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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
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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
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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
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
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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
Dempsey, Beth – Library Journal, 2009
Despite the recent turmoil in the U.S. economy, most libraries that were tracked by "Library Journal" won their referenda at a rate just slightly lower than 2007. Nearly three-quarters of operating referenda passed. Building referenda under $10 million passed at a whopping 85%, with those over $10 million batting slightly better than…
Descriptors: Bond Issues, Library Facilities, Financial Support, Voting
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Martin, Heath; Robles-Smith, Kimberley; Garrison, Julie; Way, Doug – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2009
Differing from those of their liberal arts and Association of Research Libraries counterparts, today's comprehensive universities face a variety of unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to assessing their collections. This article looks at the different needs and interests of comprehensive universities and focuses on the challenges…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Evaluation, Case Studies
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Tijerina, Bonnie – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2008
The third Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) conference gathered at Georgia Institute of Technology's Global Learning and Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia, March 18-21, 2008. Over 360 attendees, from six countries and from 80% of the United States, represented their libraries and organizations resulting in a diverse and…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Information Management, Conferences (Gatherings), Organizational Change
Wallace, Amy – Educators' Spotlight Digest, 2007
In this article, the author highlights collaborative information literacy initiatives of four higher education institutions in Southern California--California State University-Channel Islands, California State University-Los Angeles, University of California-Irvine, and University of California-Los Angeles. Librarians from these institutions serve…
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Information Literacy, Librarians, Colleges
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