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Ryan and Grubbs

Library self-disruption

The key to surviving and thriving: A library dean and professor dialogue on learning technologies and mutual dependence

Disruption and change, especially in the area of technology, continue to have a major impact on society. The higher education community is certainly not immune to these trends. ...


Falcone and McCartin

Be critical, but be flexible

Using the Framework to facilitate student learning outcome development

A shift in thinking in the library profession has moved us from the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education to the Framework for Information ...


Danielle Mihram

The University of Southern California Voltaire Letters

A polymathic multimodal digital project

In spring 2015 one catalog record in the University of Southern California (USC) Special Collections came to my attention: Voltaire correspondence, 1741–1777. The correspondence consists of 30 original autograph letters and four poems authored by Voltaire ...

International Insights

Reggie Raju

From “life support” to collaborative partnership

A local/global view of academic libraries in South Africa

South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy has been labeled a success. The growth in democratic institutions, transformation of the public service, extended basic services, and stabilization of the economy have been used to measure this success. Despite these successes, it is acknowledged that far too many South Africans are trapped in poverty, and South Africa still remains a highly unequal society. A major contributor to poverty and an unequal society is the poor quality of K–12 education for the majority and the continuation of that into higher education. The National Development Plan acknowledges ...

Annual Report 2016-2017

Scholarly Communication

Roxanne Shirazi

The doctoral dissertation and scholarly communication

Adapting to changing publication practices among graduate students

When I first began working with electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs), the conversation in libraries appeared to revolve around open access and publication embargoes. It seemed to me that the primary task for scholarly communication librarians in this area was to broaden access to graduate research while protecting future publication opportunities for individual authors. As graduate students begin to publish earlier in their careers, the relationship between the doctoral dissertation and scholarly publishing is evolving. Many students now include ...