2017
Jul
26
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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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2017
Jul
12
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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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2017
Jun
28

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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2017
Jun
14
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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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2017
May
17

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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2017
May
03
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The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter

In Brief: This article discusses the creation, philosophy, and future directions of the Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter, a grassroots crowdfunding initiative incubated within Library Pipeline. On May 1st, The Innovation in Libraries Awesome Foundation Chapter will distribute its monthly call for grant applications across a global network. On May 15th, The Innovation in Libraries...
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2017
Mar
22

Recruiting and Retaining LGBTQ-Identified Staff in Academic Libraries Through Ordinary Methods

In Brief While the American academic library field works hard to include all patrons and materials that represent less dominant populations, it should be more mindful of inclusivity in its own workforce. Particularly, the field does nothing to explicitly recruit or retain LGBTQ-identified librarians. The author proposes practical remedies to these problems that directly respond...
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