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  • Keeping Current: Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Authors: Leslie Stebbins
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 January 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Leslie Stebbins

      PubDate: 2017-01-19T08:39:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.01.010
  • Leveraging Librarian Liaison Expertise in a New Consultancy Role
    • Authors: Mark A. Eddy; Daniela Solomon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 January 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Mark A. Eddy, Daniela Solomon
      This paper presents a case study of an advisory role that librarians successfully developed with faculty editors to increase the visibility and readership of an open access scholarly publication. The study represents an example of how expertise among liaison librarians and other library service professionals can be leveraged in new consultancy roles in support of evolving library service models. It also depicts local application of a hybrid model for librarianship that combines the functional specialist and subject librarian liaison roles in implementing advisory activities and recommendations. The liaison librarians successfully used their knowledge of scholarly communications and applied innovative bibliometric analysis to help enhance the discoverability and user experience of an online journal publication. The librarians made specific recommendations for optimizing journal website content organization, search functionality, metadata standards and marketing opportunities that were subsequently implemented by the editors and platform managers. The faculty editor places a high value on these recommendations, and the librarian advisory role continues to develop. Our study also outlines many of the essential considerations that scholar-editors and librarian advisors can use to help implement open access scholarly publishing projects successfully.

      PubDate: 2017-01-19T08:39:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.01.001
  • Will Web Search Engines Replace Bibliographic Databases in the Systematic
           Identification of Research?
    • Authors: Jessica Bates; Paul Best; Janice McQuilkin; Brian Taylor
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jessica Bates, Paul Best, Janice McQuilkin, Brian Taylor
      The availability of web search engines offers opportunities in addition to those provided by bibliographic databases for identifying academic literature, but their usefulness for retrieving research is uncertain. A rigorous literature search was undertaken to investigate whether web search engines might replace bibliographic databases, using empirical research in health and social care as a case study. Eight databases and five web search engines were searched between 20 July and 6 August 2015. Sixteen unique studies which compared at least one database with at least one web search engine were examined, as well as drawing lessons from the authors’ own search process. Web search engines were limited in that the searcher cannot be certain that the principles of Boolean logic apply and they were more limited than bibliographic databases in their functions, such as exporting abstracts. Recommendations are made for improving the rigour and quality of reporting studies of academic literature searching.

      PubDate: 2017-01-01T05:31:20Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.003
  • Geoskills Among Academic Librarians in Greece, Cyprus and Spain
    • Authors: Ifigenia Vardakosta; Estefanía Aguilar-Moreno; Carlos Granell-Canut; Sarantos Kapidakis
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 5
      Author(s): Ifigenia Vardakosta, Estefanía Aguilar-Moreno, Carlos Granell-Canut, Sarantos Kapidakis
      Existing literature on Geographic Information (GI) and libraries points out that American and Canadian librarians have long been aware of the intimate relationship between geospatial data and libraries. In Europe, though, there is almost no literature to this regard, and academic libraries that offer GI services are the exception. Despite the fact that European and National institutions are putting lots of efforts forward for making open data freely available to society, and for supporting full programs to generate business out of it, this paper examines why libraries and librarians are not perceived as key players in the (geo) data-driven economy. Starting with a survey addressed to academic librarians (in three European countries: Greece, Cyprus and Spain) about their GI knowledge and skills, the paper attempts to shed some light on the librarians' perception about their role in GI management, and to identify to what extent they are ready for providing GI services to their communities. The ultimate goal of this paper is to serve as a triggering factor to wake up European academic libraries, Librarianship programmers and librarians themselves, to encourage them to look for opportunities in geospatial data management.

      PubDate: 2016-10-08T15:44:35Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.04.020
  • Learning at the Reference Desk: A Pilot Project to Align Reference
           Transactions with University Learning Outcomes
    • Authors: Rick Stoddart; Beth Hendrix
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Rick Stoddart, Beth Hendrix

      PubDate: 2016-12-25T07:58:45Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.004
  • The Advantages of Practice, or We Work in Libraries: That's Why Our
           Research Is Most Likely to Be Relevant
    • Authors: Kristine R. Brancolini
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kristine R. Brancolini

