July 23, 2014

Virginia Steel Named UCLA University Librarian

Virginia Steel will be moving from Santa Cruz to Westwood. From the UCLA Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost: A library director for more than 11 years with significant leadership experience within the University of California system and at Association of Research Libraries (ARL) institutions, Ms. Steel brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise […]

Fresno State University: From Laptops to the Reference Desk, “Library Student Services Vary in Popularity”

From The Collegian: (Student Newspaper at Fresno St. University) Since its remodel in 2009, The Henry Madden Library has had 4,262,955 students, faculty, and community members walk through its doors, but few of those people know all that it has to offer. “I wasn’t exposed to any of the services,” said Michelle Moua, a second-year […]

Research Paper: A Usability Evaluation of Academic Virtual Reference Services (Preprint)

The following article was recently accepted for publication in the May 2014 issue of C&RL (College and Research Libraries). Title A Usability Evaluation of Academic Virtual Reference Services Authors Anthony S. Chow Department of Library and Information Studies The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, School of Education Rebecca A. Croxton University of North Carolina […]

Academe: AAUP Publishes Revised Statement on Faculty Status for Librarians

New from the American Association of University Professors (AAUP): The AAUP has published a revised version of the 1973 joint Statement on Faculty Status of College and University Librarians. The statement—originally formulated by the AAUP, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and the Association of American Colleges (now the Association of American Colleges […]

Academic Libraries: Take a Tour of the Soon to Open James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina State University

The Hunt Library is scheduled to open on January 2, 2013. The facility was recently opened to media for a tour. Multimedia Image Gallery (via WRAL) 34 images taken during media tour on December 13, 2012. From the News and Observer: The James B. Hunt Jr. Library, a startling digital re-boot of what it means […]

Canada: Head Librarian Leads Digital Revolution at University of Victoria

From The Victoria Times Colonist: [University Librarian Jonathan] Bengtson said there are two primary and enduring purposes of libraries: preservation and access. He said that when materials are digitized, the paper-based originals are kept and preserved, but there are still questions about how to preserve electronic or digitized objects. “That’s a whole issue right now […]

Just Released Report: Researchers of Tomorrow (The Research Behaviour of Generation Y Doctoral Students)

Released today in the UK by JISC and the British Library. From a BL News Release with Highlights From Findings: Research students need more face-to-face and informal support tailored to their own subject area to help them embrace open web technologies and social media fully, according to the UK’s largest study of doctoral students commissioned […]

Infographic: Ontario Council of University Libraries: “Ask a Librarian” Usage Statistics, 2011-2012

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“12,001 chats in 218 days” – via U. of Toronto Twitter The following infographic provides a look at the Ontario Council of University Libraries, Ask a Librarian service that launched on September 12, 2011 with the following institutions: University of Guelph University of Guelph-Humber Lakehead University Ryerson University York University University of Toronto – St.George […]

Center for Research Libraries Welcomes Four New Members As Organization Membership Reaches All-Time Record

From a News Release: On July 1, 2012 CRL will begin fiscal year 2012-13 with a historic high membership of 267 institutions. This includes the following new members: Boston College University of Nebraska Chicago Botanic Garden (Located in Glencoe, IL) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archive (Located in Cleveland) Read the Complete […]

University of Virginia Library Building Theresa Sullivan Resignation Archive, Preserving Physical Objects and Digital Conten

From an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Angela Chen: This is the first time the libraries have tried to preserve materials from a large-scale, continuing event, said Bradley Daigle, director of digital-curation services. The staff did not begin collecting materials on the subject until a rally on June 18. As of June […]