Publications

    Library Collaboration as a Strategic Choice: Evaluating Options for Acquiring Capacity

    11 August 2022

    Brian Lavoie

    This report delivers tools and insights to support academic libraries in making strategic decisions about cross-institutional collaboration opportunities to acquire capacity.

     

    Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice

    5 April 2022

    Rachel L. Frick, Merrilee Proffitt

    This community agenda contextualizes the challenges facing the library and information field in inclusive and reparative metadata work and offers a framework of guidance can help frame institutions’ local priorities and areas for change.

    Evaluation of environmental conditions as a decontamination approach for SARS-CoV-2 when applied to common library, archive and museum-related materials

    30 January 2022

    William R. Richter, Michelle M. Sunderman, Tom O. Mera, Kim A. O'Brien, Kendra Morgan, Sharon Streams

    This article, published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology, shares the findings of the Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums (REALM) project’s COVID-19 research simulating virus on common library, archive, and museum materials.

    How real is real enough? Participant feedback on a behavioral simulation used for information-seeking behavior research

    12 January 2022

    This paper assesses the realism of a behavioral simulation used to study the evaluation behavior of 175 students from fourth grade through graduate school. We assess realism through the examination of targeted participant feedback about what would have made the simulated environment and tasks more realistic to these participants. Based on this feedback, we reflect on decisions made in designing the simulation and offer recommendations for future studies interested in incorporating behavioral simulation in their research design.

    Gli effetti della pandemia stanno accelerando lo sviluppo delle collezioni?

    12 November 2021

    Lorcan Dempsey

    In this article, we consider collections in relation to three different points of view and we briefly present three further methodologies of transversal development of collections: optimization, pluralization, and reading computation of large-scale data

    Interview: Collection Directions and Pandemic Effects

    12 November 2021

    Lorcan Dempsey

    In this interview, Lorcan Dempsey discusses his recent work and views on collection directions and how the worldwide pandemic has changed and accelerated trends. 

    Research Information Management in the United States

    11 November 2021

    Rebecca Bryant, Jan Fransen, Pablo de Castro, Brenna Helmstutler, David Scherer

    This two-part report series provides a first-of-its-kind documentation of research information management (RIM) practices at US research universities, presenting a thorough examination of RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and system components.

     

    Research Information Management in the United States Part 2 - Case Studies

    11 November 2021

    Rebecca Bryant, Jan Fransen, Pablo de Castro, Brenna Helmstutler, David Scherer

    This two-part report series provides a first-of-its-kind documentation of research information management (RIM) practices at US research universities, presenting a thorough examination of RIM practices, goals, stakeholders, and system components.

     

    New Model Library: Pandemic Effects and Library Directions

    28 October 2021

    Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ixchel M. Faniel, Brittany Brannon, Joanne Cantrell, Christopher Cyr, Brooke Doyle, Peggy Gallagher, Kem Lang, Brian Lavoie, Janet Mason, and Titia van der Werf

    The COVID-19 pandemic impacted libraries of all types around the world, requiring library leaders to respond to rapidly shifting community and institutional needs. This briefing shares how leaders adapted during the pandemic and what they envision moving forward to help libraries plan strategically.

     

    Genre Containers: Building a Theoretical Framework for Studying Formats in Information Behavior

    26 October 2021

    Brittany Brannon, Amy G. Buhler, Tara Tobin Cataldo, Ixchel M. Faniel, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Joyce Kasman Valenza, Christopher Cyr

    Prior studies have shown high-level differences in people's perception and use of various information formats. However, the lack of a coherent and theoretically informed framework of elements of format has inhibited a nuanced understanding of the role that formats play in information behavior. This paper draws on theories from the field of rhetoric and composition to ground the study of information format in a social constructivist perspective that foregrounds action in context.