College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News), the official newsmagazine and publication of record of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), will adopt an online-only publication model beginning in January 2022. The December 2021 issue will be the final print issue of the magazine. C&RL News is freely available as an open access online publication.
The ACRL Board of Directors and C&RL News editor-in-chief sought input from the Budget & Finance Committee, C&RL News Editorial Board, ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee, ACRL Membership Committee, and ACRL Section Membership Committee on a variety of potential publication models for the magazine. These representative groups of the ACRL membership agreed that the transition to an online-only model is in the best interest of the publication and association moving forward. The shift to an online-only publication model brings C&RL News in line with College & Research Libraries journal, which moved to an online-only model at the beginning of 2014.
Published 11 times a year and hosted through Open Journal Systems by ALA Production Services, C&RL News online features freely open access to a near-complete run of the magazine’s contents from 1967 to the present. C&RL News’ online presence provides a variety of robust features including the ability share contents through social media, download citations to citation managers, and perform basic and advanced searches across C&RL News and other ACRL serials. A variety of RSS feeds and email alerts provide notification of the availability of new issues. All articles are freely available to read online or download as PDF files. The mobile-optimized version of C&RL News online allows readers to read and interact with articles from their smart phones, tablets, and other mobile devices.
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