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Journal Cover   Journal of Academic Librarianship
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   ISSN (Print) 0099-1333
   Published by Elsevier Homepage  [2812 journals]
  • Factors that Increase the Probability of a Successful Academic Library Job
    • 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: 2015-05-25T11:30:58Z
  • Open Access from a Publisher's Perspective
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2013
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Alicia Wise

      PubDate: 2015-05-25T11:30:58Z
  • Today and in Perpetuity: A Canadian Consortial Strategy for Owning and
           Hosting Ebooks
    • Abstract: Publication date: September 2013
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 39, Issue 5
      Author(s): Tony Horava
      The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a provincial consortium of twenty-one publicly funded universities in Ontario, Canada. A consortially-built platform called Scholars Portal is our digital library for archiving ebook content and making it available 24/7 to university students and faculty. An Ebooks Committee has responsibility for coordinating the consortial acquisition of ebooks, within the context of an Information Resources Committee. This paper discusses the consortial strategy and philosophy for ebook licensing in OCUL, which involve a focus on ownership and local loading rights, for dual purposes of preservation and immediate access. Key processes, tools, and accomplishments of this innovative service model are highlighted.

      PubDate: 2015-05-25T11:30:58Z
  • 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: 2015-05-25T11:30:58Z
  • Library Value in the Classroom: Assessing Student Learning Outcomes from
           Instruction and Collections
    • Abstract: Publication date: May 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issues 3–4
      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: 2015-05-25T11:30:58Z
  • Leveraging the power of a Twitter network for library promotion
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 30 January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jason Shulman , Jewelry Yep , Daniel Tomé
      The Twitter network of two academic libraries was analyzed to determine the influential accounts that connect to them. Such information can be exploited by libraries to create tailored social media outreach and information dissemination programs. Three network metrics, measuring different definitions of importance, were calculated for each account in the network. This allowed for the quantification and ranking of the accounts by influence/importance, normally considered to be qualitative and subjective. By all measures, accounts associated with the institutions, and not faculty, staff, or students, were found to be the most influential players in the networks of both libraries, suggesting that this is a general feature of academic library Twitter networks. Furthermore, the library, as an institutional account itself, is also influential to the broader Twitter community of its home institution. This demonstrates that the library is in a key position to propagate information from sister accounts at the institution.

      PubDate: 2015-02-04T18:21:43Z
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