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Journal Cover Journal of Academic Librarianship
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  • Turning a Service Learning Experience into a Model of Student Engagement:
           The Lighthouse Heritage Research Connections (LHRC) Project in Hong Kong
    • Authors: Steve H. Ching
      Pages: 196 - 206
      Abstract: Publication date: March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 2
      Author(s): Steve H. Ching
      The digital shift has provided easy access to academic library users, and yet, the usage of archival collections continues to be low. At the same time, the need for innovation in library services for cultural heritage scholarship and its advancement is emerging. This paper outlines a library-led service-learning program that connects students with lighthouse artifacts, archival collections, scholars in global academia, and wider communities. Student engagement cases are provided to illustrate the way in which the librarian utilizes the Framework of Information Literacy for Higher Education by ACRL to work closely with students. These cases also demonstrate how students can contribute to knowledge creation and preservation efforts for a specific cultural heritage topic that is not static, but which keeps receiving new contributions or additions to the depository. Thus, this paper is an answer to the ACRL's call for pilot projects to be assessed and shared with the wider community of academic librarians and support staff. It also builds on emerging roles for academic libraries like engaged learning. Librarians must move beyond simply seeing themselves as partners. Instead, librarians should see themselves as prime facilitators that co-create and co-develop cultural heritage research and historical projects by connecting actors and resources more effectively than any single actor can do alone.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.007
  • The Effect of Gender and Minority Status on Salary in Private and Public
           ARL Libraries
    • Authors: Quinn Galbraith; Erin Merrill; Olivia Outzen
      Pages: 75 - 80
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): Quinn Galbraith, Erin Merrill, Olivia Outzen
      The purpose of this study was to identify pay disparities within gender and race using private and public Association of Research Libraries (ARL) libraries as a lens. In this study, 44 ARL libraries participated, leading to 1099 usable responses to our survey. The findings indicate that race and gender pay disparities are larger at private libraries than at public libraries. However, disparity levels at both public and private ARL libraries are smaller than the national averages for all professions and continue to shrink.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.005
  • A Campus Partnership to Foster Compliance with Funder Mandates
    • Authors: Jeff R. Broadbent; Andrea Payant; Kevin Peterson; Betty Rozum; Liz Woolcott
      Pages: 96 - 104
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): Jeff R. Broadbent, Andrea Payant, Kevin Peterson, Betty Rozum, Liz Woolcott
      Data from federally funded research must now be made publicly accessible and discoverable. Researchers must adhere to guidelines established by federal agencies, and universities must be prepared to demonstrate compliance with the federal mandate. At Utah State University, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies and the Merrill-Cazier Library partnered to facilitate data sharing and create an audit trail demonstrating compliance with the terms of each researcher's award. This systematic approach uses existing resources such as the grant management system, the institutional repository (IR), and the Library online catalog. This paper describes our process and the first eight months of implementation.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.002
  • Seek and You Shall Find' An Observational Study of Music Students'
           Library Catalog Search Behavior
    • Authors: Joe C. Clark; Kristin Yeager
      Pages: 105 - 112
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): Joe C. Clark, Kristin Yeager
      This observational study examined the strategies that music students used to locate scores and media items in an academic library's online public access catalog (OPAC). During a usability test, investigators tracked students' search strategies and behaviors, and measured their success in identifying appropriate items. Students experienced briefer, less complicated, and more successful queries for media items than for music scores (the latter of which they struggled to find and properly identify). Class standing, library catalog experience, and prior library instruction had no significant effect on positive outcomes. Searches for music scores were highly sensitive to variations in query wording, and students frequently struggled to revise their searches.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.001
  • Evidence-based decision-making: awareness, process and practice in the
           management classroom
    • Authors: Ilana Stonebraker; Heather A. Howard
      Pages: 113 - 117
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): Ilana Stonebraker, Heather A. Howard
      In an increasingly information rich environment, it is important to teach students decision-making alongside information gathering and management methods. This paper examines the implementation of evidence-based decision-making in a first year introduction to management course at a large university in the Midwestern United States. Students learned decision awareness, decision-making process creation and decision practice alongside areas of management and basic business principles. Students perceived increased skill in decision-making, both individually and in groups. This venture has implications for others looking to help students not only learn experientially, but also improve critical thinking in practice.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.09.017
  • Build It and They Will Come' Patron Engagement Via Twitter at
           Historically Black College and University Libraries
    • Authors: Brenton Stewart; Jessie Walker
      Pages: 118 - 124
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): Brenton Stewart, Jessie Walker
      This study is a social media analysis on the use of Twitter at Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) libraries. While information science researchers have begun examining how libraries use social media, the vast majority of these studies are situated at large flagship research-intensive universities. Additionally, there currently exist deficiencies in research on social media deployment at HBCU libraries. We leverage, the IBM Watson's analytic engine, to systemically examine over 23,000, tweets over an eighteen-month period, around a set of objective measures including propagation of retweets and sentiment to assess follower engagement. The analysis found little evidence of follower engagement with library generated content. However, we observed a substantial volume of library tweets coalesced around institutional boosterism, rather than library related phenomena. This non-library related content represented the vast majority of retweets, but paradoxically was propagated by non-followers. Additionally, tweets relating to institutional boosterism produced the most positive sentiment within the data.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.09.016
  • Faculty Members Who Teach Online: A Phenomenographic Typology of Open
           Access Experiences
    • Authors: A.M. Salaz; Nicole Johnston; Clare Pickles
      Pages: 125 - 132
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 1
      Author(s): A.M. Salaz, Nicole Johnston, Clare Pickles
      The open access (OA) movement today incorporates a number of different threads reflecting disagreement among information professionals, publishers, institutions and advocates about how OA is defined and facilitated. It is unclear in this environment how faculty members involved in teaching and research construct understanding about open access and what range of understandings among this constituency may currently exist. This paper reports the results of a study using phenomenography to understand the open access experiences and perceptions of faculty members who teach online; a growing subgroup of faculty whose professional context positions themselves and their students differently in relation to subscription-based digital and print-based library collections and support than in a brick-and-mortar educational environment. Faculty members in this group experienced open access in five qualitatively distinctive ways: as resources for teaching; as a publication channel; as a social justice movement; as open source, and as ‘free for me’. These findings have implications for outreach and communication efforts for university libraries and higher education administrators, and offer insights into the concerns and challenges faced by faculty members while engaging with open access materials.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.09.006
  • Determining Librarian Research Preferences: A Comparison Survey of
           Web-Scale Discovery Systems and Subject Databases
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Anita K. Foster
      The success or failure of any tool, service or system used in a library is predicated on the audience it finds. While web-scale discovery systems have developed widespread adoption in academic libraries, there is a sense from librarians that they continue to be in search of their true audience. Librarians play a key role in the utilization of web-scale discovery systems, and their experiences as an end user of these systems may influence their attitudes in many ways. The survey discussed in this article looks at the attitudes librarians have toward web-scale discovery systems when using them for their personal research, including feature preferences and inquiries into opinions regarding strengths and weaknesses of the system. The results of this survey provide some insights into why some librarians struggle with the idea using of web-scale discovery systems by themselves and by the patrons with which they work.

