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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]
  • Global Scholarship

    • Authors: Wendi Arant Kaspar
      First page: 150
      Abstract: Between one thing and another, globalization is a lot on my mind these days.The primary reason hits close to home—my 16-year-old daughter is going to be heading off on student cultural exchange in a few months—to Thailand. We are all very excited that she has this opportunity that will broaden her understanding of the world in a way that school can’t approach. I will admit that it has been difficult to reconcile this optimism with my day job working with the Department of International Affairs where I help students and faculty do research on such topics as nuclear deterrence, civil unrest, food insecurity and human trafficking among others. My daughter going to Thailand has forced me to face some of the biases in that international affairs/security lens—particularly as I consider “safe places,” Her initial choices for student exchange were in a European country and a developed Asian country, considered one of the safest in the world. Learning that she was selected to go to Thailand was unexpected to say the least and we have had to try to balance the fact that Thailand is Tier 1 on the State Department’s foreign travel list (“Exercise normal precautions in Thailand. Some areas have increased risk…due to civil unrest”) with the goal of cultural exchange and a once in a lifetime experience.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.150
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Eighteen Blind Library Users’ Experiences with Library Websites and
           Search Tools in U.S. Academic Libraries: A Qualitative Study

    • Authors: Adina Mulliken
      First page: 152
      Abstract: Telephone interviews were conducted with 18 blind academic library users around the United States about their experiences using their library and its website. The study uses the perspective that blind users’ insights are fundamental. A common theme was that navigating a webpage is time consuming on the first visit. Issues identified include the need for “databases” to be defined on the homepage, accessibly coded search boxes, logical heading structure, and several problems to be resolved on result pages. Variations in needs depending on users’ screen-reader expertise were also raised. Suggestions for libraries to address these issues are offered.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.152
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Systemic Workplace Barriers for Academic Librarians with Disabilities

    • Authors: Joanne Oud
      First page: 169
      Abstract: Although studies related to diversity within librarianship as a profession are increasing, few have examined librarians with disabilities—and none so far have included their voices or perspectives. This qualitative study involved interviews with ten academic librarians with disabilities in Canada. With a grounding in the social model of disability, it examines their workplace experiences and concerns and the barriers they face within the context of cultural assumptions about disability and work, finding that the major barriers encountered are lack of awareness of disability issues and negative cultural stereotypes of disability.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.169
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Discovery and the Disciplines: An Inquiry into the Role of Subject
           Databases through Citation Analysis

    • Authors: Alexa L. Pearce
      First page: 195
      Abstract: Libraries have adopted web scale discovery services with the goal of providing their users with a streamlined research experience. However, the single search box that characterizes web scale discovery is one option among many that libraries continue to provide, including subject databases and other legacy tools. Libraries lack evidence regarding which of these tools are best suited to the various stages and levels of expertise that may characterize a user’s research process. A case study approach, focusing on the field of academic history, is employed to test the discoverability of a subset of scholarly work across several search platforms.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.195
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Self-learning of Information Literacy Competencies in Higher Education:
           The Perspective of Social Sciences Students

    • Authors: Maria Pinto, Rosaura Fernández-Pascual, Francisco Javier García Marco
      First page: 215
      Abstract: Preference for autonomous versus directed learning for the acquisition of information competencies (ICs) was analyzed among undergraduate social science students according to gender, degree program, belief in importance, and self-efficacy. Data were gathered using the IL-HUMASS (Information Literacy Humanities Social Sciences) online survey from students at five public Spanish universities enrolled in audiovisual communication, education, information science, pedagogy, journalism, psychology, social work, and tourism undergraduate programs during the 2013–2014 academic year. Mann-Whitney U, Kruskal-Wallis, and chi-square tests, as well as discriminant analysis, were performed. The results revealed a higher preference for the directed learning style in the four IL competency categories: searching, evaluation, processing, and communication-dissemination. Audiovisual communication, education, and journalism students showed a predilection for autonomous learning, whereas information science and psychology students preferred directed learning. Higher scores in belief in importance correlated with a greater preference for autonomous learning. In contrast, higher levels of self-efficacy were associated with a greater preference for directed learning.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.215
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Experiences of Academic Librarians Serving as Interim Library Leaders

    • Authors: Kathy M. Irwin, Susann deVries
      First page: 238
      Abstract: Using a mixed-methods approach, the researchers explored the experiences of 108 academic librarians who served as interim library leaders at U.S. institutions of higher education between 2012 and 2017. Statistical analysis showed no associations between gender, type of institution, or degree-granting level with the duration of interim service or whether a respondent applied for or was hired as the permanent leader. The authors provide recommendations for future interim library leaders and the university executives who appoint them. Serving as an interim library leader can be a once-in-a lifetime opportunity well worth the experience.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.238
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Replicable Services for Reproducible Research: A Model for Academic

