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Eighteen Blind Library Users’ Experiences With Library Websites And Search Tools In U.S. Academic Libraries: A Qualitative Study, Adina Mulliken 2019 CUNY Hunter College

Eighteen Blind Library Users’ Experiences With Library Websites And Search Tools In U.S. Academic Libraries: A Qualitative Study, Adina Mulliken

Publications and Research

Telephone interviews were conducted with 18 blind academic library users around the U.S. about their experiences using their library and its website. The study uses the perspective that blind users’ insights are fundamental. A common theme was that navigating a webpage is time consuming on the first visit. Issues identified include the need for “databases” to be defined on the homepage, accessibly coded search boxes, logical heading structure, and several problems to be resolved on result pages. Variations in needs depending on users’ screen reader expertise were also raised. Suggestions for libraries to address these issues are offered.


A Citation Study Of Andrews University Theological Seminary Dissertations, Cynthia Mae Helms, Bernard Helms 2018 Andrews University

A Citation Study Of Andrews University Theological Seminary Dissertations, Cynthia Mae Helms, Bernard Helms

Journal of Adventist Libraries and Archives

Citations found in Theological Seminary Ph.D./Th.D. dissertations completed between 2006 and 2010 at Andrews University were analyzed to determine how much of the cited resources were held by the library, what types of resources were used, and their age. The study showed that 2/3 of the citations were books and almost 1/3 were periodicals, 84% of the citations were held by James White Library, and the majority of the citations were published within 60 years of the dissertations’ completion dates. The study also revealed that five of the 27 most frequently cited periodicals were included ...


The Oer Project @Shu: 5 Factors Driving Institutional Change, Jaya Kannan, Zachariah Claybaugh 2018 Sacred Heart University

The Oer Project @Shu: 5 Factors Driving Institutional Change, Jaya Kannan, Zachariah Claybaugh

Zachariah Claybaugh

Sacred Heart University’s OER initiative has seen positive results in its first stage of planning and implementation. Five factors have been driving change – tactical planning, collaborative networking, awareness building, impact measurement, and pedagogy focus. Using evidence-based examples, we share strategies for cost-savings, increased access, and enhanced pedagogical practices.


Escholarship@Umms Brochure, Lisa A. Palmer 2018 University of Massachusetts Medical School

Escholarship@Umms Brochure, Lisa A. Palmer

Library Publications and Presentations

Brochure and poster created to promote eScholarship@UMMS, UMass Medical School's digital repository and publishing system for research and scholarship, which is managed by the Lamar Soutter Library. The intended audience is faculty, researchers, staff, and students at UMass Medical School.


Repository Additions, July 2018, Cedarville University 2018 Cedarville University

Repository Additions, July 2018, Cedarville University

DigitalCommons@Cedarville Monthly Reports

No abstract provided.


Digitalcommons@Cedarville Statistical Report For July 2018, Cedarville University 2018 Cedarville University

Digitalcommons@Cedarville Statistical Report For July 2018, Cedarville University

DigitalCommons@Cedarville Monthly Reports

No abstract provided.


Planning And Implementing An Oer Initiative On A Budget, Abbey Elder 2018 Iowa State University

Planning And Implementing An Oer Initiative On A Budget, Abbey Elder

OER From Vision to Action

Although Open Educational Resources (OER) have clear and widespread benefits for stakeholders in higher education, implementing an OER initiative on a college campus is easier said than done. To help you plan an OER initiative of your own, Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian, will share her team’s experience creating and marketing an Open Education Mini-Grants Program at Iowa State University. Their mini-grants program was developed and implemented in less than twelve months, but garnered interest from more than twenty academic departments across the Iowa State University community.

This talk will discuss practical strategies for planning OER initiatives ...


University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Digitalcommons: Statistical Report, August 2018, DeeAnn Allison, Paul Royster, Sue A. Gardner, Margaret Mering, Linnea Fredrickson 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

University Of Nebraska-Lincoln Digitalcommons: Statistical Report, August 2018, Deeann Allison, Paul Royster, Sue A. Gardner, Margaret Mering, Linnea Fredrickson

Copyright, Fair Use, Scholarly Communication, etc.

To: Deeann Allison, Director, Media & Repository Services, UNL Libraries

I am pleased to transmit the following statistics report on the UNL DigitalCommons, http://digitalcommons.unl.edu

The DigitalCommons is the “institutional repository” for UNL. It’s function is to gather the intellectual output of the university for online public access. It was established in 2005, and now holds 99,000 papers, making it the 3rd largest in the United States, trailing only the University of California system (190,000) and the University of Michigan (120,000). It recently surpassed 50 million downloads, and is the nation’s current leader in that category. Alexa.com reports that the repository is the most visited subdomain of unl.edu, representing 15% to 18% of all internet traffic.

