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

Evolving and Enduring Patterns Surrounding Student Usage and Perceptions of Academic Library Reference Services

Jodi Jameson, Gerald Natal, John Napp

This descriptive study analyzes results from an 18-item survey which assessed students’ usage and perceptions of library reference services at a comprehensive public metropolitan university. Among 235 surveys completed between November 2016 and January 2017, the majority of respondents represented the “Generation Z” population of college students, 18 to 24 years of age. ...

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The Scholarly Impact of Books Acquired via Approval Plan Selection, Librarian Orders, and Patron-driven Acquisitions as Measured by Citation Counts

David C. Tyler, Brianna D. Hitt, Francis A. Nterful, McKenna R. Mettling

Patron-driven acquisition has been an important, if contentious, topic for decades, with numerous programs having been piloted, adopted, and reported on, largely favorably, in the library literature. Still, questions and doubts persist for academic libraries, especially where the composition of vendor plans and packages and the judgement of patrons are concerned. Past literature has approached the assessment ...

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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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