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Watts, John – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
Leading organizational change can be an enticing and exciting venture for library professionals. However, unforeseen difficulties can challenge even the most enthusiastic leader. This article explores one librarian's experience with organizational change and offers practical strategies for weathering obstacles to the success of new initiatives in…
Descriptors: Organizational Change, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Change Agents
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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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Pugachev, Sarah – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
Since 2014, the University Libraries at the University of Oklahoma in Norman has been a member of the Software Carpentry Foundation (now part of "The Carpentries"), a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching basic computing skills to researchers. Through this partnership, we have taught over a dozen introductory programming workshops…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Computer Science Education, Partnerships in Education, Introductory Courses
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Lohmann, Sam; Diller, Karen R.; Phelps, Sue F. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
This case study discusses an assessment project in which a rubric was used to evaluate information literacy (IL) skills as reflected in undergraduate students' research papers. Subsequent analysis sought relationships between the students' IL skills and their contact with the library through various channels. The project proved far longer and more…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Information Literacy, Undergraduate Students, Research Papers (Students)
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Cox, Andrew M.; Pinfield, Stephen; Rutter, Sophie – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
The literature about academic libraries takes a strong interest in the future, yet little of it reflects on academic libraries' underlying stance toward the years ahead: is there a sense of change or continuity? Is there optimism or pessimism? Consensus or divergence? This article explores these questions using data from interviews with a broad…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Development, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis
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Winterman, Brian; Asher, Andrew – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
Demonstrating academic libraries' contribution to institutional outcomes and strategic initiatives can be challenging, particularly in determining what library activities can be consistently and accurately assessed in ways that empirically demonstrate library value and impact. To address this challenge, the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Time Management, Library Services
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Tanner, René; Smith Aldrich, Rebekkah; Antonelli, Monika; Ko, Adrian H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoption of sustainability as a core value of librarianship. The group aims to promote libraries as catalysts, connectors, and conveners to promote sustainability, resilience, and…
Descriptors: Library Science, Library Associations, Leadership Role, Library Role
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Glisson, Lane – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
This article describes a discussion-based approach for teaching college students to identify the characteristics of ethical journalism and scholarly writing, by comparing fake news with credible information in a strategically planned slideshow. Much has been written on the need to instruct our students about disinformation. This librarian shares a…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, College Students, Ethics, Journalism Education
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Marshall, Ann; Wagner, Sarah – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
While the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education has prompted important new scholarship, Jan Meyer and Ray Land's related theoretical work has received less attention from librarians. The study described in this article is based upon 20 in-depth interviews with undergraduates…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Undergraduate Students, Concept Formation, Research Papers (Students)
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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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Jones, Kyle M. L. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2019
Learning analytics involve the process of gathering data about students and using the information to intervene in their lives to improve learning and institutional outcomes. Many academic libraries now participate in learning analytics. However, such practices raise privacy and intellectual freedom issues due to sensitive data practices. But, few…
Descriptors: Ethics, Learning Analytics, Academic Libraries, Privacy
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Graziano, Vince – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Emergent programs or newly established areas of study are often viewed as interdisciplinary. But how is interdisciplinarity defined or measured? The identification of research methods and the selection of objects of inquiry are significant elements in this definition. Citation analysis, however, also plays a role. Citation patterns in master's…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Citation Analysis, Sexual Identity, Homosexuality
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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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Perera, Upeksha; Wijewickrema, Manjula – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Ranking of scholarly journals is important to many parties. Studying the relationships among various ranking metrics is key to understanding the significance of one metric based on another. This research investigates the relationship among four major journal-ranking indicators: the impact factor (IF), the Eigenfactor score (ES), the "h."…
Descriptors: Periodicals, Correlation, Bibliometrics, Statistical Analysis
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Wesley, Threasa L. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2018
Many individuals working in library and information organizations do not hold a master of library science (MLS) degree or other specialized library science credential. Recognizing that this professional gap could be addressed by diversified educational opportunities, the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights…
Descriptors: Information Science Education, Bachelors Degrees, Academic Libraries, Professional Development
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