College & Research Libraries News to move to online-only publishing model

For Immediate Release
Thu, 05/27/2021


David Free

Senior Communications Strategist


CHICAGO - College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), the official newsmagazine and publication of record of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), will adopt an online-only publication model beginning in January 2022. The December 2021 issue will be the final print issue of the magazine. C&RL News is freely available as an open access online publication.

The ACRL Board of Directors and C&RL News editor-in-chief sought input from the Budget & Finance Committee, C&RL News Editorial Board, ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee, ACRL Membership Committee, and ACRL Section Membership Committee on a variety of potential publication models for the magazine. These representative groups of the ACRL membership agreed that the transition to an online-only model is in the best interest of the publication and association moving forward. The shift to an online-only publication model brings C&RL News in line with College & Research Libraries journal, which moved to an online-only model at the beginning of 2014.

“The Board’s decision to transition C&RL News to an online-only format represents an important step in ensuring the sustainability of the magazine for years to come,” said ACRL President Jon E. Cawthorne of Wayne State University “The Board looks forward to working with the C&RL News editor-in-chief and editorial board as they continue to innovate to maintain quality and keep awareness of the magazine high in the online-only environment.”

Published 11 times a year and hosted through Open Journal Systems by ALA Production Services, C&RL News online features freely open access to a near-complete run of the magazine’s contents from 1967 to the present. C&RL News’ online presence provides a variety of robust features including the ability share contents through social media, download citations to citation managers, and perform basic and advanced searches across C&RL News and other ACRL serials. A variety of RSS feeds and email alerts provide notification of the availability of new issues. All articles are freely available to read online or download as PDF files. The mobile-optimized version of C&RL News online allows readers to read and interact with articles from their smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.

To view contents and sign up for table of contents alerts, visit the C&RL News website.


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