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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Rebekah Scoggins

Broadening your library’s collection

Implementing a LGBTQIA collection development project

A constant concern for libraries is providing a collection of resources that are relevant to its patron population. Since most libraries have budgetary concerns that must be weighed against these needs, sometimes ...


Susan Wengler

Branding matters

Reimagine your library services

While attending ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, I came upon a poster titled “Cultivating Curiosity: Intersecting Century-Old Services for 21st Century Impact,” which suggested that a simple rebranding of traditional reference ...


Cardoso and Russo

Inviting people in

TParticipatory displays in the library

Located on a small campus serving approximately 750 graduate students pursuing professional master’s degrees, our centrally situated library at the Middlebury Institute ...


Detwiler, Jacobson, and O'Brian


Helping students break out of their comfort zones

If you’d walked by Professor Susan Detwiler’s Writing and Critical Inquiry (WCI) classrooms at the University at Albany-SUNY on September 7, you would have seen something rather unusual: two teams of students huddled around tables ...

Scholarly Communication

Lewis, Goetsch, Graves, and Roy

Funding community controlled open infrastructure for scholarly communication

The 2.5% commitment initiative

In August 2017, a short paper, “The 2.5% Commitment,” was distributed on several email lists.1 The paper proposed that every academic library should commit to invest 2.5% of its total budget to support the common infrastructure needed to create the open scholarly commons. Somewhat to our surprise, the paper and the ideas it contained have generated widespread discussions and interest. ...

The paper was a response to the Elsevier purchase of Bepress and an article by John Wenzler that suggested ...

ACRL TechConnect

Jiebei Luo

Using Google apps to manage embargo records

Automating institutional repository reminders

Using multiple Google apps, the Lucy Scribner Library at Skidmore College creates an automated reminder to manage embargo records of the scholarly works deposited in the college’s ...