This study traces the development of the American Association of Law Libraries' (AALL) Law Student Information Literacy (LSIL) 2011 Standards, and tests how the Standards might be incorporated into legal research textbooks. In 2009, an informally organized group of law school legal research educators began developing information literacy principles in response to calls for more robust assessment mechanisms across legal education. The group soon submitted a draft of their Law Student Information Literacy (LSIL) Standards to the American Association of Law Libraries' (AALL) Executive Board, which agreed that the publication of such standards would help advance discussions concerning legal research pedagogy. The Board then appointed a Law Student Research Competency Standards Task Force, which completed another draft of the LSIL Standards and solicited feedback from stakeholders in the legal academy and members of the National Conference of Bar Examiners. After further revision, the Standards were adopted by the AALL Executive Board in March 2011. This study employed a quantitative content analysis methodology to compare the content of law student legal research textbooks to the AALL LSIL Standards. The research strategy portion of the LSIL Standards was compared to the strategy portions of two well-regarded legal research textbooks. Intercoder reliability was, unfortunately, not high enough to draw statistically significant conclusions. For several categories, however, coder agreement was above eighty percent, and intercoder reliability for the "analysis" category suggests that the traditional distinction between process-oriented and bibliographic textbooks may be valid.
While archival literature has increasingly discussed activism in the context of archives, there has been little examination of the extent to which archivists in the field have accepted or incorporated archival activism into practice. Scholarship that has explored the practical application of archival activism has predominately focused on case studies or proposed methods as opposed to trends throughout the profession. This qualitative study used both individual and group interviews (focus groups and video conferences) to comprehensively examine practicing archivists' perspectives on the scholarship on archival activism to evaluate the extent to which such activism has been accepted and integrated into archival practice.
Nearly seven years after Greene and Meissner published their seminal article entitled "More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Archival Processing" there has yet to be any concrete empirical evidence regarding the implications of More Product Less Process (MPLP). What exist within the milieu of archival literature, however, are opinion pieces that take a theoretical stance (either for or against) and case studies that provide no reliable empirical evidence to support their claims that MPLP is having a positive impact on their institution. This gap in the literature can be attributed to the fact that the archival field lacks a widely accepted, systematic methodological framework for the evaluation of its programs. This paper explores how Collaborative Program Evaluation can be adapted and employed to measure the impact that the MPLP processing guidelines are having on institutions and enable archival institutions to collect reliable statistics about their programs to better serve their patrons.
This thesis seeks to examine archival representations of Chinese in America in collections dating from before and during the Chinese Exclusion Era (1860 – 1943), both in mainstream institutional archives/special collections repositories and in smaller community-based archives. Using critical race theory as methodological framework and an interpretivist case study approach, this exploratory study shows a continued lack for transparency surrounding archival description and archival representations within such collections, an uneven distribution of resources across institutions that collect and preserve materials on early Chinese in America, the difficulties of balancing evolving terminologies and changing archival descriptive standards/technology, and the need for collaboration among bibliographers, catalogers, archivists, historians and activists in creating archival descriptions in collections about the Chinese in America. Due to the paucity of current archival studies scholarship on early Chinese in America, this work intends to highlight the presences (or lack of presence) of Chinese in America in various archives and to enhance awareness of their historical influences and contributions within archival records. Such an understudied subject poses an especially significant area of research for future professional and scholarly work in the library and information sciences field.