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Journal Cover Journal of Academic Librarianship
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  • Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship




      PubDate: 2014-06-27T14:55:10Z
       
  • Information Needs: Developing Personas of Humanities Scholars
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Mohammad Khaled Al-Shboul , A.Abrizah
      A persona represents a group of target users that share common behavioural characteristics. The personas method, an approach to systems design, has been receiving significant attention from practitioners. However, only anecdotal evidence currently exists for the effectiveness of personas and there have been criticisms about its validity as a scientific approach to research. This paper attempts to demonstrate how incorporating personas may lead to better understand the information needs of humanities scholars. Humanities scholars in an advanced ICT environment in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan are sampled as a case. Previous studies show that the humanities scholars have a significant negative relation with ICT use; they are using it less than scientists and social scientists, and they demonstrate a significantly higher use of library facilities than other academics. There is also a lack of up-to-date international research on the humanities scholars' information needs that takes into account recent rapid increases in the availability of ICT infrastructure, especially the Internet. As such, the objective of this study is to understand the information needs of humanities scholars and the effect of the electronic environment on their information seeking behaviour using personas. This study is conducted within a conceptual framework based on an integration of existing models of information-seeking behaviour, along with additional new elements representing the information context environment, such as languages, decision to seek and format of information resources. The four personas that were uncovered in this study may be able to effectively communicate the actual information needs of the humanities scholars through the personal narrative, name, and face, which continuously will remind the academic library of what their users really want and need from their services. This study also lays the foundation for future research by identifying variables of interest, and building construct validity through the themes of information needs that emerged.


      PubDate: 2014-06-27T14:55:10Z
       
  • Ten Years Later: A Joint Library Evolves
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Ann Agee
      In 2003, a unique joint library was created. A partnership between the San Jose Public Library system and San Jose State University, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library serves a city population of more than a million and a campus population of over 30,000 students. With different patrons and different missions, bringing the two library cultures and functions together presented many challenges, but the library today is a vital, innovative space for learning. In the ten years since its opening, however, the cost savings envisioned when the library was created have not been realized. Also, the partnership originally presented in the library's organizational structure has undergone alterations. This restructuring was driven by changes in funding, staffing, and patron needs. Despite this organizational evolution, the King Library still provides a richer resource to its communities than either partner could have provided alone and can serve as a model to other communities considering the creation of a joint library.


      PubDate: 2014-06-27T14:55:10Z
       
  • Copyright and You: Copyright Instruction for College Students in the
           Digital Age
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Julia E. Rodriguez , Katie Greer , Barbara Shipman
      Educators are concerned about the ease with which new digital technologies permit intellectual property to be discovered, re-purposed and shared. What do our students know about copyright compliance and academic integrity and how are these critical information competencies being addressed' Librarians have the authority for copyright-related instruction on campus and can provide both the point-of-need instruction and expertise to ensure that all students are informed about these issues. This article discusses the importance of developing copyright education for students as part of an overall information literacy curriculum by describing the development of a relevant, active learning online course targeting students' competencies as both users of and creators of creative content.


      PubDate: 2014-06-27T14:55:10Z
       
  • Making Strides by Leading from the Middle
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 25 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kelly Visnak



