College & Research Libraries is a scholarly research journal published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Current Issue: November 2021

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 82, number 7, November 2021

What Information Are We Providing to Users with Disabilities? An Analysis of ARL Libraries’ Accessibility Webpages

Amelia Brunskill, Catherine Lantz, Kavita Mundle

An analysis of ARL libraries’ webpages of accessibility information revealed wide variation in terms of these pages’ findability, length, and coverage. Overall, most of the content elements that were searched for, based on previous webpage studies and user-centered research, were not present on the majority of the webpages. There is clearly much room to expand the accessibility information most ARL libraries provide, which raises questions about whether this is primarily an issue of documentation or reflects true gaps in available resources, services, and facilities. A guide for auditing these webpages was developed to help libraries assess potential gaps in these webpages. ...

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What Can “Marriage Announcements” Tell Us? A Content Analysis of News Articles on Library-Press Collaboration

Mei Zhang, Xiaofei Wei

More university presses and academic libraries have started to collaborate in the scholarly publishing field, and it becomes important to investigate how this message of collaboration has been delivered to the academic community, since this community includes both creators and users of scholarly works. This study collects 23 news articles on the collaboration between university presses and academic libraries from the formal news sites of the affiliated institutions and then conducts content analysis on these articles, focusing on their content coverage and purposes. These news articles covered topics including the background and benefits of collaboration, how the collaboration worked/would work, and how libraries and presses can contribute to the collaboration. ...

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Citation and Referencing Support at an Academic Library: Exploring Student and Faculty Perspectives on Authority and Effectiveness

Lydia Dawe, Jackie Stevens, Bob Hoffman, Morgann Quilty

Libraries expend considerable time and effort in providing instructional resources to help students learn the “mechanics” of citation and referencing. However, there are few studies that examine the efficacy of these resources. Using focus group methodology, the authors explored student and faculty perspectives about citation practices through their use of the library’s online referencing guide. ...

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Developing the Informed Learning Scale: Measuring Information Literacy in Higher Education

Michael Flierl, Clarence Maybee, Emily Bonem

Academic libraries continue to face challenges communicating their value. One dimension of this challenge is in demonstrating how information literacy relates to important measures of student learning, like course grades and motivation. This study documents the development and exploratory pilot testing of the Informed Learning scale ...

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Reference and Instructional Services to Postsecondary Education Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Mirah J. Dow, Bobbie Sartin Long, Brady D. Lund

This paper presents the results of a survey completed by academic librarians at United States colleges and universities identified on the website, a project of the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts Boston funded by grants from the Office of Postsecondary Education, US Department of Education. ...

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Misogynoir Transformed: Black Women’s Digital Resistance

Reviewed by Tamara Townsend

Moya Bailey is known for coining the term “misogynoir,” defined as the “particular venom directed at Black women through negative representations in Media” (xiii). Bailey has personal experience with this phenomenon. She gained a name for herself in the world of hip-hop cultural criticism in 2004 as an undergraduate student at Spelman College when she led a protest of the rapper Nelly’s visit to her college campus. ...

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