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Below you find article abstracts from the upcoming issue of The Christian Librarian released fall 2017. 

Librarians as Disciples and Disciple-Makers

Author: Nancy J. Warwick
Librarians as Disciples and Disciple-Makers was a workshop at the 2016 Conference for the Association of Christian Librarians. This session focused on exploring the concept of being led by God, sharing round-table ideas on big-picture vision questions, and writing a personal sixty-month action plan for balanced discipleship living. This article is a summation of the workshop.

Academic Libraries and Remedial Students: A Four-Pronged Approach

Author: Lindsay Hallam
This article provides one possible solution to the question: How can academic libraries contribute to remedial student success? A four-pronged approach is suggested: appropriate collection development, involvement in support services, collaboration with faculty, and embedding librarian/information literacy in courses.

Annotated Bibliography on Graphic Novels

Author: Robert Burgess

Everything Counts Towards Book Collection Development

Authors: Terry Kennedy

Creating a Father-Friendly Library: An Examination of the Importance of Fatherhood Support in Today’s Library Service Model

Author(s): Michael Wells
Research shows the importance of fathers being present in the lives children makes a huge difference. The absence of support for fathers, perpetuates a long standing generational decline in the viability of men as a whole. This work seeks to introduce librarians to the possibilities of libraries offering support for dads. With library use among males being very low, this is also an opportunity for libraries to serve those who are often forgotten. This paper illustrates how the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) offers a path to help dads and explains how the NFI and libraries can partner through the creation of programs.

Maximizing Institutional Archives with Limited Resources: A Case Study

Author: Beth Arjona
This practice-oriented article shares how one small institution on a tight budget without a full-time archivist leveraged existing resources (human, technological, and physical) to maximize 75 years of institutional archives for a recent milestone alumni reunion. Projects included drafting an institutional history, interviewing long-time members of the institution, organizing photos for display, and providing alumni with access to yearbooks. Special attention is given to the process of creating a 20-minute institutional history video, which premiered at an alumni banquet and was shared with other constituents electronically. There is also a focus on project management and collaborating with coworkers in other departments. Part-time archivists or those who are beginning archival management will gain an approach to tackling projects and creating professional results.

Same Titles, Different Formats: Does Print or Electronic Get More Use?

Author(s): Alex Rolfe and Merrill Johnson
This article examines the use of both print and electronic monographs at George Fox University libraries over a period of thirty-three months for 8,500 titles that were held in both formats. Results indicate that print is more likely to be used than electronic. The implications of the findings, as well as related factors determining future decision making relative to format, are discussed.

Current State of Scholarship in Christian Liberal Arts Schools: A Study of CCCU Teaching Faculty and Librarians

Author(s): Craighton Hippenhammer and Garrett Trott
This is the first of two articles that explains the results of an in-depth research study of teaching faculty and librarian scholarship within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  This article examines the nature and extent of that scholarship and the article examines its necessity. The two authors of this study are members of the Association of Christian Librarians (ACL), where they began discussions as to whether there was much serious wide-ranging scholarship being accomplished at Christian colleges and universities.   Contact with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) revealed that a full research study of CCCU scholarship had not yet been undertaken.  Therefore, this research study as it developed sought to determine how academic deans and library directors of CCCU schools would perceive their institutions’ attitudes toward scholarship and whether faculty scholarship was encouraged.

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