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Archive for the ‘Scholarly Publishing’ Category

(via Melissa Tracy, American Library Association)

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) announces that its Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ) journal will move to open access beginning with the Fall, 2017, issue.  RUSQ disseminates information of interest to reference librarians, information specialists and other professionals involved in user-oriented library services. The decision to move RUSQ from subscription based to open access was based on many factors, most notably the open access movement strongly supported by librarians. Other factors include ensuring a continued pool of strong authors and articles, ease of access for readers as well as broader worldwide access as the cost for professional journal subscriptions is extremely prohibitive.

RUSA represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services and collection materials they need.

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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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(via Yen Tran, San Jose State University)

ACRL Press is planning to publish a book titled Supporting Today’s Students in the Library: Strategies for Retaining and Graduating International, Transfer, First-Generation, and Re-Entry Students. Editors Ngoc-Yen Tran & Silke Higgins invite the submission of chapter proposals for a book on how academic libraries are addressing the unique struggles of international students, transfer or commuter students, first-generation students, and re-entry or older-adult students. The book will focus on strategies for retaining and graduating these student populations by exploring methods for overcoming barriers, discussing best practices for engaging students in research and information literacy topics, as well as providing a variety of services that support students beyond the classroom environment.

New and completed research and case studies are welcome, provided any new studies can be completed within the timeline explained below. Chapters based on completed research must not be previously published or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. We are seeking proposals for two types of chapters in support of the aforementioned student populations.

  • research or case studies on such topics as who your students are and what needs or struggles they face
  • research or in-depth case studies on the application of learning theories (such as Social Cognitive Learning Theory or Educational Gaming Theory)–topics might include best practices for instruction, outreach, or collection development; overcoming language and access barriers; developing meaningful relationships with peers and faculty; and balancing school, work, and general life responsibilities

Submission Procedure

Please submit chapter proposals of up to 500 words, a short author’s statement, a writing sample, and a list of previous publications (if applicable), to by Monday, June 5. If you are proposing new, uncompleted research, please provide a tentative timeline that includes a date for completion, evidence of institutional approval, if appropriate, as well as any additional dates you believe are relevant. Authors will be notified of acceptance by Saturday, July 1.

If there are multiple authors for a chapter, please submit author statements for each author and at least one writing sample. Writing samples from multiple authors may be submitted, however, if it is felt that doing so will create a better representation of the group’s work.

This initial stage requires a 500-word description, so just planning out your article now is fine. Final manuscripts of between 1500 and 5000 words will be due September 30, with drafts and edits staggered earlier throughout the year as best fits the schedules of the author(s) and editors. All chapters will undergo peer review by a subject matter expert prior to publication.

For additional information, contact the editors: Ngoc-Yen Tran, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at; and Silke Higgins, Academic Liaison Librarian, San Jose State University, at

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Resources for College Libraries (RCL), the Choice/ACRL bibliography of essential titles for undergraduate teaching and research, seeks experienced subject librarians to serve as referees for the peer review of its arts and humanities disciplines. Referees are tasked with reviewing the subject bibliography comprehensively for breadth and depth, providing recommendations for editorial improvement. Continuously updated, RCL includes over 85,000 resources in 61 curriculum-specific areas and is a co-publication of Choice/ACRL and ProQuest. Learn more about RCL here.

The arts and humanities section includes such subjects as American literature, British literature, classical languages and literature, dance, drama and theater, French language and literature, general language and literature, Germanic languages and literatures, and Italian language and literature. Other areas covered include literatures in English, music, philosophy, religion, Russian and Eastern European languages and literatures, Spanish and Portuguese languages and literatures, and visual arts.

Choice/ACRL encourages individuals with extensive experience selecting for academic collections or teaching undergraduates to apply. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer, please submit a brief description of your relevant background, along with your résumé or CV to Anne Doherty (, RCL Project Editor. Preference will be given to those who apply by Thursday, June 1. Find further details and FAQs here.

