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Journal of Academic Librarianship
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ISSN (Print) 0099-1333
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  • Postgraduates' personal digital archiving practices in China: Problems and
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 5Author(s): Yue Zhao, Xian'e Duan, Haijuan Yang This study examined postgraduates' personal digital archiving (PDA) practices in China. Based on a case study of the PDA practices of postgraduates in Wuhan University, many problems in PDA were found; postgraduates have a higher awareness of PDA, but the differences between different grades level and disciplines are obvious. Many postgraduates are technological optimists. Those who realize the importance of PDA lack real action and can only use a single strategy. The protection of personal privacy and information security is still challenging. To solve these problems, efforts from individuals and institutions are proposed, including the suggestion that institutions should implement an advanced intervention in PDA progress to improve postgraduates' PDA awareness, and the suggestion that postgraduates should view archiving technology dialectically and make rational use of archiving tools, using various strategies, regularizing their PDA behavior, and taking multiple measures to protect their personal privacy and information security.
  • Library services for unaffiliated patrons at Association of Public and
           Land-grant Universities (APLU)
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 5Author(s): Jylisa Doney This study reviewed library websites at Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to learn more about the services they provide to unaffiliated patrons and how they share this information. This review demonstrated that websites at land-grant libraries affirmed unaffiliated patrons' building access privileges at slightly higher rates and circulation privileges at lower rates than non-land-grant APLUs. Data also revealed that requirements and fees for library privileges varied across APLU libraries as a whole. This research is a first step in identifying how libraries at land-grants and non-land-grant APLUs compare to one another and to different types of institutions in the services they provide to unaffiliated patrons. It also continues the discussion of whether libraries, especially those at land-grant colleges and universities, have an obligation to open their spaces and collections to unaffiliated patrons.
  • Employee reactions to user incivility in academic libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 5Author(s): Eftichia Vraimaki, Maria Koloniari, Konstantinos Kyprianos, Alexandros Koulouris Workplace incivility and its consequences have been studied by many scholars; however, little attention has been given to the phenomenon in the library environment. More specifically, empirical research in the Library and Information Science (LIS) literature has focused on deviant behaviors, such as bullying, mobbing, and aggression, mainly from colleagues and supervisors rather than from users. However, incivility in the workplace is more common than other forms of negative behaviors, such as aggression. Moreover, in service organizations uncivil behavior from patrons is more frequently encountered than from co-workers and supervisors. In this vein, the current exploratory study aimed to investigate the manifestations and frequency of user incivility, as well as employee reactions to these behaviors in Greek academic libraries. Employee perceptions regarding the causes of user incivility were also explored. Results indicated that users are mainly impatient, angry and make unreasonable demands. These behaviors are attributed to user personality. Finally, respondents reported milder reactions to user incivility compared to those of their colleagues. Implications of the findings for library leaders are also discussed.
  • Updating learning outcomes and engaging library faculty with the ACRL
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 June 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Cara Berg The arrival of the ACRL Framework and the removal of the ACRL Standards posed a new challenge to the user education coordinators at William Paterson University: how can the ACRL Framework be implemented and buy-in acquired from other library faculty' Not all librarians who teach are information literacy librarians; many never fully interacted with the Framework or knew about threshold concepts. Simply informing the other library faculty about the ACRL Framework was ineffective. They were not using it and still were unfamiliar with it months after incorporation by the ACRL Board. A strategy was devised to solve this problem by engaging the library faculty with the Framework while revising the preexisting general learning outcomes for information literacy instruction. Incorporating principles of reflective practices and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), user education librarians hosted a teaching circle designed to get librarians reading, talking, and discussing the ACRL Framework. With faculty feedback in hand, the existing outcomes were then revised and updated to include elements of all six frames.
  • ‘So near while apart’: Correspondence Editions as Critical Library
           Pedagogy and Digital Humanities Methodology
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 June 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Francesca Giannetti The following case study describes two library-led text encoding projects involving correspondence collections. The first, a documentary edition of personal papers held by Peter Still, a former slave, was conceived as an independent research project involving the participation of two undergraduate research assistants; the second, based upon letters to and from the Rutgers College War Service Bureau (1917–1919), has been designed as a two-week text encoding unit in a proposed undergraduate course on data and culture. These two projects, both featuring the letter as their object of study, are compared and contrasted as models of data and process, affording reflections on the overlapping concerns of the library instruction and digital humanities communities of practice. I propose viewing text encoding projects, particularly those that focus on lesser known creators or on life documents such as letters, as a means of accessing both critical library pedagogy and digital humanities methodology. By developing such projects, librarians address a number of collection and instruction related objectives of the library, while offering a valuable introduction to a set of methods that are of increasing importance to undergraduate education. Furthermore, these projects may be conducted at smaller scales, by reusing and adapting methods and software shared by the digital humanities community, thereby limiting reliance on institutional partners for technology and infrastructure support, which may not be forthcoming in under-resourced institutional contexts.
