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Dangerous Liaisons: Brainstorming The 21st Century Academic Liaison, Antje Mays Oct 2019

Dangerous Liaisons: Brainstorming The 21st Century Academic Liaison, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Academic liaison roles have seen massive changes over time and grown into an ever-broadening range of duties. What began as subject-focused collection involvement has evolved into a mix of instruction, reference, and various forms of course-embedded services, all while also retaining the earlier focus on subject-specific collection management.

This paper outlines current research on academic liaison roles and summarizes the interactive exchanges from the 2018 Charleston Conference Lively Session on academic liaisons. Through live polling and discussion, session participants identified key functions and core competencies for liaisons, as well as factors contributing to success or hindrance for liaison success. Key ...


Future And Value: The Library As Strategic Partner, Antje Mays Oct 2019

Future And Value: The Library As Strategic Partner, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Broader economic trends spawn budget pressures for education and libraries, prompting a plethora of studies on the value and relevance of libraries. Numerous reports on economic decline in libraries and studies with mixed pronouncements on the value of libraries have led to a negative self-image within the library profession. Yet libraries' leadership in connecting learners to knowledge is at the heart of producing many of the key skills sorely needed in robust societies and economies. Librarianship has many untapped opportunities for positioning itself as a prominent strategic partner. This paper outlines current research on the economic and societal context for ...


Beautiful Connector: Collection Showcase Exhibits As Teaching Tools And Community Builders, Antje Mays Sep 2019

Beautiful Connector: Collection Showcase Exhibits As Teaching Tools And Community Builders, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Libraries’ quest to strengthen connections with their constituencies often finds expression in new services and repurposed user spaces. Some literature portrays libraries as focusing away from collections toward new trends in library portfolios, but showcasing collections can prove very effective in bringing the library and user communities closer together. This article recounts two recent library collection showcase exhibits as successful examples of bolstering stakeholder connections: The first collections exhibit showcased books on Chinese language, literature, culture, art and architecture, history, and medicine received through the Window of Shanghai program. The second collections exhibit showcased scholarly books, U.S. government publications ...


Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho Jul 2019

Libraries As Sustainability Leaders: Ala’S Special Task Force, René Tanner, Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Monika Antonelli, Adrian K. Ho

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This article discusses the work of the American Library Association (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability, which identified 52 recommendations, including the adoption of sustainability as a core value of librarianship. The group aims to promote libraries as catalysts, connectors, and conveners to promote sustainability, resilience, and regeneration. The Task Force is guided by the concept of the triple bottom line, which states that an organization’s practices must be not only economically feasible but also socially equitable and environmentally sound. The article also provides examples of how libraries engage in sustainable practices to support the cities and towns they ...


Distinction For The Library Profession: Taking A Page From The Business Playbook, Antje Mays Jan 2019

Distinction For The Library Profession: Taking A Page From The Business Playbook, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Library and information professionals have much to offer the world-at-large, yet are often under-recognized beyond the sphere of librarianship. Looking beyond traditional library advocacy, this second article in the "Mayflower: Ode to New Beginnings" presents theory and practice of recognition-building strategies from the business world -- strategies applicable to librarianship: The article looks to the business playbook for building connections with the broader community and thereby enhancing the profession’s exposure.


Project Management In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Nov 2018

Project Management In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This issue's "New and Noteworthy" column focuses on several books, journal articles, and websites that will serve as an introduction to project management in library and information organization settings.


Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays Sep 2018

Mayflower: Ode To New Beginnings — A New Column For New Times With A Positive Mission, Antje Mays

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Numerous studies and articles downplay the value of libraries, citing instances of library defunding, layoffs, and outright closures, along with studies on the waning usefulness of libraries based on flawed quantifiables. Such pronouncements spread fear of obsolescence and irrelevance, contributing to dissatisfaction in the library profession. Yet polls in the United States and Great Britain reveal the library profession's enduring value among the most trusted professions.

To kick off the column "Mayflower: Ode to New Beginnings", this article frames library pressures in a context of broader trends affecting economic and educational conditions, examines professional stewardship and the library profession ...


Design Thinking In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2018

Design Thinking In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This issue's New and Noteworthy column summarizes recent publications on design thinking, an iterative and collaborative problem-solving methodology finding applications in public, school, academic, and other library settings.