      PubDate: 2016-12-25T07:58:45Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.12.001
  • Known-item Searches Resulting in Zero Hits: Considerations for Discovery
    • Authors: Christiane Behnert; Dirk Lewandowski
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Christiane Behnert, Dirk Lewandowski
      The goal of this article is to understand the reasons why known-item search queries entered in a discovery system return zero hits. We analyze a sample of 708 known-item queries and classify them into four categories of zero hits with regard to whether the item is held by the library and whether the query is formulated correctly: (1) item in stock, but query incorrect, (2) item not in stock, (3) item in stock, but incomplete or erroneous metadata, (4) query is ambiguous or not understandable. The main reasons for zero hits are caused by acquisition and erroneous search queries. We discuss possible solutions for known-item queries resulting in zero hits from the side of the system and show that 30% of zero hits could easily be avoided by applying automatic spelling correction. We argue that libraries can improve their discovery systems or online catalogs by applying strategies to avoid or cope with zero hits inspired by web search engines and commercial search web sites.

      PubDate: 2016-12-16T11:55:29Z
  • Information Literacy Instruction in an English Capstone Course: A Study of
           Student Confidence, Perception, and Practice
    • Authors: Susanne F Paterson; Carolyn White Gamtso
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Susanne F Paterson, Carolyn White Gamtso
      An English professor and an instruction librarian at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester felt that the college's new English Capstone course for majors provided a unique opportunity to assess the information literacy skill levels of graduating English majors. They therefore engaged in a three-year study to evaluate the IL competency of these students, to gauge their perceptions of library instruction provided during the Capstone course and throughout their academic careers, and to determine students' confidence and self-efficacy with respect to these skills. The researchers sought to determine the ways in which the IL program for English majors effectively met established IL goals and to identify areas for improvement.

      PubDate: 2016-12-16T11:55:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.005
  • Knowledge Management Perceptions in Academic Libraries
    • Authors: Maria Koloniari; Kostas Fassoulis
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 December 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Maria Koloniari, Kostas Fassoulis
      Despite the increasing interest taken in knowledge management (KM) by a wide range of practitioners as well as the library and information science (LIS) community, knowledge management is not systematically applied in libraries. Due to the complexity of knowledge, as well as the multifaceted nature of knowledge management, there is no consensus among LIS professionals regarding its relation to information management. In this context, the current study aims at exploring how library employees perceive knowledge management, as well as which KM tools and techniques are adopted by academic libraries. The results indicate that although practitioners are aware of knowledge management and appreciative of its benefits not only for library performance but also for LIS professionals' future career options, there is a lack of clarity on fundamental KM issues. Finally, academic libraries take steps towards capturing the knowledge of their users and internal explicit knowledge; however, social practices such as communities of practice, which facilitate tacit knowledge and expertise sharing, are not adopted.

      PubDate: 2016-12-09T23:54:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.006
  • Educating Data Management Professionals: A Content Analysis of Job
    • Authors: Hsin-liang Chen; Yin Zhang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Hsin-liang Chen, Yin Zhang
      The purpose of this study is to assess the current state of required and desirable qualifications and knowledge described in the job advertisements of data management professionals and related positions. Seventy unique job advertisements were collected from five academic and professional online job lists from January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2015. WordStat, a content-analysis software program, was used to analyze the word/phrase frequency of the job descriptions based on three key factors: the requirement of an MIS/MLS/MLIS degree; prior work experience (the number of years), and the status of job position (limited or permanent appointment). The preliminary results indicate that most job positions require that the successful job candidate must be able to serve faculty and students to collect, manage, and analyze research data with essential qualifications to carry out those tasks. The top phrases regarding expertise, working environments, and qualifications are social sciences, information science, higher education, research library, institutional repositories, and metadata.

      PubDate: 2016-12-03T09:09:54Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.11.002
  • Erratum to ‘Book Reviews’ [The Journal of Academic Librarianship 42/5
           (2016) 628–631]
    • Authors: Stephanie Atkins; Sharpe
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Stephanie Atkins Sharpe

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Metaliteracy in Practice, T.E. Jacobson, T.P. Mackey. Neal-Schuman,
           Chicago (2016)
    • Authors: Sandra Hussey
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Sandra Hussey

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Responsive Web Design in Practice, by Jason A. Clark. Lanham, MD: Rowman
           & Littlefield, 2015, (150 pp. $45.00. ISBN 978-1-4422-4369-9)
    • Authors: Alicia Kubas
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Alicia Kubas

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Better Library Design: Ideas from Library Journal, R.T. Miller, B.A.
           Genco. Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD (2016)
    • Authors: Mea Warren
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Mea Warren

