New ACRL Publication: Informing Innovation

Informing InnovationInforming Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University by Char Booth is now available from ACRL. This research study examines one institution’s efforts to move away from “technolust” and towards a culture of assessment in developing and implementing technology initiatives.

Booth presents findings from a study conducted at Ohio University investigating the convergence of students and libraries with emerging information, communication and academic tools. The study uses survey data to test generational and demographic assumptions that often guide technology development in academic libraries.

“I believe that this research report is a ‘must read’ for academic librarians,” writes Joan K. Lippincott, associate director of CNI, in the forward to Informing Innovation. “Char Booth has succeeded in providing us with a snapshot of the major issues involved in thinking through Web 2.0 services in academic libraries, as well as a model for implementing a local research design in order to better understand your own institution’s users’needs.”

Identifying student behaviors related to emerging and social technologies, and the implications indicated by those behaviors, are central to Booth’s study. The need for local user assessment is a fundamental to the work, which shares practical research strategies and methods with the reader. The case study, and its appended survey instrument template, can be used as a model by other college and university libraries to conduct similar investigations on their campuses.

Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University is available as a free digital download on the ACRL publications Web site and for purchase in print through the ALA Online Store and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.