      PubDate: 2018-04-24T17:23:09Z
  • Situating Expertise in Practice: Domain-Based Data Management Training for
           Liaison Librarians
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jamie Wittenberg, Anna Sackmann, Rick Jaffe
      The research data management team at the University of California, Berkeley implemented a domain-based Librarian Training Program in order to upskill liaison librarians in research data management principles and create a community of practice among librarians providing research data support. The training program partnered with representatives from each subject division of the Library to integrate content from relevant disciplines. The training model emphasized scaffolding and concrete deliverables, teaching specific tools and concepts, and creating learning objects useful for instruction and outreach. Employing a situated, learning-based, pedagogical model, the program was more successful than previous attempts at library-wide research data management training at Berkeley. This analysis details the program management, curricular design, instruction, and outcomes that made the Library Training Program successful.

      PubDate: 2018-04-24T17:23:09Z
  • Student Employment as a High-Impact Practice in Academic Libraries: A
           Systematic Review
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Rosan Mitola, Erin Rinto, Emily Pattni
      This study is a systematic literature review of student employment in academic libraries. The review aimed to identify the extent to which academic libraries treat student employment as a High-Impact Practice. Focusing on articles, books, and ACRL conference proceedings published from 1997 to 2017, 216 publications were reviewed. Utilizing the work of George Kuh as a framework, publications were coded so as to identify the characteristics of highly effective educational practices demonstrated in each publication's student employment program. Findings show that student employment programs consistently align with High-Impact Practices in regards to faculty and peer interaction, time, and effort; we also found gaps in the student employment literature regarding professional development and training, mentoring, diversity, and the transferability of work experiences to other contexts. Further research is needed to articulate the impact student employment has on student success.

