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Becker, Bernd W. – Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian, 2013
There is a new buzzword in education: "MOOCs." These massively open online courses (MOOCs) can serve hundreds or thousands of students without the institutional hurdles found in classes at a university, such as acceptance requirements and physical location. Some schools are working with partners like Udacity and Coursera, while others…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Curriculum Development, Library Services, Online Courses
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Stevens, Christy R. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2013
The first section of this article reviews the literature on the changing face of reference, beginning with a discussion of the national decline in reference transactions, its causes, and the likelihood that online reference services might one day halt or reverse the decline. It then analyzes definitions of the term "reference," pointing…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Definitions, Librarians
National Survey of Student Engagement, 2012
The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) documents dimensions of quality in undergraduate education and provides information and assistance to colleges, universities, and other organizations to improve student learning. Its primary activity is annually surveying college students to assess the extent to which they engage in educational…
Descriptors: National Surveys, Student Surveys, Undergraduate Students, Learner Engagement
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Gonzalez, Adriana – Journal of Access Services, 2012
The library landscape is changing at a fast pace, with an increase in the demand for study space including quiet, individualized study space; open group study space; and as enclosed group study space. In large academic libraries, managing limited high-demand resources is crucial and is partially being driven by the greater emphasis on group…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Facilities, Study Facilities, Educational Facilities Design
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Wang, Ya; Howard, Pamela – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
Google Scholar is a free service that provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly works and to connect patrons with the resources libraries provide. The researchers in this study analyzed Google Scholar usage data from 2006 for three library tools at San Francisco State University: SFX link resolver, Web Access Management proxy server,…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Instruction, Internet
Jerrard, Jane; Bolt, Nancy; Strege, Karen – ALA Editions, 2012
This timely special report from ALA Editions provides a succinct but comprehensive overview of the "privatization" of public libraries. It provides a history of the trend of local and state governments privatizing public services and assets, and then examines the history of public library privatization right up to the California…
Descriptors: Privatization, Public Libraries, Library Services, State Legislation
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Dula, Michael W.; Ye, Gan – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
In this case study the authors describe Pepperdine University Libraries' migration to OCLC's WorldShare Management Services. They elaborate on the rationale for the decision, review some of the challenges and lessons encountered along the way, and briefly discuss some effects of the new system on our libraries. The focus is on technical services…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Information Transfer, Internet, Computer Software
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Kane, Danielle; Schneidewind, Jeff – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
As part of a focused, methodical, and evaluative approach to emerging technologies, QR codes are one of many new technologies being used by the UC Irvine Libraries. QR codes provide simple connections between print and virtual resources. In summer 2010, a small task force began to investigate how QR codes could be used to provide information and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Library Services, Coding
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Sargent, Aloha R.; Becker, Bernd W.; Klingberg, Susan – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2011
This case study analyzes the use of library school interns on subject-based teams for the social sciences, humanities, and sciences in the San Jose State University Library. Interns worked closely with team librarians on reference, collection development/management, and instruction activities. In a structured focus group, interns reported that the…
Descriptors: Library Schools, Library Science, Internship Programs, Academic Libraries
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 2010
Libraries and library faculty play a significant role in supporting college curriculum and helping students succeed academically. In particular, libraries are the primary location both physically and remotely for supporting faculty and students in their research and information needs. Over the years, this role of libraries and library faculty has…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Community Colleges, Library Role, College Libraries
Booth, Char – Library Journal, 2010
If digital literacy is exploding, the visually disabled are taking the shrapnel. The author wagers that most librarians consider themselves committed to accessibility and make individual and organizational efforts to comply with (and often exceed) the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in their buildings and the Rehabilitation Act Section 508…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Advocacy, Public Sector, Librarians
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Powers, Anne – Community & Junior College Libraries, 2010
A survey of community college librarians in California reveals that the nature of reference service required of them, limitations on budget, staffing, technical support, resources, decision-making ability, and professional development opportunities, affect their professional attitudes. Librarians see reference service as primarily a teaching role.…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Reference Services, Librarians, Anxiety
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Meulemans, Yvonne Nalani; Carr, Allison; Ly, Pearl – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2010
Reference service via instant messaging (IM) has significant potential to benefit distance learners. There has been wide experimentation with IM to expand reference services in libraries across the US, with mixed results. Concern has been expressed that IM cannot provide the same reference experience as face-to-face interactions. One academic…
Descriptors: User Satisfaction (Information), Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Synchronous Communication
California State Library, 2009
The California State Library is charged with performing the following activities as defined by law. The State Library, under the direction and control of the State Librarian, an appointee of the Governor, has responsibility: (1) To collect, preserve, generate and disseminate a wide array of information; (2) To serve as the central reference and…
Descriptors: Government Libraries, State Government, Library Services, Information Seeking
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Weber, Ann – Knowledge Quest, 2009
In the past, this author used a generic self-assessment form designed for administrators at her school, yet administration is only a part of what she does. The administrative self-assessment tool does not give her an opportunity to reflect on other important responsibilities of a professionally trained school librarian. Therefore, the author…
Descriptors: Private Schools, School Libraries, Guidelines, Librarians
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