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Mallon, Melissa – Public Services Quarterly, 2017
This issue's column focuses on online tools and resources available for leadership development of academic, public services staff. The resources are not targeted solely to professional librarians, but rather to all levels of library staff engaged with the public. In addition to inspirational and coaching videos, reviewers recommend resource guides…
Descriptors: Leadership Training, Library Services, Library Development, Staff Development
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Mallon, Melissa – Public Services Quarterly, 2015
One particular topic likely on the minds of many university faculty, staff, and administrators starting a new academic year is budgets. While budget constraints are nothing new to libraries, many academic departments are starting to see more cuts in areas of faculty research and curriculum development. Academic libraries are in a prime position to…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Academic Libraries, Library Development
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Moazeni, Sarah Leila – Public Services Quarterly, 2015
Digital Humanities (DH) is a hot topic, in demand and on the rise. This article begins with excerpts from job listings that were posted to the American Library Association's job list in a two-month span in spring 2015 and they seem to indicate that DH is an increasingly important competency and interest for academic librarians who perform…
Descriptors: Humanities Instruction, Information Science Education, Integrated Curriculum, Academic Libraries
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Fawley, Nancy; Krysak, Nikki – Public Services Quarterly, 2014
Some librarians embrace discovery tools while others refuse to use them. This lack of consensus can have consequences for student learning when there is inconsistent use, especially in large-scale instruction programs. The authors surveyed academic librarians whose institutions have a discovery tool and who teach information literacy classes in…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Surveys, Discovery Learning
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Kennedy, Sean P. – Public Services Quarterly, 2014
Today's electronic information landscape is growing exponentially with no signs of slowing. This poses a significant challenge for academic libraries. Librarians must continually learn and adapt to harness this explosion of resources. To fulfill their claim as the leaders in the information field they must be effective in providing access and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Library Services, Library Materials, Online Catalogs
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Dodge, Heather – Public Services Quarterly, 2013
The ability to navigate the vast ocean of available information and perform reference services in digital environments is an essential component of the job for most of today's reference librarians, especially those working in academic libraries. Reference librarians face a challenge: they must be highly skilled at searching for, locating, and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Information Science Education, Librarians
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Mattke, Ryan – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
The decision for libraries to make print collections available in a digital format has already been made. The question is how to go digital in a way that is practical (e.g., considering funding, staff time) and useful for patrons (both local and remote). Though creating digital versions of paper maps has been standard practice for a decade or more…
Descriptors: Maps, Special Libraries, Library Services, Academic Libraries
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Townsend, Whitney – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
Medical and health sciences libraries have incorporated the elements of evidence-based practice (EBP) into their reference services, instruction, and online resource development for years. While EBP focuses on the use of medical and health sciences literature in the clinical environment (i.e., making decisions about how to treat a particular…
Descriptors: Evidence, Medical Education, Medical Libraries, Information Literacy
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Kendrick, Kaetrena Davis – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
The core duties of the reference librarian inherently mandate that the work environment is not unlike a kaleidoscope: Students and faculty revolve within and around the library, and reference and public services workers do the same; every move temporarily redesigning the library, its collections, and even its very role on campus into something…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Reference Services, Library Services, Web Sites
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Kane, Danielle; Schneidewind, Jeff – Public Services Quarterly, 2011
As part of a focused, methodical, and evaluative approach to emerging technologies, QR codes are one of many new technologies being used by the UC Irvine Libraries. QR codes provide simple connections between print and virtual resources. In summer 2010, a small task force began to investigate how QR codes could be used to provide information and…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Electronic Libraries, Library Services, Coding
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Matava, Tobie; Coffey, Dan; Kushkowski, Jeffrey – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Today's academic library provides resources that users can access both physically in the library and virtually from academic offices. This increasing availability of online access means that information resources are no longer confined within library walls and librarians need to rethink how their constituents' information needs are being met.…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Academic Libraries, Library Services, Librarians
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McMillen, Paula; Fabbi, Jennifer – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Embedded librarianship is a relatively new term but is a fairly well-established stance in academic librarianship. While the terminology has certainly spawned new activities and vigorous new channels of communication, few are talking about the strategies for expanding and enhancing the position of the librarian and libraries organizationally once…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Librarians, Library Role, Case Studies
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Nault, Andre J. – Public Services Quarterly, 2010
Veterinary medical libraries and librarians are unique. There are now 33 veterinary colleges in North America, and in accordance with American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation, each has a library managed by an accredited librarian. Colleges with veterinary programs often maintain specialized branch libraries to support the degree,…
Descriptors: Medical Libraries, Academic Libraries, Professional Associations, Librarians
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Izenstark, Amanda K. – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
With virtual library services increasing, public services librarians may find themselves with questions such as: What instant messaging services (IM) are available? Which IM service would best suit my patrons' needs? Which IM service best suits my library's technology profile? This column describes the features and functionality of major instant…
Descriptors: Reference Services, Library Services, Computer Software Reviews, Computer Software Evaluation
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Bridgewater, Rachel; Deitering, Anne-Marie; Munro, Karen – Public Services Quarterly, 2009
At the 2008 ALA Annual Conference, a wonderful Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) preconference was presented entitled "Library Instruction 2.0: Building Your Online Instruction Toolkit". The presentation was enlightening and provided numerous and valuable recommendations for Web 2.0 sites that can facilitate and enliven library…
Descriptors: Electronic Libraries, Internet, Library Services, Library Instruction
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