College & Research Libraries Online Fora

Welcome to the College & Research Libraries Online Forum page. Each Forum will highlight a new C&RL study with a free, live, expert panel comprised of the study's authors and additional subject experts. The Fora are your chance to engage live with the researchers and have your questions answered. The discussions will be hosted in Google Hangouts and broadcast on YouTube. You will be able to view them at either location.

College & Research Libraries is the official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Upcoming Sessions

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Past Session Archives

Twitter Forum on "Format Aside: Applying Beall's Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of Both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals"
Aired 3/30/2017
Event hashtag: #crlform
Visual event transcript

This session provided a Twitter Forum with the authors of the preprint "Format Aside: Applying Beall's Criteria to Assess the Predatory Nature of Both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals." The authors discussed their findings, answered questions, and offered recommendations for journal evaluation.

Authors

Joseph D. Olivarez: @jdolivarez, Serials Cataloging/Metadata Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Stephen Bales: @StephenBales, Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Laura Sare: Government Information Librarian, Texas A&M University Libraries
Wyoma vanDuinkerken: Director of the Joint Library Facility, Texas A&M University Libraries

College & Research Libraries Forum on Assessment in Action Special Issue
Aired 3/24/2016 - Length: 60 minutes

This session features an author panel discussion on Action Research with authors of articles in the March 2016 College & Research Libraries special issue on the ACRL Assessment in Action (AiA) program. AiA lead co-facilitator and issue co-editor Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe moderates. Brandy Whitlock and Nassim Ebrahimi speak about their study: "Beyond the Library: Using Multiple, Mixed Measures Simultaneously in a College-Wide Assessment of Information Literacy," and Phil Jones, Julia Bauder, and Kevin Engel speak about their research: "Mixed or Complementary Messages: Making the Most of Unexpected Assessment Results."

Panelists:
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe: Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, University of Illinois
Julia Bauder: Interim Librarian of the College, Grinnell College
Kevin Engel: Science Librarian, Grinnell College
Phil Jones: Humanities Librarian and Coordinator of Research Services, Grinnell College
Brandy Whitlock: Professor and Instruction Librarian, Andrew G. Truxal Library, Anne Arundel Community College

Forum on the Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students' Academic Performance
Aired as a recording on January 6th, 2016

Abstract:
One of the most difficult issues librarians face is how to prove our value to the university. Join us for an author panel discussion of "The Impact of Library Resource Utilization on Undergraduate Students' Academic Performance" by Felly Chiteng Kot and Jennifer L. Jones.

The study addressed the issue of self-selection bias by using propensity score matching to construct treatment and comparison groups with similar background characteristics. After controlling for a variety of factors, this study found that students in the treatment group (who used library resources at any level specified) had a higher first-term GPA compared to their counterparts in the comparison group (who did not use library resources at the corresponding levels). For the purposes of this study, library use included workstation logins, study room reservations, and research clinic attendance.

Panelists:
Felly Chiteng Kot: Felly is the Institutional Research Analyst for the Office of the Provost at Nazarbayev University.
Jennifer L. Jones: Jennifer is the Assessment and User Experience Librarian in the University Library at Georgia State University.

Forum on the Future of the "Research" in the Association of College & Research Libraries: Where Do We Go From Here?
Aired Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

At the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, we began a discussion of the future role of ACRL in sponsoring, promoting, and disseminating research in academic librarianship in an era when the platforms for each are becoming increasingly diverse. What is the role of the Association, nationally and locally? How can the Association collaborate with other sponsors of relevant research, including OCLC or JISC? How can the Association collaborate with LIS schools or local libraries to ensure that research skills are a vibrant part of pre-professional and continuing professional education programs? What roles in supporting your research should ACRL be playing that it is not? Using these ideas posed at Portland as a starting point, you'll have a chance to engage the conference panelists in a wide-ranging discussion of what we need from our Association if it is to remain central to our work as researchers and evidence-informed practitioners.

Hashtag: #acrlresearchfutures

Panelists:
Denise Koufogiannakis: Collections and Acquisitions Coordinator, University of Alberta Libraries
James G. Neal: University Librarian Emeritus, Columbia University
Megan Oakleaf: Associate Professor, Syracuse University iSchool
Scott Walter: University Librarian, DePaul University

Forum on "A Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs"
Aired Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Interest in supporting undergraduate research programs continues to grow within academic librarianship. Join us for an author panel discussion of the C&RL preprint article "A Survey of Campus Coordinators of Undergraduate Research Programs." The authors will share the findings of their study, which included two parts: a survey of libraries which gauged current support for undergraduate research programs and an investigation of how undergraduate research program coordinators perceive and value library support for undergraduate research. The panelists will discuss the study's findings on which elements of libraries and library services the program coordinators value, and share ideas on how libraries can improve and develop services for undergraduate researchers and their faculty mentors. The study's results offer a critical perspective on library support for undergraduate research programs from an important external constituent group of faculty and administrators. The data and recommendations can further conversations and aid collaboration between librarians and their campus colleagues.

