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- ItemOpening the book on academic librarians: an agenda for investigating gender and professional status in a feminized profession(2005) Jacobs, Leona; Mellow, MurielLibrarians, as an occupational group, appear to have received surprisingly little attention from those who study work and gender. Like other feminized occupations, such as midwives and nurses, this group is of interest for how they have engaged in a project of professionalization in recent decades. Academic librarians have faced challenges to fully realizing a professional status because of their traditional organizational position as helpers or handmaidens to the professoriate. In order to more thoroughly outline a research agenda for examining this occupational group, this paper will present a review of the literature on the organization of librarians’ work from a sociological and library science perspective, using Sociological Abstracts and Library Literature to identify resources. The co-authors on this paper contribute their individual expertise by examining the literature that emerges from their respective disciplines and by entering into a cross-discipline discussion that will articulate the potential theoretical and practical outcomes of such a research agenda.
- ItemAcademic status for Canadian academic librarians: a brief history(Library Juice Press, 2013) Jacobs, LeonaIn 1975, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) and the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (CACUL) officially recognized the concept of academic status for Canadian academic librarians. This recognition was both welcomed and feared by both rank-and-file librarians as well as the library administrators. As a result, the application of academic status across Canadian universities has been inconsistent in both rights and responsibilities and has been easily confused with the faculty status accorded to academic librarians in the United States. This chapter will lay out some of the issues of the day that culminated in the recognition of academic status, will discuss the controversies around academic status for Canadian academic librarians, and will touch on some of the inconsistencies and challenges that remain to this day.
- ItemNo more lines! The sequel: fines payment web services at the University of Lethbridge(2011-04-16) Jacobs, Leona; Howell, David;At the IUG 2009 Conference, No more lines! (the original) described the implementation of the Patron Update Web Services at the University of Lethbridge for the purposes of facilitating real-time updating of student patron records in Millennium based on updates to the student registration records in the Registrar's Banner student information system. In this sequel, an implementation of the Fines Payment Web Services will be described. The resulting interface automatically transfers fines and replacement charges from Millennium for consolidation onto the students' financial record within the Banner financial system. Challenges to the implementation will be discussed.
- ItemFood security. "The Personal is Political"(2013-03-24) Jacobs, LeonaEveryone agrees that food security is a necessary goal and that Canada should have a national food strategy. Where there is disagreement is in how food security is best achieved and at the root of THAT disagreement is differences about what “food” is and what is meant by “security.” By telling the tale of two countries, Cuba and Canada, I will reference the challenges to food security inherent in our global food system, touch on some efforts to address these challenges at the national level, and then speak to my experience and actions taking care of my personal food security.
- ItemLibQUAL+TM at the University of Lethbridge: final report and recommendations(University of Lethbridge Library, 2005-10) Jacobs, Leona; Greidanus, ShareenIn 2005, the University of Lethbridge Library participated in the Spring 2005 “run” of the LibQUAL+™ survey developed by the Association of Research Libraries. 829 members of the University community responded to the invitation to participate resulting in 793 valid responses. Following review of the aggregated results notebook, focus groups with faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students were organized for the purpose of seeking additional information on three topics: • Quality of and access to information resources • Services provided directly by staff • Noise in the Library. Based on the overall findings, 12 recommendations are proposed as a framework to focus the Library’s efforts and resources on the issues of communication, collections, the building, and relationships with the University community as well as building on the results of this undertaking.