Articles

No wrong approach to planning an academic library orientation

Kylie Bailin, Lafayette College; Benjamin Jahre, Lafayette College; Sarah Morris, UNC Chapel-Hill | Sept 19, 2018

Kylie Bailin and students

Library orientations can take on many forms depending on their library’s size, mission, budget, or parent institution. There are many paths to success, and what works for one institution may not be practical for another. Here are six aspects of orientations to consider, and some tips to help you in planning your own event.

In 2017 librarians shared their knowledge and experience on a variety of topics including information literacy, scholarly communication, librarian roles, and research metrics via Library Connect articles, webinars and special content. Download the digest to get all the information in one place.

Join our librarian presenters as they share how they are assisting with the development of research ecosystems and services, and how they apply tools and training for these services. 

Training and development for librarians: Why bother?

By Leo Appleton, Goldsmiths, University of London | Aug 21, 2018

Continual Professional Development (CPD) Word Cloud

Leo Appleton, Goldsmiths University of London, presents his brief overview of the why, how and what of developing and implementing a training and continual professional development policy within a library. The article is based on his personal experience and explores why he believes CPD is strategically important in leading and managing library services.

 

The impact of library instruction on student success

By Melissa Bowles-Terry, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries | July 16, 2018

UNLV Libraries

The GWLA Student Learning Outcomes task force analyzed the data from more than 42,000 first-time, first-year students and more than 1,700 distinct courses from 12 research institutions to determine the impact(s) of information literacy instruction integrated into course curriculum on several measures of student success. Find out more about the highlights from the study including key findings and future directions.

 

The data visualization lab: Library support for the graphical output of research information

By Katy Kavanagh Webb, East Carolina University | July 11, 2018

Duke University, The Edge

SAS, SPSS, GIS, NVivo, R: The names may sound like alphabet soup, but these data visualization software suites have helped libraries provide a new kind of creative space and a slate of services. This article is the fourth in a series about creative spaces in libraries and focuses on Data Visualization Labs.

SAS, SPSS, GIS, NVivo, R: The names may sound like alphabet soup, but these data visualization software suites have helped libraries provide a new kind of creative space and a slate of services.

Quick wins for library workshop planning

By Zoe Pettway Unno, University of Southern California | June 25, 2018

Quick wins for library workshop planning

Hosting a library workshop can be exhilarating, especially when an engaged crowd is spilling out of your conference room. Discover a few tips from the author's years of hosting and presenting library workshops to help you prepare a winning presentation for your audience.

The big idea at the University of Texas Arlington Libraries was to create a new consultation service consisting of both a consultation and customized metrics report. Librarian Andy Herzog showcases their new service model that touches upon an individual faculty member’s needs, research metrics and academic impact.

The digital humanities lab: A dedicated space to support faculty’s creative endeavors

By Katy Kavanagh Webb, East Carolina University | June 11, 2018

Digital Humanities Lab

This article by Katy Kavanagh Webb, East Carolina University, describes how to set up a digital humanities lab (DHL), projects that a DHL can be used for, what equipment is necessary, and a case study from the successful DHL at UW Milwaukee. It also includes a list of librarian roles in the digital humanities.

In tribute to Karen Hunter, a former colleague who passed away on May 31, 2018, we would like to reshare her final Library Connect Newsletter article originally published in March 2011.