Recent Submissions

  • Leveraging Collections to Support Instructional Needs 

    Adair, Heather; Crane, Ashley; Hanson, Michael (American Association of School Libraries, 2021-10-23)
    Looking to better connect your collection to your campus’ instructional needs? Join us on a journey exploring opportunities to position your collection to support diverse learners, learning environments, and instructional ...
  • Learning Analytics and Privacy: A Library Perspective 

    Hwang, Soo-yeon; Hanson, Michael (Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 2021-07-26)
    This column discusses learning analytics in higher education, including the involvement of academic libraries, privacy concerns, and some elements to consider when developing and deploying learning analytics systems ethically.
  • Rethinking the Role of Circulation Staff in Academic Libraries 

    Owens, Erin (Taylor & Francis, International Information & Library Review, 2021-04)
    The traditional functions of Access Services shrink as many academic libraries see physical circulation rates continue to decline, but the need for staff trained in customer service skills does not diminish. This column ...
  • Scholarly Communication Outside the R1: Measuring Faculty and Graduate Student Knowledge and Interest at a Doctoral/Professional University 

    Owens, Erin; Manolovitz, Tyler (Pacific University Libraries (Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication), 2021)
    This study explores the baseline knowledge and interest of faculty and graduate students at a Carnegie-classified Doctoral/Professional University regarding different components of scholarly communication. A survey was ...
  • Impostor Phenomenon and Skills Confidence among Scholarly Communications Librarians in the United States 

    Owens, Erin (ACRL (College & Research Libraries), 2021)
    This survey-based study sought to measure the experience of impostor phenomenon among library personnel supporting scholarly communications in academic libraries in the United States. Additionally, the survey sought to ...
  • Featured Library: Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University (Huntsville, TX) 

    Elkins, Susan; Hwang, Soo-yeon; Shotwell, Trent (Informed Librarian, 2019-11)
    An informational article about the Newton Gresham Library, Special Collections, and a class project. This project involved students from a public history class to interact with primary research materials to learn more about ...
  • Austin MacCormick: A Champion for Texas Prisoners 

    Elkins, Susan; Kim, Dianna; Shotwell, Trent (Journal of South Texas, 2020)
    Austin Harbutt MacCormick (1893-1979) spent much of his professional career serving as a proponent of prison reform. Beginning with his 1915 college graduation essay focused on the subject and continuing throughout the ...
  • What Do You Want from Us? Evaluating Student Interest in Technology-Based Services in Academic Libraries 

    Elkins, Susan; Hwang, Soo-yeon; Kim, Dianna; Manolovitz, Tyler; Mueller, Kat Landry; Owens, Erin (College & Research Libraries, 2019)
    Following two previous studies in 2010 and 2013, this study intends to identify current trends of Sam Houston State University students’ technology and communication needs and preferences regarding library services and ...
  • Where’s the EASY Button? Uncovering E-Book Usability 

    Mueller, Kat Landry; Owens, Erin; Valdes, Zachary; Williamson, Cole (2019)
    E-book platforms have multiplied among vendors and publishers, complicating not only acquisitions and collection development decisions, but also the user experience. Using a methodology of task-based user testing, the ...
  • Beyond Citation-Counting: Metrics and Altmetrics for Demonstrating Scholarly Impact 

    Owens, Erin (2019-03-19)
    As librarians, we understand how a citation shows the influence of one scholarly work on another. But citations are only one way to gauge the impact that scholarship has in its field and in the wider world. Starting from ...
  • Institutional repository promotion: Current practices and opinions in Texas academia 

    Hwang, Soo-yeon; Elkins, Susan; Hanson, Michael; Shotwell, Trent; Thompson, Molly (New Review of Academic Librarianship, 2019-04-26)
    Promoting an institutional repository (IR) to both faculty and end-users can be challenging. We surveyed academic libraries with an IR in Texas, and asked both library administrators and IR managers about their efforts to ...
  • Biz of Acq - LibGuides: Changing the Game for Technical Services Procedures & Policies 

    Mueller, Kat Landry; Thompson, Molly; Flinchbaugh, Michelle (Against the Grain, 2015-09)
    While librarians are stereotypically excellent at preserving and ensuring access to library materials for patrons, there tends to be noticeable lack of instructions when it comes to documenting their own workflows and ...
  • Patron Preferences: Recreational Reading in an Academic Library 

    Mueller, Kat Landry; Hanson, Michael; Martinez, Michelle; Meyer, Linda (The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 2017-01)
    Research background and method In 2014, Sam Houston State University Library librarians distributed a survey to students, faculty and staff to better understand how the university community was using library materials for ...
  • Ready, Set, Hire! Perceptions of new technical services librarian preparedness 

    Mueller, Kat Landry; Thompson, Molly; Valdes, Zach (Library Leadership & Management, 2015)
    Previous studies have investigated technical services librarian job availability and preparedness, but have not compared library administrators’ and librarians’ assessments of entry-level technical services librarian ...
  • Higher Education and Emerging Technologies: Student Usage, Preferences, and Lessons for Library Services 

    Cassidy, Erin Dorris; Britsch, James; Griffin, Glenda; Manolovitz, Tyler; Shen, Lisa; Turney, Linda (Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association (Reference & User Services Quarterly), 2011)
    This study examines the utilization and preference of popular Internet and communication technologies among students at Sam Houston State University (SHSU), a Carnegie Research Doctoral university in East Texas. The ...
  • To Whom Are We Listening? Measuring the Pulse of Geography Education Research, 2010 

    Albert, Donald Patrick; Cassidy, Erin Dorris (Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, 2017)
    This study analyzes citations from thirty-six articles published in volume 34 (2010) of the Journal of Geography in Higher Education (JGHE). This is one of the dominant publications in the suite of international journals ...
  • Faculty-Librarian Micro-Level Collaboration in an Online Graduate History Course 

    Hendrickson, Kenneth E.; Cassidy, Erin Dorris (Elsevier (Journal of Academic Librarianship), 2013-11)
    This paper describes a micro-level faculty-librarian collaboration implemented at the authors' state university to address students' information literacy deficiencies in a graduate-level history research methods course. ...
  • Student Searching with EBSCO Discovery: A Usability Study 

    Cassidy, Erin Dorris; Jones, Glenda; McMain, Lynn; Shen, Lisa; Vieira, Scott (Taylor & Francis (Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship), 2014)
    The researchers conducted task-based usability testing of the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) with 20 students. While most participants felt positively about EDS, a few usability issues emerged. Confusion arose regarding ...
  • Not in Love, or Not in the Know? Graduate Student and Faculty Use (and Non-Use) of E-Books 

    Cassidy, Erin Dorris; Martinez, Michelle; Shen, Lisa (Elsevier (Journal of Academic Librarianship), 2012)
    This study focuses on usage of electronic books (e-books) among advanced researchers, including graduate students and faculty, at a four-year academic institution. The researchers aimed to highlight differences in behavior, ...
  • Off the Shelf: Trends in the Purchase and Use of Electronic Reference Books 

    Korah, Abe; Cassidy, Erin Dorris; Elmore, Eric; Jerabek, Ann (Taylor & Francis (Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship), 2009)
    What is the future direction of reference books? What types of policies are libraries implementing regarding the purchase of electronic reference books? Are libraries still buying hard copy reference items when an electronic ...

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