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Kosmos
Astronomia Astrofizyka
Inne

Kultura
Sztuka dawna i współczesna, muzea i kolekcje

Metoda
Metodologia nauk, Matematyka, Filozofia, Miary i wagi, Pomiary

Materia
Substancje, reakcje, energia
Fizyka, chemia i inżynieria materiałowa

Człowiek
Antropologia kulturowa Socjologia Psychologia Zdrowie i medycyna

Wizje
Przewidywania Kosmologia Religie Ideologia Polityka

Ziemia
Geologia, geofizyka, geochemia, środowisko przyrodnicze

Życie
Biologia, biologia molekularna i genetyka

Cyberprzestrzeń
Technologia cyberprzestrzeni, cyberkultura, media i komunikacja

Działalność
Wiadomości | Gospodarka, biznes, zarządzanie, ekonomia

Technologie
Budownictwo, energetyka, transport, wytwarzanie, technologie informacyjne

Journal of Library Innovation

Over the last decade, libraries have faced enormous budgetary challenges when it comes to implementing new technologies. These challenges are very pronounced in rural areas where libraries struggle to develop and define a path for purchasing and replacing systems that have become outdated. The author attempted to create a unit to replace aging OPAC terminals and to provide a low cost computing option for budget constrained rural libraries. The initial attempt detailed in this paper involved purchasing and configuring an APC 8950 Rock single board computer. Unfortunately, due to limitations of this APC unit’s existing Android based operating system, the initial effort failed to yield a computer that could be used in a library by average patrons. Future plans are outlined for the development of a second system using the more broadly accepted Raspberry Pi platform. The success of this technological endeavor may empower libraries and patrons in their communities to have more control of the technology they develop and use in the future.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/300 2014/05/16 - 15:04

Academic library budgets are contracting while library usage is increasing. How can academic libraries best help campuses reduce costs and better serve their communities? One strategy is collecting campus-created content online and making it available through the campus Institutional Repository. All faculty, including tenure track and adjuncts, at California State University San Marcos were invited to participate in a brief Web-based survey with both quantitative and qualitative questions. With an 18% response rate, the survey results indicate a strong interest in free or reduced cost educational materials, as well as a high level of concern about the cost of educational materials. Faculty responses indicate they are looking for alternatives to high priced curriculum materials, and are looking to the library for assistance. The crisis in scholarly communication and educational budgets is coming together to create a surge of support for free or low cost educational resources. Many campuses across the country have created programs to support open educational resources, with the main push coming from campus libraries or librarians. The data from this survey and examination of current campus climate, combined with the analysis of implementation factors by other organizations, will bolster the argument for libraries to create open repositories for campus scholarship.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/333 2014/05/16 - 15:04

This paper compares current responsibilities of systems librarians supporting the traditional ILS with anticipated responsibilities associated with supporting the next- generation ILS. An examination of how the roles of systems librarians will change due to the migration to the next-generation ILS is included. The method used for this study was content analysis of online job banks with archives of five years of job postings. The analysis results demonstrate a shift is happening in the primary roles and responsibilities of systems librarians supporting the next-generation ILS. The job responsibilities are becoming more human/organizations related than those positions supporting the traditional ILS where responsibilities are concentrated on information technology. Overall, this suggests that systems librarians are expected to manage much less in terms of tasks directly related to information technology. Consequently, systems librarians should re-engineer themselves accordingly so that they will be able to support more critical issues in the library.  

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/326 2014/05/16 - 15:04

While academic librarians have long engaged in marketing, it has typically been in the limited sense of promotion and advertising. Application of the marketing concept, with the realization of a marketing orientation as a long term goal, redirects the library to actively seek out user needs and then to design and provide services and resources that will meet those needs. When fully realized, marketing is a bidirectional process in which user needs are determined, services developed, and feedback obtained to assess how effectively the library has addressed the needs. This eliminates the necessity to “sell” services, allowing the library to spend the majority of its efforts on further innovation. The article provides an explanation of the marketing concept and orientation contrasted with the much more common production orientation. The concepts are illustrated through models and a description of the marketing effort as it has developed in the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/310 2014/05/16 - 15:04

Since its inception in 2007, the Strategic Directions Microgrant Program (SDMP) at the University of Houston Libraries has funded a wide variety of activities, from late-night pancake suppers for students to technology training for librarians. This paper describes the origin, implementation, and evolution of the SDMP and presents the program as a potential model for other libraries interested in developing a small grants program that encourages creative, entrepreneurial projects to advance strategic goals.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/321 2014/05/16 - 15:04

