Academic Libraries and the Retention of New Employees: Three Fundamental Approaches by McKenzie Langford

When we hear the word “retention,” at least in the context of librarianship, our first thought will generally be of the student patrons for an academic library. This is an obvious connection, but for the time being, this post will shift gears and consider retention in terms of the professional librarians and library staff that … More Academic Libraries and the Retention of New Employees: Three Fundamental Approaches by McKenzie Langford

Academic Media Center Collections, Past and Present by Preston Helms

Media centers, for many academic libraries, play an important role in supporting curricula, by providing education materials. These materials may be in the form of video or audio in various formats. Collections in media centers today often incorporate many various new technologies, from streaming video to 3D printing. In contrast, many collections still retain much … More Academic Media Center Collections, Past and Present by Preston Helms

Service to the Profession: Resume Building or Valuable Work Experience? By Asia Hall

Service to the profession: Resume building or valuable work experiences By Asia Hall Service to the profession is an innocuous term for performing many different types of activities, both on and off the clock that are supposed to benefit your profession. I don’t know if other professions outside of librarians have service to the profession … More Service to the Profession: Resume Building or Valuable Work Experience? By Asia Hall

Interoperability, Data Quality and the Management of E-Resources by Matthew Harrington

Outsourcing the management of electronic resources has significantly reduced the autonomy academic libraries have over their collection’s metadata, as well as the ways in which that data is collected, organized, and made available to the library. Yet the ephemerality of electronic resource metadata makes quality control burdensome and costly on the corporate end and necessitates … More Interoperability, Data Quality and the Management of E-Resources by Matthew Harrington

Changing demographics in academic libraries by Bryan Brugger

Changing demographics in Academic Libraries   Higher education in the early United States: While universities and colleges have been in existence for centuries, and their presence in the United States precedes its formation as a country, there has been an unprecedented change occurring in the arena of higher learning in the last several decades. The … More Changing demographics in academic libraries by Bryan Brugger

Collaborative Collection Development in Academic Libraries by Ashley T. Hoffman

The theme of collection development in academic libraries over the past few years has been limited budgets and limited space (Lehman, 2014, p. 169). One solution to save money while also conserving precious library real estate is collaborative collection development. Collaborative collection development is when two or more libraries agree to pool a portion of … More Collaborative Collection Development in Academic Libraries by Ashley T. Hoffman

Collection Development in Academic Libraries by Myland Desameau

GOVERNANCE: Governance is necessary in the academic library setting to establish who is in charge of decision making and designation of leadership roles. Most libraries seems to function on shared governance. This applies mainly with decisions made on collection development. Authors Alire and Evans (2010) states that “it is the idea that all participants in … More Collection Development in Academic Libraries by Myland Desameau

“Race Matters”: Racial Microaggressions & Everyday Racism in Academic Libraries by Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch

“Race Matters”: Racial Microaggressions & Everyday Racism in Academic Libraries Post by: Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch America’s Shifting Demographics We are presently in the middle of two major demographic shifts in America: racial and ethnic minorities are gradually becoming the numerical majority and at the same time we are witnessing the graying of America (Taylor, 2015). At … More “Race Matters”: Racial Microaggressions & Everyday Racism in Academic Libraries by Yolanda Bergstrom-Lynch

A Feel for the Flip

By: John R. Wallace A Feel for the Flip A recent development in educational pedagogy is the use of the “flipped classroom” model of instruction. At the core of the flipped model is a simple shift. To create a flip, an instructor moves content delivery to outside the classroom while replacing the previously passive in-class lecture time … More A Feel for the Flip

Archives, Education and Outreach: Mission very Possible – Beatrice Shepherd Chuites

I began to have an interest in archives and special collection becoming more involved in the education of students within the class room when I took a Marketing Class for my MLIS degree. One of the most important aspects that I took from this class was to find out how patrons viewed the services of … More Archives, Education and Outreach: Mission very Possible – Beatrice Shepherd Chuites