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Multilingual Access and Services for Digital Collections, by Jiangping
           Chen. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2016. (210 pp. $75.00. ISBN
    • Authors: Andrea Malone
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Andrea Malone

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Marketing on a Shoestring Budget: A Guide for Small Museums and Historic
           Sites, by Deborah Pitel. Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers,
           2016. (184 pp. $35.00. ISBN 978-1-4422-6351-2)
    • Authors: Alexandra Simons
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Alexandra Simons

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • The Craft of Librarian Instruction: Using Acting Techniques to Create Your
           Teaching Presence, by Julie Artman, Jeff Sundquist, and Douglas R. Dechow.
           Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016. (101 pp.
           $38.00. ISBN 978-083898821-3)
    • Authors: Glenda Insua; Richard Daley
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6
      Author(s): Glenda Insua, Richard J. Daley

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Contents and Editorial Board Continued
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Contents and Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 6

      PubDate: 2016-11-25T17:32:08Z
  • Patience, Persistence, and Process: Embedding a Campus-wide Information
           Literacy Program across the Curriculum
    • Authors: Glenn Johnson-Grau; Susan Gardner Archambault; Elisa Slater Acosta; Lindsey McLean
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Glenn Johnson-Grau, Susan Gardner Archambault, Elisa Slater Acosta, Lindsey McLean
      This article discusses strategies for academic libraries to collaborate with faculty to institutionalize important information literacy training. The discussion is framed around a case study of a medium-sized academic institution in the United States that successfully embedded information literacy concepts into course-level learning outcomes for three required courses in a new core curriculum.

      PubDate: 2016-11-04T09:38:58Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.013
  • The Constraints of Practice, or We Work in Libraries, That's Why We Can't
           Do Research
    • Authors: Elizabeth Blakesley
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 November 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Elizabeth Blakesley

      PubDate: 2016-11-04T09:38:58Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.014
  • Revisiting the Academic Library Value Research Agenda: An Opportunity to
           Shape the Future
    • Authors: Megan Oakleaf; Martha Kyrillidou
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Megan Oakleaf, Martha Kyrillidou

      PubDate: 2016-11-04T09:38:58Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.005
  • Open Pathways to Student Success: Academic Library Partnerships for Open
           Educational Resource and Affordable Course Content Creation and Adoption
    • Authors: Joseph A. Salem
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Joseph A. Salem
      This paper explores the current state of open educational resources (OER) including notable library-lead and multi-institutional programs. The potential for OER and affordable course material creation and adoption programs to impact student retention and persistence is examined. Potential additional partnerships and future directions for library-lead programs are discussed as well as the framework necessary for assessing the impact of library-lead OER initiatives.

      PubDate: 2016-10-28T21:45:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.003
  • Assessing a Patron-Driven, Library-Funded Data Purchase Program
    • Authors: Beth Sheehan; Karen Hogenboom
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Beth Sheehan, Karen Hogenboom
      The University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign established the Data Purchase Program in 2010 to provide a source of funding for the purchase of datasets which are requested by students and faculty, and make this data available to the campus at large for future use. In this study, the authors interviewed past applicants who submitted proposals to this program to collect their feedback and perspectives on the strengths of this program and the impact that it had on their research, as well as to determine any aspects of the program's design or implementation that need improvements. Interviews revealed that the ease of application and lack of other options for obtaining data made the program appealing, especially to graduate students, but that study participants wished for a more robust program in terms of marketing the specific data purchased by the library and help with data in general. Also, the purchased data had a wide range of impacts on the participants' research.