When faculty were asked to use online assignments to make up the class time lost due to Hurricane Sandy, librarians at Lehman College’s Leonard Lief Library spotted a new opportunity for the Library’s Web comics. This article describes the partnership between the Library and the College’s Art Department that led to the development of the Web comics, provides readers with a model for responding to circumstances creatively, and puts forward an approach for combining digital learning objects with writing assignments to meet faculty needs.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/315 2014/05/16 - 15:04

Given one month to produce a weeding list of 4,000-5,000 monographs, librarians at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado developed a plan to make quick assessments while minimizing mistakes and protecting key works in the collection. The innovative process, utilizing keyword filtering and color coding in Microsoft Excel, could prove valuable to any library with limited staffing for weeding. Though the process is not suggested to replace ongoing deselection in collaboration with faculty, the method can be used to create focused weed lists to save valuable staff time.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/307 2014/05/16 - 15:04

The authors describe a learning exercise for an English composition information literacy instruction session that merges technology with active learning and is fun and engaging. Librarians introduced digital cameras into library instruction. Students filmed one another as they searched the online catalog to locate call numbers, investigate subject headings, and find books on the shelves. This active learning exercise infused technology and fun with the important skill of using the library’s catalog to locate sources of information. Students gained comfort with using the library, they enjoyed the experience, and they interpreted the exercise in creative ways.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/306 2014/05/16 - 15:04

The Northeast Campus Library of Tarrant County College District in Texas used a Title III Grant to support an innovative project consisting of repurposing old laptops as digital exhibition platforms available to students, faculty and staff. A small number of the frames are used for library promotion displaying FAQs, new acquisitions, and events. The rest of the digital frames are used for exhibition purposes. The project’s mission is to promote student success by increasing library attendance, promote the use of library services by building dynamic and long-term partnerships with other departments, and provide exposure and recognition to students, faculty and staff members. This paper describes the project from the grant application to the preparation and installation of the frames, as well as the evaluation of the project.  

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/309 2014/05/16 - 15:04

This paper describes how a game of Humans vs. Zombies was coordinated and hosted by the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University. A survey was designed to discover students’ attitudes and perceptions and evaluate whether hosting such an event was a worthwhile use of library resources. Analysis of survey results revealed value in hosting such an event as a means of orienting students to the library while increasing positive feelings about the library as a social and study space.    

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/320 2014/05/16 - 15:04

A review of the Web-based tracking tool, Gimlet.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/342 2014/05/16 - 15:04

A review of Michelle Reale's Mentoring & Managing Students in the Academic Library.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/349 2014/05/16 - 15:04

A review of Implementing Virtual Reference Services: A LITA Guide.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/354 2014/05/16 - 15:04

A review of The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students, edited by Randall McClure and James P. Purdy.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/356 2014/05/16 - 15:04

A review of Patrick Ragains' Information Literacy Instruction That Works: A Guide to Teaching by Discipline and Student Population. 

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/369 2014/05/16 - 15:04

In August 2011, a cohort of 30 Oregon State University Libraries and Press librarians and staff received free e-readers (Kindle Keyboards, Nook Simple Touches, Kobo Touches, and Sony PRS-350 Reader Pocket Editions) to use and adopt as they wished. In return, they were asked to participate in a year-long study exploring factors influencing their decisions to embrace or reject the e-readers.By removing barriers to trialing e-readers, investigators sought to: 1) understand the difficulties and hurdles encountered when adopting and using an e-reader; 2) explore factors that influenced library faculty and press staff to embrace or reject e-reader technology; and 3) learn if the experience of trialing e-readers would lead to enhanced services. The investigators used Everett M. Rogers’ innovation-decision process as a theoretical framework to analyze participants’ e-reader adoption. Key findings confirm that trialing new technology is crucial to determining if the technology fits an individual’s needs and is necessary to inform the development of library services and professional knowledge. 

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/314 2013/10/30 - 19:23

Research shows that undergraduate students struggle with the initial stage of the research process, mainly identifying and defining a topic. Little current research addresses how undergraduates engage in this process, including how and where they seek help. The results of focus groups indicate that students have individual and varied methods for topic selection, but that many of them choose topics based on their perception of a few major characteristics, mainly perceived ease, pleasing the instructor/following the assignment, personal relatability and/or interest, and the ability to locate sufficient resources to research a topic. Many students identified their instructor as a person to ask for assistance, but fewer recognized a librarian’s role in this process. This article identifies how embedded librarians might better assist students with this difficult piece of the research process.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/269 2013/10/30 - 19:23

