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Choice Launches Authority File Podcast

(via Laura Mullen, American Library Association)

Choice launched The Authority File, a new sponsored podcast featuring conversations about academic libraries and librarianship, on Monday, July 31. The Authority File will feature weekly episodes in formats to include author/editor conversations about new books and products, thought-leadership interviews and discussions, and technology and product case studies. Hosted by Choice Editorial Director Bill Mickey, The Authority File is part of the suite of new content marketing options Choice offers to sponsors and advertisers through Choice Custom Studios.

The first four Authority File episodes center on an hour-long conversation with Raymond Pun and Meggan Houlihan, editors of “The First-Year Experience Cookbook” (ACRL 2017). The discussion ranges widely, covering each of the speaker’s careers and the general state of first-year experience librarianship. The Authority File is now available in the librarianship section of Choice’s website and directly via iTunesGoogle Play, and Stitcher. It will also be accessible through the free ACRL-Choice app, available at the App store and Google Play.

To discuss becoming an Authority File sponsor, please contact Pam Marino at


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(via the American Library Association)

ALA Connect, the online space where ALA groups collaborate, is being upgraded to a new and more flexible system that will be powered by Higher Logic. The launch is scheduled for Aug. 31.

ALA Connect gives communities of interest within the library profession the opportunity to connect, learn, express and engage on a variety of topics.

With the upgrade, ALA Connect will enhance the user experience with such features as a branded space where Divisions and Round Tables can communicate, search and collaborate.

Other new features will include a more stable platform, a more uniform system that will be easier to maintain and the ability to add features in the future such as badging and ribbons.

As part of the upgrade, to maintain the integrity of the information within our current system and transfer it to the new system, a “Gray-Out” period will occur, beginning Aug. 10 and ending on Aug. 31. During this time, users will not be able to make any edits or new posts to the system, although they will be able to view public content.

Beginning next week, ITTS will be providing information and updates on the upgrade. Materials will include weekly updates and reminders, links to short videos showcasing the new features and emails with tips and links to instructional videos.

If you have any questions, please feel free to view our videos or contact Pam Akins at

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(via Alicia Navarro, American Library Association)

The program proposal submission deadline for the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, to take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA, June 21-26, 2018, has been extended to 12:00 AM CST (midnight) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Programs at the Annual Conference are one-hour educational sessions on a topic relevant to the library profession, and submissions are open to anyone, regardless of ALA membership status. For the first time, proposals will be accepted through one submission site for all ALA Divisions, RoundTables, Committees, and Offices. 

Your ALA account information will be required to access the submssion site. Final decisions will be made on Wednesday, October 11, and the schedule of sessions will be announced on Wednesday, November 8. Inquiries and additional details regarding the submission form, subjects and content types can be found by visiting the submission site. Take a look back at the 2017 Annual Conference here.

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(via Hannah Rempel, Oregon State University)

It’s not email déjà vu – STS puts on two great research-based events each year! In case you weren’t able to attend (or even if you did!), here are the links and abstracts from the 2017 STS Research Forum:

Featured Paper:

The Cost of Doing Biology: A Citation Analysis of Freely Available Scholarly Articles

Link to Slides

The changing nature of scholarly publishing has fundamentally altered the relationship between patron, library, and information. One key change in that relationship is the perception of what scholarly resources, namely journal articles, are available without cost from sources outside of the library. This project asks, how much of what biologists cite is available without cost online? Faculty publications from the Department of Biology were collected for the calendar years 2011 to 2016 and their citations extracted from Scopus. Free full-text availability of cited articles was checked using PubMed and PubMed Central, Google and Google Scholar, ResearchGate and, and Sci-Hub. A coding scheme assigned a color representing availability in descending order as: being in PubMed Central, in an Open Access Journal, on ResearchGate or, on an “other” web resource, or in Sci-Hub. Sources were also coded as being available only through the library, as a book in the library, or as neither free online or available in the library.

Initial results based on 9,961 citations from 17 faculty (30% of the department) show that 82% of cited articles are available freely without the use of Sci-Hub. The percentage grows to 98% when Sci-Hub is included. These numbers point to an information ecosystem that runs parallel to traditional library collections. They also hint at a possible paradigmatic shift in how collections are built, managed, and access mediated. Future research based on the data will begin to elucidate user behavior in relation to non-library scholarly resource usage.

