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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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Westbrook, R. Niccole; Watkins, Sean – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2012
As primary source materials in the library are digitized and made available online, the focus of related library services is shifting to include new and innovative methods of digital delivery via social media, digital storytelling, and community-based and consortial image repositories. Most images on the Web are not of sufficient quality for most…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Electronic Publishing, Electronic Libraries, 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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Mitchell, Erik – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
The workload of Web librarians is already split between Web-related and other library tasks. But today's technological environment has created new implications for existing services and new demands for staff time. It is time to reconsider how libraries can best allocate resources to provide effective Web services. Delivering high-quality services…
Descriptors: Libraries, Internet, Information Services, Information Technology
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Ipri, Tom – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
Changes presented by cloud computing--shared computing services, applications, and storage available to end users via the Internet--have the potential to seriously alter how libraries provide services, not only remotely, but also within the physical library, specifically concerning challenges facing the typical desktop computing experience.…
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Computers, Libraries, Internet
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Jones, Scott L.; Leonard, Kirsten – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
This study examined the homepages of the libraries of 175 smaller bachelor of arts institutions, coding for the presence of 98 design elements. By reporting and examining the frequency of these features, the authors noted what is and is not common practice at these libraries. They found that only fourteen elements were present on at least half of…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Instruction, Web Sites, Small Colleges
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Mitchell, Erik – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
Web design is a necessarily iterative process. During the process, it can be difficult to balance the interests and focus of the library site experts and their novice users. It can also be easy to lose focus on the main goals of site use and become wrapped up in the process of design or coding or in the internal politics of site design. Just as…
Descriptors: Internet, Web Sites, Libraries, Users (Information)
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Battles, Jason; Glenn, Valerie; Shedd, Lindley – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
In recent years, libraries have made efforts to create games, often for the purpose of information literacy instruction. Games can provide an interactive alternative to traditional instruction by introducing research tools and resources while also teaching problem solving skills within a collaborative learning environment. Despite the benefits,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Research Tools, Research Libraries, Information Literacy
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Teague-Rector, Susan; Ballard, Angela; Pauley, Susan K. – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
Creating a learnable, effective, and user-friendly library Web site hinges on providing easy access to search. Designing a search interface for academic libraries can be particularly challenging given the complexity and range of searchable library collections, such as bibliographic databases, electronic journals, and article search silos. Library…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Testing, Research Libraries, Academic Libraries
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Powers, Amanda Clay; Shedd, Julie; Hill, Clay – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2011
Gathering qualitative information about usage behavior of library Web sites is a time-consuming process requiring the active participation of patron communities. Libraries that collect virtual reference transcripts, however, hold valuable data regarding how the library Web site is used that could benefit Web designers. An analysis of virtual…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Web Sites, Research Libraries, Word Frequency
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Thomas, Lisa Carlucci – Journal of Web Librarianship, 2010
Libraries are widely known as institutions that access, organize, and preserve collections of information. Libraries are also dynamic administrative entities that generate and exchange internal business information. From small operations with limited staff and technology to large, multidepartmental institutions with full IT support, libraries…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Library Research