Keeping Up With…


Keeping Up With… is an online current awareness publication from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 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.

Each issue of Keeping Up With... is sent via email to ACRL members. Non-members can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . View the Instructions for Authors below or contact David Free at with questions or to submit topics.

Keeping Up With... Editions

May 2024: Slow Librarianship

February 2024: Primary Source Literacy

January 2024: Predatory Publishing

November 2023: Peer Tutoring

August 2023: Cultural Heritage Crowdsourcing

May 2023: Automatic Textbook Billing

April 2023: Digital Equity Funding

June 2022: Absentee Ballot Day

March 2022: Micro-Credentials and Economic Data Literacy

February 2022: First-Year Experience

January 2022: Data Visualization

June 2021: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

April 2021: Misinformation and News Literacy

February 2021: Open Science

August 2020: COVID-19 and Campus Advocacy

April 2020: Universal Design for Learning

March 2020: Microaggressions

February 2020: Fair Use Week 2020

November 2019: The 2020 Census

August 2019: Web Annotation

June 2019: Critical Assessment

April 2019: Faculty Development

February 2019: Implicit Bias

January 2019: Antitrust and Competition Law

June 2018: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

April 2018: Research Data Management

February 2018: Digital Storytelling

January 2018: Design Thinking

November 2017: Debiasing and Fake News

October 2017: Higher Education

September 2017: The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

August 2017: Mindfulness

June 2017: Statistical Literacy

April 2017: Digital Pedagogy

January 2017: Academic Advising

November 2016 - Open Peer Review

September 2016 - Small and Rural Libraries

August 2016 - Cybersecurity, Usability, and Privacy

April 2016 - Andragogy

March 2016 - Research Information Management Systems

February 2016 - Culturally Responsive Teaching

January 2016 - Systematic Literature Reviews

December 2015 - Affordable Course Content

September 2015 - National Credentialing and Academic Libraries

August 2015 - The EdTech Surge

June 2015 - Critical Librarianship

May 2015 - Beacons

April 2015 - Competency-Based Education

March 2015 - Library Value

January 2015 - Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

October 2014 - Learning Analytics

August 2014 - Net Neutrality

June 2014 - Patron Driven Acquisitions

May 2014 - Financial Literacy

April 2014 - Digital Writing in the College Classroom

March 2014 - MOOCs

February 2014 - Augmented Reality

January 2014 - Altmetrics

October 2013 - Visual Literacy

September 2013 - Digital Badges for Instruction

July 2013 - Flipped Classrooms

June 2013 - Big Data

May 2013 - Gamification

April 2013 - Digital Humanities

Instructions For Authors

ACRL accepts topic submissions for Keeping Up With... on a rolling basis. Please contact David Free at with topic ideas. If you topic is accepted, please prepare your submission according to the following guidelines.

Length: Approximately 1,000 – 1,200 words, including notes and author information.

Byline Information: Please provide byline information for all authors in the following format - NAME is JOB TITLE at INSTITUTION, email: EMAIL ADDRESS.

Coverage: Keeping Up With… provides executive summary-style current awareness information on hot topics in academic librarianship and higher education.

Organization/ Format: Content should be presented with the following elements - 1 to 2 paragraph introduction to/ summary of the topic including why it is relevant to today’s academic and research librarian, brief (1 paragraph preferred) summaries of 3-5 points providing more detail on elements of/ issues in the topic (present with a one sentence bullet point-style summary of the issue followed by content), a 1 paragraph conclusion, notes. The word count can be spread across the elements at the author(s) discretion.

Style: Style content according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition.

Graphics: Please include any graphics that illustrate your main points such as organization, website, or publication logos. Please supply these to us in JPG format and forward written permission from the copyright holder. Images should be 300dpi when possible.

A/V Content: The creation of audio-video content such as an audio interview or brief video on the topic is encouraged. Consult with the series editor on format and delivery.

Submission: The document should be sent in Microsoft Word as an e-mail attachment or shared as a Google Doc. Graphics should be sent as separate jpg attachments, not embedded into the document.

Contact David Free at for more information or with questions.