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

Current Issue: March 2023

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 84, number 2, March 2023

Anatomy of a Book Review: Why We Write, Why We Read Video

Emily Drabinski, Kaia MacLeod, Mallary Rawls, Ashley Roach-Freiman, Charlotte Roh, Lynne Stahl, Darren Sweeper, Anders Tobiason, Kristen Totleben

Book reviews have long been a staple of the scholarly conversation. Reviews connect researchers to recent publications, expand the audience for individual titles, and shape the boundaries of what counts as part of the library and information studies literature. At the same time, reviews can reinforce traditional academic hierarchies, particularly in terms of what books are reviewed and who is invited to render their opinion. Outgoing C&RL book review editor Emily Drabinski and a group of recent reviewers discussed the state of the academic book review in this lively conversation from January 20, 2023. ...

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The Library Is My Canvas: Art and Experiential Learning in an Academic Library

Gerald R. Natal, David Remaklus

The literature concerning experiential learning in academic libraries generally pertains to opportunities for student workers and library and information science students, along with case studies of experiential learning integration into the classroom. This article details the successful partnership between an academic library and university art program, demonstrating the library’s progression from provider of traditional resources and space for displaying student artwork to experiential learning environment for project-based learning opportunities requiring total student involvement from conception to completion. These experiences provide for unique learning opportunities, beautification of the library, and expansion of the library’s identity on campus as a learning space. ...

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DH Eh? A Survey of Digital Humanities Courses in Canadian LIS Education

Marcela Y. Isuster, Donna Langille

Library and librarian involvement in digital humanities (DH) has grown over the past few years. However, it is unclear whether current library and information studies (LIS) programs are properly preparing students for this type of work. This study analyzed course offerings at Canadian ALA-accredited LIS programs. While Canadian ALA-accredited LIS programs offer DH-relevant courses, the number of courses offered and their range/scope vary greatly among institutions. Although many are teaching the technical skills required by the field of DH librarianship, collaboration and project management training remain elusive in most programs. ...

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Digital Shred: Case Study of a Remote Privacy Literacy Collaboration

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Alexandria Chisholm, Alexandrea Glenn

This qualitative, evaluative case study details the conceptual framing, development, delivery, and assessment of a privacy literacy workshop called Digital Shred. The workshop is a multi-institutional effort offered initially in-person in fall 2019 and adapted to virtual delivery in fall 2020. The conceptual framework underlying the workshop includes reputation management, behavioral surplus, data doubles, data governance, and information security damage assessments. Learning outcomes and activities were inspired by inclusive, responsive, active learning pedagogy. Anonymous formative assessment feedback suggests that participants are motivated by the personalized learning activities and value this theory-informed approach to privacy literacy. ...

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Breaking Barriers: How Libraries Can Better Support Female Architecture Students for Professional Success

Cathryn Copper, Sara Jamal Eddin

This study investigates the role academic libraries can play in narrowing the retention gap between the number of women graduating with a degree in architecture and the number of women currently in the architecture profession. Recommendations to libraries are made based on the existing literature and survey data. The findings of this study aim to propose solutions in the form of services and resources that libraries may provide to best support female architecture students. The findings shed light on four areas ...

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Practicing Social Justice in Libraries

Reviewed by Jessica Schomberg

The editors articulate the following guiding questions for this collection: What does diversity work look like in librarianship? How are librarians implementing social justice elements into their daily work? How are librarians protesting and resisting in their everyday work? While in some chapters I may have longed for a little more theoretical grounding or a clearer awareness of how these chapters connect with existing literature, these guiding questions provide a clear through-line for the collection as a whole. This book is made for those seeking practical yet challenging approaches to incorporating social justice into library work. ...

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