  • Campus partnerships for promoting equity, diversity and inclusion: A case
           study of the NCBI Model for reducing prejudice and intergroup conflict at
           Florida State University Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Mohamed Berray This article will explore collaborations between the University Libraries and the campus community in implementing diversity and inclusion initiatives on campus through participation in the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). The article will take an in-depth look at the prejudice reduction and discrimination trainings conducted in the FSU Libraries, and how the trainings contributed to implementing the Libraries' strategic initiative for diversity and inclusion. These partnerships between the Libraries and the campus community exemplify successful collaborations needed to achieve preeminent institutional goals like diversity and inclusion. FSU has been recognized for Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, and is a national Diversity Champion since 2014 (Insight into Diversity: online).
  • An exploratory study of the relationship between the use of the Learning
           Commons and students' perceived learning outcomes
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Esther M.W. Woo, Alexander Serenko, Samuel K.W. Chu This study proposes and empirically tests a model explicating the impact of the Learning Commons on university students' learning behaviors and skills development. Adapting the information literacy instruction model that is based on expectation disconfirmation theory, a series of hypotheses were developed, and data were collected through an online survey at a Hong Kong university. Responses from 388 students were subjected to a partial least squares structural equation modeling analysis. The results suggest that expectation disconfirmation theory can be applied in the domain of the Learning Commons, and that the degree to which students' expectations are confirmed affects their degree of perceived quality of and satisfaction with the Learning Commons. Perceived quality in turn influences satisfaction. Both perceived quality and satisfaction lead to psychological outcomes that produce behavioral changes and possible benefits, including time savings, effort reduction, better grades, advanced problem-solving skills, and improved learning outcomes.
  • Open science disrupting the status quo in academic libraries: A
           perspective of Zimbabwe
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Mass Masona Tapfuma, Ruth Geraldine Hoskins The ever-increasing journal subscriptions have seen many universities and research institutions failing to provide access to the much-needed scholarship for propagation of research and development due to dwindling budget allocations. Hence, the adoption of open access (OA) institutional repositories (IR) by the institutions to increase access, availability and visibility of their research output to a wider readership. Institutional repository (IR) technologies have transformed the traditional academic library practice, thus upsetting the work culture of librarians. Though studies there have been studies on the impact of IRs on academic librarians elsewhere in the world, none have been done on the Zimbabwean context. This study draws from a wider study which explored utilisation of institutional repositories in Zimbabwe's public universities. The study sought to answer the question: What is the role of the academic librarian in promoting the institutional repository' The Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of technology (UTAUT) informed the study, while a mixed methods approach was employed using document analysis, questionnaires and interviews to collect data from librarians in eight public universities. Findings revealed that in some instances IR responsibilities were added to existing duties for incumbent staff while in others, staff were reassigned to IR roles resulting in diverse staff categories maintaining the IRs across the universities. Recommendations for effective and efficient management of the repositories by the universities are made. The study is relevant to other academic libraries in developing countries and Africa particularly countries whose economies are crumbling.
  • Determinants of perceived usefulness of social media in university
           libraries: Subjective norm, image and voluntariness as indicators
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Roland Izuagbe, Goodluck Ifijeh, Edith I. Izuagbe-Roland, Olajumoke Rebecca Olawoyin, Lilofa Osamenfa Ogiamien
  • Library Anxiety among Undergraduate Students: A Comparative Study on Egypt
           and Saudi Arabia
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Ahmed Maher Khafaga Shehata, Mohammed Fathy Mahmoud Elgllab The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of a study of library anxiety among a group of Arab students in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The paper also investigated the factors that affect the students' level of anxiety while using academic libraries. The study tried to compare the difference in the level of anxiety in the two countries using a scale (LLPB) developed by the researchers which fit the culture in the Arab region. The study adopted a mixed methods approach. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with several students in Saudi Arabia and Egypt to determine the main factors that lead to having a level of anxiety in the libraries. In the second stage, a questionnaire was sent to students to measure what factors have a greater impact on the level of anxiety. The data showed that Egyptian students are more anxious about using the libraries than the Saudi students. The results also indicated that there is a need to train students on how to use the libraries and also change students' perception regarding the library to reduce the level of anxiety. This study was conducted in Egypt and Saudi Arabia the level of library anxiety and the factors that may affect the students may vary in other countries.