Illustrating A Technical Manual: Copyright And Fair Use In A Real World Professional Context, Karyn Hinkle Jun 2018

Illustrating A Technical Manual: Copyright And Fair Use In A Real World Professional Context, Karyn Hinkle

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This lesson was developed for students preparing to enter professional practice who were assigned to write and/or illustrate a technical howto manual on a topic of their choice (how to put on ski boots, draw blood, use a fitness tracking app, etc.). The teaching librarian conducts a class session on finding and creating images to illustrate the manuals and teaches differences between using copyrighted and non-copyrighted images. The students work on finding images in the public domain, creating their own images, and incorporating copyrighted images via Creative Commons licenses and the principle of fair use. Librarians can teach this ...


Philanthropy And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2018

Philanthropy And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

A review of several recent articles, books, and websites on the topic of philanthropy and fundraising in libraries and information organizations.


Helping First-Year Students Consider Multiple Perspectives And Think More Broadly Through A Freewriting Activity, Beth Fuchs Apr 2018

Helping First-Year Students Consider Multiple Perspectives And Think More Broadly Through A Freewriting Activity, Beth Fuchs

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This article addresses how an in-class freewriting activity was designed to inspire learning by addressing student research behavior—all informed by articulated student needs and encounters with published research. First, I will describe the freewriting activity, and then, I will share how students’ needs and published research aided in both its initial creation and a subsequent revision.


Book Review: International Librarianship At Home And Abroad, Jennifer A. Bartlett Apr 2018

Book Review: International Librarianship At Home And Abroad, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

What is meant by “international librarianship”? The term can be difficult to define, potentially encompassing a vast array of library activities, including collecting materials published abroad, participating in librarian exchanges, and attending international library conferences.


You Too, Can Prevent Librarian Burnout, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2018

You Too, Can Prevent Librarian Burnout, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Contrary to popular opinion, libraries present numerous challenges and stressors to their employees that can contribute to occupational burnout. This New and Noteworthy column presents recent resources including books, journal articles, and online resources discussing the unique issues of librarian burnout.


Book Review: Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’S Future In An Uncertain World, Jennifer A. Bartlett Jan 2018

Book Review: Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’S Future In An Uncertain World, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Although the concept of “sustainability” has many possible meanings, its connection to environmental issues is perhaps the most familiar. Thus, a reader coming across Rebekkah Smith Aldrich’s new book might assume that it is primarily about how libraries can best demonstrate stewardship of environmental resources. While this is certainly one important piece of the discussion, Sustainable Thinking has a much larger goal: advocating the capacity of libraries to build communities, whether it be through environmental, financial, leadership, political, or other initiatives.


Book Review: Students Lead The Library: The Importance Of Student Contributions To The Academic Library, Jennifer A. Bartlett Oct 2017

Book Review: Students Lead The Library: The Importance Of Student Contributions To The Academic Library, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Academic libraries, often said to be the “heart of the university,” owe their existence and importance to the students they serve. Students are at the core of the library mission, driving decisions in collections, services, innovation, outreach, and research support. However, their direct role in institutional planning is minimal, and their primary role is most often that of library user. Given their importance to libraries, how can students actively participate in library success? Students Lead the Library offers several examples of student involvement in action, or, as editors Sara Arnold-Garza and Carissa Tomlinson state, “this book seeks to elevate the ...


Just Breathe–Mindfulness And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2017

Just Breathe–Mindfulness And Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

The benefits of mindfulness practice techniques, including meditation and reflection, are the subject of several recent articles, books, and online resources.


When It’S Just You: The Challenges Of Solo Librarianship, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2017

When It’S Just You: The Challenges Of Solo Librarianship, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

A review of three recent publications focused on the challenges and opportunities of being a solo, or one-person librarian (OPL).


Keeping On Top Of Tech, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2017

Keeping On Top Of Tech, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This month's column focuses on key resources to help library professionals learn about trends and advances in library information technology, including industry news, products, services, and vendors.


The United States Agricultural Information Network: Accomplishments Through Strategic Collaboration, Antoinette Paris Greider, Barbara S. Hutchinson Jan 2017

The United States Agricultural Information Network: Accomplishments Through Strategic Collaboration, Antoinette Paris Greider, Barbara S. Hutchinson

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

For more than thirty years the United States Agricultural Information Network (USAIN) has been a major player in the dissemination and preservation of agricultural information. Beginning as a network of institutions, USAIN early on restructured to an individual-based organization. As a community of practice, USAIN members conduct work through committees and interest groups and maintain close communication through a variety of outlets. Biennial conferences offer face-to-face networking opportunities, and conference scholarships have been successful in engaging potential new members directly in organizational activities. The results of a survey of scholarship winners provide insights into perceptions of the organization and the ...


