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Journal Cover Journal of Academic Librarianship
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  • Policies, Open Access and Cooperation as Factors Influencing Geospatial
           Collections in Libraries and Institutional Repositories
    • Authors: Ifigenia Vardakosta; Sarantos Kapidakis
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 September 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Ifigenia Vardakosta, Sarantos Kapidakis
      The aim of this paper is to explore whether in today's changing landscape libraries institutional repositories are used, in order to develop collections of locally produced geospatial data. Furthermore, this study will explore the use of policies in developing geospatial collections in order to reveal whether this tool is necessary for librarians who deal with geospatial collections. Finally, it will also detect the role of cooperation in respect to the development of geospatial collections. This research is addressed to librarians working on geospatial collections so as to ascertain their perceptions since they are considered to be the professionals leading changes. The results demonstrate that Map/GIS libraries, along with analog geospatial collections, tend to develop collections from the data their academic community produces. Librarians seem to be convinced that the formulation of policies, the open access to the data, and the establishment of cooperation among stakeholders will be the critical points to accomplish this goal.

      PubDate: 2017-09-18T16:19:44Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.011
  • The h-index Debate: An Introduction for Librarians
    • Authors: Cameron Barnes
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 September 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Cameron Barnes
      This article reviews the debate within bibliometrics regarding the h-index. Despite its popularity as a decision-making tool within higher education, the h-index has become increasingly controversial among specialists. Fundamental questions remain regarding the extent to which the h-index actually measures what it sets out to measure. Unfortunately, many aspects of this debate are confined to highly technical discussions in specialised journals. This article explains in simple terms exactly why a growing number of bibliometricians are sceptical that the h-index is a useful tool for evaluating researchers. It concludes that librarians should be cautious in their recommendations regarding this metric, at least until better evidence becomes available.

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.013
  • An Academic Librarian's Search for Meaning: A Survey of Lifelong Learning
           in Library Literature
    • Authors: Megan Hayes Mahoney
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 September 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Megan Hayes Mahoney
      Lifelong learning is not a new term; many colleges and universities in the United States have lifelong learning programs or departments, such as the Lifelong Learning College at the University of Indianapolis, or an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. At one Midwestern University, lifelong learning is part of the University mission statement, which spurred the creation of a new position in the Library—Lifelong Learning Librarian. Discussions with the Dean of the Library and colleagues, however, indicated that there was no consensus on campus as to what lifelong learning means for the University's students. The author conducted an analysis of 228 citations from a library literature database and a content analysis of 137 PDFs from that set in order to discover how library professionals use the term lifelong learning in published literature. Results indicate two potential paths for developing the new librarian position on campus.

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.05.004
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    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
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    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • Data Management: A Practical Guide for Librarians, by Margaret E.
           Henderson. From Practical Guides for Librarians. No. 28. Series edited by
           M. Sandra Wood. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2017. 214p. $65.00.
           ISBN 978-1-4422-6438-0.
    • Authors: Amy Riegelman
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Amy Riegelman

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • Innovative LibGuides Applications: Real World Examples, R.L. Sittler, A.W.
           Dobbs (Eds.). Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, MD (2016), ISBN:
    • Authors: Alexandra Simons
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Alexandra Simons

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • Librarians and Instructional Designers: Collaboration and Innovation, J.
           Eshleman, R. Moniz, K. Mann, K. Eshleman. ALA Editions, Chicago (2016),
           ISBN: 978-0-8389-1455-7
    • Authors: Annie Armstrong
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Annie Armstrong

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • New Directions for Special Collections: An Anthology of Practice, L.M.
           Thomas, B.M. Whittaker (Eds.). Libraries Unlimited, Denver, CO (2017),
           ISBN: 978-1-4408-4290-0
    • Authors: Margot Note
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Margot Note

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • Integrating LibGuides into Library Websites, A.W. Dobbs, R.L. Sittler
    • Authors: Alexandra Simons
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Alexandra Simons

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • The One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide, 2nd ed., H.E. Buchanan,
           B.A. McDonough. ALA Editions, Chicago (2016), vii, ISBN: 978-0-8389-1486-1
    • Authors: Diana Symons
      Abstract: Publication date: July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 4
      Author(s): Diana Symons

