New ACRL book examines 'Modern Pathfinders'

For Immediate Release
Wed, 11/04/2015


Kathryn Deiss

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides” by Jason Puckett.

Whether you call them research guides, subject guides or pathfinders, Web-based guides are a great way to create customized support tools for a specific audience - a class, a group or anyone engaging in research. Studies show that library guides are often difficult, confusing or overwhelming, causing users to give up and just fall back on search engines such as Google. How can librarians create more effective, less confusing and simply better research guides?

In “Modern Pathfinders,” Puckett takes proven ideas from instructional design and user experience Web design and combines them into easy-to-understand principles for making your research guides better teaching tools. It doesn’t matter what software your library uses, the advice and techniques in this book will help you create guides that are easier for your users to understand and more effective to use.

Puckett is also the author of the ACRL publication “Zotero: A Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Educators.”

"Modern Pathfinders: Creating Better Research Guides " is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,500 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) 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, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.