  • How do self-archiving and Author-pays models associate and contribute to
           OA citation advantage within hybrid journals
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Hajar Sotudeh, Hakimeh Arabzadeh, Mahdieh Mirzabeigi Hybrid open access journals generally authorize self-archiving along with Author-pays model. Given the dependence of the Author-pays model on APCs paid by authors, it is expected to have a negative association with the free-of-charge Green model. By exploring a sample of 52,150 papers published in 47 Elsevier's hybrid journals, the study compares the OA models' citation performances to non-open access (NOA) model's and investigates the relationship between the quantities of their papers.Three OA groups are identified, including Green-only, APC-only and Green-APC. The OA papers show a citation advantage over the NOA articles, despite their lower number. The mixed APC-Green, gains the highest citation compared to the three other access models. However, the number of Green and APC-funded papers are revealed to have a negative association. Although, the combination of the Green and APC models magnifies the impact of OA papers, the inverse association between the quantities of their papers signifies that the lower number of the latter can be partially explained by the prevalence of the former. The results help academic librarians involved in advocating and managing OA to better understand authors' behaviors towards OA models and adopt a more supportive role for OA according to their preferences.
  • Undergraduate students' experiences of using information at the career
           fair: A phenomenographic study conducted by the libraries and career
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Ilana Stonebraker, Clarence Maybee, Jessica Chapman Information literacy is vital to students seeking employment following their undergraduate education. Yet little is known about how students approach using information as part of their career search. This phenomenographic study examined how students experience using information as part of a career fair, or on-campus job expo. Researchers interviewed undergraduate students after a major campus career fair. The findings suggest that students may experience using information in a career fair context as: 1) navigators completing a series of steps, 2) performers seeking to connect with the right person, or 3) aligners determining if a company is a match for them.
  • Academic librarian's transition to blended librarianship: a phenomenology
           of selected academic librarians in Zimbabwe
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Israel Mbekezeli Dabengwa, Jaya Raju, Thomas Matingwina This paper explores the shared experiences of practices of blended librarianship among Zimbabwean academic librarians to identify how adequately they comply with their dynamic roles and functions. The paper relies on the theoretical constructs from Bell and Shank's (2004, 2007) blended librarianship and Lave and Wenger's (1991) Legitimate Peripheral Participation (LPP) to understand how Zimbabwean academic librarians practice blended librarianship in the workplace through engagement in legitimate work tasks. The investigators used phenomenology to explore academic librarians' experiences of blended librarianship. They selected a sample of 101 academic librarians and delivered a semi-structured questionnaire to the sample, conducted document research and interviewed key informants from the sample. The researchers collected data from the Bindura University of Science Education, Chinhoyi University of Technology, Lupane State University, Midlands State University, the National University of Science and Technology, and PHSBL80 Library which chose to be undisclosed. Each institution adopted blended librarianship in its way. Four (4) different categories of blended librarianship emerged from the experiences; that is “transcending blended librarians”, “partially blended librarians”, “intermittent blended librarians” and “aspiring blended librarians”, displaying each institution's level of instructional technology and instructional design roles. The study proposes that the “Academic librarian's transition to blended librarianship” two-by-two matrix that developed was in this inquiry needs further refinement. Further enquiries may test the matrix within the same sites or other locales altogether to corroborate if the results are replicable.
  • Management of End-of-life Library Resources in Ghana: Strategies and
           Sustainability Implications
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Daniel Etse, Michael Sakyi Boateng Academic libraries are home to substantial quantity of books, furniture, and electronic equipment. At a point in time of their lifecycle, these library resources outlive their usefulness and need to be disposed of. In this age of increased sustainability awareness, it has become necessary for individuals and organisations to take into consideration the environmental, economic, and social implications of their product disposal practices. Interestingly, the issue of management of obsolete library resources has received little research attention, though libraries are confronted with these issues. The purpose of this paper therefore is to investigate the management of end-of-life resources in Ghanaian academic libraries. Semi-structured interview was the method for data collection. The findings highlight variety of methods employed by the libraries to dispose of their obsolete materials, the drivers of these methods of disposal, and related environmental implications.
