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College & Research Libraries
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ISSN (Print) 0010-0870 - ISSN (Online) 2150-6701
Published by American Library Association Homepage  [9 journals]
  • Innovation, Disruption and Sense-making

    • Authors: Wendi Arant Kaspar
      First page: 422
      Abstract: Innovation, specifically innovation in information technology and computing systems, has, in my mind, changed the world more quickly than any other type of innovation we've seen. Whether or not it has improved the world may be subject to debate, but it has definitely sped the rate of change to a pace that is hard to fathom.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.422
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Bridging the Chasm: Faculty Support Roles for Academic Librarians in the
           Adoption of Open Educational Resources

    • Authors: Dr Braddlee, Amy VanScoy
      First page: 426
      Abstract: Despite demonstrated student benefits from Open Educational Resources (OER), especially those in community colleges, faculty adoption remains marginal. This study is framed by diffusion of innovations theory, which acknowledges that adoption of an innovation must exceed a tipping point to ensure enduring success. The study focuses on community college faculty with demonstrated OER engagement, on the basis that these faculty have greater likelihood to adopt OER and help “bridge the chasm.” In surveying faculty, we tested a range of roles librarians have played in supporting OER adoption. Findings show that faculty value librarians’ roles in discovery, cataloging, and information literacy but are less open to librarians operating outside these traditional roles, including mentoring and policy development. Faculty were supportive of librarians’ role in advocacy for OER and, overall, felt that librarians have a role to play in the OER movement on their campuses.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.426
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Faculty Format Preferences in the Performing Arts: A Multi-Institutional

    • Authors: Joe C. Clark, Jonathan Sauceda, Sheridan Stormes
      First page: 450
      Abstract: Resources for teaching in higher education have undergone a tremendous evolution during the past several decades. The Internet and commercial services, such as YouTube and Google, have revolutionized the manner by which students and faculty access information to both conduct research and meet course requirements. This mixed methods study implemented an online survey and interviews to determine how performing arts faculty at three institutions integrate library resources and services into their teaching. Conclusions indicate that, while personal collections and Internet resources provide a majority of teaching content, the academic library still offers important access to materials for instruction.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.450
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Have Academic Libraries Overcome the Gender Wage Gap' An Analysis of
           Gender Pay Inequality

    • Authors: Quinn Galbraith, Adam Henry Callister, Heather Kelley
      First page: 470
      Abstract: This report draws upon two data sets to examine the gender wage gap among member institutions of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). The first data set consists of 35 years of salary survey data collected by ARL and is used to provide trend data on the gender wage gap from 1980 to 2014 as well as present an in-depth look at the wage gap in 2014. After controlling for variables such as years of experience, position, and type of library in the 2014 ARL Salary Survey data, results revealed that women on average made approximately 2 percent less than their male counterparts in 2014. The second data set comes from a survey of ARL institutions conducted by the researchers in 2015 and is used to explore the influence of additional variables on the gender wage gap that were not found in the ARL Salary Survey data. Results from both data sets suggest a substantial difference between the gender wage gap in ARL institutions and the workforce as a whole.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.470
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Digital Literacy Unpacked. Katharine Reedy and Jo Parker, eds. London:
           Facet Publishing, 2018. 240p. $87.99 (ISBN: 978-1-78330-197-3).

    • Authors: Melissa Anderson
      First page: 478
      Abstract: Although information literacy is not new as a focus for learning theory and instructional design in higher education, it has seen renewed interest in recent years with the adoption of the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Accordingly, a number of books and articles have lately been published proposing innovative approaches to the teaching of information literacy, as well as books exploring the value and meaning of information literacy both inside and outside the academy in the twenty-first century. Along with the fresh inquiry into information literacy has come excavation of “other” literacies that, depending on context, exist alongside or within information literacy, such as visual literacy, media literacy, and digital literacy. These works have helped to shed significant light on the work being done in information literacy and beyond. Digital Literacy Unpacked, edited by Katharine Reedy and Jo Parker, is such a work; it presents a multifaceted view of digital literacy today that enhances our understanding of the value and potential of digital literacy in higher education and in the culture at large.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.478
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Altruism or Self-Interest' Exploring the Motivations of Open Access

    • Authors: Robert Heaton, Dylan Burns, Becky Thoms
      First page: 485
      Abstract: More than 250 authors at Utah State University published an Open Access (OA) article in 2016. Analysis of survey results and publication data from Scopus suggests that the following factors led authors to choose OA venues: ability to pay publishing charges, disciplinary colleagues’ positive attitudes toward OA, and personal feelings such as altruism and desire to reach a wide audience. Tenure status was not an apparent factor. This article adds to the body of literature on author motivations and can inform library outreach and marketing efforts, the creation of new publishing models, and the conversation about the larger scholarly publishing landscape.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.485
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • The State of Academic Liaison Librarian Burnout in ARL Libraries in the
           United States

