Library Philosophy and Practice

Articles from June

Bridging the LIS-Practitioner Gap: Some Frames for Research
In his recent book, Spanning the Theory-Practice Divide in Library and Information Science, Bill Crowley (2005) examined the divide between published research from library school (LIS) faculty and the use of these publications by practitioners in the...
Developing Students' Awareness of Plagiarism: Crisis and Opportunities
Background Information In the past several years, the faculty and administration at the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University have looked to the C. W. Post Campus B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library for assistance and leadership in grappling...
Digg.com and Socially-Driven Authority
For years, librarians have been able to distill the notion of authority, in its purest form, to two simple questions: "Who said it?" and "Under whose auspices?" The answer to either, or preferably both, of these questions could tell a researcher whether...
Door-in-the-Face: Understandings of Scholarship for Academic Instruction Librarians
Introduction As academic librarians we prescribe an intellectual framework for research to students by referring to the "family of terms scholar-scholarly-scholarship" (Andresen 2000) and by touching upon the mechanics of peer-review in our instruction....
Editorial: Shape Shifters: Librarians Evolve Yet Again in the Age of Google
Like all organisms and organizations, librarians and libraries evolve by adapting to changes and pressures in their environments. From scroll to codex to online text: every upgrade in technology is matched by an adaptation in librarianship. Nevertheless,...
Faculty-Librarian Collaboration on Developing Reading Skills in Tertiary Institutions
A paper presented at the 3rd Annual ELTT National Conference, held at Senate Chambers, University of Agriculture (UNAAB). Abeokuta, October 5-7, 2005. Introduction Rader (1996) observes that, As higher education prepares for the 21st century,...
Google 'Til They Goggle: Trawling Electronic Databases to Build Your Collection and Better Serve Your Client Base
Introduction Like librarians throughout the world, we librarians at the Office of the Ohio Attorney General (AG) are all too familiar with the following statements from information seekers: "I'll just Google it;" "It's all online;" "Nobody...
"Have You Searched Google Yet?" Using Google as a Discovery Tool for Cataloging
The use of the Internet by catalogers as a tool for locating cataloging documentation and other information is not a new development; articles and surveys have been published on the topic for at least a decade. (For further reading on catalogers' use...
Library Delivery 2.0: Delivering Library Materials in the Age of Netflix
Netflix and Amazon have developed service and delivery models that are personal, easy, fast, and very convenient for users. They've found ways to get low-demand and thus previously hard-to-find products into their customers' hands quickly and conveniently....
Library Resource Sharing in the Early Age of Google
Given that no library can afford to purchase, house, and preserve every information source that its patrons might need, information resource sharing, in the form of interlibrary loan (ILL) and document delivery (DD), has become a core library service....
Nebraska's Library Depository Retrieval Facility
Introduction Beginning with Harvard University in the 1980s, the use of high-density storage for library materials has steadily increased over the past two and a half decades (Nitecki and Kendrick, p. 1). This paper looks at design and implementation...
No Shhing: Giving Voice to the Silenced: An Essay in Support of Critical Information Literacy
Introduction Information is the fuel of the academy. It is what is created and used, what drives it forward in its teaching and research mission. In the 21st century, information is also what drives the economies of many Western nations. Daniel...
Research Authority in the Age of Google: Equilibrium Sought
Once upon a time not so long ago in college libraries, there was a settled pattern of relationships in the research process. Instructors sent students to find information in books and journals, and librarians helped them do it. One key basis of these...
Skeptical Medical Reference: Helping Patrons Find Critical Resources for Consumer Health Issues
Introduction With the popularization of the Internet, there has been a vast proliferation of consumer health material available to the public. Unfortunately, this has only accelerated a pre-existing trend- the fact that much of the material made...
Standing Up for Open Source
Introduction It is time for librarians to stand up for open source. Based upon shared values of openness and accessibility, the library world has common cause with the open source community. Further, open source solutions offer many functional and...
The View from an Elder: Closing Essay
My first encounter with shape-shifting, the ability to transform into something else, was in a novel full of evocative images of a boy who turned into a bird. It was an enchanting idea that never really left me and it stayed close to my heart just...
Unclear on the Context: Refocusing on Information Literacy's Evaluative Component in the Age of Google
Introduction The advent of Google has provoked an uneasy alliance in academic librarianship. We marvel at its speed, flexibility, and simplicity, and simultaneously wonder when it will replace library websites and the resources they provide to students....
Using Google Analytics for Improving Library Website Content and Design: A Case Study
Introduction As more and more digital content goes online, libraries today are fundamentally different than they were as recently as five years ago. Websites have become an essential component of library service, and designing these websites involves...
What about the Book? Google-Izing the Catalog with Tables of Contents
Meeting User Expectations in the Age of Google Whether Google's massive efforts to create the "world's largest digital library" (Thompson D01) make your heart race in anticipation or cause your blood to boil in exasperation, there is no question...
You and Me and Google Makes Three: Welcoming Google into the Reference Interview
Reference librarians have always helped patrons articulate, refine, and satisfy their information needs. This process, the reference interview, has always involved the patron, the librarian, and one or more reference resources. Recently, though, the...