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Research & Scholarship

Musings about Rubrics

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Recently, I have increasingly heard, and used, the word rubric, and have been thinking about use of rubrics in collection development. As I started writing this blog post, I realized I wasn’t sure exactly what rubric meant, so I took a quick look in the Oxford English Dictionary and found, to my surprise, that rubric […]

Spotlight on Tasha Cooper

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Name: Tasha Cooper Title: Collection Development and Analysis Librarian and Subject Specialist for Information Studies Role in the libraries? Working with my colleagues, I am involved in collection development for arts and humanities, and several social sciences and professional program areas. I also serve as subject librarian for information studies. How did you get where […]

The Ideal World

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Librarians at SU Libraries regularly learn about new electronic resources (databases, ejournals, streaming videos, ebooks, etc.) and decide whether to consider them as possible additions to SU Libraries’ collections. What are we looking for as we do this? In the ideal world, we are seeking e-resources that offer: high quality content that is a good […]

Introducing Sage Knowledge

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Sage Knowledge Complete Book Reference and Navigator Collection was introduced in a recent blog post by Marty Hanson, but here is a more in-depth look at this new (to Syracuse University Libraries) and noteworthy resource. Broadly speaking, Sage Knowledge is a collection of Sage books, in fact, over 4000 books, largely in social sciences and […]

Looking for data?

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Looking for data? We are looking too. Previous blog entries covered New and Noteworthy in Data Resources as well as information about industry-related resources, many of which are data-related. Syracuse University librarians continue to explore this area of interest recognizing current interest in data for classroom use and for research. We interpret “data” broadly, exploring […]

Re: Search

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

As numerous Syracuse University (SU) Libraries users and blog readers know there are many specialized databases covering core published literature in a field, including journal articles, trade publications, book chapters, conference proceedings and more. And, increasingly, blog posts, papers, websites, and non-traditional publications are available as well. In addition to these specialized, often subject-specific, resources, […]

Counter Arguments

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

In a data-driven decision making world, librarians look to data to inform their work. For example, before renewing a resource, librarians may ask – how much do we pay for this? And how much is it used? This is where COUNTER comes in. COUNTER stands for: Counting Online Usage of NeTworked Electronic Resources COUNTER, according […]

Challenges of the Industry

Friday, December 13th, 2013

Somewhat regularly, librarians at SU receive requests for reports, data or other materials related to a particular industry or field. The request might be for such things as a specialized report, information about consumer behavior, or a data set. Providing access to these kinds of materials is often quite challenging.  Unlike journal subscriptions or book […]

Good News

Saturday, November 30th, 2013

Capturing and preserving news for future researchers is challenging these days due to a proliferation of sources and formats. As newspapers shift to online news sites that include video and comments from readers, the question of how to save news postings becomes complex.  Researchers in the recent past were able to rely on microfilm if […]