Collection Development in Academic Libraries

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

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

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

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

The Information Commons and Learning Commons in the Academic Library: How it affects students, the building, and what could be the disadvantages.

The Information Commons and Learning Commons in the Academic Library: How it affects students, the building, and what could be the disadvantages. Post by: Marissa Mozek Information commons and learning commons are becoming more prevalent every day. Changing how the library looks and functions is happening with the continual innovations in technology and how they … More The Information Commons and Learning Commons in the Academic Library: How it affects students, the building, and what could be the disadvantages.

Use of Children’s Storytelling Sessions as Outreach by Jennifer Griffin

“Librarians who serve children know a wonderful secret…they know that every time they share a story, a game, a song with small children, they have a chance to light a flame of perception or leave a memory that will remain forever. It may even make a difference in an entire lifetime.” -Virginia Matthews (1997, pg … More Use of Children’s Storytelling Sessions as Outreach by Jennifer Griffin