

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