      PubDate: 2014-06-27T14:55:10Z
       
  • Are Librarians Equipped to Teach International Students' A Survey of
           Current Practices and Recommendations for Training
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Yusuke Ishimura , Joan C. Bartlett
      Past studies of international students and academic libraries have often focused on students' own characteristics and experiences. Using an online survey, this study instead investigated librarians' teaching skills for serving this population. The analysis reveals that participants perceived an importance in developing skills specifically for international students. They tried to accommodate students' unique needs and optimize teaching approaches using their own experience working with the students. Although they reported having obtained knowledge of students' backgrounds as well as communication and teaching techniques, they showed strong interest in having further training opportunities to improve their teaching. The survey results thus give insight into recommendations for the provision of training to improve teaching in the context of serving international students.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • LIS Graduate Students as Library Users: A Survey Study
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Daniel G. Tracy , Susan E. Searing
      Library and information science (LIS) students at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, were surveyed to ascertain their patterns of library use and their perceptions of the value of various library services. The data reveals similarities and differences to previously studied general graduate student populations, at both Illinois and other universities. The analysis highlights differences between distance and on-campus students, an important division in LIS professional education. Beyond the utility of the findings for understanding the information needs and behaviors of the target population, the study sheds light on pre-professional LIS students' use of libraries and their attitudes toward services they are being trained to provide.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Evaluating Scholarly Book Publishers—A Case Study in the Field of
           Journalism
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Tina M. Neville , Deborah B. Henry
      By adapting multiple metrics used for journal article evaluation and replicating recent publisher metrics, the authors tested methods for evaluating scholarly book publishers. Using monographs published in journalism between 2007 and 2011 as a test case, results indicate that these methods may be useful to other scholarly disciplines.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • The NSF/NIH Effect: Surveying the Effect of Data Management Requirements
           on Faculty, Sponsored Programs, and Institutional Repositories
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Anne R. Diekema , Andrew Wesolek , Cheryl D. Walters
      The scholarly communication landscape is rapidly changing and nowhere is this more evident than in the field of data management. Mandates by major funding agencies, further expanded by executive order and pending legislation in 2013, require many research grant applicants to provide data management plans for preserving and making their research data openly available. However, do faculty researchers have the requisite skill sets and are their institutions providing the necessary infrastructure to comply with these mandates' To answer these questions, three groups were surveyed in 2012: research and teaching faculty, sponsored programs office staff, and institutional repository librarians. Survey results indicate that while faculty desire to share their data, they often lack the skills to do this effectively. Similarly, while repository managers and sponsored programs offices often provide the necessary infrastructure and knowledge, these resources are not being promoted effectively to faculty. The study offers important insights about services academic libraries can provide to support faculty in their data management efforts: providing tools for sharing research data; assisting with describing, finding, or accessing research data; providing information on copyright and ownership issues associated with data sets; and assisting with writing data management plans.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Distance Students' Attitude Toward Library Help Seeking
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Yingqi Tang , Hung Wei Tseng
      Distance students' attitude toward seeking library help was examined in a medium sized university. A web-based survey was conducted for indentifying library help seeking attitudes among distance students. A 30-mile radius of the campus was used to arbitrarily distinguish between near campus and far campus groups. The study concluded that distance students who visit library and seek help more frequently are more likely have higher self-efficacy on learning. Among all types of library help sources, Libguides were the most used. Near campus students preferred face-to-face consultation more than virtual service, and they also tend to seek help from peers. However, far campus students were more likely seek help with a distance librarian. Email continued to be the most common way of distributing and receiving library information. Social network tools for information seeking were not appreciated as had been anticipated. Implications of the findings for providing effective reference service are discussed. There is not one reference service model that fits all. A library should determine the best reference service that meets the changes of their communities and library's function over time.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • The Politics of Work and Productivity Standards
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): John Buschman



      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Teaching International Students How to Avoid Plagiarism: Librarians and
           Faculty in Collaboration
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jenny Gunnarsson , Wlodek J. Kulesza , Anette Pettersson
      This paper presents how a plagiarism component has been integrated in a Research Methodology course for Engineering Master students at Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden. The plagiarism issue was approached from an educational perspective, rather than a punitive. The course director and librarians developed this part of the course in close collaboration. One part of the course is dedicated to how to cite, paraphrase and reference, while another part stresses the legal and ethical aspects of research. Currently, the majority of the students are international, which means there are intercultural and language aspects to consider. In order to evaluate our approach to teaching about plagiarism, we conducted a survey. The results of the survey indicate a need for education on how to cite and reference properly in order to avoid plagiarism, a result which is also supported by students' assignment results. Some suggestions are given for future development of the course.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Good IDEA: Instructional Design Model for Integrating Information Literacy
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kimberly Mullins
      The demand for instructional design librarianship is increasing. The trend is due to higher education's focus on integrating information literacy content in academic disciplines. The generic ADDIE (analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation) design model is traditionally used to develop information literacy instruction and content. The IDEA (interview, design, embed, assess) Model is a library-specific systematic approach to integrating information literacy instruction and resources within academic courses. The process is based upon instructional design best practices and cognitive and behavioral learning theories. Close collaboration between library and academic faculty is evident throughout. Flowcharts, forms, and rubrics guide librarians not formally trained in instructional design through the process.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Library Value in the Classroom: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes from
           Instruction and Collections
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Denise Pan , Ignacio J. Ferrer-Vinent , Margret Bruehl
      What is the value of library services and resources in the college classroom' How do library instruction and collections contribute to academic teaching and learning outcomes' A chemistry instructor, instruction librarian, and technical services librarian collaborated to answer these questions by combining chemistry education and information literacy pedagogy to assess student learning. The authors developed curriculum units that teach information literacy skills and scientific literature research in a General Chemistry Laboratory course for Honors students. Their study extends beyond examining library instruction and collections assessment in isolation. Rather, their research protocol intends to contribute to student learning outcomes assessment research. The authors propose that an embedded, mixed-methodology, and longitudinal approach can be used to collect data and assess outcomes in terms that describe and measure the value of library services and resources.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • The Library Assessment Conference — Past, Present, and Near Future!
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Steve Hiller , Martha Kyrillidou , Megan Oakleaf



