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Information Technology and Libraries
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ISSN (Print) 0730-9295 - ISSN (Online) 2163-5226
Published by Boston College Homepage  [8 journals]
  • Letter from the Editor (September 2019)

    • Authors: Ken Varnum
      Pages: 1 - 1
      Abstract: Letter from the Editor for September 2019.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11631
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Sustaining LITA

    • Authors: Emily Morton-Owens
      Pages: 2 - 3
      Abstract: September 2019 President's column.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11627
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • On Educating Patrons On Privacy And Maximizing Library Resources

    • Authors: Thomas Lamanna
      Pages: 4 - 7
      Abstract: Libraries are one of our most valuable institutions. They cater to people of all demographics and provide services to patrons they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else. The list of services libraries provide is extensive and comprehensive, although unfortunately, there are significant gaps in what our services can offer, particularly those regarding technology advancement and patron privacy. Though library classes on educating patrons’ privacy protection are a valiant effort,  we can do so much more and lead the way, maybe not for the privacy industry but for our communities and patrons. Creating a strong foundational knowledge will help patrons leverage these new skills in their day to day lives as well as help them educate their families about common privacy issues. In this column, we’ll explore some of the ways libraries can utilize their current resources as well as provide ideas on how we can maximize their effectiveness and roll new technologies into their operations.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11571
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Library-Authored Web Content and the Need for Content Strategy

    • Authors: Courtney McDonald, Heidi Burkhardt
      Pages: 8 - 21
      Abstract: Increasingly sophisticated content management systems (CMS) allow librarians to publish content via the web and within the private domain of institutional learning management systems. “Libraries as publishers” may bring to mind roles in scholarly communication and open scholarship, but the authors argue that libraries’ self-publishing dates to the first “pathfinder” handout and continues today via commonly used, feature-rich applications such as WordPress, Drupal, LibGuides, and Canvas. Although this technology can reduce costly development overhead, it also poses significant challenges. These tools can inadvertently be used to create more noise than signal, potentially alienating the very audiences we hope to reach. No CMS can, by itself, address the fact that authoring, editing, and publishing quality content is both a situated expertise and a significant, ongoing demand on staff time. This article will review library use of CMS applications, outline challenges inherent in their use, and discuss the advantages of embracing content strategy.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11015
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Use of Language-Learning Apps as a Tool for Foreign Language Acquisition
           by Academic Libraries Employees

    • Authors: Kathia Ibacache
      Pages: 22 - 33
      Abstract: Language-learning apps are becoming prominent tools for self-learners. This article investigates whether librarians and employees of academic libraries have used them and whether the content of these language-learning apps supports foreign language knowledge needed to fulfill library-related tasks. The research is based on a survey sent to librarians and employees of the University Libraries of the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB), two professional library organizations, and randomly selected employees of 74 university libraries around the United States. The results reveal that librarians and employees of academic libraries have used language-learning apps. However, there is an unmet need for language-learning apps that cover broader content including reading comprehension and other foreign language skills suitable for academic library work.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11077
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Is Creative Commons a Panacea for Managing Digital Humanities Intellectual
           Property Rights'

    • Authors: Yi Ding
      Pages: 34 - 48
      Abstract: Digital humanities is an academic field applying computational methods to explore topics and questions in the humanities field. Digital humanities projects, as a result, consist of a variety of creative works different from those in traditional humanities disciplines. Born to provide free, simple ways to grant permissions to creative works, Creative Commons (CC) licenses have become top options for many digital humanities scholars to handle intellectual property rights in the US. However, there are limitations of using CC licenses that are sometimes unknown by scholars and academic librarians. By analyzing case studies and influential lawsuits about intellectual property rights in the digital age, this article advocates for a critical perspective of copyright education and provides academic librarians with specific recommendations about advising digital humanities scholars to use CC licenses with four limitations in mind: 1) the pitfall of a free license; 2) the risk of irrevocability; 3) the ambiguity of NonCommercial and NonDerivative licenses; 4) the dilemma of ShareAlike and the open movement.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.10714
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • “Am I on the library website'”

    • Authors: Suzanna Conrad, Christy Stevens
      Pages: 49 - 81
      Abstract: In spring 2015, the Cal Poly Pomona University Library conducted usability testing with ten student testers to establish recommendations and guide the migration process from LibGuides version 1 to version 2. This case study describes the results of the testing as well as raises additional questions regarding the general effectiveness of LibGuides, especially when students rely heavily on search to find library resources.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.10977
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Assessing the Effectiveness of Open Access Finding Tools

    • Authors: Teresa Auch Schultz, Elena Azadbakht, Jonathan Bull, Rosalind Bucy, Jeremy Floyd
      Pages: 82 - 90
      Abstract: The open access (OA) movement seeks to ensure that scholarly knowledge is available to anyone with internet access, but being available for free online is of little use if people cannot find open versions. A handful of tools have become available in recent years to help address this problem by searching for an open version of a document whenever a user hits a paywall. This project set out to study how effective four of these tools are when compared to each other and to Google Scholar, which has long been a source of finding OA versions. To do this, the project used Open Access Button, Unpaywall, Lazy Scholar, and Kopernio to search for open versions of 1,000 articles. Results show none of the tools found as many successful hits as Google Scholar, but two of the tools did register unique successful hits, indicating a benefit to incorporating them in searches for OA versions. Some of the tools also include additional features that can further benefit users in their search for accessible scholarly knowledge.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11009
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
  • Creating and Deploying USB Port Covers at Hudson County Community College

    • Authors: Lotta Sanchez, John P DeLooper
      Pages: 91 - 102
      Abstract: In 2016, Hudson County (NJ) Community College (HCCC) deployed several wireless keyboards and mice with its iMac computers. Shortly after deployment, library staff found that each device’s required USB receiver (a.k.a. dongle) would disappear frequently. As a result, HCCC library staff developed and deployed 3D printed port covers to enclose these dongles. This, for a time, proved very successful in preventing the issue. This article will discuss the development of these port covers, their deployment, and what worked and did not work about the project.
      PubDate: 2019-09-15
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v38i3.11007
      Issue No: Vol. 38, No. 3 (2019)
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