Article Review: Unexpected Benefits of Return on Investment Analysis

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods class. Pan, D., Wiersma, G., Williams, L., & Fong, Y. S. (2013). More than a number: unexpected benefits of return on investment analysis. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 39(6), 566-572. Since the crash of 2008, libraries (along with everyone else) have struggled to provide more resources with less funding, frequently under close scrutiny from administrators and other higher-ups who want to make sure that the money being spent is having … Read More

Article Review: Computer Assisted Instruction versus Bibliographic Instruction

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods course. Van Scoyoc, A. M. (2003). Reducing library anxiety in first-year students: The impact of computer-assisted instruction and bibliographic instruction. Reference and User Services Quarterly, 42(4), 329-341 The purpose of this study was very straightforward. The author notes that “library anxiety” is a common issue among undergraduate students and that it can affect their ability to be sucessful in their coursework. Traditionally, this anxiety has been mitigated by bibliographic … Read More

Trials and Tribulations: Survey Research as an MLS Student

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I’m so excited!!! The last few weeks have been crazy busy, but it’s almost over. (Well, except for the rest of the semester. But still.) This weekend I will be presenting at the College English Association conference in Indianapolis with my colleagues Ariadne Rehbein and Erica Hayes. We’ll be talking about the results of our study on digital humanities pedagogy – we have so much to say and are trying to find some way to make it coherent and not … Read More

Things that are hard, but good: learning to research

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I’ve been intending to blog about a project I’ve been working on for a while (I’m sure that sentiment sounds familiar) and finally find myself with a few free minutes on a Friday afternoon (and, to be honest, the knowledge that I should probably write about this while it’s happening, rather than later…) to sit and write. For the past few months, two of my friends/cohorts and I have been working on a research project about digital humanities pedagogy, and … Read More

Portfolio Workshop!

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This afternoon I’ll be hosting a portfolio workshop with my ASIS&T Student Chapter cohorts… I’m really excited! I miss teaching and this is a topic I feel really confident about being able to help others with. I’ve put together a set of slides for the workshop (you can see them below). They are also in my portfolio. We’ll be hosting a Hack-a-thon in April, too, to help people get things set up and field questions. Which reminds me, I have … Read More

Article Review: Facebook use in libraries

This article was originally reviewed for my statistics and research methods class. Aharony, N. (2012). Facebook use in libraries: An exploratory analysis. Aslib Proceedings, 64(4), 358-372. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in how libraries use Facebook as a an outreach tool. The study focused on American libraries, and sampled the Facebook pages of a small set of public and academic libraries. While I found this article to be interesting in that it addresses what is clearly … Read More

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

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