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Kvenild, Cassandra; Eastman, Teagan; Davis, Erin; Conerton, Kate – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
With the continued growth and evolution of distance education at many colleges and universities, academic librarians must be prepared to respond to the changing needs of distance users. This article discusses the results of a utilization assessment of distance instructors at five midsized American universities. The results inform libraries about…
Descriptors: Library Services, Distance Education, Librarians, Library Instruction
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Bahde, Anne – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This paper explores possibilities for marrying data visualization to online archival finding aids, which have continually suffered from usability issues in their long history. This paper describes a project in which two different data visualization models were built to replace sections of an archival finding aid. Users were then shown the models,…
Descriptors: Visualization, Archives, Data, Usability
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Kunda, Sue; Anderson-Wilk, Mark – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2011
Our institutions of record are facing a new digital knowledge management challenge: stakeholder communities are now expecting customized Web interfaces to institutional knowledge repositories, online environments where community members can contribute content and see themselves represented, as well as access archived resources. Digital curation…
Descriptors: Library Role, Archives, Knowledge Management, Preservation
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Deitering, Anne-Marie; Gronemyer, Kate – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2011
Undergraduate students are expected to find, evaluate, and use peer-reviewed or scholarly literature, but they rarely learn about the process of creating new knowledge or the roles the literature plays in the work of scholars. A desired outcome of undergraduate education is the understanding that knowledge is created, evolving, and contextual…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study, Web Sites, Electronic Publishing
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Christie, Anne; Pollitz, John H.; Middleton, Cheryl – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2009
College and university students across the United States are concerned about the cost of textbooks. This study examines the student patterns of coping with textbook inflation and the role that course reserve collections play in ameliorating costs. In the winter of 2007, an online survey was distributed to 1,500 Oregon State University students to…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Purchasing, Coping, Library Role
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Bridges, Laurie M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2008
This study examines the differences in undergraduate library use by academic discipline at Oregon State University (OSU). In the winter of 2006, an online questionnaire about physical and virtual library use was distributed to 3,227 OSU undergraduates; 949 responses were received. Chi-square tests were used to distinguish differences between user…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Academic Libraries, Educational Facilities, Electronic Libraries
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Vondracek, Ruth – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2007
Oregon State University (OSU) researchers surveyed 3,227 undergraduate students to identify how many students use or do not use the physical and virtual OSU libraries. Most importantly, we wanted to determine the alternatives to the library that students choose for typical library activities, such as studying, research, and research assistance,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Focus Groups, Electronic Libraries, Researchers
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Nichols, Jane; Mellinger, Margaret – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2007
In spring 2005, a task force of Oregon State University librarians investigated whether undergraduates would gravitate toward subject portals tentatively named "virtual college libraries." A literature review and Web site inventory shaped our definition of a virtual college library. A preliminary needs assessment consisting of an online…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Needs Assessment, Focus Groups, College Libraries