      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Leslie Stebbins



      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • The Effects of Reference, Instruction, Database Searches, and Ongoing
           Expenditures on Full-text Article Requests: An Exploratory Analysis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jody Condit Fagan
      ACRL Library Trends and Statistics survey data from two years were analyzed to explore relationships among variables thought to predict full-text article requests. Five different regression models predicted full-text article requests from variables including reference transactions, library instruction, Web site visits, database searches, and ongoing expenditures. Full-time student enrollment and Carnegie classification were included as covariates in all five models. All regressions supported using enrollment as a covariate; four of the regressions supported using Carnegie classification as an additional covariate. Results suggested that reference transactions, library instruction, and ongoing expenditures increase the number of database searches and full-text requests beyond these covariates. Ongoing expenditures made the largest contribution in all models, but did not always contribute the most unique variance. Furthermore, a mediation analysis showed a significant indirect effect of library instruction on full-text requests through database searches. This study suggests most ACRL data may need log transformation before using regression analyses, and offers one approach to interpreting results. Future research could investigate the meaning of ongoing expenditures after controlling for institutional size and Carnegie classification. Additional variables such as interlibrary loan usage or whether the library has a discovery tool might be interesting to include in similar models.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Student Engagement in One-Shot Library Instruction
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kevin W. Walker , Michael Pearce
      As technology has increased students' access to both high and low quality information, the need for effective information literacy instruction has become more apparent. However, many librarians still struggle to solidify their place, and their value, in the instructional landscape of their parent institution. This struggle persists while library instruction for students remains limited to one 50–75min session (one-shot instruction). Indeed, the notion that information literacy can be taught in one session is preposterous for most librarians. Nevertheless, as this constraint persists, librarians must work to improve the results students achieve within the one-shot model. This research explores ways in which one-shot library instruction might be bolstered through the promotion of higher levels of student engagement. This research utilizes a pre and post-test analytical model to compare an experimental, learner-centered approach to library instruction, supplemented with clickers, to a more traditional pedagogical approach. Statistical analyses show that while both the experimental and control groups witnessed significant improvement from pre to post-test, there was no statistically significant difference between these two approaches. These findings elicit further, perhaps more troubling, questions regarding the level of engagement possible in one-shot library instruction.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • The Transition Experience of Academic Library Directors
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Curtis Brundy
      Academic library administration is challenging work, and this is especially the case during a leader's transition into a new director role. This phenomenological study examines the transition experience of three academic library directors who have been in their positions for approximately one year. This study investigates strategies for success, lessons learned, and pitfalls during the transition period. The findings explore actions and strategies that were taken by the participants to help ensure success during their own transitions, information that may prove useful to new and aspiring academic library directors.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • A Library and the Disciplines: A Collaborative Project Assessing the
           Impact of eBooks and Mobile Devices on Student Learning
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Barbara C. Glackin , Roy W. Rodenhiser , Brooke Herzog
      With the proliferation of technology usage, it is essential to understand the effect of implementation of technology in the academic setting. Specifically, this article examines the impact of eBooks and mobile devices on student learning. A pilot study was conducted with three areas of interest. The first question of interest found that owning or having access to two or more mobile devices significantly increased respondents' frequency of accessing eBooks. The second question examined the pros and cons of using mobile devices. Accessibility and cost savings were found as pros; while functionality and pedagogy were reported as drawbacks to mobile device usage. Furthermore, usability responses varied. The third question examined the effect of mobile device use on student learning. Findings show that eBooks and mobile device use in the classroom have a significant impact on the student's educational experience.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Use of UGC-Infonet E-resources by Social Science Academics in Indian
           Universities: An Evaluation Study
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Suresh K. Chauhan , Preeti Mahajan
      UGC is providing access to scholarly electronic resources (e-resources) to Indian universities through the UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium. Access to subscribed e-resources is being provided free of cost to member universities. The whole program is funded by the UGC and executed by the INFLIBNET Centre. Now, the UGC-Infonet Digital Library Consortium is in its 11th year and it has been expected that privileged academicians are utilizing available e-resources extensively and optimally. In this paper an effort is being made to assess, how social science faculty working in Indian universities have been using e-resources, what are the problems they are facing in accessing them, and what are the efforts made by INFLIBNET to spread awareness about such an ambitious initiative of UGC among social science faculty members. This paper also highlights some important issues with respect to use, acceptance and planning of this consortium.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Snakes or Ladders' Evaluating a LibGuides Pilot at UCD Library
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 June 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Michelle Dalton , Rosalind Pan
      Online subject guides are commonly used by libraries to provide information support to students. LibGuides (a cloud-based commercial product launched in 2007) represents one of the latest incarnations of the traditional subject guide or portal, and are widely used across American academic libraries. In Ireland however, library subject guides of entirely local design and hosted on a local web server still dominate. This paper outlines the project management process involved in implementing a LibGuides pilot at University College Dublin Library, including the planning, design and implementation of a new range of subject-related guides. The pilot nature of the project necessitated a strong focus on evaluation, particularly in assessing the effectiveness and suitability of LibGuides as a platform for delivering information literacy support, both from an administrative and end-user perspective. A two-stranded approach was used in this review process, incorporating quantitative web statistics and analytics alongside qualitative feedback from students, academic staff and Library staff. Feedback that was gathered suggested that the LibGuides subject guides were generally viewed very positively by both staff and students. Notwithstanding this, awareness (as indicated through usage statistics) remained moderate during the pilot, pointing to the importance of the visibility, positioning and promotion of guides.


