Article review: Visualization Tools for Atlas Collection Assessment

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods class. Lowery, R. (2011). A Visualization Tool for Atlas Collection Assessment. Journal of Map & Geography Libraries: Advances in Geospatial Information, Collections & Archives, 7:2, 138-153. This article examines the use of visualization tools in collection assessment, particularly for hard-to-assess and non-circulating materials such as atlases. The author examines the University of Illinois Chicago collection of geographic materials to determine their range and depth, as well as look for … Read More

Article review: Overlap between faculty citations and library collections

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods course. Kellsey, C. & Knievel, J. (2012). Overlap between humanities faculty citation and library monograph collections, 2004-2009. College & Research Libraries, 73(6), 569-583. The purpose of this study was to determine whether library collections are meeting the needs of faculty members, as assessed by citation analysis of books published by authors in four humanities departments. The researchers were also interested in investigating several related research questions: How old are … Read More

Article Review: Controversial books in the public library

This article was originally reviewed for my course on research and statistical methods. Spence, A. (2000). Controversial books in the public library: A comparative survey of holdings of gay-related children’s picture books. Library Quarterly, 70(3), 335-379. This study used electronic library catalogs from American and Canadian public libraries (although some libraries in New Zealand, Britain, and Australia were also examined) to do a comparative survey of libraries’ holdings of controversial books; specifically ‘gay-related’ books for children. Spence’s study was very … Read More

Article Review: Chat reference communication patterns and implications

This article was originally reviewed for my course on research and statistical methods. Westbrook, L. (2007). Chat reference communication patterns and implications: Applying politeness theory. Journal of Documentation, 63(5), 638-658. This study examined the reference chat records of a university library over the course of the academic year to determine how users and librarians interacted, particularly in regards to markers of formality and informality. The author considered the results in relation to politeness theory, which stresses the concepts of face-threat … Read More