The Digital Creator Lab
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.
Virtual Knowledge Market
In Grand Valley’s Knowledge Market, highly-trained peer consultants offer support for crucial interdisciplinary skills: reading, writing, speaking, and researching. Although the Knowledge Market is currently located in the Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus and the Steelcase Library on the Grand Rapids campus, it houses a variety of academic support services including University Libraries, the Speech Lab, and the Writing Center. To increase equity and access to support, the Knowledge Market is adding online assistance to meet the needs of underserved populations at Grand Valley, such as students taking online or hybrid courses, studying abroad, with families or careers, at satellite campuses.
Collections Review: A New Approach
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.
The Impact of First-Year Faculty Librarians
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.
Universal Design for Learning
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.