      PubDate: 2014-06-18T14:42:43Z
       
  • Critical Information Literacy: A Model for Transdisciplinary Research in
           Behavioral Sciences
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Claudia J. Dold
      Librarians are instrumental in advancing the education of students and orienting tomorrow's professions toward the world in which they will practi rich in information, diverse in perspective, and latent with the opportunities for transdisciplinary research. Critical information literacy offers a model for orienting theory and practice to create an integrated learning experience for students in the behavioral health sciences. This paper examines how different disciplines may be included in a shared problem, using psychopathy as an example. The role of the librarian is discussed in terms of critical information literacy, as a means to conducting transdisciplinary research.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Higher Education and Emerging Technologies: Shifting Trends in Student
           Usage
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Erin Dorris Cassidy , Angela Colmenares , Glenda Jones , Tyler Manolovitz , Lisa Shen , Scott Vieira
      This study serves as an update to a previous study by Sam Houston State University librarians about the use and preferences of Internet, communication, and educational technologies among students. Since the previous study was initiated in 2010, the iPad has made its debut and significantly altered the educational technology landscape. In this new landscape, this study investigates student usage of such technologies as instant messaging, cell phones, e-readers, social networking, RSS feeds, podcasts, and tablets. In addition, this study aims to determine which technologies students prefer the library to utilize for a variety of services, such as reference assistance or book renewals, and which technologies may not be worth the investment, such as geosocial networking. The information gained from this survey is intended to provide guidance for libraries looking to provide services utilizing the most popular technologies with the most efficient use of resources. Survey results show an increasing use and dependence on educational technologies and a desire for basic library services to be available on a variety of platforms and technologies.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Knowledge and skills for the digital era academic library
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): J. Raju
      Technology has altered the traditional academic library beyond recognition. These dramatic changes have impacted significantly on the knowledge and skills requirements for LIS professionals practising in this environment. While there have been studies in other parts of the world which have investigated the knowledge and skills requirements for the digital era academic library environment, to date no comprehensive study has ‘drilled’ down into this area in the South African context. This paper reports on a preliminary study which is part of a wider study aimed at developing a comprehensive skills statement which would provide an objective framework against which professional LIS practitioners in the modern academic library environment in South Africa may both measure their existing competencies and also identify the need for further skills acquisition. The research question guiding this preliminary investigation was: What key knowledge and skills are required for LIS professionals to effectively and efficiently practise in a digital era academic library in South Africa' The triangulated findings (using content analysis of job advertisements and semi-structured interviews) from this preliminary investigation are used to ascertain an initial picture of key knowledge and skills sets required for LIS professionals in this environment. These preliminary findings also proved useful in teasing out some of the parameters for the wider study targeting the development of a comprehensive skills statement for higher education libraries in South Africa. The study reported here has relevance for the academic library context in other parts of the world as well.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Individual Differences in Social Media Use for Information Seeking
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Kyung-Sun Kim , Sei-Ching Joanna Sin , Tien-I Tsai
