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Raju, Jaya – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
As library and information science (LIS) becomes an increasingly technology-driven profession, particularly in the academic library environment, questions arise as to the extent of information technology (IT) knowledge and skills that LIS professionals require. The purpose of this paper is to ascertain what IT knowledge and skills are needed by…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Technological Literacy, Library Science, Information Science
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Badia, Giovanna – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Educators need to reflect critically on their instruction to continue to be effective. This paper will employ case studies to demonstrate how librarians can improve their teaching by applying critical reflection and action research to their information literacy (IL) sessions. The four lenses model of Stephen Brookfield, an adult education expert,…
Descriptors: Action Research, Case Studies, Librarians, Instructional Improvement
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Lenker, Mark – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
The developmentalist conception of information's value makes learning the central consideration for evaluating information. Following philosopher Richard Kraut, this article argues that developmentalism provides an important complement to prevalent methods of teaching the evaluation of information. These methods emphasize (a) trustworthiness--for…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Library Instruction, Teaching Methods, Librarians
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Choi, Young Mi; Carpenter, Cathy – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
This paper presents a case study of the replacement of a textbook with free to use materials in a class on Human Factors and Ergonomics. Data on exam grades, course grades, and student opinions over a total of five semesters are reported, before and after the implementation. The results show that class performance remained similar before and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Outcomes of Education
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Green, Harriett E.; Lamprin, Patricia – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Researchers increasingly engage with the digital archives built by libraries, archives, and museums, but many institutions still seek to learn more about researchers' needs and practices with these digital collections. This paper presents a user assessment study for "Emblematica Online," a research digital library that provides digitized…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Archives, Use Studies, Case Studies
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Doan, Tomalee – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2017
Many observers find it baffling that faculty in higher education have been slow to adopt open educational resources (OER). The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, a private foundation that makes grants to expand access to learning materials, defines OER as: Teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Technology Uses in Education
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Walters, William H. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
This study examines the influence of four predictor variables--university-wide research activity, faculty status (eligibility for sabbaticals), university control (public versus private), and enrollment--on the scholarly productivity of librarians at research universities in the United States. University-wide research activity is directly related…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Subcultures, Productivity, Scholarship
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Ferguson, Jennifer – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
Since the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) first published its terminal degree statement in 1975, the topic of librarians and advanced subject degrees has been controversial, and research on the topic has remained limited. Based on data gathered from two major online job sites as well as library and information science programs…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Library Education, Masters Degrees
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Adams, Nancy E.; Gaffney, Maureen A.; Lynn, Valerie – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
This qualitative study describes collaborations between academic librarians and faculty in education-related disciplines involving evidence-based practice (EBP), an approach that combines the best available research with the professional's experience and expertise. The authors analyzed narratives of academic librarians and their educator partners…
Descriptors: Evidence Based Practice, Academic Libraries, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Personal Narratives
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Wong, Shun Han Rebekah – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
The collaborative aspect of digital humanities is one of the core values of the field. Specialists and organizations involved in digital humanities partnerships may include individual scholars focusing on a particular area, multiple scholars across disciplines, computer scientists, or digital humanities centers. Through a quantitative analysis of…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Humanities
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Pritchard, Sarah M. – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
"portal: Libraries and the Academy" has as its mission to address library and information services in a campus-wide context, focusing on librarians' engagement with learning services, joint technology initiatives, cross-disciplinary and cross-functional research, faculty partnerships, and scholarly publishing and public policy, but…
Descriptors: Information Services, Information Management, Partnerships in Education, Educational Cooperation
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Poggiali, Jennifer – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
This essay proposes that librarians practice ethical consumption when purchasing electronic devices. Though librarians have long been engaged with environmentalism and social justice, few have suggested that such issues as e-waste and sweatshop labor should impact our decisions to acquire e-readers, tablets, and other electronics. This article…
Descriptors: Ethics, Library Development, Librarian Attitudes, Purchasing
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Lenker, Mark – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
Research in psychology and political science has identified motivated reasoning as a set of biases that inhibit a person's ability to process political information objectively. This research has important implications for the information literacy movement's aims of fostering lifelong learning and informed citizenship. This essay argues that…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Political Attitudes, Political Issues, Cognitive Style
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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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Turner, Jennifer – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2016
Librarians in many types of libraries frequently find themselves positioned as instructors in formal and informal educational settings. Librarians can help ensure that learner needs are better defined and addressed by gaining basic competency in instructional design (ID), an intentional process used to create effective, efficient educational and…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Librarians, Skill Development, Educational Benefits
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