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Tara Murray Grove et al.

Engaging with campus and community

Insights from a traveling exhibition

Students visit the exhibition at Penn State.

Exhibitions draw people to libraries. They encourage visitors to engage with objects and media in a public space and provide opportunities for discovery within the library’s collection. Not every library has the resources to create original exhibitions ...


And the winners are . . .

The official results of the 2023 ACRL election

Beth McNeil.

Beth McNeil, dean of libraries and school of information studies and Esther Ellis Norton professor of library science at Purdue University, is the 86th president of ACRL.

“What an exciting and dynamic time in academic libraries, full of both opportunities and challenges facing us as library workers ...

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Edward Gloor, Kevin Adams

Building community

DIY punk strategies for the library classroom

A crowd member sings for the band SPY with other audience members singing along at Convulse Records Fest. Photo credit: Copyright of this image is retained by Joe Lacey (@joexlacey) and used by the authors with permission.

Critical information literacy instruction requires that instructors enter into a community with students. A major challenge of library instruction is the limited amount of time that the students and instructor have to interact with ...

The Way I See It

Annie Pho, Dustin Fife

My new favorite research partner is an AI

What roles can librarians play in the future?

The research process has always involved collaboration, from brainstorming sessions to writing groups. Researchers rely on their peers for direction, encouragement, and insight. What if the collaborator was not human? What if the partner were a machine? This was the question I pondered as I started my most recent research project. As an academic librarian, I’ve always been interested in discovering innovative ways to assist researchers. As soon as I learned that AI assistants could help researchers in their work, I knew I had to give it a shot. And so, I began working with ChatGPT, a powerful generative AI tool. ...


Zoë (Abbie) Teel, Ting Wang, Brady Lund

ChatGPT conundrums

Probing plagiarism and parroting problems in higher education practices

The field of Natural Language Processing (NLP) has seen significant advancements in recent years, thanks in large part to the development of powerful language models such as ChatGPT. ChatGPT, short for Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer, is a large-scale neural language model developed by OpenAI that is capable of generating human-like responses to natural language input. With its impressive performance on a range of language tasks, ChatGPT has quickly become one of the most widely used language models in NLP research and application. ...

Academic Library Workers in Conversation

Annie Pho, Dustin Fife

The cost of librarianship

Relocating for work and finding community

Academic Library Workers in Conversation is a bimonthly C&RL News series focused on elevating the everyday conversations of library professionals. The wisdom of the watercooler has long been heralded, but this series hopes to go further by minimizing barriers to traditional publishing with an accessible format. Each of the topics in the series were proposed by the authors, and they were given space to explore. We encourage you to follow and share these conversations about transforming libraries with ideas from the frontlines. This issue’s conversation addresses relocating for work and the problematic norms ...