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Ornat et al.

Ain’t no party like a LibGuides Party

’cause a LibGuides Party is mandatory

Mock-up of the Department of Witchcraft and Wizardry subject guide.

What is currently on your librarian backburner? We’d be willing to make a few bets on the content of those pots growing cold. Maybe we would find a weeding project on pause, a draft of an article gathering dust, or that meeting agenda ...

ACRL TechConnect

Dragan Gill

Creating an asset map for student and community success

Finding our strengths through a campus partnership

The asset map with an asset selected.

Rhode Island College (RIC) has a history of collaboration both across campus departments and within the larger Providence and Rhode Island ...

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International Insights

Liladhar R. Pendse

Academic libraries and research in flux

Global conversations in times of COVID-19

The Spanish-language version of the first webinar flyer.

In March 2020, Alameda County, where the University of California (UC)-Berkeley is located, issued a shelter in place order as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The UC-Berkeley Library was one ...

Perspectives on the Framework

Jane Hammons

No need to go big

Teaching Framework concepts with small teaching

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education encourages librarians to engage students with big ideas related to information creation, access, and use. One way that librarians may be able to do this is through a small teaching approach. In Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning, James M. Lang uses insights from educational research to highlight small instructional interventions that support student learning. Although Lang does not specifically call out librarians as instructors, some of these strategies could be used to engage students with Framework concepts, even within a single session. ...


Izenstark et al.

So you want to publish

Becoming a researcher

New librarians, experienced librarians, and those considering a change in career may want to start writing or researching for a variety of reasons, including meeting professional requirements. In this article, we share some tips for getting started, or perhaps inspiration for bringing old ideas back to life.

Gathering your ideas and research

Starting a project from scratch can feel intimidating, so consider whether you have current or past projects to build on, such as a thesis you have written, a paper from graduate school, or a project you’re working on that may be relevant for others. ...

Scholarly Communication

Ohler and Pitts

From peril to promise

The academic library post–COVID-19

As in so many other parts of our society, COVID-19 has forced many changes to the ways in which academic libraries operate. The response of higher education to the pandemic has revealed both how vital academic libraries are to the academic enterprise and to scientific advancement at-large through open access initiatives. It has also highlighted that libraries are not alone in confronting the long-term challenges of sustainability with respect to the current scholarly communication marketplace, and the affordability of higher education more broadly. For academic libraries to assume a leadership role in higher education’s search for solutions, we must first reconcile our own identity in the new landscape. ...