      PubDate: 2017-09-12T07:18:02Z
  • Choosing Academic Librarianship: An Examination of Characteristics and
           Selection Criteria
    • Authors: Astrid Oliver; Eric Prosser
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Astrid Oliver, Eric Prosser
      Studies exploring librarians' backgrounds and motivations frequently focus on all librarian-types or on students seeking a degree in librarianship. Investigating particular subsets of librarians is a field ripe for study. Here, we employed a survey of 1872 academic librarians who obtained a graduate degree in librarianship to examine their undergraduate education and their general career paths leading them to academic librarianship. The study found that over two-thirds of respondents sought a librarianship degree more than one year after obtaining their undergraduate degree. A large majority spent time in the workforce before seeking a librarianship degree, with exposure to work in a library or contact with a librarian remaining a major influence on the decision to enter the field.

      PubDate: 2017-09-07T00:27:17Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.009
  • Implementing the READ Scale at the Austin Peay State University Library
    • Authors: Christopher Ross Bowron; Joseph E. Weber
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 September 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Christopher Ross Bowron, Joseph E. Weber

      PubDate: 2017-09-07T00:27:17Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.010
  • Enhancing Information Literacy Using Bernard Lonergan's Generalized
           Empirical Method: A Three-year Case Study in a First Year Biology Course
    • Authors: Lisa Rose-Wiles; Marian Glenn; Doreen Stiskal
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 August 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Lisa Rose-Wiles, Marian Glenn, Doreen Stiskal

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.012
  • Academic libraries & institutional learning analytics: One path to
    • Authors: Megan Oakleaf; Anthony Whyte; Emily Lynema; Malcolm Brown
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 August 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Megan Oakleaf, Anthony Whyte, Emily Lynema, Malcolm Brown

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.08.008
  • Evaluation of an Embedded Program Through the Embedded Ecosystem Framework
           and Toolkit
    • Authors: Kim Mears; Maryśka Connolly-Brown; Julie K. Gaines; Lindsay Blake; Kathy Davies; Peter Shipman; Gail Kouame
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 August 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kim Mears, Maryśka Connolly-Brown, Julie K. Gaines, Lindsay Blake, Kathy Davies, Peter Shipman, Gail Kouame
      This article provides a theoretical model for understanding embedded librarianship by introducing an Embedded Ecosystem Framework (EEF) and toolkit to evaluate the health of an embedded program in an academic setting. The toolkit measures the tangible services and the intangible relationships with users in embedded programs under the framework's four facets: Actions, Awareness, Perceptions, and Impact. The Actions facet is measured by traditional library reference metrics, while Awareness, Perception, and Impact measures such as program awareness, self-reported academic gains, or service satisfaction are measured by a survey as well as individual and class evaluations. Analysis of data trends can indicate gaps in services provided or utilization of services by specific user groups to encourage more active engagement with their communities. The toolkit is customizable to fit other embedded librarian programs.

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.001
  • Factors Influencing Information Literacy Competency of College Students
    • Authors: Scott Lanning; Jill Mallek
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 August 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Scott Lanning, Jill Mallek
      This paper analyzes multiple factors from current university students' high school experiences, including demographic, educational, and economic factors, and current standing and grade point average (GPA), to evaluate the students' information literacy skills associated with a 1000 level course on information literacy which is part of the university's general education requirement. The pre-test indicates that students lack sufficient skills needed to do college-level research. Results of regression analyses demonstrate that only current university GPA and standardized test scores have any influence on information literacy test scores.

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.005
  • The Decline of Circulation: Reversing the Trend through Technology
    • Authors: Sharon Holderman
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sharon Holderman

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.004
  • Keeping Current: Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 31 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship

      PubDate: 2017-09-01T00:25:16Z
  • Predicting the Role of Library Bookshelves in 2025
    • Authors: Coen Wilders
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Coen Wilders
      University libraries are questioning the added value of open shelves with books. As scientific publications are increasingly available in electronic format, which role do bookshelves have in the future library space' The Utrecht University Library case study invites librarians to fundamentally rethink how they could strengthen the function of open shelves in their library. Based on acquisition and user data, and on interviews with publishers and users, this article suggests that in 2025 bookshelves could play an important role in providing access to those publications which are preferred by users in paper format. However, bookshelves should no longer focus solely on paper publications, but on digital publications too, as most library collections increasingly become hybrid. Moreover, libraries should also think of ways to enhance the inspiring role of bookshelves. Then, the open shelves could have added value within the library space of the future, providing access to a hybrid collection and an inspiring place to study.

