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Eichenlaub, Naomi; Grover, Trina; Thomas, Jennifer – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
This paper, based on an exchange of librarians between academic libraries in Canada and Australia, describes the process of planning for and participating in an international job exchange. It highlights the benefits of the exchange and lessons learned from it and reflects on the opportunities for career development and renewal afforded by such a…
Descriptors: International Educational Exchange, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Foreign Countries
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Bragdon, Marc – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
This article discusses how intercultural communication theory informed an approach to information literacy support for the University of New Brunswick's online MEd program in Trinidad and Tobago. By applying established frameworks for understanding and comparing cultural values across national groups, the author designed and implemented a hybrid…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, Online Courses, Information Literacy
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Hogenboom, Karen; Hayslett, Michele – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
During the last few years, many academic libraries have accepted the challenge of helping their users locate and acquire the numeric data they need. To meet their users' ever-increasing need for data, librarians are purchasing data sets one at a time ("small data"). This service, though important to our users, raises many issues in the…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Data, Library Materials, Library Services
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Jackson, Brian – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2015
University rankings play an increasingly large role in shaping the goals of academic institutions and departments, while removing universities themselves from the evaluation process. This study compares the library-related results of two university ranking publications with scores on the LibQUAL+™ survey to identify if library service quality--as…
Descriptors: Library Services, Classification, Measurement Techniques, Measurement Objectives
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Jurczyk, Eva; Jacobs, Pamela – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2014
This article discusses a project undertaken to assess the journals in a Big Deal package by applying a weighted value algorithm measuring quality, utility, and value of individual titles. Carried out by a national library consortium in Canada, the project confirmed the value of the Big Deal package while providing a quantitative approach for…
Descriptors: National Standards, Measurement Techniques, Quality Assurance, Use Studies
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Savova, Maria; Garsia, Matthew – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2012
E-readers are increasingly popular personal devices, but can they be effectively used for the needs of academic libraries' clients? This paper employs an evidence-based approach that examines the role and efficacy of implementing an E-reader Loan Service at McGill University Library. Suggestions are offered as to what lending model and device…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Research Libraries, Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Smyth, Joanne B. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2011
This study uses citation analysis to examine students' dissertations and theses in history, psychology, and education, noting changes in research practices since the introduction of electronic journals and other online sources. Some findings challenge earlier studies, showing that students are making greater use of journal backfiles and that this…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Electronic Journals, Internet, Humanities
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Gilman, Todd; Lindquist, Thea – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2010
The topic of academic/research librarians with subject doctorates remains largely unexplored. Based on survey data gathered from subject-doctorate holders (excluding those with doctorates in LIS) currently working in U.S. and Canadian academic/research libraries, this article extends the analysis published by the authors in the January 2008 issue…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Work Environment, Educational Background, Librarians
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Haslett, K. Mark – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2009
Advocacy on public policy issues such as copyright is a common concern of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). Duane Webster has been instrumental in facilitating a collaborative approach to such advocacy. Part of this involves concerted efforts to ensure that fair use (United…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Copyrights, Advocacy, Public Policy
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Fox, David – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2007
More than half the participants in a survey of Canadian research university librarians indicated that scholarship activities were required or encouraged at their universities, yet most university librarians have year-round schedules of assigned duties that present challenges to the engagement in sustained, meaningful scholarship. Full-time…
Descriptors: Research Universities, Librarians, College Faculty, Libraries
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MacWhinnie, Laurie A. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2003
Some academic libraries have adopted the idea of the information commons, a central location providing computers, information resources in various formats, and staff assistance. An overview of several information commons in the United States and Canada is presented, and missions, features, strengths and weaknesses are explored. A table identifies…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education
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Millard, Donna M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2003
A survey of long-term academic librarians at English language Canadian universities attempts to determine which of four factors has the strongest influence over long-term careers: career commitment, organizational commitment, personal factors, or economic factors. Findings show career commitments far outweigh the other three factors, proving, in…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Employee Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Higher Education