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Journal Cover College & Research Libraries
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   ISSN (Print) 0010-0870 - ISSN (Online) 2150-6701
   Published by American Library Association Homepage  [9 journals]
  • The Reproducibility Crisis and Academic Libraries

    • Authors: Franklin Sayre, Amy Riegelman
      First page: 2
      Abstract: In recent years, evidence has emerged from disciplines ranging from biology to economics that many scientific studies are not reproducible. This evidence has led to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis” and that this crisis has significant impacts on both science and society, including misdirected effort, funding, and policy implemented on the basis of irreproducible research. In many cases, academic libraries are the natural organizations to lead efforts to implement recommendations from journals, funders, and societies to improve research reproducibility. In this editorial, we introduce the reproducibility crisis, define reproducibility and replicability, and then discusses how academic libraries can lead institutional support for reproducible research.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.2
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • The Practice and Promise of Critical Information Literacy: Academic
           Librarians' Involvement in Critical Library Instruction

    • Authors: Eamon C. Tewell
      First page: 10
      Abstract: Critical information literacy is a way of thinking and teaching that examines the social construction and political dimensions of libraries and information, problematizing information’s production and use so that library users may think critically about such forces. Being an educational approach that acknowledges and emboldens learners’ agency, critical information literacy has much to offer librarians. Using a survey and follow-up interviews with thirteen librarians practicing critical information literacy, this paper illustrates some of the many ways that librarians incorporate this vital approach to teaching the complexities of information, as well as the potential advantages and difficulties of doing so.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.10
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Worth the Wait' Using Past Patterns to Determine Wait Periods for
           E-Books Released After Print

    • Authors: Karen Kohn
      First page: 35
      Abstract: This paper asks if there is an optimal wait period for e-books that balances libraries’ desire to acquire books soon after their publication with the frequent desire to purchase books electronically whenever feasible. Analyzing 13,043 titles that Temple University Libraries received on its e-preferred approval plan in 2014–15, the author looks at the delays from the publication of print books to publication of their electronic versions. The analysis finds that most books on the approval plan are published electronically within a week of the print. Recommended wait periods are provided for different subjects.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.35
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Format Aside: Applying Beall's Criteria to Assess the Predatory
           Nature of both OA and Non-OA Library and Information Science Journals

    • Authors: Joseph D. Olivarez, Stephen Bales, Laura Sare, Wyoma vanDuinkerken
      First page: 52
      Abstract: Jeffrey Beall’s blog listing of potential predatory journals and publishers, as well as his Criteria for Determining Predatory Open-Access (OA) Publishers are often looked at as tools to help researchers avoid publishing in predatory journals. While these Criteria has brought a greater awareness of OA predatory journals, these tools alone should not be used as the only source in determining the quality of a scholarly journal. Employing a three-person independent judgment making panel, this study demonstrates the subjective nature of Beall’s Criteria by applying his Criteria to both OA and non-OA Library and Information Science journals (LIS), to demonstrate that traditional peer-reviewed journals could be considered predatory. Many of these LIS journals are considered as top-tier publications in the field and used when evaluating researcher’s publication history for promotion and tenure.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.52
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Factors Affecting the Use of Print and Electronic Books: A Use Study and

    • Authors: Amy Fry
      First page: 68
      Abstract: This article outlines a study assessing and comparing the rate of use of nonreference print and electronic book collections acquired during the same time period at one academic library. Rate of use was examined for both collections by discipline and method of acquisition. The author found that 74 percent of print titles acquired in 2008–2009 had been used within their first six years in the collection, and that 27 percent of print books acquired between 2008 and 2014 had been used between July 2013 and November 2014. By contrast, only 12 percent of the e-books acquired between 2008 and 2014 were used during the same 17-month period. The author examines how different print and electronic collection development models might affect monograph use in academic libraries within the context of previously published research.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.68
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Collections as a Service: A Research Library's Perspective

    • Authors: Julie Linden, Sarah Tudesco, Daniel Dollar
      First page: 86
      Abstract: ACRL’s “2016 Top Trends in Academic Libraries” noted a “shift to the incorporation and integration of more continuous, ongoing, flexible, and sustainable review of collections,” and “an increasing need” to align collection development with “institutional research and curricular requirements.” This article describes these trends playing out at a top-ranked research library. Given the library’s long history of collecting print books, the article examines the monographic acquisitions program from multiple angles, including circulation, expenditures, approval plans, and e-book usage. There are also suggestions for additional metrics to evaluate collections as a service, as well as questions posed to frame an ongoing research and assessment agenda. The models described in this case study and the proposed research and assessment agenda can be adapted by other academic libraries, both to fit local institutional needs and as collection development and “collections as a service” are increasingly realized within interinstitutional collaborative networks.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.86
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Librarians' Perspectives on the Factors Influencing Research Data
           Management Programs

