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Welcome to the April 2015 issue of C&RL News. Social justice and equality issues remain a hot topic of discussion across the country. In this issue’s The Way I See It essay, Rachel Lockman reflects on the relationship between “Academic librarians and social justice” and calls for increased engagement with social issues through microactivism.

Librarians at the University of Arizona put microactivism and critical pedagogy into action following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, through the creation of a research guide and collaborating on a related conference with campus partners. Nicole Pagowsky and Niamh Wallace discuss these initiatives and why it is important for libraries to be actively involved in social justice issues in their article “Black Lives Matter!”

Judith E. Pasek examines campus collaborations from a different perspective in her article “Organizing the liaison role,” where she discusses a compelling concept map for organizing and planning liaison activities.

Claudia Peterson and Mary Inks Budinsky of Penn State-Fayette, The Eberly Campus, continue the look at “Successful collaboration between learning partners,” focusing on teaming with the campus learning center in a joint instructional program.

Librarians at Wake Forest University took a fun and creative approach to collaboration, working with their Division of Campus Life to host Capture the Flag and Humans Vs. Zombies events in their library as detailed in the article “Large-scale, live-action gaming events in academic libraries.”

In this issue’s Scholarly Communication column, Kristi Jensen and Quill West examine “Open educational resources and the higher education environment,” focusing on opportunities for library leadership in OER.

With graduation approaching for many LIS students, we provide some helpful job search tips for both newly minted and seasoned librarians from human resources professionals Kathryn Kjaer and Leo Agnew in their article “HR confidential.”

Make sure to check out the other features and departments, including the first round of profiles of 2015 ACRL award winners, a call for nominations for 2016 section offices, and the monthly C&RL Spotlight.

Thanks as always for reading the News.

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