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Journal of Academic Librarianship
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  • Academic library as learning space and as collection: A learning commons'
           effects on collections and related resources and services
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Deeann Allison, Erica DeFrain, Brianna D. Hitt, David C. Tyler A tremendous amount has been written about the library as a learning space and about this model's two most popular outgrowths, the information commons and the learning commons. Little to nothing, however, has been written about how reshaping an academic/research library and repurposing library space affects the library as a collection, its resources, and its collections-related services. This study looks at the immediate impact of opening a learning commons in an academic/research library on circulation, document delivery and interlibrary loan requests for returnables, and on- and off-campus database accesses at one institution.TaxonomyLibrary Collection Management; Assessment
  • Correlates of participation in e-book piracy on campus
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Byung Lee, Roy Fenoff, Seung Yeop Paek While the intention and participation in media and software piracy have been widely investigated, little is known concerning the determinants associated with electronic book piracy. With the adoption of e-book reader devices, Internet piracy remains a global concern that impacts multiple stakeholders, including authors, publishers, and libraries. The current study aims to examine the factors associated with electronic book piracy among college students. Results indicate that peer association and perceived risk are significantly linked to one's participation in e-book piracy. However, techniques of neutralization are not statistically significant. Libraries and publishers must educate students and raise awareness about the potential outcomes and risks related to e-book piracy.
  • Mapping curriculum learning outcomes to ACRL's Framework threshold
           concepts: A syllabus study
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Eleonora Dubicki The aim of this study was to align information literacy instruction with curriculum learning outcomes as defined by teaching faculty in their syllabi. Using a syllabus study, a cross-disciplinary collection of 180 course syllabi were reviewed for learning outcomes, assignments with research components, and references to library resources and services. Key faculty-defined learning outcomes were mapped to the Association for College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education threshold concepts. Based on learning theory, introducing information literacy concepts is most effective when done at the time of need, guaranteeing that students utilize the skills immediately, and are more likely to retain the knowledge and skills learned. The author proposes a tiered approach to information literacy instruction, with novice skills introduced in lower-level courses and expert skills for upper-level and graduate courses to meet learning outcomes. Suggestions of how each of the threshold concepts can be applied to develop instructional activities to achieve learning outcomes are presented.
  • Popular research topics in the recent journal publications of library and
           information science
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Guoying Liu, Le Yang Research topic studies have gained popularity in many disciplines, including library and information science (LIS). However, the lack of representation of library science and librarianship in literature indicates a research bias due to the preset methodology parameters, which are commonly based on impact factor scores in the Journal Citation Report of Thomson Reuters. In research, the authors utilize an improved selection criterion of journals and author-supplied keyword clustering and analysis technique to study the most recent ten years of LIS journal publications. This article presents a clear picture of popular research topics in seminal literature to help practicing librarians and library science scholars gain a better understanding and considerable prediction on the research trends in the LIS field.
  • Cost-sharing models: experience of the Anatolian University Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Sami Cuhadar, Ertugrul Cimen PurposeThis study examines the cost-sharing models used by the Anatolian University Libraries Consortium (ANKOS) to determine the amounts that university libraries pay for each consortial subscription. A survey was conducted among library directors and managers of ANKOS member universities to evaluate cost-sharing models in order to create improved models. The data obtained from the questionnaire were analyzed in SPSS, the first time that these cost-sharing models have been assessed on the national level. The results of the study are presented for the benefit of other consortia and scientists/researchers and library professionals working in the field.Design/methodology/approachThis article takes a historical and descriptive approach and uses statistical methods to analyze the results of the survey. It also focuses on obtaining objective results from the Consortium members' feedback.FindingsAs with other library consortia all over the world, many different cost-sharing models have been used by ANKOS. As a result of this study, the most suitable models have been determined for different scales of academic libraries. In negotiations with publishers and vendors, priority will be given to price models preferred by member institutions.Practical implicationsThe material presented should be useful for all academic librarians concerned with consortium systems, cost-sharing, and e-resource management, especially in the developing world. This paper also provides some key points for academic librarians in the process of establishing a consortium.Originality/valueThis paper is an example of successful academic library consortium activities in a developing country and examines, in detail, the developments, opportunities, and challenges experienced since the establishment of the consortium.