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UIUC’s Knox Reelected to Freedom to Read Foundation Board

(via the Freedom to Read Foundation)

Six people were elected to terms on the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Board of Trustees in the annual FTRF election held in April. Reelected to their second of two-year terms were Charles Brownstein, (Executive Director, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund), Mario M. Gonzalez (Executive Director of the Passaic Public Library in New Jersey, and past Treasurer of ALA), and Dr. Emily Knox (Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). Elected to their first two-year terms were Robert P. Holley (Professor Emeritus, Wayne State University), Katie Chamberlain Kritikos J.D. (Ph.D. Student, School of Information Studies R.A., Center for Information Policy Research University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Valerie Nye (Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.).

The six  will join Kathy Ishizuka, Martin Garnar, Herbert Krug, and Candace Morgan to form the FTRF Board for 2017-2018, which will be seated at the end of the FTRF Annual Board meeting on June 22 in Chicago, IL. There will be four additional members of the board, who serve as a function of their positions at the American Library Association: Jim Neal, incoming ALA president, Loida Garcia-Febo, incoming ALA president-elect; Keith Michael Fiels, ALA Executive Director; and Helen Adams, incoming ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee chair. James LaRue serves as FTRF executive director and board secretary.

“Once again, the Freedom to Read Foundation board brings deep financial, professional, and marketing expertise to our work,” said LaRue. “We are grateful to have their counsel as we litigate, advocate, educate, and fundraise to defend the fundamental rights of free expression, privacy, and access to information.”

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Call for Submissions and Nominations for PRIMO

(via Jennifer Sharkey, Illionis State Univesity)

The Peer Reviewed Instructional Materials Online (PRIMO) Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section invites you to submit your online information literacy tutorial, virtual tour, or other online library instruction project for review and possible inclusion in PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online. The deadlines for Spring, 2017, are Tuesday, April 25 (nominations) and Tuesday, May 9 (submissions). Additional information about PRIMO, as well as the submission and nomination forms, is available here.

Site submissions for PRIMO are accepted continually, but are reviewed for possible inclusion twice per year.  If you would like to submit your own project for consideration, please use the Submission Form rather than the Nomination Form. For further information, please contact the Committee Co-chairs, Bill Marino (at and Megan Hodge (at

Please note that all submissions will be acknowledged shortly after the submission deadline. If you submit a project for review and do not receive an acknowledgment after the submission deadline, please contact the PRIMO Co-Chairs with a request for verification that your submission was transmitted successfully.

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Call for Book Reviewers: Public Services Quarterly

(via Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University)

Public Services Quarterly (PSQ), published by Taylor & Francis, covers a broad spectrum of public service issues in academic libraries, including reference and research assistance, information literacy instruction, access and delivery services, and other services to patrons. Book reviewers are sought to contribute to this quarterly journal. Titles are available for review, with upcoming deadlines of Monday, May 15; Tuesday, August 15; and beyond. Reviews are approximately 500 words in length.

Reviewers should possess strong writing skills and an ability to keep to deadlines. Please provide your name, title, and affiliation, along with a brief statement of your review interests for PSQ, and details on previous writing and reviewing experience, if any (no CVs or resumes needed). Reply to Kirstin Duffin, incoming Professional Reading Column Editor, at Questions are welcome.

Current titles available for review include the following.

Conte, Marisa L. (Ed.). (2016). Translating Expertise: The Librarian’s Role in Translational Research. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

McClure, R., & Purdy, J. P. (2016). The Future scholar: Researching and Teaching the Frameworks for Writing and Information Literacy. Medford, NJ: Information Today.

Strittmatter, C., & Bratton V. K. (2016). Teaching Plagiarism Prevention to College Students: An Ethics-Based Approach. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Tattersall, A. (Ed.). (2016). Altmetrics: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Researchers, and Academics. London, UK: Facet Publishing.

