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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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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
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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Hsieh, Inga K.; Murray, Kathleen R.; Hartman, Cathy Nelson – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2007
Librarians and archivists face challenges when adapting traditional collection development practices to meet the unique characteristics of Web-published materials. Likewise, preservation activities for Web-published materials must be undertaken at the outset of collection development lest they be lost forever. Standards and best practices for…
Descriptors: Preservation, Needs Assessment, Electronic Libraries, Library Services
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Kendall, Susan L.; Sisson, Lorene R. – Public Services Quarterly, 2006
A new library in San Jose opened on August 1, 2003. This library is the result of a unique collaboration between San Jose State University Library and the San Jose Public Library. The planning for this new library highlighted merging several key areas of operation, including Government Publications. Several years before the two libraries merged,…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Research Libraries, Public Libraries, Institutional Cooperation
Millet, Michelle S. – Library Journal, 2005
In 2003, during the Biennial migration of academic librarians to the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conference, several of the programs in Charlotte, NC, discussed the recruitment and retention of the next generation but with an obvious lack of input from newly recruited librarians. In response, with Liza Posas, a library…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Librarians, Academic Libraries, Individual Characteristics
School Library Journal, 2004
On a busy day when school is in session, discussion group members may receive more than 150 messages. If they don't routinely delete a lot of them, their mailboxes can become so full within a few weeks that it's impossible to send or receive messages. This article discusses how media staff can benefit from discussion groups without feeling…
Descriptors: Librarians, Electronic Mail, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Mediated Communication
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Smalley, Topsy N. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2004
Many students who enroll in a community college "Information Research" course come from three local school districts. Of those three districts, only one has librarians. Through examining grade rosters, this study demonstrates that student achievement is substantially higher for students who come from high schools that have librarians and…
Descriptors: Library Services, School Libraries, Library Skills, Information Literacy