    • Authors: Franklin Sayre, Amy Riegelman
      First page: 260
      Abstract: Over the past decade, evidence from disciplines ranging from biology to economics has suggested that many scientific studies may not be reproducible. This has led to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis” and that this crisis has consequences for the extent to which students, faculty, and the public at large can trust research. Faculty build on these results with their own research, and students and the public use these results for everything from patient care to public policy. To build a model for how academic libraries can support reproducible research, the authors conducted a review of major guidelines from funders, publishers, and professional societies. Specific recommendations were extracted from guidelines and compared with existing academic library services and librarian expertise. The authors believe this review shows that many of the recommendations for improving reproducibility are core areas of academic librarianship, including data management, scholarly communication, and methodological support for systematic reviews and data-intensive research. By increasing our knowledge of disciplinary, journal, funder, and society perspectives on reproducibility, and reframing existing librarian expertise and services, academic librarians will be well positioned to be leaders in supporting reproducible research.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.260
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Mapping Out a Strategy: Curriculum Mapping Applied to Outreach and
           Instruction Programs

    • Authors: Sarah LeMire, Stephanie J. Graves
      First page: 273
      Abstract: Academic libraries use two common methods to reach first-year students: outreach activities and library instruction. The purpose of this study was to discover if curriculum mapping techniques commonly used in library instruction could be applied to outreach to explore the synergies and differences between programs. The project demonstrated that mapping was an effective tool for gaining insight into interrelated outcomes, resource allocation, consistency of library messaging, and students reached by each program. Curriculum mapping proved a useful method for creating strategic and intentional instruction and outreach programs that complement rather than compete with each other.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.273
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Shaping the Campus Conversation on Student Learning and Experience:
           Activating the Results of Assessment in Action. Karen Brown, Debra
           Gilchrist, Sara Goek, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Karen Malenfant, Chase
           Ollis, and Allison Payne, eds. Chicago: American Library Association,
           2018. 288p. Paper, $70.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8994-4).

    • Authors: Kelli Johnson
      First page: 289
      Abstract: Assessment is not a new theory or concept. Moreover, libraries have been collecting data and conducting assessment in various forms for decades. We count materials and patrons, gauge learning outcomes and program accomplishments, assess usability and physical space. Library staff work diligently to find the best method of evaluating what we do to advocate for our profession and our institutions.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.289
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Andrew Weiss. Big Data Shocks: An Introduction to Big Data for Librarians
           and Information Professionals. Chicago: American Library Association,
           2018. 194p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN: 978-1-5381-0323-4).

    • Authors: Kara Kugelmeyer
      First page: 290
      Abstract: In Andrew Weiss’ book <em>Big Data Shocks: An Introduction to Big Data for Librarians and Information Professionals</em>, the author skillfully explores the intersections between libraries and big data by examining how this powerful technology is transforming and impacting (shocking) the world of libraries and information. The book is timely, given the intensity of the ongoing debates focused around campaigns of misinformation (Facebook and Google are two examples) coupled with the erosions of individual privacy that have been enabled by the use of big data technologies.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.290
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Jana Brubaker. Text, Lies and Cataloging: Ethical Treatment of Deceptive
           Works in the Library. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2018.
           158p. Paper, $55.00 (ISBN 978-0-7864-9744-7).

    • Authors: Danijela Matković
      First page: 292
      Abstract: In <em>Text, Lies and Cataloging</em>, Jana Brubaker explores the various issues that catalog professionals face in providing bibliographic descriptions of deceptive library resources. As she explains in her preface, creating accurate and useful catalog records for library users can be particularly challenging for works that contain inaccurate facts, deceive the reader through questionable authorship, or blur the boundaries of genre. The circumstances and possible cataloging solutions surrounding works of questionable authorship, authenticity, or veracity are multifarious, and Brubaker’s stated dual goal is to provide “a resource that identifies, describes, and discusses questionable books” (pg. 1) and to “suggest a framework for navigating decisions that must be made when cataloging these materials” (pg. 2).
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.292
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • John Levi Martin. Thinking through Methods: A Social Science Primer.
           Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2017. 269p. Paper, $30.00 (ISBN
           978-0-22-643172-7). LC 2016025207.

    • Authors: Mary E. O’Dea
      First page: 293
      Abstract: Thinking through Methods: A Social Science Primer, John Levi Martin’s new book on social science research, focuses on qualitative research methods as tools for thinking, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of social science research output. Martin, the Florence Borchert Bartling Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, undergirds his discussion of qualitative social sciences research methods with wide-ranging examples from the literature of the discipline, as he champions rigor in the work of social science research with humor and some snark.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.293
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
  • Information Literacy in Music: An Instructor’s Companion. Beth
           Christensen, Erin Conor, and Marian Ritter, eds. Middleton, WI: A-R
           Editions, Inc., 2018. 254p. Paper, $125.00 (ISBN 978-0-89579-856-5).

    • Authors: Jared Andrew Rex
      First page: 295
      Abstract: The topic of information literacy has become increasingly common in scholarship and discourse within the field of music librarianship, reflecting shifts in the library profession at large. Of course, music possesses unique challenges to information retrieval and literacy—challenges that are often not present in other disciplines—due to a long and complicated history of dissemination, publishing, and languages. These challenges are integral to access, discovery, and literacy, but they can be difficult to explain to patrons who do not possess formal backgrounds in music. Moreover, nonmusic specialists, such as librarians called upon to teach music instruction who have expertise outside of music, may grapple with the inherent obstacles present in music’s unique subject matter, formats, and printing practices.
      PubDate: 2019-03-01
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.80.2.295
      Issue No: Vol. 80, No. 2 (2019)
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