portal: Libraries and the Academy

portal: Libraries and the Academy 2.3, July 2002

Editorial Statement

Articles

    Wiberley, Stephen E.
  • The Humanities: Who Won the '90s in Scholarly Book Publishing
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    Subject Headings:
    • Scholarly publishing -- United States.
    • Prize books -- United States.
    • Humanities -- Awards -- United States.
    • Collection development (Libraries) -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The study of prizes awarded to books in the 1990s by leading humanities scholarly associations tells much about the disciplines, publishing, and libraries during that decade. This article examines data on prize-winners of the American Historical Association, the American Musicological Society, the College Art Association, and the Modern Language Association. For the prize-winners, it reports the distribution of winners among publishers and universities; extent of cross-disciplinary publishing; degree of co-authorship; trends in library acquisitions of print versions; and accessibility of electronic versions. The University of California Press and the faculty at the university's Berkeley campus ranked first; the American Historical Association awarded nearly half of its prizes to books classified outside history; there was little co-authorship; library holdings appeared to decline over the decade; and roughly 15 percent of prize-winners were available through netLibrary by the summer of 2001.
    Dillon, Irma F.
    Hahn, Karla.
  • Are Researchers Ready For The Electronic-Only Journal Collection?: Results of a Survey at the University of Maryland
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    Subject Headings:
    • Universities and colleges -- United States -- Faculty -- Attitudes.
    • Graduate students -- United States -- Attitudes.
    • Electronic journals -- United States.
    • Academic libraries -- United States -- Use studies.
    Abstract:
      This article discusses a web-based survey conducted by the University of Maryland Libraries in the spring of 2001. The survey was distributed among university faculty and graduate students to determine their views on and use of electronic journals. Staff at the Libraries hoped to discover information that would suggest how best to manage collections to serve the university community efficiently. The survey adds two new dimensions to previous studies of electronic journal usage. First, it examines the respondents' current use of print journals in library collections and second, distinguishes between respondents' format preferences for those journals that are most central to their research and teaching activities as well as less important titles.
    McKinstry, Jill Morrison.
    McCracken, Peter.
  • Combining Computing and Reference Desks In An Undergraduate Library: A Brilliant Innovation Or A Serious Mistake?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
    • Academic libraries -- Reference services -- Washington (State) -- Seattle.
    • College students -- Washington (State) -- Seattle -- Information services -- Computer-assisted instruction.
    Abstract:
      The Undergraduate Library at the University of Washington combined its reference and computer support desks into one service desk. Librarians are in disagreement on the advantages of this service, and in this article two librarians highlight benefits and drawbacks to the new service. Suggestions for improvement and advice for those considering such a collaboration are included.
    Ware, Susasn A.
  • IDNA for Librarians: Assessing Instructional Development Needs
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    Subject Headings:
    • Library orientation for college students -- United States -- Evaluation.
    • Academic libraries -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    • Library surveys -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Library instruction has grown more complex as the information literacy movement has flourished. Increasingly, librarians are adopting active and collaborative teaching methods and seeking guidance in formal instructional development programs. The Instructional Development Needs Assessment (IDNA) survey, a product of the U. S. Department of Energy, Technology Transfer Program, offers instructional development planners a powerful needs assessment tool that actively involves potential participants in the selection of program topics and levels of training. In the IDNA study described in the article, librarians rated 115 teaching tasks based on their assessment of task difficulty, importance in the learning process, and frequency of performance. Sorting mean scores from highest to lowest produced a prioritized list of instructional development needs and desired levels of training. The results of this study show IDNA to be a useful and convenient instructional needs assessment tool.
    Lev, Yvonne.
    Gilbert, Mary.
    Olson, Carl.
    Gonce, Nancy.
  • Making the Decision to Relinquish U.S. Document Depository Status
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    Subject Headings:
    • Depository libraries -- Circulation and loans -- United States.
    • Academic libraries -- Collection development -- United States.
    • Library surveys -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Fifteen college and university libraries left the Federal Library Depository Program between 1998 and 2001. This article seeks to identify reasons why libraries are withdrawing from the program and to compare departing libraries with libraries that joined during the same period. The availability of electronic documents was a major factor precipitating withdrawal.
    Jacobson, Trudi.
    Xu, Lijuan.
  • Motivating Students in Credit-based Information Literacy Courses: Theories and Practice
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    Subject Headings:
    • Information literacy -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- United States.
    • Motivation in education -- United States.
    • School credits -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Student motivation can have a significant impact on the classroom atmosphere in information literacy courses. The authors survey the education literature that has addressed methods for enhancing motivation and also report from their own experiences. The ARCS Motivation Model developed by John M. Keller serves as a foundation for four aspects of instruction that affect motivation.
    Fidishun, Dolores.
  • Symbolic Interactionism and Library Research: Using a Qualitative Methodology to Understand Library Interchange
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    Subject Headings:
    • Symbolic interactionism.
    • Academic libraries -- United States.
    Abstract:
      Symbolic Interactionism is a theory for analyzing research based on a qualitative interpretive process that can help librarians to understand the way in which the library staff and users view services, training, policy, and other issues. The theory focuses on the symbolic meaning of objects and events as they are interpreted through human interaction. An explanation of the theory is followed by examples of how symbolic interactionism can be of value to librarians in their research to understand individual and group behavior.
    Elmborg, James K., 1953-
  • Teaching at the Desk: Toward a Reference Pedagogy
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    Subject Headings:
    • Academic libraries -- Reference services -- United States.
    • Libraries and education -- United States.
    • Academic libraries -- Aims and objectives -- United States.
    Abstract:
      This article proposes that we use constructivist learning theory—primarily composition theory—to develop a pedagogy for the reference desk. This approach implies that reference is a form of teaching, and that to maximize their educational effectiveness, academic librarians need to approach reference transactions as academic conferences where teaching and learning take place.
    Schmiesing , Ann.
    Hollis, Deborah.
  • The Role of Special Collections Departments in Humanities Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching: A Case Study
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    Subject Headings:
    • University of Colorado Libraries. Special Collections Dept.
    • Academic libraries -- Colorado -- Boulder -- Relations with faculty and curriculum -- Case studies.
    • Humanities -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Colorado -- Boulder -- Case studies.
    • Libraries and education -- Colorado -- Boulder -- Case studies.
    Abstract:
      This article analyzes the pedagogical rationale and learning outcomes for incorporating a special collections department in teaching humanities undergraduate and graduate courses. This case study highlights an innovative collaboration between a University of Colorado German professor and the special collections librarian and staff.

