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(via Mary Konkel, College of DuPage and OCLC Global Council Delegate for the Americas Regional Council (ARC))

Dear Colleagues,

Libraries can bring unique strengths and collective muscle to global sustainability challenges. To inspire more conversations, expanded engagement, and action that leads to impact, OCLC Global Council has set its FY21 area of focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More information on the SDGs is available here.

In 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This UN Agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals-all supported by the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) through its International Advocacy Programme.

To build on this momentum, Global Council will support all 17 SDGs, with emphasis on the five that explore.

  • Quality education (SDG #4)
  • Decent work and economic growth (SDG #8)
  • Reduced inequalities (SDG #10)
  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions (SDG #16)
  • Partnerships for the goals (SDG #17)

OCLC Research and Global Council have partnered to develop a “Libraries and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” survey based on questions and ideas from Global Council delegates, and now your input is needed to provide more comprehensive global insight. This survey is a key part of original research that will culminate in a final report that OCLC will publish in June 2021.

Please share your perspectives via the survey, which is open through Sunday, January 31, 2021, to all libraries, regardless of type, size, or location.

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ACRL Releases 2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics Report

(via the American Library Association)

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “2018 Academic Library Trends and Statistics,” the latest in a series of annual publications that describe the collections, staffing, expenditures and service activities of academic libraries in all Carnegie classifications. The one-volume title includes data from Associate of Arts Colleges, Baccalaureate, Master’s Colleges and Universities/ and Research/Doctoral-granting Institutions. The 2018 survey data is also available through ACRL Metrics, an online subscription service that provides access to the ACRL survey data from 1999-2018.

The 2018 data show that library expenditures for collection materials averaged $5.3 million for doctoral degree-granting institutions; $684,000 for comprehensive degree-granting institutions; $498,000 for baccalaureate schools and $196,000 for associate-degree granting institutions. On average, doctoral degree granting institutions spent 77.2% of their materials budgets on ongoing commitments to subscriptions in 2017; comprehensive schools spent an average of 82.4%; baccalaureate schools spent an average 79.5% and associate degree granting institutions spent an average of 64.9%. On average, academic libraries spent 76% of their materials budget on ongoing subscriptions.

Expenditures for salaries and wages accounted for 55.6% of the total library expenditures on average. Salaries and wages constituted 72.5% of total library expenditures for associate-degree granting institutions, 51.6% for baccalaureates, 55.4% for comprehensive schools, and 43% for doctoral/research institutions.

Spending per FTE student averaged $81.27 for associate-degree granting institutions, $400 for baccalaureate schools, $262 for comprehensive universities, and $633 for doctoral/research institutions. Staffing at associate-degree granting institutions averaged 4.97 FTE librarians, 5.44 FTE librarians at baccalaureate schools, 7.82 FTE librarians at comprehensive universities, and 30.2 FTE librarians at doctoral/research institutions.

The 2018 survey includes data from 1,726 academic libraries in five major categories:

·         Collections (including titles held, volumes, and electronic books)

·         Expenditures (library materials, salaries and wages, etc.)

·         Library services

·         Staffing

·         Library contributions to student success initiatives

The survey also provides analysis of selected variables and summary data (high, low, mean and median) for all elements. The 2018 data can be used for self-studies, budgeting, strategic planning, annual reports, grant applications and benchmarking.

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(via Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College)

I am excited to send along the link to an interview I did with Dr. Nicole Cooke from the University of Illinois’ iSchool. We discuss the misinformation, higher education, information literacy, and librarianship.

This is part of a series of interviews on the Circulating Ideas podcast on libraries and fake news. I have pasted the previous interviews below as well.

·         Fake News, Higher Education, and Librarianship, Circulating Ideas episode 139, Nicole Cook, https://bit.ly/2wp09UN

·         Fake News and Social Media Analytics, Circulating Ideas episode 123: Nathan Carpenter: http://bit.ly/2AO6rhD

·         Fake News and the Psychology of the Brain, Circulating Ideas episode 116: Laura Lauzen-Collins: http://bit.ly/2w2rXvd

·         Fake News, Information Literacy and Teaching College Students, Circulating Ideas episode 113: William Badke: http://bit.ly/2tKF5J6

·         Fake News, Journalism and Libraries, Circulating Ideas episode 108 Interview with Jeremy Shermak: http://bit.ly/2pZpm5z

·         Fake News, Information Literacy and Epistemology, Circulating Ideas episode 104 Interview with Lane Wilkinson: http://bit.ly/2lYW0T7

Please share where appropriate. Thanks for listening.

