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Rethinking Visual Resources Centers In The Digital Age: Case Studies At The University Of Georgia And The University Of Michigan, Courtney Baron, Molly Schoen Sep 2014

Rethinking Visual Resources Centers In The Digital Age: Case Studies At The University Of Georgia And The University Of Michigan, Courtney Baron, Molly Schoen

Faculty Scholarship

Visual Resource Centers are facing many challenges—and opportunities—in the wake of the digital era. Since their beginnings as slide libraries, many VRCs have had missions across college campuses to serve the image needs of faculty in art-related fields. More recently, visual resources professionals have guided faculty and other colleagues into the digital era by providing digitization services and support. But as faculty and other clientele have become more tech-savvy over the years, and as high quality art images have become more readily available than ever before, the fate of VRCs and similar departments is at risk. In order to stay …


The Myth Of Freedom Of Information., John Chenault Apr 2014

The Myth Of Freedom Of Information., John Chenault

Faculty Scholarship

The article discusses the myths surrounding the founding of the U.S. and the freedoms of information supposedly conferred by its founders in the drafting and ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Particular focus is given to the efforts of libraries in defending the public's right to know and their attempts to inform and instruct the public on the significance of openness in government. The misuse of a quote by former U.S. President James Madison about freedom of information is explored.


Old News - The Louisville Leader's Genealogical Gems., Rachel Howard Apr 2014

Old News - The Louisville Leader's Genealogical Gems., Rachel Howard

Faculty Scholarship

The Louisville Leader African-American community newspaper, published weekly in Louisville from 1917 to 1950, offers a perspective on local and national events not available in the mainstream media at the time. The newspaper's columns highlighting community members’ life events and activities may be of great interest to social historians and genealogists.


Community As Resource: Crowdsourcing Transcription Of An Historic Newspaper., Caroline Daniels, Terri L. Holtze, Rachel I. Howard, Randy Kuehn Mar 2014

Community As Resource: Crowdsourcing Transcription Of An Historic Newspaper., Caroline Daniels, Terri L. Holtze, Rachel I. Howard, Randy Kuehn

Faculty Scholarship

Like many cultural heritage institutions, the Archives and Special Collections at the University of Louisville faces the dichotomy of material abundance and budgetary scarcity. Driven by the desire to make historical primary sources accessible online, this organization harnessed the power of the public to transcribe the Louisville Leader, an historic African American newspaper. The first sections of this article define crowdsourcing and describe how it was implemented at the University of Louisville, including the tools adopted and the process used. The latter sections outline the marketing strategy, the public response, and lessons learned from this ongoing project.


Meeting The Challenges Of Instructing International Law Graduate Students In Legal Research, Nina E. Scholtz, Femi Cadmus Jan 2014

Meeting The Challenges Of Instructing International Law Graduate Students In Legal Research, Nina E. Scholtz, Femi Cadmus

Faculty Scholarship

Teaching international LL.M. students legal research offers its own peculiar challenges. The brevity of the LL.M. program and the limited time available for thoroughly introducing basic research concepts have made it particularly difficult, but the innovative and creative methods of instruction highlighted in this article have provided good solutions.


Managing The Merger Of Archives And Special Collections : Setting Our Own Agenda., Caroline Daniels, Delinda Stephens Buie, Rachel I. Howard, Elizabeth E. Reilly Jan 2014

Managing The Merger Of Archives And Special Collections : Setting Our Own Agenda., Caroline Daniels, Delinda Stephens Buie, Rachel I. Howard, Elizabeth E. Reilly

Faculty Scholarship

At the University of Louisville a merger of archives and special collections had been discussed for decades, but for a variety of reasons, always dismissed. There were practical reasons in favor of it, but there were some significant internal barriers that made it easier to keep things as they were. But in 2012 things changed. Heightened appreciation for the traditional and emerging roles of special collections in university libraries, institutional budget concerns, key retirements and gradual replacement of people resistant to change, and an inclusive approach to planning, all aligned to make the merger seem like a natural progression for …


Research And The Professional : Navigating A Spectrum Of Legal Resources., Erin K Gow Jan 2014

Research And The Professional : Navigating A Spectrum Of Legal Resources., Erin K Gow

Faculty Scholarship

Legal research is complicated by the growing amount of information available, and there is evidence that legal practitioners require additional training in order to enhance their information literacy and legal research skills. Librarians have a key role to play in developing legal research training, and examples taken from Middle Temple's library are used to illustrate ways in which librarians can offer beneficial training to their library users. This involves assessing the skills, motivation, and needs of the average library user in order to design legal research training that is educationally sound and appealing to the target audience.