Moderator:
Allegra Swift: Allegra is the Scholarly Communication Team Leader and Science Technology & Society Librarian at Claremont Colleges Library.

Panelists:
Merinda Kaye Hensley: Merinda is Instructional Services Librarian and Scholarly Commons Co-Coordinator at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Sarah L. Shreeves: Sarah is the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies at the University of Miami.
Stephanie Davis-Kahl: Stephanie is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Degrees of Impact: Analyzing the Effects of Progressive Librarian Course Collaborations on Student Performance
Aired December 2, 2014

Stated simply, how much instruction does it take to improve information literacy (IL) learning? The Claremont Colleges Library conducted rubric assessment of first-year seminar research papers to analyze this question, evaluating the impact of diverse levels of librarian course collaborations on information IL performance in student writing. Findings showed that progressive degrees of librarian engagement in IL-related course instruction and/or syllabus and assignment design had an increasingly positive impact on student performance. Furthermore, a secondary analysis of librarian teaching evaluations and self-perceived learning gains by students and faculty showed no correlation to rubric IL scores, results which underscore the importance of "authentic" assessment in determining actual learning outcomes. Panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study and its implications for effective IL course collaborations at the first year and beyond.

Moderator:
Sean M. Stone: Sean is the STEM Team Leader & Asian Studies Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library.

Panelists:
Char Booth: Char is the Director of Research, Teaching, & Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library.
M. Sara Lowe: Sara is the Assessment Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library.
Natalie Tagge: Natalie is the Social Sciences Team Leader at the Claremont Colleges Library.

Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization
Aired July 23, 2014

Campus internationalization can be defined as "broadly referring to institutional efforts to integrate an international, global and/or intercultural dimension into the teaching, research or services function."1 How do academic libraries contribute to campus internationalization efforts? How do library internationalization efforts differ from or reflect campus internationalization efforts? What services do libraries offer that support internationalization and what library organizational structures are most conducive to building these services? What are areas for growth? Join College & Research Libraries for a live panel conversation on library internationalization efforts. The panelists will discuss their C&RL pre-print study "Mapping Library Contributions to Campus Internationalization" and share ideas for both administrators and front-line librarians working to build these services.

1. ACE American Council on Education, "Mapping Internationalization on U.S. Campuses: 2012 Edition Survey" (2012), 1. Available online at http://www.acenet.edu/news-room/Documents/Mapping-Internationalizationon-US-Campuses-2012-survey.pdf, [accessed 29 January 2014].

Moderator:
Evviva Weinraub Lajoie: Evviva is the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press.

Panelists:
Elizabeth (Liz) Cooper: Liz is the Head of Research and Instruction at the University of Colorado Denver's Auraria Library.

Laurie Kutner: Laurie is a Library Associate Professor in the Information and Instruction Services Department in the Bailey/Howe Library at the University of Vermont.

Steven W. Witt: Steven is the Head of the International and Area Studies Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Creating a Culture of Assessment in Academic Libraries
Aired April 10, 2014
A culture of assessment can be defined as "assessment is a regular part of your institutional practice" – but what organizational characteristics and practices assist or hinder the develop of such a culture? Join College & Research Libraries for a live panel conversation on creating and maintaining a culture of assessment at your library and factors associated with it. The panelists will discuss the C&RL pre-print study "Bridges and Barriers: Factors Influencing a Culture of Assessment in Academic Libraries," share ideas for both administrators and front-line librarians working to build such a culture, and explore relevant ACRL initiatives.

Moderator:
Megan Oakleaf: Associate Professor, Syracuse University iSchool

Panelists:
Meredith Farkas: General Education Instruction Coordinator and Social Sciences Librarian at Portland State University Library
Amy Harris Houk: Information Literacy Program Coordinator and Reference Librarian at University of North Carolina at Greensboro's Jackson Library
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe: Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at University of Illinois Library

Academic Mentoring: A Discussion of Benefits, Expectations, and Support
Aired December 5, 2013

Formal and informal mentoring can be a great way to recruit, keep, and engage librarians at all phases of their careers. The forum featured a live online panel discussion of the benefits of mentoring for academic libraries of all sizes. The panelists discussed the C&RL pre-print study "Analysis of Mentoring Expectations, Activities, and Support in Canadian Academic Libraries" and other relevant ideas and research.

Moderator:
Mary Ann Mavrinac: Vice Provost and Neilly Dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, and co-author of the recently published ACRL book Pay it Forward: Mentoring New Information Professionals.

Panelists:
Lori Goetsch: Dean of Libraries, Kansas State University.
Marni Harrington: Faculty of Information & Media Studies Librarian, University of Western Ontario.
Elizabeth Marshall: Director, Johnston (Business) Library, University of Western Ontario