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(via Carrie Forbes–Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, University of Denver Libraries)

How Good is Our Crystal Ball? Predicting Future Changes for Academic Libraries

The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group invites you to join us for an informal discussion at ALA Annual in New Orleans on the role of futures thinking in planning for organizational change. The discussion forum will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 4-5:30pm (CDT) in the Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside A. We will be joined by staff from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.

In June 2010, ACRL released a report, “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025,” which asked academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education and libraries. Authored by Dr. David J. Staley, Associate Professor in the History Department of The Ohio State University, and Dr. Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL, the report presented 26 possible scenarios for the future that would most impact academic libraries. As we inch closer to 2025, it’s important for academic librarians to evaluate these predictions to aid in planning for organizational change. How accurate were these predictions? How has the climate of higher education changed since this report was published in 2010? How can academic librarians best use futures thinking and trend reports to evaluate the future for their own institutions?

The ACRL report highlighted 9 scenarios that had both a high-probability of happening and that would also have the most impact on libraries. To focus the discussion, we welcome participants to provide feedback on the top 3 scenarios they would most like to discuss within the framework of futures thinking and organizational change. Survey feedback will be used to guide the discussion questions for the forum at ALA Annual.

Link to feedback survey- https://bit.ly/2LdqMkH

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(via Camielle Crampsie, University of South Florida)

In the last few decades there has been continuing interest regarding publication expectations of academic librarians. There is a need for more information on motivations and characteristics that might be common to successful academic library researchers as well as analyses of barriers to research. A related area of research looks at how library scholars approach journal selection. Academic librarians are known for their promotion of the open access movement and may provide guidance on negotiating for better access in copyright agreements. But do they practice what they preach?

This study, titled “Academic Librarians: Article Publishing Practices, Support, and Motivations”, will address the following research questions.

  • What characteristics, motivations, institutional supports, and educational opportunities help experienced authors produce ongoing scholarship?
  • In what research skills are academic library authors (both novice and experienced) more or less confident?
  • What do academic library practitioners consider when selecting specific avenues for publication?

Responses to the survey are anonymous. You have the right to withdraw at any time and may skip any question you don’t wish to answer. The estimated time to complete the survey is 20-30 minutes. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact the Principal Investigator, Tina Neville, at neville@mail.usf.edu. Click here to participate.

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(via Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

If you are a librarian serving first-year college students, you are invited to sign up to participate in a focus group about student information-literacy misconceptions. Each focus group will be held online using Blackboard Collaborate Ultra and will last 90 minutes. More information is below.

The process of learning includes not only success in developing knowledge, skills, and abilities but also mistakes and errors that impede such success. In any domain of learning, instructors will have developed a sense of the typical errors learners make. Wiggins and McTigue, in Understanding by Design (2005), term these “predictable misunderstandings” and encourage consideration of them in the instructional design process in order to anticipate and overcome learner misconceptions. There has been limited systematic investigation and documentation of predictable misunderstandings in information-literacy learning in higher education. This research project is intended to begin to fill that gap.

To learn more about this study and/or to indicate your interest in participating in a focus group, please go here. Contact Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe (ljanicke@illinois.edu) if you have any questions.

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(via Elizabeth Davidson, McDaniel College)

The deadline for this study has been extended to Friday, August 11. Please note that this survey is open to all librarian employees, including paraprofessionals, as we are extremely interested the opinions of all members of our community.

We invite you to participate in the following survey about the ways in which academic libraries have responded to the increased need for information literacy skills instruction during an era of great change in how information is accessed and used. Results from the survey will identify patterns of library practice related to increasing instructional duties and expanded librarian roles to encompass instruction. We are interested in perspectives from librarians at all stages of their careers and in all positions, so your participation is greatly appreciated. The survey should take no more than 10-15 minutes to complete. Please feel free to forward this survey, as we are interested in hearing from a broad span of librarians.

To access the survey, click here. If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Davidson, Head of Public Services at Hoover Library, McDaniel College (edavidson@mcdaniel.edu), or David Brennan, Head of Technical Services and E-Resources Librarian at Hoover Library, McDaniel College (dbrennan@mcdaniel.edu).

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Circulating Ideas Podcasts on Libraries and Fake News

(via Dr. Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College)

I am excited to send along the link to an interview I did with Jeremy Shermak, Moody College of Communication Doctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin about journalism, fake news, libraries, and “truth”. This is part of a series of interviews on the Circulating Ideas podcast on libraries and fake news. I have pasted the first interview below, as well.

  • “Fake News, Journalism and Libraries”: Circulating Ideas Episode 108 (interview with Jeremy Shermak)
  • “Fake News, Information Literacy and Epistemology”: Circulating Ideas Episode 104 (interview with Lane Wilkinson)

Please share where appropriate. Thanks for listening.

