The May 2018 issue of C&RL News is now freely available online. Social justice issues continue to be a focus for many academic and research librarians, resulting in a variety of creative projects. Myra Waddell and Elena Clariza of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa write about their use of “Critical digital pedagogy and cultural sensitivity in the library classroom” through two projects focusing on the unique cultures and history of Hawaii and the Asia-Pacific region.
At Cal Poly-Pomona, Kai Alexis Smith approached “Popular culture as a tool for critical information literacy and social justice education” by launching a campus hip hop and activism series and creating a LibGuide exploring issues raised by the film Get Out.
In this month’s Scholarly Communication column, Sarah Wipperman, Shawn Martin, and Chealsye Bowley provide perspectives on “Balancing influence in a shifting scholarly communication landscape” based on their presentations at the ACRL/SPARC Forum held at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver.
Megan Kocher and Amy Riegelman continue the scholarly communication focus with their Internet Resources article providing information on “Systematic reviews and evidence synthesis” beyond health science disciplines.
With the end of spring terms fast approaching, it’s not too early to start planning outreach activities for upcoming terms. Emilee Matthews and Scott Stone of the University of California-Irvine provide tips on throwing an epic library open house in their article “Show them what you got,” while Annie Jansen of Penn State-Brandywine writes about efforts to increase reading on campus in the article “Summer book club—a collaborative achievement.”
Looking inward, librarians at Wayne State University set up a fantastic take on an employee recognition program, which Jill Wurm discusses in “Big impact, small effort.”
Make sure to check out the other features and departments this month, including the second installment of 2018 ACRL award winners and information on ACRL programming and events at the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.