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Fwd: [lita-l] March 2020 ITAL Issue Now Available

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From: Chrishelle Thomas <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 4:21 PM
Subject: [lita-l] March 2020 ITAL Issue Now Available
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>


The March 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL)
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/index> is available now. In this
issue, * ITAL
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11631/9685>* Editor
Ken Varnum <https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/12137/9915>
shares his support of LITA, ALCTS, and LLAMA merging to form a new ALA
division, Core. Our content includes a message from LITA President, Emily
Morton-Owens. “A Framework for Member Success
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/12105>,“ Morton-Owens
discusses the current challenges of LITA as a membership organization and
reinvention being the key to survival. Also in this edition, Laurie Willis
discusses the pros and cons of handling major projects in-house versus
hiring a vendor in "Tackling Big Projects
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/12067/9917>." Sheryl
Cormicle Knox and Trenton Smiley discuss using digital tactics as a
cost-effective way to increase marketing reach in "Google Us!
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/12089/9919>"

*Featured Articles:*

“User Experience Methods and Maturity in Academic Libraries
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11787/9921>,” Scott
W. H. Young, Zoe Chao, and Adam Chandler

This article presents a mixed-methods study of the methods and maturity of
user experience (UX) practice in academic libraries. The authors apply
qualitative content analysis and quantitative statistical analysis to a
research dataset derived from a survey of UX practitioners. Results reveal
the type and extent of UX methods currently in use by practitioners in
academic libraries. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11787/9921>.

“Virtual Reality
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11369/9923>,
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11787/9921>” by Megan
Frost, Michael Goates, Sarah Cheng, and Jed Johnston

We conducted a survey to inform the expansion of a Virtual Reality (VR)
service in our library. The survey assessed user experience, demographics,
academic interests in VR, and methods of discovery. Currently our
institution offers one HTC Vive VR system that can be reserved and used by
patrons within the library, but we would like to expand the service to meet
the interests and needs of our patrons. We found use among all measured
demographics and sufficient patron interest for us to justify expansion of
our current services. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11369/9923>.
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11077/9693>

“Using Augmented and Virtual Reality in Information Literacy Instruction to
Reduce Library Anxiety in Nontraditional and International Students
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11723/9925>,” by
Angela Sample

Throughout its early years, the Oral Roberts University (ORU) Library held
a place of pre-eminence on campus. ORU’s founder envisioned the Library as
central to all academic function and scholarship. Under the direction of
the founding dean of learning resources, the Library was an early pioneer
in innovative technologies and methods. However, over time, as the case
with many academic libraries, the Library’s reputation as an institution
crucial to the academic work on campus had diminished. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11723/9925>.

“Bento Box User Experience Study at Franklin University
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11581/9927>,
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/10977>” by Marc Jaffy

This article discusses the benefits of the bento-box method of searching
library resources, including a comparison of the method with a tabbed
search interface. It then describes a usability study conducted by the
Franklin University Library in which 27 students searched for an article,
an ebook, and a journal on two websites: one using a bento box and one
using the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS). Screen recordings of the searches
were reviewed to see what actions users took while looking for information
on each site, as well as how long the searches took. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11581/9927>.

“User Experience with a New Public Interface for an Integrated Library
System <https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11607/9929>,
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11009>” by Kelly
Blessinger and David Comeaux

The purpose of this study was to understand the viewpoints and attitudes of
researchers at Louisiana State University toward the new public search
interface from SirsiDynix, Enterprise. Fifteen university constituents
participated in user studies to provide feedback while completing common
research tasks. Particularly of interest to the librarian observers were
identifying and characterizing where problems were expressed by the
participants as they utilized the new interface. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11607/9929>.

“Creating and Managing a Repository of Past Exam Papers
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11837/9931>,
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11007>” by Mariya
Maistrovskaya and Rachel Wang

Exam period can be a stressful time for students, and having examples of
past papers to help prepare for the tests can be extremely helpful. It is
possible that past exams are already shared on your campus—by professors in
their specific courses, via student unions or groups, or between individual
students. In this article, we will go over the workflows and infrastructure
to support systematically collecting, providing access to, and managing a
repository of past exam papers. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11837/9931>.
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11007/9701>

"Meeting Users Where They Are
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11519/9933>" by
Graham Sherriff, Dan DeSanto, Daisy Benson, and Gary S. Atwood

Campus portals are one of the most visible and frequently used online
spaces for students, offering one-stop access to key services for learning
and academic self-management. This case study reports how instruction
librarians at the University of Vermont collaborated with portal developers
in the registrar’s office to develop high-impact, point-of-need content for
a dedicated “Library” page. This content was then created in LibGuides and
published using the Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for LibGuides
boxes. Read more
<https://ejournals.bc.edu/index.php/ital/article/view/11519/9933>.

*Submit Your Ideas*

Contact ITAL Editor Ken Varnum at [log in to unmask] with your proposal.
Current formats are generally:

   - Articles – original research or comprehensive and in-depth analyses,
   in the 3000-5000 word range.
   - Communications – brief research reports, technical findings, and case
   studies, in the 1000-3000 word range.

*Questions or Comments?*

For all other questions or comments related to LITA publications, contact
us at (312) 280-4268 or [log in to unmask]





Best regards,

Chrishelle



*Chrishelle M. Thomas*

Membership and Marketing Manager, LITA <http://www.ala.org/lita/>

American Library Association <http://www.ala.org/>

50 E Huron Chicago IL 60611

P: 312-280-4268

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