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Journal Cover Journal of Academic Librarianship     [SJR: 1.577]   [H-I: 31]
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  • Library Instruction for Romanized Hebrew
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sonia Smith
      University students, looking for records in Hebrew language in the library catalog, often face difficulties finding material due to the unfamiliarity with the Library of Congress rules for romanization. These difficulties may hinder their research results. This paper will present the findings of a study conducted at McGill University that investigated students' abilities to romanize Hebrew titles so they can consequently search these in the library catalog, and will show how library instruction can be a very successful tool for providing students with the knowledge they require in order to retrieve these titles. Objective — This study examined the impact on students who attended a library workshop on the Library of Congress (LC) rules of Hebrew romanization. Although this group of users had knowledge of the Hebrew language, most of the bibliographic records on McGill University's online catalog are romanized. A lack of understanding of the rules involved in romanizing makes the retrieval of records more difficult due to the inexactitudes of the spelling. Methods — The students enrolled in the course Advanced Hebrew at McGill University where selected for this study due to their knowledge of the Hebrew language. Students were asked to spell six Hebrew titles in romanized characters, a task that it is necessary to do in order to search for these titles in the catalog. This was followed by a presentation on the LC rules on romanizing the Hebrew language. Each student received a copy of the LC romanization table (see Appendix A) and with the table in hand and the explanation on how to apply it, students were asked to spell six different Hebrew titles. Results — There was an 81% improvement in the accuracy of spelling six new Hebrew titles once the students were familiar with the romanization rules. We can consider this gain a very successful outcome that would benefit these students in their academic endeavors. Limitations — One of the main limitations for this research was the small number of students (68.7% of the total enrolment for that course) that was present in the class on the day of the study. Another important limitation was the time allotted for this study. The students did not have time to practice the methodology for romanization. Right after the presentation of the LC rules, they were asked to answer the second questionnaire. Conclusions — Spelling mistakes when searching for romanized Hebrew titles in the catalog can be diminished through a targeted library instruction workshop. This research demonstrated that being familiar with the romanization rules is an effective tool for increasing students' abilities to spell correctly and thus retrieve Hebrew bibliographic records.


      PubDate: 2015-01-21T10:51:05Z
       
  • No Budget, No Experience, No Problem: Creating a Library Orientation Game
           for Freshman Engineering Majors
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kelly Giles
      “Mystery at the Library” is a simple, inexpensive game developed as a library orientation activity for freshman engineering students. Players searched the library building and online to find clues and solve the mystery of a stolen book. Feedback from players and library desk staff was used to improve the game over time. A straightforward narrative with puzzles focused on learning objectives kept players engaged and avoided unnecessary confusion. A post-game survey indicated that the game was both helpful and fun for a majority of respondents.


      PubDate: 2015-01-16T10:46:50Z
       
  • The Effectiveness of Online Versus In-person Library Instruction on
           Finding Empirical Communication Research
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Kami J. Silk , Evan K. Perrault , Sharon Ladenson , Samantha A. Nazione
      With online education becoming more popular, the following study compares the effectiveness of online versus in-person library instruction with regards to teaching communication students how to seek empirical research to use in their class projects. Measures of knowledge gain and attitudes revealed significant differences across time showing success of the instruction, but non-significant differences between the modes of instruction. However, a behavioral measure found that almost 10% more students in the online condition were able to successfully find empirical articles to use in their projects than those in the in-person instructional condition. With empirical research living less at brick-and-mortar libraries and primarily in online repositories, teaching students how to find empirical research may be most successful when it is taught via online platforms.


      PubDate: 2015-01-16T10:46:50Z
       
  • Integrating Information Literacy, the POGIL Method, and iPads into a
           Foundational Studies Program
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Carrie Moore , Jennifer Black , Barbara Glackin , Margie Ruppel , Elaine Watson
      This article provides an overview of the design, implementation, revision and informal assessment of an information literacy curriculum embedded in a new University Foundations (UF) program at a mid-sized public university. The library information literacy sessions incorporated team-based learning and Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning (POGIL) elements using iPads. Each session provided students an opportunity to develop and apply information literacy skills, and included critical thinking questions which led students to think about underlying concepts. A focus group with the librarians assessed the UF library curriculum, its impact on student engagement, and the training activities for librarian teaching preparation.


