The Preparation of Academic Library Administrators

The Preparation of Academic Library Administrators

Date: December 2012
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the preparation methods experienced by academic library deans and which methods they perceived to be most valuable. Rosser, Johnsrud, and Heck (2000, 2003) defined the theoretical constructs of effective academic leadership upon which this study is based. The instrument—a modified version of Greicar's (2009) Professional Preparation of Academic Deans Questionnaire—was administered online. The population was the chief administrators of academic libraries in the United States; there were 749 usable responses for a 30.4% response rate. Respondents were primarily female (61.7%), White non-Hispanic (90.0%), and born in the United States (95.7%), with a mean age of 56.4 (5.9% < 40, 11.0% > 65). The largest minority group was Black, non-Hispanic (3.9%). Many respondents held multiple advanced degrees; 90.0% held an MLS, 45.8% held a subject master's, and 18.8% held a doctorate. The instrument measured academic library deans' perceived value of various preparatory methods (formal and informal mentoring, on the job training, conferences or seminars, advanced degrees beyond the MLS, and training programs). The methods were tested for perceived effectiveness with Rosser, Johnsrud, and Heck's (2000, 2003) theoretical constructs of academic leadership. Each preparation method was measured using eight item-level variables and summed ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[Review] Letting Go Of The Words: Writing Web Content That Works

[Review] Letting Go Of The Words: Writing Web Content That Works

Date: 2008
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This book review discusses 'Letting Go of the Words: Writing Web Content that Works' by Janice (Ginny) Redish. The book offers strategies, processes, and tactics for creating or revising content for the web.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[Review] The Human Side of Reference and Information Services in Academic Libraries: Adding Value in the Digital World

[Review] The Human Side of Reference and Information Services in Academic Libraries: Adding Value in the Digital World

Date: unknown
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This book review discusses 'The Human Side of Reference and Information Services in Academic Libraries: Adding Value in the Digital World', edited by Lesley S.J. Farmer. The book provides best practices from a global perspective for how academic libraries can provide value-added reference and information services in a digital age.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Stop Using Cheesy Clip Art: Designing Better Graphics

Stop Using Cheesy Clip Art: Designing Better Graphics

Date: May 14, 2010
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This presentation discusses graphics. The author argues against using clip art and instead offers alternative options including tips for taking better photographs.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
The Relationship of Electronic Reference and the Development of Distance Education Programs

The Relationship of Electronic Reference and the Development of Distance Education Programs

Date: May 27, 2010
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This presentation discusses the relationship of electronic reference and the development of distance education programs with data and research findings.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Activities and Experiences of Academic Librarians Embedded in Online Courses

Activities and Experiences of Academic Librarians Embedded in Online Courses

Date: May 2010
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: Presentation for the 2010 Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) Conference. This presentation discusses activities and experiences of academic librarians embedded in online courses and common practices to assess various experiences.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
A Partnership Born of Urgency and Civic Responsibility: Preserving Access to Government Websites Through the CyberCemetery

A Partnership Born of Urgency and Civic Responsibility: Preserving Access to Government Websites Through the CyberCemetery

Date: April 22, 2010
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: Handout accompanying a presentation for the 2010 AGA Regional Professional Development Conference. The handout and presentation discuss the CyberCemetery, its purpose and development, technical details, users by country, and types of content.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[Review] Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Definitive Course from Concept to Comic in 15 Lessons

[Review] Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Definitive Course from Concept to Comic in 15 Lessons

Date: 2009
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This book review discusses 'Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: A Definitive Course from Concept to Comic in 15 Lessons' by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden. The book divides the work of creating comics into fifteen concrete lessons and in this review, the author discusses the book and the authors.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Preserving Access to Government Websites: Development and Practice in the CyberCemetery

Preserving Access to Government Websites: Development and Practice in the CyberCemetery

Date: May 26, 2008
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This paper discusses the development and practice in the CyberCemetery. In the late 1990's, online U.S. government information was appearing and disappearing at a rapid pace. In 1999, the University of North Texas Libraries (UNT) formed a partnership with the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) to address this issue by archiving electronic government websites. This archive, known as the CyberCemetery, provides permanent public access to the websites and publications of defunct U.S. government agencies and commissions. This partnership between UNT and GPO has expanded to include the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This paper covers the CyberCemetery's development and the process of identifying, capturing, and publishing content in the archive.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
[Review] Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love

[Review] Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love

Date: 2009
Creator: Hoffman, Starr
Description: This book review discusses the graphic novel 'Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love' by Jim Ottoviani and Dylan Meconis. The book chronicles the controversial psychologist Harry Harlow and his famous experiments from the 1950s.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
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