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UIUC’s Timothy Cole wins 2017 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award

(via the Library and Information Technology Association)

Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology, sponsored by OCLC and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA). Professor Cole also holds appointments in the Center for Informatics Research in Science and Scholarship (CIRSS) and the University Library. The Kilgour Award is given for research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect(s) of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The winner receives $2,000, a citation, and travel expenses to attend the LITA Awards Ceremony & President’s Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago (IL).

Over the past 20 years, Professor Cole’s research in digital libraries, metadata design and sharing, and interoperable linked data frameworks have significantly enhanced discovery and access of scholarly content which embodies the spirit of this prestigious Award. His extensive publication record includes research papers, books, and conference publications and has earned more than $11 million in research grants during his career. The Award Committee also noted Professor Cole’s significant contributions to major professional organizations including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), Digital Library Federation, and Open Archives Initiative, all of which help set the standards in metadata and linked data practices that influence everyday processes in libraries. We believe his continuing work on Linked Open Data will further improve how information is discovered and accessed. With all of Professor Cole’s research and service contributions, the Committee unanimously found him to be the ideal candidate to receive the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award.

When notified he had been selected, Professor Cole said, “I am honored and very pleased to accept this Award. Fred Kilgour’s recognition more than 50 years ago of the ways that computers and computer networks could improve both library services and workflow efficiencies was remarkably prescient, and his longevity and consistent success in this dynamic field was truly amazing. Many talented librarians have built on his legacy, and over the course of my career, I have found the opportunity to meet, learn from, and work with many of these individuals, including several prior Kilgour awardees, truly rewarding. I have been especially fortunate in my opportunities and colleagues at Illinois — notably (to name but three) Bill Mischo, Myung-Ja Han, and Muriel Foulonneau — as well as in my collaborations with other colleagues across the globe. It is these collaborations that account in large measure for the modest successes I have enjoyed. I am humbled by and most appreciative of the Award Committee for giving me this opportunity to join the ranks of Kilgour awardees.”

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Doody Core Seeking Volunteers to Review Nursing Books

(via Kirstin Duffin, Eastern Illinois University)

If you are interested in health sciences or nursing librarianship, Doody Core is in need of librarian reviewers for different areas. You work virtually and at your own pace (with deadlines). This year, there are still a few subject areas that need some librarians to review titles and make suggestions on books. Typically, a librarian volunteer signs up for two or three areas, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

If you are interested, the following subject areas still need a reviewer.

  • AH – Medical Assisting
  • AH – Radiologic Technology
  • AH – Rheumatology
  • BS – Biochemistry
  • BS – Biostatistics
  • BS – Cell Biology/Histology
  • BS – Immunology
  • CM – Anesthesiology
  • CM – Dermatology
  • CM – Gastroenterology
  • CM – Gastrointestinal Surgery
  • CM – Toxicology
  • CM – Trauma Surgery
  • CM – Vascular Surgery
  • NU – Hospice
  • O – Health Information Management

Please contact Anne Hennessy, at, to sign up or ask questions.

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(via the Association of Research Libraries)

The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute (DSI), an exciting new initiative of the ARL Academy, is a five-day, cohort-based opportunity for professionals in ARL member libraries who are new to digital scholarship to develop their skills in an intensive, yet supportive, learner-centered environment. Guided by the principles of community, diversity, impact, openness, and sustainability, the Digital Scholarship Institute will foreground critical thinking about the content and context of the modern research ecosystem. Participants will be trained in a core set of methodologies and tools that will provide both a knowledge base and the confidence to work through the cultural changes sweeping through academic libraries and higher education today.

The first iteration of the ARL Digital Scholarship Institute will take place June 5–9, 2017, at the Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts, and is hosted by the Boston College Libraries. The ARL Digital Scholarship Institute is co-sponsored by the following institutions: Boston College Libraries; the University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Indiana University Libraries; River Campus Libraries, the University of Rochester; and UC San Diego Libraries. The cost of the Institute is $1,500, excluding travel and accommodations.

If you would like to be added to a mailing list in order to receive updates about the ARL DSI, please contact Elizabeth Waraksa at ARL ( more information and how to apply, visit the Digital Scholarship Institute web page.

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