      PubDate: 2018-04-24T17:23:09Z
  • Keeping Current: Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship

      PubDate: 2018-04-24T17:23:09Z
  • Demonstrating Library Impact Through Acknowledgment: An Examination of
           Acknowledgments in Theses and Dissertations
    • Authors: David E. Hubbard; Sierra Laddusaw; Joel Kitchens; Rusty Kimball
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): David E. Hubbard, Sierra Laddusaw, Joel Kitchens, Rusty Kimball
      Academic libraries are increasingly seeking ways to demonstrate their impact on student learning. Acknowledgments - formal statements of indebtedness – in graduate theses and dissertations provide a rather unexplored area for demonstrating impact of the academic library on student learning. This study uses quantitative and qualitative methods to characterize acknowledgments of the Texas A&M University Libraries (TAMU Libraries) in theses and dissertations, both overall and for three disciplines specifically: civil engineering, geography, and history. This study also searched for mentions of the TAMU Libraries throughout the entire body of theses and dissertations. Overall, acknowledgments to the TAMU Libraries in theses and dissertations were less than 1%, though acknowledgments were found in all three disciplines with over a quarter of the history theses and dissertations containing an acknowledgment to libraries. There was no statistically significant difference found between the numbers of acknowledgments in theses versus dissertations. Acknowledgments to the TAMU Libraries were found in the theses and dissertations of 28 different departments. Mentions to the TAMU Libraries – not necessarily a formal acknowledgment – were found throughout the text of theses and dissertations with most concentrated in the acknowledgment, method, and bibliography sections.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.001
  • Serving a Fragmented Field: Information Seeking in Higher Education
    • Authors: Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 April 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      This study examines the information seeking habits and needs of scholars of higher education. Because higher education is a field which draws on many disciplinary traditions rather than a pure discipline in itself, the information needs of these scholars require diverse information seeking strategies. Phenomenological interviews with productive scholars of higher education were conducted and analyzed for this study. Ellis' (1989) common information seeking behaviors of social scientists are used as a framework to examine the behaviors of these applied social scientists in the modern information seeking environment.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.007
  • E-book ILL in Academic Libraries: A Three-Year Trend Report
    • Authors: Xiaohua Zhu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 27 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Xiaohua Zhu
      In spite of the widespread trend of e-book adoption by U.S. academic libraries, interlibrary loan (ILL) of e-books is significantly lagging behind because of license agreement restrictions, unstandardized platforms, library policies, and technological barriers. More recently, the long-cherished tradition of ILL has been further challenged, because an increasing number of academic libraries are adopting user-based e-book purchasing models that have the potential to bypass ILL. This paper compares the findings of two longitudinal surveys on e-book ILL practices in U.S. academic libraries, based on random sampling. The results from inferential statistical analyses reveal that, while inter-library lending of entire e-books is seldom practiced and shows no growth, e-book chapter ILL is becoming more prevalent in U.S. academic libraries. Librarians have grown more knowledgeable about licensing and technological issues, but their perceptions of these barriers are mixed. The study also shows that larger institutions are more likely to perform e-book ILL services, and their librarians tend to be more positive about the future of e-book ILL.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.006
  • Collaborative Learning in an Information Literacy Course: The Impact of
           Online Versus Face-to-face Instruction on Social Metacognitive Awareness
    • Authors: Marcia E. Rapchak
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Marcia E. Rapchak
      Metacognition and social metacognition play important roles in information literacy, online learning, and collaborative learning. This study examines how students rated themselves in both metacognitive and social metacognitive awareness after a collaborative project in an information literacy course offered face-to-face and online. Students in the face-to-face version of the course rated themselves as having higher social metacognitive awareness, though metacognitive awareness scores were similar. Because of this finding, this article makes recommendations for improving collaboration online for information literacy instruction.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.003
