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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]
  • Considering Developmental Peer Review

    • Authors: Wendi Arant Kaspar, Sarah Hare, Cara Evanson, Emily Ford, John M. Budd
      First page: 718
      Abstract: The past couple of years have seen high level discussions and concerted efforts in ACRL on open peer review, as a more inclusive and transparent process for assessing research and best practice. Emily Ford, Chair of ACRL’s Publication Coordinating Committee (PCC), raised level of awareness and worked with the Editorial Board of C&RL to investigate how open peer review (OPR) might look for the journal.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.718
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Information Privilege Outreach for Undergraduate Students

    • Authors: Sarah Hare, Cara Evanson
      First page: 726
      Abstract: Through their affiliation with an institution of higher education, undergraduate students are able to access a range of research materials and, as a result, enter the scholarly conversation and build upon existing research. This ability to access information that others cannot is called information privilege.This article builds upon Char Booth’s work on information privilege to present library outreach as a way to raise awareness about the disparity in information access and to encourage students to consider how their own scholarship and sharing practices impact others. The article presents one approach for facilitating information privilege outreach with undergraduate students.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.726
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • The Academic Library’s Contribution to Student Success: Library
           Instruction and GPA

    • Authors: Ula Gaha, Suzanne Hinnefeld, Catherine Pellegrino
      First page: 737
      Abstract: This study examines the relationship between library instruction and graduating students’ four-year cumulative grade point averages for the classes of 2012-2015. After normalizing the GPAs by departments to account for differences in departmental grading, a two-tailed t-test indicated a statistically significant increase in GPA among graduating students who were enrolled in classes in which at least one library instruction session was held (n=1,265) over students who were enrolled in no classes with library instruction (n=115). Librarians are using the results to demonstrate the relationship between the library and student success, and to promote library instruction on campus.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.737
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Faculty Perceptions of Plagiarism: Insight for Librarians'
           Information Literacy Programs

    • Authors: Russell Michalak, Monica Rysavy, Kevin Hunt, Bernice Smith, Joel Worden
      First page: 747
      Abstract: Using a survey modified from The Plagiarism Handbook (Harris, 2001, p. 39), the research team surveyed all undergraduate and graduate faculty (n=79) teaching during the Fall 2016 semester at a small private college in the United States. With a final survey response rate of 59.5% (n=47), the researchers learned that while the faculty's definitions of plagiarism fluctuated, overall faculty definitions paralleled the official definition of plagiarism at this institution. Furthermore, the researchers learned that the vast majority of faculty, 74% (n=35), do not currently invite library staff into their classrooms to teach students how to avoid plagiarism. Given this finding, this study indicates that there was an opportunity for librarians to collaborate with faculty to develop new information literacy and plagiarism deterrent resources. These were intended to support faculty teaching and to additionally market the existing online information literacy training modules, previously developed as part of the authors’ Information Literacy Assessment (ILA) program.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.747
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Courses in Academic Libraries:
           Comparing Peers

    • Authors: Spencer Jardine, Sandra Shropshire, Regina Koury
      First page: 768
      Abstract: This article identifies variations that are within the credit-bearing information literacy (IL) programs of a group of similar libraries: Idaho State University’s peer institutions that have been formally designated by the Idaho State Board of Education. This group of institutions shares two common characteristics, i.e., they are public and are doctoral granting schools, and vary in many others, according to Carnegie classification system data. Motivated by a desire to evaluate the current status of their own instruction program within the context of the university’s official peer institutions, the authors gathered reported data from their peers and coupled this data with information from personal interviews with the coordinators of instruction at peer institutions. This method of collecting the data provided context for the interview questions that would follow and revealed nuanced qualitative ideas and issues such as best practices within this cohort. The process of scoping the study, identifying comparisons with peers and analysis of results will be useful to other libraries making decisions about the impact and directions of their instruction programs.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.768
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Is It Such a Big Deal' On the Cost of Journal Use in the Digital Era

    • Authors: Fei Shu, Philippe Mongeon, Stefanie Haustein, Kyle Siler, Juan Pablo Alperin, Vincent Larivière
      First page: 785
      Abstract: Commercial scholarly publishers promote and sell bundles of journals—known as big deals—that provide access to entire collections rather than individual journals. Following this new model, size of serial collections in academic libraries increased almost fivefold from 1986 to 2011. Using data on library subscriptions and references made for a sample of North American universities, this study provides evidence that, while big deal bundles do decrease the mean price per subscribed journal, academic libraries receive less value for their investment. We find that university researchers cite only a fraction of journals purchased by their libraries, that this fraction is decreasing, and that the cost per cited journal has increased. These findings reveal how academic publishers use product differentiation and price strategies to increase sales and profits in the digital era, often at the expense of university and scientific stakeholders.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.785
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • What Do Academic Librarians Value in a Leader' Reflections on Past
           Positive Library Leaders and a Consideration of Future Library Leaders

    • Authors: Jason Martin
      First page: 799
      Abstract: A joke among managers is that managing and leading people is akin to herding cats. People can be fickle and idiosyncratic and do what they want, when they want, in seeming defiance of all tenets of logic. For good or bad, people are led by the emotions in their hearts far more than the critical thoughts in their brains. But this does not mean people are irrational actors floundering to and fro. Even cats have a method to their madness. Members of organizations like libraries want certain things from their leaders beyond mere competence. Followers want particular actions and certainties from their leaders in crises as well as banal times. While some people will never respond to leadership for a myriad of reasons, the vast majority will when they are presented with a leader that possesses the kinds of characteristics meaningful to them and not just to a leadership theorist.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.799
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Academic Librarian Research: An Update to a Survey of Attitudes,
           Involvement, and Perceived Capabilities

