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ACRL releases “Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian, Volume 2”

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2,” edited by Merinda Kaye Hensley, Hailley Fargo, and Stephanie Davis-Kahl. This all-new volume contains lesson plans, activities, and strategies for connecting with students, faculty, and undergraduate research coordinators in support of undergraduate engagement and success.

Undergraduate research is a specific pedagogical practice with an impact on teaching and learning, and the definition of what counts as research continues to expand to include different types of projects, mentors, and institutions. Diversity, equity, and inclusion in librarians’ work with students and faculty are present and growing. Collaborations between faculty, librarians, and students are furthering student knowledge in new ways. This community and an awareness of students’ non-academic challenges demonstrate the library’s contribution to students’ overall sense of belonging within their institutions.

This second volume of “Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian” — following 2017’s first volume — contains 22 new chapters that explore these expanded definitions of research and the changes wrought in the profession and the world in the intervening years. Five sections examine:

  1. First-Year Undergraduate Research Models
  2. Cohort-Based Models
  3. Tutorials, Learning Objects, Services, and Institutional Repositories
  4. Course-Based Undergraduate Research Collaborations
  5. Building and Sustaining Programs

“Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian, Volume 2″ captures both the big picture view of undergraduate research as well as the front-line work in the classroom, at the reference desk, and online. As Janice DeCosmo says in the Foreword, the book “provides colleges and universities with a set of models that inspire and enrich undergraduate research, demonstrating the contributions of academic librarians to student success.”

“Undergraduate Research & the Academic Librarian: Case Studies and Best Practices, Volume 2” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for academic libraries and library workers. Representing more than 8,000 individuals and libraries, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help those working in academic and research libraries learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning, transforming scholarship, and creating diverse and inclusive communities. Find ACRL on the web, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. 

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