Richard Nurse, “Researching student needs of library search,” Libwebrarian’s Blog

Richard Nurse, “Researching student needs of library search,” Libwebrarian’s Blog:

Pull quote: “Our overall approach is that we want to work alongside students (something that we’ve done before in our personalisation research) in a model that draws a lot of inspiration from a co-design approach. Instead of building something and then usability testing it with students at the end we want to involve students at a much earlier stage in the process so for example they can help to draw up the functional specification.”

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Barbara Fister, “Crossing Thresholds and Learning in Libraries,” Library Babel Fish @insidehighered

Barbara Fister, “Crossing Thresholds and Learning in Libraries,” Library Babel Fish @insidehighered:

Pull quote about threshold concepts: “These concepts, when grasped, so profoundly change the way students think that they are transformative and irreversible. Meyers and Land also believe them to be integrative, yet uniquely tied to a particular discipline. This last characteristic has become troublesome for librarians, since many of us don’t believe the transformative concepts that we want students to grasp are specific to our discipline. The experiences we are most interested in transcend disciplinary knowledge and can be applied to any number of post-graduate experiences in which being able to use information and create knowledge matters.”

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Patrick Dunleavy, “Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts,” The Impact Blog

Patrick Dunleavy, “Academic citation practices need to be modernized so that all references are digital and lead to full texts,” The Impact Blog:

Pull quote: “Referencing should connect readers as far as possible to open access sources, and scholars should in all cases and in every possible way treat the open access versions of texts as the primary source. Versions of the text that depend upon paid access (buying the book, or subscribing to the journal) should be relegated to the status of secondary sources, supplementary information for status-conscious academics (or their promotion committees), but not forming part of the core information about a text.”

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