84 · Representative Documents: Programmatic Accrediting Agency Reports
Johns Hopkins University
Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educations Programs. Sheridan Libraries 2012 CACREP
The Sheridan Libraries have a history of strong and continued support of the counseling programs in the
School of Education at Johns Hopkins University. Significant resources are allocated to build collections
and provide academic liaison services that support the research and teaching of the faculty and help
students with the knowledge they need to become effective counselors.
The counseling and education program at the School of Education are served by four academic liaison
librarians who provide instruction, research, and collection development to support the faculty and
students. Three of these librarians serve the students based in Washington, D.C., Columbia and
Montgomery County, Maryland; the fourth is based at the main Homewood Campus in Baltimore, and
supports work based at the main School of Education building. This combined service approach allows
the librarian to develop a deep understanding of the faculty’s research and teaching needs. In addition,
it gives faculty the benefit of one contact point for all things library, and allows the librarians to be
deeply embedded in the School and program to better understand user needs. Research agendas can
change over time, so the ability to monitor these shifts allows us to provide the necessary library
collections and instruction to support these changes.
For students, program-specific instruction in research methods takes the form of individual and small
group research consultations; course-related, classroom-based library instruction; orientation to the
library’s services, collections, and principal resources in education and counseling; and development of
curricular materials to assist faculty and students in navigating and evaluating information sources and
content. During FY11, the liaisons taught a total of 41 education- and counseling-related classes and
reached almost 400 students.
Our librarians are aware of the highly interdisciplinary nature of the education and counseling programs
at Johns Hopkins and of the required standards from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and
Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Given Johns Hopkins strength in science and medicine, the
education liaisons have a strong support system provided by liaison librarians that cover basic sciences
such as psychology, human development, and the life sciences that are core to research and teaching in
counseling. Because basic science is practiced across the Hopkins campuses, the education librarians
work with colleagues on the Hopkins medical campus and the School of Public Health to support cross-
campus research programs and initiatives.
The library has developed two guides that serve as a launching point for education and counseling
research: http://guides.library.jhu.edu/education and http://guides.library.jhu.edu/counseling
are both actively used; the education guide had almost 4000 hits in 2011 and the counseling almost
The library fully understands the resource needs of the education and counseling programs and funds
those needs accordingly. Over the past five years, the library has been moving aggressively from print to
electronic resources, including e-books, a format that the faculty tells us they prefer. The library has a
unique model for funding electronic resources; we work closely with the Medical School to extend our
buying power by avoiding duplication and negotiating for resources as one institution. Working closely
with the Medical School allows us to extend access to resources that focus on clinical aspects of a
subject to students and faculty.