Keeping Up With... ACRL Publishing

ACRL Publishing

This edition of Keeping Up With... was written by Erin Nevius and David Free.

Erin Nevius is ACRL's Content Strategist and David Free is Editor-in-Chief of C&RL News.


As the higher education association for librarians, ACRL publishes timely, thought-provoking, and practical content and research for academic and research librarians worldwide. ACRL is the only not-for-profit publisher specifically for academic and research libraries and librarians.

Do you have practical, prescriptive advice that will help academic libraries around the world improve their services and offerings? Are you doing innovative research you would like to share? Would you like to convene a team of contributors to tackle a contemporary challenge facing the profession, and offer suggestions, case studies, and best practices? There are many avenues to share your expertise and stories through ACRL's publishing program. With a wide variety of publication types, from books to journals to blogs, there's no shortage of ways to get involved.

ACRL Books

ACRL publishes a range of monographs to assist academic librarians in developing their professional careers, managing their institutions, and increasing their awareness of developments in librarianship. Publishing your book with ACRL means joining a canon of important professional literature for academic libraries and librarians. ACRL works hard to ensure a timely turnaround from book proposal to finished product, and helps authors and editors craft the most compelling, timely book possible. Each publication will receive careful attention to marketing and promotion, and has a large automatic audience of the more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals that ACRL represents.

Curious about how you can contribute? Visit the ACRL website or contact Content Strategist Erin Nevius for more information.

If you're heading to Orlando for ALA Annual this week, Erin will be at the ACRL Booth (#1143) in the Orange County Convention Center exhibit hall on Friday, June 24, from 6:30 to 7 pm; Sunday, June 26, from 4 to 5 pm; and Monday, June 27, from 1 to 2 pm. Come say hi and discuss your ACRL book publishing ideas!

Publications in Librarianship

ACRL's Publications in Librarianship (PIL) series focuses on publishing research-based monographs. Recognized for offering some of the best thinking and scholarship in the profession, the PIL series showcases research on a diverse range of contemporary topics in the field. Daniel C. Mack, Associate Dean for Collection Strategies and Services at the University of Maryland Libraries, serves as editor of the PIL series. Contact Erin Nevius for more information on contributing your research through a PIL publication.

CLIP Notes

ACRL's College Libraries Section, via their CLIPP Committee - College Library Information on Policy and Practice - publishes a series of Clip Notes, which compile strategic planning documents from a surveyed group of college libraries of all sizes. Each Clip Note includes three components: (1) review of the literature; (2) analysis of information gathered from surveys completed by a statistically valid sample of libraries; and (3) samples of documents pertinent to the particular topic. The literature review and survey data and analysis identify and describe best practices in college and small university libraries, while the documents provide specific examples of current practice to those libraries developing policies. The series allows academic libraries to share information on practices and procedures implemented to address common issues or problems, and provides valuable assistance in establishing and refining services and operations.

For more information on proposing a Clip Note -recent topics have included strategic planning, collection development in a changing environment, and emergency response planning - please contact Erin Nevius.

Choice Reviews

Choice, a publishing unit of ACRL, just launched Choice Reviews, a completely redesigned version of Choice Reviews Online. Choice Reviews is designed to be used by librarians, faculty, and patrons as a source of bibliographic information and critical reviews of works being considered for research projects and/or classroom assignments.  
Share your expertise worldwide by applying to become a Choice reviewer! Application information is available on the Choice website.

ACRL Serials and Blogs

 Another avenue for sharing your knowledge is ACRL's Open Access serials publishing program. ACRL serials and journals feature the association's flagship peer reviewed scholarly research journal College & Research Libraries, special collections and cultural heritage journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, and our monthly news magazine C&RL News. Learn more about submitting your research, case studies, or essays on each publication's instructions for authors page.

Writing for the wide variety of ACRL blogs is another way to share your stories. ACRLog provides ideas, commentary, and reflection on the professional issues of the day. Visit the ACRLog tip page to connect with the blog editors about contributing. The ACRL TechConnect blog is a moderated blog produced by a group of academic librarians covering innovative projects, emerging tech tools, computer programming, usability, design, and more. Visit the TechConnect site to learn more about sharing your technology knowledge.

Many ACRL committees, sections, discussion groups, and interest groups have blogs and other avenues for publishing as well. Visit the ACRL website to learn more about our communities of practice and find your home in the association.

Keeping Up With...

Keeping Up With... is ACRL's online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education. Each edition focuses on a single issue including an introduction to the topic and summaries of key points, including implications for academic libraries. Visit the Keeping Up With... website for more information on the series.

ACRL is always looking for topic ideas for Keeping Up With... to share you insights on what's happening in the world of academic libraries and higher education, contact David Free for more information.


Are you interested in helping envision-and create-the future of libraries? Share your research, ideas and recommendations, and scholarly thinking with the academic library community through ACRL's publishing program.