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

Current Issue: May 2021

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 82, number 3, May 2021

The Contested One-Shot: Deconstructing Power Structures to Imagine New Futures

Nicole Pagowsky

For so long the one-shot has been the dominating force of how we engage in library instruction. There is a lot of meaning and debate saturated in this faux-innocuous activity, yet there is not always consensus as to how we define a one-shot. ...

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Delivering Bad News: Crisis Communication Methods in Academic Libraries

Brittany O’Neill, Rebecca Kelley

This exploratory study analyzed the specific crisis communication methods of academic libraries. A survey was sent to library staff at Association of Research Libraries member colleges and universities to describe if, who, when, and how they communicated bad news to their stakeholders for major, minor, and emerging crises. ...

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Effects of an Augmented Reality Library Orientation on Anxiety and Self-Efficacy: An Exploratory Study

Samantha Kannegiser

Academic libraries use scavenger hunt library orientations to engage students and teach them about the library. Libraries are also starting to use augmented reality (AR) technology in orientations, instruction, and programming. Some libraries have tried augmented reality scavenger hunts for freshman library orientations, but studies have not been done to compare the traditional and AR orientations. ...

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Library Teaching Anxiety: Understanding and Supporting a Persistent Issue in Librarianship

Kacy Lundstrom, Britt Fagerheim, Stephen Van Geem

Teaching roles in academic libraries can be accompanied by a great deal of anxiety. This study surveyed librarian attitudes toward their teaching role and librarians’ experiences with teaching anxiety. Sixty-four percent of librarians participating in the survey said they experienced teaching anxiety ...

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Racial Pay Gap: An Analysis of CARL Libraries

Yanli Li

Using data from the 8Rs CARL Libraries Practitioner Survey in 2014, this study assesses the impact of race on the earnings attainment process based on a sample of 392 CARL library practitioners. It determines that there is a significant salary disparity between visible minorities and nonvisible minorities. ...

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Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

Reviewed by Melissa Chomintra

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men illustrates how we continue to naturalize sex and gender discrimination by failing to collect data on women. As a society we have accepted and normalized the ways in which, as Simone de Beauvoir put it, the “representation in the world, like the world itself, is the work of men; they describe it from their point of view, which they confuse with the absolute truth.” The default is male. Caroline Criado Perez refers to this “tradition” as the gender data gap. ...

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