Best of 2015, part 1

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As the year ends, I salute my favorite professional readings of 2015.  I mix books, articles, and other formats in this year’s list.  Here they are in alphabetical, not rank, order:

1. Bell, S. (2015, July 8).  AKA “the student success center” [Blog post].  Retrieved from

Steven Bell consistently delivers great insights.  This post stands out for highlighting the library’s role in student success.

2. Foasberg, N. M. (2015). From standards to frameworks for IL: How the ACRL Framework addresses critiques of the Standards. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 15(4), 699–717.

Foasberg contrasts the theories and philosophies behind the ACRL Framework with those underlying the ACRL Standards.  If I were to recommend one article as an explanation of the Framework, this would be the one.

3. Hinchliffe, L. J. (2015). Professional development for assessment: Lessons from reflective practice. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 41(6), 850–852. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2015.10.004

If scholarship is a conversation, this piece is a conversation among big names in information literacy.  Given the pressure on academic libraries–and their parent institutions–to prove their value , the topic is timely.

4. Keegan, T., & McElroy, K. (2015, August 26). Archives alive!: Librarian-faculty collaboration and an alternative to the five-page paper [Blog post].  Retrieved from

This post offers both a useful assignment idea and an example of collaboration.  The collaborators’ behind-the-scenes reflections add value.

5. LeBlanc, R. E., & Quintiliano, B. (2015). Recycling C.R.A.P.: Reframing a popular research mnemonic for library instruction.  Pennsylvania Libraries, 3(2), 115-121. doi: 10.5195/palrap.2015.105

The authors take the old C.R. A. P. (Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose) acronym and retool it to spark discussion on the ACRL Framework.  Their version stands for Conversation, Revision, Authority, and Property (pp. 116-117).  As an alternative LeBlanc and Quintiliano also offer the C.R.A.V.E. (Conversation, Revision, Authority, Value, and Exploration) mnemonic.

Next week I’ll share the remaining five items on my list.  Until then I wish you and yours a wonderful new year.