DECEMBER 2019

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In This Issue

Guest Forum - Andrew Hart discusses library ethics, and reminds us to abide by the ALA Code of Ethics and the Library Bill of Rights. Read the article in full text.

Coming next issue: Kimberly Griffis returns as our special guest!

Tech Talk - Howard Trace discusses RSS. Read his newest article.

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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 - Pekoll, Kristin. . Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom Throughout Your Library. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2019.

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Editor's Picks

Featured Articles


Exploring Becoming, Doing, and Relating Within the Information Professions, by Jennifer Campbell-Meier and Lisa Hussey in Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, Vol. 51 No. 4 © 2019, by Sage. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Results of a survey that aims to define librarians' professional identity.
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Automation - It Does Involve People, by Delphine Phillips and Eddie Collins in Business Information Review, Vol. 36 No. 3 © 2019, by Sage. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Looks at the role of people in automation.
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Beg, Borrow, and Steal: Formal and Informal Access to the Scholarly Literature at U.S. Master's Universities, by William H. Walters in Journal of Academic Librarianship, Vol. 45 No. 6 © 2019, by Elsevier. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This study investigates the methods by which faculty obtain scholarly articles, books, and chapters. It focuses on full-text retrieval rather than discovery.
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More Than a Shelter: Public Libraries and the Information Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness, by Louise Dowdell and Chern Li Liew in Library & Information Science Research, Vol. 41 No. 4 © 2019, by Elsevier. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
How public library policies, practices and services support the information needs of people experiencing homelessness was investigated using a qualitative phenomenological design.
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The Use of Filters in Library Discovery, by Kaci Resau in Computers in Libraries, Vol. 39 No. 8 © 2019, by Information Today. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
How usability testing can improve search techniques and results.
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Instagram as a Cultural Content Creation Platform, by Tara Calishain in Online Searcher, Vol. 43 No. 5 © 2019, by Information Today. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Looks at the use of instagram to preserve cultural history.
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Understanding Australian Academic Authors in the Humanities and Social Sciences Their Publishing Experiences, Values, and Perspectives, by Agata Mrva-Montoya, et al. in Journal of Scholarly Publishing, Vol. 51 No. 1 © 2019, by University of Toronto Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This paper examines data from a survey of academic authors in the humanities and social sciences (HSS) in Australia. Our aim for the survey was to understand the publishing experiences, behaviours, and perceptions of these authors.
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Expectations and Experiences of Implementing a Mobile Secure Communication Application, by Tuomas Kari, et al. in International Journal of E-Services and Mobile Applications (IJESMA), Vol. 12 No.1 © 2019, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This study examines user expectations before and use experiences during the implementation phase of a mobile secure communication application. These are investigated from the expectation-confirmation perspective and its influence on continued adoption.
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Visual Learning: Origins, Approaches and New Orientations, by Audilio Gonzalez Aguilar and Francisco Carlos Paletta in Education for Information, Vol. 35 No. 3 © 2019, by IOS Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
Presents different approaches to visual learning in the field of education and research.
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The Road to Data Maturity - Why Publishing Has to Stay Relevant in the Digital Age and Why It Needs to Start Now, by Sam Herbert in Information Services and Use, Vol. 40, pre-press © 2019, by IOS Press. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This paper looks at the sea change and opportunities in the academic publishing sector. Driven by technology and changes in user experience, publishers need to harness technologies such as AI to help them evolve from being traditional content providers to data-driven product companies.
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Mobile Digital Literacy of Australian Adolescent Students, by Howard Nicholas and Wan Ng in International Journal of Digital Literacy and Digital Competence (IJDLDC), Vol. 10 No. 3 © 2019, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
As part of understanding adolescents' mobile digital practices, this research developed a framework for investigating the students' mobile digital literacy. This research used a quantitative methodology and adapted a generic digital literacy framework to investigate Years 7-10 Australian students' perceptions of their ability to use mobile technology for learning and everyday activities.
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Influence of Information and Service Quality on Users' Continuous Use of Mobile Libraries in China, by Pinghao Ye, et al. in Journal of Cases on Information Technology (JCIT), Vol. 22 No. 1 © 2020, by IGI-Global. Reprinted by permission from the publisher.
This research mainly aims to explore the factors that influence users' continuous use of mobile libraries. The findings of this study will provide empirical evidence to help improve the service and information quality of mobile libraries.
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Other Articles of Interest


Boost Your Public Speaking Skills by Anne Ford (in American Libraries, p. 46)
Practical tips for public speakers.

Dissatisfaction in Chat Reference Users: A Transcript Analysis Study by Judith Logan, et al. (in College & Research Libraries)
This study aims to identify factors and behaviors associated with user dissatisfaction with a chat reference interaction to provide chat operators with suggestions of behaviors to avoid.

Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost: Preservation in the Age of Shared Print and Withdrawal Projects by Zachary Maiorana, et al. (in College & Research Libraries)
This paper's review of current issues in shared print retention and preservation identifies such shared issues as the cataloging and validation, retention and withdrawal of holdings, loss rates, current condition of holdings, recommendations for the number of copies to retain, and storage environments.

Making Research Visible: A Library Competition for Graduate Students by Kalli Damschen and Hannah Gascho Rempel (in College & Research Libraries News)
How to encourage graduate students to become a core academic library user group.

Membership & Service Along the Career Path: Pre and Post-Tenure Musings by Kristin E. C. Green and Bonnie Imler (in Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice)
Reflections on service, and other benefits of membership, by two Penn State librarians at different points in their professional journeys, one on the tenure-track, and the other post-tenured.

Mobile Learning and Student Engagement in Remote Field Activities by Anthony Ralston, et al. (in First Monday)
This research is centred on an investigation of the potential for the use of mobile learning in remote field study locations by university students.

Unauthorized Practice of Law in the Library by Anthony Aycock (in American Libraries)
What to consider when a patron asks a legal question.

"When Good Intentions Aren't Good Enough: Signs of Successful Archives" by Joseph Coates (in The Christian Librarian)
Relates the experience of a failed archives project, and what we can learn from it to ensure our projects are successful.