  • Real World Objects: Conceptual Framework and University Library Consortium
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Jessica Simpson Expanding libraries' repertoire of relevant materials is one of the most important areas of concern for librarians. Incorporation of objects into library collections is an ongoing practice for which librarians remain under-equipped. Having a common language to discuss less conventional library materials across specialization areas helps libraries provide patrons with access to valuable informational objects. In order to provide access and preservation for objects, libraries need a conceptual framework, which is developed here. An observational case study was conducted to inform the reader of the current landscape of objects in libraries by sampling the websites and catalogs of a university consortium utilizing definitions established in the framework. The qualitative data from this study will be presented in a table after the framework is explored. This paper has implications for informational objects in every academic subject area, as well as for ongoing services in makerspaces and media centers.
  • Academic Libraries and Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Do We Know'
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Gerard Shea, Sebastian Derry This paper examines the rising rates of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children in the United States (1 in 59), and explores the role academic libraries can play in helping college students with ASD. A literature review of how different types of libraries (school, public, academic) support students with ASD indicates research in this area in general is lacking. Findings point to lack of adequate training and awareness for librarians and staff, resources, services and spaces are universal challenges. Several initiatives that academic libraries and librarians may consider in helping students with ASD are identified and described.
  • Trends in CASHL's document delivery service in China
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 4Author(s): Xiao-Dong Li, Jing-Jing Wang This paper aims to discuss the features and development trends of China Academic Social Sciences and Humanities Library's (CASHL) internet-based document delivery service, examine the journal usage patterns of CASHL member libraries and determine the time range trends of documents requested by users. Ten years of the CASHL's document delivery service transaction data (about 860,000 items) were extracted, cleaned, integrated, and analysed. Journal use pattern is more decentralised and individualised. Request rates for older papers are continuing to increase. The different types of member libraries have large differences in terms of research requests and use.
  • The Academic Library and the Common Read: A Multitude of Possibilities for
           Collaboration With Campus Programs and Departments
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Katelyn Angell The continued popularity of the common read within the first year curriculum invites critical campus partnerships between the academic library and a wide variety of campus departments. These can include Honors, Student Success, Academic Affairs, and Community Engagement. This paper describes the efforts of one First Year Success Librarian to collaboratively expand campus programming related to the common read. Specifics include planning events related to the book and its themes, creating learning objects for first year students and pedagogical tools for instructors, and holding a position of leadership in the common read committee. Additional examples from existing library and information scholarship and future ideas are shared as well, with the goal of assisting a diversity of campus stakeholders on how to best support common read initiatives.
  • Rethinking collection development: improving access and increasing
           efficiency through demand driven acquisition
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Michael A. Arthur, Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
  • Navigating the hidden void: The unique challenges of accommodating library
           employees with invisible disabilities
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Samantha Cook, Kristina Clement Academic libraries have a long history of commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accommodation and are frequently models for other academic departments and outside industries. For example, libraries often consider users with disabilities and work to adapt services, collections, and technologies to increase accessibility for as many users as possible. Libraries also take care to accommodate employees with disabilities, but like many other industries, often unintentionally perceive disabilities only as ones that are immediately visible. This column will discuss the unique challenges that library employers may face when needing to accommodate employees with invisible disabilities, provide a selected overview of the literature surrounding invisible disabilities and library employees, and give selected tips to help library employers and employees better understand and accommodate employees with invisible disabilities.
  • I wish I had been told that: Reflections on career paths
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 February 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Kevin R. Garewal
  • Linguistic equity as open access: Internationalizing the language of
           scholarly communication
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 February 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Race MoChridhe The open access movement has called attention to ways in which financial barriers to participation in scholarly discourse inhibit the growth of knowledge and perpetuate global inequities. The majority of the focus, however, has lain upon two kinds of direct financial barrier: subscription fees and article processing charges. This article proposes that the use of English as the lingua franca of modern scholarly communication constitutes a ‘hidden paywall’ that counterproductively inhibits the participation of scholars from many parts of the world and particularly from the global south. After a brief review of the costs of this ‘hidden paywall’ and of the tradition of ‘great power’ linguae francae in which English now stands, this article suggests that 19th and 20th century proposals for the use of a constructed auxiliary language as an aid to global scholarship now deserve to be revisited, with contemporary developments in publishing technology and machine translation rendering them feasible alternatives to the status quo in ways that they were not when first introduced.
  • Critical pedagogies to combat the deficit model in community college
           libraries: A perspective
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 February 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Vikki C. Terrile
  • Research sprints: A new model of support
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 January 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Benjamin Wiggins, Shanda L. Hunt, Jenny McBurney, Karna Younger, Michael Peper, Sherri Brown, Tami Albin, Rebecca Orozco
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