  • Student perceptions of information literacy skills and curriculum before
           and after completing a research assignment
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Lyda Fontes McCartin, Stephanie Evers, Brianne Markowski Library instruction often involves one-shot sessions where librarians interact with students for a short period of time and are then left wondering what the students thought of the session and if students perceive the session as helpful for their course work. Using two surveys to gather data, this study compared student perceptions of a redesigned library curriculum and of their own information literacy skills immediately after attending a library workshop and six weeks later after completing a research paper. The findings indicate that the library workshop is meeting student needs and has a lasting effect. Additionally, the researchers found that students were better able to articulate gaps in their own knowledge after having the opportunity to apply their skills to a research assignment. The researchers recommend that librarians using surveys to inform one-shot curricular changes gather data after students have applied the skills and knowledge gained in the instruction session.
  • Closing the loop: Students, academic libraries, and textbook affordability
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Lily Todorinova, Zara T. Wilkinson This paper will summarize over 400 responses to a student questionnaire used to assess a textbook affordability program at Rutgers University. Students' responses showed that they were concerned about textbook costs, liked their open and affordable course content, and unanimously supported continuing the program. Because the Open and Affordable Textbooks program is administered through the Libraries, the survey also offers a glimpse at how textbook affordability interfaces with key library services, including collection development, teaching and learning, reserves and the visibility, use and discoverability of library resources. This article is intended to bring the conversation full circle and take steps toward defining an ecosystem of library services and activities that support textbook affordability and OER. The goal is to bring more visibility to OER programs and make sure they are integrated in foundational library operations, so that students recognize the libraries' investment in their academic success.
  • 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
  • Faculty perceptions of librarian value: The moderating relationship
           between librarian contact, course goals, and students' research skills
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Savannah L. Kelly Faculty perceptions of librarians' contributions to students' research skills has been linked to frequency of librarian contact in the extant literature. Yet, to date, no studies have tested this hypothesis via a large-scale nationally representative data set. In addition, the hypothesis that faculty perceptions of librarians might also be a function of faculty course goals has yet to be tested. This current study analyzed the most recent Ithaka S + R US Faculty Survey responses to evaluate the relationship between librarian contact, course goals, and faculty perceptions of librarians' contributions. The analyses support the conclusion that perceived frequency of librarian interaction and faculty course goals are both associated with faculty perceptions of librarians' contributions to students' research skill development. Furthermore, this study unveiled a moderating effect between perceived frequency of librarian contact and faculty course goals; that is, one is contingent on the other.
  • Intentional integration of diversity ideals in academic libraries: A
           literature review
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Alice M. Cruz Diversity is a cornerstone of the library profession and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has recently announced a renewed emphasis on diversity and inclusion. In response to this initiative, this paper will review the current academic literature relating to diversity initiatives in academic libraries. Specifically, it will discuss diversity as it pertains to staffing, culture, collections, services and programming. These five areas are good starting points for libraries to reflect on the current state of diversity at their institutions and plan for meaningful change.
  • Understanding the experience of full-time nontenure-track library faculty:
           Numbers, treatment, and job satisfaction
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Melissa Becher
  • A framework for researcher participation in Research Information
           Management Systems
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Besiki Stvilia, Shuheng Wu, Dong Joon Lee Ensuring the quality of information is a critical ethical issue for any information system. Research Information Management Systems (RIMSs) need to engage researchers in sharing research information and knowledge, and ensuring its quality. This paper introduces a theoretical framework for researcher participation in RIMSs. The framework is grounded in empirical research and can guide the design of RIMSs by defining typologies of researcher activities in RIMSs, related motivations, levels of participation, and metadata profiles. In addition, the framework defines discipline- and seniority-specific priorities for the researcher's activities and motivations. RIMS managers and scholarly communications librarians can use the framework to assemble RIMS service and metadata profiles that are tailored to the researcher's context. Likewise, the framework can guide the construction of communication messages personalized to the researcher's priorities and her or his motivations for engaging in a specific activity, which will enhance the researcher's engagement with the RIMS.