      PubDate: 2016-10-28T21:45:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.001
  • Continuing Education (CE) of LIS Professionals: Need Analysis &
           Role of LIS Schools
    • Authors: Muhammad Rafiq; Munazza Jabeen; Muhammad Arif
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Muhammad Rafiq, Munazza Jabeen, Muhammad Arif
      Information explosion, development and applications of ICTs, changing dynamics of information users, and evolving trends in library and information services have promoted the discussion of continuing education (CE) in Library and Information Science (LIS) domain. ICTs are increasingly changing the landscape of libraries and challenging the traditional prevailing roles of LIS professionals. LIS professionals find it hard to remain in context in this technological era. They require the new set of skills and knowledge to address the challenges and issues of their professional life. The purpose of this study was to explore the opinions of LIS professionals to make an assessment about CE needs and the role of library schools to address these needs. The study opted sequential mixed methods of research. In first phase, an online survey was conducted to meet the objectives of the study. Data was collected by using a structured questionnaire. A total of 144 responses (70% male and 30% female) were received. In 2nd phase, a focus group was conducted to collect the qualitative data. The meta inferences were drawn on the basis of inferences of both QUAN and QUAL strands. The findings of the study revealed that respondents perceive a very active and instrumental role of LIS schools in their continuing education. Workshops, post-master certificate, and post-graduate diplomas were preferred formats of continuing education programs. The respondents preferred week long and 1–6months long CE programs. In terms of the timings, weekends programs were most preferred. The respondents recommended that course instructor should be based on the contents of the course and a blend of teaching faculty and practitioners may be productive. The study also identified core areas of CE offerings. The findings of the study are helpful for LIS schools, professionals, trainers, funding bodies and policy makers. The study has the potential to bridge the gap by providing insight about the CE needs and recommend the concrete suggestions to act upon.

      PubDate: 2016-10-28T21:45:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.004
  • Breaking It Down: A Brief Exploration of Institutional Repository
           Submission Agreements
    • Authors: Amanda Rinehart; Jim Cunningham
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Amanda Rinehart, Jim Cunningham
      Institutional repositories typically have a submission agreement that is meant to protect the institution hosting the repository and inform submitters of their rights and responsibilities. This article examines how various libraries have created submission agreements, enquires as to issues surrounding them, and identifies commonalities and unique statements. The authors deployed a survey to institutional repository administrators listed in OpenDOAR in the United States. Approximately 7% of the 304 potential institutional repository managers responded. Library administrators, institutional repositories managers/architects, and legal counsel were the most likely to have input into the creation of the submission agreement; scholarly communications librarians were involved only 20% of the time. Although submission agreements averaged 282 words arranged in 9 sentences, their reading complexity requires a university degree. Commonalities include characterizing the agreement as a non-exclusive license, indicating the submitter's responsibility for obtaining permissions for any content that they did not produce, and confirming the right of the submitter to enter into the agreement. Submission agreements are generally complex and do not accommodate the common practice of mediated submission. Sharing submission agreements publicly may lead to simplified and standardized language and reduce barriers to submitters.

      PubDate: 2016-10-28T21:45:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.10.002
  • Patron Preferences: Recreational Reading in an Academic Library
    • Authors: Kat Landry Mueller; Michael Hanson; Michelle Martinez; Linda Meyer
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 October 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kat Landry Mueller, Michael Hanson, Michelle Martinez, Linda Meyer
      In 2014, Sam Houston State University Library librarians distributed a survey to students, faculty and staff to better understand how the university community was using library materials for recreational reading. The survey found that patrons had preference for print materials with a growing interest in other formats. A significant number of respondents did not view the library as a source of recreational reading materials; those who did read across a broad swath of genres. Greater understanding of patron recreational reading preferences empower the library to expand the library collection to meet all patron demands.

      PubDate: 2016-10-08T15:44:35Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.019
  • Editorial Board continued
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 42, Issue 5

      PubDate: 2016-10-08T15:44:35Z
  • Information Literacy in the Active Learning Classroom
    • Authors: Clarence Maybee; Tomalee Doan; Michael Flierl
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Clarence Maybee, Tomalee Doan, Michael Flierl

      PubDate: 2016-09-30T18:58:40Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.07.005
  • Comparison of the Accuracy of Bibliographical References Generated for
           Medical Citation Styles by EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jiří Kratochvíl
      Bibliographical references to online and printed articles, books, contributions to edited books and web resources generated by EndNote, Mendeley, RefWorks and Zotero were compared with manually written references according to the citation instructions in 15 biomedical journals and the NLM citation style. The fewest mistakes were detected in references generated by Zotero for 11 journals and the NLM style, while the second fewest number of mistakes was found in Mendeley. The largest number of mistakes for 9 journals was found in references generated by EndNote and in the other 4 journals the largest number of mistakes was detected in RefWorks references. With regard to the individual types of resources, the lowest number of mistakes was shown by Zotero, while RefWorks had the greatest number of mistakes. All programs had problems especially with generating the URL and the date of access in the reference to online documents. It was also found that several mistakes were caused by technical limitations of the reference managers, while other mistakes originated due to incorrect setting of the citation styles. A comparison showed that Zotero and Mendeley are the most suitable managers.

