2012 Conference Presentations


Terry Plum

The Value of Digital Content in the Academic Library | Download PDF

Willie Miller

ARL Klout Study

Academic libraries are using the popular microblogging service, Twitter, to advertise events, recommend books, discuss collections, publicize library services, and deliver messages about the library in general (Aharony, 2010; Stuart, 2010).

Many libraries are enthusiastically exploring the use of this social media platform as a point-of-contact method of engaging the library user population; however, little more than anecdotal accounts has been done to evaluate the significance of Twitter for libraries. Klout, Inc. is a company that measures the influence of an organization’s social media presence through actions such as likes, retweets, comments, and more (Klout, 2012). This ongoing study has two phases: In the first, researchers review and collect the monthly Klout Score of Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member institutions with active Twitter accounts for Fall 2011. In the second phase, this data will be used determine the top twenty-five influential accounts. The social media behaviors of the top institutions will be studied to determinebest practices for the use of Twitter in academic libraries.


Meagan Lacy

Evaluating the One-Shot

Despite the fact that the “information literacy” (IL) movement is in full swing – achieving visibility across college campuses nationwide – delivering information literacy instruction remains a challenge. While librarians have developed a number of creative strategies for teaching and embedding information literacy into the curriculum, the 50-minute, one-shot session remains the typical instruction method available to librarians. Given this constraint, librarians must maximize their time with their students. This study explores whether or not this format is working for students, whether they demonstrate any behavioral changes after a one-shot session, and whether instructors perceive any educational value from the IL instruction session. To investigate these questions, a librarian partnered with four English instructors who were teaching a required writing course and distributed surveys that gathered information about how they formulated their search queries. Results indicate that a short IL instruction session was not enough time to teach keyword searching.

David Thompson

Smartphone Use in Everyday Life: Understanding the Context of Information Behaviors through Electronic Diaries

This study focused on the contextual factors of smartphone use in everyday life and on the role of electronic diaries in qualitative, longitudinal studies. Seven participants used their choice of physical or digital diary format to record each smartphone use during the course of one week. Qualitative content analysis yielded data categories, and a tree analysis generated the most common combinations of contextual factors.  Most usage occurred in the non-mobile settings of home and work. Top combinations of location, application, and connection showed participants checking the time while at home or at a friend’s, contacting a significant other from transport via text or phone or contacting friends via social media while at home or work. Diaries provided valuable snapshots into participant smartphone use and revealed how smartphones have changed non-mobile as well as mobile information retrieval. Participants preferred electronic diaries, which lent proximity and authenticity to recording entries and facilitated data collection and analysis.  Smartphone app diaries should be developed for field research.

Jared Harmon

Is it good to Share? An effectiveness study of the Indiana Share Program

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This study explores the effectiveness of the Indiana Share program, an interlibrary loan borrowing consortium run by the Indiana State Library. The filled item rates from both Share and a sample of non-Share libraries that use OCLC resource sharing are compared to determine if Share is as effective as in-house interlibrary loan. A survey was also conducted of a sample of both Share and non-Share libraries to determine user satisfaction. This is once again meant to determine whether Share is a satisfactory alternative to in-house interlibrary loan.

The data is still being gathered, but once this has been accomplished, analysis of the data will commence. This study aims to fill a gap in the literature regarding user satisfaction in interlibrary loan. It also will be valuable to Indiana libraries considering whether or not to use Share.

Carri Genovese

Steaming up the Circ Desk: Are ebooks changing what our patrons read?

The pace of innovation in ereading has made it almost impossible for libraries to keep up with the technological changes. Most research that has been done has focused on how to support ebook readers and how libraries will survive in a digital age. However, as public librarians we cannot help every reader find his or her book if we do not have a clear idea of what the reader wants to read for pleasure. How has the emergence of ebooks affected the reading preferences of our patrons? There are a lot of rumors about how the romance genre has exploded in the ebook format, yet there is little hard evidence, such as numbers on the NYT Best-Sellers list, to back this up.

This presentation will explore genre and ebooks. Are romances more popular than the evidence suggests? The information presented will help librarians understand what their patrons are really reading. It will also provide librarians with the beginnings of an examination into how our changing mediums are changing our preferences. Following these trends will be imperative in the years to come if we are to stay relevant and innovative.

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