    • Authors: Ixchel M. Faniel, Lynn Silipigni Connaway
      First page: 100
      Abstract: This qualitative research study examines librarians’ research data management (RDM) experiences, specifically the factors that influence their ability to support researchers’ needs. Findings from interviews with 36 academic library professionals in the United States identify 5 factors of influence: 1) technical resources; 2) human resources; 3) researchers’ perceptions about the library; 4) leadership support; and 5) communication, coordination, and collaboration. Findings show different aspects of these factors facilitate or constrain RDM activity. The implications of these factors on librarians’ continued work in RDM are considered.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.100
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • A Collaborative, Trilateral Approach to Bridging the Information Literacy
           Gap in Student Writing

    • Authors: Trenia Napier, Jill Parrott, Erin Presley, Leslie Valley
      First page: 120
      Abstract: As localized assessments confirm national findings that undergraduates struggle to integrate resources into research-based compositions effectively, data at one comprehensive public university indicate library sessions improve students’ ability to locate and evaluate information, but students continue to struggle with the “use” component of information literacy. This article presents a trilateral case study among librarians, faculty, and writing center administrators, emphasizing the intersection of programmatic partnerships, assessment, and pedagogical best practices. Our research shows a trilateral approach to information literacy increases efficacy and a sense of shared responsibility in support of student research where traditional bilateral approaches fall short.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.120
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Victoria Martin. Transdisciplinarity Revealed: What Librarians Need to
           Know. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2017. 211p. Paper.
           $85.00 (ISBN 978-1-4408-4347-1).

    • Authors: Joseph Aubele
      First page: 146
      Abstract: Academia is rooted in disciplinary distinctions, so it is no surprise that academic librarianship shares that quality. Over time, as “multidisciplinary,” “interdisciplinary,” and “transdisciplinary” have increasingly become part of the process of knowledge creation within higher education, librarians have adapted. But, while most education professionals are able to explain the distinctions between multi- and interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity is less understood, so much so that it is often perceived as a synonym for the better known modes of knowledge creation. In an ambitious work, that is both a meticulously researched history of the development of transdisciplinarity and a forward-looking call for librarians to anticipate and prepare for the challenges that will arise as it is more widely embraced and implemented, the author sets out to clarify transdisciplinarity for her readers. In doing so, she highlights the potential and challenges of becoming more knowledgeable about, and adept at serving, this highly integrative and collaborative approach to scholarship, discusses areas of librarianship that may be profoundly impacted as transdisciplinarity continues to be adopted among scholars, and challenges existing paradigms within librarianship.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.146
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume 1: Essays and Workbook
           Activities, and Volume 2: Lesson Plans. Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy,
           eds. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of
           the American Li

    • Authors: Alicia Hansen
      First page: 148
      Abstract: Many titles only require a single volume to adequately cover the topic. In the case of library pedagogy, it required two. Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, Volume 1: Essays and Workbook Activities offers 20 chapters in total and differs in format from its partner, Volume 2: Lesson Plans. Chapters 1 through 20 present six- to eight-page articles complete with extensive bibliographies and notes; chapters 21 through 30 are workbook activities, short and theory-based.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.148
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
  • Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians.
           Brandon K. West, Kimberly D. Hoffman, and Michelle Costello, eds. Chicago:
           ACRL, 2017. 396p. Paper, $72.00 (ISBN 978-0-83898-929-6).

    • Authors: Michael R. Mitchell
      First page: 150
      Abstract: Creative Instructional Design: Practical Applications for Librarians is an edited volume of twenty-five chapters relating the experiences of academic librarians who have incorporated instructional design (ID) into their practice, primarily information literacy instruction. More in depth than just a series of lesson plans, this book makes strong use of the first person to offer candid reflections on the process of getting started with ID. In later chapters, the scenarios move beyond the application of ID to information literacy to discuss the incorporation of design into other areas, like planning faculty workshops and designing a library internship.
      PubDate: 2018-01-03
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.1.150
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 1 (2018)
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