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  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6




      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • A Scoping Review of Mentoring Programs for Academic Librarians
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 December 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Diane L. Lorenzetti , Susan E. Powelson
      Introduction The purpose of this study was to comprehensively review the best practices and current trends for mentoring programs in academic libraries. Methods The authors conducted a scoping review of the existing literature on academic library mentoring programs. The following sources were searched to identify relevant studies: ERIC, Education Research Complete (Ebsco) LISA, Library & Information Sciences Source (Ebsco), Scopus, the TRIP database, Web of Science and the grey literature. Results Among 802 unique abstracts, 42 studies reporting on 40 unique programs were selected for inclusion in this review. Of these, 28 programs were specifically designed to facilitate the development of junior or untenured librarians. Common program elements included participant input into mentor/mentee selection, written guidelines, mentor training, and senior administration support. Notably, only 18 authors (42.8%) reported on program evaluation methods and outcomes. Conclusions Despite the prevalence of the literature that exists on this topic, mentorship programs in academic libraries have been insufficiently explored. Rigorous and ongoing evaluation is required to determine the importance of mentoring programs to the career development of academic librarians, and identify design elements critical to their success.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • International Open Access Week at Small to Medium U.S. Academic Libraries:
           The First Five Years
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Paula C. Johnson
      This research seeks to expand the body of knowledge surrounding International Open Access Week (OA Week) practices among small to medium-sized U.S. institutions, examining the rationales guiding these, and creating a baseline activity inventory which may be elaborated upon as open access continues to evolve and as OA Week matures beyond its fifth (2013) anniversary. An electronic survey with closed- and open-ended questions was used to collect data, which were analyzed for recurring themes. Of respondents whose campuses did observe OA Week, the most reported reason for doing so was related to supporting the library's educational outreach program; fewer respondents cited the library's philosophical commitment to open access. Lack of time was the most frequently given reason for OA Week non-participation, however around one quarter of non-participating respondents reported that they were unaware of OA Week, and another quarter reported that it did not figure in their strategic plan. The conditions that were found to best support celebrating OA Week included a grasp of the principles guiding OA on the part of at least one librarian, reinforced by: the educational mission of the library; adequate personnel; and sufficient time for planning. This exploratory study yields points for library- and self-assessment.


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  • Usage of E-resources: Virtual Value of Demographics
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Sue Samson
      The focus of this study was to identify: 1) usage of library e-resources by faculty and staff affiliation and status to identify research and teaching needs; 2) usage of library e-resources by student major, status, gender, registered disability and registered veteran to establish best outreach practices and areas that need service improvement and collection development in support of student learning; and 3) the correlation between use of library e-resources and student attainment as defined by grade point average (GPA). Demographic data was collected for these users based on their university NetID logins. The findings in this study conclusively document that students and faculty use library e-resources to a statistically significant extent and that a statistical relationship exists between student GPA and their use of e-resources. This information confirms the value of library resources to institutional teaching and research needs and can be used to document library value to the institutional mission.


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  • Characterizing University Library Use of Social Media: A Case Study of
           Twitter and Facebook from Australia
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Stuart Palmer
      The work presented here characterise the engagement of one university library with two social media platforms popular with academic libraries. The collected data are analysed to identify the forms of Twitter and Facebook activity that engage library stakeholders in social media conversations. Associations were observed between: i) directed tweets from the library and mentions of the library by others on Twitter; and ii) comments from the library and comments from others on Facebook. Three broad classes of Twitter user interacting with the library were revealed: i) accounts strongly linked to the library with multiple to/from tweets; ii) those weakly linked to the library with, typically, a single tweet; and iii) those indirectly linked to the library through tweets mentioning the library and sent by other users. Two divergent forms of Facebook interaction with the library were highlighted: i) a library post generating a large sequence of comments, typically in response to a competition/challenge; and ii) a library post with no comments, typically a photo post or a post inviting readers to click a link to find out more about an event/service. The work presented here is an initial investigation that provides useful insights, and offers a methodology for future research.


