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Williams and Gillum

Encouraging users to pop in

Popcorn Day in the medical library

The Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs waiting in line during Popcorn Day.

New libraries are constantly challenged to adapt how their spaces are used. This is the case even more so for libraries with primarily digital collections. As a brand new 21st-century library with only a few print materials and a 98% digital collection, it was important for the ...


Shivley, Jarrell, and Denton

Ready, set, make!

Exploring library resources in a residential hall makerspace

Figure 3. Students exploring circuitry using Snap Circuits. Photo credit: Kate Shively

Increasingly, the maker movement has spread across the nation in various contexts. Emerging from this movement are sites called makerspaces, which bring individuals together to create and learn collaboratively via engagement ...

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Lotts and Maharjan

Outreach, engagement, learning, and fun in 60 seconds

Button making at the Rutgers University Libraries

Figure 1. Image of button maker and supplies.

In the fall of 2016, the Rutgers University Libraries (RUL)-New Brunswick Learning and Engagement team spent $580 to purchase a button maker and ...

International Insights

Te Paea Paringatai

Collective leadership and participation with indigenous matters

Redefining indigenous literacy

Let’s say you work in a research or academic library that models traditional approaches to leadership, management, services and service delivery, and your library is interested in becoming a better workplace that attracted, retained, and developed indigenous staff, as well as transformed its service and service delivery to better include, involve, and implement indigenous language, culture, and ways of knowing. If it excelled at indigenous inclusion, how would people treat indigenous staff and students differently? What kinds of interactions would be visible in any new integrated service you developed? How would you reflect ...


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 ...


Evans, Herold, and Sharrow

Hidden science superstars

Making diversity visible to increase inclusion

Issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are at the forefront of conversations in many academic and research libraries. In this article, we discuss our efforts to increase representation on our campus and in our library.

Perspectives on EDI—Irene M. H. Herold

No matter where I have worked across the United States, and I mean literally across the United States, from Washington State to Illinois to New Hampshire to Hawaii to Ohio, I have repeatedly heard the refrain that it is difficult to recruit for diversity. It has been well documented ...