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Potnis, Devendra; Mallary, Kevin – College & Research Libraries, 2021
Academic libraries invest thousands of dollars in assistive technologies (AT) for enhancing the delivery of information services to disabled patrons. However, offering AT might not result in their use by the patrons who need them, thereby leading to a service divide. The analysis of qualitative responses, including more than 1,400 quotations,…
Descriptors: Use Studies, Academic Libraries, Disabilities, Assistive Technology
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Baron, Sarah; Trujillo, Katherine – Childhood Education, 2019
Libraries Without Borders (LWB) is striving to expand access to information and bridge the digital divide across the United States by transforming everyday, informal spaces into places of learning and engagement. Such transformations could be anything from creating pop-up libraries inside laundromats to setting up interactive learning spaces in…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Library Services, Access to Information, Library Facilities
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Mangrum, Sarah; Foster, Holly A. – Journal of Access Services, 2020
The role of the academic library, student library usage, and faculty perceptions of student learning have been ongoing discussions for many years. The purpose of this study was to bring those conversations together and illustrate how students at a mid-size university are currently using their library, preferences for library space usage, and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Academic Libraries, Space Utilization, Preferences
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Phan, Tai; Hardesty, Laura; Hug, Jamie – National Center for Education Statistics, 2014
This report presents tabulations for the 2012 Academic Libraries Survey (ALS) conducted by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), within the Institute of Education Sciences. The 2012 ALS population included postsecondary institutions with all of the following: total library expenditures that exceed…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, National Surveys, Library Services, Library Materials
Kahn, Miriam B. – ALA Editions, 2012
Fire, water, mold, construction problems, power-outages--mishaps like these can not only bring library services to a grinding halt, but can also destroy collections and even endanger employees. Preparing for the unexpected is the foundation of a library's best response. Expert Kahn comes to the rescue with this timely update of the best…
Descriptors: Emergency Programs, Libraries, Library Administration, Preservation
Dobbs, Cheri – Library Media Connection, 2011
Barcode scanning has become more than just fun. Now libraries and businesses are leveraging barcode technology as an innovative tool to market their products and ideas. Developed and popularized in Japan, these Quick Response (QR) or two-dimensional barcodes allow marketers to provide interactive content in an otherwise static environment. In this…
Descriptors: Nonprint Media, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Equipment
Breeding, Marshall – Computers in Libraries, 2012
In the library context, they depend on sophisticated business applications specifically designed to support their work. This infrastructure consists of such components as integrated library systems, their associated online catalogs or discovery services, and self-check equipment, as well as a Web site and the various online tools and services…
Descriptors: Equipment Maintenance, Technical Support, Information Technology, Technology Planning
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Summey, Terri; Gutierrez, Art – Journal of Access Services, 2012
Approximately five years ago, the library at Emporia State University started a laptop lending service to provide laptops for use in the library. The program has been highly successful. In the last few years, some modifications were made to the program, and netbooks were added. In this article, the authors will explore laptop programs in a variety…
Descriptors: State Universities, Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Equipment
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Blue, Elfreda V.; Pace, Darra – Knowledge Quest, 2011
Universal Design (UD) is widely used in architecture. It is evidenced in public and private spaces to ensure environmental access (facilities and equipment) to the broadest range of users. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based set of principles that provide a practical framework for using technology to maximize learning…
Descriptors: Learning Theories, School Libraries, Access to Education, Inclusion
Vardeman, Leesa; Davis, Chad; Manning, Niki – Educational Facility Planner, 2012
Society's view of the library has changed with each passing generation. What was once a quiet building full of books intended for the studious researcher is now becoming a place that combines print and technology, to encourage both the interactive and visual learners. Today's kids have access to both hardbound books as well as online resources,…
Descriptors: School Libraries, Motivation, Library Services, Library Equipment
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Smith, Fred W. – Journal of Access Services, 2010
An automated retrieval system, adapted from a commercial warehouse application, has been installed at Georgia Southern University and has been well accepted by patrons and library personnel due to its reliability, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and responsiveness. (Contains 1 figure.)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Books, Storage, Library Facilities
Furlong, Katherine – Computers in Libraries, 2009
Lafayette College is an undergraduate, private liberal arts and engineering school in Easton, Pennsylvania. In 2005, Lafayette rededicated its newly renovated library, complete with shared library/instructional technology facilities and a media studio. As originally envisioned, instructional technology (ITech) would have its own separate service…
Descriptors: Library Personnel, College Libraries, Educational Technology, Liberal Arts
Whitney, Ann; Garrett, Adam – Computers in Libraries, 2008
Although self-checkout technology has been around for about 15 years, cashiers have not yet needed to worry about being rendered obsolete. Many stores have added self-checkout, but a clerk still has to be stationed in the area to help with problems. While self-check technology has improved immensely over the years, it still has not caught on to…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Information Technology, Library Automation, Library Equipment
Smith, Pamela Soren – Computers in Libraries, 2008
In 2007, "Library Journal" and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation named Hanover's Howe Library one of four "Best Small Libraries in America." Hanover is an affluent community with a long history of support for the public library. In fact, the town's taxpayers support two: Howe and Etna Library, a small, independent institution in the village of…
Descriptors: Public Libraries, Library Services, Library Automation, Computers
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Skinner, Debra G. – Journal of Access Services, 2010
In the summer of 2004, Georgia Southern University began a library construction project that was to last 4 years. An important aspect was the installation of an Automated Retrieval System (ARC) to house a substantial portion of the library collections so that more space could be available for students, faculty, and the services to meet their…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Books, Periodicals
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