Hours Today: 07/27/17
8 am - 8 pm | see all hours

Ask a Librarian

Posts Tagged ‘library faculty research’

Library Discovery Tools: Research by UVM Library Faculty

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Librarians at Bailey/Howe have been busy this year and we have lots of news about research publications and conference presentations to share. Today we’d like to congratulate our colleagues Aaron Nichols, Emily Crist (now at Champlain College), Graham Sherriff, and Megan Allison for their recent publication in the Journal of Web Librianship. Their article, “What Does it Take to Make Discovery a Success?: A Survey of Discovery Tool Adoption, Instruction, and Evaluation Among Academic Libraries” is about library search tools like CATQuest.

Abstract:

Discovery tools have been widely adopted by academic libraries, yet little information exists that connects common practices regarding discovery tool implementation, maintenance, assessment, and staffing with conventions for research and instruction. The authors surveyed heads of reference and instruction departments in research and land-grant university libraries. The survey results revealed common practices with discovery tools among academic libraries. This study also draws connections between operational, instructional, and assessment practices and perceptions that participants have of the success of their discovery tool. Participants who indicated successful implementation of their discovery tool hailed from institutions that made significant commitments to the operations, maintenance, and acceptance of their discovery tool. Participants who indicated an unsuccessful implementation, or who were unsure about the success of their implementation, did not make lasting commitments to the technical maintenance, operations, and acceptance of their discovery tool.

A post-print version of the authors’ manuscript is available for download  from Scholarworks @ UVM.

Recommended citation:

Nichols, Aaron F., Emily Crist, Graham Sherriff, and Megan Allison. 2017. “What Does It Take to Make Discovery a Success?: A Survey of Discovery Tool Adoption, Instruction, and Evaluation Among Academic Libraries.” Journal of Web Librarianship 0 (0): 1–20. doi:10.1080/19322909.2017.1284632.

New Publications by Library Faculty

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Congratulations to librarians Alana Verminski and Chris Burns on their recent publications.

Alana, the collection development librarian at Bailey/Howe, is the co-author with Kelly Marie Blanchat of the recently released Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Management. Their book is a comprehensive hands-on guide to the continually evolving field of electronic resources management.

Chris, the Curator of Manuscripts and University Archivist, has an article in the latest issue of Vermont History, “Negotiating Community Values: The Franklin County Agricultural Society Premium Lists, 1844-1889.” Chris  examines  county  fair  premium  lists  preserved in a record book in UVM Special Collections to  show  how  the  meaning  and  impact of  agricultural  fairs,  originally  intended  as  a  way to achieve agricultural and economic reform, were shaped as much or more by those who attended the fairs as they were by the organizers.

Scholarly Metrics – Research by UVM Library Faculty

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Hot off the presses! Check out this article on UVM Faculty attitudes towards, and use of scholarly metrics by Bailey/Howe Librarians, Daniel DeSanto and Aaron Nichols. Congratulations Dan and Aaron.

Abstract:

This article presents the results of a faculty survey conducted at the University of Vermont during academic year 2014-2015. The survey asked faculty about: familiarity with scholarly metrics, metric-seeking habits, help-seeking habits, and the role of metrics in their department’s tenure and promotion process. The survey also gathered faculty opinions on how well scholarly metrics reflect the importance of scholarly work and how faculty feel about administrators gathering institutional scholarly metric information. Results point to the necessity of understanding the campus landscape of faculty knowledge, opinion, importance, and use of scholarly metrics before engaging faculty in further discussions about quantifying the impact of their scholarly work.

Citation and link:

DeSanto, D., & Nichols, A. (2017). Scholarly Metrics Baseline: A Survey of Faculty Knowledge, Use, and Opinion about Scholarly Metrics. College & Research Libraries, 78(2), 150–170. https://doi.org/10.5860/crl.78.2.150