The following schedules are attached:

I. History of growth (13 years) Growth of contents has been steady at around 6,000 annually. Contents and downloads shown here are UNL free public access only; i.e. they do not include ProQuest’s collection of 14,000 UNL dissertations (which are free to this campus & subscribing institutions only). Download numbers reflect changing interactions with search engines.

II. Distribution of contents and usage across series (50) : This schedule lists the 50 most popular series, July 2015 – June 2018, by downloads, and then by number of papers and annualized average per paper. These 50 series represent 36% of the contents and 63% of the downloads. There were approximately 950 series overall, with 19,583,432 downloads over the period.

III. Downloads by other educational institutions (115) We are able to trace about 25% of downloads to a network. The following are the most frequently downloading networks and their types.

IV. Downloads by continent: July 2016‐‐June 2018

V. Downloads by country (28) Between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2018, these 28 countries each received >0.5% of geolocated downloads. Note that 59% of downloads are international.

VI. Most popular paper by country (10)

The DigitalCommons platform is hosted and maintained by bepress in Berkeley, California; they were purchased last year by Elsevier. The repository is operated and administered locally by UNL Libraries faculty and staff: Paul Royster, Sue Gardner, Margaret Mering, and Linnea Fredrickson.


The Cupola Infographic (2018), Janelle Wertzberger 2018 Gettysburg College

The Cupola Infographic (2018), Janelle Wertzberger

Musselman Library Staff Publications

This infographic displays key facts and figures about Gettysburg College's institutional repository, The Cupola: Scholarship at Gettysburg College, as of August, 2018.


A Newbie At The Rdap Summit, Or How I Learned That The Rdap Summit Is For Everyone, Joanna Thielen 2018 Oakland University Libraries

A Newbie At The Rdap Summit, Or How I Learned That The Rdap Summit Is For Everyone, Joanna Thielen

Journal of eScience Librarianship

This commentary describes the thoughts and perceptions of a first-time attendee to the Research Data Access and Preservation (RDAP) Summit in March 2018. The author describes her initial hesitations to attend this conference as a data librarian from a medium-sized institution. But after attending, she is convinced that the RDAP Summit is for anyone interested in data, including librarians that work at medium- and small-sized institutions.

After describing the format of the Summit, the highlights of attending are described, including gathering ideas related to all aspects of research data management, access, and preservation; hearing data management perspectives from outside of ...


Supporting The Proliferation Of Data-Sharing Scholars In The Research Ecosystem, Ali Krzton 2018 Auburn University

Supporting The Proliferation Of Data-Sharing Scholars In The Research Ecosystem, Ali Krzton

Journal of eScience Librarianship

Librarians champion the value of openness in scholarship and have been powerful advocates for the sharing of research data. College and university administrators have recently joined in the push for data sharing due to funding mandates. However, the researchers who create and control the data usually determine whether and how data is shared, so it is worthwhile to look at what they are incentivized to do. The current scholarly publishing landscape plus the promotion and tenure process create a “prisoner’s dilemma” for researchers as they decide whether or not to share data, consistent with the observation that researchers in ...


Rsd7: Researcher Skill Development Framework (Us English Edition), John Willison, Kerry O'Regan, Sara K. Kuhn 2018 The University of Adelaide

Rsd7: Researcher Skill Development Framework (Us English Edition), John Willison, Kerry O'Regan, Sara K. Kuhn

Open Educational Resources

Created by John Willison and Kerry O'Regan.

www.rsd.edu.au

Adapted for the US context by Sara K. Kuhn.

"The seven-level Researcher Skill Development framework extends the RSD's original 5 levels of student autonomy to include the degree of autonomy required for a successful research career. It therefore addresses not only students, but also early, middle and late career researchers. This involves the extension of the same facets of inquiry that appear in the original RSD framework to include two higher levels: 6 and 7." -- https://www.adelaide.edu.au/rsd/framework/rsd7/

For more information, see ...


Researcher Skill Development Framework (Us English Edition), John Willison, Kerry O'Regan, Sara K. Kuhn 2018 The University of Adelaide

Researcher Skill Development Framework (Us English Edition), John Willison, Kerry O'Regan, Sara K. Kuhn

Open Educational Resources

Created by John Willison and Kerry O'Regan.

www.rsd.edu.au

Adapted for the US context by Sara K. Kuhn.

