July 27, 2014

New Research Article: "Library Use of Web-Based Research Guides"

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This article appears in the just released issue of Information Technologies and Libraries. ITAL is now an open access publication. See this post for more info and complete TOC.

Title

Library Use of Web-based Research Guides

Authors

Jimmy Ghaphery
Head, Library Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Richmond, VA.

Erin White
Web Systems Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries, Richmond, VA.

Source

Information Technologies and Libraries (Vol 31, No 1) 

Abstract

This paper describes the ways in which libraries are currently implementing and managing web-based research guides (a.k.a. Pathfinders, LibGuides, Subject Guides, etc.) by examining two sets of data from the spring of 2011. One set of data was compiled by visiting the websites of ninety-nine American university ARL libraries and recording the characteristics of each site’s research guides. The other set of data is based on an online survey of librarians about the ways in which their libraries implement and maintain research guides. In conclusion, a discussion follows that includes implications for the library technology community.

Note: The article includes a literature review and a copy of the survey instrument discussed in the article.

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See Also: TOC For Information Technologies and Libraries (Vol 31, No 1)

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