ACRL MD Online Journal Club: January edition

Is your New Year’s resolution to keep up with the latest articles in the library field? Meet that goal and join Joanna Gadsby on Friday, January 18th from 11:30am-12:30pm for an online discussion of articles from the January 2013 issue of ACRL’s College & Research Libraries. All articles are freely available via the ACRL website: ACRL MD’s Online Discussion Series is free and open to all through the new MLA Blackboard Collaborate Room (directions below).

Vote Now!
Choose the articles that you are most interested in discussing by voting in our poll: (poll closes Thursday, Jan 10 at 11:59:59pm). We’ll discuss the top three articles with the most votes. This issue’s articles include:

  • Harriett Green’s “Libraries across Land and Sea: Academic Library Services on International Branch Campuses”
  • Russell A. Hall’s “Beyond the Job Ad: Employers and Library Instruction”
  • Alain R. Lamothe’s “Factors Influencing the Usage of an Electronic Book Collection: Size of the E-book Collection, the Student Population, and the Faculty Population”
  • David L. Alexander’s “American Indian Studies, Multiculturalism, and the Academic Library”
  • David R. Hansen, William M. Cross, and Phillip M. Edwards’ “Copyright Policy and Practice in Electronic Reserves among ARL Libraries”
  • Karen C. Kohn’s “Usage-Based Collection Evaluation with a Curricular Focus”

Blackboard Collaborate Directions

Extra new!

We’re still learning MLA’s new online meeting software, Blackboard Collaborate. This Friday, join our discussion online at: (you’ll need a microphone and speakers).  You will be prompted to enter your  name. Once you are in the meeting room, you can test your speakers and microphone. In the “Audio & Video” pod, there is an icon showing a blue microphone with a red settings gear – simply click on that and Blackboard will walk you through the setup. If you prefer to call in, please use the following information:

US Long Distance: 530-881-1212
Meeting ID: 262-079-526

If you need to jump in a little late or leave early (or eat lunch), please do! Questions? Contact Joanna at

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