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2014

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“Fu Hao”, “Fu Hao”, “Fuhao” Or “Fu Hao”? A Cataloger’S Navigation Of An Ancient Chinese Woman’S Name, Junli Diao Nov 2014

“Fu Hao”, “Fu Hao”, “Fuhao” Or “Fu Hao”? A Cataloger’S Navigation Of An Ancient Chinese Woman’S Name, Junli Diao

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Chinese language catalogers’ work is not only challenged by the revolution in cataloging standards and principles, but also by ancient Chinese names that emerged in archaeological discoveries and Chinese classic texts, which create a significant impact on records description and retrieval in terms of consistency and accuracy. This article takes an example of an ancient Chinese lady’s name that is inconsistently romanized and described in OCLC and attempts to explore the appropriate form in an authority record through the consulting both Western and Eastern scholarly practices. This article has a further investigation of the evolving history of pre-Qin Chinese names …


Open Scholarship For Open Education: Building The Justpublics@365 Pooc, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz, Polly Thistlethwaite, Jessie Daniels Nov 2014

Open Scholarship For Open Education: Building The Justpublics@365 Pooc, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz, Polly Thistlethwaite, Jessie Daniels

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This article outlines the collaboration between librarians at the Graduate Center Library of the City University of New York (CUNY) and JustPublics@365 (http://justpublics365.commons.gc.cuny.edu/about/), an initiative designed to open scholarly communication in ways that connect to social justice activism, part of which involved producing an open, online interdisciplinary course with a geographical focus on East Harlem. This Participatory Open Online Course, or POOC, was developed locally without a licensed provider platform or licensed scholarly content. It was designed to be open to CUNY students, to citizens of East Harlem, and to a global public with an interest in social …


Automate The Internet With “If This Then That” (Ifttt), Steven Ovadia Oct 2014

Automate The Internet With “If This Then That” (Ifttt), Steven Ovadia

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The article evaluates a web-based service called "If This Then That" (IFTTT), which connects web services to each other in ways that have implications for academics.


A Low-Hassle, Low-Cost Method To Survey Student Attitudes About Library Space, Jennifer Poggiali, Madeline Cohen Oct 2014

A Low-Hassle, Low-Cost Method To Survey Student Attitudes About Library Space, Jennifer Poggiali, Madeline Cohen

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This article discusses how two members of the space planning committee at Lehman College library created a brief paper survey, distributed it to students in the library, and designed a Google spreadsheet to enable the committee to work as a group to compile results. We provide our survey tool as an example; explain how we simplified data compilation through a “quick and dirty” coding process; outline step-by-step instructions on how to design a Google spreadsheet that enables many librarians to input survey results consistently; and describe our mistakes and “lessons learned.” We believe our practical approach could be easily implemented …


Do We Speak The Same Language? A Study Of Faculty Perceptions Of Information Literacy, Jonathan Cope, Jesús E. Sanabria Oct 2014

Do We Speak The Same Language? A Study Of Faculty Perceptions Of Information Literacy, Jonathan Cope, Jesús E. Sanabria

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The authors analyze twenty in-depth interviews with faculty members about how they perceive information literacy (IL) to examine two key factors: how disciplinary background influences conceptions of IL among faculty members in academic departments and how the instructors’ perception of information literacy differs from that of professionals in library and information science. The investigators analyzed these interviews by utilizing a phenomenological method. The faculty members were interviewed at a four-year college, the College of Staten Island, and at a community college, the Bronx Community College, both part of the City University of New York.


Tech Services On The Web: Remember The Milk; Http://Www.Rememberthemilk.Com, Monica Berger Sep 2014

Tech Services On The Web: Remember The Milk; Http://Www.Rememberthemilk.Com, Monica Berger

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Brief review of productivity app and website, Remember the Milk, with focus on tasks of technical services and electronic resources librarians.


Commuter Students Using Technology, Mariana Regalado, Maura A. Smale Sep 2014

Commuter Students Using Technology, Mariana Regalado, Maura A. Smale

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  • A multi-year qualitative study of undergraduates at six colleges at the City University of New York focused on how, where, and when students accomplished their academic work and how the presence or absence of access to technology helped and hindered them.
  • CUNY students have an average commute time of 45–60 minutes each way and typically use public transportation, making commuting a defining feature of undergraduate life at CUNY that offers both opportunities and challenges.
  • The study sought to understand how students made time and found space to do their schoolwork outside of class, including their use of technology for coursework. …


Student Reading Practices In Print And Electronic Media, Nancy M. Foasberg Sep 2014

Student Reading Practices In Print And Electronic Media, Nancy M. Foasberg

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This paper reports a diary-based qualitative study on college students’ reading habits with regard to print and electronic media. Students used a form to record information about their reading practices for twelve days, including length of reading event, location, format used, and the purpose of reading. Students tended to use print for academic and long-form reading and to engage with it more deeply. Although electronic resources were sometimes used for academic purposes, students often used them for shorter and nonacademic reading. Students found electronic media convenient, but most of them did not wish to switch to electronic media for their …


Processing Government Data: Zip Codes, Python, And Openrefine, Frank Donnelly Jul 2014