This article provides an overview of free and open source software (FOSS) and the variety of solutions that libraries are implementing in order to better serve their patrons and more efficiently manage their collections. In addition, two case studies from academic libraries in Zimbabwe demonstrate how librarians implemented FOSS solutions that allowed these libraries to meet patrons’ needs and increased library usage.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/261 2013/10/30 - 19:23

This paper relates the traditional academic library to the expression, “don’t pave the cowpath”. Originating in the IT world, this expression means to not integrate technology into an established practice without assessing whether the process is still effective or still needed. Even though sustaining technologies have simplified information retrieval and library tasks, library organizational structure and processes remain pretty much unchanged. This article discusses the cowpath that academic libraries have followed for decades and the challenges disruptive technologies pose to the traditional model. It looks at how one academic library rejected tradition, got off the cowpath and created a different kind of academic library—one that is innovative and fits the mission of an experimental new college.  

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/278 2013/10/30 - 19:23

Library orientation literature suggests a need for hands-on activities to reinforce learning outcomes. Cleveland State Community College Library, while constrained by time, staffing, and renovation, was able to collaborate with the campus orientation committee to develop an interactive, activity-based library orientation session during the college new student orientation.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/270 2013/10/30 - 19:23

This case study documents how a structured group of library staff coordinates external communications and promotions activities at the University of Regina, a mid-sized liberal arts, publicly funded, post-secondary institution in Western Canada. The paper discusses the value of having promotions activities tied to objectives in a library’s strategic plan. There is a discussion about promotions strategies undertaken within the library, with other academic and administrative units on campus, and with organizations off campus. Implementing an undergraduate library award has been the most ambitious project and, along with purchasing branded promotions items, has required the most funding. The author illustrates how library staff, having little or no promotions experience but possessing creativity and a desire to inform and collaborate, can run a successful external communications and promotions program.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/271 2013/10/30 - 19:23

Twitter is a relatively common platform through which libraries can connect with their user communities. However, it also represents an innovative tool for professional development by allowing library and information sciences (LIS) professionals to communicate and share information across distance and time. Using data gathered from a workshop activity, this article explores the attitudes of new and emerging professionals towards Twitter, including barriers to usage and how these can potentially be reduced. The results indicate that some librarians are still reluctant to fully utilize it as a continuing professional development tool for a variety of reasons. Promoting strategies that specifically address these concerns may help to increase the level of engagement with Twitter by the LIS community as an innovative learning and development resource.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/296 2013/10/30 - 19:23

Making information literacy instruction engaging to learners can be a challenge. Making it engaging in an online, asynchronous setting can be even more daunting. As students seek more opportunities for online learning, it’s becoming increasingly important to develop information literacy instruction that will promote engagement and enhance learning in the online environment. Team-Based Learning is a method of instruction that has transformed the atmosphere of a face-to-face information literacy course. This article explores the design and implementation of an online version of the same course where many of the benefits of Team-Based Learning were successfully transferred to the online setting.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/273 2013/10/30 - 19:23

This article explores the promotion of a young adult literature collection to promote pleasure reading and literacy among the students of Bowling Green State University. Due to the rising crossover appeal of many YA titles among adults, an established but underused young adult collection within the library was identified as a way to serve students looking for popular titles. An effort to promote YA literature throughout the library was subsequently undertaken. Results showed an increase in circulation of YA literature, reflecting a desire for recreational reading and a willingness among college students to read YA literature.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/248 2013/10/30 - 19:23

Librarians at Westminster College developed and implemented a yearlong faculty and staff professional development experience using ACRL’s “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” as a framework. Traditionally, fostering student mastery of selected standards is perceived as the librarians’ job while other standards are thought to fall primarily under the purview of the teaching faculty. In particular, librarians are hesitant to address some of the more complex learning outcomes in standards three and four, such as the students’ ability to synthesize and use information to develop new knowledge. These information literacy components fall into a no man’s land between the generally accepted roles for librarians and teaching faculty. This article describes the experience of librarians at Westminster College leading a faculty and staff Learning Community that addressed these information literacy elements. We share our observations and insights along with the readings and activities that made up the syllabus for the Learning Community.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/297 2013/10/30 - 19:23

A review of Tabatha Farney's and Nina McHale's Web Analytics Strategies for Information Professionals: A LITA Guide.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/319 2013/10/30 - 19:23

A review of Laura Solomon's The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/330 2013/10/30 - 19:23

A review of Michelle Boule's Mob Rule Learning: Camps, Unconferences, and Trashing the Talking Head.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/323 2013/10/30 - 19:23