      PubDate: 2016-09-19T18:51:49Z
  • Nursing Students' Learning Experience With E-books
    • Authors: Yingqi Tang; Paula Barnett-Ellis
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Yingqi Tang, Paula Barnett-Ellis

      PubDate: 2016-09-06T08:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.020
  • User Acceptance of Mobile Library Applications in Academic Libraries: An
           Application of the Technology Acceptance Model
    • Authors: Hye-Young Yoon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 September 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Hye-Young Yoon
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate factors influencing user acceptance of mobile library applications in academic libraries. Methodology A conceptual structural model for user acceptance of mobile library applications, was developed using a technology acceptance model (TAM) as a theoretical background, and used a structural equation modeling with partial least squares (PLS) approach to examine data collected from a survey of 273 undergraduates in an academic library setting. Findings The results of this study strongly support the TAM theory to understand user acceptance of mobile library applications. Perceived usefulness, interactivity, and ease of use had significant effects on user attitude and intention to use mobile library applications. Further, user satisfaction had the most powerful effect on intention to use among the constructs included in the model. Practical implications The results are of practical significance to all those interested in the mobile library services field, or primarily academic library researchers and library practitioners. Value The paper is the first to investigate user acceptance of mobile library services using smartphone applications based on the TAM theory. Simultaneously, the PLS approach used in this study is unique to mobile library services research. The paper, as such, contributes to the methodology development of the mobile library services research field.

      PubDate: 2016-09-06T08:06:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.003
  • Measuring the Importance of Library User Education: A Comparative Study
           Between Fudan University and the National Taiwan Normal University
    • Authors: Qianxiu Liu; Patrick Lo; Hiroshi Itsumura
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Qianxiu Liu, Patrick Lo, Hiroshi Itsumura
      This study aims at examining students' attitudes and perceptions towards the values and importance of the user education program provided by the libraries of two leading universities in Asia — namely, Fudan University (FU), located in Shanghai and the National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), located in Taipei. It uses a comparative approach to highlight the differences in students' feelings about a series of user education programs carried out by these two academic libraries. The data was collected through online questionnaire surveys with student participants, together with a small number of face-to-face interviews with the user education librarians to reflect on the survey results. A total number of 109 survey responses were collected from both universities. Results of this study indicated that a majority of the student respondents considered library user education as an important part of their formal academic learning – as such library programs enabled them the necessary skills to make the best and maximum use the library resources available. The findings of this study are useful for identifying the different learning needs amongst these two groups of students, as well as other barriers that were preventing the library user education programs to be integrated into students' overall learning, and the university's core curriculum as a whole.

      PubDate: 2016-08-26T08:51:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.009
  • Systematic Literature Review Informing LIS Professionals on Embedding
           Librarianship Roles
    • Authors: A. Abrizah; Samaila Inuwa; N. Afiqah-Izzati
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): A. Abrizah, Samaila Inuwa, N. Afiqah-Izzati
      Purpose Embedded librarianship currently receives renewed interest worldwide, seeks to bring the library and the librarian to users in their work environment. This paper identifies and documents embedding librarianship roles as reported in the Library and Information Science (LIS) literature. Method A systematic literature review was conducted using methods promulgated by the Center for Reviews and Disseminations but adapted to the particular needs of this review. Various online databases were used. The search phrases used were: embedded librarianship, embedded librarians, blended librarian, integrated librarian, liaison librarian, information consultants, knowledge managers and subject librarians. For inclusion, an article need to contain substantive description of the identified role and/or activity performed in embedding library practices. Papers that did not describe an actual (rather than proposed) embedding librarianship role were excluded. In total 102 articles were retrieved, 55 were found suitable for the review. Findings The roles of embedded librarians were identified, especially in the context of service delivery, all of which reported to be applied to academic libraries. Information literacy instruction, research and other scholarly activities, distance and online learning as well as embedding in classrooms, were described as ways of ensuring successful embedding librarianship. Implications The roles reported in the literature should inform practicing librarians contemplating embedding practices, guide formal embedded librarianship programs, and encourage other librarians to consider new skills in support of embedding roles. Originality/value The paper is the first to develop systematic literature review on embedding librarianship roles and offers the reference list of those selected papers and identifying further papers. This paper is recommended to those interested in a holistic and temporal view of the topic.

