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    Evaluating Purchase Plans for Niche Collecting Areas
    (American Library Association, 2023-10) Koger, Victoria; Williams, Virginia Kay
    Many academic libraries collect art exhibition catalogues and juvenile books to support the curriculum, but academic library review sources and book vendors have limited coverage of these niche areas. For more than a decade, Wichita State University has used purchase plans from Worldwide Art Books and Junior Library Guild to acquire print books. This paper discusses the assessment of both plans, how experience with this assessment has influenced development of an assessment plan, and reasons other libraries may want to assess their own niche collecting plans.
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    Adaptive scaffolding toward transdisciplinary collaboration: Reflective polyvocal self-study
    (Springer International Publishing, 2022-12-16) Alagic, Mara; Sclafani, Maria; Filbert, Nathan; Rimmington, Glyn; Demissie, Zelalem S.; Dutta, Atri; Bowen, Aaron; Lindsay, Ethan; Kuhlmann, Meghann; Rattani, Ajita; Rai, Atul
    Contemporary global challenges require experts from various disciplines to work together. Since every field of knowledge has its unique language and discipline-based culture, collaborative inquiry presents an additional challenge during such collaboration. Ideally, collaborators from each discipline can transcend their respective linguistic and cultural boundaries to achieve transdisciplinarity, where this includes sharing and taking perspectives, active listening; and adaptive, relational metacognitive scaffolding. Within such a framework, the merging of ideas, theories, research design, and methodologies can allow technological applications from each discipline to be achieved through active collaborative, sense-making, and sustained constructivist relations. Within the context of the Disaster Resilience Analytics Center (DRAC) research team, we developed a model of adaptive scaffolding via self-consistent, iterative refinement. This convergence project focused on socio-economic aspects, outreach, and STEAM education, along with postgraduate education. The research team comprised researchers from STEAM disciplines in physical sciences, mathematics, computer sciences, social sciences, humanities, education, and library science. It proved essential to occasionally step away from the research topic and to critically co-reflect on the initial and ongoing challenges in the convergence path. This resulted in more constructive integration and transcendence of disciplines, leading to the development of an adaptive scaffolding framework. We present this framework and additional reflective insights and limitations related to its potential application in different contexts.
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    Service philosophy statements in practice: Motivation, authorship, and impact
    (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2022-10-03) Moffett, Paul; Weare, William H., Jr.
    To improve customer service, some academic libraries have used a service philosophy statement to foster a shared understanding of service standards. The authors conducted semi-structured interviews with heads of public services at academic libraries to understand how the service philosophy statement was used in practice and its impact on staff behavior and service quality. Findings indicated that the statement indeed helped staff cultivate a shared understanding, that public service leaders displayed a macro-level understanding of how a statement influences their service culture, and that there is no agreed-upon model for implementation.
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    Music scores: Retroconversion or recataloging?
    (The Haworth Press, 1992) Weiland, Sue
    Many libraries across the country are planning proj­ects to convert the manual records for their music scores into ma­chine-readable form. Although the typical problems of music retro­spective conversion are well documented, music librarians must also consider the quality of the paper records which will be used to find matching records in the bibliographic utilities. The paper records may not contain the kind of bibliographic information needed to determine if a matching record exists, especially if past cataloging practices with regard to music scores diverged from accepted nation­al norms. In some libraries, what is called ''music retroconversion'' might be more aptly termed ''music recataloging.'' Libraries are encouraged to do a trial project to discover the characteristics of their manual records before choosing a method for the "retroconver­sion" of music scores.
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    Same Dance, New Partner: A Branch Music Library and Language Lab
    (Taylor & Francis, 2015-03-03) Crane, Rachel
    A renovated facility provides a new home for an outsized branch music library and an underutilized language lab in a new partnership on campus. A committee is formed, compromises are made, and the project is realized in less than a year and a half. The timing of the planning and processing, the justification for maintaining a collection of printed scores, the incorporation of language materials, staffing, and shared governance are all discussed to provide a precedent and guidance for future academic mergers.
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