20
Sep
2017
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Creating Connections: How Libraries Can Use Exhibits to Welcome New Students

In Brief:  Feelings of loneliness are common among first-year college students during the start of the academic year. Academic and social integration into the campus community—both factors that can positively affect student retention—are critical yet difficult for any one group to manage. Grand Valley State University Libraries expanded its reach to help foster student engagement...
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6
Sep
2017

From AASL Standards to the ACRL Framework: Higher Education Shifts in Pedagogical Strategies

In Brief How does the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education function in relation to the information literacy standards used with students in K-12 schools and how does it inform academic librarians’ pedagogical strategies? While these documents are strongly related, there are large differences in their theoretical approach to information literacy, which are revealed...
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23
Aug
2017
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Finding foundations: A model for information literacy assessment of first-year students

In Brief This article presents a case study in establishing an information literacy instruction and assessment program for first-year university students at the University of Colorado Denver. Rather than presenting assessment data, we document the process in which our department engaged with the student learning assessment cycle, with the intention of allowing other information literacy...
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9
Aug
2017
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We Used Problem-Based Learning in Library Instruction and Came to Question Its Treatment of Students

In Brief: Two instruction librarians at a medium-sized liberal-arts college on the East Coast of the United States replaced their lecture-style teaching with Problem-Based Learning (PBL). They collaborated with two English instructors to bring PBL to a two-session sequence of library instruction. However, the more they used PBL, and the more they read about how...
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26
Jul
2017
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Editorial: Recent Reads

It’s summer in the northern hemisphere, and your editors at In the Library with the Lead Pipe are busy keeping up with the influx of patrons, with improving our instruction programs, and with other joys of summer. As always, we’re also thinking of ways librarians can improve our profession. Here’s a few recent articles that we’ve...
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12
Jul
2017
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Following the Yik Yak: Using Social Media Observations to Understand Student Needs on College Campuses

In Brief: What can social media tell us about our patrons? We look at Yik Yak through the lens of library ethnography, suggesting that anonymous social media can reveal not only complaints and commentary about library services and spaces, but also uncover students’ emotional and social experience with research and study space. Looking at social...
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28
Jun
2017

Neurodiversity in the Library: One Librarian’s Experience

In Brief: The literature about neurodiversity and libraries is heavily skewed toward libraries accommodating neurodivergent patrons. There is little written about librarians who are neurodivergent and their professional experiences. In this interview, Charlie Remy, an academic librarian who has autism, discusses his autism, his professional experience, and what others can do to create a more...
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14
Jun
2017
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Librarians Leading Short-Term Study Abroad

In Brief: Study abroad is a well-established method for transformative learning, recognized by the American Association of Colleges and Universities as a high-impact practice. Over the past decade, short-term faculty-led study abroad—immersive academic courses lasting eight weeks or less—has quickly become the most popular type of international experience in the United States, comprising more than 62%...
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17
May
2017

Preservation in Practice: A Survey of New York City Digital Humanities Researchers

In Brief Digital Humanities (DH) describes the emerging practice of interpreting humanities content through computing methods to enhance data gathering, analysis, and visualization. Due to factors including scale, complexity, and uniqueness, the products of DH research present unique challenges in the area of preservation. This study collected data with a survey and targeted interviews given...
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