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Erickson, Rondeau, and Sweeney

“Drops of Diversity”

How a small academic library is working to increase cultural competence

Screenshot of “Drops of Diversity” newsletter.

Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) is ranked 19th in ethnic diversity among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, a distinction held high by the institution. Diversity is a prominent feature of VWU’s strategic plan, and the institution’s core values emphasize inclusion and social responsibility. ...


David Flaxbart

Enhancing departmental engagement

Using a LibGuide to promote an invited speaker seminar series

Screenshot of the series LibGuide.

The departmental seminar has long held a prominent place in the culture of academic science. In chemistry, one of the most tradition-bound STEM disciplines, faculty of all ranks go on the road with prepared ...

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Thomas and Lovelace

Combining efforts

Libraries as mental health safe spaces

Montage of art from the “Don’t Call Me Crazy” exhibition.

In the face of seemingly insurmountable, persisting problems, what is one thing that you could do to lift that burden in your own space, in your own building, or on your own walls? ...


Jennifer A. Fielding

Rethinking CRAAP

Getting students thinking like fact-checkers in evaluating web sources

For over two decades, librarians have been at the forefront of helping their patrons and students discern what online information is reliable, and what may be biased or outright false. Particularly as more formal information literacy programs developed at the college and university level (and the attendant inclusion of information literacy in many general education programs), academic librarians have developed curricula and taught students how to evaluate web sources for credibility. In many institutions, this has frequently been achieved via a “one-shot” session with a checklist of sorts, often some variation of the CRAAP Method (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy, ...

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International Insights

Judith Broady-Preston

A U.K. perspective on Brexit

Consideration of potential issues for academic and research libraries

In an historic referendum held June 23, 2016, to determine whether the United Kingdom (U.K.) should leave or remain as members of the European Union (EU), the British people voted 52% in favor of the U.K. withdrawing from its membership in the EU. As a plebiscite, arguably the result has validity as the proportion of those eligible to vote was high at 72%, with more than 30 million voters in total.

A formal announcement in March 2017 by the U.K. government launched the withdrawal process, due to conclude March 29, 2019. This scheduled departure of the U.K. from the EU is popularly referred to as “Brexit” from a contraction ...