      PubDate: 2017-07-21T13:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.019
  • A Study to Develop and Apply Evaluation Factors for Subject Guides in
           South Korea
    • Authors: Younghee Noh; Daekeun Jeong
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Younghee Noh, Daekeun Jeong
      The purpose of this study is to develop the evaluation factors for the Subject Guide for Korean Modern Literature, which is provided by the National Library of Korea, to enhance the guides as an effective public service. In the study, the following final evaluation factors were identified: four evaluation domains (use, content, format, and collaboration), 23 evaluation components, and 67 evaluation items and questions. The results of the study showed that key evaluation components included the reliability of the website, user communication, accessibility to the subject guides, book search capability, provision of information in a consistent format, and the scope of the subject guides. When the subject-specific bibliography system of the National Library of Korea was examined by applying the developed evaluation factors, it was found that the system satisfied only 37 (55.2%) of 67 evaluation items: 8 (40%) of 20 items on use, 13 (66%) of 20 items on content, 15 (88%) of 17 items on format, and 1 (10%) of 10 items on collaboration. Accordingly, the entire subject-specific bibliography system that is currently in use needs to be reviewed, and changes and improvements need to be made utilizing the derived evaluation factors. In particular, it is imperative to develop a strategy to facilitate collaboration among users and librarians in charge, and a more effective subject guide system.

      PubDate: 2017-07-21T13:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.02.002
  • Imposed-inquiry Information-seeking Self-efficacy and Performance of
           College Students: A Review of the Literature
    • Authors: Melissa Clark
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Melissa Clark
      Information literacy is a constellation of skills related to information use, one of which is information seeking. Proficiency in information seeking alone is not sufficient, though, because having the procedural knowledge necessary to complete a task is irrelevant without the confidence to act on that knowledge. Despite its importance, researchers have only begun investigating information-seeking self-efficacy in the last few decades, and multiple studies have demonstrated the importance of information literacy instruction in developing self-efficacy. How and why self-efficacy changes are key questions in this line of research, and both require a reliable and valid method of measuring self-efficacy, as well as an objective, quantitative measure of performance. Multiple researchers have addressed this issue in their research, often in relationship with another topic, including the efficacy of different pedagogical approaches, the relationship between self-efficacy and performance, human-computer interaction with search systems, and the interrelationships between self-efficacy and multiple other variables. Although progress has been made, a great deal of research is required to properly understand the relationship between self-efficacy and performance, and the complex interrelationships with other factors, which would allow for the development of better information literacy instruction.

      PubDate: 2017-07-21T13:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.05.001
  • Sustainable Library Buildings: Green Design Needs and Interior
           Architecture Students' Ideas for Special Collection Rooms
    • Authors: Yasemin Afacan
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Yasemin Afacan

      PubDate: 2017-07-21T13:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.07.002
  • The Out Loud Assignment: Articulating Library Contributions to First-year
           Student Success
    • Authors: Elizabeth L. Black; Sarah Anne Murphy
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Elizabeth L. Black, Sarah Anne Murphy
      As more and more libraries consider GPA and year-to-year retention as relevant and meaningful measures of interest, it is important to consider whether these measures are locally appropriate. Several limitations of broadly applying GPA and first-year retention as measures of student success were recently discovered while completing a large exploratory research project. The project assessed the impact of a library assignment offered to students during their first term on campus at a large public research university. Findings revealed the assignment had a greater impact on regional campus students in contrast to the larger central campus, where changes in admission requirements has created an increasingly high-performing cohort of first-year students. Other indicators which may better locally articulate library contributions to student success are needed.

      PubDate: 2017-07-21T13:31:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.008
  • Breaking Down Barriers: Making it Easier for Academic Librarians of Color
           to Stay
    • Authors: Trevar Riley-Reid
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Trevar Riley-Reid
      The strength of every nation lies in its people. In America, that strength can be found in the rich cultural heritage of a diverse nation. Unfortunately, diversity does not permeate all facets of life–specifically in academia and its libraries. The question continues to be asked: where are all of the academic librarians of color' For the ones who are tenured or who are seeking tenure, how can they be retained within the ranks of academia' The focus of this study is to explore and define some of the explicit and implicit barriers faced by academic librarians of color through a review of the literature. Many of the explicit barriers stem directly from racism and from being perceived as the “other” while implicit barriers are more subtle and stem from the covert damage that toxic environmental forces have on shaping the career and work experiences of librarians of color. This analysis also offers methods for breaking down these barriers (through ways such as mentoring) for institutions to consider—along with some strategies to empower librarians of color themselves.

