Library Services, Spring 2015: Commencing, Present and Past
- Senior Librarians and Services Associates fielded 1,277 in-person and telephone reference queries.
- Services librarians received and responded to 940 queries of various kinds submitted via the library’s email Support Request service, with a growing number of additional queries handled by Services Associates.
- Research and information services librarians provided 53 research consultations to individuals or small groups during the Spring.
- Library Services presented nine course-specific library information sessions, either in the classroom or in library spaces, for a total of 158 students.
And what follows is a sampling of research topics and reference queries for which TC students requested consultations this spring:
- Effectiveness of the MBTI as a tool for use by executive coaches when working with staff in transition, in particular mid-level managers going to new roles.
- Bone healing: a project with oral facial surgeon; nutrition education for bone healing post-dental implants/oral surgery.
- LGBT issues and representation in textbooks.
- Searching Digital Dissertations by program and advisor for recent TC theses.
- Looking for information on collegiate majors and participation in sports; specifically looking for nursing majors who play a sport in college.
- Seeking research involving the use of the Flanders Interaction Analysis Categories System (FIACS) to categorize discourse in the classroom; encountering roadblocks finding resources that discuss training on this system, or identifying other research that has used this system in classes involving group work.
- Faith-based child care centers and how they function, and pros and cons of their facilities and management.
- Charter school funding in NYC: why charter schools are so attractive to donors who made their money in finance.
- Searching for archival collections focusing on American slavery.
- Research on relational development of adolescents through weblogs.
- Resources for a biopsychosocial model of health and behavior change.
- Seeking assistance in creating a digital citizenry curriculum that focuses on each of nine elements (http://www.digitalcitizenship.net/Nine_Elements.html) for elementary school children; guidance on putting together something for first to fifth graders that is in line with New York State Common Core standards, as well as national standards.
- Seeking advice on gathering information for a research project on education finance in Latin America.
- Looking for resources on the tense and aspect of verbs in the Amharic language of Ethiopia.
- Working on a research paper exploring how urban adolescents respond to modern works of art
and what the cultural factors are that shape their perception.
- Seeking research on oral anxiety and international students’ class performance during class discussion; looking for scientific evidence of the cognitive consequence of oral anxiety, and learning opportunities for international students who have oral anxiety.
- Research on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), with a focus on the “biosocial model”; would like to find articles about intervention strategies for BPD, especially those that are considered to be innovative and effective, and would like to investigate why normally positive factors such as adequate parenting, stable peer relationship, and high socioeconomic status do not predict resilience, though resilience from BPD occurs in some during their transition into adulthood.
- Assistance with a literature review on adherence and attrition in obesity treatment.
- Information on the number of TV viewers (both of national and local data) for NBA basketball games for the past 10 years; examples of business games (online, offline, board games, etc.) that are being used in school for educational purpose, and identification of the top 5 most popular business games in the world and details of their rules and mechanics.
- Research on perspective-taking skills in bilingual children: whether bilingual children do better on perspective-taking (empathic comprehension of others’ concerns and viewpoints) and executive control.
- Research on bilingual education, immersion education, and English-only education in
America, for a Barnard American Studies class, to determine what is most successful and effective for ESL students.
So, to the Class of 2015, our departing patrons, thanks for your patronage, thanks for presenting to us many opportunities to explore and learn collaboratively with you, and thanks for entrusting us with your vitally important and challenging research needs: they and you are what make our work worthwhile. Best wishes and great success to all of you!