Authors : Jodi Jameson, Gerald Natal, John Napp
This descriptive study analyzes results from an 18-item survey which assessed students’ usage and perceptions of library reference services at a comprehensive public metropolitan university.
Among 235 surveys completed between November 2016 and January 2017, the majority of respondents represented the “Generation Z” population of college students, 18 to 24 years of age. Quantitative and qualitative findings revealed patterns of reference service usage, perceptions of librarians, and barriers and facilitators to seeking help from a librarian.
These findings can inform decision-making to improve marketing and outreach to students regarding general reference services, reference models, and liaison roles.
URL : Evolving and Enduring Patterns Surrounding Student Usage and Perceptions of Academic Library Reference Services
Alternative location : https://crl.acrl.org/index.php/crl/article/view/17116
Authors : Lotta Haglund, Annikki Roos, Petra Wallgren-Björk
Librarians in Sweden are facing huge challenges in meeting the demands of their organisations and users. This article looks at four key areas: coping with open science/open access initiatives; increasing demands from researchers for support doing systematic reviews; understanding user experiences in Swedish health science libraries; and the consequences of expanding roles for recruitment and continuing professional development.
With regard to changing roles, there is an increasing shift from the generalist towards the expert role. The authors raise the issue as to how to prepare those new to the profession to the changing environment of health science libraries.
URL : Health science libraries in Sweden: new directions, expanding roles
DOI : https://doi.org/10.1111/hir.12229
This report briefly presents the findings and recommendations of the “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success” project which investigated the extent to which publishing has now become a core activity of North American academic libraries and suggested ways in which further capacity could be built.
The research described (consisting of a survey, some case studies, three workshops, and a set of further reading recommendations) was mainly conducted between October 1, 2010, and September 30, 2011.
It was supported by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Libraries Studies, made to Purdue University Libraries in collaboration with the Libraries of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah.
URL : http://docs.lib.purdue.edu/purduepress_ebooks/24/