2018
Sep
19
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Beyond saints, spies and salespeople: new analogies for library liaison programmes

In Brief Academic libraries in the UK are placing an increased emphasis on engagement and partnership building with academics. Attempts to articulate what is meant by this engagement rely on analogies from the commercial world, notably from sales- driven environments. This language can prove counteractive to true faculty engagement. It retains a focus on a...
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2018
Aug
22

Racing to the Crossroads of Scholarly Communication and Democracy: But Who Are We Leaving Behind?

In Brief Scholarly communication has tremendous potential to help build and sustain a democratic society. Nevertheless, in our race to the crossroads of scholarly communication and democracy, it is important to examine this work through the critical lens of broader librarian professional values—with particular attention to democracy itself, access, and diversity—to ensure that we are...
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2018
Aug
08
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Editorial: Update to Lead Pipe submission guidelines

In Brief: Announcing an update to In the Library with the Lead Pipe’s submission guidelines. We have received feedback about our submission process and have reexamined our framework questions. As a result, the Lead Pipe Editorial Board has revised the set of framework questions to better assist author(s) in developing their proposals and provide the...
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2018
Jul
25
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In Pursuit of Equity: Applying Design Thinking to Develop a Values-Based Open Access Statement

In Brief We wanted to rethink how our library supported open access, so we attempted to ask ourselves and our staff why they supported “open” and how they defined “open”. By unpacking our institutional and individual understandings of “open” using design thinking principles, we were able to not only create a strong and value-driven statement,...
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2018
Jul
11

“Life-Now”: James Tiptree, Joanna Russ, and the Queer Meaning of Archives

In Brief: Archives have special meaning for queer people, and there are fascinating parallels between queer and archival thought. The author draws on several sources to explore these ideas: a case study of archival correspondence between two queer science fiction writers who saw very different futures for their letters, Elizabeth Freeman’s concept of “queer time,”...
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2018
May
30

An Academic Librarian-Mother in Six Stories

In Brief: The author found it curious and disappointing when she couldn’t find many published stories about the experiences of academic librarians who are also mothers. Where were mother-librarians represented in the library and information science literature? Using narrative and personal photographs, the author shares her stories of being a tenure-track librarian and a mother...
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2018
May
16
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“It was information based”: Student Reasoning when Distinguishing Between Scholarly and Popular Sources

In Brief: We asked students to find an article and answer the following questions: Is this a popular or scholarly article? How can you tell? We analyzed student answers to better understand the reasoning used to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources. Our results suggest that framing sources as “scholarly or popular” is confusing rather...
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2018
May
02

Out of Context: Understanding Student Learning Through Museum Studies

In Brief: How can we maximize library spaces and displays to support information literacy and critical thinking? How can we re-envision student learning in the ways that museums facilitate experiential learning and measure visitor engagement? This case study uses a theoretical framework, Falk and Dierking’s Contextual Model of Learning, to examine and analyze student responses...
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2018
Apr
18

Critical Optimism: Reimagining Rural Communities through Libraries

In Brief: In the absence of governmental agencies and philanthropic support, many rural communities see their local library as the last civic, cultural, or service organization in town. This reality presents obvious challenges to the librarian, and also incredible opportunity. As the primary convener, libraries have the ability to facilitate regeneration in the communities they...
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