Libraries are for Use

Demonstrating the value of librarianship

Post-Beall’s List

No doubt you have heard that Professor Jeffrey Beall’s blog, http://scholarlyoa.com, with the associated lists of suspected publishers, journals and metrics, has been removed from public view at his request.  Here … Continue reading

January 18, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

About Us | Prelinger Library

Source: About Us | Prelinger Library It is amazing what I have learned this year, and the Prelinger Library is the most pleasing.  I was reviewing items for a publication … Continue reading

December 10, 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

To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after … Continue reading

April 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Use of the Nation’s Library

The Library of Congress released some basic statistics regarding holdings & usage in 2015, nicely summarized by Gary Price for LJ.  The size of the LoC is well-known – after … Continue reading

February 20, 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