Weekly Spotlight!

Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Check out what our writers have spotted this week in library news. Enjoy!


In the Library with the Lead Pipe, an open access and peer reviewed journal, features a new article by Elliott Stevens and and Andria Tieman about their experiences with Problem-Based Learning in library instruction. If you’re interested in critical pedagogy in academic libraries and others’ experiences with library instruction, this is a good read.


I am a huge fan of audiobooks, so I know all about Overdrive and their new app, Libby, which was launched earlier this year. Now, Overdrive has announced that Libby will include remote library card signup, which allows users to access available ebooks and audiobooks without visiting a branch library. I have mixed feelings on this, but ultimately I hope that this feature will attract patrons who can’t physically visit the library.


How good are you at spotting fake news? LifeHacker points out a new game where you can put your credibility meter to the test. American University developed the game as a way to help educate people about the validity of online information. This could be a great place to point students, patrons, and perhaps that certain person on Facebook.


The scholarly communications world is still processing the fallout of Elsevier’s acquisition of Bepress, which was announced last week. Barbara Fister’s reflections on the acquisition do an excellent job of explaining why this matters so much to librarians, and what they can do about it.

As many librarians are beginning to think about alternatives to Bepress, members of the Library Publishing Coalition’s email list have been discussing a longitudinal study by Bo-Christer BjörkCenyu Shen, and Mikael Laakso, published last year in PeerJ, of “indie” scholarly journals. These journals tend to be online only, open access, and are not published by scholarly societies or professional organizations.




Cover photo from Alan Wu on Flickr Commons. Changes were made in adapting this image.  Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

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