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Project Information Literacy releases “How Students Engage with News” research report

Project Information Literacy (PIL) has released a new research report, “How Students Engage with News: Five Takeaways for Educators, Journalists, and Librarians.” Commissioned by ACRL and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the report presents findings about how a sample of U.S. college students gather information and engage with news in the digital age.

"How Students Engage with News"

Six recommendations are included for educators, journalists, and librarians working to make students effective news consumers. The findings suggest young adults believe news is valuable to their lives and to society on the whole, and many see social media as an important channel for giving them a voice in the world. Yet, the new digital environment and current political reality has made successful navigation extremely difficult. The report, along with supplemental information, is freely available on the PIL website at www.projectinfolit.org/news_study.html.

Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarship recipients

ACRL is pleased to announce recipients of its second round of Value of Academic Libraries Travel Scholarships in 2018. These scholarships of up to $2,000 each support librarians presenting on their work demonstrating the impact of academic libraries in the broader landscape of higher education.

The selection committee chose three proposals in this competitive round of applications. They are Rebecca A. Croxton (University of North Carolina-Charlotte), Heidi Schroeder (Michigan State University), and Megan E. Welsh (University of Colorado-Boulder). Applications for the next round of scholarships are due February 15, 2019. More information is available on the ACRL website at www.ala.org/acrl/awards/researchawards/valtravel.

Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications Joint Statement of Principles

The Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications (C4DISC) has released a Joint Statement of Principles to demonstrate the commitment of participating organizations to promoting involvement, innovation, and expanded access to leadership opportunities that maximize engagement across identity groups and professional levels.

C4DISC is currently comprised of ten trade and professional associations that represent organizations and individuals working in scholarly communication. These organizations include the Association of University Presses, Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Canadian Association of Learned Journals, Council of Science Editors, International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, Library Publishing Coalition, NASIG, Open Access, Scholarly Publishers Association, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing.

The coalition invites other organizations and companies to adopt the Joint Statement of Principles to show their support for and commitment to improving diversity and inclusion in scholarly communication. The Joint Statement of Principles can be viewed at https://c4disc.org/.

SUNY Geneseo develops OER search tool

In the growing world of open educational resources (OER), SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library recently developed and launched an innovative new search tool that can access 52 different OER sources that contain more than 150,000 items. OASIS (Openly Available Sources Integrated Search), was codeveloped by Ben Rawlins, director of Milne Library, and Bill Jones, digital resources and systems librarian. OASIS offers users worldwide the ability to search a range of OER materials, including textbooks, courses and corresponding materials, interactive simulations, public domain books, audiobooks, modules, open access books, videos, and podcasts on a variety of topics. OASIS also allows users to limit searches by creative commons licenses or by faculty review.

Consulting regularly with Alexis Clifton, executive director of SUNY OER Services, and Allison Brown, digital publishing services manager for Milne Library, Rawlins and Jones spent two-and-a-half months on the development process. They intend to keep working to improve OASIS and enhance its functionality. OASIS is available at https://oasis.geneseo.edu/.

Gale launches Digital Scholar Lab

Gale, a Cengage company, recently launched Digital Scholar Lab, a cloud-based research environment that allows students and researchers to apply natural language processing tools to raw text data (OCR) from Gale Primary Sources archives in a single research platform.

This new research environment removes key barriers to entry into digital scholarship, enabling users at any level to perform textual analysis on large corpora of historical texts, streamlining the workflow process to help generate new research insights.

Built on user-based design principles that help keep research activities organized and accessible, Digital Scholar Lab provides infrastructure for digital humanities research and instruction, as well as simplifies complex workflows by integrating the most commonly used open source tools. It combines analysis-ready raw text data with digital tools and algorithms to generate visualizations and discoveries that are the hallmark of data mining and digital scholarship.

More information is available at https://www.gale.com/primary-sources/digital-scholar-lab.

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 2020 elections.

To nominate an individual or to self-nominate, please submit the nomination form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/acrlboardnominations. LRNC will request a curriculum vita and/or a statement of interest from selected individuals prior to developing a slate of candidates. The deadline for nominations is February 15, 2019.

If you have any questions about the nominating or election process, contact LRNC Chair Amanda Peters at arforres@umich.edu.

More information about the ACRL Board of Directors is available at www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter2.

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