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Indies, Vanity, and Predators: Helping Faculty and Students Find Publishers

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How many times have you or your faculty received this message? Dear Dr. Colleague, We at Intellectual and Smart Publishers would love to talk to you about publishing “INSERT PAPER TITLE HERE” in our issue of Smart Things in Science. We offer expedited review! So and So,  Intellectual and Smart Publishers When the Framework for … Continue reading Indies, Vanity, and Predators: Helping Faculty and Students Find Publishers →

Things Left Unsaid

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There are moments of confluence in our day-to-day lives that can impact the way we see ourselves in the world. Sometimes they are moments of revelation and other times they are just a slight shift in perception, a tweak in the way we experience life. This month, which just so happens to be Women’s History Month, … Continue reading Things Left Unsaid →

On Leadership: Doing it Right, but Dancing

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Lots of things leading up to a post on leadership lately, such as contemplating my own privilege, planning strategic priorities, and experiencing the challenges of parenting tweenagers. But mostly, I think this post is in typical response to evaluation time, which requires me to describe competencies and expectations of leadership, both for managers and  for … Continue reading On Leadership: Doing it Right, but Dancing →

Your Library Is a (Job-Seeker’s) Wonderland

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ACRLog welcomes a guest post from Megan Mall, Director of Content Strategy at the American Association of Law Libraries. In my previous position, I worked as a librarian in a university career center. In short, I helped students locate companies and research companies and industries to prepare for interviews. The idea that a librarian could … Continue reading Your Library Is a (Job-Seeker’s) Wonderland →

CORE and the Commons: Digital Scholarship, Collaboration, and Open Access in the Humanities

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This week it was reported that Berlin-based ResearchGate, a social networking site designed for scientists to share research, received $52.6m in investment funds from a variety of sources, including BIll Gates (previous investor), Goldman Sachs, and The Wellcome Trust. This news is another development in the a continuing saga and conversation surrounding commercial services (i.e., … Continue reading CORE and the Commons: Digital Scholarship, Collaboration, and Open Access in the Humanities →

Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve: The Library Job Hunt

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About two years ago, I was already applying for jobs in preparation of graduating from library school. I spent countless hours looking at job posts, writing cover letters, preparing for phone interviews and being anxious about that coveted on-campus interviews. Throughout my residency at American University, I have been able to participate in two (and … Continue reading Should’ve, Would’ve, Could’ve: The Library Job Hunt →

Measuring Perceptual (In) Congruence between Information Service Providers and Users

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Library quality is no longer evaluated solely on the value of its collections, as user perceptions of service quality play an increasingly important role in defining overall library value. This paper presents a retooling of the LibQUAL+ survey instrument, blending the gap measurement model with perceptual congruence model studies from information systems management research. The new survey instrument redefines service desk assessment by taking into consideration the perspectives of both service users and of service providers, to help service providers gain a more robust sense of service quality.

Search Strategy Development in a Flipped Library Classroom: A Student-Focused Assessment

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Librarians at Brigham Young University compared search statement development between traditional lecture and flipped instruction sessions. Students in lecture sessions scored significantly higher on developing search statements than those in flipped sessions. However, student evaluations show a strong preference for pedagogies that incorporate elements from both lecture and flipped methodologies. Reasons for lower flipped-session scores may include a lack of student accountability, strong preference for a live demonstration, and disconnections between online tutorial content and in-class collaborative activities. Librarians using a flipped classroom should consider ways to help students make meaningful connections between online tutorials and in-class activities.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Librarian Involvement in Grant Projects

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Librarians are excellent research collaborators, although librarian participation is not usually considered, thereby making access to research funds difficult. The University of Michigan Library became involved in the university’s novel funding program, MCubed, which supported innovative interdisciplinary research on campus, primarily by funding student assistants to work on research projects. This article discusses three different MCubed projects that all benefited from librarian involvement. These projects spanned across many areas from translational research to systematic reviews to digital humanities. Librarian roles ranged from mentoring and project management to literature searching.

The Language of Information Literacy: Do Students Understand?

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To effectively access and use the resources of the academic library and to become information-literate, students must understand the language of information literacy. This study analyzes undergraduate students’ understanding of fourteen commonly used information-literacy terms. It was found that some of the terms least understood by students are those most frequently found in faculty-created research assignments and syllabi and that are used by librarians during library instruction. It is recommended that librarians work with faculty to make them aware of students’ lack of understanding of information literacy terms and that librarians also reinforce their meaning during library instruction and in one-on-one consultations.

Expanding Support for Graduate Students: Library Workshops on Research Funding Opportunities

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This case study describes the development, implementation, and assessment of a series of grants research workshops for graduate students, which were implemented to fill a gap in graduate student support. We assessed the workshops through a series of focus groups, and findings show overall satisfaction with the grants tools and workshop. However, participants noted areas of improvement around outreach and promotion and general communication with graduate students. Additional themes emerged related to graduate student socialization and research behaviors, which suggests that librarians have an important role to serve in these areas.

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