      PubDate: 2017-07-08T01:07:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.017
  • Minding the Gaps: Interprofessional Communication and the Stewardship of
           Oral Histories With Sensitive Information
    • Authors: Krista White
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 July 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Krista White

      PubDate: 2017-07-08T01:07:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.007
  • A Practical Perspective on Preparation for the Semantic Web
    • Authors: Joy M. Perrin
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Joy M. Perrin

      PubDate: 2017-07-08T01:07:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.018
  • Ensuring the academic library's relevance to stakeholders: The role of the
           Library Director
    • Authors: Fiona Harland; Glenn Stewart; Christine Bruce
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Fiona Harland, Glenn Stewart, Christine Bruce
      This paper presents a substantive grounded theory about how the Library Director can ensure the library's relevance to university and external stakeholders in the face of rapid changes in technology and higher education. A constructivist grounded theory research approach involved 14 semi-structured interviews with 12 Library Directors of publicly funded university libraries in Australia and the United States. The substantive theory and the conceptual model presented in this paper suggest that the Library Director responds to the problem of rapid change by enacting the following strategies: aligning strategic vision with the university; continuously reinventing the library; engaging with stakeholders; building an agile and engaged culture; and demonstrating value to the university. The strategies interact with each other in a cyclical pattern. This is an original theory that emphasizes the important role of the Library Director as the agent and model for library strategy and culture. The theory requires library leaders to be strategic thinkers and to be engaged in strategic planning processes that aim for continuous improvements that make the library agile and engaged with stakeholders. The theory also has a significant impact upon the behaviours required for all library staff members.

      PubDate: 2017-07-08T01:07:27Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.009
  • Composite journal rankings in library and information science: A factor
           analytic approach
    • Authors: William H. Walters
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): William H. Walters
      This study uses citation data and survey data for 55 library and information science journals to identify three factors underlying a set of 11 journal ranking metrics (six citation metrics and five stated preference metrics). The three factors—three composite rankings—represent (1) the citation impact of a typical article, (2) subjective reputation, and (3) the citation impact of the journal as a whole (all articles combined). Together, they account for 77% of the common variance within the set of 11 metrics. Older journals (those founded before 1953) and nonprofit journals tend to have high reputation scores relative to their citation impact. Unlike previous research, this investigation shows no clear evidence of a distinction between the journals of greatest importance to scholars and those of greatest importance to practitioners. Neither group's subjective journal rankings are closely related to citation impact.

      PubDate: 2017-06-27T10:54:35Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.005
  • Survey on the Needs for Chemistry Research Data Management and Sharing
    • Authors: Xiujuan Chen; Ming Wu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Xiujuan Chen, Ming Wu
      This paper aims to reveal the situation of research data in chemistry research process and chemistry researchers' need for data management support from five perspectives, i.e., data generation and collection, data recording and processing, data preservation and backup, data publication and sharing, needs for data management and sharing services. Our survey is based on a questionnaire carried out among 119 subjects, i.e., researchers and graduate students in chemistry of Chinese Academy of Science. The analysis results provide us with a better understanding on the current attitudes and needs of researchers and graduate students about data management and sharing in chemistry. Although this survey was implemented in chemistry, it could provide us with some inspirations for designing a range of library services for other disciplines, particularly in promotion, consulting and training of research data management and sharing, and research data storage.

      PubDate: 2017-06-27T10:54:35Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.006
  • Keeping Current: Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship

      PubDate: 2017-06-27T10:54:35Z
  • Welcoming Spaces: Supporting Parenting Students at the Academic Library
    • Authors: Kelsey Keyes
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kelsey Keyes
      Academic libraries serve many student constituents, but one often overlooked group is students who are parenting children. Students who, by necessity or volition, bring their children with them to the library have specific needs. Serving these students, who often have difficulty succeeding and graduating at college, should be a priority for academic libraries. Offering assistance can help this group focus on their studies, achieve their academic goals, and thus decrease universities' attrition rates. This article begins by drawing on anecdotal evidence, then reviews existing literature on parenting students. Next, it examines and analyzes policies on children in academic libraries at large American universities. Half of all academic libraries don't have clearly accessible policies, and some have policies that discourage bringing supervised children to libraries, while a few have welcoming policies and facilities. This research shows that academic libraries can still make progress to serve a key constituency. Finally, it offers solutions for how academic libraries can serve parenting students, given varying spatial and financial constraints, as well as diffusing potential concerns that might hold academic libraries back from serving this part of the academic community. This analysis could be supplemented by further inquiry and interviews with libraries on how their policies were developed and are being implemented or with parenting students on what they desire and need from the academic library.