Features

Strategic Visioning

    Martin, Susan K., 1942-
  • A New Vision for Library and Information Studies Accreditation
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    Subject Headings:
    • Library schools -- Accreditation -- United States.
    • American Library Association.

Reviews

    Ryan, Michael.
  • Building Sustainable Collections of Free Third-Party Web Resources, and: Selection and Presentation of Commercially Available Electronic Resources: Issues and Practices, and: Strategies for Building Digitized Collections (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Pitschmann, Louis A. Building sustainable collections of free third-party web resources.
    • Jewell, Timothy D. Selection and presentation of commercially available electronic resources: issues and practices.
    • Smith, Abby. Strategies for building digitized collections.
    • Collection management (Libraries)
    • Electronic information resources.
    Thomas, Lynne M.
  • A History of Information Storage and Retrieval (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stockwell, Foster. History of information storage and retrieval.
    • Information organization -- History.
    Holley, Robert P.
  • The Changing Culture of Libraries: How We Know Ourselves Through our Libraries (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Feinberg, Renee, ed. Changing culture of libraries: how we know ourselves through our libraries.
    • Libraries -- Aims and objectives.
    Elmborg, James K., 1953-
  • Knowledge and Knowing in Library and Information Science: A Philosophical Framework (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Budd, John, 1953- Knowledge and knowing in library and information science: a philosophical framework.
    • Library science -- Philosophy.
    Lampert, Lynn.
  • Usability Testing for Library Websites: A Hands-On Guide, and: Don't Make Me Think!: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Norlin, Elaina. Usability testing for library websites: a hands-on guide.
    • Winters, CM!
    • Krug, Steve. Don't make me think!: a common sense approach to Web usability.
    • Library Web sites -- Testing.
    • Web sites -- Design.
    Lindsay, Elizabeth Blakesley.
  • Providing Library Services for Distance Education Students (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Goodson, Carol F. Providing library services for distance education students.
    • Academic libraries -- Off-campus services.
    Chmelir, Lynn K.
  • Coaching in the Library: A Management Strategy for Achieving Excellence (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Metz, Ruth F. Coaching in the library: a management strategy for achieving excellence.
    • Library personnel management -- United States.
  • Briefly Noted
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    Subject Headings:
    • Noah, Carolyn. Browsable classroom: an introduction to e-learning for librarians.
    • Braun, Linda W.
    • Biblarz, Dora, ed. Guide to library user needs assessment for integrated collection resource management and collection development.
    • Bosch, Stephen, ed.
    • Sugnet, Chris, ed.
    • German, Lisa, ed. Guide to the management of the information resources budget.



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