Category Archives: ALA

Two articles in the July issue of College & Research Libraries

Here are two relevant articles that were recently published in College & Research Libraries.

Degrees of Impact: Analyzing the Effects of Progressive Librarian Course Collaborations on Student Performance” by Char Booth, M. Sara Lowe, Natalie Tagge, and Sean M. Stone.

Organizational Learning for Library Enhancements: A Collaborative, Research-Driven Analysis of Academic Department Needs” by Jeffery L. Loo and Elizabeth A. Dupuis.

From the January 2015 issue of C&RL News

This is a good article from the January 2015 issue of the C&RL News.

One-to-one instruction: Two perspectives – by Ellen Bahr and Chandler Harriss.

In this article, we share a description and analysis of a project undertaken as part of an introductory-level mass communication class at Alfred University (AU). The project involved a semester-long collaboration between a librarian and a faculty member. The project was founded by a desire to give students an integrative experience, meaning an experience that connects the classroom with external campus resources (i.e., the library). We will present the experience from two perspectives, that of the librarian and that of the faculty.

Free ALA Webinar on Strategic Partnerships

ALA is offering a free webinar “Strategic Library Partnerships” on Monday, March 24th from 1-2PM CDT. This webinar will discuss partnerships between all types of libraries with local government and other community organizations.

The webinar will be limited to 100 participants, and you must pre-register before the event. More details can be found here.

Bunch of articles in the new C&RL News

There a several new articles that are about collaboration in the new College & Research Libraries News, such as these:

Get ready for a long night: Collaborating with the writing center to combat student procrastination, by Ilka Datig and Luise Herkner.


Tooling up: Scholarly communication education and training, by Maria Bonn

Scholarly communication programming and services can also be built through campus collaborations. Libraries can find aligned partners in campus publishing efforts, such as university presses, in the general counsel’s office and/or law schools, in media studies departments, in offices of research and, of course, in the scholars who populate their campuses and who are often keenly interested in the conditions under which they communicate and propagate their research findings.

Collaborations can also be built within the libraries themselves, by bringing together staff with expertise in a variety of areas into working groups or planning committees to define areas of need and to suggest and develop programming to meet such need.

And others.

Academic librarians should participate in departmental faculty candidate interviews

This is a great article in the new C&RL News.

The first sparks of collaboration: Participating in job interviews for faculty candidates” by Brett Spencer.

As shown by many inspiring articles in C&RL News over the past few years, academic librarians are energetically seeking ways to spark collaborations with teaching faculty and build partnerships that enrich the learning experiences of our students. Librarians often have their first opportunity to meet a new faculty member when the prospective professor comes to campus for an interview. Perhaps you’re a liaison to an academic department, and the department brings faculty candidates over to the library so that you can give them a quick tour and highlight the array of information resources they could access if they accepted positions on your campus. I think these library visits are great opportunities to kindle relationships with new faculty. This article offers some questions to consider when preparing for faculty interviews, based on tips and advice that I’ve received from outstanding teaching faculty and seasoned library colleagues over the years.

Collaborative publications, bibliometrics, and veterinary medical research

This early view article came out about six months ago in preparation for College & Research Libraries. I am not sure how I missed it.

Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications,” by Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen, and Barbara J. Hamel

Veterinary medical research traditionally focuses on animal health and wellness; however, research activities at veterinary colleges extend beyond these traditional areas. In this study, we analyzed eleven years of Web of Knowledge-indexed peer-reviewed articles from researchers at the twenty-eight United States American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary colleges.

We had three goals in assessing the published literature of veterinary college researchers. First, we identified a list of journals and research areas outside of veterinary medicine in which veterinary researchers publish. This list of journals can be customized to identify those most essential at each institution. Second, we identified collaborative work by veterinary researchers across disciplines and institutions. Using textual analysis tools and visualizations helped us illustrate and clarify this data. Lastly, we developed a methodology for defining an interdisciplinary serials list outside a subject core that can be customized for specific institutions and subject areas.

I found a cite to this through Gregory K. Youngen’s presentation at a recent Association of Interdisciplinary Studies conference.

Free Recorded Webinar on Career Services

ALA RUSA RSS Job & Career Reference Committee sponsored a presentation from the St. Paul Public Library about their work to assist patrons with unemployment through library services and community partnerships.

View the recorded webinar here.

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for the “Metadata Beyond the Library” session

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks proposals for presentations for the program “Metadata Beyond the Library: Consultation and Collaboration with Faculty, Staff, and Students” at the ALA Annual Meeting 2014 in Las Vegas, NV. This program is scheduled on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Presentations are 30 minutes in total — 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

This program will discuss ways in which metadata experts can share expertise beyond traditional library settings.

Presenters may discuss:

  • Examples of successful metadata consulting initiatives with their constituent communities
  • Examples of training sessions, workshops, boot camps to share metadata expertise
  • Other venues for deploying metadata expertise outside the library

All presentations at ALA Annual Las Vegas 2014 will be recorded. Speaker agreements will be forwarded to all speakers and will require consent for video recording.

The deadline for proposals is December 9, 2013.  Proposals may be submitted through this form:

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to sathompson3 at uh dot edu.

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:

Ivey Glendon, University of Virginia

Santi Thompson, University of Houston

ACRL is hosting an Open Forum on Revised Information Literacy Competency Standards

Online Open Forum on Revised Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

In an email about the online forum, they noted that:

A task force, appointed by the ACRL Board of Directors, is substantially revising the seminal Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. First adopted in 2000, these standards have defined information literacy for librarians, educators, and assessment agencies. Join us for an open online forum on Nov. 4 to learn more about the work of this group, the direction it is taking in revising the standards, and, most importantly, share your input, reactions, and questions. As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL is committed to developing and maintaining forward thinking standards and guidelines that impact student learning across the campus community. The task force is working on a new approach that underscores the critical need for faculty members and librarians to collaborate to effectively address information literacy education that aligns with disciplinary content. Sign up now, or watch a recording of the first forum held earlier in October. The final forum will take place at noon central on Monday, Nov. 4.

Collaboration and innovation in international library orientations

This is a good new article in the C&RL News.

Collaboration and innovation “across land and sea”
Developing global library orientations

In January 2013, College & Research Libraries published “Libraries across Land and Sea: Academic Library Services on International Branch Campuses.” In this preliminary study, Harriett Green shares the results of a survey of services at branch campuses of U.S. institutions located abroad. The article ends by predicting “creative outreach programs” and calling for future studies focusing on “methods of collaboration between home and campus libraries.” Here, two New York University (NYU) librarians, one in New York City and one in Abu Dhabi, respond to the article. We offer a tale of collaboration and innovation in library orientation for undergraduates “across land and sea.”