I just received an alert for the latest issue of the Journal of Academic Librarianship (vol 39, iss 6) and noticed the following articles:
This study investigates distance learners' information literacy skills in using digital library resources and the factors (online learning and information manipulation) that correlate with learners' information seeking self-efficacy. In addition, distance learners' preferences with regard to digital resources selection and interests of developing information seeking skills were examined. 3517 students enrolled in one or more distance education courses were invited to participate in the online survey; 219 students completed the survey, for a response rate of 6.2%. The results revealed that distance learners who have higher self-efficacy for information seeking and proficiency in information manipulation exhibited higher self-efficacy for online learning. Moreover, students with high self-efficacy demonstrated superior knowledge of digital resources selection. Students who have low self-efficacy with regard to information seeking were more likely to express interest in learning how to use the library resources, although learning techniques for database searching was the exception.
This study analyzes the position announcements published in American Libraries between 1970 and 2010 for the purpose of documenting trends and changes in distance education librarianship in the United States. Findings include the first announced library distance education related job, total number of positions, titles, academic ranking, salary, educational background, roles/duties, and minimum qualifications.
The study concluded technology skills, information science skills, and communication skills are fundamental occupational skills for distance education librarians. Only time will tell if job titles with words like “distance education” or “off-campus” will disappear the same way “extended services” or “external services” have in the field of distance education librarianship. The salient point is that, no matter how they are described or titled in job postings, librarians with the particular skill set of distance education librarians – diverse, with a focus on technology – will likely find a place in libraries of the future.
"The National Reading Campaign recently commissioned a study by Environics Research Group to gather benchmark data about the pleasure reading habits of Canadians. Based on a nationally representative sample of 1,001 Canadians, the survey results revealed a population of passionate readers still very engaged with traditional reading platforms, and a group of Canadians not reading for pleasure in any medium."
I was really surprised they didn't separate ebook and pbook use, but I guess for the purpose of this survey they only cared about "reading". I also didn't see any information on the site comparing the results of this survey to anything in the past...
You can read the news release here.
Yesterday, Google Scholar announced Scholar Library. This would initially appear to be a shot across the bow of Zotero and Mendeley and the like, but at this time Scholar Library doesn't allow you to *import* anything that you've found outside of Google Scholar. Still, it's an interesting move.
Also at this time, they still allow you to export citations found through Google Scholar into the reference manager of your choice, but if that disappears, watch out!
Not a brand-new read, but *I* just finished reading the Educause annual paper, Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age (PDF). While libraries are only explicitly mentioned once or twice in the entire 19 pages, one of the panelists was a librarian, so there is that I guess. I only bother to mention that because while I read it I found myself checking off how almost each of the ten issues apply almost directly to my library, in addition to the institution as a whole.
Here's the list:
Each section concludes with a series of strategic questions to consider about each point. Well worth the read if you have anything to do with IT in your library. In addition to the paper itself, there's some supporting material on a companion website.
Yesterday a colleague passed on a link to a wonderfully thoughtful journal article: Knowledge Creation Platforms: The Next Step after Web-Scale Discovery, by Carl Grant, whom I am now following on Twitter.
In this piece, Carl brings us up to speed with a brief history of how technology has gotten us (libraries) to our current search boxes and strategies, and then suggests we've lost the war with Google, so we'd better start focusing on something better.
"How can we add such compelling value to the life of our users that they will reaach out to us first in some aspect of their daily work/life flows centering around knowledge?"
He then goes on to describe what he calls the Knowledge Creation Platform, and you should really go read the article yourself to learn what he has in mind.
My only beef is that the article seems to end a few pages early, without pointing out the final solution; what product do I install or buy that does this now?!? ;-)