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Mallon, Melissa – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
As academic librarians' professional and personal lives become busier and more varied, the need for tools to assist with accomplishing a myriad of tasks in a short time becomes even more necessary. Due to its ability to provide anytime and anywhere access to information, mobile technology offers a number of advantages for staying connected and…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Library Services, Librarians, Handheld Devices
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Mahraj, Katy – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
It is a truth not yet universally acknowledged that a venture based on information must be in want of a librarian. Librarians offer expertise in organizing and managing information, clarifying and supporting people's information needs, and enhancing people's information literacy skills. There are innumerable endeavors today in education, health,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Literacy, Online Courses
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Riehle, Catherine Fraser – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Ability to evaluate information is a critical component of information literacy. This article provides strategies for engaging students in learning about information evaluation in the contexts of the scientific publication cycle and communication in the digital age. Also included are recent findings regarding undergraduate student research…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Personality Traits, Teaching Methods, Constructivism (Learning)
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Ward, David; Phetteplace, Eric – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
The growth in number and kind of online reference services has resulted in both new users consulting library research services as well as new patterns of service use. Staffing in-person and virtual reference services desks adequately requires a systematic analysis of patterns of use across service points in order to successfully meet fluctuating…
Descriptors: Library Services, Reference Services, Library Research, Library Administration
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Prusin, Todd – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Medical librarianship is changing in health care environments. Since 1996, by which time the standards that determine how hospitals acquire accreditation changed, many hospitals have been acquiring accreditation without a qualified medical librarian on site. For that reason, it has become even more important that health care professionals,…
Descriptors: Medical Education, Research Methodology, Research Skills, Library Services
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Brinkman, Stacy N.; Hartsell-Gundy, Arianne A. – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
This paper outlines the case studies of two librarians who work closely with graduate students in fine arts programs. Realizing that graduate students can often experience a unique form of research anxiety, both librarians collaborated with faculty to embed themselves into the research methods courses of their programs. Both librarians found that…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Research, Fine Arts, Research Methodology
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Van Ullen, Mary; Kessler, Jane – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
In 2005, the authors reviewed citation help in databases and found an error rate of 4.4 errors per citation. This article describes a follow-up study that revealed a modest improvement in the error rate to 3.4 errors per citation, still unacceptably high. The most problematic area was retrieval statements. The authors conclude that librarians…
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Databases, Followup Studies, Citation Analysis
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Hagman, Jessica – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Twitter is a microblogging site, one where users send out messages of no more than 140 characters. The messages, known as tweets, can be seen by anyone who follows the account. Twitter is free, but free as in kittens, not as in pizza. To use it effectively, it will take time to learn the language and develop content. When used effectively, Twitter…
Descriptors: Web 2.0 Technologies, Library Automation, Library Development, Library Services
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Stortz, Martha – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
The pedagogy of library and information science appears to be experiencing somewhat of an identity crisis. Many LIS graduate programs teach librarianship within both a theoretical, academic context, as well as a practical, work-based context. Core courses for the MLIS/MIS degree usually include statistics and research, as well as a course on…
Descriptors: Information Science Education, Library Schools, Academic Libraries, Library Science
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Tomeo, Megan L. – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Alden Library began redesigning its website over a year ago. Throughout the redesign process the students, faculty, and staff that make up the user base were added to the conversation by utilizing several usability test methods. This article focuses on the usability testing conducted at Alden Library and delves into future usability testing, which…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Web Sites, Usability, College Students
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Roper, Kristin Grabarek; Sobel, Karen – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Librarians who provide virtual reference services often perceive that their patrons self-identify to some degree, even when transactions are anonymous. They also develop a sense of patrons' greatest research-related needs over time. In this article, two librarians analyze two years' worth of virtual reference transcripts to determine what patrons…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Reference Services, Computer Mediated Communication, Synchronous Communication
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Rybin, Amanda – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
As one might expect, visual literacy has particular necessity for the librarian who, like this author, works in a Visual Resources Center (VRC). Recently the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) published its updated "Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education." These standards succinctly introduce visual…
Descriptors: Visual Literacy, Visual Aids, Academic Libraries, Special Libraries
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Evans, Gwen – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
Libraries have incorporated all kinds of emerging or recently emerged technologies such as social media, mobile apps, e-books, and tablets into their services with differing levels of resource commitment and with vastly different timescales. Some libraries adopt a measured, policy-driven approach, spending a year or more on research, assessment,…
Descriptors: Technological Advancement, Adoption (Ideas), Academic Libraries, Library Services
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Watson, Alex P. – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
The J. D. Williams Library at the University of Mississippi launched a pilot program during the 2010 National Novel Writing Month, hosting related events to determine community demand and how such efforts could be quantified. Using participant-submitted word counts and the event's own tools, researchers were able to ascertain that such events had…
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Pilot Projects, Novels, Library Administration
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Logan, Firouzeh – Public Services Quarterly, 2012
This article describes a case study that best illustrates the value of student workers in university libraries, focusing particularly on how this kind of creative endeavor benefits everyone involved--the library, the students, the faculty, and at the end of the project: the university community. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Research Libraries, College Libraries, Student Employment, Partnerships in Education
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