Reference Services Review: Volume 48 Issue 1

Reference and instructional services for libraries in the digital age


Table of contents - Special Issue: Academic Libraries and the 45th President

Guest Editors: Sarah Barbara Watstein, Tammy Ivins, Mary Ellen Spencer

Navigating the campus past: college yearbook controversies

Oliver Batchelor

This paper is about the controversies stemming from digitized college and university yearbook photos and the professional values of librarians and archivists in helping higher…

The art of the real: fact checking as information literacy instruction

Jamie M. Addy

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how academic librarians tasked with research instruction can use connections between digital, civic and information literacy to combat…


The proof is in the process: Fostering student trust in government information by examining its creation

Amanda B. Albert, Jamie L. Emery, Rebecca C. Hyde

This paper aims to apply the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education frame Information Creation as a Process to encourage student confidence in government…

Researching Bears Ears: reference practice for civic engagement

Amy Brunvand

The purpose of this study is to describe practical, generalizable competencies for reference librarians to promote civic engagement and social justice while assisting with…

Responding to hate: how national and local incidents sparked action at the UNLV University Libraries

Brittany Paloma Fiedler, Rosan Mitola, James Cheng

The purpose of this paper is to describe how an academic library at one of the most diverse universities in the country responded to the 2016 election through the newly formed…

Fake or for real? A fake news workshop

Katherine Hanz, Emily Sarah Kingsland

The purpose of this paper seeks to provide an in-depth overview of a series of fake news information literacy library workshops, which were offered 19 times over the course of 2…


De-biasing on university campuses in the age of misinformation

Sebastian Krutkowski, Sarah Taylor-Harman, Kat Gupta

The purpose of this study is to highlight that in today’s polarised information environment, freedom of speech should not be conflated with a freedom to spread demonstrable lies…


A turbulent time: government sources post-2016 presidential election

Alicia Kubas

Since the 2016 presidential election, hyper-partisanship has become a regular facet of the political landscape with Democrats and Republicans in increasing conflict. The purpose…

A challenge most bigly: academic archives and higher education in the Trump Era

Bradley Wiles

This paper aims to provide a critical perspective on emergent issues in the Trump era directly or indirectly relevant to academic archives. It describes current operational…


Why are bathrooms inclusive if the stacks exclude?: Systemic exclusion of trans and gender nonconforming persons in post-Trump academic librarianship

Travis L. Wagner, Archie Crowley

The purpose of this paper is to deploy a critical discourse analysis (CDA) to consider exclusionary practices enacted by academic libraries as evidenced through resource…


Student trauma experiences, library instruction and existence under the 45th

Michelle Gohr, Vitalina A. Nova

By historicizing the broader system of education contextualized under the 45th presidential administration, this paper aims to provide a nuanced discussion regarding the condition…

Conflicting authority: Using the Trump administration’s responses to the EPA climate assessment report to teach information literacy

Katherine Lynch, Shaunna Hunter

The purpose of this paper is to suggest that librarians’ traditional methods of source evaluation – guided by the “Authority is Constructed and Contextual Frame” of the Framework…

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