Publications

First open access issue of Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) now available

The coming of autumn marks the start of another volume of RUSQ, the 57th in the journal’s life; view now. The close of summer is also a marker for our libraries—the end of summer reading, the start of the new semester—it is a time for beginnings. I am delighted that the fall of 2017 marks the beginning of RUSQ as a fully open access journal. As you can read in the editor’s column, the RUSA Board approved the move to full open access this past summer.

Essentials for the government information librarian

CHICAGO — Government documents, both physical and electronic, constitute a rich and varied resource that calls for special attention. And because government information is useful and pervasive in nearly every kind of library, more and more librarians of all types need to know how to work effectively with federal, state, and international resources.

ACRL releases 'Academic Library Impact,' an Action-Oriented Research Agenda on Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the release of “Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research.” Developed for ACRL by OCLC Research, this valuable resource investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders.

Open licensing for cultural heritage

CHICAGO — Digging into the concept of “open” in relation to intellectual property, “Open Licensing for Cultural Heritage,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, provides context through the development of different fields, including open education, open source, open data, and open government.

Creating a local history archive at your public library

CHICAGO — Archival collections at public libraries present their own challenges distinct from other library materials, but they also offer the promise of unique connections between the library and its users, particularly when the archives relate to local history.

ALCTS surveys textbooks in academic libraries

CHICAGO — 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.

ACRL releases The Library Assessment Cookbook

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “The Library Assessment Cookbook,” edited by Aaron W. Dobbs. This new addition to the ACRL Cookbook series compiles lessons and techniques for academic librarians to adapt, repurpose, and implement in their libraries.

Communicating the value of the academic library

CHICAGO —  It’s up to you to measure the value of your academic library and how it delivers on your institution’s goals. The question is how to do it efficiently and effectively. Megan Oakleaf, who wrote a benchmark 2010 ACRL report on library value, shows how in her new book “Academic Library Value: The Impact Starter Kit,” published by ALA Editions.

No-nonsense guidance on project management

CHICAGO — Barbara Allan’s new book “The No-nonsense Guide to Project Management,” published by Facet Publishing and available through the ALA Store, will enable library and information professionals to lead or take part in a wide range of projects, from large-scale multi-organization complex projects through to relatively simple local ones.