Workplace Bullying: A Silent Epidemic, Jennifer A. Bartlett Nov 2016

Workplace Bullying: A Silent Epidemic, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Although current books and news articles on workplace bullying are generally available, those dealing with bullying in a library setting are not as widespread. This New and Noteworthy column reviews recent library-specific materials on issues unique to workplace bullying and mobbing in libraries.


The Value-Added Organization: Beyond Business As Usual, Jennifer A. Bartlett Aug 2016

The Value-Added Organization: Beyond Business As Usual, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Value-added services are essential in today's libraries to ensure that they remain important and relevant to our users. Recent literature highlights how libraries can and should explore value-added initiatives, including enhanced catalogs, makerspaces, tagging, and more.


Internet Reviews: Maps And Geographic Information Systems, Jennifer A. Bartlett Jul 2016

Internet Reviews: Maps And Geographic Information Systems, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Making Oral History Interviews Accessible At The Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History, Kopana Terry, Judy Sackett Jul 2016

Making Oral History Interviews Accessible At The Louie B. Nunn Center For Oral History, Kopana Terry, Judy Sackett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Using The I-Learn Model For Information Literacy Instruction, Stacey Greenwell Jun 2016

Using The I-Learn Model For Information Literacy Instruction, Stacey Greenwell

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

With the increasing availability of information and the importance of lifelong information literacy (IL) skills, instructional designers, school media specialists, and librarians need to determine how to best design IL teaching in order to help students locate, evaluate, and use information more effectively. This paper describes the first experimental research study conducted to determine how teaching designed using the I-LEARN model could increase student understanding and application of IL concepts and offer recommendations for future implementations of the model. The experimental study described in this article examined whether IL skills teaching designed using the I-LEARN model increased student understanding and ...


Creating A Knowledge Infrastructure: Km In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett May 2016

Creating A Knowledge Infrastructure: Km In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Knowledge management (KM) is an essential management function involved the identification, gathering, and sharing of a library's information assets. This column discusses recent KM books, articles and websites of interest to library managers.


Book Review: Fundamentals Of Technical Services, Julene L. Jones Apr 2016

Book Review: Fundamentals Of Technical Services, Julene L. Jones

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

This latest monograph in the ALA Fundamentals Series continues the series’ mission of providing a broad overview of an area of library science. Written by a Cataloging Librarian and an Acquisitions Librarian from New Mexico State University Library, Fundamentals of Technical Services communicates the conceptual practices clearly and succinctly. The tone of writing clearly conveys the authors’ enthusiasm and passion for technical services and emphasizes the crucial role that technical services staff play in providing access to resources through purchasing, cataloging, physical processing, and authority control.


[Review Of] Scholarly Metrics Under The Microscope: From Citation Analysis To Academic Auditing, Adrian K. Ho Feb 2016

[Review Of] Scholarly Metrics Under The Microscope: From Citation Analysis To Academic Auditing, Adrian K. Ho

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

No abstract provided.


Just Give ‘Em Something New? How We Think About Innovation In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett Feb 2016

Just Give ‘Em Something New? How We Think About Innovation In Libraries, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Innovation is widely considered to be an essential component of a successful library, but what does it mean? This issue's "New and Noteworthy" column focuses on just a few of the many recent books and articles discussing the innovation and why it needs to be a topic of conversation and action among library and information services leaders.


Book Review: Adding Value To Libraries, Archives, And Museums: Harnessing The Force That Drives Your Organization’S Future, Jennifer A. Bartlett Jan 2016

Book Review: Adding Value To Libraries, Archives, And Museums: Harnessing The Force That Drives Your Organization’S Future, Jennifer A. Bartlett

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

Value in libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations has traditionally been centered on collections and services. Today’s libraries are looking at new ways to make their operations valuable to their patrons. Adding Value is geared toward library managers and administrators focusing on understanding, identifying, planning, and implementing services with an eye toward new definitions of value.


Exploring Collaborative Stewardship Of Government Information In The Southeast: The Aserl Collaborative Federal Depository Program, Cheryle Cole-Bennett, Sandra Mcaninch, Heath Martin Jan 2016

Exploring Collaborative Stewardship Of Government Information In The Southeast: The Aserl Collaborative Federal Depository Program, Cheryle Cole-Bennett, Sandra Mcaninch, Heath Martin

Library Faculty and Staff Publications

There has long been great interest in the “collaborative stewardship” of federal government information among library deans and directors and documents librarians in the southeastern United States, who seek a new vision for managing federal depository collections that focuses on local needs and interests while also supporting these collections as a regional asset. In 2006 the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) took steps toward realizing a collaborative model of stewardship by establishing its first program to explore options for cooperative services and collection management of tangible federal government publications. This initiative was fueled both by concerns about diminished public ...