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Academic Libraries and the Academy: Strategies and Approaches to Demonstrate Your Value, Impace, and Return on Investment
Call Number: 027.7 ACAD
Publication Date: 2018
2 volume set
Decreased student enrollments, diminished budgets, and the fiscal reality of declining state appropriations are forcing higher education administrators to closely examine the allocation of funds and resources across the institution. With increased expectations of accountability and transparency for budget expenditures, institutions scrambling to do more with less, and the emergence of new budgeting models that view units as either cost centers or profit centers, academic libraries are under new pressures and scrutiny. It’s become incredibly important and necessary for academic libraries to clearly articulate to their institutional administrators their contributions to institutional outcomes, short-term and long-term value, and in essence, their return-on-investment.
Academic Libraries and the Academy is a thorough collection of best practices, lessons learned, approaches, and strategies of how librarians, library professionals, and others in academic libraries around the world are successfully providing evidence of their contributions to student academic success and effectively demonstrating their library’s value and worth to institutional administrators and stakeholders. Forty-two case studies over two volumes—Volume One and Volume Two—are divided into four sections, from beginning assessment work through assessment activities that are more difficult to measure and generally more time- and resource-intensive. Each study provides practicable ideas and effective strategies for all levels of experience, assessment skills, stages of implementation, and access to resources.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to demonstrating a library’s worth and value, so Academic Libraries and the Academy captures a range of successful approaches and strategies utilized in different types of academic libraries around the world. Each case study opens with a one-page summary presenting fourteen descriptors of the chapter’s content that will allow you to quickly ascertain if the case study is of immediate interest based on your individual needs, interests, and goals. This book is designed to provide guidance and support to many of you—librarians, library professionals, and others involved in library assessment—who struggle to find the best approach and strategy at the right time in your assessment journey, and help you successfully articulate your academic library’s value.
Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience: Activating the Results of Assessment In Action
Call Number: 027.7 SHAP
Publication Date: 2018-06-01
The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Assessment in Action (AiA) was a multiyear professional development program that ran from 2013 to 2016, funded in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. A central part of the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries initiative, it engaged more than 200 higher education institutions, generating evidence of library impact and advancing library leadership and evidence-based advocacy. This publication provides, in a single and comprehensive work, the story of AiA—the context surrounding its development, findings of the team-based assessment projects, insights about the program results, reflections about its impact, and recommendations for future directions.
In three sections—Results, Reflections, and Advancing Assessment to the Future—as well as eleven appendices of supporting material about the development and execution of the program, Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience paints a vivid picture of the thinking that went into creating AiA, the results of the individual projects, the impact on participating teams, and the broader importance for the profession. While designed to capture the stories and successes of AiA, the book also provides effective strategies for applying the AiA findings and helping academic librarians develop assessments that result in meaningful impacts on their own campuses, using these assessments to better tell the story of the contributions libraries make.
Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience serves anyone seeking to activate the results of the AiA program: academic librarians new to assessment; libraries that have ongoing assessment programs and are looking for new directions or ideas for expanding their efforts; librarians demonstrating to campus administrators the library’s impact on student learning and success; campus assessment officers and higher education administrators; and library and information science faculty and scholars.
25 Projects for Art Explorers
Call Number: 707.1 KIRK
Publication Date: 2018
With schools emphasizing STEM activities for children to meet curriculum goals for standardized testing, nurturing children’s artistic creativity is often given short shrift. Kirker’s fun resource aims to restore the balance, offering more than two dozen projects that will spark children’s interest in art and encourage creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Designed for kids aged 5-10, and flexible enough to use in either storytimes or classroom settings, the projects here
-- introduce children to a variety of art techniques, from gouache and watercolor to collage and papermaking, using a curated selection of quality picture books;
-- provide detailed directions for guiding children to experiment with these techniques to create their own projects; and
-- include materials lists adaptable for any budget, capsule biographies of the picture books’ illustrators, programming tips, and links to additional resources.
Kirker’s inventive projects will help library staff and educators reinforce learning, encourage experimentation, and build an appreciation for art and the creative process.