  • A Comparative Study of Information Literacy Skill Performance of Students
           in Agricultural Sciences
    • Authors: Tomaž Bartol; Danica Dolničar; Bojana Boh Podgornik; Blaž Rodič; Tihomir Zoranović
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Tomaž Bartol, Danica Dolničar, Bojana Boh Podgornik, Blaž Rodič, Tihomir Zoranović
      The aim was to assess the information literacy (IL) of 310 first- and second-year students enrolled in nine different study programs at the School of Agriculture (Faculty of Agriculture), Novi Sad, Serbia, using an adapted version of a validated IL test (ILT) in an e-environment. Because the school does not provide systematic IL education, another purpose was to raise awareness of the importance of such instruction. ILT results were assessed according to five ACRL (Association of College & Research Libraries) standards, as well as three cognitive levels adapted from Bloom's taxonomy. The mean ILT score was 46.35%. Students were most successful in information evaluation and information need identification, and least successful in legal/ethical issues and information use. As expected, IL skills increase from the first to second year of study. Cognitive skills also increase, except for the highest level (applying knowledge), where all student groups are weak. Different study programs attract students with disparate knowledge/skill levels gained during secondary education, where some groups of first-year students may outperform second-year students in both IL and cognitive abilities. It is thus important to offer IL education to all students in order to provide a basis for more balanced academic progress.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.004
  • Long Nav or Short Nav': Student Responses to Two Different
           Navigational Interface Designs in LibGuides Version 2
    • Authors: Aaron Bowen; Jake Ellis; Barbara Chaparro
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Aaron Bowen, Jake Ellis, Barbara Chaparro
      This study used two successive phases of usability testing to evaluate two different versions of a Communication 430 course LibGuide. The first version of this guide had a longer, more visually complex navigation menu, with more course-related research information directly accessible through this menu. The second version had a shorter, less complex menu that offered less directly accessible information. Twenty-four of the 33 students enrolled in the class (73%) tested either one version or the other for usability in completing tasks that simulate course-related research assignments, ultimately indicating they found the longer navigation menu more usable. This paper may be the first to describe the engagement of students enrolled in a course in testing a LibGuide dedicated specifically to that course. As such, it will be of interest to many academic librarians and instructional design professionals.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.03.002
  • Google Scholar's Coverage of the Engineering Literature 10 years
    • Authors: Carmen Cole; Angela R. Davis; Vanessa Eyer; John J. Meier
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Carmen Cole, Angela R. Davis, Vanessa Eyer, John J. Meier
      In 2008 Meier and Conkling first tested Google Scholar's coverage of the engineering literature against citations gathered from the Compendex database. Since that time, other studies have used the same methodology and found improvement in Google Scholar's coverage. This study uses engineering dissertations from Proquest Dissertations & Theses to create a data set of citations for the comparison of fee-based databases, Compendex and Scopus, against Google Scholar. From 1950 to 2017 Google Scholar outperformed both Compendex and Scopus in discoverability of citations in nine engineering subjects. These results have implications for collection management and information literacy program planning for librarians.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.013
  • Diving Deep: Reflective Questions for Identifying Tacit Disciplinary
           Information Literacy Knowledge Practices, Dispositions, and Values through
           the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
    • Authors: Sara D. Miller
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sara D. Miller
      The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education combined with the Decoding the Disciplines model provides a structure for critical reflection to help unearth and clarify tacit, or unspoken, expert disciplinary processes and values related to information literacy. This article details a pilot project designed to explore the process of unearthing unspoken assumptions about disciplinary information literacy through reflective questions designed using the theory of Decoding the Disciplines and the structure of the Framework, and details themes which emerged from several of the author's experiences with librarians and teaching faculty working through the reflections. The themes are presented as potential further sites for inquiry and to generate ideas for identifying and addressing discipline-specific roadblocks, both practical and cultural, through the Framework.

