• Identifying Institutional Trends in Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Research Using Bibliometrics

      Youngen, Gregory K. (2013-12-03)
      Research output, in the form of peer-reviewed journal articles, is analyzed to assess the collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of work performed at Indiana State University. Using Thompson-Reuters Web of Knowledge, articles authored by ISU faculty over the past 13 years (2000-2012) were analyzed to identify co-authorships, inter-institutional affiliations and cross-disciplinary collaborations. The resulting data can be used to identify trends in publication, research, and funding. The data may also be used to identify potential areas of research for future endeavors. The methodology employed in this study can be easily applied to other institutions. Methodology: Web of Knowledge (WoK) is an interdisciplinary database of peer-reviewed journal literature that includes enhanced, detailed indexing of articles published in the major journals of most academic disciplines. A search strategy is formulated to identify all the authors from a given institution. For ISU, it was a simple zip code search in the author address field. The search results are downloaded, then imported into an Excel spreadsheet. Each article record includes subject heading, source title, institutional affiliation of the authors, country, and other citation information. The records are then compiled and standardized for uniformity in Excel. Textual analysis tools and visualization tools--including word clouds, maps, and bubble charts-- are employed to clarify the data through illustration. • Tools: ISI Web of Knowledge / Microsoft Excel / Data visualization software • Process: Download and compile an institution’s combined peer-reviewed journal article output for a period of time • Analyze: Co-author data for internal and external collaborations • Identify: Areas of strength as indicated by total publication records • Identify: Subject areas of interdisciplinary research based on author home departments Results: Data analysis identifies trends and varying degrees of interdisciplinary work across most schools and departments at the University. Visualizations are used to compare the disciplines and identify trends over time. The publishing output highlights the differing degrees of collaboration within the disciplines, identifies institutional partnerships, and the subject areas of research output. Conclusions: WoK identifies three broad areas of research: 1) Science/Technology/Medicine (STM); 2) the Social Sciences; and 3) the Arts/Humanities. As might be expected, most inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary collaboration occurs within STM. This is no exception at ISU. Likewise, the Social Sciences mostly collaborate among their related disciplines. The Arts and Humanities have the least amount of interdisciplinary collaboration and co-authorship, but that’s not to say it doesn’t exist. This study found a significant number of papers that were cross identified in at least two broad areas, and a few papers were included in all three.
    • Books to add to your flag library

      McGiverin, Rolland (Indiana State University, 2014)
      Bibliography of digitized public domain sources related to flags.
    • BD Owens Library Virtual Tour 1.10.14

      Blevens, Cheryl (2014-01-14)
      The staff of Cunningham Memorial Library’s Public Services Department is currently engaged in exploring the implementation of a “combined services” model wherein the Reference “Ask” desk and the Circulation Desk would be combined into a single service point. A useful part of the investigative process is being able to consult with libraries who already employ this model. One such library is the B. D. Owens Library at Northwest Missouri State University. Two of the Reference Librarians toured this institute and prepared the following PowerPoint for sharing with their colleagues.
    • Digital Primary Resources for Women’s Studies Students, Scholars and Potential Contributors

      Miller, Marsha (2014-10-09)
      Marsha Miller, Librarian, Cunningham Memorial Library, will present some initial findings and thoughts about how women’s studies scholars and students are (or are not) taking advantage of digital archives, including two that are very close to home. Are digital repositories providing lesson plans and other educational resources to help teachers utilize their materials? What are librarians doing to link this all together?
    • Jorge Garcia Highlights 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting

      Hardin, Steve (2014-10-10)
      At the 2013 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, Jorge García discussed the transformation of new information technologies from imagined abstractions to reality. Through old and current advertisements and interviews with futurist Arthur C. Clarke and communication theorist Marshall McLuhan, García illustrated the progressive revolutions embodied by the telephone, a shift from commuting to communicating, early visions of the Internet, new media and big data. Handling the change requires a continuous process of abstracting reality, augmenting, assimilating and creating models to represent its key features. García recognized data as an asset to be distilled and classified, stored in expanding volumes and transmitted at astounding speeds. Layered with contextual information and supportive technology, data can be used to enhance human intelligence and capability. García closed with an admonition to limit potential negative effects of technology by implementing clear and ethical practices in data and information use.
    • Special Collections Resources and Services

      Siddell, Kayla; Sutrina-Haney, Katie (2015-04-27)
      This presentation details the resources and services available through the Special Collections department of Cunningham Memorial library at Indiana State University.
    • ASIS&T 2014 Annual Meeting Summary

