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ISSN (Print) 0010-0870 - ISSN (Online) 2150-6701
Published by American Library Association Homepage  [9 journals]
  • Continued Efforts for Transparency and Inclusion

    • Authors: Wendi Arant Kaspar
      First page: 746
      Abstract: The latest ALA Annual Conference in DC saw the unveiling of the action-oriented research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future, developed with leadership from the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. It is a key milestone in the association and in the profession by encouraging the community to make the scholarly communications system more open, inclusive, and equitable by outlining trends, encouraging practical actions, and clearly identifying the most strategic research questions to pursue. The report punctuates conversations that the association has been having for the past few years and provides a framework for how to approach institutionalizing and modelling these values.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.746
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • What Degree Is Necessary to Lead' ARL Directors’ Perceptions

    • Authors: Russell Michalak, Monica D.T. Rysavy, Trevor A. Dawes
      First page: 752
      Abstract: In 2018, after a failed search for the Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA), ALA members put forth a ballot initiative to determine whether the educational requirements for the position should be modified, in part, to expand the potential applicant pool. With this research, the authors examined if current ARL administrators hold an MLS/MLIS and whether current ARL administrators felt it was necessary for library administrators to hold an MLS/MLIS. Additionally, the researchers examined ARL administrators’ perspectives regarding whether it was necessary for them to earn additional degrees to achieve their highest library administrative position, and whether they felt their degrees prepared them to be successful in the position that they currently hold.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.752
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Borrowing Latin American Materials in the Big Ten Academic Alliance: A
           Case Study for Consortial Data Analysis

    • Authors: Hilary H. Thompson, Austin Smith, Manuel Ostos, Lisa Gardinier
      First page: 766
      Abstract: Inspired by the 2017 Big Ten Academic Alliance Library Conference’s collective collection theme, the authors undertook a study to better understand the consortium’s resource-sharing needs for Spanish and Portuguese materials published in Latin America. The authors employed multiple technologies to expedite gathering, reconciling, and analyzing data from different sources, making this project an excellent case study for consortial data analysis. In addition to presenting the methodology and key findings, the article encourages academic librarians to use resource-sharing data to inform cooperative collection development in area studies to build distinctive collections supporting consortial and national resource sharing.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.766
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Collaboration, Consultation, or Transaction: Modes of Team Research in
           Humanities Scholarship and Strategies for Library Engagement

    • Authors: Megan Senseney, Eleanor Dickson Koehl, Leanne Nay
      First page: 787
      Abstract: With the rise of digital scholarship, humanists are participating in increasingly complex research teams and partnerships, and academic libraries are developing innovative service models to meet their needs. This paper explores modes of coworking in humanities research by synthesizing responses from two qualitative studies of research practices in the humanities and proposes a taxonomy of multiperson research that includes collaborative, consultative, and transactional research partnerships among scholars, graduate students, academic staff, and a range of other potential stakeholders. Based on an analysis of humanities scholars’ self-described research behaviors, we provide recommendations for academic librarians who are developing and sustaining service models for digital scholarship.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.787
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Being Seen: Gender Identity and Performance as a Professional Resource in
           Library Work

    • Authors: Tatiana Bryant, Hilary Bussell, Rebecca Halpern
      First page: 805
      Abstract: While much of the literature on gender in librarianship approaches this issue at an organizational level, this qualitative study investigates how individuals working in libraries perceive their gender identities as a resource for their professional goals and how this intersects with other social identities including race and sexuality. Using a constructivist grounded theory approach to analyze in-depth interviews with 29 librarians from a variety of backgrounds, we develop four overarching themes: Visibility and Connection to Library Users, Credibility and Presumed Competence, Lack of Awareness and Hyperawareness, and Being Your Authentic Self and Concealing Yourself.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.805
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Ebook Rate of Use in OhioLINK: A Ten-Year Study of Local and Consortial
           Use of Publisher Packages in Ohio

    • Authors: Amy Fry
      First page: 827
      Abstract: This paper examines publisher ebook package use in the OhioLINK academic library consortium between 2007 and 2017 alongside use of the same titles at individual institutions. With nearly 100,000 titles acquired over 10+ years from three publishers and available to users at more than 90 institutions, the picture of ebook use this study presents is unique in its breadth and scope. The data show that, consortiumwide, close to 100 percent of titles were used, with their initial use overwhelmingly taking place within one year of their publication date. At individual institutions, the rate of use was far lower and never exceeded the rate of use of print books at the author’s own institution. These findings have important implications for how institutions approach ebook acquisition to maximize rate of use of ebook collections.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.827
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Exposing Standardization and Consistency Issues in Repository Metadata
           Requirements for Data Deposition

    • Authors: Jihyun Kim, Elizabeth Yakel, Ixchel M. Faniel
      First page: 843
      Abstract: We examine common and unique metadata requirements and their levels of description, determined by the data deposit forms of 20 repositories in three disciplines—archaeology, quantitative social science, and zoology. The results reveal that requirements relating to Creator, Description, Contributor, Date, Relation, and Location are common, whereas those regarding Publisher and Language are rarely listed across the disciplines. Data-level descriptions are more common than study- and file-level descriptions. The results suggest that repositories should require detailed study-level descriptions and information about data usage licenses and access rights. Moreover, repositories should determine metadata requirements in a standardized and consistent manner.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.843
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • A Comparative Study of Perceptions and Use of Google Scholar and Academic
           Library Discovery Systems

