portal: Libraries and the Academy

portal: Libraries and the Academy
Volume 4, Number 2, April 2004

CONTENTS

Editorial Statement

    Martin, Susan K., 1942-
  • A Wedge in the Door of Scholarly Communication
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    Subject Headings:
    • Scholarly publishing -- Economic aspects -- United States.
    • Acquisition of serial publications -- United States -- Costs.

Articles

    Schmidle, Deborah J.
    Via, Barbara J.
  • Physician Heal Thyself: The Library and Information Science Serials Crisis
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    Subject Headings:
    • Library science -- Periodicals.
    • Acquisition of serial publications -- United States -- Costs.
    • Scholarly publishing -- Economic aspects -- United States.
    Abstract:
      The serials pricing crisis continues to generate a great deal of concern among academic libraries in recent years. This article contributes to the discussion by presenting findings regarding price trends within a specific academic discipline (library science). Specifically, the authors provide data from their review of subscription prices for 132 English language, library, and information science journals over a five-year period (1997-2002). Particular attention is paid to the markedly different price increases of commercial and academic (or association) publishers, respectively, as evidenced by findings on both an aggregate and an individual, journal-by-journal basis. Information regarding the impact of price increases on collection development is also provided.
    Horne, Angela K.
    Kristensen, Terry L.
  • The Development of MyContents, an Enriched Electronic Tables of Contents Service
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    Subject Headings:
    • Selective dissemination of information -- Case studies.
    • Academic libraries -- Automation.
    Abstract:
      In August 2002, Cornell University Library (CUL) launched MyContents, a campus-wide table of contents (TOC) service. This article describes how a cross-functional team of librarians and technical staff developed and implemented MyContents. It discusses the service's key features, addresses patron response, details the latest user enhancements, and conveys our vision for the future of the service.
    Jacoby, JoAnn.
    Laskowski, Mary S.
  • Measurement and Analysis of Electronic Reserve Usage: Toward a New Path in Online Library Service Assessment
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    Subject Headings:
    • Electronic reserve collections in libraries -- Evaluation.
    • Electronic reserve collections in libraries -- Statistics.
    • Electronic reserve collections in libraries -- Case studies.
    Abstract:
      This article identifies problems and issues in assessment of electronic reserves and investigates usage measures, particularly Web server logs, for after-hours and off-campus usage. Findings indicate that electronic reserves are heavily used during non-traditional service hours and from outside the library's physical walls.
    Sutton, Shan.
  • Navigating the Point of No Return: Organizational Implications of Digitization in Special Collections
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    Subject Headings:
    • Libraries -- Special collections -- Digitization.
    • Libraries -- Special collections -- Administration.
    Abstract:
      The digitization of archival materials is becoming a fundamental duty of special collections in academic libraries. This article examines organizational trends that have emerged at selected academic libraries in support of digital initiatives in special collections, with an emphasis on collaboration between special collections and digital library departments.
    Weissinger, Thomas.
  • The New Literacy Thesis: Implications for Librarianship
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    Subject Headings:
    • Library science -- Sociological aspects.
    • Computers and literacy.
    • Computers and civilization.
    Abstract:
      The old adage that literate cultures have an intellectual advantage over oral cultures finds its latest expression in predictions that digital technologies are causing a knowledge revolution. The new literacy thesis is that digitally literate cultures have intellectual advantage. Implicit in such forecasts is a theory of human progress that jeopardizes the future of librarianship. It assumes that knowledge and human culture must be expressed in terms of the new literacy. This article undertakes to show that librarianship cannot always be understood in terms of its association with the social practices and institutions founded upon literate expression.
    Swanson, Troy A.
  • A Radical Step: Implementing A Critical Information Literacy Model
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    Subject Headings:
    • Information literacy -- Study and teaching (Higher)
    • Research -- Methodology -- Study and teaching (Higher)
    Abstract:
      The weakness of the print-based bibliographic instruction model is its focus on format of the information source over the type of information the source contains. Drawing from the critical literacy movement in the education literature, this article presents an example of a critical information literacy model as applied to the research paper component of a first-year composition course. In this model, students work from their own experiences as they are prepared to make predictive judgments about the information they will need.
    Robinson, Andrew M.
    Schlegl, Karen.
  • Student Bibliographies Improve When Professors Provide Enforceable Guidelines for Citations
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    Subject Headings:
    • Library orientation for college students -- Evaluation.
    • Research -- Methodology -- Study and teaching (Higher)
    Abstract:
      This paper uses bibliometric analysis to test the efficacy of in-class library instruction in relation to the quality of student term paper bibliographies and grades. It finds that: instruction alone has limited effect; instruction combined with academic penalties tied to the use of a minimum of scholarly sources has positive and significant effects; electronic citations are less scholarly, but not necessarily less valid than print citations; and papers with longer bibliographies tend to receive higher grades irrespective of the kinds of citations. The paper concludes that since academic penalties are important to the success of in-class librarian instruction, librarians should work closely with professors to design class assignments; the provision of minimal guidelines is preferable to banning Internet citations.

Features Research: Theory and Application

Reviews

    Knight, Lorrie A.
  • Developing Web-Based Instruction: Planning, Designing, Managing, and Evaluating for Results (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dupuis, Elizabeth A., ed. Developing web-based instruction: planning, designing, managing, and evaluating for results.
    • Library orientation -- Computer-assisted instruction.
    Miltenoff, Plamen.
  • Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education: Foundation for Success (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bates, Tony, 1939- Effective teaching with technology in higher education: foundation for success.
    • Poole, Gary, 1950-
    • College teaching.
    Black, Leah.
  • Historical Aspects of Cataloging and Classification (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Joachim, Martin D., 1938-, ed. Historical aspects of cataloging and classification.
    • Cataloging.
    Jeng, Judy.
  • A History of Online Information Services, 1963-1976 (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bourne, Charles P. History of online information services, 1963-1976.
    • Hahn, Trudi Bellardo.
    • Information storage and retrieval systems -- History.
    Wolfram, Dietmar, 1964-
  • Information Representation and Retrieval in the Digital Age (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Chu, Heting, 1957- Information representation and retrieval in the digital age.
    • Information organization.
    Williams, Delmus Eugene.
  • Leadership, Higher Education and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries, and: Organizing and Managing Information Resources on Your Campus (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Regenstein, Carrie, ed. Leadership, higher education and the information age: a new era for information technology and libraries.
    • Dewey, Barbara I., ed.
    • McClure, Polley A., ed. Organizing and managing information resources on your campus.
    • Education, Higher -- Effect of technological innovations on -- United States.
    Baier, Randal.
  • Net Effects: How Librarians Can Manage the Unintended Consequences of the Internet (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Block, Marylaine, 1943-, ed. Net effects: how librarians can manage the unintended consequences of the Internet.
    • Libraries and the Internet.

Briefly Noted

  • Briefly Noted
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    Subject Headings:
    • Miller, William, 1947-, ed. Cooperative efforts of libraries.
    • Pellen, Rita M., ed.
    • Iyer, Hemalata, ed. Distance learning: information access and services for virtual users.
    • Merrill, Andrea T., ed. Strategic stewardship of cultural resources: to preserve and protect.
    • Kimmel, Stacey E., ed. Virtual reference services: issues and trends.
    • Heise, Jennifer, ed.

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