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ACRL TechConnect

Deardoff and Romero

From Python to Raspberry Pi

Celebrating Pi Day with data science

Biomedical sensors attached to the Arduinos from the 2018 workshop.

The University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Library is a graduate-only health science university with four professional schools (medicine, pharmacy, nursing, and dentistry), a graduate division, and an academic medical center. For several years UCSF has been the number one public recipient of NIH funding, reflecting the ...


Mizrachi et al.

Lessons learned from the Academic Reading Format International Study

Developing and coordinating a large international study

Some members of the Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS) research team. Front row (left to right): Serap Kurbanoglu (Turkey), Polona Vilar (Slovenia); back row: Vlasta Zabukovec (Slovenia), Elena Collina (Italy), Ane Landoy (Norway), Diane Mizrachi (United States), Joumana Boustany (France), Almuth Gastinger (Norway), Ana Terra (Portugal), and Pan Yantao (China).

The Academic Reading Format International Study (ARFIS) was born at the 2014 European Conference on Information Literacy (ECIL) ...

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ACRL 2019

Ponikvar and Clemente

Exploring Cleveland

Arts, culture, sports, and parks

SUNY Geneseo receives the 2018 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award at a ceremony on their campus, presented by ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect Karen Munro (third from right).

We’re all very excited to have you join us April 10–13, 2019, in Cleveland for the ACRL 2019 conference. Cleveland’s vibrant arts, cultural, sports, and recreational scenes, anchored by world-class art museums, performing arts institutions, music venues, professional sports teams, historic landmarks ...


Buell and Kvinnesland

Exploring information literacy assessment

Content analysis of student prefocus essays

Juggling the value of performance-based assessment of student information literacy competencies with the limited time and resources required to do this type of assessment remains an ongoing challenge for many librarians.

This article chronicles our initial foray into content analysis, a fairly labor-intensive methodology, but one which allowed us to examine student approaches to the research process as narrated in their own words in the form of a prefocus essay. Our goal was to gather data that would help to inform our university library’s information literacy curriculum. What follows ...

Scholarly Communication

McElroy and Bridges

Multilingual access

Language hegemony and the need for discoverability in multiple languages

It is widely accepted that English is the current lingua franca, especially in the scientific community. With approximately 527 million native speakers globally, English ranks as the third most-spoken language (after Chinese and Hindu-Urdu), but there are also an estimated 1.5 billion English-language learners in the world.

The preeminence of English reflects the political power of the English-speaking world, carrying privileges for those who can speak, write, and read in English, and disadvantages to those who cannot. This is also the case in scholarly communication. Linguist Nicholas Subtirelu identifies ...