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The Information Literacy Imperative In Higher Education, Todd J. Wiebe Jan 2016

The Information Literacy Imperative In Higher Education, Todd J. Wiebe

Faculty Publications

This article contends that information literacy should be considered a standard component in a 21st century liberal education. It explores the role of libraries and librarians within this context while contrasting the "Google it" mentality with deep researching and critical thinking about information and the information-seeking process, both in libraries and in the free online environment.


Library Tour Evolution: Analog, Digital, Mobile, Michael J. Whitchurch Jan 2015

Library Tour Evolution: Analog, Digital, Mobile, Michael J. Whitchurch

Faculty Publications

Evolution is a progressive change from something inadequate in a given circumstance or environment to a new or modified state with the ability to perform better in that new environment or situation. Evolution occurs in organizations, organisms and processes. One aspect of evolution is the ‘survival of the fittest’ which is that the most adept at survival will continue and propagate. In technology it is much the same as one technology becomes obsolete (dies), it gives way to the next better able to serve. For examples consider the cassette tape or the LP record and their demise. Often technology changes ...


Qr Codes And The Library: The Library Audio Tour, Michael J. Whitchurch Jan 2011

Qr Codes And The Library: The Library Audio Tour, Michael J. Whitchurch

Faculty Publications

How do new college students learn about the library? What information do librarians provide to help connect them with the library, its resources and its importance to their academic success? How can we encourage student engagement with the library and all the information available to them, both print and online? All of these are questions to which college and university libraries struggle to find answers. Finding answers to these questions will increase usage of library space and resources, as well and improve the research abilities of the students. One method is through an introduction to or tour of the library ...


Shelf-Ready: Is It Worth The Money?, Jared L. Howland, Rebecca Schroeder May 2010

Shelf-Ready: Is It Worth The Money?, Jared L. Howland, Rebecca Schroeder

Faculty Publications

PDF of Powerpoint Presentation. This presentation was given at the Utah Library Association's Annual Conference in St. George, Utah.


Planning An Information Commons, Michael J. Whitchurch Jan 2010

Planning An Information Commons, Michael J. Whitchurch

Faculty Publications

Of the steps in implementing an information commons, one of the most important is the planning phase. In order for the planning and implementation to be a success, buy-in and support from library users and administrators is essential. The result of the planning process is a detailed planning document which will influence the success of the commons. The document should include plans for policy changes, space for the commons, staffing issues, and assessments, both before and after implementation. Even with all the planning completed, an evaluation of the viability of and desirability for a commons should determine whether a commons ...


Usability Of The Digital Library: An Evaluation Model, Judy Jeng Jan 2006

Usability Of The Digital Library: An Evaluation Model, Judy Jeng

Faculty Publications

Summary report from the 2004 ACRL Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship recipient


Google And The Print Library Initiative: To Scan Or Not To Scan, Peter A. Zuber Dec 2005

Google And The Print Library Initiative: To Scan Or Not To Scan, Peter A. Zuber

Faculty Publications

Already a strong presence on the web, Google has been of particular interest to those in the library industry, raising concerns over future roles that libraries and librarians would play in a Google-dominated, information-seeking world. Noted not only for its search capability, Google had previously demonstrated its desire to expand its role as an information provider with such tools as Google Earth (a remarkable 3-dimensional viewing tool of the planet), Google Scholar (a search tool designed to return only peer reviewed scholarly content) and Google News and Images (capable of searching thousands of news stories and retrieving a myriad of ...


What Is Usability In The Context Of The Digital Library And How Can It Be Measured?, Judy Jeng Jan 2005

What Is Usability In The Context Of The Digital Library And How Can It Be Measured?, Judy Jeng

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Professional Competencies For Reference And User Services Librarians, Jo Bell Whitlatch Jan 2003

Professional Competencies For Reference And User Services Librarians, Jo Bell Whitlatch

Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


The Jewish Community Library In Vienna: From Dispersion And Destruction To Partial Restoration, Richard Hacken Jan 2002

The Jewish Community Library In Vienna: From Dispersion And Destruction To Partial Restoration, Richard Hacken

Faculty Publications

On 25 October 2000, Austria’s first memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust was unveiled at the Judenplatz in Vienna. Conceived by Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal and designed by British sculptress Rachel Whiteread in the form of a nameless library, a concrete block displays shelves of books with their spines turned to the inside, enclosing an area made inaccessible by a permanently locked door. The outer memorial is designed to represent Jewish culture and learning that were lost forever in the Holocaust, while the empty space within symbolises the many readers of the library who did not live on ...