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Online College Students Report for 2016 Released

The Learning House, Inc., has released the 2016 edition of its annual Online College Students report. This is the fifth year that the report has been published. The goal of the study is to track not just who makes up the current body of online students, but also why they are enrolled in particular online programs and schools, and what learning features they prefer. In the last few editions of the survey, such topics as competency-based learning, the use of mobile devices, and MOOCs have received a greater focus. The survey also compares trends in online education to those in higher ed. more broadly, including the continued high numbers of online students despite an overall decline in college enrollment. This year’s survey is based on responses from approximately 1,500 current and prospective online students, in addition to recent graduates.

The survey draws nine main conclusions, which are listed below.

  • A large number of students enrolled in online programs clearly prefer that format over the on-campus one, to the point that they would not enroll in a particular degree program if it were not being offered online.
  • Tuition costs continue to be a significant factor in determining which online program a student attends, especially since employer tuition reimbursements have declined and about only a third of students receive scholarships.
  • Most online students already have at least some college credits or relevant life experiences before starting their programs, and so they hope to earn their online degrees relatively quickly.
  • Virtually all online students own a mobile device, and many of them use the device to research prospective programs and then complete coursework once enrolled.
  • Prospective students typically consider only a few institutions when shopping for a program, and they submit their applications within a month or less of starting the search.
  • Related to this, prospective students expect a quick response from the programs to which they have applied, particularly when it comes to awarding financial aid and accepting transfer credits.
  • The demographics for online college students have changed significantly in just the past few years, with the typical student becoming younger, more likely to be single, and less affluent.
  • Online students are increasingly preferring schools that have a physical campus relatively close to (within 100 miles of) their homes.
  • Even though business continues to be the most popular field of study among online students, IT and computer programs have seen increasing enrollments.

To access the survey (you will need to sign up), go here. In addition to the PDF, a webinar and an infographic are available.

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ACRL Report on Top Trends in Academic Libraries

The ACRL Research Planning and Review Committee has released its report on the top trends in academic libraries for 2016. The Committee puts out the report every two years. The 2016 report focuses on such areas as research data services (RDS), emerging staff positions, and the impact of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy. The main findings for each area are below.

Research Data Services (RDS)

  • The number of college and research libraries in the U.S. and Canada that offer research data services has remained steady, despite plans by many institutions to begin offering data services of some type.
  • The majority of libraries are moving current staff into newly-created data positions, rather than hiring additional librarians; as a result, the demand for professional-development opportunities related to RDS has increased.

Digital Scholarship

  • More libraries are creating digital-scholarship centers, often in collaboration with other campus entities, to help promote education and research.
  • These centers provide non-traditional research tools, including big data and visualization, and they instruct faculty and students in such areas of digital scholarship as asset management and preservation.

Collection Assessment Trends

  • Many libraries have worked to make collections more agile, or responsive to changes in institutional curricular and research needs.
  • In light of budget constraints, libraries have re-evaluated various acquisition models, including bulk purchases of journal subscriptions and pay-per-view access.

ILS and Content Provider/Fulfillment Mergers

  • Journal vendors continue to consolidate, which has the potential to affect pricing, negotiation, and collection budgets.
  • Even though the mergers do offer improvements in efficiency and innovation, they also limit purchasing options and have long-term impacts that are hard to predict.

Evidence of Learning

  • Higher education is increasingly measuring student success through learning outcomes, in light of concerns over accreditation and graduation rates.
  • Libraries have an opportunity to contribute through developing learning analytics as a way to measure students academic and social progress, and also by making their physical space reflective of student needs, such as by creating more space for collaboration.

New Directions with the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

  • The Framework emphasizes the information ecosystem and asks librarians to take a more holistic approach to information literacy, including the discovery, use, and creation of knowledge.
  • The document also highlights the idea of critical information literacy, or the learning process as a series of steps that librarians should constantly evaluate and improve.


  • Altmetrics are seeing increased use by both repositories and publishers, in order to track user reading and research habits (for instance, through citation analysis) and improve services.
  • Despite the amount of data produced by altmetrics, libraries should analyze the quality of that data, to ensure that the collection and analysis methods are as reliable as possible.

Emerging Staff Positions

  • Overall trends that have emerged in job requirements include having technology and technical-support skills, being interested in the user experience, and possessing an awareness of current trends, especially relating to emerging technologies and data analysis.
  • Across all jobs (not just those in library and information science), collaboration and communication were considered among the most important skills.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Due to the skyrocketing costs of college textbooks and an increasing awareness of OER among the general public, colleges and universities are taking steps to develop open-access policies and tools.
  • Librarians can play a key role in this effort by locating open-access materials and working with faculty to integrate OER into the curriculum, including in MOOCs and other non-traditional class formats.

To see the full summary of the report that appears in the June, 2016, issue of College & Research Libraries News, go here.

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