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

Current Issue: September 2019

Cover: College & Research Libraries volume 80, number 6, September 2019

Continued Efforts for Transparency and Inclusion

Wendi Arant Kaspar

The latest ALA Annual Conference in DC saw the unveiling of the action-oriented research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future, developed with leadership from the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee. It is a key milestone in the association and in the profession by encouraging the community to make the scholarly communications system ...

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Being Seen: Gender Identity and Performance as a Professional Resource in Library Work

Tatiana Bryant, Hilary Bussell, Rebecca Halpern

While much of the literature on gender in librarianship approaches this issue at an organizational level, this qualitative study investigates how individuals working in libraries perceive their gender identities as a resource for their professional goals and how this intersects with other social identities including race and sexuality. ...

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Exposing Standardization and Consistency Issues in Repository Metadata Requirements for Data Deposition

Jihyun Kim, Elizabeth Yakel, Ixchel M. Faniel

We examine common and unique metadata requirements and their levels of description, determined by the data deposit forms of 20 repositories in three disciplines—archaeology, quantitative social science, and zoology. The results reveal that requirements relating to Creator, Description, Contributor, Date, Relation, and Location are common, whereas those regarding Publisher and Language are rarely listed across the disciplines. ...

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A Comparative Study of Perceptions and Use of Google Scholar and Academic Library Discovery Systems

Kyong Eun Oh, Mónica Colón-Aguirre

Google Scholar and academic library discovery systems are both popular resources among academic users for finding scholarly information. By conducting an online survey with 975 users from more than 20 public research universities across the United States, this study comparatively investigates how and why academic users use these two resources. Results show that the ways participants used both resources were similar, and both were perceived as highly accessible and useful. ...

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What Degree Is Necessary to Lead? ARL Directors’ Perceptions

Russell Michalak, Monica D.T. Rysavy, Trevor A. Dawes

In 2018, after a failed search for the Executive Director of the American Library Association (ALA), ALA members put forth a ballot initiative to determine whether the educational requirements for the position should be modified, in part, to expand the potential applicant pool. With this research, the authors examined if current ARL administrators hold an MLS/MLIS and whether current ARL administrators ...

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Collaboration, Consultation, or Transaction: Modes of Team Research in Humanities Scholarship and Strategies for Library Engagement

Megan Senseney, Eleanor Dickson Koehl, Leanne Nay

With the rise of digital scholarship, humanists are participating in increasingly complex research teams and partnerships, and academic libraries are developing innovative service models to meet their needs. This paper explores modes of coworking in humanities research by synthesizing responses from two qualitative studies of research practices in the humanities and proposes a taxonomy of multiperson research that includes collaborative, consultative, and transactional research ...

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