College & Research Libraries is a scholarly research journal published by the Association of College & Research Libraries.

Current Issue: March 2020

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 81, number 2, March 2020

Undesirable Difficulties: Investigating Barriers to Students’ Learning with Ebooks in a Semester-length Course

Cindy Pierard, Vanessa Svihla, Susanne K. Clement, Bing-Shan Fazio

Our ability to make informed decisions about ebooks is constrained by our limited understanding of how students perceive and use them. A team of librarians and a professor in learning sciences asked graduate students to serve as informants on student experience with ebooks. We analyzed student work in two semester-long studies, focusing on barriers and affordances they identified. ...

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Innovating Support for Research: The Coalescence of Scholarly Communication?

Heather Moulaison Sandy, A.J. Million, Cynthia Hudson-Vitale

Information professionals housed in academic libraries are increasingly taking a role in supporting scholarly communication activities. This article investigates the extent to which a formal role has grown in ARL libraries, the skills and competencies necessary for supporting work with data in this capacity, and how those skills and competencies relate to the research lifecycle. ...

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Science A&I Database Holdings at ARL and Oberlin Group Libraries, 2011–2016: A Longitudinal Study

Timothy W. Klassen

After instituting major cuts to discipline-specific science abstracting and indexing (A&I) databases at an ARL library due to significant budget cuts, the author sought to determine if such cuts were being made by other academic libraries and what trends could be found in holdings of such databases. Annually, over the course of eight years, 108 ARL libraries and 74 Oberlin Group library website A–Z database lists were reviewed to look for the presence of 21 Science and Technology A&I databases. Additions and cancellations were recorded and verified. ...

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Tell Me Your Story: Narrative Inquiry in LIS Research

Emily Ford

Narrative inquiry, a phenomenological qualitative research methodology, examines individual human experiences—stories. Yet, researchers in Library and Information Science (LIS)—a human-focused profession—have infrequently used it. This article introduces narrative inquiry and provides a literature review of the few LIS studies using it. ...

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Academic Librarian Publishing Productivity: An Analysis of Skills and Behaviors Leading to Success

Camielle Crampsie, Tina Neville, Deborah Henry

Scholarly publishing continues to be a prominent expectation for many academic librarians. This survey explores characteristics, behaviors, motivations, institutional supports, and educational opportunities that help library practitioners become successful authors. It also looks at perceived confidence in research skills of both novice and experienced librarians. ...

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Information Literacy’s Influence on Undergraduates’ Learning and Development: Results from a Large Multi-institutional Study

Kevin Fosnacht

This paper investigated the reliability and validity of the National Survey of Student Engagement’s Experiences with Information Literacy module, an assessment instrument developed in collaboration with a group of instructional librarians. After identifying three information literacy–related factors in the module, it assessed the relationship between the factors and students’ engagement in Higher-Order Learning and Reflective and Integrative Learning activities and students’ perceived gains. ...

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Core Knowledge and Specialized Skills in Academic Libraries

Laura Saunders

Academic libraries are challenged to keep pace with major changes and trends in the fields of library and information science and higher education generally. Through a nationwide survey of information professionals and LIS faculty, this study explores the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) currently in demand for academic librarians and compares them to those expected of information professionals in other areas of the field. ...

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