Opening The Front Door: Designing A Usable Library Web Site, Andrew Keck Jan 2001

Opening The Front Door: Designing A Usable Library Web Site, Andrew Keck

Faculty Publications

The library website is a significant access point to a library’s collections, resources, and services. A website can and should provide information about the library in a way that can be efficiently navigated and used by all library patrons. The usability of a library website can be improved through changes in organization and design informed by the experiences of real users. User expectations should be primary in determining the content, purpose, organization, and design of the site.


Professionalism In Librarianship: Shifting The Focus From Malpractice To Good Practice, Randy J. Diamond, Martha Dragich Jan 2001

Professionalism In Librarianship: Shifting The Focus From Malpractice To Good Practice, Randy J. Diamond, Martha Dragich

Faculty Publications

Much of the previous discussion in library literature about professional standards concerns librarian malpractice risks. After explaining why these risks have not materialized, this article examines the role of professional standards in fostering good practice in librarianship. Components of good practice include professional knowledge, core competencies, and professional values.


Unobtrusive Studies And The Quality Of Academic Library Reference Services, Jo Bell Whitlatch Jan 1989

Unobtrusive Studies And The Quality Of Academic Library Reference Services, Jo Bell Whitlatch

Faculty Publications

This article uses empirical data from a recent obtrusive study of reference performance to explore content validity and assumptions regarding unobtrusive studies. Data collected by author support the contention that improvements are highly desirable before conducting more unobtrusive studies of reference service. The two most important changes concern the development of test questions representing all types of queries and supplementing the correct fill rate with other measures of reference performance.


Tomorrow's Research Library: Vigor Or Rigor Mortis?, Richard Hacken Nov 1988

Tomorrow's Research Library: Vigor Or Rigor Mortis?, Richard Hacken

Faculty Publications

The gamut of futuristic visions in library literature—from optimistic to pessimistic, from realistic to fanciful. Contradictory answers to recurring questions are found: Can we finally say goodbye to Gutenberg? Will the library card be replaced by the telephone credit card? Will book ownership give way entirely to information access. Will "books without pages" and "libraries without walls" necessarily lead to librarians without jobs? Is it possible to set timetables? After past crystal ball gazers are compared, contrasted, and critiqued, positive plans for progress are suggested.


Academic Library Services: The Literature Of Innovation, Jo Bell Whitlatch, Judy Reynolds Jan 1985

Academic Library Services: The Literature Of Innovation, Jo Bell Whitlatch, Judy Reynolds

Faculty Publications

Innovation has the potential for increasing the effectiveness of information service. As a result of this interest in innovation, organizational theorists have begun to explore the effect of organizational design upon flexibility, creativity, and productivity of organizations. A review of existing literature, however, provides no comprehensive theory of organizational innovation. Research on organizational design and innovation in libraries could contribute to the systematic study of the impact of organization structure . Studies by Howard and Luquire indicate that traditional library organizations may inhibit change as well as the reexamination of values and service. Further study is needed to determine how libraries ...


Library Use Patterns Among Full- And Part-Time Faculty And Students, Jo Bell Whitlatch Jan 1983

Library Use Patterns Among Full- And Part-Time Faculty And Students, Jo Bell Whitlatch

Faculty Publications

Trends in higher education are toward part-time students and majors in professional fields which are associated with low library use. Research findings at San Jose State University, California and other academic libraries, demonstrate that declining library use may be a future trend. Declining use will further erode administrative support for library budgets. Libraries must become effective in identifying and meeting the information needs of new nontraditional students. User surveys establishing service priorities can be an effective tool in planning library service for future student and faculty populations.