November 28, 2015

Credentialing to Establish the Library’s Presence | From the Bell Tower

Steven Bell

When it comes to providing employers with information about a student’s skill set, the college transcript does a poor job, yet it’s the current standard. New approaches to credentialing could change that—and create an opportunity for academic librarians.

Taking the Long View | ACRL Preview 2015


ACRL is celebrating its 75th anniversary, so it’s no surprise that many of the offerings look to the long-term health of the academic library landscape—reinforced by the conference’s theme, “Creating a Sustainable Community.”

Round of Elections Means Change at the Top for Major Library Orgs

In elections ending in April, three of the country’s major library organizations—the American Library Association (ALA), Public Library Association (PLA), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)—selected new leaders for the coming years.

ACRL Preview: Indianapolis, IN, April 10-13, 2013


Why is this conference unlike all other conferences? Several of this year’s innovations are drawn from the current trends in professional gatherings that feature high-energy, interactive, bottom-up content rather than traditional presentations. Other 2013 changes to the conference include added support for body (yoga, massage) and brain (the new Buddy Program), plus technology-enabled instant gratification: attendees can vote for their favorite sessions in the ACRL People’s Choice Awards via mobile device.

What Do You Know About First-Gen Students? | From the Bell Tower

Academic libraries may target their services to special communities within the institution, such as international students or first-year students, but first generation students are often overlooked. Some colleges and universities, and perhaps community colleges in particular, are magnets for first generation college students. At other institutions, perhaps the more elite ones, a student who is […]

Library Associations Defend Right to Lend Books Printed Abroad in Supreme Court Filing

The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) today filed a friend of the court brief in the case of John Wiley & Sons v. Supap Kirtsaeng, which raises the issue of whether the first sale doctrine applies to books printed overseas and imported into the U.S. The LCA argues that, if the Supreme Court were to confirm that the first sale doctrine does not apply to books printed overseas, it would prevent libraries from lending major parts of their collections.

ACRL White Paper Recommends Ways for Academic Libraries to Demonstrate Value

The Value of Academic Libraries

The ACRL released a white paper today that presents five recommendations for academic librarians to help them demonstrate value, one of the top strategic prioritties for ACRL.

ACRL Urges Librarians to Sign Research Access Petition


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has urged librarians and other interested parties to sign a petition calling for public access to all federally funded research, which was posted on the White House’s “We the People” website on May 21. If the petition gets 25,000 signatures within 30 days, it will be considered for action by the White House staff.

Hathi Trust, Library Associations Dispute Author’s Guild Motion

On April 20 the Hathi Trust filed a motion opposing the Author’s Guild’s latest move in the ongoing lawsuit between the two, in which the Guild filed for partial judgment on the pleadings on February 28. The Trust said the Guild’s argument defied common sense as well as Congressional intent in denying that libraries, like […]

NSCU Librarians Honored for Scavenger Hunt Orientation

Mobile scavenger hunt picture on iPod Touch

Three North Carolina State University (NCSU) librarians have been honored for developing the NCSU Libraries Mobile Scavenger Hunt. Anne Burke, Adrienne Lai, and Adam Rogers have been named the 2012 recipients of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) College Libraries Section (CLS) ProQuest Innovation in College Librarianship Award. Winners receive $3000, which is […]