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Haya, Lind, and Janzen

Using a social platform as an internal communication tool

A case study

Web page sharing in Workplace.

In 2017, the Karolinska Institutet University Library conducted a project to replace the existing Intranet with a new improved tool. At the start of the project, we assumed it would result in a new, improved version of the existing Intranet. However ...


Erickson, Rondeau, and Sweeney

“Drops of Diversity”

How a small academic library is working to increase cultural competence

Screenshot of “Drops of Diversity” newsletter.

Virginia Wesleyan University (VWU) is ranked 19th in ethnic diversity among national liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report, a distinction held high by the institution. Diversity is a prominent feature of VWU’s strategic plan, and the institution’s core values emphasize inclusion and social responsibility. ...

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Delevan and LoRusso

Library outreach as a model for staff inreach

A method for sharing success

Montage of art from the “Don’t Call Me Crazy” exhibition.

Libraries have been successful at focusing their outreach efforts to users, but may not be as strong with communicating to their own staff. In recent years, libraries have acknowledged this siloed nature of their organizations, and have sought to ...


Katy Kavanagh Webb

Curriculum mapping in academic libraries revisited

Taking an evidence-based approach

Curriculum mapping for the purposes of an academic library is the process of reviewing a degree-granting department’s curriculum side-by-side with library learning objectives to situate information literacy instruction within the sequence of courses that a student will take.

In 2014, I undertook a curriculum mapping pilot for our library using a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis methodology as part of a leadership institute. My project looked at three degree programs at our university and suggested changes for further engagement with the departments. At the same time, three other librarians that ...

Scholarly Communications

Langham-Putrow and Carter

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Modeling an open access transformation

The introduction of Plan S, an initiative for open access launched by a group of primarily European national funding agencies and two foundations in late 2018, prompted discussion about how publishers will transition to full open access. Many current open access models involve article processing charge (APC) payments. Here we describe an alternative model, Subscribe to Open (S2O).

In 2015, Max Planck Digital Library published a paper arguing that enough money exists in the global scholarly communication system to enable a “flip” to an entirely open access paradigm. The following year, the “Pay It Forward” ...


Nickel and Back

Faculty writing retreats in the library

Creative approaches to relationship building

At William & Mary (W&M) Libraries, we often feel this way, and we hear from our teaching faculty colleagues that they feel the same. But can this common challenge present a unique opportunity? Can we, as a library, fill this need and accomplish our goals of building relationships and connections with faculty? We determined that we can. As we consider time-intensive library events, partnerships, and outreach, we have learned that focusing on high-impact relationship-building opportunities is the best way to spend our time.

Every university campus has its own unique culture. At W&M, our culture ...