  • Application of adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) in demand-driven acquisition
           (DDA) prediction: A machine-learning approach
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Kevin W. Walker, Zhehan Jiang Demand-driven acquisition (DDA) programs are playing an increasingly important role in academic libraries. However, the literature surrounding this topic illustrates the wide-ranging, and frequently unpredictable, results of DDA implementation. As uncertainty abounds, librarians continue to seek out deeper understandings of those processes driving the use and purchase of DDA materials. Implicit in this search is a desire to understand how local environmental factors and user preferences dictate broader collection use and purchasing patterns. A small number of these studies have sought deeper insights through predictive modeling, though success has been limited. Following this line of inquiry, this study explores how machine learning might enable more effective collection development and management strategies through the predictive modeling of complex collection use and purchasing patterns. This research describes a replicable implementation of an adaptive boosting (AdaBoost) model that predicts the likelihood of DDA titles being triggered for purchase. The predictive capacity of this model is compared against a more traditional logistic regression model. This study's results show that the AdaBoost model possesses much higher predictive capacity than a regression-based model informed by the same set of predictors. The AdaBoost algorithm, once trained with local DDA data, provides accurate predictions in 82% of cases.
  • Outreach in academic librarianship: A concept analysis and definition
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Stephanie A. Diaz
  • Analyzing the use of Facebook among university libraries in Hong Kong
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 3Author(s): Ernest Tak Hei Lam, Cheuk Hang Au, Dickson K.W. Chiu In recent years, many academic libraries have started adopting social media by, for example, establishing their own Facebook pages. Our research investigates the current Facebook usage among seven university libraries in Hong Kong. Using a mixed-method research approach, we examined the characteristics of academic libraries Facebook usage and its effectiveness to engage with their patrons, based on online observations and Web content analysis from the publicly available data of the Facebook pages.Our results indicated that most libraries in Hong Kong adopted Facebook as a marketing tool, yet the user engagement level in these pages is low. In addition, we also discovered that communication-related posts and video-type posts can attract the most attention of patrons. Based on these outcomes, we provided some recommendations on the application of Facebook for academic libraries.
  • 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.
  • The use of departmental journal lists in promotion and tenure decisions at
           American research universities
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Stephen Bales, David E. Hubbard, Wyoma vanDuinkerken, Laura Sare, Joseph Olivarez The purpose of this multi-institution study was to develop an understanding of where and how ranking lists are being used for the purpose of informing promotion and tenure decisions. Individuals were selected for this survey who, were at the time, serving in administrative positions at 115 R1 Carnegie research institutions. The survey questionnaire consisted of demographic, closed-response, and rating-scale questions designed to understand the respondents' experiences and attitudes concerning their academic department's promotion and tenure process. Results of this survey will inform librarians on practices associated with promotion and tenure involving open access publishing and the use of standardized journal lists.
  • 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
  • Geography, the Academy and Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 February 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Grace Romund Geographic information sources have evolved at the same rate as the many other information sources in the last half a century. This article discusses geographic literacy and spatial thinking, and the questions that derive from geographic inquiry. Librarians in academic libraries are most often called on to meet the complex specialized geographic information needs that arise from study and practice in those areas. The sources we use and the ways we respond to these needs have evolved and expanded with the advent of various digital technologies. In order to be able to work with these new technologies, librarians can develop specialized competencies in geographic information systems (GIS) which allow them to go beyond print maps and atlases in the provision of geographic information.
  • Information Transfer in Articles About Libraries and Student Success
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Ashlynn Kogut Connecting academic libraries to the higher education environment is crucial for demonstrating the impact of libraries on student success. The purpose of this study is to examine the information transfer between the disciplines of library and information science (LIS) and higher education in order to evaluate the influence of ideas between the two disciplines. Information transfer was analyzed in 39 articles focused on the library's contributions to student success by examining the cited references, the author and collaborator affiliations, and the forward citations. The findings from the cited reference analysis suggest that LIS is borrowing concepts and methods through citations from the discipline of education.
      Authors hip affiliations showed that some non-LIS authors are publishing in the field of LIS and that LIS authors are collaborating with non-LIS authors. Finally, based on the forward citations, other disciplines are rarely citing LIS research about student success. This article's findings highlight the need to consider research and collaborators outside of the LIS field when researching the library's contribution to student success.
