Faculty/Staff Interest

Publishing Partnership Success: The Ten-Year Anniversary of Journal of Tourism Insights

Journal of Tourism Insights hit a milestone on January 27, 2021. The official refereed publication of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA), has created an open access publication venue for high-quality, peer-reviewed research in the Hospitality and Tourism field, reaching a global audience, for ten years.

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Collections Review: A New Approach

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Collection development at University Libraries is a balancing act between supporting the curricular needs of the institution while also providing materials and resources that stir curiosity and foster inquiry. Our strategy has long been proactive, collecting things based on known areas of scholarship and buying materials in case a need should arise. As the scholarly publishing landscape shifts and demand for instantaneous access increases, however, we are constantly evolving our collecting strategy in order to keep up.

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The Impact of First-Year Faculty Librarians

Preethi Gorecki and Melina Zavala

In the fall of 2017, Grand Valley State University Libraries joined the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance, a program that seeks to increase the retention of qualified academic librarians from underrepresented groups by creating opportunities for skill development and leadership early in their careers. As a result, the University Libraries welcomed two visiting faculty members, Melina Zavala and Preethi Gorecki, who are innovating new and creative approaches to instruction and research.

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Universal Design for Learning

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides guidelines for developing curricula, selecting materials, and creating learning environments that consider the wide variability of learners in higher education. Through the intentional adoption of the best practices of Universal Design for Learning, Grand Valley State University Libraries demonstrates its ongoing commitment to inclusion and equity.

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Library Excellence Award: Debbie Morrow: "Liberal Arts Nerd at Heart"

Debbie Morrow

In 2017, Morrow was recognized by University Libraries colleagues with the Library Excellence Award, which is awarded to a faculty or staff member who goes above and beyond their job description. For Morrow, the best part of being a librarian is "any occasion when I can be an advocate for faculty and students in my liaison departments. I'm not here to tell people 'no we can’t do that,' I'm here to help find a way."

Morrow describes herself as a "liberal arts nerd at heart." Her personal belief in the value of liberal arts education helped shape her career and continues to inform her dedication to helping students, faculty, and staff be successful.

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