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Assessing Value From The Digital Collection End-User: The Western Writers Series Digital Editions Experience, Thomas Hillard, Rick A. Stoddart May 2012

Assessing Value From The Digital Collection End-User: The Western Writers Series Digital Editions Experience, Thomas Hillard, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

How end-users and stakeholders value a digital collection is one of the most compelling questions in library assessment.This presentation reports on a series of interviews with stakeholders and potential end-users of the digital collection “Western Writers Series Digital Editions.” These interviews were undertaken to determine in what ways these digital humanities materials might be used by scholars and incorporated into their research process. Interview participants were identified through scholarly citations and works cited lists. The outcomes of these interviews are supplemented by additional interviews with the editors of the original print editions of the Western Writers Series, as well ...


You’Re Doing More Than You Think: Acknowledging The Small Victories In Assessing Digital Literacy Instruction, Rick A. Stoddart Apr 2012

You’Re Doing More Than You Think: Acknowledging The Small Victories In Assessing Digital Literacy Instruction, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

Digital and information literacies instruction is truly a daunting and multi-faceted undertaking. Many librarians have begun to scale back what can effectively be accomplished in a one-shot bibliographic session due to time constraints. Instead, some instructors have started to focus more deeply on teaching toward just a few information literacy skills (such as Evaluation) that can be accomplished in the limited timeframe available. This is definitely a sensible approach. However, while the focus is often on broader information literacy outcomes, there are many smaller digital literacy competences addressed during typical library instruction such as computer navigation and hardware skills. These ...


Assessing The Strategic Credibility Of Special Collections And Archives, Rick A. Stoddart, Erin L. Passehl Dec 2011

Assessing The Strategic Credibility Of Special Collections And Archives, Rick A. Stoddart, Erin L. Passehl

Rick A Stoddart

In this time of often precarious funding at many colleges and universities, any case that can be made to illustrate how a department strategically fits into the overall university mission is not only worth merit, but an essential survival technique. This “strategic credibility” within the university is a vital form of currency in determining institution-wide resources prioritization, collaboration opportunities between organizational units, and overall direction of departments. This poster provides a case study of academic special collections in the Northwest and examines the methods these departments use to demonstrate value to the university. This poster considers how well do special ...


Supplementing A Librarian's Information Literacy Toolkit With Textbooks: A Scan Of Basic Communication Course Texts, Melissa Kozel-Gain, Rick A. Stoddart Dec 2010

Supplementing A Librarian's Information Literacy Toolkit With Textbooks: A Scan Of Basic Communication Course Texts, Melissa Kozel-Gain, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

This inquiry subjectively examines selected basic communication textbooks for information literacy concepts from the communication discipline point of view. Librarians can build on these concepts in library skills instruction sessions for first-year communication students. This analysis reveals that communication textbook authors are addressing information literacy concepts and standards with content, exercises, examples, and, most importantly, context; and the authors are often utilizing their own discipline-specific terminology to do so. Because finding, using, and evaluating information is a cornerstone of communication education and because the most successful information literacy efforts result from learning its tenets in a variety of contexts, librarians ...


A Brief Statistical Snapshot Of Idaho School Principals, Rick A. Stoddart Dec 2010

A Brief Statistical Snapshot Of Idaho School Principals, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

No abstract provided.


Competing Perspectives: Communicating The Value Of School Librarians And Ict Skills To School Principals/Administrators, Rick A. Stoddart Dec 2010

Competing Perspectives: Communicating The Value Of School Librarians And Ict Skills To School Principals/Administrators, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

This paper will examine how LIS schools prepare pre-service librarians to communicate with school principal/administrators the importance and implementation of Information & Communication-Technology (ICT) standards. A recent state-wide study has shown that many school principals/ administrators derive their understanding as to the role of school libraries/ librarians from three main sources: personal experience (84.7%), on-the-job experience (81.3%), and informal communication with school librarians (80.7%).1 Obviously, school librarian interaction with principals/administrators has large impact on an administrator’s viewpoint on school libraries’/librarians’ educational efficacy. Unfortunately, those principals/administrators who relied on on-the-job experience as a knowledge base tended to assess their school or district’s teaching of ICT standards lower than those who had more formal training such as undergraduate/graduate coursework or professional development.2 Couple this finding with principals/administrators strongly seeing the desired roles of school librarians as instructional support (94.9%) and as a reading motivator (93.2%)3; and this results in a disjointed perception as to the responsibilities of the school librarian toward ICT skills within a school or district. Based on the results of the Idaho School Impact Study 2009, as well as drawing from the professional literature, this paper will outline how school librarians face competing perceptions from school administrators/principals as to their role and impact within a school/district. The paper will also seek to answer these questions: ● In facing these ...