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  • Awareness and Attitudes about Open Access Publishing: A Glance at
           Generational Differences
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Julia E. Rodriguez
      This study explores PhD faculty members' current awareness of open access (OA) and perceptions of OA publishing, focusing on demographic characteristics to understand whether these variables correspond to specific perceptions and behaviors. The majority of respondents taught in Art, Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. Results point to a growing trend in self reported knowledge of OA across all age groups but OA publishing activity is relatively limited. The younger age brackets reported higher percentages of publishing history than older age brackets, but these younger groups tended to also be tenured. Credibility of OA journals was the top concern of respondents. Results suggest that faculty authors cannot be prejudged by their age, seniority or rank as to their perception of, or experience with OA, because these indicators no longer appear to be strong predictors.


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  • Implication of 80/20 Rule in Electronic Journal Usage of UGC-Infonet
           Consortia
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 December 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Mangkholien Singson , Paokholun Hangsing
      This study aims to understand the implication of the 80/20 rule in large academic library consortia. INFLIBNET initiative-UGC-Infonet is the largest academic consortia initiative in Indian higher education that provides services to 414 institutional members across the country. A total of eighteen publishers and aggregators (N=6854 journals) from COUNTER usage data for the year 2011 was collected from the INFLIBNET Centre. Cumulative download and cumulative percentage of the journals were calculated from the downloaded counts to generate a Pareto chart using Microsoft Excel 2007. The result of the study suggests that the 80/20 rule in large consortia is truly, if not precisely in conformity, when consolidated usage of journals across eighteen (18) publishers are put together at 85%/15%. Contrastingly, differences in the result are observed when titles are analyzed individually according to the publishers demonstrating a reverse of the 80/20 principle.


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  • Stealing the Limelight? Examining the Relationship Between New
           Librarians and Their Supervisors
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Melissa N. Mallon
      This study was conducted in order to determine how supervisor support relates to a new librarian's job satisfaction and organizational commitment. Factors examined include whether librarians in positions of power are reluctant to foster growth in beginning librarians and, if so, whether this reluctance is due to feelings of insecurity or fear of being outshone. This paper also examines the effect a supervisor's reluctance to offer advice and mentoring on the psychological state of new librarians. Suggestions for future research are discussed.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Academic Library Mission Statements, Web Sites, and Communicating Purpose
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Preston Salisbury , Matthew R. Griffis
      Continual changes in information technologies over the past three decades have wrought substantial changes in library services and in information-seeking behavior among the general public. Thus the necessity for libraries to utilize the internet to communicate with stakeholders is even more important for academic libraries, as the rate of internet usage among those with college degrees continues to outpace that of the general population. The online availability of a well-crafted mission statement is therefore crucial. This analysis of the web sites of 113 ARL academic libraries—an update of Kuchi's (2006) study—considers the inclusion (availability) and placement (accessibility) of mission statements on library web sites and provides insights into the academic library's use of such statements for communicating mission and purpose to different stakeholders.


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  • Applying the Tiers of Assessment: A Holistic and Systematic Approach to
           Assessing Library Collections
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Madeline Kelly
      Collection assessment is a key component of collection development, budget allocation, and justification of library collections. Unfortunately, comprehensive collection assessment is daunting, subject to the weaknesses of individual tools and the overwhelming number of subject areas to assess. Few studies have attempted systematic assessment projects using multiple tools or methods, nor have many attempted to assess an entire collection subject-by-subject. This study implements an alternative to the single-tool model, combining multi-tool analysis with a systematic, subject-by-subject approach to the collection. The goal was to determine whether such a model of collection assessment was feasible in an academic library setting, providing usable data without overinvestment of manpower and resources. To this end, the method was tested in a pilot program at George Mason University (Mason), assessing three subjects at varying levels of depth. While there was concern that the methodology would prove too ambitious for full-scale implementation, the pilot yielded valuable, tangible results in a timely manner and provides a solid model for future assessment efforts at Mason and elsewhere.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Moving Beyond Seating-centered Learning Environments: Opportunities and
           Challenges Identified in a POE of a Campus Library
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Caitlin P. DeClercq , Galen Cranz
      Colleges increasingly are recognized as student workplaces, inspiring campus leaders to create healthier campus environments. Yet challenging this vision is burgeoning research regarding the health risks of sedentary behavior, an under-studied college health concern that implies deleterious health outcomes and, by extension, academic impediments as well. Can movement be incorporated into academic activities such as studying or reading? This question—particularly relevant to libraries due to their increasing use as study spaces—requires the expansion of standard methods of evaluating student health needs and behaviors. We propose Post-Occupancy Evaluation (POE) methods as a novel way to investigate sedentary behaviors in a campus library and identify designs and practices to help promote movement. In 2012 and 2013, as part of an undergraduate architecture class, we conducted two POEs of Berkeley's newest library to learn how the space is used and, inspired by new research about the perils of sedentary behavior, we also considered how the library could be used. Through our findings we confirmed the changing role of campus libraries as study spaces, observed social and built environment contexts of sedentary behaviors in library settings, and identified possible interventions to introduce postural variation and physical activity into observed patterns of library use.