    • Authors: Marie R. Kennedy, Kristine R. Brancolini
      First page: 822
      Abstract: This article reports the results of a 2015 survey that updates and extends the authors’ 2010 survey of academic librarians, to learn of the current state of their attitudes, involvement, and perceived capabilities in the research process. A key change in the 2015 survey is the use of an expanded research confidence scale, designed by the authors. They also added questions on research training and institutional support for research. The results of this survey add to the growing body of research examining the success factors for librarian-researchers. Research self-efficacy continues to be a predictor of research success. Institutional support for research, including both formal and informal mentorship, is increasing and associated with research success.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.822
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • David R. Moore II and Eric C. Shoaf. Planning Optimal Library Spaces:
           Principles, Processes, and Practices. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield,
           2018. 196p. Hardback, $85.00 (ISBN: 978-1-5381-0940-3).

    • Authors: Mark E. Shelton
      First page: 852
      Abstract: There are few aspects of libraries that create more pride and also more problems than renovating a library or building a new one. There is pride in knowing that you will have this new facility with all new furniture. It will be bright and inviting. But to get from A to B, there will be many headaches as decision after decision will have to be made. One hopes that, once the work is all done, the pride will be there without any issues of design having trumped function or people wondering about why X was placed in spot Y. To aid in making the transition from old, cold, leaky, and out of date to shiny, new, efficient, and inviting, David Moore II and Eric Shoaf have teamed up to give us Planning Optimal Library Spaces: Principles, Processes, and Practices. Moore is an architect whose thirty-year career has focused entirely on libraries, and Shoaf, the Dean of the Library at Queens University in Charlotte, NC, is a thirty-year veteran of academic libraries with extensive involvement in library renovation and building projects at multiple institutions. 
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.852
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Cassidy R. Sugimoto and Vincent Larivière. Measuring Research: What
           Everyone Needs to Know. New York: Oxford University Press. 2018. 149p.
           Paper, $16.95 (ISBN 978-0-19-064012-5). LC 2017-18852.

    • Authors: John M. Budd
      First page: 853
      Abstract: This book’s title is a bit of a misnomer; the research that is being measured is primarily scientometric or bibliometric research, There is nothing at all wrong with this focus, but buyers and readers should be aware that it does not cover all forms of research in all fields. That said, it is an excellent guide to scientometric research. The authors state the purpose up front: “This book is of a different nature: it provides, in accessible terms, an overview of the historical foundations, key concepts and terms, guides to interpretation, critiques, and recommendations for measuring research” (3). Their summary near the end of the book is, to an extent, a bit clearer as to purpose: “In many ways, measuring research begins with the data. Data providers and indexers must be accountable for ensuring that their data are accurate and transparent, providing information on inclusion criteria or coverage” (122). The latter description is more telling as to the content of the book.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.853
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Melissa N. Mallon. The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital
           Learning. Santa Barbara, Calif.: Libraries Unlimited, 2018. 150p. Paper.
           $50.00 (ISBN: 978-1-4408-5217-6). LC Z675.U5 M327.

    • Authors: Sarah Rose Fitzgerald
      First page: 855
      Abstract: The Pivotal Role of Academic Librarians in Digital Learning contains a collection of chapters that relate to the instruction of digital literacy and information literacy in the digital age. Since the digital landscape changes rapidly, it is important to have current information on this topic. Chapter 1 provides an overview of what instruction librarians do. The account of curriculum mapping is particularly useful. Chapter 2 discusses the particular library instruction needs of professional programs in universities. Chapter 3 is the core of the book, describing what digital literacy is and what is needed by students who live in the digital age. Chapter 4 explores library pedagogical techniques in the online learning environment. Chapter 5 outlines library instructional assessment; several good ideas for assignments to gauge student learning are offered. Chapter 6 covers information literacy instruction in general education courses in which students are introduced to college-level information literacy. Chapter 7 discusses combining self-directed and collaborative learning in library instruction. Chapter 8 wraps the book up by relating information literacy instruction to the overarching goals of a university. The author also offers a brief, unnumbered conclusion to finish the book.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.855
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
  • Academic Library Management: Case Studies. Tammy Nickelson Dearie, Michael
           Meth, and Elaine L. Westbrooks, eds. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2018. 213p.
           Paper, $69.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1559-2). LC 2017010131.

    • Authors: Kristen Cardoso
      First page: 856
      Abstract: Librarians who transition into management and administrative roles in academic libraries often find themselves there with little or even no preparatory training; and, once there, common problems and best principles and practices are more often than not learned on the job. Intensive professional development programs for emerging and current library leaders are one opportunity available to prepare librarians for managerial success; but, in addition to these programs generally only accepting small groups of people at specific times of the year, a number of factors can make supporting attendance impossible for resource-strapped libraries. Only fourteen people were selected for the 2014 cohort of the UCLA Senior Fellows program, a three-week-long immersive program for academic library leaders; but, with the publication of Academic Library Management: Case Studies, everyone can now benefit from the lessons learned through the first-hand experiences collected in this deceptively slim volume.
      PubDate: 2018-09-06
      DOI: 10.5860/crl.79.6.856
      Issue No: Vol. 79, No. 6 (2018)
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