      PubDate: 2017-06-20T01:08:07Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.001
  • Understanding User-Librarian Interaction Types in Academic Library
           Microblogging: A Comparison Study in Twitter and Weibo
    • Authors: Hong Huang; Samuel Kai Wah Chu; Lesley Yuyang Liu; Philip Yi Zheng
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 June 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Hong Huang, Samuel Kai Wah Chu, Lesley Yuyang Liu, Philip Yi Zheng
      This research examined the ways in which academic librarians and users interact when using social media tools such as Twitter and Weibo as well as end-users' and librarians' perceptions of the types of interaction through social media. The study conducted an analysis of 1600 microblog posts sampled from twenty university library Weibo (Chinese Twitter) sites and twenty library Twitter sites in English-speaking countries. The results were compared using Chi-Square analysis. Results indicated that at present academic librarians in English-speaking countries use post information relevant to the library (news and events) and respond to information/research inquiries. And academic librarians in China are likely to use Weibo to communicate with users and to disseminate library news. Given the lack of previous research on how social media such as micro-blogging in general facilitates communication between librarians and library users in academic libraries between in English-speaking countries and China, this study provides valuable information concerning librarians' and end-users' interactions of information/knowledge sharing activities, which will enable libraries to be better positioned to promote user engagement through SNS usage.

      PubDate: 2017-06-14T18:52:39Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.002
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    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 3

      PubDate: 2017-06-04T18:45:16Z
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    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 43, Issue 3

      PubDate: 2017-06-04T18:45:16Z
  • Root Cause Analysis: Parsing Complex Challenges in Academic Libraries
    • Authors: Karen Sobel
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Karen Sobel
      Root cause analysis (RCA) has been used in government, technology, health care, and other sectors for over 60years. It assists organizations in identifying the original, most authentic cause or causes of an extremely complex problem. Depending on the nature of the problem, the organization can then make plans to mitigate the problem or avoid similar situations in the future. Scholarly library literature does not provide examples of any libraries using RCA. This article aims to present RCA as a strong and relevant addition to academic libraries' array of problem-solving tools. It outlines three models of RCA so that libraries may choose one that suits their needs. As academic libraries almost invariably exist in complex universes of stakeholders, funding, politics, and other factors, I believe that RCA is a natural fit for approaching their challenges efficiently.

      PubDate: 2017-05-21T08:42:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.05.003
  • Key questions in the development and use of survey-based journal rankings
    • Authors: William H. Walters
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): William H. Walters
      This paper presents five key questions that should be considered by researchers and librarians who develop or use survey-based (stated preference) journal rankings. Many of the distinctions among the various rankings—their attributes, strengths, and weaknesses—are captured in the responses to these five questions: What construct is being measured? How are differences in the construct expressed and recorded? Who are the respondents? Which journals are included in the rankings? How is respondents' familiarity with the journals taken into account? The paper also summarizes the problems that may require attention when survey-based rankings are used.

      PubDate: 2017-05-21T08:42:25Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.05.002
  • Collaborating for student success: An e-mail survey of U.S. libraries and
           writing centers
    • Authors: Holly A. Jackson
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Holly A. Jackson

      PubDate: 2017-05-06T19:38:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.04.005
  • MTL 2.0: A Report on the Social Media Usage and User Engagement of the
           “Big Four” Academic Libraries in Montréal
    • Authors: Dee Winn; Melissa Rivosecchi; Julia Bjerke; Michael Groenendyk
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 May 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Dee Winn, Melissa Rivosecchi, Julia Bjerke, Michael Groenendyk
      Although academic libraries continue to use social media to encourage student use of libraries and promote library resources and services, there has not yet been a study of social media use by the academic libraries in Montréal. This paper examines the social media accounts of the four university libraries in Montréal and, based on data gathered over the course of an 8-month period, seeks to determine the influence of each libraries' social media activity. Success was defined by measurable growth in the number of followers during the period studied. For the three universities with Facebook and Twitter accounts, the account considered most successful was the one with the highest engagement rate. The results indicate that all of the libraries were successful on the first measure, and the libraries with the fewest number of posts had higher levels of user engagement.

