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Customizations Of Web-Scale Discovery Tools In Alabama's Public & Independent College And University Libraries: A Longitudinal Study, Harry Nuttall, Hanrong Wang Feb 2017

Customizations Of Web-Scale Discovery Tools In Alabama's Public & Independent College And University Libraries: A Longitudinal Study, Harry Nuttall, Hanrong Wang

The Southeastern Librarian

As digital technology developed to a point that electronic searching for information became practical, librarians began a quest for the Holy Grail of a single-search option that had the potential to harvest search results from the entirety of a library’s holdings. Initially it was hoped that federated searching might be this option, but federated searching was found unequal to the task. Response time was slow and could skew relevance rankings (Thompson, 2013). Further, the first generation of federated search engines proved not nearly capable of searching the totality of a library’s holdings. Something more was needed. That something ...


Measuring (The Value Of) Space: A Case Study Of A Collaborative Assessment Of An Academic Library’S Physical Collections, Diana Reid, Margo Smith Apr 2013

Measuring (The Value Of) Space: A Case Study Of A Collaborative Assessment Of An Academic Library’S Physical Collections, Diana Reid, Margo Smith

The Southeastern Librarian

The Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville decided it would be valuable to obtain a detailed picture of the space usage in the Library’s physical collections, in order to help resolve ongoing space problems, to create a working document for continued maintenance of the Library’s physical collections and to provide data for library administration to use in support of future space planning. To this end, the Physical Collections Task Force (Task Force) was formed. The Task Force’s charge was as follows: “To determine present and future space needs for the Ekstrom Library collections; produce a written ...


Read Fest: Academic Library Programming For Pre-Kindergarten Students, Laura Wright, Michael Holt Oct 2012

Read Fest: Academic Library Programming For Pre-Kindergarten Students, Laura Wright, Michael Holt

The Southeastern Librarian

Three factors influence an academic library’s decision to interact with the community; a need expressed from the community, the mission of the library, and a response to a specific problem (Schneider 2003). Odum Library at Valdosta State University (VSU) developed Read Fest in response to a perceived need in the community and in support of the library’s mission. Historically, South Georgia has had a high illiteracy rate; according to the National Center for Education Statistics most recent (2003) estimates, an average 22% of residents in Lowndes County and its neighbors lack basic literacy skills. Read Fest is an ...


They Sought Our Help: A Survey Of One-On-One Research Assistance At The University Of Tennessee Lupton Library, Sarla R. Murgai Apr 2012

They Sought Our Help: A Survey Of One-On-One Research Assistance At The University Of Tennessee Lupton Library, Sarla R. Murgai

The Southeastern Librarian

Providing research assistance on an individual basis to patrons has long been a standard service in the panoply of services at many academic libraries. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) Lupton Library describes its one-on-one research service as follows: "if you are new to using the library resources, can’t find the right source for your paper or need a demonstration of a database, need help in tracking an obscure article, or have any other questions that require a little extra help, Lupton Library offers one-on-one research help to students and faculty. You many request a research appointment online ...


Popcorn N' Picture Books: Promoting Children's Books In Academic Libraries, Laurie Charnigo, Carley Suther Oct 2007

Popcorn N' Picture Books: Promoting Children's Books In Academic Libraries, Laurie Charnigo, Carley Suther

The Southeastern Librarian

The educational value of children’s literature is supported by a numerous body of research. Helping children to read, write, develop fluency, critical thinking skills and multicultural awareness are just a few of the essential benefits children’s books provide. During the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, children’s book publishing has risen from a small publishing venture to big business. About 2,000 books were published for children in 1960. By the nineties, this number increased to 5,000 and has continued to rise. The “voluminous body of high-quality literature” published yearly makes selection by librarians difficult. As Bernice Cullinan ...


Virtual Reference Service In Southeastern Academic Libraries: A Study Of Availability, David L. Dehart, Ann Viles Apr 2007

Virtual Reference Service In Southeastern Academic Libraries: A Study Of Availability, David L. Dehart, Ann Viles

The Southeastern Librarian

Academic libraries are experiencing a gradual decline in the number of reference transactions. In a recent compilation of statistics for members of the Association of Research Libraries, for example, the median numbers of reference transactions reported fell from 134,944 in 1998 to 66,300 in 2005, an average drop of 4.6% per year (Kyrillidou and Young 2006). Traditional reference transactions still greatly outnumber virtual transactions in most libraries, but there is some speculation that virtual reference will overtake traditional reference in the near future. In an attempt to establish a baseline for the availability of virtual reference services ...


Creating A Reading Culture In An Academic Library, Kathy A. Campbell, Debbie O'Brien, Jean Flanigan Apr 2005

Creating A Reading Culture In An Academic Library, Kathy A. Campbell, Debbie O'Brien, Jean Flanigan

The Southeastern Librarian

Aliteracy is becoming a growing concern on college campuses, including East Tennessee State University (ETSU). Several years ago, a colleague emailed the librarians at Sherrod Library an article from the online edition of the Washington Post (Weeks 2001) about a graduate student at Park University in Kansas City who was making it through school by skimming texts, drawing information and themes from dust jackets, watching television, and listening to audio books. Jeremy Spreitzer, the focus of the Washington Post story, represented the growing number of students in the United States who are aliterate. After discussing this article at our faculty ...


Collaborating With Campus Administrators And Faculty To Integrate Information Literacy And Assessment Into The Core Curriculum, Jim Jenkins, Marcia Boosinger Jan 2003

Collaborating With Campus Administrators And Faculty To Integrate Information Literacy And Assessment Into The Core Curriculum, Jim Jenkins, Marcia Boosinger

The Southeastern Librarian

This article describes the efforts of faculty at Auburn University Libraries in identifying opportunities for librarians, classroom faculty, campus administrators and those in charge of curriculum planning and change to collaborate on developing an institutional information literacy and assessment program.