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ACRL releases “New Roles for the Road Ahead: Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary”

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) has released New Roles for the Road Ahead:  Essays Commissioned for ACRL’s 75th Anniversary, authored by well-known bloggers and thought leaders Steven J. Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University; Lorcan Dempsey, Vice President, OCLC Research and Chief Strategist at OCLC; and Barbara Fister, Academic Librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College. The publication also includes an introduction by Nancy H. Allen, Dean and Director at the University of Denver; and an afterward by Lizabeth Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries at the University of Washington in Seattle.

ACRL commissioned this series of twenty essays by three librarians from different sectors of the profession for its 75th anniversary to look at the changing nature of academic libraries. ACRL members provided commentary on the draft of the report, much of which was incorporated into the final work. The essays, now freely available on the ACRL website, include reflections on ways academic libraries can succeed in a changing higher education environment, take advantage of opportunities, and think about the best ways to deliver both ongoing and innovative services to students and faculty. The collection includes the authors’ thoughts on the world in which academic libraries will thrive, ways libraries are responding to change, and new roles for libraries and librarians.

The authors will discuss the essays at the ACRL 2015 conference in Portland, Oregon during the ACRL 75th Anniversary Invited Panel on 26 March from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom 251/258. Join them and moderator Chuck Henry, President, Council on Library and Information Resources, for a lively conversation about what new roles academic librarians might take on to shape a sustainable higher education landscape, informed and enriched by enduring library values.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association, representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. Learn more about ACRL’s history and anniversary celebration events on the ACRL 75th Anniversary website.”

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Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:53 am Category: Uncategorized

ACRL Publishes 2015 Environmental Scan, Full Text Available Online

ACRL Publishes 2015 Environmental Scan, Full Text Available Online

The 2015 environmental scan by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) was made available online in the past day.

From the ACRL Blog:

Every two years, the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee releases an environmental scan of higher education, including developments with the potential for continuing impact on academic libraries.

One year ago (March 2014) the ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee published “Top Trends in Academic Libraries,” published in College and Research Libraries News.

From the Introduction:

The environmental scan provides an overview of the current environment for academic libraries rather than an exhaustive examination. The current scan addresses topics related to higher education in general and their resulting impact on library collections and access, research data services, discovery services, library facilities, scholarly communication, and the library’s influence on student success.

Major Sections of the Scan Include:

  • Higher Education Environment
  • Library Collections & Acquisitions
  • Research Data Services
  • Library Facilities
  • Scholarly Communication
  • Library Impact on Student Success

Direct to Full Text of 2015 Environmental Scan (32 pages; PDF)

Quick Comment and a Few Questions from Gary Price, infoDOCKET Founder/Editor

Two issues that I think should have been at least touched on in this scan because they are part of the current environment.

  • Privacy of library users as well as privacy relating to research data.
  • Marketing and discovery of library services and resources. In other words, it’s wonderful to have great resources for all to use, an ambitious staff, and, for example, being doing impressive digitization work. However, who are we doing all of this for? Are they aware of what we have to offer? How can we make them aware? As I’ve said before, providing a great library in terms of staff and resources is not a field of dreams. Building it does not guarantee people will come (or virtually visit on the Internet) and use it. Finally, are we also developing resources that might be of value by the general public as well as students and faculty? Is this group aware of what we are offering? Would increasing awareness and usage also help with sustainability of these projects? Would it also assist with the overall.”


Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:51 am Category: Uncategorized

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Social is the Future of Customer Experience 95

INFOGRAPHIC: Why Social is the Future of Customer Experience

Sprinklr Divisible Final


Posted on: March 31, 2015, 6:16 am Category: Uncategorized

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group

For the children’s librarians out there:

The Kitchen Skills Kids Can Learn, By Age Group



Posted on: March 30, 2015, 6:50 am Category: Uncategorized

4 Ways Librarians Can Help College-Bound Students to Succeed

4 Ways Librarians Can Help College-Bound Students to Succeed


Posted on: March 30, 2015, 6:14 am Category: Uncategorized

Survey Findings: Young Americans Prefer Print Books Over E-Books

Survey Findings: Young Americans Prefer Print Books Over E-Books

“Here are key findings from a new study published today by Publishing Technology, a provider of content systems, content delivery, and audience development. Publishing Technology is also the owner of IngentaConnect.

Make sure to note the mention of public libraries as a place to browse and a source to access books.

The survey, which polled 1,000 consumers across the U.S., aged between 18 and 34, found that in the last year, nearly twice as many respondents had read a print book (79 percent), than an ebook on any device – the closest being a tablet (46 percent). Showing no strong allegiance, young Americans also reported reading ebooks on personal computers (37 percent), mobile phones (36 percent) and dedicated ereaders (31 percent).

Where to Purchase and Acquire

The personal touch is still of vital importance for millennials who would rather acquire printed books from chain bookstores (52 percent), used bookstores (45 percent) and [our emphasis] public libraries (53 percent), as opposed to online retailers (40 percent). When purchasing ebooks, 57 percent of millennials would favor an ereading app with 42 percent acquiring ebooks directly from their ereading devices and 22 percent using subscription services.

Discovery and Sharing

When it comes to discovering and sharing books, although online communities and social media play an important role in millennials’ lives, the research shows how essential offline communication is for this young demographic. Millennials mostly discover print and ebooks by word of mouth referrals (45 percent), social media (34 percent), and online browsing (32 percent), while a quarter of those polled reported finding books browsing in [our emphasis] public libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores.

[Our emphasis] Millennial readers are not a generation of sharers. But they do recommend books and share opinions with their peers via word of mouth (54 percent), social media (20 percent), and online communities (18 percent). And, they would like to share more: almost a third of respondents said that the ability to freely share ebooks with others would encourage them to read more on electronic devices.

This group could also be persuaded by price promotions (55 percent), more ebook/print book bundling (37 percent) and shorter content forms or pay-per-chapter ebooks (10 percent).

Michael Cairns, Publishing Technology CEO, said: “We undertook this research to better understand the reading habits and test our assumptions about a generation of young people born and raised in the digital era. We were quite surprised to discover that 18-34 year-olds are not as ‘online-only’ as we, in the publishing industry, often assume.”

He continued: “This rising cohort of book-buyers relies on peers for suggestions of what to read, often prefers cheaper, smaller bites that can be shared freely, and revels in the luxury of being able to read whenever and wherever it likes – regardless of format or platform. To engage with these readers now and cultivate them for tomorrow, publishers need to target multiple channels for their content and integrate with this generation’s social lives, both on and offline. And the physical book world and print-based publishing still plays a very active role in this.”

Survey Findings

Infographic (Click Image to Access Full-Size PDF)” Also: “A new book called Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World cites surveys that say that young readers increasingly prefer to read books from paper, not screens. Read the rest


Posted on: March 30, 2015, 6:12 am Category: Uncategorized

Online Resources that Make Student’s Life Much Easier

Online Resources that Make Student’s Life Much Easier

Via Bill Drew

How many do you know?








See the reviews here:


Posted on: March 29, 2015, 6:47 am Category: Uncategorized