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Nichols, Jennifer; Melo, Marijel; Dewland, Jason – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This article explores the evolution and role of makerspaces in academic libraries, with a particular focus on how libraries are using innovation spaces in support of entrepreneurship and digital humanities on campus. At the University of Arizona Libraries in Tucson, a unique new coworking and makerspace called the iSpace has developed. While many…
Descriptors: Library Services, Library Facilities, Academic Libraries, Entrepreneurship
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Godfrey, Ian; Rutledge, Lorelei; Mowdood, Alfred; Reed, Jacob; Bigler, Scott; Soehner, Catherine – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Many universities and colleges focus on student retention and completion as a measure of their success. Publications such as the "Chronicle of Higher Education" carry an increasing number of articles dealing with student retention, success, and completion. Academic libraries support this goal through a wide variety of services, teaching,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, School Holding Power, Library Services, Library Facilities
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Spencer, Mary Ellen; Watstein, Sarah Barbara – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Are today's academic libraries really designed for learning? Do library spaces impact student learning? Intending to spark broader and more informed dialogue about the relationship between the quality of learning and the quality of academic library spaces in higher education, the authors consider the concept of space as service; student learning…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Facilities, Library Services, School Space
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Savage, Devin; Piotrowski, Pattie; Massengale, Lisa – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Many academic libraries have actively sought to articulate their value to campus stakeholders for well over a decade, and this demonstration of utility has become even more necessary as college and university budgets are scrutinized and even imperiled. This article will examine the experience of several academic libraries that have sought multiple…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Evaluation Methods, Information Literacy
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Keith, Brian W.; Smith, Bonnie J.; Taylor, Laurie N. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Analyzing position descriptions provides insights into new and emerging trends, especially as the role of academic and research libraries continues to evolve, and new position types and new ways of organizing work emerge. Personnel officers and other library leaders frequently collaborate by sharing position descriptions in an effort to understand…
Descriptors: Occupational Information, Cooperation, Archives, Academic Libraries
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Ukwoma, Scholastica C.; Dike, V. W. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This study was carried out to ascertain the attitudes of academics concerning the utilization of institutional repositories (IRs) in Nigerian universities. The study took the form of a descriptive survey, gathering data from the five Nigerian universities with IRs. The result showed that the universities developed IRs to create a forum for their…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Electronic Libraries, Archives, Academic Libraries
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Farrell, Bridget; Alabi, Jaena; Whaley, Pambanisha; Jenda, Claudine – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
The majority of articles on mentoring in the library and information science field address career development by emphasizing the orientation process for new librarians and building the requisite skills for a specific job. Few articles deal with the psychological and social challenges that many early-career and minority librarians face, which can…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, Mentors, Librarians, Library Science
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Hardesty, Larry – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
The College Library Directors' Mentor Program has operated for more than 20 years, during which a substantial portion of the target audience of first-year library directors of small colleges has participated. Through this article, the authors identify the purpose of the program, describe its evolution and current status, and examine the nature of…
Descriptors: Mentors, Library Personnel, Academic Libraries, College Libraries
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Riehle, Catherine Fraser; Hensley, Merinda Kaye – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Amid movements that recognize undergraduate students as knowledge creators, transformative work is being done at the intersection of information literacy and scholarly communication. Absent from the literature so far is research related to students' perception and understanding of scholarly communication. This paper reports a mixed methods study…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Communication (Thought Transfer), Scholarship, Mixed Methods Research
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Fong, Bonnie L. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
To more fully support PhD students, librarians must be mindful of and responsive to changing dissertation requirements. Based on input obtained through an online questionnaire from directors of chemistry, political science, and English doctoral programs and from details on department websites, this paper examines what alternate forms of…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Academic Libraries, Library Services, Change
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Kennedy, Marie R.; Kennedy, David P.; Brancolini, Kristine R. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This article describes for the first time the composition and structure of the personal networks of novice librarian researchers. We used social network analysis to observe if participating in the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship (IRDL) affected the development of the librarians' personal networks and how the networks changed over…
Descriptors: Novices, Librarians, Researchers, Social Networks
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Braun, Steven – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Measuring research impact has become a nearly ubiquitous facet of scholarly communication. At the University of Minnesota Medical School, new administrative directives have directly tied impact metrics to faculty assessment, promotion, and tenure. In this paper, I describe a platform for the analysis and visualization of research impact that was…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Case Studies, Research, Medical Schools
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McCollough, Aaron – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This article describes an exploratory study examining the common perception among library-based publishers that open access academic publications (especially monographs) are not readily discoverable in library catalogs. Using titles from the Michigan Publishing imprint, digital culture books, the study provides an empirical basis for evaluating…
Descriptors: Catalogs, Information Retrieval, Publications, Access to Information
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Nero, Neil; Langley, Anne – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
The work of subject liaison librarians in academic libraries has morphed to include a variety of roles that reach beyond the traditional. This study captures responses of 1,808 participants from land-grant, Oberlin Group, and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions to a questionnaire about subject liaison librarians. The questionnaire…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Intellectual Disciplines, Land Grant Universities
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Lilburn, Jeff – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This article examines the relationship between the standardized service quality survey LibQUAL+ and the rise of audit culture. Recent scholarship examining assessment and accountability systems and the ideological principles driving their implementation in higher education raises concerns about the impact these systems have on teaching, learning,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Surveys, Ideology
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