  • Building Intercultural Teachers: Designing Information Literacy
           Instruction Opportunities for Increasingly International Populations
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Alison Hicks
  • 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
  • Talent, Schmalent: An Instructional Design/Action Research Framework for
           the Professionalization of Teaching in Academic Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Alexander J. Carroll, Kevin Michael Klipfel When myths become canonical beliefs within a professional culture, they can have a profound impact on professional practice. In this paper we identify as a pernicious educational myth the belief that the ability to teach well is a naturally occurring innate talent or skill. The first two sections of the paper aim to demonstrate (i) that the concept of the naturally gifted teacher is a myth based on factually incorrect assumptions about expertise development and (ii) that this myth has several major negative implications for professional practices around teaching in academic libraries. We then we draw on the education literature to offer an alternative model for the cultivation of teaching excellence, an instructional design/action research framework that prioritizes ‘deliberative’ practice over innate talent. We close with suggestions for how academic librarians and library administrators can implement this framework within their institutions.
  • State of University Library: Challenges and Solutions for Yemen
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Abdulghani Muthanna, Guoyuan Sang This study focuses on presenting the state of university libraries in Yemen, drawing upon observational research and in-depth interviews with 4 key university leaders, 12 teaching education program (TEP) chairpersons, 9 college deans, 6 vice-deans, 20 teaching professors, and 34 teacher training students within one higher education institution. The observational research has also covered five libraries of three private universities and two state ones. The findings outline the challenges faced by library users: the presence of traditional libraries, traditional resources and services, and the implementation of new policy. The study highlights the urgent need to redesign libraries, to increase libraries' budgets, and to establish digital resources and services, as well as a national library association.
  • How Cyclical Assessment Can Guide Information Literacy Instruction to Best
           Serve First-year Students
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 February 2019Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Susan Woitte, Kathleen McCay There are opportunities and challenges when working with multiple stakeholders, as well as challenges and barriers to first-year student information literacy learning. This article discusses the ways in which one regional university employed cyclical assessment to focus information literacy learning objectives, improve instruction methods, and advance methods of assessment across a four-year time span.
  • The Pedagogical Promise of Primary Sources: Research Trends, Persistent
           Gaps, and New Directions
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Patricia Garcia, Joseph Lueck, Elizabeth Yakel
  • Practices, Policies, and Problems in the Management of Learning Data: A
           Survey of Libraries' Use of Digital Learning Objects and the Data They
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Graham Sherriff, Daisy Benson, Gary S. Atwood This study analyzed libraries' management of the data generated by library digital learning objects (DLOs) such as forms, surveys, quizzes, and tutorials. A substantial proportion of respondents reported having a policy relevant to learning data, typically a campus-level policy, but most did not. Other problems included a lack of access to library learning data, concerns about student privacy, inadequate granularity or standardization, and a lack of knowledge about colleagues' practices. We propose more dialogue on learning data within libraries, between libraries and administrators, and across the library profession.
  • 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
  • A Perspective on Wikipedia: Your Students Are Here, Why Aren't You'
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Meghan L. Dowell, Laurie M. Bridges
  • Accepted and Emerging Roles of Academic Libraries in Supporting Research
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Tibor Koltay This paper identifies some of the tasks and roles that academic libraries have to fulfil in order to react to the appearance of Research 2.0 that materialises in data intensive research and requires supporting activities. Reacting to the appearance of Research 2.0 by becoming service providers for scholars working on data-intensive tasks will become an imperative for libraries worldwide, even though due to the differences between countries and institutions, the tasks described in this paper may not seem urgent today. On the other hand, the issues, we identified are already part of everyday best practices in several institutions. Some of them are fairly recent or have taken new characteristics. A few roles identified in this paper are on their way to become standard occupation, while there are still ones that require innovative approaches. Our argument is based on a non-exhaustive review of the recent literature, reporting both on theoretical and practical issues and presenting the results of empirical research in the field.
  • Chinese College Students' Health Information Seeking Behavior:
           Implications for Academic Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Yanxia Shi, Lili Luo
  • “The Carrels are Essential”: An Investigation of Faculty Study Spaces
           at a Mid-Size State College
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2019Source: The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 45, Issue 2Author(s): Michelle Hendley
  • Mentoring Mid-Career: Reflections on Fostering a Culture of Mentorship for
           Experienced Librarians
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 December 2018Source: The Journal of Academic LibrarianshipAuthor(s): Ginger H. Williams
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