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Gowen, Elise – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019
Science curricula in academic settings increasingly emphasize the importance of fostering students' science communication skills through coursework and projects. One technique used to build students' multimedia communication skills is digital storytelling. Digital storytelling allows students to tell a subjective story that engages an audience's…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Role, Story Telling
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LaLonde, Tara; Piekielek, Nathan – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
Geospatial services in academic libraries are now common at many institutions, especially in the United States. The challenge now faced by geospatial services providers is to evolve and adapt their skills and service offerings in response to changes in research, teaching, and learning communities. Online survey instruments are a common tool used…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Geographic Information Systems, Maps
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Musser, Linda – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2016
Research communications today are largely conducted by digital means. At this time, however, only a small percentage of these digital communiques are archived and preserved for future use. This article provides an overview of the challenge of this digital grey literature, a brief overview of digital archiving, and the role librarians and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Library Role, Librarians, Researchers
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Wang, Ting; Vezenov, Dmitri V.; Simboli, Brian – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
This paper discusses use of the wiki software Confluence to organize research group activities and lab resources. Confluence can serve as an electronic lab notebook (ELN), as well as an information management and collaboration tool. The article provides a case study in how researchers can use wiki software in "home-grown" fashion to…
Descriptors: Group Activities, Research Administration, Student Research, Courseware
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Butkovich, Nancy J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2010
In 2002, plans to merge Penn State's Physical Sciences Library and Mathematics Library provoked a controversy in the Eberly College of Science over the size of the library needed to support its departments. The College contended that a physical collection no more than 5 years old was adequate. A study of astronomy, chemistry, mathematics, physics,…
Descriptors: Followup Studies, Sciences, Electronic Libraries, Information Retrieval
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Rimland, Emily; Butkovich, Nancy J.; Musser, Linda – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2008
Two science branch libraries at Penn State's University Park campus hosted film series centered on scientific documentary films. Although the reasons for starting the series differ, both have been successful in meeting their goals. Patron responses have been favorable, and the series have focused attention on the collections and services offered…
Descriptors: State Programs, Documentaries, Films, Library Services
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Meier, John J. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2008
This paper describes chat widgets, chunks of code that can be embedded on a web site to appear as an instant messaging system, and how they can be used on a science library web site to better serve library users. Interviews were conducted concerning experiences at science and humanities libraries and more similarities than differences were…
Descriptors: User Satisfaction (Information), Research Libraries, Internet, Humanities
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Green, Lois; Hughes, Janet; Neff, Verne; Notartomas, Trish – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2008
In spring of 2006, a task force was charged to look at the feasibility of acquiring hand-held inventory devices for the Pennsylvania State University Libraries (PSUL). The task force's charge was not to look at the whole concept of doing an inventory, but rather to focus on the feasibility of acquiring hand-held devices to use in an inventory.…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Library Services, Library Automation, Handheld Devices