      This study investigated which social media platforms are used as information sources, and for what purposes. It also examined how user characteristics are related to the use of different platforms. A Web-based survey was used to collect data from undergraduate students. Responses from more than 800 students showed that most of the social media platforms are used as information sources, where wikis, user reviews, and media-sharing sites emerged as the top platforms. The purpose of use varied across platforms. T-test and ANOVA results also revealed individual differences. Significant differences in gender, class level, academic discipline, and Big Five personality traits were found in the frequency of information seeking using different platforms and also in the purpose of use. Study findings have implications for information literacy (IL) education and information services. Because many students are actively using social media platforms for a variety of information-seeking purposes, it is suggested that IL programs embrace social media as potential information sources and offer effective strategies for using and evaluating these increasingly popular social media sources.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Teaching Multimedia Documents to LIS Students
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Cvetana Krstev , Aleksandra Trtovac
      Multimedia documents (MMDs) are connected to education in two different ways: future professionals have to be educated to perform the complex task of multimedia creation, and multimedia is also successfully used in various phases of the educational process. This paper focuses on education for multimedia from the point of view of four of its different aspects: technology, design, purpose and content. The present status of education for multimedia is illustrated by an analysis of the academic scene in Serbia and neighboring countries, as well as through some other illustrative examples. The results of this analysis show that the content aspect of multimedia is covered mainly in the Library and Information Science (LIS) curricula. We present the place of the obligatory course Multimedia Document in the LIS curriculum at the Faculty of Philology, University of Belgrade. It is organized as a team project of a whole generation of students in the last year of their studies, where each generation has to tackle a different topic important from the perspective of preservation of cultural heritage and present it in a multimedia form. In this paper, we show how successful this approach has been, both from teachers' and students' point of view.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • A Quantitative Survey on the Influence of Students' Epistemic Beliefs on
           Their General Information Seeking Behavior
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Heidar Mokhtari
      This exploratory survey aimed to investigate the possible influence of students' epistemic beliefs (EBs) on their general information seeking behavior (GISB). The study sample consisted of 290 undergraduate students majoring in different disciplines in some centers and units of Payame Noor University (distance education) in northern Iran in the academic year of 2012–2013. They completed a 28-itemed Epistemic Beliefs Inventory and a researcher-made 25-itemed General Information Seeking Behavior Questionnaire. By using SPSS 19 software, collected data was analyzed. The findings showed that students' EBs positively affected their GISB. Students with sophisticated EBs had elaborate GISB in comparison with those having naïve EBs. It can be concluded that the consideration of epistemic beliefs is relevant for research on information seeking behavior. This necessitates us to revise our approaches to reference services, information consulting and information literacy. This study and further related studies can lead to better performance in information environments from the user's side and guide academic librarians to integrate epistemic beliefs in library instruction.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • NASIG's Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians Revisited:
           An Analysis of Job Advertisement Trends, 2000–2012
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Eric Hartnett
      During its relatively short existence, the electronic resources librarian has often shared responsibilities with other areas of librarianship. To highlight the uniqueness and provide a level of understanding about the position, the North American Serials Interest Group developed NASIG's Core Competencies for Electronic Resources Librarians based on a study which analyzed the occurrence of descriptors – responsibilities and qualifications – from job ads posted between 2005 and 2009. The aim of this article is to build on NASIG's Core Competencies by expanding the time period considered. Data from the additional years brings to light both rising and declining trends reflecting changes in electronic resources librarian responsibilities and requirements. The author contends that the findings reported in this article may be useful for refining NASIG's Core Competencies as the profession evolves.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Education and Life-long Learning of an Academic Librarian
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Wyoma vanDuinkerken , Wendi Arant-Kaspar