Maximizing School Librarian Leadership: Building Connections for Learning and Advocacy
Call Number: 025.1978 MORE
Publication Date: 2018-01-01
How do school librarians best serve students, classroom teachers, and principals simultaneously? The key, argues Moreillon, is to lead. By embracing a leadership role, school librarians can work collaboratively to positively impact school cultures, curricula, and teaching practices. The inspiration, guidance, and strategies presented in this book will support school librarians as they make and sustain connections and advocate for their central role in future-ready learning. Demonstrating the conceptual insight that have made her previous books bestsellers, Moreillon
-- details how school librarians, in their leadership and instructional partner roles, can make essential connections that build and sustain a culture of learning in their schools;
-- touches upon AASL’s new National School Library Standards and recently published AASL position statements;
-- bridges school librarians’ practice with the work of education thought leaders and educational initiatives, such as Future Ready Librarians and the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Students and Educators; and
-- includes a study guide complete with discussion questions, activities, and reflection questions for each chapter to support readers in using this book as a book study selection.
This book offers preservice and practicing school librarians, district-level library supervisors, school librarian educators, school principals and administrators, and other stakeholders strategies and tools for positioning school librarians as instructional leaders.
The Indispensable Academic Librarian: Teaching and Collaborating for Change
Call Number: 027.7 REAL
Publication Date: 2018-05-31
Traditionally, academic librarians have delivered “beck and call” service to educators both in and out of the classroom. However, far from being merely auxiliary to the learning cycle, academic librarians are educators in their own right. If the primary challenge before them is to change how they’re perceived within their institutions, Reale proposes, the key lies in becoming a proactive teacher and collaborator. Offering strategies applicable to many different areas, this book shows how the academic librarian can be an educator in both structured and unstructured spaces on campuses. Blending practice-based evidence with a warm approach, Reale
-- discusses the changing perception of academic librarians, how they are seen and how they see themselves;
-- shows how academic librarians can and should assert their rightful place in the learning cycle;
-- looks at how to match teaching goals with academic librarians’ mission;
-- advocates for the indispensable roles the academic librarian should play, including co-collaborator, one-on-one research consultant, expert-at-large in non-structured spaces such as the dorm or student lounge, and embedded librarian in the classroom;
-- offers talking points for self-advocacy, looking at the many ways academic librarians are making a difference; and
-- explores activities and programming for engagement and learning.
This book will empower and validate academic librarians by demonstrating their indispensable roles as educators.
Academic Librarianship, 2nd edition
Call Number: 025.1977 EVAN
Publication Date: 2018-01-06
Ideal for practitioners looking to advance their careers and for use in LIS programs, this "comprehensive overview" (Journal of Access Services) has been thoroughly revised and updated to provide a timely exploration of the characteristics of academic librarianship and its place in the ever-changing environment of higher education. Evans and new coauthor Greenwell guide readers towards understanding what is required to have a successful career in academic librarianship, explaining why academic libraries are distinct from other types of libraries and lending practical insight into their unique political and operational characteristics. The text offers comprehensive coverage of such key issues as
-- teaching faculty roles and the status of the academic librarian;
-- governance and the growing tension on some campuses between faculty and administration;
-- curriculum, with a discussion of the balance between general education requirements and applied courses;
-- the student body;
-- collections, data management, digitization, and metadata;
-- scholarly communication, plus alternative models such as open educational resources (OERs);
-- providing quality service, and the role of user experience (UX) in assessment;
-- ACRL's Information Literacy Framework;
-- funding, including how and where to find detailed higher education expenditure data;
-- classrooms, common learning spaces, and other facilities;
-- staffing and professional development;
-- technology and IT support;
-- career development, with advice on preparing a vita and undergoing a successful interview; and
-- the future of academic librarianship.
This updated edition enables readers to understand how academic libraries deliver information, offer services, and provide learning spaces in new ways to better meet the needs of today's students, faculty, and other communities of academic library users.
2017 ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics for Carnegie Classifications: Associates of Arts Colleges Baccalaureate Colleges Master’s College and Institutions Doctorate Granting Institutions
Call Number: 027.709 ACAD
Publication Date: 2018
The complete data set from ACRL's comprehensive statistics-gathering project encompassing all academic libraries in one easy-to-use volume. Includes institutions in Carnegie classifications Associate of Arts degree granting, Master's Colleges and Universities, Baccalaureate Colleges, and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. Data from 1,719 academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications is included. The core set of data consists of four major categories:
-- Collections: which includes titles held, volumes, and electronic books;
-- Expenditures: which includes library materials (one-time purchases and ongoing purchases), salaries and wages, etc.;
-- Personnel and Public Services: which includes size of staff, information service transactions, circulations, ILL, gate count, hours;
-- Staffing trends: staff expertise, cross-training/repurposing staff, reference staffing, types of information literacy instruction, staffing for student services, types of workshops offered, new staffing trends.
