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  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig
    Abstract:

    In today’s panel topic on “The Index of Prohibited Books: Liberty, License, and the Common Good,” the first part will be an argument that at least one form of censorship, namely that the Roman Catholic Church’s Index Librorum Prohibitorum, actually fosters authentic human freedom. I will begin with a history of the Index, including its present authority, then present an argument demonstrating why the Index fosters freedom. I will close with a few remarks that I hope will pro…

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig, Thurston Miller, Nora Belzowski
    Abstract:

    Faculty/librarian collaboration is vital for librarians to remain integral to the academy. We now have an opportunity to change how we perceive ourselves and how we are perceived by faculty and administrators. There are viable solutions for expanding the role of the librarian in ways that could lead to better faculty partnerships. First, librarians must be grounded in a shared purpose and professional identity and establish a contextual framework for our own professional ‘boundaries.’ We cann…

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig, Andrew Sommese
    Abstract:

    “Supplying accurate CPU [cost-per-serial use] information to faculty and appropriate marketing of the alternate modes of delivery … become the key to achieving an optimal cost-efficient serials collection in an academic library.” (Marisa Scigliano, “Serial Use in a Small Academic Library: Determining Cost-effectiveness,” Serials Review 26 (2000): 43–52.)

    A model is presented for adjusting use statistics using a journal’s ISI Journal Citation Reports cited half-life.The goal is to improve t…

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig, E. Bruce Williams
    Abstract:

    Review of the book Using the Mathematics Literature, edited by Kristine K. Fowler, New York, Marcel Dekker, 2004. 389 pp., US $165, ISBN 0-8247-5035-7.

    The book’s major drawback is its price—42 cents per page vs. 19 cents for Tucker and Anderson. However, it is still an important addition to your library’s collection, a relevant resource for undergraduate and graduate student advisors, and perhaps a gift for the new librarian who will be working with your department.

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig, Cheri Smith, Linda Doversberger, Sherri Jones, Jennifer Parker, Barbara Pietraszewski
    Abstract:

    A syllabus study was conducted to indicate potential directions for the library instruction program at the University of Notre Dame, a comprehensive Level One institution in Indiana. In addition to identifying those courses which might benefit from library instruction that are not currently utilizing these services, the authors also tested several hypotheses regarding library use. A total of 144 syllabi were collected from a random sample of classes and were analyzed to determine the degree t…

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig, Thurston Miller
    Abstract:

    How many monographs acquired in a particular year circulate in that year? What percentage have their first circulation each successive year? Does the pattern differ for different broad subject areas, i.e., humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences? This article tests the assumption that the first-circulation pattern differs by subject. We conclude that the pattern does not differ. The finding is important for decisions about off-site storage, assessing collection development, maintain…

  • Author(s):
    Parker Ladwig
    Abstract:

    In the fall of 2000 the director of the University Libraries of Notre Dame learned that the university would begin a campuswide strategic planning effort the next academic year. I had recently joined the library from a management consulting firm specializing in strategic planning and had already expressed my interest. The director and I agreed that we should assess the state of the library’s planning in order to prepare for the university-wide effort. She asked me to form a task force to inve…