2018
May
30

An Academic Librarian-Mother in Six Stories

In Brief: The author found it curious and disappointing when she couldn’t find many published stories about the experiences of academic librarians who are also mothers. Where were mother-librarians represented in the library and information science literature? Using narrative and personal photographs, the author shares her stories of being a tenure-track librarian and a mother...
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2018
May
16
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“It was information based”: Student Reasoning when Distinguishing Between Scholarly and Popular Sources

In Brief: We asked students to find an article and answer the following questions: Is this a popular or scholarly article? How can you tell? We analyzed student answers to better understand the reasoning used to distinguish between scholarly and popular sources. Our results suggest that framing sources as “scholarly or popular” is confusing rather...
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2018
May
02

Out of Context: Understanding Student Learning Through Museum Studies

In Brief: How can we maximize library spaces and displays to support information literacy and critical thinking? How can we re-envision student learning in the ways that museums facilitate experiential learning and measure visitor engagement? This case study uses a theoretical framework, Falk and Dierking’s Contextual Model of Learning, to examine and analyze student responses...
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2018
Apr
18

Critical Optimism: Reimagining Rural Communities through Libraries

In Brief: In the absence of governmental agencies and philanthropic support, many rural communities see their local library as the last civic, cultural, or service organization in town. This reality presents obvious challenges to the librarian, and also incredible opportunity. As the primary convener, libraries have the ability to facilitate regeneration in the communities they...
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2018
Apr
04

Scholarship as an Open Conversation: Utilizing Open Peer Review in Information Literacy Instruction

In Brief: This article explores the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy’s frame, Scholarship as a Conversation. This frame asserts that information literate students have the disposition, skills, and knowledge to recognize and participate in disciplinary scholarly conversations. By investigating the peer-review process as part of scholarly conversations, this article provides a brief literature review on...
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2018
Mar
21

User-Centered Provisioning of Interlibrary Loan: a Framework

In Brief: Interlibrary loan (ILL) has grown from a niche service limited to few privileged scholars to a ubiquitous expected service. Yet, workflows still assume specialness. Users’ needs should come first and that means redesigning ILL into a unified linear user-centered process. It is not just a request form, rather we need improved mechanisms for...
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2018
Mar
07
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Without Foundations, We Can’t Build: Information Literacy and the Need for Strong School Library Programs

In Brief Information literacy is an essential life skill, and learning information literacy starts when students begin their schooling in the K-12 years. However, a disturbing trend has arisen: the lack of school libraries, and librarians, in schools across the country. Without a school librarian, students are not learning the foundations they need to become...
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2018
Feb
21
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Editorial: What we’ve been up to

Your editors at Lead Pipe wanted to share some of the things we’ve been working on and thinking about, Lead Pipe aside. Enjoy!   Amy One of the projects I work on at my library is the Civic Lab, a pop-up participatory program initiative centered around facilitating deeper exploration of how our government works, social...
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2018
Feb
07
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Spotlight on Digital Government Information Preservation: Examining the Context, Outcomes, Limitations, and Successes of the DataRefuge Movement

In Brief: Access and preservation of online government data and information has been a long-standing and complex issue for librarians in government information librarianship, but it has recently started to receive attention on a larger level from the media, public, and libraries in general. The most recent initiative to archive digital government data was the...
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