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Open Access Publications from the University of California

Research works and presentations included here have been selected by the LAUC Research and Professional Development Committee of the UC San Diego Library.

Cover page of Assessing Student Learning Outcomes from Reference Desk Interactions in an Academic Library: An Exploratory Study

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes from Reference Desk Interactions in an Academic Library: An Exploratory Study

(2012)

This paper presents the results of a preliminary study designed to examine the feasibility of conducting research into the learning outcomes associated with research consultation between reference librarians and university students. The researcher studied the teaching taking place at an academic library reference desk and assessed the student’s ability to apply what was taught to a new information need. The results indicate that participant awareness of library resources increased and their skill in searching online databases improved. Although participants demonstrated greater skill in identifying and obtaining useful information, they were unable to demonstrate an increased ability to assess the quality of the information acquired. The paper demonstrated that it is both possible and useful to assess the learning taking place at academic library reference desks.

Cover page of Applying Conflict Theory to Strategy Selection In Scholarly Communication

Applying Conflict Theory to Strategy Selection In Scholarly Communication

(2010)

Consolidation of journal publishers and declining library budgets has resulted in conflicts between academic libraries over price and access. Several conflict theories, including conflict spiral, power dependence, and game theory can be used to explain how this relationship developed and possible approaches to improving a libraries position.

Cover page of Further Development of a Shared Cataloging Resource for the Visual Resources Community: UCAI Phase Two:  Final Report

Further Development of a Shared Cataloging Resource for the Visual Resources Community: UCAI Phase Two:  Final Report

(2006)

This report describes efforts  to advance and stabilize the intrastructure for a shared cataloging utility for art images by developing a set of production-quality tools that operate on a large, standardized set of legacy metadata.

Cover page of Union Catalog of Art Images (UCAI Phase 1):  Final Report

Union Catalog of Art Images (UCAI Phase 1):  Final Report

(2004)

This report describes the work done to build a prototype for a union catalog of art images as a proof-of-concept that it is technically possible to create such a union database.

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Documenting the Biotechnology Industry in the San Francisco Bay Area

(1997)

This documentation strategy outlines an archival collecting model for the field of biotechnology to acquire original papers, manuscripts and records from selected individuals, organizations and corporations as well as coordinating with the effort to capture oral history interviews with many biotechnology pioneers.