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.014
  • Trends in academic libraries graduate student services: A case study
    • Authors: Sharon Ince
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sharon Ince

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.012
  • Keeping Current: Reviews and Analysis of Special Reports
    • Abstract: Publication date: March 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Volume 44, Issue 2

      PubDate: 2018-04-15T05:15:04Z
  • Organization of Materials and Accessing the Library in Blackboard: A
           Learner-centered Usability Study
    • Authors: Michelle J. Gibeault
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Michelle J. Gibeault

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.008
  • How Well Do We Know Our Students' A Comparison of Students' Priorities
           for Services and Librarians' Perceptions of Those Priorities
    • Authors: Brian W. Young; Savannah L. Kelly
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Brian W. Young, Savannah L. Kelly
      Perception gaps measure the disparity between the current state and the expected or desired state for a particular phenomenon. This research study examined the perception gaps between how undergraduate students at the University of Mississippi prioritized adding prospective services and how librarians at the University of Mississippi thought students prioritize those services. Card sorts completed by students during a prior study were compared to cards sorts completed by librarians to calculate the perception gap for sixty different services and spaces. The perception gaps for technology-related services were analyzed based on findings from the authors' prior study. The perception gaps revealed several services that librarians either notably underestimated (extended hours, natural lighting) or overestimated (3D printing, removing bookshelves to add study space). The perception gaps for items which students had the most and least interest were also analyzed.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.010
  • Crowdfunding for Academic Libraries: Indiana Jones Meets Polka
    • Authors: Sara Bushong; Susannah Cleveland; Christopher Cox
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sara Bushong, Susannah Cleveland, Christopher Cox
      Crowdfunding – or creatively presenting a case for funding to like-minded individuals – is becoming an effective development strategy for academic libraries. The crowdfunding projects described offer multiple approaches to consider, from an adventure-themed video to embracing polka music to entice donors to give. Social media, used in conjunction with the web and well-established email communication formed the basis of successful project promotion. Developing a robust communication plan ahead of campaign launch is critical for success. Thanking donors for their transformational gifts and follow up communication describing the impact of their participation six months later raises friends for the library potentially for many years to come. With proper planning, an active and enthusiastic committee and effective donor stewardship, crowdfunding campaigns will help libraries raise funds to support strategic initiatives.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.006
  • Instructor Use of Educational Streaming Video Resources
    • Authors: Andy Horbal
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Andy Horbal
      Although a substantial majority of academic libraries now provide streaming video, the literature contains few studies which focus on how such resources are used. This article presents the results of a qualitative research study consisting of in-depth interviews with 18 instructors who use of one category of streaming video resources, educational videos, which are important because they are sold a higher price than most individuals can afford, and thus are typically only available to instructors through the library. The study's main findings are that instructors think educational streaming video resources compare favorably to commercial and non-streaming alternatives in most respects and use them whenever possible, that the primary benefit of these resources is to facilitate better use of limited class time by enabling instructors to assign videos as outside-of-class viewing, and that the library is not the primary means instructors use to discover new educational streaming video resources. Additional insights are provided into factors that academic libraries should consider when deciding which resources to invest in, which acquisition models to pursue, and what marketing strategies to employ to ensure maximum usage.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.009
  • A Mixed-Method Study of Undergraduate and First Year Librarian Positions
           in Academic Libraries in the United States
    • Authors: Lily Todorinova
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Lily Todorinova
      The aim of this study is to better understand the prevalence, scope, and unique challenges of undergraduate and first year librarians over the last decade, through the use of quantitative and qualitative data from job listings, online surveys, and phone interviews. The findings indicate that there is very little consensus about what the undergraduate librarian does, how the work is structured on a daily basis, and how its goals are negotiated and assessed. Further, undergraduate librarians face a number of issues, including navigating vaguely defined responsibilities, establishing their professional credibility, and communicating their role within the library and to the university. Survey participants reported experiencing tension between the traditional (reference, instruction, collection development) and undergraduate-specific aspects of their duties, indicating that it is difficult for them to prioritize engagement and outreach. While the literature on blended librarianship anticipates some of these issues, undergraduate librarians are unique because they provide an intersection between broader higher education priorities and the academic library. The author stipulates that the lack of definition, strain, and the perception of undergraduate librarianship as an entry-level position is incongruent with the importance colleges and universities place on undergraduate student success.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.005
  • Gender and Leadership in Academic Libraries
    • Authors: Emmett Lombard
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Emmett Lombard
      This study considers academic library personnel perceptions of gender and leadership associated with three obstacles – family, “double binds”, social capital – identified by Alice Eagly and Linda Carli in 2007. A survey was created that provides prompts to measure perception of these obstacles as they apply to both genders. Ninety-two library personnel from a random sample completed the survey. Findings from a t-test that describe and interpret the results are presented, along with themes coded from survey comments. Suggestions Eagly and Carli offer to improve leadership equity are adapted specifically to academic libraries.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.003
  • Using Practitioner-engaged Evidence Synthesis to Teach Research and
           Information Literacy Skills: A Model and Case Study
    • Authors: Sarah Young; Mary Maley
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sarah Young, Mary Maley
      Service learning connects learning in the classroom to real-world experience and presents opportunities for deeper library engagement in the curriculum and the teaching of critical information literacy. We present a model for teaching research and information literacy skills in the service learning context, making use of the evidence-based practice paradigm and engagement with community partners and practitioners in the field, connecting academic research to real-world practice and problem-solving. This model addresses some of the challenges of ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education and is adaptable to various disciplines and educational environments.