      PubDate: 2017-05-06T19:38:24Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.04.006
  • Examining Undergraduates' Library Priorities Through Q Methodology
    • Authors: Savannah L. Kelly; Brian W. Young
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 April 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Savannah L. Kelly, Brian W. Young
      This research study examined how undergraduates at the University of Mississippi prioritized current and prospective library services and spaces. Q methodology was used to identify and classify students' viewpoints through the statistical analysis of card sorting arrangements. Q method is unique in that it embraces both the subjectivity of an individual's perspective while also mathematically aligning that perspective with other similarly minded participants. Forty students were asked to rank-order a sixty-item card deck on a structured grid. These arrangements were then compared across participants to identify group patterns. Quantitative factor analysis revealed that students' perspectives clustered around four distinct points of views: the Environmentalists, the Space Advocates, the Ideological Traditionalists, and the Weekenders. Dimensions and characteristics of each factor are presented along with card rankings and excerpts from exemplar factor student interviews. High priority items where all factors converged—textbook checkout, a tutoring center, printing, and research assistance—are also discussed. Q methodology is proffered as an alternative to traditional library surveys in determining characteristics within one's user population. Recommendations for implementation of Q methodology results at our institution are considered as well as follow-up research initiatives.

      PubDate: 2017-04-30T00:25:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.04.002
  • Development and Validation of the Metacognitive Strategies for Library
           Research Skills Scale (MS-LRSS)
    • Authors: Amy Catalano
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 April 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Amy Catalano
      The possession of metacognitive strategies can contribute to successful library research experiences. Accordingly, these skills should be explicitly taught during library instruction. In order to facilitate further examination of student metacognitive strategies, the Metacognitive strategies for Library Research Skills Scale (MS-LRSS) was developed and deployed to 224 graduate and undergraduate students at two post-secondary institutions. Development and validation of this instrument is described in this article. Overall, this instrument demonstrated to be a valid and reliable measure of metacognitive strategies in the context of information literacy and library research.

      PubDate: 2017-04-16T13:38:02Z
  • Educational Usage of Mobile Devices: Differences Between Postgraduate and
           Undergraduate Students
    • Authors: Ka Po Lau; Dickson K.W. Chiu; Kevin K.W. Ho; Patrick Lo; Eric W.K. See-To
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 April 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Ka Po Lau, Dickson K.W. Chiu, Kevin K.W. Ho, Patrick Lo, Eric W.K. See-To
      The rapid increase of smartphone usage in recent years has provided students the opportunity to participate in mobile learning (m-learning) anywhere, anytime. Academic institutions are also following this trend to launch many m-learning services. This article investigates the differences of the user needs between undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students though an online survey with 140 Library Information Systems (LIS) subjects in a Japanese university in order to provide solid foundations for future m-learning studies. We find that UG and PG students do not show significant differences in adopting m-learning by smartphones despite the fact that they have different learning patterns. The m-learning frequencies of smartphones generally range from weekly to monthly, where using search engines is the most frequent, and reading academic resources is the least frequent. They tend to use these services for handling their daily routines (such as search engine, social networks) rather than their academic activities (such as using online databases to search for academic materials). Further, the results also show that content displaying issues (e.g., small display screen, text unable to enlarge) are barriers for most subjects in using these m-learning services.

      PubDate: 2017-04-09T10:58:52Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.004
  • Academic Libraries and Copyright: Unveiling Inadequacies of Current Law
           Through the Analysis of Processes Included in Quality Management Systems
    • Authors: Juan-Carlos Fernández-Molina; Margarita Pérez-Pulido; José-Luis Herrera-Morillas
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 April 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Juan-Carlos Fernández-Molina, Margarita Pérez-Pulido, José-Luis Herrera-Morillas
      Most information resources that make up university library collections are copyrighted works, which means that conflicts between such rights and the activities of libraries are common. The development of the digital setting has affected both sectors. On the one hand, it has led to changes in copyright legislation; on the other, it has affected the services provided by libraries, as they adapt to the new needs of users and to the characteristics of digital information. This paper aims to discover where the main points of collision between the two sides lie, and to what extent they are adequately resolved by the present legislation governing copyright. To this end we use a list of the main processes of academic libraries taken from quality manuals of a sample of Spanish university libraries. The results make manifest that the evolution of both sides is not yet balanced, and important maladjustments interfere with an adequate provision of services in academic libraries. Some are resolved through new legal proposals, but for many others there is no proper solution in sight.