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  • First Year in Higher Education (FYHE) and the Coursework Post-Graduate
           Student
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Adrian Stagg , Lindy Kimmins
      Research surrounding the First Year in Higher Education has identified and defined the need to support the transition of students during their first year in a tertiary institution. This support not only assists in acculturating students to the Higher Education environment, but also aims to ensure that students develop the foundational skills required for academic success; which enables higher progression and retention rates. However, most of the efforts to date have focused on undergraduate students. The authors assert that postgraduate coursework students require similar support structures. Data collected over a three year study compares the self-reported information literacy skills of postgraduate students within a Faculty of Business to undergraduate students in the same faculty. The data is situated within a broader review of the literature and some recommendations for academic librarians and academic skills advisers are offered.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Four Pedagogical Approaches in Helping Students Learn Information Literacy
           Skills
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Ma Lei Hsieh , Patricia H. Dawson , Melissa A. Hofmann , Megan L. Titus , Michael T. Carlin
      In spring 2012, Rider University librarians heightened their collaboration with classroom faculty to teach students in core writing classes information literacy (IL) skills during IL instruction (ILI) sessions. This quasi-experimental study assessed four pedagogical approaches for single or multi-session ILI. The conventional approach, which involves lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on time, was used in both the control and the experimental groups. The three experimental groups involved: (a) assigning students to preview the class Research Guide and take a graded quiz (Preview group), (b) engaging interactively with students during the ILI session (Active Learning group), and (c) providing multiple instruction and follow-up sessions (Multi-session group). A different pretest and posttest based on the first two ACRL Information Competency Standards for Higher Education (2000) were developed for assessment. The results showed that student knowledge of concepts included in the training improved significantly in both the control and the experimental groups, but no differences were found among the teaching methods employed. The qualitative analysis revealed that the professor in the Preview group who integrated IL cohesively in her assignments experienced more satisfactory learning outcomes. The overall low scores suggest that more powerful instruction strategies besides diversified pedagogies are needed to significantly enhance long-term retention.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Australian Academic Librarians' Perceptions of Effective Web 2.0 Tools
           Used to Market Services and Resources
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Zhixian Yi
      This study examines how Australian academic librarians perceive effective Web 2.0 tools used to market library services and resources and the factors influencing perceptions of the Web 2.0 tools used. An online survey was sent to 400 academic librarians in 37 Australian universities. The response rate was 57.5%. The qualitative data were analysed using content analysis. The collected quantitative and qualitative data were analysed using descriptive (frequencies, percentages, means, standard deviations) and inferential statistics (ordinal regressions). The key findings show that demographics, human capital and library variables play an important and significant role in predicting librarians' perceptions of effective Web 2.0 tools used to market services and resources. This paper provides a better understanding of academic librarians' attitudes, views as well as effective Web 2.0 tools used to market their services and resources. Librarians can use the results to reflect on the effectiveness of the Web 2.0 tools used, to balance the weight of the factors' influences and to better understand various effective Web 2.0 tools to enable them to market academic library services and resources more effectively in the future.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Putting a Sacred Cow Out to Pasture: Assessing the Removal of Fines and
           Reduction of Barriers at a Small Academic Library
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kathleen Reed , Jean Blackburn , Daniel Sifton
      At the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year, Vancouver Island University library removed most fines and made other loans changes to improve access to physical collections. One year later, the changes were assessed using circulation data and staff interviews. The removal of fines had no significant effect on borrower return rates and circulation numbers, but did win significant goodwill among users. Library staff believe the changes to be positive.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Occupational Sub-Cultures, Jurisdictional Struggle and Third Spa
           Theorising Professional Service Responses to Research Data Management
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): E. Verbaan , A.M. Cox
      Effective Research Data Management (RDM) is becoming an increasing concern in UK universities as a result of mandates from research funders. The study explored the usefulness of theories of occupational sub-culture, jurisdictional struggle and Third Space to understand how librarians, IT staff and research administrators view developing services to support RDM. Data were collected through 20 semi-structured interviews with staff in the Library, IT services and Research Office of a research intensive university in Northern England. The notion of occupational sub-culture directs attention to the different ways professional services view RDM. Broadly speaking, IT Services focussed on short term data storage; Research Office on compliance and research quality; librarians on preservation and advocacy. In terms of Abbott's theories, the Library was the only department claiming a new jurisdiction in RDM. This could be seen as an extension of its existing jurisdiction in Open Access and Information Literacy. The other departments claimed to be short of resources to take on such a complex project. Some interviewees feared RDM might be risky and demand lots of resources. Third Space theory is a powerful way to think about roles that might emerge in a new intra-professional space as RDM services become a reality.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Integrating Information Literacy into Academic Curricula: A Professional
