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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
Skalkos, Lia – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In winter 2009, Barnard College began the process of adopting Drupal 7 as its content management system. The move included Barnard Library's Zine Collection website, an information resource dedicated to the library's special collection of do-it-yourself (DIY) publications by women. Recently, as a Barnard Zine intern, the author had the challenging…
Descriptors: Management Systems, Internet, Web Sites, Programming Languages
Clark, Jason – Computers in Libraries, 2012
The rise of apps and mobile devices has opened the door to small, dedicated software programs that are focused on singular tasks. From the author's perspective as head of digital access and web service manager at Montana State University, these apps offered an opportunity to build a focused digital service aimed at allowing someone to enter a…
Descriptors: Internet, Handheld Devices, Computer Software, Programming
Pressley, Lauren; Gilbertson, Kevin – Computers in Libraries, 2011
People see challenges to libraries in funding, in ebooks, and in the internet. However, in this information-rich age, librarians' roles are even more important. They are information experts. They know how to think about the changing information environment, and they know the impact--both positive and negative--it can have on people whose jobs…
Descriptors: Expertise, Libraries, Information Literacy, Internet
Huwe, Terence K. – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Social media now offer a fresh opportunity to enliven the learning process. But to gain traction, they will have to prove their relevance. Librarians are quite vocal in advocating for the preservation of human interaction around digital media; one might say that it is their charge to be certain that the human factors within digital libraries are…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Electronic Libraries, Librarians
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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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Carlson, Kathleen – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2011
This paper takes a look at how one academic health sciences librarian brought mediated literature searching to the distance RN to BSN nursing students. It takes a look at why Adobe Connect was the webinar software that was selected to deliver online instruction to the students. The article explains how students participated in a pre-class survey…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Nursing Students, Nursing Education, Sciences
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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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Sekyere, Kwabena – Journal of Library & Information Services In Distance Learning, 2011
As technology continues to advance, libraries in Europe and America continue to improve upon their virtual reference services by employing new Web technologies and applying them to existing services. West African academic libraries have begun providing resources electronically to their users but still typically lag behind in the services they…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Foreign Countries, Reference Services, Technology Uses in Education
Kirkwood, Patricia – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Researchers were the first adopters of digital resources available through the library. Online journals and databases make finding research articles much easier than when this author started as a librarian more than 20 years ago. Speedier interlibrary loan due to digital delivery means research materials are never far away. Making it easier for…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Faculty, Librarians
Clumpner, Krista E.; Burgmeier, Michael; Gillespie, Thomas J. – Computers in Libraries, 2011
Northern Michigan University (NMU) is a public 4-year undergraduate institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 9,500 students. The university's Division of Academic Information Services encompasses both the staff of the library, which includes authors Clumpner and Burgmeier, and the instructional technology areas, where…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Libraries, Internet
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Matlak, Jeff – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2010
Western Illinois University Libraries has cut online serials subscriptions in the past 2 years. The librarians were guided by the statistics for downloads provided by the publishers of the journals. However, questions were raised by both professors and librarians regarding the exact meaning of the statistics. This caused the electronic resources…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Statistics, Library Services, Librarians
Miller-Francisco, Emily – Computers in Libraries, 2010
As e-resource systems and web coordinator for Southern Oregon University, the author is deeply involved with the university library's website. In the latest revision of this website, the author knew she needed to jazz it up a little. With screen real estate on the main page at a premium, the author hoped to use a tabbed box and an accordion-style…
Descriptors: Research Libraries, Internet, Web Sites, Higher Education