Established in 1966, College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official newsmagazine and publication of record of ACRL.

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Waddell and Clariza

Critical digital pedagogy and cultural sensitivity in the library classroom

Infographics and digital storytelling

Academic librarians have a demonstrated interest in digital tools for teaching and learning and often provide support for these tools to their wider campus communities. Additionally, many librarians incorporate these tools into their own teaching in the information ...


Jill Wurm

Big impact, small effort

Implementing a low-cost, highly inclusive recognition program with huge results

Like many organizations, the Wayne State University Libraries have historically struggled with a recognition system that had the potential to acknowledge people from all areas of the libraries, especially ...


Kai Alexis Smith

Popular culture as a tool for critical information literacy and social justice education

Hip hop and Get Out on campus

We live in a politically polarizing climate and at a time when there is great economic and social unrest in the United States. Our current moment brings to my mind other periods ...

Scholarly Communication

Wipperman, Martin, and Bowley

Balancing influence in a shifting scholarly communication landscape

Creating library-owned, community-aligned infrastructure through individual, local, and community action

With the acquisition and creation of scholarly communication platforms/infrastructure by major commercial entities, the balance of influence continues to shift. The ACRL/SPARC Forum at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting brought together library stakeholders for a conversation about how the library community can reassert its influence to shape the open access publishing landscape. Panelists focused on 1) Individual action: “What can ...


Mathews and Stone

Show them what you got

Throwing an epic open house

Picture this: all of a liaison librarian’s students and faculty in one place, telling stories about how the library and its resources have been integral to their work, learning about resources and services they never knew about, and inspiring one another with their work and their own unique methods ...

Perspectives on the Framework

Baggett, Connell, and Thome

Frame by frame

Using the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to create a library assessment plan

Inspired by the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, librarians at the Carl B. Ylvisaker Library at Concordia College-Moorhead decided to scrap our old information literacy assessment plan and start from scratch. We began by digging into the library’s past assessment plans in an attempt to gain insight into how the organization’s priorities have changed over time. The earliest assessment notes we uncovered were from 2005 and featured a new student orientation pre- and post-test, administered to a random sample of library users. The focus then was on incoming students’ information literacy abilities ...