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Foster, Anita K.; Rinehart, Amanda K.; Springs, Gene R. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
In fiscal year 2017, The Ohio State University Libraries in Columbus piloted the purchase of research data sets to explore how to integrate this format into the standard workflows of the collections strategist and electronic resources officer. The pilot project had few restrictions except that one-time money must be used and purchases must be…
Descriptors: Data, Library Materials, Library Services, Academic Libraries
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Burrows, Trevor; Freeman, Robert S.; Heyns, Erla P.; Hérubel, Jean-Pierre V. M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
This study utilized dissertation bibliographies produced at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, a STEM-oriented university, to ascertain how well Purdue's Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library supports doctoral research. To examine a critical mass of data, the authors gathered all the bibliographies of dissertations written…
Descriptors: Humanities, Social Sciences, Doctoral Dissertations, STEM Education
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Munson, Kurt; Thompson, Hilary H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Using the 2011 and 2015 survey by the Reference and User Services Association Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (RUSA STARS) of international interlibrary loans (ILL), the authors explore barriers to this method of meeting patrons' information needs. They evaluate international ILL in the context of developments in the…
Descriptors: Library Services, Users (Information), Barriers, Library Materials
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Sauceda, Jonathan – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Undergraduate research offers academic librarians and archivists an additional motivation to engage students with special collections. Curriculum design, course instruction, and mentoring by librarians and archivists can benefit not only students but also the institution as well. I explore an example of such engagement with a collection of New…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Research, College Libraries, Library Services
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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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Thomas, Susan – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Zines have begun to gain a place in higher education as pedagogical tools studied or made by students, and many academic libraries maintain zine collections. The library literature reveals little about how nonlibrarian faculty use zines in their classrooms. This paper describes the results of a survey of faculty from a range of academic…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Higher Education
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Romero, Lisa – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Using citation analysis, this study identifies the most relevant journals in communication studies. The study analyzes citations from a representative list of 116 journals from subject areas within communication studies over a 30-year period and addresses research interests throughout the discipline. Results indicate that most journals cited in…
Descriptors: Citation Analysis, Scholarship, Periodicals, Communication Research
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McAllister, Lorrie; Laster, Shari – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
The online catalog, commercial discovery layers, the open Web, and books available for browsing in libraries all aid in the process of discovery of resources. An absence of books means one fewer discovery method available. It is important, therefore, that libraries retain physical books in open stacks to offer communities a hands-on opportunity to…
Descriptors: Library Facilities, Library Materials, Educational Facilities Design, Library Development
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Way, Doug – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Financial pressures, changes in scholarly communications, the rise of online content, and the ability to easily share materials have provided libraries the opportunity to rethink their collections practices. This article provides an overview of these changes and outlines a framework for viewing collections as a service. It describes how libraries…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Publications, Academic Libraries, Library Services
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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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Jara, Magdalena; Clasing, Paula; Gonzalez, Carlos; Montenegro, Maximiliano; Kelly, Nick; Alarcón, Rosa; Sandoval, Augusto; Saurina, Elvira – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This paper explores the patterns of use of print materials and digital resources in an undergraduate library in a Chilean university, by the students' discipline and year of study. A quantitative analysis was carried out, including descriptive analysis of contingency tables, chi-squared tests, t-tests, and multiple linear regressions. The results…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Academic Libraries, Statistical Analysis
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Cyran, Katarzyna – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
The aim of this article is to present a comparison between two academic libraries: Indiana University Libraries in the United States and the Library of Pope John Paul II State School of Higher Education in Biala Podlaska, Poland. This comparison is based on data that each of these libraries published in statistical reports. Much of the information…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cross Cultural Studies, Foreign Countries, Statistical Analysis
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Whitworth, Andrew; Calvo, Maria-Carme Torras; Moss, Bodil; Kifle, Nazareth Amlesom; Blåsternes, Terje – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
Two academic libraries undergoing significant organizational changes were the location for a project that researched how staff members and subunits of the libraries made collective judgments, negotiated what is sometimes called the "landscape of practice"--the collective body of knowledge of their profession--and thus came to collective…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Academic Libraries, Organizational Change, Library Development
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Herrera, Gail – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
This study examined gender and racial differences among undergraduate library collection users at the University of Mississippi. Checkout and electronic resource use data were compiled for the calendar year 2014. These data were used along with statistical testing to distinguish between groups and determine how well the library collection was…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Racial Differences, Gender Differences, State Universities
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Wiberley, Stephen E., Jr. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
Books are the most important medium of communication in the humanities, a major medium in the social sciences, and a central component of academic library collections. This study examined humanities and social sciences books that won prizes from ten leading United States disciplinary associations between 2000 and 2009. The study extends earlier…
Descriptors: Humanities, Social Sciences, Professional Associations, Intellectual Disciplines
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