"Research Skill Development (RSD) is about making explicit and coherent in regular university coursework the incremental attainment of research skills in a specific discipline. In the RSD, there are six facets of the research process, identified from the literature and modified according to Bloom’s taxonomy and our experiences of using the framework in the disciplines. The meaning of ‘research’ in this context is: students actively finding information new to themselves. Underlying this notion is the ‘degree of knowness ...


The Specialness Of Special Libraries, 2018 Pacific University

The Specialness Of Special Libraries

OLA Quarterly

This issue covers "The Specialness of Special Libraries," with a focus on the special libraries found in the state of Oregon. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “(s)pecial librarians work in settings other than school or public libraries … Law firms, hospitals, businesses, museums, government agencies, and many other groups have their own libraries that use special librarians” (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018, para. 10). According to the American Library Association, there are approximately 6,966 special libraries or information centers (“special libraries include Corporate, Medical, Law, Religious, etc.”) in the United States (American Library Association, 2015, para. 5).


Volume 24 Issue 1 Back Matter, 2018 Pacific University

Volume 24 Issue 1 Back Matter

OLA Quarterly

No abstract provided.


Classification And The Specialized Library: Creating A Local Expansion Of Nlm Classification For Chiropractic Materials, Katie Lockwood 2018 University of Western States

Classification And The Specialized Library: Creating A Local Expansion Of Nlm Classification For Chiropractic Materials, Katie Lockwood

OLA Quarterly

Libraries with specialized collections often face unique challenges to providing access to their materials. Cataloging tools, including subject headings and classification systems, are often better suited for less focused collections. Call number classification systems in particular are problematic for libraries with greater depth in certain subject areas. Users expect to be able to walk to the shelf and browse everything about a certain topic in the same section. This is a reasonable request in small libraries, but it is often difficult when working within existing schemas. In response to this problem, the University of Western States Library developed its own ...


Wild Wild Archive: Analog Videotape Of The Rajneesh Movement At The Oregon Historical Society, Matthew Cowan 2018 Oregon Historical Society

Wild Wild Archive: Analog Videotape Of The Rajneesh Movement At The Oregon Historical Society, Matthew Cowan

OLA Quarterly

In 1989, local Portland television station KGW donated 512 U-matic videotapes to the Oregon Historical Society (OHS). Shot between 1983 and 1985, the collection consists of more than 300 hours of footage related to the Rajneesh movement in Oregon—when followers of the spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh set up an intentional community three hours southeast from Portland. The donation included minimal documentation and no finding aid. The tapes were the end result of several years’ worth of work by local camera operators and reporters at the news station. Ranging in location from downtown Portland to Berlin discos to the ...


The Jackson County Genealogy Library: Over A Half-Century Of Helping People Find Their Roots, Cara Davis-Jacobson, Anne Billeter 2018 Rogue Valley Genealogical Society

The Jackson County Genealogy Library: Over A Half-Century Of Helping People Find Their Roots, Cara Davis-Jacobson, Anne Billeter

OLA Quarterly

When the first few folks who gathered together in Southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley to share their interest in genealogy and family research wrapped up their meetings back in the late 1960s, their “president,” Ora Strom, tucked their shared reference books under her bed for storage. Little did that small group know that they would come to embody the proverb, “From humble beginnings come great things.” Indeed, from those modest actions arose two significant and related Southern Oregon entities: The Rogue Valley Genealogical Society (RVGS) (www.rvgsociety.org) and the Jackson County Genealogy Library (JCGL) (www.rvgslibrary.org), which is ...


Supplementing Traditional Documentation With Oral History: Capturing Institutional Knowledge At Oregon State University Libraries, Rachael Davis 2018 Oregon State University

Supplementing Traditional Documentation With Oral History: Capturing Institutional Knowledge At Oregon State University Libraries, Rachael Davis

OLA Quarterly

Over the summer of 2017, I had the unique pleasure of documenting the workflow of a retiring serials technician who had been at Oregon State University’s (OSU) Valley Library in Corvallis for nearly 37 years. During her tenure, she took part in no fewer than seven online database system transitions and created a one-of-a-kind serials check-in workflow for each new system with her magic red binder. She once told me that, with that binder, she could navigate any new system because the basics of serials were always the same; it was just a matter of learning the new language ...


Volume 24 Issue 1 Introduction, Sue Ludington 2018 Lane County Law Library

Volume 24 Issue 1 Introduction, Sue Ludington

OLA Quarterly

When I entered graduate school at the University of Washington (UW) in 2000, I knew I wanted to be a public librarian. However, with an undergraduate minor in art and a pervasive interest in museums, I remained secretly fascinated by special libraries. I mean, how cool would it be to work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives (http://library.rockhall.com/home) or the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (http://www.oscars.org/library)?

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, “(s)pecial librarians work in settings other than school ...


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