      PubDate: 2016-08-26T08:51:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.010
  • Why read it on your mobile device? Change in reading habit of electronic
           magazines for university students
    • Authors: Peng Wang; Dickson K.W. Chiu; Kevin K.W. Ho; Patrick Lo
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Peng Wang, Dickson K.W. Chiu, Kevin K.W. Ho, Patrick Lo
      Magazines, often published periodically with a variety of contents, have long been successful in catering to magazine readers' various content needs and reading interests. In recent years, interactive digital magazines instead of replicas of printed magazines, based on digital devices have been gaining popularity and preference due to its unrivaled convenience and interactivity. To some extent, many people's magazine-reading habits have been changed due to their adoption of mobile digital devices. This study is designed to analyze mobile digital devices' influence on magazine reading habits amongst university students in Hong Kong. Issues such as mobile digital devices' level of adoption amongst university students and their preferences on devices for different magazine types are analyzed. Our findings show that university students in Hong Kong read more types of magazines after they started to use mobile digital devices, mainly using tablets. The findings of the study are useful for librarians (academic librarians in particular) and digital publishing vendors to explore the issues concerning services and collection development of interactive digital resources.

      PubDate: 2016-08-26T08:51:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.007
  • Effects of Information Literacy Skills on Student Writing and Course
    • Authors: Xiaorong Shao; Geraldine Purpur
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Xiaorong Shao, Geraldine Purpur
      This study documents the information literacy skills of college freshmen at a mid-size comprehensive university. It also examines the association between students' information literacy skills and their writing abilities as well as their overall performance in a class. A major finding of the study is that information literacy skills were positively correlated with both student writing scores and final course grades. The findings of this study call for well-integrated library instruction programs and services to improve student information literacy skills.

      PubDate: 2016-08-21T12:51:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.006
  • Assessing Graduate Level Information Literacy Instruction With Critical
           Incident Questionnaires
    • Authors: Laura Saunders; Jenny Severyn Shanti Freundlich Vivienne Piroli Jeremy Shaw-Munderback
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Laura Saunders, Jenny Severyn, Shanti Freundlich, Vivienne Piroli, Jeremy Shaw-Munderback

      PubDate: 2016-08-21T12:51:27Z
  • Institutional Repositories in Chinese Open Access Development: Status,
           Progress, and Challenges
    • Authors: Jing Zhong; Shuyong Jiang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jing Zhong, Shuyong Jiang
      Open Access (OA) movement in China is developing with its own track and speed. Compared to its western counterparts, it moves slowly. However, it keeps growing. More significantly, it provides open and free resources not only to Chinese scholars, but also to those of China studies around the world. The premise is whether we can find them in an easy and effective fashion. This paper will describe the status of the OA movement in China with a focus on institutional repositories (IR) in Chinese universities and research institutes. We will explore different IR service modules and discuss their coverage, strengths, limitation, and most importantly implications to the East Asian Collection in the US.

      PubDate: 2016-08-21T12:51:27Z
  • Citation Generators, OWL, and the Persistence of Error-Ridden References:
           An Assessment for Learning Approach to Citation Errors
    • Authors: Christy R. Stevens
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Christy R. Stevens
      Despite the pervasive use of citation generators and other online citation resources like Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL), undergraduate students' bibliographies are still often riddled with errors. This article explores the possibility that these errors are the product of more than just carelessness. After reviewing the literature on students' citation practices and instructional approaches to citation errors, the paper examines the underlying assumptions governing the instructor's unsuccessful error correction practices in a credit-bearing information literacy course. Next, an assessment for learning in-class activity is described that helped uncover some of the obstacles students face that prevent them from using resources like OWL effectively when constructing or correcting their citations. The article ends with an assessment of the activity and students' citations in their final research project.

      PubDate: 2016-08-16T01:48:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.07.003
  • To Be Real: Antecedents and Consequences of Sexual Identity Disclosure by
           Academic Library Directors
    • Authors: K.G. Schneider
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): K.G. Schneider
      Using ten interviews with openly lesbian and gay academic library leaders from around the United States, this study investigated themes associated with sexual identity disclosure decisions in the workplace. Thematic analysis through grounded theory identified three themes common among all participants: claiming and maintaining identity; road-paving; and a dual theme, being myself/just like anyone else.

