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Beyond correlations: Using epidemiology to establish library value

Source: Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students Abstract The purpose of this paper was to investigate whether there are relationships between first-year college … Continue reading

January 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

How researchers stay up-to-date

Like Moore’s Law, the growth of scientific information (as measured by journal articles published) appears to follow a stable and steep model.  A few years ago, bibliometric researchers Lutz Bornmann … Continue reading

December 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Relationship Between Student Demographics and Student Engagement with Online Library Instruction Modules | Thill | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice

via The Relationship Between Student Demographics and Student Engagement with Online Library Instruction Modules | Thill | Evidence Based Library and Information Practice The authors asked students in a “research-based … Continue reading

October 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Measures & factors of collection evaluation

As I have been developing a model of collection evaluation – that is, examining the features of specific subsets of our libraries’ collections, usually based on subjects – I have … Continue reading

June 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Notes from the OA Symposium, 2016

As I mentioned previously (actually, about 30 minutes ago in real time), it’s been a busy week in Denton.  The University of North Texas hosted two separate meetings on overlapping … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Notes from the Library Publishing Forum

It’s been a busy week at UNT – host of two meetings: The Library Publishing Forum and the 7th annual Open Access Symposium.  The dates, and themes, are overlapping – … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

Assessing the evolving library collections

Lorcan Dempsey from OCLC® Research recently revisited their 2014 publication on library collections (Collection Directions: The Evolution of Library Collections and Collecting), emphasizing the “facilitated collection” aspect of their report.  This refers to … Continue reading

February 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Open Data for LIS Research

This blog is a venue devoted to improving the utility and effectiveness of libraries, librarianship, and librarians through careful study.  This inevitably involves data, a word that has recently become hot, … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel Fish

We have less funding for the things that really matter while paying much more to compensate for austerity policies. Source: The Cost of “Doing More With Less” | Library Babel … Continue reading

November 26, 2015 · Leave a comment