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School library programs need collaboration

Cynthia Strong from Seattle Pacific University submitted an article –  “Importance of School Library Programs.”

This is a pre-print version of the article to be published in 2014.

Within the discipline of library science, over 20 research studies have been done in the United States attesting to how quality school library programs contribute to improved academic achievement. On the other hand, in the fields of education, school counseling, administration, and school leadership, and so on, there is a dearth of scholarship and recognition of the positive impact librarians and library media program have on student success. This conceptual paper first presents an overview of the empirical research on school library programs and the positive impact they have on the academic achievement of students in the United States. Second, the argument is made that if education is to remain sustainable, it is essential that collaborative relationships are developed between school librarians and other personnel within school buildings.

Hackers code and collaborate in the library

Here is another article. This one is from the journal, Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research.

The Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest: Hackers in the Library Coding, Collaborating and Creating by Sarah Shujah

From some of the abstract:

The Steacie Science and Engineering Library at York University hosted its first annual Steacie Library Dungeon Hackfest in February 2013. The purpose of a hackfest is to spend a day (or longer) using computer programming skills to collaborate on a particular software project and, hopefully, bring the project to reality. The project may be an app, widget, or website. It is evident that hackfests, as a form of engaged learning, help to reinforce the relevance of the library since it has implications for information literacy, open access, faculty liaison, and the changing perception of library as place. Twenty-five participants that included students, faculty, and staff hacked on Open York Data: York University’s openly accessible records and data such as course codes, lab stats of computers available in various libraries, subject headings, and research interests of faculty.

Collaborative publications, bibliometrics, and veterinary medical research

This early view article came out about six months ago in preparation for College & Research Libraries. I am not sure how I missed it.

Exploring the Veterinary Literature: A Bibliometric Methodology for Identifying Interdisciplinary and Collaborative Publications,” by Jessica R. Page, Heather K. Moberly, Gregory K. Youngen, and Barbara J. Hamel

Veterinary medical research traditionally focuses on animal health and wellness; however, research activities at veterinary colleges extend beyond these traditional areas. In this study, we analyzed eleven years of Web of Knowledge-indexed peer-reviewed articles from researchers at the twenty-eight United States American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) accredited veterinary colleges.

We had three goals in assessing the published literature of veterinary college researchers. First, we identified a list of journals and research areas outside of veterinary medicine in which veterinary researchers publish. This list of journals can be customized to identify those most essential at each institution. Second, we identified collaborative work by veterinary researchers across disciplines and institutions. Using textual analysis tools and visualizations helped us illustrate and clarify this data. Lastly, we developed a methodology for defining an interdisciplinary serials list outside a subject core that can be customized for specific institutions and subject areas.

I found a cite to this through Gregory K. Youngen’s presentation at a recent Association of Interdisciplinary Studies conference.

Repurposing library software to enhance collaboration

This looks like a great new article from Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice.  It reports an interesting use of the IMDb website.  I didn’t know that one could export IMDb information.

Open Source Opens Doors: Repurposing Library Software to Facilitate Faculty Research and Collaboration” by Sandra L. Stump and Rosemary L. Deegan


Asked to convert a faculty-created Microsoft Word document of biblical references found within popular films into a searchable database for scholars, the Albright College library staff helped create a multi-access database called Bible in the Reel World. The database relied on student workers for inputting data, used MARC standard formatting for future portability, and encouraged interactive feedback, enabling scholars to submit comments and suggest additional films and references. Using the open source integrated library system Koha, MarcEdit software, and free record exporting from IMDb, library staff created a fully-searchable database for researchers and scholars to examine the use of scripture in popular film.

Two more items concerning OCLC

OCLC and ProQuest work together to automate e-book collection management. “This new collaboration automates the process to keep e-book holdings from ebrary and EBL–Ebook Library up to date in WorldCat and library catalogs and offers current links to library users for easy access to those titles.”

This next link is about a webinar sponsored by OCLC and Library Journal, Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, 1:00–2:00 PM ET.

Implementing change: Realizing the results of collaborating in the cloud
“Libraries share many common challenges: scarce resources, increased user demand and ever more complex collections, systems and workflows. To help manage these challenges, today’s cloud-based library management services are offering workflows that save time and discovery solutions that meet users’ expectations.”

Three articles in the Journal of the Medical Library Association

There are three relevant articles in the new October issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Creating shared campus experiences: the library as culture club
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 254–256. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.005

Librarians identify strongly with users, understand institutional culture and politics, have a commitment to academic and intellectual values, and show a readiness to collaborate with people within and outside of the institution 1. Their neutral and apolitical interactions with faculty and academic leaders are a critical strength. These are strengths that position librarians to be effective arbiters of the intellectual and cultural needs of a campus. With no particular agenda and the ability to see the big picture, librarians can assume the role of trusted third party in discussions between and among differing interests for the good of the campus.

