Juried Paper Sessions 1-3
1.2 Juried Papers 1: Learning in the Context of Community
1.4-The Promise of Virtual Communities
Description: This session highlights findings from the final phases of a two-year grant project comparing the perceptions of VRS users and librarians by means of the Critical Incident Technique.
Author(s) : Marie Radford (Rutgers) and Lynn Silipigni Connaway (OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc)
Description: Libraries supply books and they also support extended access to books through the provision of reading spaces, thus enabling the acquisition of both tacit and explicit reading skills. Access to other media is not so well supported. This session explores the importance of extensive exposure to digital media, through both work and play, as profoundly important for the development of full, rich literacies.
Author(s): Margaret Mackey (Alberta)
Description: This presentation discusses a two-stage study that examines how Second Life (SL) can be used in delivering Library and Information Science (LIS) education. At the first stage, the study surveyed the early adopters of SL from other disciplines in terms of their teaching practice in SL, and found that most educators used SL to create an environment for constructive and experiential learning as well as distance education; then the results were shared among the faculty at San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. A following study was conducted among the faculty with regards to their intention of bringing their classes to SL. Findings indicated that there were interests in using SL to teach classes in areas like reference, library services for children and young adults, and library history.
Author(s): Lili Luio and Jeremy Kemp (San Jose State)
2.1-Theory into Practice
Description: From our University of Maryland – College Park MLS course on Older Adult Information Use, this presentation is based on the findings, research and recommendations from three Maryland public libraries regarding information-seeking needs and behaviors of older adult patrons.
Author(s): David Piper, Rivka Yerushalmi, Serenity Palme, and Box Xie (Maryland)
Author(s): Kim Thomsen (Missouri)
Author(s): Lydia Eato Harris (Rutgers)
2.4-Modes of Inquiry
Description: This paper explores a series of early surveys that were central to the historical origins of youth services librarianship and were early forerunners of contemporary action research.
Author(s): Kate McDowell
Author(s): Mary Lynn Rice-Lively and Suellen Adams (Rhode Island)
Description: This research explores how private management of public libraries may affect collections. The collection of a privately managed system is examined and compared to other systems of similar service size.
Author(s): Heather Hill (Missouri)
2.5 - Service Learning
Description: This paper presents applications of community-based action research in three graduate-level elective library and information science courses to identify how each course integrated learning, action, and research to meet the information technology needs of different underserved populations.
Author(s): Bharat Mehra and Robert Sandusky (Tennessee)
Description: Can LIS education models integrate research, learning and practice? We’ll present research about research, the history of service learning, and a contemporary program that incorporates a profession-wide community of practice.
Author(s): Lorna Peterson (Tennessee), Deborah Turner (Washington) and Mark Winston (UNC-Chapel Hill)
Description: This paper reports on research using service learning in an LIS course on equity of access to provide students with “real world” experiences with diverse populations of library users.
Author(s): Patricia Montiel Overall (Arizona)
3.4 - Communities of Readers and Reading
Author(s): Tonyia Tidline (Alabama)
Description: This study surveyed 238 library users from a metropolis area in the Midwest and investigated how age and income level influence online reading. Younger readers believed that reading online is as easy as reading print books, while older users preferred print media. Books are still major reading media among poor-communities.
Author(s): Yunfei Du (North Texas)
Description: This study addresses the need to provide high school students a collaborative summer reading program. The findings of this study found that students enjoyed the freedom to browse and select among a variety of booklists. They learned to deal with some personal and social challenges, they learned to find better websites, and they read and wrote with more confidence. This implies that collaboration is an important component of school library services and should be more fully explored and evaluated.
Author(s): Yaling Lu (Rutgers)
3.5 - Information Ethics
Author(s): Lisa O'Connor (Kentucky)
Description: Drawing on personal narratives from library workers and library students, this paper explores John Dewey's pragmatic notion of transformative experience as a lens to describe the community college's role in LIS education; in particular, how library technology assistant (LTA) programs serve Dewey's democratic ideal of the "Great Community" by addressing issues of equity, social change, and institutional community engagement.
Author(s): Sharon Comstock (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) and Linda Slusar (College of DuPage)
Author(s): Kenneth Fleishmann (Maryland), Russell Robbins (Marist College)
and William Wallace (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)