Processing Government Data: Zip Codes, Python, And Openrefine, Frank Donnelly

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While there is a vast amount of useful US government data on the web, some of it is in a raw state that is not readily accessible to the average user. Data librarians can improve accessibility and usability for their patrons by processing data to create subsets of local interest and by appending geographic identifiers to help users select and aggregate data. This case study illustrates how census geography crosswalks, Python, and OpenRefine were used to create spreadsheets of non-profit organizations in New York City from the IRS Tax-Exempt Organization Masterfile. This paper illustrates the utility of Python for data …


An Examination Of Embedded Librarian Ideas And Practices: A Critical Bibliography., Carl R. Andrews Jul 2014

An Examination Of Embedded Librarian Ideas And Practices: A Critical Bibliography., Carl R. Andrews

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Although this annotated bibliography is primarily targeted to library science professionals in an academic setting, the literature examined can very easily support secondary and college level general education teaching initiatives. The majority of the literature examined in the list comes from journal articles. The author focused primarily on actual case studies that take place in an undergraduate academic setting. Attention was paid to community colleges and schools where there are students in need of remediation. The author was also interested in seeking out literature that addressed the needs of student academic success after an embedded program was implemented. Non-traditional embedded …


Researchgate And Academia.Edu: Academic Social Networks, Steven Ovadia Jul 2014

Researchgate And Academia.Edu: Academic Social Networks, Steven Ovadia

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The article reviews the websites ResearchGate and Academia.edu, both of which are social networks.


Beyond A Common Approach: Teaching Students The Ethical Practice Of Reference, Lisa A. Ellis Jul 2014

Beyond A Common Approach: Teaching Students The Ethical Practice Of Reference, Lisa A. Ellis

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This article describes the creation and use of case studies to help teach the ethical practice of reference. There are considerations for applying the case study method in reference which require cumulative preparation through the study and reinforcement of reference values, functions, behaviors, and ethical codes. The strategies for writing ethical case studies in reference are detailed. Overall, case studies on the ethical practice of reference are valued for promoting reflection and active learning in library science students through analysis and discussion.


The View From Interlibrary Loan Services: Catalyst For A Better Research Process, Beth Posner Jul 2014

The View From Interlibrary Loan Services: Catalyst For A Better Research Process, Beth Posner

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No abstract provided.


Where Roads Meet: Electronic Resources And The Current Information Management Climate, William M. Blick Jun 2014

Where Roads Meet: Electronic Resources And The Current Information Management Climate, William M. Blick

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Information management is in flux. Electronic resources are now an essential aspect of Library operations. This presentation was designed to explain the role of electronic resources in an academic library. It traces the "life-cycle" of electronic resources and how the implementation of these resources is determined.


Flipping The Lehman College Classroom A Library – Business Department Collaboration, Madeline Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, Deborah Sanders Jun 2014

Flipping The Lehman College Classroom A Library – Business Department Collaboration, Madeline Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, Deborah Sanders

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No abstract provided.


Information Literacy Instruction And Assessment : A Collaborate Design, Carlos Arguelles Jun 2014

Information Literacy Instruction And Assessment : A Collaborate Design, Carlos Arguelles

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No abstract provided.


Opening Remarks To Outing Lorraine At The Schomburg Center, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz May 2014

Opening Remarks To Outing Lorraine At The Schomburg Center, Shawn(Ta) Smith-Cruz

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This article is an edit of the opening remarks for the event held on May 22nd, 2014 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as part of the In The Life Series supplying Black LGBT programming coordinated by Steven Fullwood. Outing Lorraine included panelists: Alexis DeVeaux, Joi Gresham, and Steven Fullwood and was moderated by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz. Opening remarks provide a biographical description of Lorraine Hansberry's life, prepare the audience for a conversation on the implications for "outing" a black iconic figure, details the purpose for use of primary and secondary sources when, and provides a bibliography for …


How Cuny Students Create And Negotiate Learning Spaces, Maura A. Smale, Mariana Regalado May 2014

How Cuny Students Create And Negotiate Learning Spaces, Maura A. Smale, Mariana Regalado

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As commuters CUNY undergraduates employ various strategies to find time and space to be students. While students’ constraints may be invisible to faculty and staff, they may affect engagement in students’ academic work. We interviewed CUNY students to learn how they study in various locations. Knowledge of the student experience outside the classroom can inform strategies to increase student success.


