College & Research Libraries launches Facebook, Twitter presences

For Immediate Release
Tue, 09/03/2013

Contact:

David Free
Marketing/ Communications Specialist
ACRL
dfree@ala.org

CHICAGO – College & Research Libraries (C&RL), the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), announces the launch of its inaugural social media presences on Facebook and Twitter as part of the journal’s transition to an online-only publication in 2014.

C&RL’s social media outlets will feature updates on pre-print and current articles, book reviews, highlights of past articles from the journal’s nearly 75-year history and exclusive content from C&RL editors and researchers. C&RL readers will be able to engage in discussions on journal contents with authors and members of the editorial board, as well as share their thoughts on cutting-edge library research.

“Our new social media presence allows for an increased sense of community around the journal,” said C&RL Social Media Editor Sarah Steiner of Georgia State University. “The journal’s editorial board will engage with our online followers to see which posts resonate and generate discussion with readers and use that information to make our Facebook and Twitter feeds the most engaging that they can be. The addition of the online discussion forum element will provide a new forum for sharing ideas and generating friendly conversation and debate about journal contents.”

C&RL will adopt an online-only publication model beginning in January 2014. The November 2013 issue will be the final print issue of the journal. Published since 1939, C&RL enacted an open access policy in April 2011. Complete archives of the journal from 1939 to the present are freely available on the C&RL website.

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The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/, Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.