DECEMBER 2018

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In This Issue

Guest Forum - Amelia Anderson looks at neurodiversity in the library and in the profession. Read the article in full text.

Coming next issue: Jan Kemp is our special guest!

Tech Talk - Tech Talk columnist Cas Lasowski discusses web archiving. Read her newest article.

Featured Library - Your library can be profiled here. Our latest profile is of the Concordia University Library, Montreal, Quebec. Read the latest profile.

Featured Articles - ENDLESS PREMIUM CONTENT available from Emerald, plus full-text articles from Elsevier (ScienceDirect), Haworth, Taylor & Francis, IOS Press, Sage, IGI-Global, University of Toronto Press and Information Today. All of this content is normally restricted only to their subscribers, but is accessible by our Premium Members through special arrangement with the publishers. You can read more about these articles on the web.

Featured Book - Hakala-Ausperk, Catherine. Future-Proof your Team. Chicago, ALA Editions, 2019. 64pp.

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Editor's Picks

Featured Articles


Exploring Junior Secondary Students Plagiarism Behavior, by Alice H.W. Yeung, et al. in Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Vol. 50 No. 4 © 2018, by Sage. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This study investigated junior secondary students standard of academic integrity. Data was collected through information literacy tests, plagiarism checks on student group projects and structured interviews.
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A Value Proposition for Cyberspace Management in Organizations, by Jestine Philip and Manjula S. Salimath in Business Information Review, Vol. 35 No. 3 © 2018, by Sage. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This article suggests that when organizations effectively manage the risks associated with cyberattacks and continue to attain benefits from cyberspace, there is a positive contribution toward organizational value.
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The Availability and Effectiveness of Research Supports for Early Career Academic Librarians, by Erin Ackerman, et al. in Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 44 No. 5 © 2018, by Elsevier. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This study investigates early career academic librarians' access to and experiences with research support activities designed to develop research skills and confidence. Specific attention is paid to informal mentoring, formal mentoring programs, and writing groups.
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How We Done It Good: Research Through Design as a Legitimate Methodology for Librarianship, by Rachel Ivy Clark in Library & Information Science Research, Vol. 40 No. 3-4 © 2018, by Elsevier. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This research posits that the how we done it good paradigm in librarianship reflects a valid and legitimate approach to research. By drawing on the concept of research through design, this study shows how these how we done it good projects reflect design methodologies which draw rigor from process, invention, relevance, and extensibility rather than replicability, generalizability, and predictability.
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Evaluating Your Online Presence: How Many Websites, Repositories, and Databases Do You Actually Need?, by Natasha Hollenbach in Computers in Libraries, Vol. 38 No. 8 © 2018, by Information Today. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Discusses three areas to think about when deciding whether that collection you're digitizing needs its own online home or if it can play nicely with the other collections.
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I Did the Search-Now What? Search Lessons for the Google Generation, by William E. Badke in Online Searcher, Vol. 42 No. 5 © 2018, by Information Today. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
How to make sense of search results, especially when there are a lot of them.
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Who Do You Think You Are? Reading, Authority, and Book Reviewing, by Seth Perry in Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Vol. 50 No. 1 © 2018, by University of Toronto Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Book reviewing depends on the mutual indulgence of authors and reviewers, a community of scholarship inflected by assumptions about scholarly authority. The author reflects on this community as he prepares to move from reviewer to reviewed with the appearance of his own first book.
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A Structured Analysis of mGovernment Apps and User Engagement, by Rhoda C. Joseph in International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications (IJESMA), Vol. 11 No. 1 © 2019, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
The primary research question motivating this study is how are governments facilitating user engagement via their mobile devices through mGovernment? This study uses a citizen-consumer perspective with a theoretical framework based on the mobile user engagement model to examine government apps.
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Storytelling: Practice and Process as Non-textual Pedagogy, by Kate McDowell in Education for Information, Vol. 34 No. 1 © 2018, by IOS Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This article explores the non-textual (and selected textual) pedagogies involved in teaching storytelling as an interactive communication practice. This pedagogical approach defines storytelling as involving a dynamic triangle of telling, listening, and story, drawing on both folklore and storytelling performance scholarship.
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Blockchain and Scholarly Publishing Could Be Best Friends, by Mads Holmen in Information Services and Use, Vol. 38 No. 3 © 2018, by IOS Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This paper attempts to demonstrate how Blockchain technology provides an opportunity to take back control of the Internet by decentralizing the Internet once again. It also offers the possibility to open up horizontal discovery on the web between publishers providing optimal discovery, while at the same time creating trust and transparency between publishers.
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Knowledge Portals: A Review, by Hayden Wimmer, et al. in International Journal of Knowledge Management (IJKM), Vol. 15 No. 1 © 2019, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
The purpose of this article is to present review on some major papers about knowledge portals that were published from 2000-2017. The review takes a holistic perspective based on systems development life cycle to critique the literature and identifies key challenges that enlighten future directions.
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We Learn in the Form of Stories: How Digital Storytelling Supports Critical Digital Literacy for Pre-Service Teachers, by Lynne Masel Walters and Sam von Gillern in International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC), Vol. 9 No. 3 © 2018, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This article discusses the use of digital storytelling to enable pre-service teachers to develop critical digital literacy skills.
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Other Articles of Interest


Campus Clue: Habituating Students to the Information Search Process via Gaming by Megan Mac Gregor (in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice)
This article shows how an academic library was able to successfully use the popularity of escape rooms and their teaching advantages to create an escape experience for students. By creating an experience that remained true to the original purpose of escape rooms, but which spanned the whole campus rather than one room, players learned about the library and other campus services by solving a series of ciphers and riddles.

How Do You Work? Understanding User Needs for Responsive Study Space Design by Asha L. Hegde, et al. (in College & Research Libraries)
To design learning commons study spaces responsive to user needs, the study spaces programming team at Texas State University created a survey focused on (1) how faculty and students like to work and (2) inspirational environmental attributes.

Lived Experience of Academic Librarians of Color by Juleah Swanson, et al. (in College & Research Libraries)
This research explores the following questions: what are the lived experiences of people of color who work as academic librarians in the profession; what are the contexts of their experiences; and how do these librarians see themselves?

My Go-To Tools and Very Best Tips by Jennifer E. Burke (in EContent)
A recap of Burke's go-to, can’t-work-without-them marketing tools, websites, and tips.

The Salary Question: Negotiating the Ins and Outs of Earning a Fair Compensation (in American Libraries)
David Connolly's insights on salary negotiations, including the biggest mistake applicants make regarding salary.

Sharing by Proxy: Invisible Users in the Sharing Economy by Gemma Newlands, et al. (in First Monday)
Focuses on the ramifications of users-by-proxy for the future of work and their significance for the limits of data-driven decision-making.

Special Collections Exhibitions: How They Pay Dividends for Your Library by Michael L. Taylor (in RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage)
This essay views exhibition curatorship as a form of professional and organizational development and calls attention to how it helps librarians develop skills, knowledge, resources, and relationships that enhance library services and staff careers.

Whither Goest Government Documents? A Story and a Study by Jeffrey Mark Wilhite and Karen Rupp-Serrano (in Practical Academic Librarianship)
A study was conducted to determine the findability of known print U.S. government documents using five different resources: the Catalog of Government Publications, in-house library catalog, library discovery service, HathiTrust, and Google. See who won!

Reports of Interest

Good Job Hunting (an American Libraries Special Report, p. 26-45)
How to make “You’re hired!” happen.

The State of Digital Preservation in 2018 by Oya Y. Rieger (an Ithaka S+R Report)
Looks at the gaps and challenges in digital collection preservation today.