Making Electronic Databases Functional On The Library Website: A Practical Approach, Kanu A. Nagra May 2014

Making Electronic Databases Functional On The Library Website: A Practical Approach, Kanu A. Nagra

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This paper presents a process on making electronic databases functional on the library website for on and off campus access for optimum use. It covers the steps after the price, license terms and conditions are finalized between library and vendor and the decision is made by library and subject experts to subscribe or purchase the database. The operational workflow steps can be challenging for new professionals when implementing it for the first time. The step by step approach provided in this paper is meant to help new professionals in strategic planning, organizing the structure and management of library databases provision, …


Beyond Satisfaction: Understanding And Promoting The Instructor-Librarian Relationship, Margaret Bausman, Sarah Laleman Ward, John Pell May 2014

Beyond Satisfaction: Understanding And Promoting The Instructor-Librarian Relationship, Margaret Bausman, Sarah Laleman Ward, John Pell

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This article reports upon the assessment and research activities undertaken by a research group of faculty librarians at Hunter College regarding the perceptions, awareness, and usage of library services by non-librarian faculty members. Given the initial directive to measure faculty satisfaction with library services, the research group developed an ongoing action-research protocol to pursue more meaningful assessments of faculty awareness and use of library services and resources. The researchers employed both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, gathering data through informal information groups with faculty members and through an online survey measuring faculty awareness of library resources and services (Faculty Awareness of …


Requests About Explosives And Illicit Drugs: A New Paradigm, Philip Barnett Ph.D. Apr 2014

Requests About Explosives And Illicit Drugs: A New Paradigm, Philip Barnett Ph.D.

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Addresses what reference librarians should do when patrons ask for information about explosives or dangerous drugs. Explores how reference librarians can possibly deter people from dangerous, unmediated searches by proactively providing information and actual examples on the dangers and risks of making and using these materials.


Two Tech Services Wikis @ Cuny, Monica Berger Apr 2014

Two Tech Services Wikis @ Cuny, Monica Berger

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No abstract provided.


Markdown For Librarians And Academics, Steven Ovadia Apr 2014

Markdown For Librarians And Academics, Steven Ovadia

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The article offers information related to Markdown, a flexible markup language that allows text to be easily converted to different formats and has implications as a way to make academic content mroe shareable.


Engaging With Research And Resources In Music History Courses, Jennifer Oates Apr 2014

Engaging With Research And Resources In Music History Courses, Jennifer Oates

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With the ever-expanding sea of resources available to students today, it is now more important than ever to teach students how to navigate, assess, and interpret resources. Given the ease of access to information, students tend to seek out the path of least resistance, most often a Google search and/or Wikipedia. Their unfamiliarity with print resources, such as thematic catalogues, means they are missing out on significant music scholarship that is not available online or through Google. Today’s students have grown up searching the internet. The single-search approach of a web search leaves many students confused by terms like …


Glis 709 Revisited, John A. Drobnicki Apr 2014

Glis 709 Revisited, John A. Drobnicki

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The author describes a 2012 follow-up research project, where he revisited and re-implemented a survey project that had originally been done in 1992.


Open Access, Jill Cirasella Apr 2014

Open Access, Jill Cirasella

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This article describes some problems with the traditional system of scholarly journal publishing and explains how scholars can make their works open access, or freely available online. It also discusses some of the benefits of open access, as well as some of the challenges to achieving widespread openness.


Out With The Old, In With The New: Best Practices For Replacing Library Signage, Mark Aaron Polger, Amy F. Stempler Apr 2014

Out With The Old, In With The New: Best Practices For Replacing Library Signage, Mark Aaron Polger, Amy F. Stempler

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Signage is an essential way of communicating with users and is a vital way to alert patrons to important information, news, upcoming events, policies, and directions. Literature on library signage has emphasized the importance of consistency and clarity, to avoid clutter and contradictory messaging, and the need for buy-in from library staff, faculty and patrons. However, few scholarly studies address user preferences in signage. This article fills the void between theory and practice, and offers step-by-step details for revamping signage, specifically in an academic library. At the heart of the authors’ thesis is that library signs are living documents. Libraries …


Engaging Academics And Reimagining Scholarly Communication For The Public Good: A Report, Jessie Daniels, Polly Thistlethwaite Mar 2014

Engaging Academics And Reimagining Scholarly Communication For The Public Good: A Report, Jessie Daniels, Polly Thistlethwaite

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JustPublics@365 began as a discussion about how an interdisciplinary group of scholars at the Graduate Center, CUNY (located at 365 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan) might be able to bring their work together to foster greater social justice by sharing it in the public sphere.

We live in an era in which inequality is rampant. Media reports on inequality often gain little traction in a 24-hour news cycle dominated by the trivial. Activists work to address inequality in a myriad of ways, online and on the ground, but often lack connections to research or media that could further their cause. Key …


Discovering Jewish Studies Collections In Academic Libraries: A Practical Guide, Izabella Taler Mar 2014

Discovering Jewish Studies Collections In Academic Libraries: A Practical Guide, Izabella Taler

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The U.S. colleges and universities offering non-sectarian educational programs in Jewish Studies rely on the support of their academic libraries for research materials and library services. For college libraries which use Library of Congress Classification scheme, it is a common practice to integrate "studies" resources into their general library collections. Since Jewish Studies sources span a vast number of subjects within all major disciplines, shelving integration leads to the dispersion of all relevant sources and such dispersion in turn leads to a variety of problems for library professionals and library users. For collection development librarians the problems range from lack …


Review Of The Book The Swastika’S Darkening Shadow: Voices Before The Holocaust, John A. Drobnicki Feb 2014

Review Of The Book The Swastika’S Darkening Shadow: Voices Before The Holocaust, John A. Drobnicki

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Review of the book The swastika’s darkening shadow: Voices before the Holocaust.