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DePaul opens expanded information commons, maker space

On September 27, 2017, DePaul University opened the newest expansion of its Richardson Library Information Commons, including new tools and technology focused on collaboration, digital scholarship, and data services. A suite of media content creation studios (Studio 1581) provides new resources to students using media across the curriculum, and a maker space (Maker Hub) places the library at the center of a growing number of “maker” resources at DePaul and in the city of Chicago.

DePaul History professor Roshanna Sylvester and University Archivist Andrea Bainbridge working with a 90-inch interactive touch screen that can be used for data visualization, digital art, and game play.

DePaul History professor Roshanna Sylvester and University Archivist Andrea Bainbridge working with a 90-inch interactive touch screen that can be used for data visualization, digital art, and game play.

Faculty engagement is also at the center of this new space, with offices in the library for campus partners such as Faculty Instructional Technology Services and Studio CHI, a cross-college digital scholarship center already partnering with the library on projects such as the NEH-funded, Reading Chicago Reading (

More information is available at

Nominations sought for ACRL Board of Directors

Higher education is experiencing unprecedented change, providing academic libraries with tremendous opportunities to define new roles related to learning, teaching, and research. ACRL is dedicated to enhancing the ability of library and information professionals to dream big and shape our new future.

Be a part of shaping that future. The ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC) encourages members to nominate themselves or others to run for the position of ACRL vice-president/president-elect and director-at-large in the 2019 elections. To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form at The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2018.

LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates. If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, contact LRNC Chair Jennifer Nutefall at

More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available at

Digital Library Federation, HBCU Library Alliance name 2017 DLF HBCU fellows

Twenty-four individuals, primarily from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) or with HBCU backgrounds, attended the 2017 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum and DLF Liberal Arts/HBCUs Preconference in October, thanks to a grant of fellowship funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.

The fellowships, totaling $37,836 in DLF and IMLS funding, are part of a larger IMLS grant of $49,950 to promote collaboration between DLF and HBCU Library Alliance communities, subsidize a joint conference, and expand HBCU participation at two DLF signature events.

The DLF Forum preconference, held October 22 in Pittsburgh, focused on digital libraries and library-based teaching as a common mission and common ground between liberal arts colleges or programs and HBCUs, and was followed by the annual DLF Forum. A list of DLF HBCU fellows is available at

Notre Dame, North Carolina signs GPO Preservation Steward agreements

The University of Notre Dame Kresge Law Library and the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill both recently signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) to become Preservation Steward libraries in GPO’s Federal Information Preservation Network. Under this agreement, libraries pledge to permanently preserve print collection of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The CFR is the codification of general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by federal departments and agencies.

To help federal depository libraries meet the needs of efficient government document stewardship in the digital era, GPO has established Preservation Stewards to support continued public access to historic U.S. government documents in print format. Preservation Stewards contribute significantly to the effort to preserve printed documents and GPO welcomes all federal depository libraries that wish to participate as Preservation Stewards.

Greater Western Library Alliance issues information literacy impact study

The Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) recently shared the results of the study “The Impact of Information Literacy Instruction on Student Success: A Multi-Institutional Investigation and Analysis.” The GWLA Student Learning Outcomes task force analyzed the data from more than 42,000 first-time, first-year freshmen and more than 1,700 distinct courses from 12 research institutions to determine the impact(s) of information literacy instruction integrated into course curriculum on several student success measures. The full report is available on the GWLA website at

NMC releases Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II

The New Media Consortium (NMC) has released “Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief,” a follow-up to its 2016 strategic brief on digital literacy. Commissioned by Adobe, this independent research builds upon the established baseline definitions of digital literacy from the 2016 brief, examining digital literacy through a global and discipline-specific lens to reveal new contexts that are shaping the way learners create, discover, and critically assess digital content.

While the first NMC strategic brief simplified definitions and made the complex topic accessible, this subsequent project was launched because the constantly evolving nature of digital literacy is reflected in a diversity of frameworks with varied outcomes both globally and across disciplines. The NMC’s research examines the current landscape of digital literacy frameworks to illuminate its multiple dimensions—technical, psychological, and interpersonal—around which students’ ability to produce new content generates a sense of empowerment. The report is available on the NMC website at

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