      PubDate: 2017-04-09T10:58:52Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.006
  • Influential Players in Twitter Networks of Libraries at Primarily
           Undergraduate Institutions
    • Authors: Jewelry Yep; Madison Brown; Gina Fagliarone; Jason Shulman
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 April 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jewelry Yep, Madison Brown, Gina Fagliarone, Jason Shulman
      This study presents an analysis of Twitter networks from academic libraries housed in medium-sized, primarily undergraduate universities. Previous investigations on this topic have used networks of followers, i.e. attention, to show that accounts associated with a library's home institution are the prime influencers in library Twitter networks. That is, they are in key positions to disseminate library-related information. The library itself was found to be positioned to contribute to the institution-wide conversation as well. Networks of followers, however, are susceptible to unwanted influence from inactive users. The present study utilizes networks constructed from tweeting behavior to identify influencers. These networks are, thus, insensitive to inactive followers. The results are compared to those of the previously published follower networks. The behavior networks are significantly smaller and contain far fewer interactions than the follower networks; however, institutional accounts are found to be the principal influencers in these networks as well. Additionally, the social network analysis allows for the quantification of relationship strengths. The closest relationships are between library/institutional and library/student accounts. The former demonstrates that the libraries are active participants in the university-wide exchanges on Twitter and the institutional accounts often include the libraries in their messages.

      PubDate: 2017-04-09T10:58:52Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.005
  • User Perception and Use of the Academic Library: A Correlation Analysis
    • Authors: Jong-Ae Kim
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 March 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jong-Ae Kim
      This study explores user perception, the use of an academic library, and the correlation between user perception and library use. The findings indicate that the academic library is a preferred place to study and spend time during non-class times on campus. The frequent user activities in the library included individual study, reading, computer use, finding information, group study, using reference and information services, and meeting and socializing. The correlation between library use and each of the user activities was examined. The findings suggest that users perceive the academic library primarily as a place for learning and information seeking. The study shows how users perceive and use the academic library, and provides insights into how libraries can strengthen their place and advance their role in the academic community.

      PubDate: 2017-03-25T01:46:17Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.002
  • Boundary Objects/Boundary Staff: Supporting Digital Scholarship in
           Academic Libraries
    • Authors: Robert D. Montoya
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 March 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Robert D. Montoya
      In response to the increased construction of digital scholarship infrastructure in academic libraries this article articulates a new staffing model for the management of digital platforms in the academic library environment. Based on two cases, this article discusses the increased use of digital infrastructure in pedagogy by Library Special Collections at UCLA, and the workflow pressures these infrastructures created that challenge traditional staff roles. Digital infrastructures are then framed as types of boundary object, catering to multiple communities of practice. In order to tend to these boundary infrastructures, a new staffing model has been introduced—that of the boundary staff—whose primary purpose would be to support these hybrid infrastructures and more effectively integrate them into the general library environment. This approach to digital project collaboration can set the stage for more flexible and innovative digital instruction, building on the current skillsets of library staff to facilitate new modes of faculty and librarian partnerships.

      PubDate: 2017-03-11T12:09:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.03.001
  • Where Students Start and What They Do When They Get Stuck: A Qualitative
           Inquiry into Academic Information-Seeking and Help-Seeking Practices
    • Authors: Susan Thomas; Eamon Tewell; Gloria Willson
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 March 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Susan Thomas, Eamon Tewell, Gloria Willson
      This study investigates two questions key to academic library resources and services: Which sources are students most likely to use to begin their academic work? Whom do students tend to consult for research assistance? In-depth interviews conducted with 15 undergraduate and graduate students were thematically analyzed through a three-step process. The findings indicate that students are most likely to consult faculty and peers for assistance and are largely unaware of librarians' roles, while they tend to begin research using library databases and do not necessarily start with Google. In addition, student use of small study groups as learning networks and reliance upon alternate sites to conduct research emerged as unanticipated themes.

      PubDate: 2017-03-06T03:01:39Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.02.016
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