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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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Leonard, Elizabeth; Morasch, Maureen J. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Despite the old-fashioned view of the academic library as a static institution, libraries can and do change in response to the needs of users and stakeholders. Perhaps the most dramatic shift in services has been the transition from a purely physical to a combination physical/virtual or even virtual-only environment. This article examines how…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Virtual Classrooms, Library Services, Reference Services
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Devine, Christopher; Paladino, Emily Bounds; Davis, John A. – Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2011
The first comprehensive national survey of all academic libraries in the United States which were conducting chat reference service was carried out to determine: what practices were being used to prepare personnel for chat reference service, what competencies were being taught, how and why training practices may have changed over time, and what…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Synchronous Communication, National Surveys
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Knox, Emily – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Support for intellectual freedom, a concept codified in the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights and Code of Ethics, is one of the core tenets of modern librarianship. According to the most recent interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights, academic librarians are encouraged to incorporate the principles of intellectual freedom…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Academic Freedom, Academic Libraries, Ethics
Head, Alison J.; Eisenberg, Michael B. – Project Information Literacy, 2011
The paper presents findings from 560 interviews with undergraduates on 10 campuses distributed across the US, as part of Project Information Literacy (PIL). Overall, the findings suggest that students use a "less is more" approach to manage and control all of the IT devices and information systems available to them while they are in the…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Interviews, Use Studies, Library Equipment
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Harvey, Ross – Australian Library Journal, 2011
The author asserts that something is wrong with university-based education for librarianship in Australia. Librarianship does not have a clear disciplinary identity in universities. The lack of differentiation between the roles of technicians and professionals clouds the issue. For these and other reasons, education for librarianship in Australia…
Descriptors: Library Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Gilman, Todd; Lindquist, Thea – portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2010
The topic of academic/research librarians with subject doctorates remains largely unexplored. Based on survey data gathered from subject-doctorate holders (excluding those with doctorates in LIS) currently working in U.S. and Canadian academic/research libraries, this article extends the analysis published by the authors in the January 2008 issue…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Work Environment, Educational Background, Librarians
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Robinson, Julie; Kim, Don – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2010
This article compares three self-developed subject guides and one commercial online subject guide (LibGuides) to provide information to other institutions which have a plan or are in the process of developing a plan to implement similar services to support online, distance and traditional education. This is a comparison of the current subject…
Descriptors: Information Technology, Reference Materials, Internet, Conventional Instruction
Head, Alison J.; Eisenberg, Michael B. – Project Information Literacy, 2010
A report about college students and their information-seeking strategies and research difficulties, including findings from 8,353 survey respondents from college students on 25 campuses distributed across the U.S. in spring of 2010, as part of Project Information Literacy. Respondents reported taking little at face value and were frequent…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Surveys, Information Literacy, Information Seeking
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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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Platt, Jessica; Benson, Pete – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2010
The purpose of this study was to measure the degree to which academic libraries or library staff members throughout the United States adhere to the Guidelines for Virtual Reference Services provided by the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA). The results of the study were analyzed to identify specific areas where improvement is needed…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, Academic Libraries, Guidelines, Reference Services