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  • A Utilization Model of Users' Metadata in Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Constantia Kakali
      The purpose of this paper is to define a utilization model of meaningful users' tags in subject indexing work in libraries. The research work was originally performed with a quantitative method; a large number of relations (tag–bibliographic record) were examined and analyzed, resulting in a definition of the classes of the model. This model was attempted to be verified by a survey addressed to cataloguers in Greek libraries. This paper is based on the principle that the users' collaboration and their vocabulary provide useful feedback for the enhancement of the subject description of the documents.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Functionality Analysis of an Open Source Repository System: Current
           Practices and Implications
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Hsin-liang Chen , Yin Zhang
      The aim of this research study is to examine the functionality development of the open source repository system: DSpace. The data on DSpace repositories' implementation practices were collected from the DSpace User Registry during September 2013–March 2014. A total of 545 repositories in the registry indicated specific system function customizations, representing 533 unique institutions from 95 countries worldwide. The findings indicate that U.S.A. and India are the top two countries to have adopted DSpace. The majority of the DSpace digital repositories are created by academic institutions, which indicates a strong representation of academic institutions in the use of DSpace. The major adopted system functions are statistics, Dublin Core Meta Toolkit, Manakin Themes, and language packages. Most DSpace members use the repository system as their institutional and learning resource repositories. The top content types are conference papers, research documents, and learning/teaching materials. The implications of the findings are also discussed.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Web-based Citation Management Tools: Comparing the Accuracy of Their
           Electronic Journal Citations
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Lindley Homol
      Many students struggle when citing sources in their research papers and have turned to web-based citation tools in increasing numbers. In order to test the accuracy of the citations generated by these products, a sample of student-selected electronic journal articles was collected and MLA and APA citations for these articles were created using EBSCO Discovery Service's Cite tool, EndNote Basic, RefWorks, and Zotero. Although EndNote Basic, RefWorks and Zotero's APA citation error rates were significantly lower than that of EBSCO Discovery Service, none of the programs was capable of generating an error-free MLA electronic journal citation.


      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6




      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • We Did it Our Way….
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Wyoma vanDuinkerken , Wendi Arant Kaspar



      PubDate: 2015-01-10T09:24:34Z
       
  • Colin B.BurkeInformation and Intrigue: From Index Cards to Dewey Decimals
           to Alger Hiss2014MITCambridge, MA9780262027021344 p. $45
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Bill McMillin



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  • BeckyAlbitzChristineAveryDianeZabelRethinking Collection Development and
           Management2014Libraries UnlimitedSanta Barbara, CA978-1-61069-305-9394 p.
           $60
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Brian Sherman



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  • Advancing Digital Repository Services for Faculty Primary Research Assets:
           An Exploratory Study
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Stephen Kutay
      The Oviatt Library at California State University Northridge (CSUN) hosts two digital repositories represented by Digital Collections for archival and historical materials, and ScholarWorks institutional repository (IR) for scholarly output. This paper reports on an exploratory study for advancing digital repository services regarding faculty primary research assets created in the course of research and/or collected by scholar custodians of archival materials at CSUN. A survey was distributed to understand: 1) which faculty and departments collect or create primary source assets as part of their research, 2) what types of assets are collected or created, 3) the activities performed to preserve these assets, 4) the level of interest in making primary research documents available online, 5) faculty knowledge of library methods, and 6) attitudes regarding collaboration with the library. This survey functions as part of a needs assessment toward the development of new and enhanced digital repository services to advance research, preservation, data curation, instruction, and exhibition. This knowledge will also help to systematize library and faculty collaboration through the development of policies and workflows that reduce ad hoc re-evaluations and protracted negotiations over the ability of the library to support digital research and instruction projects.