           Development Programme for Librarians at the University of Auckland
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Chris Moselen , Li Wang
      Integrating information literacy into the academic curriculum has been a core role for the University of Auckland Library for at least 10years. The role of subject librarians is evolving from that of being service providers to being educators who are active contributors in curricular design in higher education. However, a research project conducted by the Library found that many of its subject librarians were uncertain how to promote the integration of information literacy to academic staff, and that they felt they lacked the pedagogic knowledge and skills to do so. This paper will explore the development of a programme for subject librarians which focuses on the practical aspects of how to integrate information literacy into an academic curriculum. The theoretical basis of the programme is largely based on the doctoral research of Dr. Li Wang who developed a systematic model for integrating IL into an undergraduate programme at the University of Auckland. Elements of the programme are explained and outcomes, after two years of running the programme, are explored.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Factors that Increase the Probability of a Successful Academic Library Job
           Search
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Max Eckard , Ashley Rosener , Lindy Scripps-Hoekstra
      Finding a position in an academic library can be challenging for recent Library and Information Science (LIS) graduates. While LIS students are often encouraged to seek out experience, network, and improve upon their technology skills in hopes of better improving their odds in the job market, little research exists to support this anecdotal advice. This study quantifies the academic and work experiences of recent LIS graduates in order to provide a better understanding of what factors most significantly influence the outcome of their academic library job searches. The survey results demonstrate that the job outlook is most positive for candidates who applied early, obtained academic library experience (preferably employment), participated in professional conferences, and gained familiarity with committee work.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Repurposing Space in a Science and Engineering Library: Considerations for
           a Successful Outcome
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): John H. Sandy , Mangala Krishnamurthy , Vincent F. Scalfani
      In response to the growth of digital collections, services, and changes in legacy operations, Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering at The University of Alabama prepared a plan to re-emphasize the “library as place.” Changing expectations and needs of users was another catalyst for change. A major project followed to repurpose substantial space formerly used to house collections and deliver services linked to physical collections. As part of the change, the library streamlined legacy operations and added new services such as specialized academic software and new technology. The library was developed as a place where students can collaborate, share, and perform a wide variety of research and instructional activities using special technologies and modern facilities. Importantly, the library was designed as a flexible environment with emphasis on mobile furnishings and technologies. To create ambience and build an inviting atmosphere, library space was embellished with attractive art and high-demand accessories such as casual seating and café services. This paper reports on repurposing an area of about 13,000ft2 in the Rodgers Library for Science and Engineering. The project was completed in about one year. Preliminary assessment data revealed that in the year following space repurposing, library use increased dramatically with patron visits up about 43% over the prior year.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • The Role of Perceived Self-Efficacy in the Information Seeking Behavior of
           Library and Information Science Students
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Jenny Bronstein
      This study investigated the self-efficacy perceptions of Israeli library and information science students regarding their information seeking behavior. That is, it examined the judgments that participants make of their searching abilities. The study was based on Bandura's four sources of self-efficacy information: past performance or mastery experiences, vicarious experiences of observing the experiences of others, social feedback and affective states. An online survey presenting the Information Seeking Self-Perception Scale (IRSPS) was distributed and 205 students completed the questionnaire anonymously. Findings show that participants reported a high level of self-efficacy and that three of the four sources of self-efficacy information were significant in constructing their self-efficacy beliefs. Correlations between self-efficacy percepts and several socio-demographic variables revealed no gender-based differences. A significant correlation was found between age and degree and the sources with more influence. Older postgraduate students reported being more impacted by their mastery experiences, their affective states and social feedback. The implementation of the Information Seeking Self-Perception Scale (IRSPS) can be valuable when designing and implementing LIS academic programs for different groups of students.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • The Strategic “NO”
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Wendi Arant Kaspar , Wyoma vanDuinkerken



