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Volume 6, no. 2 (Spring 2004)

Feature Articles

Christy Donaldson

Information Literacy and the McKinsey Model:The McKinsey Strategic Problem-Solving Model Adapted to Teach Information Literacy to Graduate Business Students

Abstract: Many graduate students do not have the required skills and knowledge to do the research required at a graduate level. The key is creating an information literacy program that will teach our graduate students these skills. This paper proposes a program using the McKinsey strategic problem-solving model for teaching information literacy to MBA students. Collaboration between the business faculty members and university librarians is a key to the success of this program. The goals for information literacy are usually held in common by administrators, faculty, and librarians; but there has been controversy on campuses as to how to accomplish these goals. Using the McKinsey model, an integrated information literacy program can be created for graduate business students.

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Karl Bridges

Boyd Cycle Theory in the Context of Non-Cooperative Games: Implications for Libraries

Abstract:Libraries tend to be relatively slow in their decision making process. Solutions are expressed in terms of organizational restructuring or technological enhancements. This article suggests that there is a more fundamental issue: the lack of understanding of the Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action (OODA) loop. Many library activities can be seen as dynamic non-cooperative games, and the Boyd Cycle is an example of game theory. The fundamental driving force behind the Boyd Cycle is information. The more you know about your adversary (or your patron) and what they plan to do the more effective you can be. By combining the expertise and information from different areas the library/computing complex attains a gestalt that allows them to move closer into OODA loop of their users – thus assuring a higher chance of a successful outcome for all concerned.

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Margaret Burke

Deterring Plagiarism: a New Role for Librarians

Abstract:The recent proliferation of student plagiarism throughout university campuses is reflected by articles appearing in academic journals presenting varying opinions on the topic. This paper explores the plagiarism dilemma from a librarian’s vantage point, and outlines the strong support that has been offered to the teaching faculty with plagiarism problems by the Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library of Hofstra University. Hofstra University decided to subscribe to Turnitin.com, a popular, but sometimes controversial, online plagiarism detection system. Detection is not the main objective in a campaign against plagiarism, but rather educating students as to what constitutes plagiarism and how to a void it. Hofstra librarians are reaching out to both faculty and students in order to inform them about this fundamental concern.

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Carol A. Brown

Characteristics of Successful Partnerships between Libraries, Schools, and Community Agencies

Abstract: Collaboration is promoted as a valued activity for educators, librarians, and social service professionals. Because of the proliferation of digital information, no one agency or entity can hold all the necessary information needed by our society. The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) promotes the use of technology for the sharing of information between libraries and community agencies. The Powerful Partners Collaboration Grant is an example of a collaborative effort resulting in educational outreach for youth and greater visibility for libraries in the community. Eighteen North Carolina Powerful Partners grant projects were reviewed. For this study, there are three questions. First, have grant recipients been satisfied with partner organizations and is there a perception that outcomes were positive? Second, what factors can be identified as predominant within their partnership, and third, are there correlations between scores from the case study provided by the Wilder Foundation and scores from a survey sent to NC librarians and their partners? Both quantitative qualitative data were used to draw conclusions related to these questions. Powerful Partner grant recipients from North Carolina libraries have demonstrated positive outcomes for projects that require interagency collaboration that meet an identified need within the community.

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Lynn Baird

Circulation in a Consortium

Abstract: Circulation is one area of librarianship where each library can best demonstrate its individual nature as expressed through its policies. The University of Idaho Library (UI), University of Idaho Law Library (UI-Law), and North Idaho College’s Molstead Library (NIC), which are part of the WIN consortium of libraries in Northern Idaho and Eastern Washington, learned this recently as the libraries joined catalogs in an attempt to enhance service to their patrons. The libraries used Endeavor’s Voyager system to work toward a rational system of circulation policies that would serve all patron groups and pave the way for universal borrowing. This meant overcoming geographic barriers, the needs of different library types, and the traditions and customs of each library, to put the needs of the user first.

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Franklin David Jebaraj

Fredrick Robin Devadoss

Library and Information Networks in India

Abstract: The ongoing information revolution has imparted multi-Dimension to Library and Information Networks. The Electronic and telecommunication techniques have shown Major impact on the present functioning of Library Networks. This paper is an attempt to describe the objectives and Functions of different library and information networks in India.

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