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ACRL 2023

Robin Kear, Carrie Donovan

Unlocking Pittsburgh

Navigating and exploring the local secrets of our host city

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Pittsburgh is known as the only city with an entrance, due to the breathtaking views for travelers coming through the Fort Pitt Tunnel onto the top deck of the Fort Pitt Bridge overlooking the city. From this vantage point, the confluence ...


Erin Carney

Let the other departments send you students!

Marketing library services through the tutoring office to increase visibility

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As any librarian knows, visibility on campus is an active and ongoing journey. While students might see a library presence at freshmen orientation or remember a one-shot attempt of a total library resource overview from a librarian in a required English course, during the rest ...

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Donovan Frazier

Shifting from reactive to proactive

An accessibility review and revision project

Figure 1: Screenshot of the accessibility checklist as of December 2021.

The University of California (UC)-Riverside, frequently incorporates digital learning objects into classes to complement instruction. The library’s Department of Teaching and Learning Services designs many of these digital learning objects (DLOs) so they can be implemented into course portals such as Blackboard and Canvas. This is so a wider ...


Jane Hammons, Kapil Vasudev

Connecting school and academic librarians through professional development

A pilot project

Collaborations between school and academic librarians centered around the professional development of K-12 media specialists may represent a scalable and sustainable method by which school and academic librarians can support information literacy. This article outlines a pilot project developed between The Ohio State University Libraries (University Libraries), located in Columbus, Ohio, and the Columbus City Schools (CCS) that was intended to forge connections between school and academic librarians through professional development. ...

ACRL 2021-2022 Annual Report

The Way I See It

Candice Benjes-Small

There’s a baby in the bath water

In defense of one-shots

Library literature is full of articles critical of one-shot instruction, including a recent College & Research Libraries volume edited by Nicole Pagowsky. Her call for proposals makes excellent points about the ephemeral definition of the phrase “one-shot,” the implications of power imbalances between librarians and professors, and the role of systemic racism and sexism in the academy. I would argue that many of these same issues would arise in any type of library instruction. Embedded librarianship, train-the-trainer, credit-bearing courses, asynchronous tutorials—I’ve done them all, and they all have their place, but they cannot replace one-shots. ...