Multilingual Scholarship: Myth or Reality? Poster presented at the American Library Association Annual Conference, Washington, DC, June 22, 2019.
Academic libraries invest significant resources in acquiring foreign-language materials under the assumption that these materials are necessary to support research and teaching in area studies. Yet there is little data to show how these materials are used by scholars. To address this gap, this study investigates how frequently U.S. scholars cite secondary sources in languages other than English, using German Studies as an example from which findings may be extrapolated to other area studies fields. A citation analysis method was selected because, unlike other types of data such as usage statistics or faculty requests, it measures whether sources are incorporated into scholarly outputs. Unlike previously published studies of this type, this study focuses on a field where primary sources are nearly always in a language other than English, and looks specifically at the language of secondary sources. Because selectors for area studies are more likely to buy materials in foreign languages, and because more library resources are often required to add foreign-language materials to the collection (e.g., additional vendors, shipping costs, and cataloging), it is important to know how often scholars in these fields use secondary sources written in languages other than English, and whether that use is increasing or decreasing. The results of this study will help library selectors for area studies fields to better understand scholarly communication in these fields and inform collections decisions. The poster will include visual representations of the data as well as an overview of other relevant studies.
Letting Go of Control. Information Outlook, Jan./Feb. 2018, p. 16.
A brief reflection on mentoring, part of a special issue on mentoring.
Hidden Leadership in Small Special Libraries. 2018. Journal of Library Administration, v. 58, no. 2, pp. 183–192.
Published version: https://doi.org/10.1080/01930826.2017.1412714
“The Specialist” addresses the administration of special libraries, however identifying the administrator of a small special library is problematic. In these small libraries within organizations, the librarian often works alone and the library is overseen by a non-librarian manager. In these cases, it is not as easy to identify or define the library’s administrator as it would be in a public or academic library, or even a larger special library. This column introduces a model where the administration of small special libraries is a collaboration between librarians and non-librarian managers. In this model, information professionals exercise hidden leadership and management skills without leading a staff or possessing a management title. The column also suggests ways information professionals without explicit management responsibilities in the workplace can develop these skills and apply them in their jobs.