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Journal Cover portal: Libraries and the Academy
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   ISSN (Print) 1531-2542 - ISSN (Online) 1530-7131
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  • Engaging with Engagement: An Administrator's Perspective
    • Abstract: Engagement defies convention. The model for engaged librarians tasks them to strategically integrate libraries into the research and instruction cycle and to create a learning environment that combines the discovery and use of appropriate information sources into the research processes of students and faculty.This editorial does not challenge the engaged librarian model. Instead, it supplements that model by focusing on the hitherto unexplored role of administrators in preparing and implementing this new paradigm. It acknowledges the complexity of engagement and ponders how administrators could think about it, mentor their staff, and use the inevitable criticism as an asset.Library administrators who implement a ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Why Not OER'
    • Abstract: Many observers find it baffling that faculty in higher education have been slow to adopt open educational resources (OER). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a private foundation that makes grants to expand access to learning materials, defines OER as:Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.1Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • So Different Yet So Similar: A Tale of Two Academic Libraries in the
           United States and Poland
    • Abstract: Technological advances such as the Internet, and consequently Facebook and other social media, have enabled people to communicate and to exchange and access information worldwide. However, these digital achievements cannot replace personal contacts and meetings, which allow the direct exchange of views and experiences. In the library field, international internships or visiting exchanges not only offer the unique opportunity to become familiar with the activities and the organization of the hosting library and the nature and culture of the country but also provide fascinating challenges related to performing a variety of complex and often new tasks.International internships offer a great opportunity to gain ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Evaluating the Impact of Open Educational Resources: A Case Study
    • Abstract: The cost of college textbooks is an increasing and significant expense. Students are often forced to consider the cost of books when deciding when or what classes to take. An alternative to expensive textbooks is the development and use of open educational resources (OER). This paper presents a case study of using free materials to substitute for a textbook in a class on Human Factors and Ergonomics. The effectiveness of the new materials is evaluated based on data from exam grades, course grades, and student opinions collected both before and after the substitution. The results show that class performance is similar both when using the textbook and after replacing it with open educational resources. The use of ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Combining Critical Reflection and Action Research to Improve Pedagogy
    • Abstract: The importance of reflection in professional practice has been recognized in many occupations over time,1 and teachers are no exception. Excellent teachers employ reflection to more fully comprehend their instructional practices and improve their delivery.2 Reflection allows librarians to make substantial progress in teaching on their own, without the need to receive formal training in educational theory.3 Librarians teaching information literacy (IL) skills require a toolbox of methods to reflect critically on their instructional practices and continue to be dynamic and effective teachers, as well as to support professional growth and renewal.Although reflection is beneficial in professional practice ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Developmentalism: Learning as the Basis for Evaluating Information
    • Abstract: Developmentalism as presented here advocates for a new way of thinking about the evaluation of information. This new approach is based on the developmentalist conception of value described by philosopher Richard Kraut in his book What Is Good and Why.1 Applied to judgments of information's value, developmentalism makes learning the central consideration for making such evaluations. In other words, information source A is more valuable than information source B because A gives a better opportunity to learn something that significantly develops my perspective on the question at hand. Other prevalent approaches to evaluating information frequently taught in higher education include (a) looking for criteria that ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Information Professional or IT Professional': The Knowledge and Skills
           Required by Academic Librarians in the Digital Library Environment
    • Abstract: The library and information science (LIS) profession has become increasingly technology-driven, particularly in academic libraries, where rapidly evolving technologies have gained considerable traction. In this changing environment, LIS professionals may wonder about the extent of information technology (IT) knowledge and skills they might require. Janie Mathews and Harold Pardue, in a study ofIT skill sets mentioned in librarian position advertisements, found that "librarians are incorporating a significant subset of IT professionals' skill sets," including Web development, systems development, and systems applications.1 Betha Gutsche, too, observed that an increasing number of library positions "tilt ever ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • User Engagement with Digital Archives for Research and Teaching: A Case
           Study of Emblematica Online
    • Abstract: Digital archives today not only provide unprecedented access to rare archival materials but also enhance the exploration of these materials when integrated with tools for image analysis, data mining, and other modes of textual analytics. But assessment is a lesser known and implemented aspect of digital library development, and libraries and archives still seek ways to learn about the actual usage of these digital collections in research and teaching.We sought to build a model for exploring and determining user needs for a digital collection through a user study of Emblematica Online, a digitization and curation project that provides access to digitized copies of emblem books from the leading rare book collections ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • "You Need to Have a Street Beat": A Qualitative Study of Faculty Research
           Needs and Challenges
    • Abstract: The current study is a follow-up to a survey of faculty and graduate student researchers at the University of Kansas (KU) in Lawrence conducted in the fall semester of 2013,1 which focused on identifying current and future research needs of these constituents. Utilizing qualitative methods, the present study focused on gathering more in-depth contextual information about research practices from a narrow population of KU faculty researchers in the fields of social science or science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). In addition, the authors collected data related to potential library services and gauged awareness of current services to improve KU Libraries' understanding of researchers' challenges ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Rating the Accessibility of Library Tutorials from Leading Research
    • Abstract: A note on language: This article uses identity-first language (for example, "a disabled person") instead of person-first language ("a person with disabilities"). The former focuses on disability as an identity, while the latter focuses on the personhood of people who are disabled. Both are important concepts, and there is currently no consensus within the disabled community, or even within individual disabled communities, about which type of language is best. Our choice of identity-first language lies in the issue of accessibility itself, which requires that able-bodied librarians address disability as a part of our users' identity that cannot be ignored.Although online tutorials are widely used in libraries, not ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Creating Digital Scholarship Services at Appalachian State University
    • Abstract: Appalachian State University is a regional comprehensive university in Boone, North Carolina, serving more than 17,000 students and employing close to 900 faculty, including non-tenure track. The University Libraries strives, its mission statement says, "To cultivate an environment where people discover, create, and share information that reflects the acquisition of 21st-century knowledge and skills. We are active partners in advancing the University's principles of sustainability, social justice, inclusion, and global citizenship."1 To further these principles, the newly created Digital Scholarship and Initiatives team at the University Libraries engages and partners with Appalachian faculty members, students ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
  • Can a Library Building's Design Cue New Behaviors': A Case Study
    • Abstract: The modern library must be multifunctional, flexible, and supportive of an array of scholarly activities.This paper reports the final results of a study measuring the impact of architectural design and interior space on student engagement in a new academic library. Academic libraries have historically functioned as places to retrieve warehoused materials, with expert staff ready to assist in the complex process of finding these materials. These more traditional purposes led to designs intended primarily to support a single individual's scholarly quest in quiet areas. However, contemporary curricular needs require more than individual quiet study; faculty and students expect places to support small groups and team ... Read More
      PubDate: 2017-10-15T00:00:00-05:00
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