      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Editorial Board Continued
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2




      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2




      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Copyright Awareness, Partnerships, and Training Issues in Academic
           Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Deborah H. Charbonneau , Michael Priehs
      This article reports on the results of a national survey of academic librarians and library staff (N=226) in the United States about their awareness of various copyright policies, partnerships with campus groups to address copyright issues, and training needs. A majority of the survey respondents reported that they have answered copyright-related questions in the workplace, yet only 49% (n=98) of the respondents perceived they were prepared to provide copyright information to library users. Awareness of various copyright policies among librarians and staff members varied, including a reported minimal awareness of the T.E.A.C.H. Act. In addition, survey respondents expressed the desire for more copyright-related training. In light of these findings, the present study extends the existing literature and offers recommendations to help better prepare a “copyright confident” or “copyright responsive” academic library workforce.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Tying Television Comedies to Information Literacy: A Mixed-Methods
           Investigation
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Eamon C. Tewell
      Many components of Information Literacy (IL) are too massive to be addressed in a single instruction session, yet an introduction to these concepts is essential for students' academic careers and intellectual development. This study evaluates the impact of applying excerpts from television comedies that illustrate ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to library instruction sessions for first-year students. Pre- and posttest results from 193 subjects and interview data from two focus groups indicate that television comedies can be integrated into one-shot instruction sessions to demonstrate IL concepts in an accessible and dialogue-provoking manner.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Re-framing Librarians' Identities and Assumptions around IT
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 April 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Pamela Carson , Geoffrey Little
      As important aspects of librarianship converge with information technology (IT), the role of librarians is worth considering. Librarians may not be fully engaging with the possibilities of IT because they are only using, rather than creating, information technology. Examining the implications of gender underrepresentation and gendered identities in both fields is a starting point for investigating librarians' relationship with IT. In particular, stereotypes for the female gender and the librarian profession may be an impediment in librarians' involvement in IT. Librarians may self-stereotype themselves out of engaging with IT by identifying strongly with female and librarian stereotypes, which can be considered to be incompatible with IT stereotypes. However, upon closer examination, stereotypes can be shown to be false and those who previously self-stereotyped can adopt more balanced identities, aiding performance. Finding positive role models who do not fit stereotypes may be helpful. Expecting a comprehensive IT education in library school is misguided, but problem-based learning – commonly seen in IT – is one method librarians could adopt. Libraries should prioritize and make allowances for IT skill development and librarians can take advantage of the increasing opportunities for learning about IT.


      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Flipped Librarians: Assessing Our Own Need to Understand Our Users
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Caro Pinto , Geoffrey Little



      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Timothy W.ColeMyung-Ja K.HanXML for Catalogers and Metadata
           Librarians2013Libraries UnlimitedSanta Barbara, CA978-1-59884-519-8388 pp.
           $60.00
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Asheleigh A. Perry



      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • EdJonesRDA and Serials Cataloging2013ALA EditionsChicago,
           IL978-0-8389-1139-6215 pp. $60.00
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 2
      Author(s): Erin Leach



      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:44:08Z
       
  • Empirical Research on a Model to Measure End-user Satisfaction with the
           Quality of Database Search Results
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 January 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Feicheng Ma , Zuying Mo , Yi Luo
      We constructed an end-user model to measure end-user satisfaction with the quality of database search results, using the customer satisfaction theory as a metric. We investigated end-user satisfaction and analyzed key factors which affected user satisfaction. The results show that the end-users' perception of value is the key factor among all of the different factors that impact satisfaction with regard to quality and end-users are willing to make efforts to obtain a higher quality of data. Users tend to evaluate their satisfaction from the perspective of their demands, and database developers should be user oriented in order to improve the level of satisfaction with the data in the database.


      PubDate: 2014-01-15T19:45:58Z
       
  • Information needs of students in Israel — A case study of a
           multicultural society
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 November 2013
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): R. Greenberg , J. Bar-Ilan
      Students turn to a variety of sources when searching for information for their academic assignments. This study uses findings from a survey given to 151 Israeli students attending a university in Israel. A questionnaire comprising 12 questions was administered regarding their information needs, information behavior, and difficulties in searching and writing an academic assignment. A special emphasis of the study was on the multicultural environment of the Israeli students and its effect on their information behavior. Results show that there is a significant difference between native language groups with regard to the use of search engines, the use of library services, and in the patterns of conducting their academic assignment. The findings imply that when the language of instruction and assignment delivery is the students' second language, they have special needs and should receive particular attention from the library and information services.


      PubDate: 2013-11-17T03:47:35Z
       
 
 
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