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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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Folk, Amanda L. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
This comparison seeks to determine if the three documents addressing information literacy skills and competence developed by professional library associations for postsecondary education in four predominantly English-speaking countries--the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand--have similar or varying conceptions of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Literacy, Postsecondary Education, Information Skills
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Hufford, Jon R. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2013
Assessment in United States higher education has become very important in recent years. Virtually all colleges and universities are now striving to prove through empirical evidence that they are committed to improving student learning. Created in late 2005, the US Department of Education's Commission on the Future of Higher Education was charged…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Libraries, Research Libraries, Library Services
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Arendt, Julie; Lotts, Megan – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2012
Liaison librarians and faculty in chemistry, English, and psychology departments at colleges and universities in the United States were surveyed. They answered questions about services provided by the liaison and satisfaction. Liaisons' satisfaction with their performance was associated with active liaison service, such as recent contact with the…
Descriptors: Universities, College Faculty, Surveys, Librarians
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Clement, Gail; Levine, Melissa – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2011
We investigated whether American dissertations that were deposited in university libraries or disseminated on microfilm prior to 1978 were "published" for copyright purposes. This question has direct bearing on the copyright status of these works today. In the absence of a directly relevant legal decision to clarify the matter, the…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Student Research, Doctoral Dissertations, Copyrights
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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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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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Rudasill, Lynne M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2009
This year, the United States Department of Education Title VI programs will celebrate their 50th anniversary. During the Cold War, the United States government passed the National Defense Education Act to marshal all possible resources to improve education in multiple subject areas, initiating the development of National Research Centers (NRCs) in…
Descriptors: Area Studies, Global Education, Library Services, Library Science
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Green, Rosemary; Macauley, Peter – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2007
This paper centers on doctoral-level education candidates in the United States and Australia and their realms of engagement with information. On the basis of in-depth interviews with American and Australian doctoral students and academic librarians, we pose a critical reflection upon the two doctoral pedagogies as they relate to experiences of…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Information Literacy
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Wei, Youhua; Thompson, Bruce; Cook, C. Colleen – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2005
LibQUAL+[TM] data to date have not been subjected to the modern measurement theory called polytomous item response theory (IRT). The data interpreted here were collected from 42,090 participants who completed the "American English" version of the 22 core LibQUAL+[TM] items, and 12,552 participants from Australia and Europe who…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Psychometrics, Library Services, Item Response Theory
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Davis, Philip M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2004
Results from two multiple regression models involving HighWire journal subscriptions in 2003 for 16 participating universities in the United States, United Kingdom, and Sweden indicate a highly predictive relationship between the number of article downloads and the number of users--meaning that the size of a user population can be estimated by…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Journals, Foreign Countries, Correlation
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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