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  • Communicating Library Value — The Missing Piece of the Assessment
           Puzzle
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Amanda B. Albert



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  • The Politics of Neoliberalism in Academic Libraries: The Fiscal Front
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): John Buschman



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  • Case Study: Managing Change, and More Change, in Tech Services
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Maurine McCourry



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  • Space: The Final Frontier
    • Abstract: Publication date: November 2014
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 40, Issue 6
      Author(s): Geoffrey Little



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  • Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Leslie Stebbins



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  • Mark Y.HerringAre Libraries Obsolete? An Argument for Relevance in the
           Digital Age2014McFarland & Company, Inc.Jefferson, SCpp. $50.00,
           ISBN-10: 0786473568 258 ISBN-13: 978-0786473564
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Annie Armstrong



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  • Shelley E.MosleyDennis C.TuckerSandraVan WinkleCrash Course in Dealing
           with Difficult Library Customers2014Libraries UnlimitedSanta Barbara,
           CA978-1-61069-283-0173 pp. $45.00
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Lee Andrew Hilyer



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  • Sethvan HoolandRubenVerborghLinked Data for Libraries, Archives and
           Museums: How to Clean, Link and Publish Your Metadata2014ALA
           Neal-SchumanChicago, IL978-0-8389-1251-5254 pp. $85.00
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Asheleigh A. Perry



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  • CatherineSheldrick RossThe Pleasures of Reading: A Booklover's
           Alphabet2014Libraries UnlimitedWestport, CT978-1-59158-695-1270 pp. $45.00
           
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Alexandra Simons



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  • FredaMatassaOrganizing Exhibitions: A Handbook for Museums, Libraries and
           Archives2013FacetLondon978-1-85604-945-0256 pp. $94.95
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Madeline Kelly



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  • Preserving Patron Privacy in the 21st Century Academic Library
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Amanda Nichols Hess , Rachelle LaPorte-Fiori , Keith Engwall
      How do libraries reconcile increasing access to information and encouraging the use of 21st century technology systems and tools while also preserving patrons' privacy? This question is challenging for all libraries to address, but academic libraries must grapple with it while also considering other complex issues: not only do these libraries need to comply with the ALA's Library Bill of Rights and supporting documents, but they must also adhere to federal-, state-, and institution-level policies regarding student privacy and information security. This article presents how one university's libraries worked to both develop a public statement on patron privacy and identify behind-the-scenes issues with the collection, storage, and disposal of library patrons' private information. The strategies used herein may be helpful to other academic libraries as they consider patron privacy in the 21st century.


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  • Digital Preservation Challenges with an ETD Collection — A Case
           Study at Texas Tech University
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Joy M. Perrin , Heidi M. Winkler , Le Yang
      The dangers that digital files face can seem merely the stuff of theory and risk assessment matrices until an institution experiences its first data loss; especially when those digital files represent the graduate research output of a university, the potential impact of that loss increases exponentially. The authors present a case study of the challenges one academic library has encountered in the stewardship of its electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) over the course of a decade. This article examines the problems that can arise years after the transition from a physical to electronic collection and presents documentation solutions that can make ETD preservation and curation more effective.


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  • Interactive Training Materials Developed by Spanish University Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Marta Somoza-Fernández
      The main features of interactive training materials produced by Spanish university libraries are described. A total of 365 materials that are both technologically and educationally interactive were selected. The results show positive indicators such as a considerable increase in production and the diversification of technological media. While libraries are actively involved in the creation and development of training materials, the general conclusion is that most are still at an early stage in the context of the information and knowledge society, which fosters learning of information skills, virtual training and adaptation to different learning styles.