This article considers preliminary findings from ethnographic fieldwork undertaken in Australia and Canada in do-it-yourself (DIY) libraries and archives. These spaces are usually run on small or no budgets, often in squatted or donated spaces, with no paid staff. They are motivated by a DIY ethos, and often have a connection to so-called “underground” communities. In this article the author responds to Chris Atton’s model of librarian-as-ethnographer, which argues that information workers can draw on ethnographic methods to build cultural maps of grassroots and DIY communities. The author proposes that there are information professionals already in these communities, and their roles in both professional and DIY libraries enhances the librarian-as-ethnographer model by providing an insider perspective that may mediate tensions between the two collection spaces. The author draws on her fieldwork in zine libraries, infoshops, and social centers as example.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/223 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Attracting teenagers to libraries has always been a challenge. To do this, the Children’s Centre Library of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka combined a book club and a football club and made active library membership a prerequisite for joining.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/215 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Bridgewater State University has a dynamic, highly visible, and increasingly successful Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) that supports students and their faculty mentors with developing research opportunities. Students working on undergraduate research projects have sought the help of librarians, but the librarians had never been directly involved as mentors. A librarian mentor and student library worker collaborated on a project to develop an online library guide, which is used by faculty and student researchers for discovering social justice resources, and found new paths to teaching and learning information literacy skills.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/241 2013/03/28 - 11:04

NJVID, New Jersey’s statewide digital video portal and repository, was created to provide a sustainable, flexible, and scalable digital video management and delivery infrastructure to serve all educational and cultural heritage institutions in New Jersey. This article describes its implementation and demonstrates the benefits of collaboration to make video more accessible.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/204 2013/03/28 - 11:04

The challenges associated with implementing and supporting new technologies in public libraries are numerous and multi-faceted. In a time when trends in computer and mobile technology quickly come and go, providing consistent and quality technical support can be difficult. While librarians have traditionally struggled to keep many patrons up to date in terms of digital literacy, they face an equally tough time attempting to introduce new software, applications, and devices. This paper serves two purposes. The first is to identify and articulate trends in technology training and how this increases the usage of library eBooks and reference services. Secondly, it serves to chronicle the planning and evaluation process of a new technology instruction program and its lasting effects.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/239 2013/03/28 - 11:04

A majority of United States public libraries now offer eBooks to their patrons. While much focus in library literature has been given to how public libraries license digital content and the various disputes with publishers that this has entailed, much less attention has been paid to users. This article addresses this gap in library literature by providing a case study of Chatham Community Library’s adoption of eBooks from a user services perspective. Chatham Community Library is a dual-use public and community college library in central North Carolina. The authors describe the development and evolution of eBook instruction sessions that are now regularly offered at the library and how the staff serves patrons, especially older adults, who use eBooks. The authors also discuss the implications of eBooks for public libraries, how eBooks complement the library’s existing print collections, and how eBooks promote transliteracy. Particular attention is given to decision-making and to details that might benefit other librarians developing similar instruction programs.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/235 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Review of Wyoma van Duinkerken and Pixie Anne Mosley's The Challenge of Library Management: Leading with Emotional Engagement.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/293 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Review of David Shumaker’s book The Embedded Librarian: Innovative Strategies for Taking Knowledge Where It's Needed.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/292 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Review of David Lee Kning's book face2face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/294 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Review of Robin Neidorf's book Teach Beyond Your Reach: An Instructor’s Guide to Developing and Running Successful Distance Learning Classes, Workshops, Training Sessions, and More.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/291 2013/03/28 - 11:04

Encouraged to explore and implement technology, many librarians create screencasts to supplement library instruction. Without a structured creation process, a number of communications issues can result, including: duplication of topics; absence of library branding; and lack of centralized availability to all screencasts. To create a more cohesive online presence, establishing a communications plan is recommended. This article is an account of the University Libraries within the State University of New York at Buffalo’s early experiences with screencasting, assessment of screencasting services, and the consequent development of a coherent communications plan and best practices document regarding video and screencast production.  

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/205 2012/11/02 - 07:35

This report describes a case study using a collaborative model of problem-based learning in library instruction as an innovative alternative to traditional methods. The authors examine the use of problem-based library instruction in three courses, including an examination of the results of the assignment students were given as part of the exercise. The authors found that the problem-based learning model increased student engagement with library resources and provided a mechanism for identifying and correcting deficiencies in students’ information literacy knowledge and skills. If a specific session of library instruction is intended to provide guidance on the use of the library for a particular assignment or project, then using a problem-based learning approach in collaboration with teaching faculty is a simple way to improve library instruction.

http://www.libraryinnovation.org/article/view/201 2012/11/02 - 07:35