      PubDate: 2018-02-25T21:34:34Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.02.002
  • The Benefits and Challenges of Working in an Academic Library: A Study of
           Student Library Assistant Experience
    • Authors: Mimi Benjamin; Theresa McDevitt
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Mimi Benjamin, Theresa McDevitt
      Many college students choose or need to work, and academic libraries offer a potentially convenient on-campus location for employment. Students serving in these roles may benefit from the experience both academically and socially. By examining students' experience as workers in the library, academic libraries have the opportunity to understand the benefits that such work might provide and intentionally plan to enhance learning and demonstrate library value in a novel way. This basic qualitative study sought to explore the experiences of student assistants working in an academic library and identify the benefits and challenges they perceived as a result of enacting the role. Individual interviews were conducted with seven undergraduate student library assistants at a doctoral-granting institution to determine benefits and challenges they noted that resulted from their experiences in this student employment role, and findings reveal opportunities for academic librarians in training and supervising student employees.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.01.002
  • A Framework for the Analysis and Management of Library Security Issues
           Applied to Patron-property Theft
    • Authors: Heidi Simmons
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 February 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Heidi Simmons
      This paper adapts three conceptual frameworks from Environmental Criminology – Routine Activity Theory, Rational Choice Theory, and Situational Crime Prevention – to create a Crime Prevention Toolkit that helps librarians analyze and manage criminal activity in contemporary academic libraries. The toolkit is applied to a case study of patron-laptop theft at an urban academic library to demonstrate its use in analyzing criminal activity and creating a crime-problem intervention. The intervention was rapidly successful at eliminating patron-property theft. There were no patron-laptop thefts of any kind in the library after implementation of the intervention, in contrast to 12 recorded laptop thefts the previous academic year. This is the first time a research-based, conceptual framework of three theories from Environmental Criminology has been used to analyze and manage criminal activity in an academic library. It is also the first time a patron-property theft intervention in an academic library has been demonstrated effective in an empirical inquiry.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.021
  • What do they want' Millennials and role of libraries in Pakistan
    • Authors: Saira Hanif Soroya; Kanwal Ameen
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Saira Hanif Soroya, Kanwal Ameen
      The present study is aimed at determining the future role of libraries in Pakistan as perceived by the Millennials (people born during the 1980's and late 1990's) considering the current ongoing digital development. The quantitative research design, based on survey has been used for the study. The population consisted of students from large and medium sized general universities of Lahore, Pakistan. Stratified purposive sampling technique was carried out to select the pool of the subjects e. A self-constructed and validated instrument was used to collect data. The collected data was analyzed using SPSS (16.0). The results revealed that Millennials want future libraries to allow easy access to a wide range of reading material in both print and digital form. They want to be able to round the clock access to electronic and print resources.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.01.003
  • The Role of Affect in the Information Seeking of Productive Scholars
    • Authors: Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      Carol Kuhlthau's (2004) work shows that affect is a vital part of information seeking for high school students and undergraduates. This article explores the influence of affect on research university faculty. Like beginning information users, advanced information users are influenced by their confidence, ambition, and interest in their work. This study employed phenomenological interviews to explore how scholars' willingness to tackle new areas of research, submit manuscripts to prestigious publications, approach colleagues for collaboration, and conduct literature searches with tenacity is impacted by their emotions and dispositions.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2018.01.001
  • International Trends in Designing Electronic Health Information Literacy
           for Health Sciences Students: A Systematic Review of the Literature
    • Authors: Hussein Haruna; Xiao Hu
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 10 January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Hussein Haruna, Xiao Hu
      The Internet has become a crucial source of health information for health sciences students. They increasingly rely on the Internet for health information to support their educational projects, academic activities, clinical practice and research. Surprisingly, it has been shown that students' health information skills for conducting research on the Internet are inadequate. Indeed, developing and improving the health information skill set of health sciences students is required in order for students to effectively locate, critically evaluate, and efficiently use online health information for the effective location, critical evaluation and efficient use of online health information. This paper undertakes a systematic review of the literature with a focus on electronic health information literacy skills with the aim of identifying the current trends, contributions to, and practices in health sciences students' education, and informing researchers in the field universally about the essential baseline for the design and development of effective course contents, pedagogy and assessment approaches. However, majority of students have limited skills for the location, evaluation and effective use of health information on the Internet. Other articles suggest that health sciences students need fully fledged health information skills programs that are integrated with their health sciences education curricula.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.004
  • Spanish-language Print Materials Within Academic Consortia: Assessing the
           Impact of Resource Sharing in Two Academic Libraries
    • Authors: Manuel Ostos; Lisa Gardinier
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Manuel Ostos, Lisa Gardinier

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.005
  • Information Literacy in Practice: Content and Delivery of Library
           Instruction Tutorials
    • Authors: Laura Saunders
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 January 2018
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Laura Saunders