      PubDate: 2016-08-16T01:48:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.018
  • Providing Enhanced Information Skills Support to Students From
           Disadvantaged Backgrounds: Western Sydney University Library Outreach
    • Authors: Judy Reading
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Judy Reading
      Widening higher education participation is a key priority for government and universities around the world because improving the education level and skills of the population as a whole is seen as key for national and individual economic wellbeing and as a key tool in achieving a more equitable society. Can addressing information literacy skills improve the chances of academic success for students who might in the past not have had the opportunity to attend university? Who are these students and what do they need? The Outreach Program at Western Sydney University was established to develop enhanced Library support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The 18month pilot project was initially funded by the Australian Government HEPP (Higher Education Participation and Partnerships) Program (2010−11) and the next 3years (2011–15) were supported by Western Sydney University Strategic Initiatives funding. This article will outline what was learnt from the Program about the skill support needs of students from disadvantaged backgrounds and the needs of students struggling with academic demands in their first year of university study. An important lesson was that the two are not synonymous. Low socioeconomic status (LSES) students at Western Sydney University, at least based on the HEPPP ‘postcode’ measure of disadvantage, are not particularly associated with academic failure. However many students, particularly those coming to University with low levels of prior academic achievement and those with English as a second language, do struggle to achieve a passing grade. This article will review the strategies used by the Outreach Program to identify and address the difficulties of struggling students, for evaluating the effectiveness of Library skills support and for embedding sustainable enhanced skills programs. It is envisaged that this article will be of interest to the many academic librarians grappling with the important task of supporting widening participation.

      PubDate: 2016-08-16T01:48:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.002
  • Rethinking Mobile Learning in Light of Current Theories and Studies
    • Authors: Claudia Jennifer Dold
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 August 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Claudia Jennifer Dold
      The proliferation of hand-held devices offers educators new opportunities to reach students. This paper reviews the current literature on video and online learning as an instructional medium in academia, often created by librarians. Topics examined include distance learning, learning theory, user preference, student motivation, and learning efficiency.

      PubDate: 2016-08-06T19:00:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.08.004
  • Finding and Reading Reports of Research: How Academic Librarians Can Help
           Students Be More Successful
    • Authors: Dian Walster; Deborah H. Charbonneau; Kafi Kumasi
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Dian Walster, Deborah H. Charbonneau, Kafi Kumasi
      This exploratory study used analytic induction to examine the content of seven prominent library research journals in terms of the characteristics evidenced in reports of research. It examines questions such as: How does one differentiate a research report from other types of scholarly writing? What are issues that impact success in effectively searching for and finding a report of research? Where might students encounter stumbling blocks in successfully reading and understanding a report of research? Implications from the findings of this study are generalized into recommendations for how academic librarians can apply their professional skill sets to aid students whether undergraduate, graduate, professional or doctoral to effectively find and successfully read reports of research.

      PubDate: 2016-07-23T17:19:22Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.017
  • Learning Outcomes for Student Workers? Perceived Mentoring and the Gap
           Between Training and Educating Library Student Workers
    • Authors: Jennifer Campbell-Meier; Lisa K. Hussey
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jennifer Campbell-Meier, Lisa K. Hussey
      Individuals enter graduate programs for a variety of reasons, many have a mentor to help guide or focus interest in a program or specialization. This is particularly important for masters programs in library and information science, an interdisciplinary degree that combines theoretical and practical components to educate information professionals for work in a technologically oriented and knowledge-based society. MLIS students at Institutions X, Y, and Z were surveyed in 2013 about professional identity, LIS experience and mentoring. From the 365 responses, fewer than 40% of respondents had a mentor, however, more than 70% of participants worked in an LIS environment as staff members, student workers, pages, and volunteers prior to entering a program. This implies that either staff are not mentoring student workers or that the students do perceive their interactions with fellow library staff as mentoring. Formalizing a mentoring relationship through learning outcomes may provide a deeper understanding of the profession and identify future MLIS students.

      PubDate: 2016-07-23T17:19:22Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.007
  • The Heart of the University: Library Link Location on Doctoral Granting
           Institutions Webpages and Correlation with Research Output
    • Authors: Jessica Simpson
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jessica Simpson
      While other research articles have looked at visibility of the library and reasons for where the link to the library webpage is placed, this article will explore how the location of the library link on doctorate-granting institution websites correlates with research output. In this article, the author used the Carnegie Classification framework for doctorate-granting universities and classified the library link location on their university websites to show that there was a correlation between placement of the library link and the research output of the university. The results show that doctoral granting institutions with higher research output put the link to their library on more prominent positions on the university website.

