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  1. College Libraries and Student Culture What We Now Know by Lynda M. Duke Information
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Information Literacy: 21st Century Library Research Methods for African Studies
  4. College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know
  5. portal: Libraries and the Academy

Painting is already underway. Social science and humanities reference services will move to the 4th floor sci-tech reference desk during the floor work. For safety reasons, the university plans to reduce the hours of Torgersen Bridge come the fall. Torg will be locked at midnight, whereas the library will be open for hour service Sunday-Thursday. One plus: we expect to keep our door to the bridge open. Management details are still being worked out, but it appears that on weekdays between 8 am and 5 pm. We envision providing a variety of applications, both proprietary and freely available, for quantitative and qualitative analysis, GIS, visualization, and digital humanities.

The facility will also provide access to applications and data distirbuted on CD in oddball formats mainly from government agencies. Consulting and small-group instruction could be scheduled.

As partnerships with non-library experts evolve, we hope to offer regularly scheduled assistance, as is already the case with the writing center. Student guidebooks to the VT Libraries for have been printed. Copies will be distributed during freshman orientation and will be available in the library classrooms for courses. The library resource center in Falls Church should have copies as well. Requests for reservations, in either library classroom and in academic buildings, are already coming in.

This will be provided in addition to our published political and economic outlook. The new interface, though not the underlying system architecture, looks a lot like the existing ProQuest interface, with some elements from Illumina. This move has been in the works for a couple years, plagued by technological glitches and widespread resistance by libraries, including ours. Combining single-term searches after you have seen how each performed in any database is the most efficient, effective way to perform thorough searches fast.

Several very coarse-grained subject-area clusters of datbases are available in the right sidebar. If you want to improve your familiarity with the resources available through our membership in the Center for Research Libraries , sign up for a free CRL webinar. It is too early to guess what the implications will be for library collections, services, or facilities, but I doubt that big-ticket purchases will be possible in the near future.

A new edition of our student guidebook to the VT libraries should be distributed at summer orientations.

College Libraries and Student Culture What We Now Know by Lynda M. Duke Information

We hope it may also be useful to new faculty, for their own use as well as their instruction. Let me know if you want copies for yourselves. We hope to install some additional statistical and GIS applications on the PCs already there, along with open-source applications for digital humanities.

Initially, we will probably be able offer consultations there only by appointment the library staffers at the desk there do only circulation work , but we are working with other campus units to try to set up statistical and GIS consulting services along the lines of the writing center. We welcome your advice. This facility will complement our work in our digital libraries department to support researchers in data-management planning and hosting on our VTechWorks institutional repository.

For information literacy the end product is assumed to be an academic paper. Tenure and promotion require academic papers published in the right journals. Yet educators are finding, as Jennifer Sparrow mentioned, that some of the most effective teaching methods do not result in papers. Similarly, libraries like open source publishing as a way of getting around some of the bottlenecks and expenses of for-profit publication.

Yet open source often does not provide for all of the tenure and promotion requirements. Dare I propose a radical idea that Virginia Tech Libraries help forge the way in recognizing new models of education and scholarship? I work with images by creating and managing all aspects of a digital image library, except for programming and server maintenance. I have been here for five years and not even librarians in relevant subject areas have included the image database during instruction sessions. That is not to say interest is totally lacking.

More involvement like that from librarians would be wonderful.


I am sure everybody is familiar with Flickr Commons, where many cultural institutions put images on public display. You can view the metadata in Flickr, or you can download an image and see it in a program like Photoshop that reads image metadata.

IPTC is a scheme originated by photojournalists for keeping ascriptive and administrative data with images when they were sent over the wires. Many photo programs enable the entry of IPTC metadata into images. All the photos I shoot or the library include brief descriptions of the events that can be read in Photoshop.

Flickr preserves metadata in those schema as well. If you do a search for Flickr and metadata, you will find user forums where photographers have requested that Flickr preserve their data. The are photographers—probably amateur for the most part—not librarians, requesting metadata preservation. Flickr developers responded by mentioning some of the difficulties, but came through.

Information Literacy: 21st Century Library Research Methods for African Studies

It is less consistent with free accounts. Prestigious research institutions recognize the significance of Flickr as a place where the world and its history are documented through pictures. True, history includes days a the beach and frat parties, but it is documentation nonetheless.

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You just do normal critiquing of your sources when you use Flickr. Flickr is the place where I publish. I have been documenting the construction of the Virginia Tech Center for the Arts and generally making architectural observations of Blacksburg and elsewhere.

College Libraries and Student Culture: What We Now Know

Several of my colleagues have downloaded a couple of my image sets for their own databases. I scanned slides my father took of ancient rock painting in Zimbabwe and they are viewed internationally. I scanned a photo album from about that I bought in London in There were pictures of a school for poor children outside of London, and some local amateur historians became very excited because they were some of the earliest photos they had seen of the school and they used them in a book they published.

Another picture in the album showed the study of Walter Besant, an influential author and historian of London. I was contacted by a prominent historian of the British Navy who was looking for a Victorian study to use as a setting in a documentary film. The historian contacted her and the last I heard was going to make arrangements with her.

Libraries are wonderful advocates of making materials freely available for scholarly communications. In an earlier post readers might have noticed a certain sensitivity about the simplification of working with visual materials. In her presentation at our in-service day. Jennifer Sparrow gave examples of how faculty are using apps and collaborative media for student assignments. Faculty reported a higher level of engagement, better retention, and improved skills over the time-honored scholarly paper format.

Given my own struggles with the scholarly format as an undergraduate, that is not hard to believe. So there is not only the format of of a well-structured paper with citations, but apparently a particular style that scholars are supposed to affect, at least in library studies.

The digital era has blessed us with more engaging and effective ways of learning, research, and presentation, but in the classroom, as in publishing, there is tension between the old and new. As small assignments, I asked students to look for anything relevant to African Art on the web and put five bookmarks on Delicious each week.

They showed their finds in class and talked about them briefly.

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For their major project, students gave PowerPoint presentations in class on a topic of their choice and provided me with an informal write up of their research. I asked them to provide a bibliography, but not specific citations. I did not enforce a particular bibliographic form. I also gave traditional tests. I have mentioned one student in a previous post, whom I hired to work for me the following semester. She was a biology major whose college writing experience was limited to lab reports. She was in her sophomore year and had never given a presentation before.

She liked having the chance to do that. She had had a survey course in Art History, where not major paper was required. She started work for me and took more art history. In the first course, she wrote a proper paper with citations. The prof assumed students knew how to do formal citations and bibliographies.

My worker turned in her paper with its citations. Fortunately, the prof allowed students to turn in an improved paper if they wanted a better grade and there was no penalty for not getting it right the first time. After that experience, I thought when I taught African Art again, I should require proper papers so they would know the expectations of art history faculty. But I will also alert students to the requirements of some art history faculty and maybe go over citations and the MLA format—perhaps incorporating citations into the wiki or whatever I use.

Jennifer mentioned a professor who simply allowed links for citations instead of requiring a standard format. I might do that, but at least mention that in other art history classes students should ask their professors whether a standard format is required. Next time, the group will focus on Chapters , both of which focus on student behavior.

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