    • Authors: Jennifer Nardine
      First page: 508
      Abstract: This study investigates the incidence and acuteness of occupational burnout in full-time Association of Research Libraries (ARL) liaison/subject librarians in the United States, using the Maslach Burnout Inventory and Areas of Worklife Survey. Findings show that lack of personal agency is the primary contributor to a sense of burnout and that, while many liaisons feel significant levels of overwork and lack of fair treatment, positive correlation between institutional and personal values runs high regardless of gender, time as a liaison, or time spent at a particular institution. This values relationship, along with a strong sense of personal efficacy, may moderately offset burnout symptoms. Still, findings indicate a need for further study of burnout in the overall academic librarian population, as well as a significant need for change in liaison librarians’ professional experiences to ease their reported levels of burnout.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.508
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • The Scholarly Impact of Books Acquired via Approval Plan Selection,
           Librarian Orders, and Patron-Driven Acquisitions as Measured by Citation

    • Authors: David C. Tyler, Brianna D. Hitt, Francis A. Nterful, McKenna R. Mettling
      First page: 525
      Abstract: Patron-driven acquisition has been an important, if contentious, topic for decades, with numerous programs having been piloted, adopted, and reported on, largely favorably, in the library literature. Still, questions and doubts persist for academic libraries, especially where the composition of vendor plans and packages and the judgment of patrons are concerned. Past literature has approached the assessment of patron-driven acquisition by analyzing circulation/usage, comparing peer-library holdings, seeking patrons’ or librarians’ judgments of utility and suitability, looking for evidence of collection imbalances, and testing for overlap in patrons’ and librarians’ purchases. To contribute to this literature, this study addresses scholarly impact and examines whose selections—approval plans’, librarians’, or patrons’—have been most heavily cited. For the social sciences, the sciences, and the humanities, the authors gathered topic-matched random samples of books acquired via approval plans and librarian orders during the first five years of operation of their institutions’ interlibrary loan purchase-on-demand patron-driven acquisition program and compared their citation counts to the counts of books acquired via the program. Google Scholar was employed to tally citations.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.525
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Citing East Asia: A Citation Study on the Use of East Asian Materials in
           East Asian Studies Dissertations

    • Authors: Xiang Li
      First page: 561
      Abstract: Aiming to understand how scholars of East Asian Studies use East Asian sources (mainly in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean) in their research, this citation study analyzed bibliographies of 213 PhD dissertations from 32 (East) Asian Studies programs in the United States and Canada from 2013 to 2015. The study examined the number and percentage of East Asian sources cited in each bibliography, as well as format and publication year of each East Asian source cited. The results have important and practical implications for collection development and management.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.561
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Margaret Zelman Law. Cultivating Engaged Staff: Better Management for
           Better Libraries. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 128p.
           Paper, $55.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-5222-0). LC: 2017004832.

    • Authors: Kristen Cardoso
      First page: 580
      Abstract: A library’s most valuable resource is its staff. It is the library staff who ensure excellent customer service and research assistance to our communities, who purchase, preserve, and make accessible print and electronic resources of all kinds, and who keep the doors open early in the morning and late into the night. The work and care of library staff (including librarians and library assistants alike) keep libraries running, and they deserve the best possible support from their managers and supervisors. Patrons get the best service from staff that gets what they need from their work environment. Margaret Zelman Law’s insightful and detailed volume can help you learn more about both individual and team needs and how to better meet them. Having worked in both public and academic libraries, as well as library consortia, the author is now a consultant to libraries worldwide on organizational development and other management challenges, as well as an instructor at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta. With advanced degrees in both information studies and business administration, Law brings together her experiences and the research in both fields to demonstrate how management practices impact organizational climate and provides concrete examples for how practices can be changed to improve staff engagement in any kind of library.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.580
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Lyda Fontes McCartin and Rachel Dineen. Toward a Critical-Inclusive
           Assessment Practice for Library Instruction. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice
           Press, 2018. 149p. Paper. $18.00 (ISBN: 978-1-63400-035-2). LC:
           Z711.25.C65 M37.

