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Guajardo, Richard; Brett, Kelsey; Young, Frederick – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2017
For the past several years academic libraries have been adopting discovery systems to provide a search experience that reflects user expectations and improves access to electronic resources. University of Houston Libraries has kept pace with this evolving trend by pursuing various discovery options; these include an open-source tool, a federated…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Case Studies, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing
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Tabacaru, Simona; Hartnett, Eric – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2017
Academic libraries are continually being asked to demonstrate their value. Showing benefits that provide financial value to the user community is one approach to meeting this challenge. With a focus on journal articles and monographs, the authors have analyzed course syllabi to determine the cost savings graduate students in psychology receive…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Value Judgment, Value Added Models, Journal Articles
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Carter, Sunshine; Traill, Stacie – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2017
Electronic resource access troubleshooting is familiar work in most libraries. The added complexity introduced when a library implements a web-scale discovery service, however, creates a strong need for well-organized, rigorous training to enable troubleshooting staff to provide the best service possible. This article outlines strategies, tools,…
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Troubleshooting, Electronic Libraries, Electronic Publishing
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Nicholson, Shawn W.; Bennett, Terrence B. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2017
This article considers how to communicate and interact with researchers about data management services. Using the premise that bad information is processed more thoroughly than good, the authors integrate that premise into an exploration of the alignment (or nonalignment) of library-emanating data management communications with the divergent…
Descriptors: Information Management, Communication Strategies, Researchers, Academic Libraries
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Brantley, Steve; Bruns, Todd A.; Duffin, Kirstin I. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2017
Modern digital scholarship requires faculty to navigate an increasingly complex research and publication world. Liaison librarians are uniquely suited to assist faculty with scholarly communication needs, yet faculty do not identify the library as a provider of these services. Proactive promotion of scholarly communication services by librarians…
Descriptors: Librarians, Competency Based Education, Library Services, Organizational Communication
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Park, Jung-ran; Yang, Chris; Tosaka, Yuji; Ping, Qing; Mimouni, Houda El – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
This study is a part of the larger project that develops a sustainable digital repository of professional development resources on emerging data standards and technologies for data organization and management in libraries. Toward that end, the project team developed an automated workflow to crawl for, monitor, and classify relevant web objects…
Descriptors: Professional Development, Pilot Projects, Educational Resources, Electronic Libraries
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Jarvis, Christy; Gregory, Joan M. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
With journal price increases continuing to outpace inflation and library collection funds remaining stagnant or shrinking, libraries are seeking innovative ways to control spending while continuing to provide patrons with high-quality content. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library reports on the evaluation, implementation, and use of…
Descriptors: Health Sciences, Special Libraries, Library Administration, Library Services
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Hulseberg, Anna – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
This article explores whether technical communicator is a useful model for electronic resources (ER) librarians. The fields of ER librarianship and technical communication (TC) originated and continue to develop in relation to evolving technologies. A review of the literature reveals four common themes for ER librarianship and TC. While the…
Descriptors: Models, Electronic Libraries, Minimum Competencies, Librarians
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Brightenburg, Cindy – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
The use of digital books is diverse, ranging from casual reading to in-depth primary source research. Digitization of early English printed books in particular, has provided greater access to a previously limited resource for academic faculty and researchers. Internet Archive, a free, internet website and Early English Books Online, a subscription…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, English Literature, Databases, Internet
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Young, Brian – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Providing financial incentives to faculty who adopt free educational resources in place of traditional textbooks is becoming more common in U.S. higher education institutions. The University of Mississippi (UM) offered liberal arts instructors the opportunity to apply for internal funding to replace one traditional textbook in their classroom with…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Surveys
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Hobbs, Kendall; Klare, Diane – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Starting in summer 2011, two librarians at Wesleyan University annually interviewed and directed usability studies with undergraduate students to determine how students interact with academic e-books. In 2014, the librarians used a campuswide quantitative survey to supplement these longitudinal qualitative findings. While students are increasingly…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Librarians, Undergraduate Students
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Beard, Regina M. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Graduate students lament the need to achieve the proficiency necessary to competently search multiple databases for their research assignments, regularly eschewing these sources in favor of Google Scholar or some other search engine. The author conducted an anonymous survey investigating graduate student knowledge or awareness of the open-access…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Periodicals, Access to Information, Electronic Publishing
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McCullough, Ian – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Journal usage in the Department of Polymer Science at the University of Akron from 2006 to 2011 was determined by counting citations within faculty-supervised dissertations and faculty publications. Ranked title lists were created and correlations between journal usage in faculty publications and faculty-supervised dissertations were measured…
Descriptors: Faculty Publishing, Doctoral Dissertations, Correlation, Citation Analysis
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McMillin, Bill; Gibson, Sally; MacDonald, Jean – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Animated maps of the library stacks were integrated into the catalog interface at Pratt Institute and into the EBSCO Discovery Service interface at Illinois State University. The mapping feature was developed for optimal automation of the update process to enable a range of library personnel to update maps and call-number ranges. The development…
Descriptors: Library Science, Users (Information), Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Bozarth, Sandra; Zhong, Ying – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
Libraries are making great efforts acquiring, maintaining, and promoting electronic book (e-book) collections; therefore, understanding what preference users have regarding e-books will help with current and future collection-development decisions. For librarians to provide e-book resources and services effectively, a thorough understanding of…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Books, College Libraries, College Students
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