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