Wrangling A Digital Collection Into Existence: The Boise State Western Writers Series Digital Editions, Rick A. Stoddart Jan 2009

Wrangling A Digital Collection Into Existence: The Boise State Western Writers Series Digital Editions, Rick A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

Wrangling a Digital Collection into Existence: The Boise State Western Writers Series Digital Editions. The distance between identifying an opportunity to implement a digital collection and actually getting it off the ground and onto the web is about as wide as the Grand Canyon. Learn about the trials, tribulations, and tears experienced in willing the Western Writers Series Digital Editions into an online existence. Navigating a new digital collection between multiple departments, server upgrades, and quirks in online hosting platforms is a hair-pulling thrill-ride! The audience will come away with a sense of what obstacles to look for and anticipate ...


Visual Timeline Of A Librarian's Life: Understanding The Themes, Opportunities, And Challenges Of The Stages In A Career In Library And Information Studies, R A. Stoddart Dec 2008

Visual Timeline Of A Librarian's Life: Understanding The Themes, Opportunities, And Challenges Of The Stages In A Career In Library And Information Studies, R A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

The poster will present a visual representation of the life span of a librarian from "birth" (entering the profession) to "death" (leaving the profession/retirement). Specific segments will be highlighted with associated details and supporting statistics broken out for easy reading. The timeline will be based on information from the LIS literature, including scholarly articles, statistical yearbooks, library management manuals, anecdotes about library work from trade journals, and published testimonials from fresh-eyed interns all the way to reflective retirees. What are the stages of a LIS career? What are the challenges at each stage? What are the milestones? How different ...


Corralling Digital Collections From Across The Region: A Survey Of Digital Collections In The Pacific Northwest, Amy Vecchione, Erin Passehl, R A. Stoddart Dec 2008

Corralling Digital Collections From Across The Region: A Survey Of Digital Collections In The Pacific Northwest, Amy Vecchione, Erin Passehl, R A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

Digital collections exist at all types of institutions throughout the Northwest. Wrangling these online resources all into one place is quite a challenge. This poster will raise awareness of and highlight digital collections both big and small throughout the region. The range of collections spans from historical documents detailing local histories to the digital repositories of official government business to photographs and objects documenting Northwest culture (music, art, environment). Librarians and teachers will learn what collections are freely available to the public, relavant to the reference desk and classroom, and meaninful to patrons and students. Libraries, archives, and special collections ...


Collaboration & Motivation For Digital Success: The Western Writers Series Digital Editions @ Boise State University, Erin Passehl, R A. Stoddart Dec 2008

Collaboration & Motivation For Digital Success: The Western Writers Series Digital Editions @ Boise State University, Erin Passehl, R A. Stoddart

Rick A Stoddart

Recently the Boise State University English Department and Albertsons Library collaborated on digitizing a collection of out-of-print editions of the Western Writers Series. Boise State publishes the Western Writers Series which consists of 50-60 page booklets of authoritative introductions to writers and classic texts that relate to literature of the American West. This poster will showcase the collaboration and motivation that went into the Western Writers Series Digital Editions. The motivation behind each stakeholders particpation in this project will be outlined. The collaboration tactics used when working with librarians, catalogers, archivists, academic units and the community at large will also ...


Striving For Success: Practical Advice For Reference Graduate Assistants, Brett Spencer, Amia Baker, Rick A. Stoddart, Sheri Helt, Adrienne Lee (Mcphaul), Bryan Tronstad Dec 2003

Striving For Success: Practical Advice For Reference Graduate Assistants, Brett Spencer, Amia Baker, Rick A. Stoddart, Sheri Helt, Adrienne Lee (Mcphaul), Bryan Tronstad

Rick A Stoddart

No abstract provided.