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T18:40:03Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.022
  • When Librarians Hit the Books: Uses of and Attitudes Toward E-Books
    • Authors: Katherine Hanz; Dawn McKinnon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Katherine Hanz, Dawn McKinnon
      Librarians offer a unique perspective on e-books: on one hand they collect these resources and train users as part of their jobs, while on the other hand, they may be users of e-books themselves. With recent increases in research expectations for Canadian academic librarians, this study aimed to discover: when librarians do research, do they use e-books and how often are they using them' This study examines the results of a survey of 392 academic librarians from across Canada. The survey generated data on librarians' use of, and attitudes towards, e-books. While a number of studies examine the use and opinions of e-books among other user groups, this study examines how librarians search for or use e-books differently than other user groups. Results will help librarians to improve their liaison work and make more informed collection development decisions at their own institutions.

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T12:11:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.018
  • The History, Deployment, and Future of Institutional Repositories in
           Public Universities in South Africa
    • Authors: Siviwe Bangani
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Siviwe Bangani
      This paper investigates the history, deployment, and content of institutional repositories (IRs) in public universities in South Africa. Some of the local, national and international drivers and enablers that ensure the establishment and survival of the institutional repositories are identified. Lastly, an attempt is made to determine the future of the IRs. Findings include that South African universities were among the first universities in the world to host IRs with the first IR established in 2000. The most prevalent and dominant content in South African public university collections are electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs). There are signs that this is changing as more libraries cover research outputs emanating from the universities. African languages are sparsely represented in IRs in South Africa. The majority of universities in the country signed the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, and the Budapest Open Access Initiative. Many of them do not have their own open access policy. The driving factors include the decline in government subsidy, increase in journal subscriptions, depreciation of the South African currency, and addition of the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 14% on electronic resources by the South Africa taxman while the enabling factors include the international open access mandates, the Carnegie Foundation grants, and the National Research Foundation's statement on open access.

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T12:11:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.003
  • Awareness of, and Attitudes Towards the Paradigm Shifts Among Library and
           Information Science (LIS) Faculty Staff in Zimbabwe
    • Authors: Pedzisai Katuli-Munyoro; Stephen Mutula
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Pedzisai Katuli-Munyoro, Stephen Mutula
      The study is informed by the Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and the Diffusion of Innovation Theory. The integrative theoretical approach allowed for methodological pluralism and enabled the researcher to discuss two distinct types of change, namely evolutionary change and revolutionary change. Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies were employed. The qualitative methodology was dominant, while the quantitative methodology was supplementary. The study integrated case study and survey research methods within a single research design. Respondents in the case study were surveyed using survey questionnaires and in-depth interviews. The population of the study comprises all LIS faculty staff, Deans/Heads of Departments (HODs) in higher education institutions (HEIs) offering LIS education in Zimbabwe. The study found that LIS faculty members have high awareness levels and optimism about paradigm shifts in the fields of library and information science. Despite this awareness, knowledge and optimism, LIS faculty staff are victims of paradigm effects and paradigm paralysis. This suggests that for any change initiatives to succeed, LIS faculty members need to break the chains of paradigm effects and paralysis. Until the chains are broken no meaningful evolutionary or revolutionary change can happen in LIS education and training in Zimbabwe. The findings provide fundamental information for decision makers at national and institutional levels. The information can be used for the purpose of analysis, advocacy and strategic planning for educational reforms.

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T12:11:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.007
  • Multilingual Scholarship: Non-English Sources and Reference Management
    • Authors: Adam H. Lisbon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 21 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Adam H. Lisbon

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T12:11:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.001
  • Academic e-Book Publishing in China: An Investigation of Current Status
           and Publishers' Attitudes
    • Authors: Wen-Qi Fu; Mei Zhang; Ling-Yan Yan
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 18 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Wen-Qi Fu, Mei Zhang, Ling-Yan Yan
      This study investigates the current status and attitudes towards academic e-book publishing by mainland Chinese academic publishers through an online survey. This study collected survey data from 49 authoritative academic publishers in China, focusing on their e-book sales profiles and their perceptions of how e-book sales affect publishers and libraries. The data reveals that China's academic e-book industry is still at an early development stage and has a relatively small market. The findings show significant differences in the willingness and attitudes towards e-book publishing between SSH publishers and STEM publishers, and also demonstrate that the enhancement of the demand for e-books by academic libraries promotes the process of the digital transformation of academic publishers. This study then argues that Chinese academic publishers need to further improve the quality of academic e-books, accelerate the transition from academic content providers to academic content service providers, and strengthen their cooperation with stakeholders.