Expanding roles in a library-based bioinformatics service program: a case study
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 303–309. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.012

The bioinformatics service program was established at the Norris Medical Library in 2005. As part of program development, the library assessed users’ bioinformatics needs, acquired additional funds, established and expanded service offerings, and explored additional roles in promoting on-campus collaboration.

Library-based clinical and translational research support
J Med Libr Assoc. 2013 October; 101(4): 326–335. doi: 10.3163/1536-5050.101.4.017

There has been a shift in the workflow at academic biomedical research and clinical care centers to promote more efficient clinical and community implementation of bench discoveries. Strong financial support for this effort is provided by the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSAs) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), awarded to about sixty biomedical research institutions constituting the CTSA Consortium 1. CTSAs offer an opportunity to speed the translation of bench discoveries to improved human health by transforming the research enterprise at the local, regional, and national levels. These efforts include large-scale infrastructure projects, institution-wide coordination and provision of services, incentives to facilitate collaboration and team-based science, and education programs designed to train the next generation of researchers.

Collaborative academic database purchasing in New Mexico

More than two dozen higher education libraries recently purchased access for two years to 10 online research databases and two e-book collections via EBSCO Publishing.

Libraries at New Mexico colleges and universities will save hundreds of thousands of dollars after the schools worked together to purchase access to databases and e-book collections for students.

Take a look at the new issue–Volume 5, Issue 3

The new issue is now published.

Vol 5, No.3 (2013)

Table of Contents


Whither Library Consortia? PDF

Valerie Horton


Scholarly Articles

Assessment of Library Instruction on Undergraduate Student Success in a Documents-Based Research Course: The Benefits of Librarian, Archivist, and Faculty Collaboration Abstract PDF

Paul Victor Jr., Justin Otto, Charles Mutschler

Library Faculty and Instructional Assessment: Creating a Culture of Assessment through the High Performance Programming Model of Organizational Transformation Abstract PDF

Meredith G. Farkas, Lisa J. Hinchliffe

Collaboration for a 21st Century Archives: Connecting University Archives with the Library’s Information Technology Professionals Abstract PDF

Erin Lawrimore

Scholar-Librarian Collaboration in the Publication of Scholarly Materials Abstract PDF

Craig Harkema, Brent Nelson


From the Field

Partnering with Public Library Services: A Town and Gown Affair Abstract PDF

Sarah Cisse

Implementing a Promotional Process for Academic Librarians Abstract PDF

Robert Behary, Leslie Lewis, Bridget Euliano


Viewpoints: Technology Matters

RFID, GPS, and 3G: Radio Wave Technologies and Privacy PDF

Lori Bowen Ayre


Viewpoints: Perspectives

Campus Collaboration from a Martial Arts Perspective PDF

Michael Perini



Review of Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits PDF

Martha Hardy

Review of Managing Research Data PDF

Dorothea Salo


Collaboration needed to support communication across disciplines

Barbara Fister recently wrote “Bypassing the Sustainability Test” for Inside Higher Ed.  Within the article, she described the WAC Clearinghouse which is a collaborative project housed at Colorado State University.

She “had the good fortune this week to have a conversation with Mike Palmquist, who has had a lot to do with the Colorado State University-based WAC Clearinghouse, which has been publishing open access books and journals and other things for 16 years. He doesn’t say it’s his project, and the only title I could find to label his role is ‘founding editor.’ He does have a quite a few additional titles – Associate Vice Provost for Learning and Teaching, Professor of English, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar at Colorado State University, and director of CSU’s Institute for Learning and Teaching – so maybe he feels he has enough. But I doubt that’s it. When we talked about the Clearinghouse, he made it clear that it was a shared effort of a lot of people – currently over 100. All of them are committed to making it work the way disciplinary knowledge traditionally works, through the efforts of a loose collective of individuals who have a common curiosity and commitment to contributing to what we know about the world.”

The interview can be found at Library Journal.

Leadership and collaboration within complementary and alternative medical programs

This article was recently published in Library Leadership & Management.

Collaboration in White Spaces: Librarians as Leaders in Evidence-Based Practice at CAM Institutions by Janet Tapper, Richard J. Severson, Noelle Stello, and Della Shupe.


White Spaces were first described by organizational change expert Gary Rummler in the 1960’s to describe zones where meaningful action takes place outside of the normal chains of command dictated by organizational charts. This paper identifies key concepts for leadership in the white spaces as relationality, unanticipated organizational intention, intention to change and mutual purpose. Librarians serving nine Complementary and Alternative Medicine programs found themselves using white space leadership tactics to promote information literacy and evidence-based practice skills in the wake of receiving R25 grants from the National Institutes of Health. Their training as librarians paralleled the unique skills required for white space leadership and allowed them to create new opportunities for library integration into the curricula and programs of their institutions. Three case studies highlight the challenges of curriculum and cultural change at these schools and the synchronous opportunity for library involvement in those shifts.