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Peters, Timothy – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2018
Central Michigan University (CMU) provides a unique opportunity to study the impact of the move from face-to-face to online classes on student use of virtual reference services. As enrollments in face-to-face, off-campus classes declined between 2010 and 2016, the number of reference questions asked of the distance librarians declined at a…
Descriptors: College Students, Universities, Online Courses, Reference Materials
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Rogers, Kristin – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2018
As information becomes readily available at an instant, library users today have a high expectation of how quickly books are available for use. Therefore, librarians must evaluate purchasing models and how they meet the needs of today's patrons. A study was done at the University of Mississippi Libraries comparing usage statistics between patron…
Descriptors: College Libraries, Electronic Publishing, Librarians, Reading Material Selection
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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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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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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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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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Mune, Christina; Agee, Ann – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
With the increasing prevalence of e-books in academic library collections, faculty and librarians have begun to express concern regarding the accessibility of these digital texts for students with physical or learning disabilities. To begin addressing these concerns, the California State University System's Affordable Learning Solutions…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Academic Libraries, Library Materials
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Gustafson, Julia Chance; Meese, Brenda L. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2016
This article will highlight key points in the process of collaboration, creation, and assessment of a digital collection intended to be used initially as a classroom tool, in addition to being a model of digital scholarship that can be used for research from anywhere in the world. This project originated from a class assignment for a course in…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Females, Physical Education, Womens Athletics
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Ohler, Lila – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2013
In this article, the author discusses the future potential of electronic resources management (ERM) organization, within the development of the next-generation integrated library systems (ILS), as a very promising strategy. This also presents enormous challenges to ERM librarians though, especially on how to determine standards and workflows. The…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Best Practices, Librarians, Management Systems
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Duncan, Vicky; Kumaran, Maha; Lê, Mê-Linh; Murphy, Susan – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2013
Mobile devices are being extensively adopted by health sciences faculty, students, and practitioners, but there is little evidence of how this technology is being used by health librarians in their own professional practice. In 2011, health sciences librarians at the University of Saskatchewan undertook a project to familiarize themselves with…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Academic Libraries, Librarians, Health Sciences
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Cooper, Mindy M. – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2013
Fueled by the pressing need for electronic resource usage statistics, librarians are finding themselves being thrust into the role of hunter-gatherer. This article discusses the work done at University Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to provide usage statistics for all its paid subscriptions for a 3-year period. The…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Use Studies, Electronic Journals
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England, Lenore – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Welcome to the new "Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship" column entitled "ERM Ideas and Innovations," which will appear in each issue of JERL for the next 2 years, and possibly more, beginning with this issue. The overall focus of each column will be to introduce and expand ideas, discuss innovations, and ultimately encourage and foster…
Descriptors: Library Science, Innovation, Cooperation, Librarians
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Shapiro, Steven – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
Database cancellation is one of the most difficult tasks performed by a librarian. This may seem counter-intuitive but, psychologically, it is certainly true. When a librarian or a team of librarians has invested a great deal of time doing research, talking to potential users, and conducting trials before deciding to subscribe to a database, they…
Descriptors: Databases, Librarians, Library Services, Libraries
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Shapiro, Steven – Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, 2012
There is a "clash of civilizations" going on in the information field--a clash characterized by a brash upstart, Google, and its attendant creations, Google Scholar and Google Books, and the old guard represented by the library world. Librarians who deprecate Google Scholar or simply ignore the Google phenomenon do so at their own risk. Google…
Descriptors: Research Tools, Primatology, Library Instruction, Search Engines
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