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

Current Issue: July 2018

Cover: College & Research Libraries July 2018

Information Code-Switching: A Study of Language Preferences in Academic Libraries

Frans Albarillo

Initially coined by sociolinguists, the term code-switching refers to the alternation of languages by multilinguals. Code-switching is an active research area that has significant implications for academic libraries. Using data from focus groups and a survey tool, this paper examines language preferences of foreign-born students for particular information tasks. ...

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Autism and the Academic Library: A Study of Online Communication

Amelia Anderson

Increased prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnoses within the general population is reflected in the growing number of college and university students with ASD. This exploratory study used an unobtrusive qualitative content analysis design to explore the experiences of students with ASD in academic libraries. It seeks to understand their questions and concerns ...

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Trust Versus Perceived Quality in Scholarly Publishing: A Personality-Attitude-Intention Approach

Lars Moksness, Svein Ottar Olsen

Digital academic journals serve as the main dissemination method for peer-reviewed research articles. These journals can be divided into two main categories: open access (OA) and non–open access (non-OA) journals. OA literature is defined by Suber as “digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.”1 The reasons why no-cost OA adoption is slow-going are still largely unexplored, both theoretically and empirically. However, some influential reasons are suggested in the literature: uncertainty or distrust and perceived lower quality or reputation.2 ...

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Shaping the Future of Academic Libraries: Authentic Learning for the Next Generation

Jurgen Schulte, Belinda Tiffen, Jackie Edwards, Scott Abbott, Edward Luca

Academic librarianship is changing in response to new pedagogies and educational approaches emerging in the tertiary (i.e. post-secondary, college or university) education sector.1,2 As teaching shifts to more engaged and authentic student experiences, with a focus on preparing undergraduates with the necessary attributes to succeed in the future workplace, librarians have the opportunity to employ their skills in information management, digital literacy, scholarly communication and technology to partner with academic staff in effecting this change. ...

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Leading the Academic Library in Strategic Engagement with Stakeholders: A Constructivist Grounded Theory

Fiona Harland, Glenn Stewart, Christine Bruce

The current diversity and disparate needs of stakeholders present significant challenges to academic libraries globally. The constructivist grounded theory presented in this paper recognizes the guiding role of the library director in responding to this problem and the need for different strategic mechanisms for engagement with various stakeholder groups. Key contributions of this work include ...

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Replicable Services for Reproducible Research: A Model for Academic Libraries

Franklin Sayre, Amy Riegelman

Over the past decade evidence from disciplines ranging from biology to economics has suggested that many scientific studies may not be reproducible. This has led to declarations in both the scientific and lay press that science is experiencing a “reproducibility crisis” and that this crisis has consequences for the extent to which students, faculty, and the public at large can trust research. Faculty build on these results with their own research, and students and the public use these results for everything from patient care to public policy. ...

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