      PubDate: 2017-12-27T12:11:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.008
  • Home Away from Home: Extending Library Services for International Students
           in China's Universities
    • Authors: Lihong Zhou; Yingying Han; Ping Li
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Lihong Zhou, Yingying Han, Ping Li
      In response to the rapid growth of international students in China's universities, it is important for university libraries to extend their existing services, which were mainly designed for native Chinese students. This paper reports on a research study aimed at extending library services for international students by identifying and understanding their requirements. An exploratory case study research design was adopted. Specifically, the Wuhan University Library was selected as the case study, at which 23 international students were approached and interviewed using semi-structured questions. The analysis of interview data pointed to 14 library service requirements in four main themes: feeling welcomed, convenient accessibility, comfortable learning environment and diverse learning resources. On this basis, five practical strategies were formulated. This study focused on China's university libraries, however, the research findings provide useful implications and insights that can be shared across international borders.

      PubDate: 2017-12-17T17:51:22Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.002
  • Emotions Management Skills and Barriers with Library Staff: A
           Correlational Survey of Agriculture Students
    • Authors: Sajjad Ullah Jan; Mumtaz Ali Anwar
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Sajjad Ullah Jan, Mumtaz Ali Anwar
      The literature has identified barriers with library staff as one of the important barriers affecting academic activities of students and also recognized the relationship of various academic and demographic characteristics of students with it. The emotions management skills of students may be one of the possible correlates of the barriers with library staff. This study was designed to investigate the levels of barriers with library staff and emotions management skills as well as their possible correlation using two standardized scales. The data were collected from the final year undergraduate agriculture students. The results confirmed the existence of barriers with library staff among the participants of both genders experiencing the same level of anxiety. The participants scored 3.75 (average) on the emotions management scale. The results also revealed significantly negative correlation between emotions management skills and barriers with library staff among these students. These results have many practical implications in the sphere of academic librarianship.

      PubDate: 2017-12-17T17:51:22Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.12.006
  • Sharing the value and impact of outreach: Taking a multifaceted approach
           to outreach assessment
    • Authors: Elizabeth German; Sarah LeMire
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 December 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Elizabeth German, Sarah LeMire
      Although outreach is a common activity in academic libraries, little has been written about strategies for assessing library outreach efforts. Assessing outreach efforts is important in order to measure the success of the outreach activity, identify areas for iterative improvement, and demonstrate the value of the outreach activity to stakeholders. This article is a case study describing the multifaceted strategies employed to assess a major outreach event, Texas A&M University Libraries annual Open House event. It details demonstrating value and programmatic improvement as the articulated goals for outreach assessment as well as the specific strategies used and the insights gleaned from each assessment strategy.

      PubDate: 2017-12-11T18:49:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.11.001
  • Understanding the Language of Information Literacy
    • Authors: Jean-Paul Orgeron
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 November 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Jean-Paul Orgeron
      Understanding the language of information literacy is necessary for the effective use of library resources. The results of a recent study indicate that undergraduate students lack such an understanding, and the authors recommend that librarians, working with faculty, reassess information literacy terms. This article examines what is involved in reassessing these terms by drawing on several ideas from the philosophy of language, which provides a foundation for grasping the semantic challenges librarians face in educating users. Any reassessment of information literacy terms should recognize their ordinary and specialized use and aim for the holistic expression of core concepts, however complex they may be.

      PubDate: 2017-11-09T03:08:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.004
  • Weed 'Em and Reap' Deselection of Political Science Books
    • Authors: Erin Ackerman; Lisa DeLuca
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 3 November 2017
      Source:The Journal of Academic Librarianship
      Author(s): Erin Ackerman, Lisa DeLuca
      Weeding academic library collections is widely acknowledged as a necessary and beneficial, but difficult, task. Little research has been done on how librarians approach weeding for a particular academic subject area and how they apply general weeding plans and criteria to a specific subject. This project examines the weeding practices of librarians with responsibility for managing book collections in political science and related disciplines through the use of a survey about their weeding experiences and perspectives. While survey respondents expressed similar motivations for weeding, the obstacles they encounter, and their approaches to developing weeding projects to those outlined in the literature, respondents were more confident about weeding and do it more frequently than one would expect from prior scholarship. Open text responses gave insight into how librarians apply broad and subjective weeding criteria, such as currency and relevance, to their politics-related collections.

      PubDate: 2017-11-09T03:08:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.10.003
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