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Tuesday, August 18 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Research Forum Poster: Adapting the READ Scale for AU’s UASC

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The focus of this poster presentation is the reconception/modification of the Reference Effort Assessment Data (READ) scale to record the reference request generated by Adelphi University Archives and Special Collection (UASC). Created by Dr. Bella Karr Gerlich, the READ scale is a six-point scale tool that was conceptualized to record qualitative statistics by placing an emphasis on recording effort, knowledge, skills and teaching used by staff during a library reference transaction. In 2014, Adelphi University Libraries decided to transition from Gimlet to Springshare's LibAnswers online reference platform. In addition to supplying the necessary data into the new system, it was proposed that all departmental units be required to record their reference inquiries using the integrated READ scale in the LibAnswers’ Reference Analytics module. To utilize the tool, the University Archives and Special Collections department found it necessary to modify the READ scale to correctly identify the various ranges of reference and research-related activities provided in the UASC. The poster presentation will visually display the process to integrate an archival READ scale that will effectively gather the appropriate data. It will also illustrate the comparative differences between an archival reference request and a library reference request.

About the Author:

David A. Ranzan is the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Adelphi University, Garden City, NY. Previously, he was the University Archivist at Salisbury University, Maryland and a research associate for the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He holds an M.L.I.S. from Rutgers and an M.A. in History from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. David has edited or co-edited several documentary editions including Hero of Fort Schuyler: Selected Revolutionary War Correspondence of Brigadier General Peter Gansevoort, Jr. (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2014), Surviving Andersonville: One Prisoner’s Recollection of the Civil War’s Most Notorious Camp (Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company, 2013) and With Commodore Perry to Japan: The Journal of William Speiden, Jr. (1852-1855) (Annapolis, MD: U.S. Naval Institute Press, 2013).


Tuesday August 18, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT
Room 26A Cleveland Convention Center, 300 Lakeside Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44114

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