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McCaffrey, Ciara – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2019
University libraries are going through a period of enormous transformation and have been for some time. This study considers ten years of both incremental and transformational change at the University of Limerick (UL) Library in Ireland. In the last decade library services, staffing, collections, and spaces underwent great changes, in line with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Libraries, Organizational Change, Library Administration
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Breen, Michelle; Dundon, Mary; McCaffrey, Ciara – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2018
This study explores the library equivalent of the "towels on deck chairs" phenomenon of students reserving library seats: the practice of leaving personal belongings unattended at a library study space for long periods of time, rendering the desk unavailable for use by others. It presents highly inefficient use of high value academic…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Space Utilization, Library Facilities, Universities
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Cox, John – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2017
New research needs, global developments and local shifts in emphasis are demanding a broader range of interactions by librarians with researchers and are challenging previous staffing structures. Research has a higher institutional profile and academic libraries have responded by creating new roles and staffing models, with stronger linkage across…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Libraries, Library Personnel, Case Studies
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Fallon, Helen; Connaughton, Laura – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
World Café, sometimes termed Knowledge Café, is now an established method of facilitating productive dialogue between a group or groups of people around an issue that matters to the group as a whole. Now a world movement, the methodology is straightforward and uses conversation as a key process to connect people, who may be from different…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Research Libraries, Staff Development
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Lawton, Aoife – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
Since 2009, Open Access (OA) Week has been celebrated worldwide in October each year. It is an opportunity for librarians to engage with the research community and demonstrate the value that they bring to their organisations in the area of disseminating scholarly output. Although thousands of events have been held since the inception of OA Week, a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Librarians, Access to Information
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Burns, Jane A. – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
The Internet has been the catalyst for the convergence of many subject areas and online platforms. Information professionals such as Archivists, IT developers and especially Librarians have been impacted in the development and promotion of digital humanities content for research, teaching, and learning in the modern academic library. In this case…
Descriptors: Information Scientists, Academic Libraries, Case Studies, Humanities
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Dalton, Michelle; Kouker, Alexander; O'Connor, Martin – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
Blogging has been associated with the Library and Information Science (LIS) community for some time now. Libfocus.com is an online blog that was founded in 2011. Its goal was to create a communal communication space for LIS professionals in Ireland and beyond, to share and discuss issues and ideas. The content of the blog is curated by an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Publishing, Web 2.0 Technologies, Web Sites
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O'Brien, Terry; Cronin, Kieran – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to quantify, review, and analyze published research output of academic librarians from 21 higher education Institutions in Ireland. A mixed approach using an online survey questionnaire, supplemented by content analysis and extensive literature scoping were used for data collection. Factors inhibiting and predicting…
Descriptors: Librarians, Academic Libraries, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Dunne, Siobhán – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2016
The objectives of this study were to identify how, when, and where students research; the impact of learning environments on research productivity, and to recommend improved supports to facilitate research. An ethnographic approach that entailed following five students in the final six weeks of their program enabled deep level analysis. The study…
Descriptors: Ethnography, Student Research, Student Behavior, Student Attitudes
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Smith, Anne-Marie – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2014
This article presents the findings of a small study that examined the relationship between academic librarians and their academic colleagues in a number of institutions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. There is an abundance of literature outlining how librarians should collaborate with their academic colleagues but less emphasis on…
Descriptors: Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Educational Practices, Information Literacy, Performance Factors
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Murphy, Elizabeth – New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2013
This article discusses an assessment and deselection project of the modern print book collections in the John Paul II Library, National University of Ireland Maynooth. Following a contextual introduction and literature review, the article outlines the methodology, presents and discusses the results, and concludes with lessons learned. Although…
Descriptors: Printed Materials, Case Studies, Library Materials, Library Research