    • Authors: Kyong Eun Oh, Mónica Colón-Aguirre
      First page: 876
      Abstract: Google Scholar and academic library discovery systems are both popular resources among academic users for finding scholarly information. By conducting an online survey with 975 users from more than 20 public research universities across the United States, this study comparatively investigates how and why academic users use these two resources. Results show that the ways participants used both resources were similar, and both were perceived as highly accessible and useful. Academic library discovery systems’ perceived comprehensiveness, subjective norm, loyalty, and intended use were higher than Google Scholar, while Google Scholar’s perceived ease of use, system quality, and satisfaction were higher than that of academic library discovery systems.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.876
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Patrick Lo, Dickson K.W. Chiu, Allan Cho, and Brad Allard. Conversations
           with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors: International
           Perspectives on Library Management. Cambridge, MA: Chandos Publishing,
           2019. 524p. Paperback. $120.00 (ISBN 978-0-08-102746-2).

    • Authors: Laura Costello
      First page: 892
      Abstract: Library directors are uniquely positioned in academic and research librarianship. They are leaders of libraries, driving internal change and progress, and they also liaise at the institutional and global level to orient the library in evolving practice. Conversations with Leading Academic and Research Library Directors examines both of these roles deeply through semistructured interviews with directors and leaders of research libraries in the United States and abroad. The book contains 30 interviews representing leaders from American university libraries including Harvard, Yale, MIT, and UCLA and global research libraries with a primary focus on Europe and Asia. Together, these interviews provide a contemporary look at some of the top libraries around the world. The interviews do not follow a set form, yet all delve deeply into the career trajectories of academic library directors, provide a general overview of how they work and how their library is organized, and serve as a platform for their priorities and interests in guiding the work of their organizations. Each chapter concludes with a short image section showing the interviewee and the library the director leads.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.892
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Carrie Scott Banks and Cindy Mediavilla. Libraries & Gardens: Growing
           Together. Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2019. 144p. Paper. $57.99 (ISBN
           978-0-8389-1855-5). LC 2018059577.

    • Authors: Gregory Laynor
      First page: 893
      Abstract: In Libraries & Gardens: Growing Together, Carrie Scott Banks and Cindy Mediavilla bring librarianship into conversation with gardening. While the histories of gardens and libraries are intertwined, there has not been much written about library gardens. Banks and Mediavilla’s book encourages us to look at how library gardens “extend and enhance the library’s role as an information center and community space” (x). Writing from public library backgrounds, Banks and Mediavilla focus on how library gardens can contribute to the inclusiveness and accessibility of libraries. The book gives a tour of various kinds of library gardens, including many academic and research library gardens. In discussing library gardens, Libraries & Gardens: Growing Together contributes to a broader conversation about libraries as multisensory, experiential places.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.893
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • The Complete Guide to RFPs for Libraries. Frances C. Wilkinson and Sever
           Bordeianu, eds. Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited, an Imprint of
           ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2018. 299p. Paper $60.00 (ISBN: 978-1440859397).

    • Authors: Michael C. McGuire
      First page: 895
      Abstract: Purchasing resources and services for libraries has never been as straightforward as one would hope. An increasing number of necessary resources and services now come in an electronic format over networks and software platforms being managed by several different players, requiring careful negotiation of responsibilities and levels of performance. While vendors can use economies of scale to provide these services at a more reasonable price than a purchaser going it alone, budgets are ever tighter and being scrutinized more closely by governing boards. Thus, libraries face enormous pressure to be very deliberate about purchases. The Complete Guide to RFPs for Libraries seeks to help library staff successfully navigate some of the issues involved in acquiring a new big-ticket product or service.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.895
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
  • Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries: Building Community
           through Collaboration. Peggy Keeran and Carrie Forbes, eds. Lanham, MD:
           Rowman & Littlefield, 2018. 235p. Paper, $50.00 (ISBN:

    • Authors: Laura Wilson
      First page: 896
      Abstract: Outreach and engagement is a key topic in academic libraries that is receiving an increased focus within the profession. While it may be difficult to decide which materials one should turn to first when delving into this subject, Successful Campus Outreach for Academic Libraries is an excellent collection of essays on the current scholarship and practice of academic library outreach. The ideas presented in its pages are not only inspiring; they can be easily adapted to fit a variety of academic settings. Nearly all chapters of this book detail collaborative outreach initiatives featuring partnerships with entities both on and off campus. There is a variety of topics covered, including planning and programming, as well as less obvious topics such as technology. Nearly all chapters incorporate essential details of implementation and assessment of the described programs. The practical information shared in each chapter will appeal to anyone charged with outreach efforts.
      PubDate: 2019-09-04
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.6.896
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 6 (2019)
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