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  • The Shift of Information Literacy Towards Research 2.0
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Tibor Koltay , Sonja Špiranec , László Z. Karvalics
      In this paper, based on desk research, we will present the most important features of Research 2.0 in its relationship with information literacy (IL). The appearance of the Research 2.0 paradigm was brought about by numerous technological innovations resulting from Web 2.0. This may lead to transformations that could change the principles of research activities. When explaining the nature of Research 2.0 we highlight factors that hinder its wider uptake. We will also try to show that IL is changing in some of its aspects as a result of developments in the Research 2.0 domain, regardless of the fact that it is not widely adopted. The consequences resulting from the analyzed transformations in IL are of utmost importance for academic libraries, the content of their instructional activities and future information literacy conceptualizations.


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  • Delivering Virtual Reference Services on the Web: An Investigation into
           the Current Practice by Academic Libraries
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Sharon Q. Yang , Heather A. Dalal
      This article describes a study on web-based reference services in academic libraries. A random sample of 362 institutions was taken from Peterson's Four-Year Colleges 2013. The authors scanned each library's website for reference-related activities, specifically if the library 1) provides or advertises reference on the main page and terminology used to advertise the reference service; 2) provides chat and related information such as chat box location, provider (in-house vs. consortia), and the vendor or program used and 3) provides other forms of virtual reference through email, phone, text messaging, instant messenger, video chat, interactive knowledge base, and other technologies. The findings indicate that approximately 68% of the libraries in the sample stated reference services on the main webpage. About 74% of the libraries used at least one of the following technologies for virtual reference: email, phone, chat, IM, text, and video chat. Exactly 47.5% of the libraries provide chat. The institutions that offer more advanced degrees and have more students are more likely to offer chat than those who offer low-level degrees and fewer students. This is the only study on a large scale with details about virtual reference in academic libraries.


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  • Finding the Right Notes: An Observational Study of Score and Recording
           Seeking Behaviors of Music Students
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Kirstin Dougan
      There are several complexities inherent in searching for music materials and many possible starting points both within the library and outside of it. This study uses task observation as well as interviews to determine how undergraduate and graduate music students undertake finding music scores and recordings in an academic setting. It explores what tools and search strategies music students employ, and whether they are more disposed to use YouTube or Google rather than trying to make sense of the wide array of choices and interfaces libraries offer. Results of this study show that context of the search and the end use of the materials are important factors in how and where students search.


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  • The NIH Public Access Policy and Federally Funded Research: An Analysis of
           Problem Recognition and Agenda Setting
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Glenn S. McGuigan
      This interpretive and descriptive study examines the development of the U.S. National Institute of Health's (NIH) public access policy which requires NIH funded research to be made publicly available through an open access depository, the PubMed Central database. Using elements of Kingdon's (2003) multiple streams framework, Stone's (2012) challenges to the theory of free market efficiency, and her rhetorical characterization of “good weak interests” vs. “bad strong interests,” this work explores the rationale behind the development of the NIH open access policy . Based upon this rationale and the current structure of the scholarly publishing system, future implications for other federally or publicly funded research are proposed.


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  • Racial Microaggressions in Academic Libraries: Results of a Survey of
           Minority and Non-minority Librarians
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Jaena Alabi
      There is relatively little literature on racism within the profession of academic librarianship. To investigate academic librarians' experiences of racism, this research project uses the framework of racial microaggressions, which are subtle, denigrating messages directed toward people of color. According to the results of an online survey, some librarians of color have had racial microaggressions directed at them by their colleagues. Non-minority librarians, however, are unlikely to recognize these disparaging exchanges.


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  • Buffering the Negative Effects of Surface Acting: The Moderating Role of
           Supervisor Support in Librarianship
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Yu-Ping Peng
      The career of a librarian involves lots of emotional labor. Emotional labor strategies influence individual and organizational outcomes in different ways. Previous studies have highlighted several detrimental organizational outcomes of surface acting such as reduced job satisfaction and job performance. To minimize the detrimental effects of surface acting, it has been suggested that there may be some moderators of negative relationships between surface acting and some outcomes. The study uses structural equation modeling to examine how supervisor support moderates the impact of surface acting on facets of job satisfaction and job performance of university librarians. Results indicate that supervisor support was a significant moderator of the relationships between surface acting and the outcomes of extrinsic satisfaction, task performance, and contextual performance. Contrary to one preliminary hypothesis, supervisor support did not moderate the relationship between surface acting and intrinsic satisfaction. The findings can be useful for providing a comprehensive understanding of the relationships between surface acting, supervisor support, facets of job satisfaction, and facets of job performance in the university library context. The study concludes by offering some managerial advice for librarians.


