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

Current Issue: July 2021

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 82, number 5, July 2021

Public Knowledge

Emily Drabinski

At the time of this writing, like many of you I’m sure, I am largely consumed with planning for a safe return to our physical buildings this fall. Information changes daily if not hourly. Budgets swing wildly as infusions of cash from federal sources do and don’t trickle down to the library’s bottom line. Vaccine mandates come with asterisks and exceptions. ...

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#MeToo in the Academic Library: A Quantitative Measurement of the Prevalence of Sexual Harassment in Academic Libraries

Candice Benjes-Small, Jennifer Knievel, Jennifer Resor-Whicker, Allison Wisecup, Joanna Hunter

The #metoo movement has prompted national discussions about workplace sexual harassment. Social science research suggests that female-dominated professions experience a high degree of workplace sexual harassment from supervisors, coworkers, and clients. ...

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Assessing the Information Literacy Skills of First-Generation College Students

Sarah LeMire, Zhihong Xu, Douglas Hahn, Valerie Balester, Leroy G. Dorsey

Academic libraries, together with their colleges and universities, are increasingly identifying first-generation college students as an underserved population that is likely to experience barriers to library access and usage. Less is known, however, about the information literacy skills of first-generation students, particularly in comparison with their continuing-generation counterparts. ...

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Open but Not for All: A Survey of Open Educational Resource Librarians on Accessibility

Teresa Auch Schultz, Elena Azadbakht

This project sought to study how much academic librarians who work with open educational resources (OERs) know about accessibility, as well as how they incorporate accessibility into the products of their work. A survey was sent out through email list services in spring 2020, and any librarian worldwide who works with OERs was invited to participate ...

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So Much to Be Angry About

Reviewed by Richelle Brown

Shaun Slifer had never heard of the Appalachian Movement Press (AMP) when he was handed one of its publications while attending a wedding at the Appalachian South Folklife Center (ASFC) in Pipestem, West Virginia, in 2016. Neither had almost anyone else, as its history had gone largely undocumented. ...

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Artificial Whiteness: Politics and Ideology in Artificial Intelligence

Reviewed by Jasmine Clark

In Artificial Whiteness: Politics and Ideology in Artificial Intelligence, Yarden Katz encourages the reader to step away from discourse that frames Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a purely technological development. Instead, the reader is guided through AI’s epistemological roots ...

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