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Pendell and Schroeder

Librarians as campus partners

Supporting culturally responsive and inclusive curriculum

Diversity and inclusion initiatives are expanding on campuses across the United States. These initiatives can take many forms, such as the hiring and retention of diverse faculty, student recruitment ...


Gwen M. Gregory

For the duration

Creating a collection maintenance unit in technical services

The University of Illinois-Chicago is an ARL member library with a collection of 2.3 million volumes. While we have access to many electronic resources, we still have a substantial collection of physical items to manage in several buildings. Many of those volumes are held at the Richard J. Daley Library on our east campus, where nonhealth-related academic programs are located. Late in 2015 ...

ACRL TechConnect

Knies, Lynn, and Angel

Parallel lives

Two Penn State campuses launch 3-D printing

3-D printing is still a relatively new technology that is being used by a variety of disciplines. Many think of it as relevant to engineering and the sciences, but it is interdisciplinary and has uses that range from the humanities to health ...


Dohe and Pappas

The many flavors of “yes”

Libraries, collaboration, and improv

Develop Strategic Partnerships” may as well be a mandate at most institutions of higher education these days. But while it is something we librarians have always done, it would be disingenuous to claim that it’s ever been easy. Interdisciplinary collaboration means that academic librarians must draw upon the functional and technological expertise of staff who are not always public facing. Some of us know how to teach, others how to code. Failing to account for the interpersonal tools needed to bridge these domains simply creates additional barriers to collaboration.1

Our own working relationships have benefitted immensely from the application of techniques from an unlikely source ...


ACRL in Chicago

ACRL programs at the ALA Annual Conference

ALA’s 136th Annual Conference was held June 22–27, 2017, in Chicago. More than 22,700 librarians, library support staff, exhibitors, writers, educators, publishers, and special guests attended the conference. Ed. note: Thanks to the ACRL members who summarized programs to make this report possible....

The Way I See It

Douglas Black

An accidental datahound

Transitioning skills to experience and application

I didn’t set out to become a data-driven librarian. The concept was still new when I was in library school, and smitten as I was with the human element of information structures and information seeking, the idea seemed detached, focused on mere numbers divorced from the daily face-to-face reality of a reference librarian.


In my first professional position, my supervisor told me about a study performed at that library a few years before that was prompted by librarian complaints about too many lengthy phone calls with distance students ...