    • Authors: Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      First page: 581
      Abstract: One of the core learning outcomes that information literacy (IL) instructors aim to help their students achieve is to interrogate the credibility of information. Part of that process is to recognize the credibility of authors who have acquired valid information through experience and education; another part is to question hegemonic pressures in effect in the information dissemination ecosystem. Toward a Critical-Inclusive Assessment Practice for Library Instruction seeks to outline assessment methods for helping students learn both of these lessons. Information-literate individuals recognize gaps in their knowledge. Students come to educational institutions with gaps in their knowledge, which library instructors must help them to recognize and fill. However, students also have knowledge of themselves as learners that library instructors do not possess. This book outlines assessment processes for library instructors to fill the gaps in their knowledge of their students.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.581
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Sally Gardner Reed. The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A
           Librarian’s Guide to Working with Friends Groups. Chicago: American
           Library Association, 2017. 157p. Paper, $57.00 (ISBN: 978-0838914984).

    • Authors: Rebekah Irwin
      First page: 583
      Abstract: Librarians can be a discerning and, at times, impossible audience to please. We read widely and voraciously, in print and online, in every genre and format: books, blogs, newspapers, social media posts, Sunday flyers, you name it. Librarians also claim a sort of superpower that authorizes us to distinguish between appropriate formats. We might agree that, in most cases, an online search delivers decent and convenient information. Despite that, most librarians still maintain an awareness (and appreciation) of print-only sources for instruction, research, and professional guidance. For those of us working with rural or elderly populations, in communities with an abundance of low and moderate income households, or in deeply academic and historical fields, print sources might win the day. Books written for librarians then, particularly guides and manuals, walk a precarious path. In this day and age, does a narrowly focused manual need to exist in print' Especially one aimed at an expert audience with deep familiarity of the competing online sources' Sally Gardner Reed’s slim book, The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A Librarian’s Guide to Working with Friends Groups is well aware of these hazards and works hard to present current information to a shrewd audience who knows whether to Google a solution or to look for one in the pages of a book.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.583
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • The Library Outreach Casebook. Ryan L. Sittler and Terra J. Rogerson, eds.
           Chicago: Association of College & Research Libraries, 2018. 214p.
           Paper, $56.00 (ISBN: 978-0-8389-4873-6). LC: 2018-043645.

    • Authors: Susan Vandagriff
      First page: 584
      Abstract: One challenge of discussing outreach is that it takes a different shape in every library, a reality that The Library Outreach Casebook represents through a spectrum of experiences, ideas, and approaches. Editors Ryan L. Sittler and Terra J. Rogerson have compiled 20 different case studies in outreach and marketing for libraries. They note in the introduction that the book is intended to serve as a companion to the forthcoming title The Library Outreach Cookbook by providing readers with a taste of the scope of outreach and marketing efforts going on at other libraries. Unfortunately, Sittler and Rogerson’s introduction misrepresents the true value of the volume they have assembled. Although they promise to “describe and address universal problems that all librarians face” and suggest taking an “all of the above” approach to the advice contained therein (vii), casebooks are inherently limited. The situations described are unique, and the solutions and innovations employed are likewise constricted in their applicability. Librarians will not walk away from this volume with clear-cut solutions or formulas to deploy. The programming, marketing, and project management systems described should not all be attempted by any one library. Even knowing this, it is easy to see how Rogerson and Sittler have created something of great value in this collection: a book where librarians can witness the critical thinking and problem solving of other libraries. The value of this work lies in its capacity to inspire similar ingenuity in its readers, who—facing an entirely different set of challenges at their own institution—are better prepared to brainstorm solutions and be more familiar with the tools available because they have heard the stories of others.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.584
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
  • Norman A. Mooradian. Ethics for Records and Information Management.
           Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2018. 191p. Paper, $75.00 (ISBN:
           9780838916391). LC: 2018010397.

    • Authors: Lizzy Walker
      First page: 586
      Abstract: During the last 30 years, information technology has exploded; with that comes a host of issues that constantly need to be addressed, including how to treat the various and numerous records that have been created as a result of said information explosion. Records and information management (RIM) professionals need to adapt and adjust to the responsibilities that these changes entail. Mooradian’s book, Ethics for Records and Information Management, is essentially a manual to help RIM professionals, including librarians and archivists, develop and implement ethical organizational policies by using a principles-based approach to ethics to help the reader through the process. The author points out that RIM professionals have specific ethical responsibilities and that they will need to be equipped to establish policies, training, and systems “that are meant to manage information in a way that is fair and legitimate” (xxv–xxvi). Mooradian addresses topics that everyone working in information professions should be aware of, such as the structure of ethics, including outlining principles, moral rules, judgments, and exceptions; ethical reasoning; the ethical core of records and information management; important ethical concerns such as copyright and intellectual property, whistleblowing, information leaks, disclosure, and privacy; and the relationship between RIM ethics and information governance.
      PubDate: 2019-05-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.4.586
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 4 (2019)
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