Jason Burton, Indiana University Bloomington

Short Papers:

Testing Journal Matching Systems: A Head-to-Head Comparison

Link to Slides

Authors looking for a journal to publish a paper are often confronted with a plethora of journals in their field. Some are published by reputable publishers, but since 2008 many less-than reputable open access journals promising fast peer review have appeared. New researchers are usually familiar with the literature in their field, but may want to establish a scholarly record by publishing in more specialized journals before aiming for the major title in their discipline. They may consult their library’s catalog, journal list or directory, or a librarian for help identifying a potential journal for an article.

Several journal matching systems have been developed to help authors match proposed titles and abstracts to a journal that publishes on a given topic. They include Journal/Author Name Estimator (JANE), Journal Guide, Scientific Journal Finder, Edanz and ResearchGate. Elsevier, Springer, Taylor & Francis and EndNote Online have similar systems. No head-to-head tests have been performed to determine whether and how well they match a published article to the journal where it appeared.

Titles and abstracts of 394 published articles in Agriculture, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Physics were identified and submitted to the various journal matching systems. The ability of the systems to match articles to a reputable journal (First Match, Top 5 Matches, or Match Anywhere) was noted. The final results of the head-to-head test of the various journal matching systems will be presented. Of the three systems tested thus far only about 25-30% of the articles matched their respective journals.

Linda Zellmer, Western Illinois University

Science Database Holdings at ARL and Oberlin Group Academic Libraries from 2010 to 2016: a Longitudinal Study

Link to Slides

This paper presents results of an open-ended project to record science and technology (scitech) oriented database holdings at ARL University and Oberlin Group libraries. The study originated from the hypothesis that the combination of drop-offs in higher education funding, pressure on collections budgets, and improvements in Google Scholar and Scopus coverage might lead libraries to consider canceling specialized scitech databases and/or rely on comprehensive databases such as Scopus or Web of Science. The author annually documents the holdings of 74 Oberlin Group Libraries for 24 databases, and 108 ARL Libraries for 22 databases based on library website A-Z database lists. Libraries that do not allow off-campus access to database lists or only provide subject based lists are excluded. All cancellations or additions are verified through the Internet Archive Wayback Machine or personal email. Initial results of the research were presented in poster form at ALA Chicago 2013. This paper session provides an opportunity to get feedback on the project as the author prepares the research for journal publication. A few of the trends found include: Most frequently cancelled databases are the former Wilson science indexes, and INSPEC. Compendex is beginning to see a drop-off. Most frequently added database is Scopus, which went from 25 in 2010 to a current 60 Libraries in ARL. Only two ARL/Oberlin libraries with Scopus have cancelled Web of Science.

This unique ongoing research provides an important perspective on trends in selected scitech database holdings that was previously unavailable.

Timothy Klassen, University of Alberta

Again, if you were inspired by these research projects, submit your own proposal for next year! The call will come out in December.

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Nominations Sought for I Love My Librarian Award (Deadline Sept. 18)

(via the American Library Association)

Librarians touch the lives of the people they serve every day.  The I Love My Librarian Award encourages library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians.  We want to hear how you think your librarian is improving the lives of the people in your school, campus or community.

Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award are open through Monday, September 18. Winners will be announced on November 30. Each year, 10 librarians are selected. Each librarian receives a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony and reception in New York City, hosted by Carnegie Corporation of New York. Sign up here to be notified about future I Love My Librarian Award activity.

Each nominee must be a librarian with a master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association in library and information studies or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media from an educational unit accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.  Nominees must be currently working in the United States in a public library, a library at an accredited two- or four-year college or university or at an accredited K-12 school. The link for nominating a librarian from a college, community college, or university is here.

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New ALA Career Development Resource Guide Available for Free Online

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is pleased to announce the publication of its comprehensive Career Development Resource Guide. It is intended to assist library staff at all levels –new graduates, mid- or senior-level career– in their job search and career journeys.