Purchase includes a complimentary subscription to ACRL Metrics (a $250 value) for one year. ACRL Metrics is an online service providing access to ACRL and NCES academic library statistics (2000 to present) as well as a subset of IPEDS data specific to academic libraries. Questions? Please contact ACRL at email@example.com.
Call Number: 027 GONZ
Publication Date: 2018-10-01
The College Library Information on Policy and Practice (CLIPP) publishing program, under the auspices of the College Libraries Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, provides college and small university libraries analysis and examples of library practices and procedures.
In six sections—Introduction, Literature Review and Bibliography, Analysis and Discussion of Survey Results, CLIPP Survey with Results, Additional Resources, and Sample Documents—Institutional Repositories focuses exclusively on institutional repositories at colleges and small universities by collecting relevant survey data about the planning, funding, staffing, and implementation of repositories at these institutions, as well as documentation on best practices, policies, guidelines, and other information germane to the deployment of an institutional repository in an environment focused primarily on teaching.
Where the repositories of research universities tend to focus on the work of faculty and researchers within the institution’s community and provide access to their accumulated preprints, post-prints, datasets, and other research output, the repositories at smaller institutions often feature student theses and dissertations, honors papers and capstone projects, courseware and other teaching materials, student and faculty published journals, archival materials, and other content that better reflects the teaching and student-focused missions common at smaller schools. Institutional Repositories collects some of the techniques and solutions unique to their size that colleges and small universities have found, including shifting the focus of collection to student research, joining other schools in consortiums to offset costs, creative combinations for staffing, and creating new methods for increasing faculty participation.
Academic Libraries for Commuter Students: Research-Based Strategies
Call Number: 027.7 ACAD
Publication Date: 2018-03-01
Did you know that more than 85% of U.S. undergraduates commute to college? Yet the literature geared to academic libraries overwhelmingly presumes a classic, residential campus. This book redresses that imbalance by providing a research-based look at the specific academic needs of commuter students. Edited by a team of librarians and anthropologists with City University of New York, the largest urban public university in the U.S, it draws on their ongoing research examining how these students actually interact with and use the library. The insights they’ve gained about how library resources and services are central to commuter students’ academic work offer valuable lessons for other institutions. Presenting several additional case studies from a range of institution types and sizes, in both urban and suburban settings, this book provides rigorous analysis alongside descriptions of subsequent changes in services, resources, and facilities. Topics include
-- why IUPUI interior designers decided to scrap plans to remove public workstations to make way for collaborative space;
-- how ongoing studies by University of North Carolina anthropologist Donna Lanclos shaped the design of the Family Friendly Library Room, where students may bring their children;
-- ways that free scanners and tablet lending at Brooklyn College supports subway studiers;
-- ideas from students on how best to help them through the use of textbook collections;
-- using ACRL’s Assessment in Action model to learn about student engagement and outcomes with library instruction at a community college; and
-- guidance on enlisting the help of anthropology students to conduct interviews and observations in an ethnographic study.
With its emphasis on qualitative research, this book will help readers learn what commuter students really need from academic libraries.
Textbooks in Academic Libraries: Selection, Circulation, and Assessment
Call Number: 025.21877 TEXT
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
Shortly after the syllabi are posted, and long before the beginning of the term, interlibrary loan departments at academic libraries will have filled or rejected innumerable textbook requests. While it would be unwise if not impossible to buy and circulate every textbook at a college or university, there are many academic libraries who are selectively adding textbooks to their collections. And the practice seems to be gaining momentum. In this volume, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and editor Chris Diaz gather case studies that pull together creative approaches and best practices for print textbook reserve programs. This book discusses such topics as
-- results and analysis from a detailed survey of a state university’s core-course textbook reserve program;
-- funding sources for starting or piloting a program;
-- using aggregated enrollment, grade, and textbook cost data to identify "high impact" courses;
-- identifying course-related books that are in the library’s collection or fit an existing collection policy;
-- workflow for using bookstore data with ILS and purchasing systems; and
-- using LibGuides and Google Sheets to publicize textbook holdings, and how a back-end database supports discovery for students and reporting for reserves staff.
A textbook reserve program can be one way of helping students who are struggling with the high cost of textbooks, and this book spotlights a variety of examples that can be used as models.
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