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  • Relationship of Library Assessment to Student Retention
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Elizabeth M. Mezick
      Using institution specific data related to library assessment collected as part of an Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Systems and Procedures Exchange Center (SPEC) survey, as well as fall-to-fall retention rates obtained from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), this study employs statistical measures of association to analyze the relationship of various assessment practices and policies, including evaluation of student learning outcomes and accessibility of assessment data and analysis, to student persistence.


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  • Applications of Mobile Social Media: WeChat Among Academic Libraries in
           China
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Jianhua Xu , Qi Kang , Zhiqiang Song , Christopher Peter Clarke
      This paper describes the application of the social media platform WeChat. It explores the use of this emerging mobile app using the official WeChat accounts of the top 39 academic libraries in China. The findings indicate that approximately one third of the libraries use WeChat as a marketing tool to promote collections and services for users. Most of the 39 libraries, however, are still using the most basic functions. Advanced functions urgently need to be adopted. The main uses of WeChat are general social networking services (SNSs) and automatic answering and interaction features, which include seeking and sharing information, user self-service, and keyword-identified reference auto-responders. The study uses six aspects of quality to evaluate the interaction and content delivered by WeChat. These include the volume of information, information content quality, concordance rate, frequency, self-service, and basic features. The experience of Chinese university libraries is used to provide recommendations for other libraries.


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  • Library Instruction and Themed Composition Courses: An Investigation of
           Factors that Impact Student Learning
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Erin E. Rinto , Elisa I. Cogbill-Seiders
      Many academic libraries partner with English composition in order to teach first year students skills related to academic research and writing. Due to the partnership between information literacy and first-year writing programs, it is important to evaluate how these programs can best support one another. The purpose of this study was to examine the impact of two factors on student information literacy skill development: library instruction and section theme—defined here as class sections of the English 102 (ENG 102) program developed around a central topic selected by the instructor. A random sample of annotated bibliographies from 95 sections of ENG 102 were scored with two information literacy rubrics in order to find out if scores differed between sections based on the variables of library instruction and theme. The results of this study indicate that sections of the ENG 102 program that attended an information literacy instruction session scored significantly higher on the annotated bibliography assignment than sections that did not attend. We also found that themed sections of ENG 102 scored marginally higher on the annotated bibliography than non-themed sections of ENG 102. Implications for further research are discussed, including the potential impact of theme-based writing on information literacy learning.


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  • Promoting Academic Library Research Through the
           “Faculty-Member-In-Residence” Program
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Brian Detlor , Vivian Lewis
      As a means of fostering academic library research, this paper provides an overview of an inaugural “Faculty-Member-In-Residence” program implemented at McMaster University Library, where a non-librarian faculty member from McMaster spent his sabbatical year conducting library research and helping librarians think about research. In addition to providing background on the context of academic library research and the research productivity of academic librarians, the paper describes the objectives, outcomes, and benefits of the program, as well as personal reflections and recommendations on how to move the program forward. Academic libraries are encouraged to launch similar “Faculty-Member-In-Residence” programs at their own institutions.


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  • Student Confidence/Overconfidence in the Research Process
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Valeria E. Molteni , Emily K. Chan
      Librarians with instructional responsibilities will base information literacy session content upon course syllabi and teaching faculty's assessments of student readiness. Often students' self-perceived competencies do not factor into the lesson planning process. The aim of this project is to collect the levels of self-confidence for a group of students who are primarily entering health care professions. This study observes students' levels of self-confidence in performing research-related activities and their corresponding ability to correctly answer content questions for those tasks. Students' self-confidence ratings are not reliable indicators for information literacy competence. The confidence levels for information literacy tasks of students entering health care professions may have clinical implications for future practice.


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  • Introduction: Editorial
    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1
      Author(s): Elizabeth Blakesley



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    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1




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    • Abstract: Publication date: January 2015
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 41, Issue 1




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