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Kelly Giles; Alyssa Young – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2024
In academic libraries there has been growing interest in developing better ways to diversify collections, but STEM collections are sometimes overlooked. To better understand current practices and challenges, a survey was distributed to librarians with STEM collection responsibilities in the summer of 2021. Results from the survey indicated that…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarian Attitudes, STEM Education, Library Materials
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Paige J. Dhyne; Alyssa Nance – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2024
Historical and modern scientific thought is dominated by the English language, colonized science, patriarchal norms, and Westernized "ways of knowing." By making materials that lie outside that narrative discoverable (e.g., non-Western science, Indigenous/Aboriginal knowledge, women in science, etc.) we can assert that science is a…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Library Materials, Library Services, Metadata
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Reycraft, Kimberly – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2020
Construction management is a growing field with strong job prospects and expanding educational opportunities. It is closely related to business and engineering. This article provides an introduction and overview of collection development for academic librarians supporting construction management, from the perspective of the author's experiences at…
Descriptors: Library Services, Construction Management, Academic Libraries, Bachelors Degrees
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Williams, Betsy; Harvey, Barbara C.; Kierkus, Christopher – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2019
This study aimed to determine which information resources Grand Valley State University (GVSU) alumni from four health science programs utilize in clinical practice. It also explored alumni opinions of their educational experiences at GVSU in relation to information literacy and library resources. A survey was administered to alumni who had…
Descriptors: Information Utilization, State Universities, College Graduates, Health Sciences
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Salami, Malik Oyewale; Olatokun, Wole Michael – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
The authors analyzed 21,005 citations from 124 Ph.D. theses submitted to ten departments in the Faculty of Science, University of Ibadan, in Nigeria, during the period 2006 to 2013. The overall analysis of the cited information sources revealed that journals (67.6%) were the most cited sources, followed by books/monographs (13.6%), and conference…
Descriptors: Citation Analysis, Citations (References), Doctoral Dissertations, Foreign Countries
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Ritchie, Stephanie M.; Young, Lauren M.; Sigman, Jessica – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
Agricultural researchers and science librarians must understand which research literature databases provide the most comprehensive coverage of agricultural subjects to support their inquiries. Once the domain of a few specialized databases, agricultural research literature is now covered by broad, multidisciplinary databases. The purpose of this…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Bibliographic Databases, Scientific and Technical Information, Agriculture
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Flaxbart, David – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2018
A citation analysis of chemistry PhD dissertations at the University of Texas at Austin yielded data on how often graduate students cite books in their bibliographies, and on the characteristics of the books cited, in terms of age and local ownership. The analysis examined samples of dissertations selected from five discrete years--1988, 2006,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Citation Analysis, Chemistry, Books
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Dunn, Linda K.; Xie, Shiyi – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2017
How can academic libraries ensure their standards collections meet the teaching and research needs of science and engineering faculties? Nowadays, most academic libraries face financial constraints that greatly impact collection development. This article documents an academic library's experience with standards collections and the investigation…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Materials, Foreign Countries, Science Education
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Dawson, Diane – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2015
In late 2012, it appeared that the University Library, University of Saskatchewan would likely no longer be able to afford to subscribe to the entire American Chemical Society "Big Deal" of 36 journals. Difficult choices would need to be made regarding which titles to retain as individual subscriptions. In an effort to arrive at the most…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academic Libraries, Chemistry, Library Materials
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Williamson, Jeanine; Fernandez, Peter; Dixon, Lana – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
The economic downturn of 2007-08 forced many academic libraries in the United States to cancel journals. We surveyed life sciences librarians from ARL libraries to find out about their experiences with journal cancellations during 2008-12. Overall, we discovered that two factors were essential in decision-making: faculty consultations and data.…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Materials, Periodicals, Surveys
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Powell, Jill H. – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2014
Jill Powell, engineering librarian from Cornell University, visited the library at NASA Goddard in Greenbelt, Maryland in July 2013, interviewing library staff and selected NASA scientists. She studied the library's digital projects, publications, services, and operations. She also interviewed several NASA scientists on information-seeking…
Descriptors: Public Agencies, Government Libraries, Research Libraries, Space Sciences
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Spence, Michelle; Mawhinney, Tara; Barsky, Eugene – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
Science and engineering libraries have an important role to play in preserving the intellectual content in research areas of the departments they serve. This study employs bibliographic data from the Web of Science database to examine how much research material is required to cover 90% of faculty citations in civil engineering and computer…
Descriptors: Computer Science Education, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Citation Analysis
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Zhang, Jian – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2012
This paper discusses the author's experience directing the Purple Mountain Observatory Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in Nanjing, China. Routine collection development, management and preservation issues are described, and the unique challenges and opportunities involved in operating a remote observatory library are highlighted.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Research Libraries, Astronomy, Library Administration
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Miller, Laura Newton – Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 2011
This paper will focus on the citation analysis of graduate masters theses from Carleton University's Biology Department with implications for library collection management decisions. Twenty-five masters theses were studied to determine citation types and percentages, ranking of journals by frequency of citation and by number of authors citing, and…
Descriptors: Library Materials, Masters Theses, Biology, Periodicals
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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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