      Hardin, Steve (2015-07-06)
      Summary of several sessions of the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association for Information Science & Technology.
    • Tips, tricks, and change: getting your resource sharing department out of the storm and into calmer waters

      Moseman, Holli (2015-07-20)
      Resource sharing departments can feel like a raging storm with smaller staffs, budgets, and the need for quicker turnaround. Changing a few ways you do business could make a huge impact on your time and your budget. Learn not only tips but about reciprocal contracts and other billing issues, how to start analyzing your workflow for overhaul, and what other libraries are doing to get out of the storm and into calmer waters.
    • Data Curation at Indiana State University: Investing in and Advancing the Future of Research

      Siddell, Kayla (2015-07-21)
      This presentation discusses the role of data curation at Indiana State University.
    • Reimagining Institutional repositories through Inclusiveness and Collaboration

      Siddell, Kayla; Sutrina-Haney, Katie (2015-07-21)
      This presentation discusses a strategy for a re imagining institutional repository by including the arts and expanding the scope by collaborating with underrepresented departments.
    • Research Data Management

      Siddell, Kayla (2015-07-21)
      This presentation discusses basic data management principles.
    • Reinventing Institutional Repositories with cross-campus collaboration

      Siddell, Kayla (2015-07-21)
      This presentation was presented at the Ohio Valley Group of Technical Services Librarians OVGTSL 2015 conferences hosted by ISU about collaboration in institutional repositories and including arts in the IR.
    • The Hine Bibliography of Resources on Servant Leadership

      Muyumba, Valentine; Hine, Betsy N. (2015-09)
    • The Hine Bibliography of Resources on Servant Leadership

      Muyumba, Valentine; Hine, Betsy N. (2015-09)
    • The Value of Graphic Novels: Furthering the Cause of Information Literacy

      Blevens, Cheryl L.; Muyumba, Valentine K. (ERIC, 2015-11-06)
      Graphic novels have come a long way since being regarded as comic books unworthy of use beyond being a quick read by young people. A literature review of the use of graphic novels reveals that the use of graphic novels has moved far beyond appealing to the visual learner. In addition to serving the recreational reading needs of children and adults, today’s educators are using them to support reading comprehension and enhance the learning process of English-language learners. They are also used to assist visual learners and to entice reluctant readers and struggling students. Beyond building literacy into the students’ education, they support development of the multimodal skills needed for future success in the 21st Century workplace. The authors highlight the multiple ways that graphic novels are currently being used in and out of the classroom for adults and students alike.
    • The Value of Graphic Novels: Furthering the Cause of Information Literacy

      Blevens, Cheryl L.; Muyumba, Valentine K. (ERIC, 2015-11-06)
      Graphic novels have come a long way since being regarded as comic books unworthy of use beyond being a quick read by young people. A literature review of the use of graphic novels reveals that the use of graphic novels has moved far beyond appealing to the visual learner. In addition to serving the recreational reading needs of children and adults, today’s educators are using them to support reading comprehension and enhance the learning process of English-language learners. They are also used to assist visual learners and to entice reluctant readers and struggling students. Beyond building literacy into the students’ education, they support development of the multimodal skills needed for future success in the 21st Century workplace. The authors highlight the multiple ways that graphic novels are currently being used in and out of the classroom for adults and students alike.
    • Where did the reference desk go? Transforming staff and space to meet user needs.

      LaBella, Carey (Journal of Access Services, 2016)
      A sharp decline in the number of reference queries prompted the library administration at Indiana State University to begin a project to combine the circulation, reference, and IT desks to reduce staffing at a new consolidated service point. All faculty and staff in the reference/instruction and circulation units participated in the project. The new arrangement and subsequent removal of librarians from routine desk duties have expanded instructional opportunities, consistent with the university’s goals. Project participants plan further assessments to better determine the impacts of the new service arrangements.
    • Where did the reference desk go? Transforming staff and space to meet user needs.

      Bunnett, Brian (Journal of Access Services, 2016)
      A sharp decline in the number of reference queries prompted the library administration at Indiana State University to begin a project to combine the circulation, reference, and IT desks to reduce staffing at a new consolidated service point. All faculty and staff in the reference/instruction and circulation units participated in the project. The new arrangement and subsequent removal of librarians from routine desk duties have expanded instructional opportunities, consistent with the university’s goals. Project participants plan further assessments to better determine the impacts of the new service arrangements.