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Jessica Blackwell and Trevor Holmes

In 2015, a librarian (Jessica Blackwell) and a course instructor (Trevor Holmes) collaborated to offer experiential opportunities in the archive itself for a large…

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In 2015, a librarian (Jessica Blackwell) and a course instructor (Trevor Holmes) collaborated to offer experiential opportunities in the archive itself for a large introductory Women’s Studies class. Since then, students from six semesters of the course have worked with primary source materials from the library’s collections. This chapter is a description of practice rather than a formal study. The authors describe design elements from the course, public products of the assignment, and reflections based on observations over time, offering several ways for librarians with access to archival material to co-design assignments with instructors. In the assignment variations, students visit the archive to complete a short transcription or digitization task pre-selected to benefit both the learners’ research skills development and the wider research community. Final products go live online, benefiting the students and the global research community. Then, students link the experience to a course reading in a critically reflective paper. While initially the projects hold barriers for students, in formal and informal reflections they ultimately find it to be a rewarding learning experience. The authors contend that the assignment has significant elements of experiential learning and high-impact practices.

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International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-453-8

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International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-453-8

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International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-453-8

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Enakshi Sengupta, Patrick Blessinger and Milton D. Cox

We are living in an electronic age, where everything that we want to know or are curious about is increasingly facilitated by the internet and search engines. Now, much of…

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We are living in an electronic age, where everything that we want to know or are curious about is increasingly facilitated by the internet and search engines. Now, much of the world’s knowledge is at our fingertips. Students have unlimited access to information in the form of e-books, journals and other open sources. The value of a physical repository of knowledge is diminishing and the printing of material is becoming less compelling. It has been noted that college students spend as much time on the internet as they do while studying (Jones, 2002). The most pertinent question is whether the library is still considered an important source of information to students? Can we imagine a university without a library with just computers and a server room? The information highway is posing new challenges that the librarians have to deal with (Dunn, 2002; Rockman & Smith, 2002). In the past, gatekeepers like the librarian decided what a student should read, depending on their level of study and their comprehension power. The picture has altered and now students decide what exactly they should read with the click of their computers. Leaders in higher education institutions are skeptical as to how much they should actually invest in buying books, how many shelves to create to stack them and whether the collection of books is going to be an indicator of the academic quality of that institution. This book talks about a vital subject as to how much and in what ways a library can engage a student to create information literacy. Various interventions have been discussed as case studies in colleges and universities from Canada to India. Student-centered workshops have been designed along with university partnerships with a writing center as well as the role of a library as a source of socio-economic transformation in Africa. The experiences shared by the authors in this book will be a valuable resource for librarians across the world as they increase their collaborative efforts to promote the value of information literacy for students.

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International Perspectives on Improving Student Engagement: Advances in Library Practices in Higher Education
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ISBN: 978-1-83909-453-8

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Jan Nordoff and Iolo Madoc-Jones

Children who enter the care system in England and Wales are among some of the most vulnerable children in society, often presenting with high levels of need. Ensuring that…

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Children who enter the care system in England and Wales are among some of the most vulnerable children in society, often presenting with high levels of need. Ensuring that the children's workforce has the skills and knowledge to meet the challenges of caring for this group of children has been at the forefront of policy agendas over the past two decades. This paper aims to report on an educational initiative to develop the capacity of residential childcare staff to work therapeutically with children.

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The paper describes the origins and nature of the Foundation Degree in Therapeutic Childcare and documents the reflections of tutors responsible for delivering the programme on their experiences. Comments from a small student sample are included to highlight the student perspective in studying for the Foundation Degree.

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The paper concludes that while some barriers exist in delivering the Foundation Degree to residential child care workers, programmes designed to develop knowledge and understanding of working therapeutically with children should be promoted.

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The paper highlights some of the issues and challenges associated with educating the children's workforce and reports back on one of the first Foundation Degrees in the UK focusing on residential and foster care workers.

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Journal of Children's Services, vol. 9 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-6660

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Interview by Juliet Norton

The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Jessica Pryce Jones, CEO of iOpener, a human asset management consultancy, who look at raising productivity

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The purpose of this paper is to provide an interview with Jessica Pryce Jones, CEO of iOpener, a human asset management consultancy, who look at raising productivity through the Science of Happiness at Work.

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This briefing is prepared by an independent interviewer

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Jessica Pryce‐Jones founded iOpener to help people to recognise and extend their capabilities. She believes that everyone has the ability to do more: the secret lies in inner momentum and formulating practical solutions.

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Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that have influenced some of the world's leading organizations.

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Provides strategic insights and practical thinking that can have a broader social impact.

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Jessica Pryce‐Jones discusses how to drive change in your organization by looking at performance through the lens of happiness at work

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Strategic Direction, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0258-0543

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Journal of Children's Services, vol. 4 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-6660

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Reference Reviews, vol. 25 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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Jessica Strubel and Trent A. Petrie

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how dimensions of body image relate to product involvement among gay men.

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate how dimensions of body image relate to product involvement among gay men.

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A survey consisting of body image and product involvement measures was administered to 147 self-identified gay men. Multiple regression was used to examine the relations of the significant body image variables to each of the consumer behavior outcomes in separate analyses.

Findings

The more the men were behaviorally invested in their appearance predicted a higher frequency of shopping each month for apparel and grooming-related products. The stronger the men’s psychological drive to have a lean body and the more they focused on their appearance and invested in their looks, the more likely they were to view apparel as important to them. The more psychologically and behaviorally involved the gay men reported being with their appearance, the more importance they gave to grooming-related products.

Research limitations/implications

The sample was drawn primarily from a college population, limiting findings to this age cohort.

Practical implications

The findings of the current research demonstrate the importance of appearance management products to the gay market, where commodities are often used to enhance or maintain a perceived self-image. Retailers can use this information to establish appropriate service options and effective marketing initiatives.

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This study replicated others that have investigated gay men’s involvement in consumer products. However, the current study looked at the relationship between involvement and body image.

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Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management: An International Journal, vol. 22 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1361-2026

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Reference Reviews, vol. 25 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0950-4125

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