      PubDate: 2016-07-10T21:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.011
  • “What We Do Every Day Is Impossible”: Managing Change by Developing a
           Knotworking Culture in an Academic Library
    • Authors: Heli Kaatrakoski; Johanna Lahikainen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Heli Kaatrakoski, Johanna Lahikainen
      Change, transformation, the reassessment of services and professional capabilities are key concepts in the language of academic libraries today. We suggest that two intertwined rationales – technical development and the marketisation of the public sector along with a customer approach – are driving the change that is challenging academic libraries to rethink their work and services. In this article, we first discuss embedded librarianship and knotworking in libraries as participatory approaches to the arrangement of academic library work and services. Second, we presented the findings of the Knotworking project and its follow-up interviews and suggest knotworking as a method with which librarians can collaboratively analyse their own work and develop services with researchers and thus respond to changing working environments. Third, we discuss changes in the work identity of librarians.

      PubDate: 2016-07-10T21:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.001
  • Dimensions of User Perception of Academic Library as Place
    • Authors: Jong-Ae Kim
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jong-Ae Kim
      Despite the ongoing discussion on library as place, there has not been a robust framework for understanding the meanings and the dimensions of library as place. The purpose of this study is to identify reliable and meaningful dimensions of academic library as place. The formative elements of academic library as place were elicited in terms of physical setting of place, person, and act. A cross-sectional field study was conducted at a state university in the eastern region of the United States. Principal component analysis identified three dimensions of academic library as place: information and services, reading and study, and relaxation. The conceptualization of academic library as place enables us to confirm constructs, and the established constructs advance theoretical discussions on library as place. The findings of this study are expected to provide empirical evidence of user perception of library as place, thus improving our understanding of users and strategies for the effective design of library space.

      PubDate: 2016-07-10T21:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.013
  • Information Behaviour of Students Living With Visual Impairments in
           University Libraries: A Review of Related Literature
    • Authors: Stephen Mutula; Rebecca M. Majinge
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Stephen Mutula, Rebecca M. Majinge
      Reviews related empirical and theoretical literature on the information behaviour of students living with visual impairments in university libraries. The literature reviewed show that students living with visual impairments in University libraries need information for writing assignments, tests, examinations, research and more like their counterparts without visual impairments. In addition, the sources of information preferred by students living with visual impairments include library staff, classmates, friends, readers employed by disability units to assist them to read, OPAC and databases. Furthermore, their preferred sources of information should be appropriately packaged in print and electronic formats. The literature further reveals that assistive technologies can effectively be used to facilitate access to information by students living with visual impairments in University libraries. It was revealed that shortage of information resources in Braille and large print, inaccessible library buildings and lack of assistive technologies are the major challenges affecting access to and use of information by students living with visual impairments. Therefore necessary policy and practical interventions where they do not exist should be promulgated so that assistive technologies, infrastructure (e.g. building layout) and resources are made available to alleviate these challenges facing students living with visual impairments in the universities.

      PubDate: 2016-07-10T21:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.019
  • Multilingual Information Retrieval & Use: Perceptions and Practices
           Amongst Bi/Multilingual Academic Users
    • Authors: Peggy Nzomo; Isola Ajiferuke; Liwen Vaughan; Pamela McKenzie
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 July 2016
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Peggy Nzomo, Isola Ajiferuke, Liwen Vaughan, Pamela McKenzie
      In recent years, technological advancements in Natural Language Processing (NLP) such as machine translation have made it possible for users to access information in multiple languages, even those in which they may not be proficient. The current study investigated the information searching behavior of bi/multilingual academic users, and examined their practices and perceptions regarding searching for information on the Internet and on electronic databases. Bi/multilingual students were recruited from a Canadian university and a community college both located in London, Ontario. A total of 250 (N =250) students completed a web survey through a link that was embedded in an invitation e-mail. Results showed that though advancements in NLP technology have alleviated some of the linguistic related challenges that some bi/multilingual academic users face while searching for information online, language barriers do still exist for some especially at the query formulation stage. The study found that an increase in Multilingual Information Access (MLIA) tools on electronic databases coupled with appropriate information literacy instruction could be helpful in further alleviating language barriers.

      PubDate: 2016-07-10T21:18:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2016.06.012
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