The Guide has a wealth of information. It includes sections on job search strategies, self-marketing (looking at your social media identity), correspondence such as resumes, CVs, and cover letters, as well as interviewing strategies, and tips on negotiating and accepting job offers. The Guide provides a list of questions employers typically ask along with questions you can ask employers during an interview.  In addition, the Guide has information on networking and tapping the hidden job market along with instructions for presenting yourself as a professional with business etiquette. To assist the whole person, the Guide also provides resources to help individuals manage stress during a job search.

For additional resources provided by the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR), visit our webpage.

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Several Illinois academic and research librarians were included in AL Direct’s coverage of the ALA 2017 Annual Conference. Veronda Pitchford, Director of Membership Development and Resource Sharing at the Reaching Across Illinois Library System, was mentioned in the article “Top Tech Trends: Advice for Makerspaces”. Pitchford was part of the LITA Top Technology Trends Panel, and she discussed those conclusions specific to resource sharing that the group had reached in its annual report. (Even though she was not mentioned in the article, Margaret Heller, Digital Services Librarian at Loyola University Chicago, moderated the discussion.)

Also, Sarah Hill, Information Services Librarian at Lakeland College, was mentioned in the article “Getting Teens ‘Real Ready’ for the Future”. Hill gave the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) President’s Program, which included an overview of her yearlong initiative as President, “Real Teens, Real Ready”. The initiative focused on innovative library programs that help meet the specific needs—academic and personal—of young adults, and examples included programs from Chicago and Skokie.

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Illinois Librarians Give Poster Sessions at ALA Annual

A number of Illinois academic and research librarians gave poster sessions at the ALA 2017 Annual Conference. This year’s event took place in Chicago, from June 22 to June 27. The theme was “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves”. Major speakers included Rashma Saujani, Julie Todaro, and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

The sessions and presenters are listed below. For any sessions including presenters not from Illinois, just the Illinois ones are listed. For more information about each sessions, click on the title.

Saturday, June 24

Discovering Life Outside of a Screen: Librarians Improving Student Learning Outcomes for Digital Natives

  • Amber Loos, Southern Illinois University Carbondale 

The Aesthetics of Research: Arts and the Academic Library

  • Jennifer Sauzer and Kristy Bowen, Columbia College Chicago

Beyond Fake News: How Composition Students Construct Authority in an Increasingly Complex Information Landscape

  • Mary Thill, Northeastern Illinois University

Sunday, June 25

Cracking the Code – Computer Programming Resources for Librarians

  • Adrienne Radzvickas, Lincoln College

Delivery Moves

  • Susan Palmer, Illinois Heartland Library System, and Mark Hatch, Reaching Across Illinois Library System

Exploring the Future of the Teaching Materials Center at Illinois State University: From E-textbooks to Makerspaces

  • Anne Shelley and Julie Derden, Illinois State University

Visualizing a New Reality – Incorporating Virtual and Augmented Reality into Library Outreach

  • Stephanie King, Illinois Valley Community College

To see the full list of poster sessions given at this year’s ALA Conference, go here.

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“ACRL 101” Recording for ALA Annual First-Timers Now Available

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Going to ALA Annual for the first time this summer? Not sure what to expect? Check out the “ACRL 101” webcast to make the most of your first ALA Annual Conference experience. This one-hour interactive session provides tips and personal recommendations on how to prepare for your trip to Chicago, what to bring, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more.

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Several Illinois librarians have articles featured in the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable Top Twenty Articles for 2016. Every year, the American Library Association’s LIRT Top Twenty Committee reviews the library instruction literature from the previous year and identifies the 20 best instruction articles for that year. Sue Franzen of Illinois State University was recognized for her article “Merging Information Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice in an Undergraduate Health Science Curriculum Map” (co-authored with Colleen Bannon). The article appeared in the Communications in Information Literacy journal. Paula Dempsey (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Heather Jagman (DePaul University) also made the list, for their article “‘I Felt Like Such a Freshman’: First-Year Students Crossing the Library Threshold”, which appeared in portal: Libraries and the Academy. Additionally, Steve Brantley (Eastern Illinois University) served on this year’s Top Twenty Committee.

To see the full list of articles, go to the June issue of the LIRT News.

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