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In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does.

In the Library with the Lead Pipe » How Well Are You Doing Your Job? You Don’t Know. No One Does. | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

In Brief: The outputs librarians are measuring are not directly associated with specific practices that lead to improved lives for the people we serve. If we cannot make that connection, we have no way of knowing how well we are doing our jobs. This article suggests four measurable outcomes that libraries and librarians could use to make sure their activities are improving their constituents’ well-being, and also use in comparing their effectiveness with each other, allowing less effective libraries to learn from libraries that are achieving greater levels of success.


Via Trudy Raymakers, Karen du Toit, Joyce Valenza
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Alyson Tyler's comment, May 8, 2014 8:33 AM
Thanks for sharing, a great read.
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 8, 2014 10:28 AM

Ideas for truer measures of effectiveness and accountability.

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Research Article: “Why Some Students Continue to Value Individual, Face-to-Face Research Consultations in a Technology-Rich World” | LJ INFOdocket

Research Article: “Why Some Students Continue to Value Individual, Face-to-Face Research Consultations in a Technology-Rich World” | LJ INFOdocket | School Libraries and more | Scoop.it

For decades, academic librarians have provided individual research consultations for students. There is little information, however, about why students schedule consultations, the kinds of assistance students feel are provided by librarians during consultations, and what students find valuable about face-to-face consultations, even with the availability of online research help. This exploratory, qualitative study of individual research consultations at the University of Vermont gathered students’ views on these questions. The findings will help librarians better understand how individual consultations serve students and what role consultations should play in the mix of reference services offered.


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