Publications by Dr. Perryman

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    Exploring virtual librarianship: Second Life Library 2.0
    (Taylor & Francis, 2008-10) Perryman, Carol L.
    In April 2006, Alliance Library System and Online Programming for All Libraries partnered to start the Second Life Library 2.0 in the online world Second Life and in August 2006 purchased an island on the Teen grid of Teen Second Life. Second Life is a virtual world, a descendant of multiplayer online games. Educational institutions have recently been drawn into Second Life's robust economy and vibrant cultural life. The Second Life Library 2.0 works with librarians from around the world and with other educational partners such as TechSoup, WorldBridges, and the New Media Consortium. Second Life Library 2.0 provides “traditional” library services such as ready reference, book discussions, and search assistance, but, at heart, it explores what it means to be a virtual library in a virtual world.
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    Information behaviors in an online smoking cessation forum
    (De Gruyter, 2007-12) Perryman, Carol L.
    Smoking is a major contributor to morbidity and mortality today, and a focus of attention by primary care practitioners and public health. Few studies take into account the role of community-based information transactions, nor have they examined the information needs of quitting smokers beyond generic patient education pamphlets. A pilot study examines the function and value of information communicated in an online forum dedicated to smoking cessation. Firstly, a Web-based survey was sent to fourteen forum participants known by the author. Twenty questions about medications, decision support sources, the evaluation of those sources, and basic demographic information were asked and the resulting responses were analyzed. Secondly, 371 selected posts from the Web forum were collected to better understand the importance and frequency of specific types of cessation-related information. Several models are discussed in a preliminary attempt to characterize the forum's community-based information behaviors. Survey respondents view the existence of online community-based information resources (in the persons of their community peers) as a major factor in their cessation efforts. Although no attempt was made to generalize findings beyond this initial pilot, gaps were tentatively identified between the support provided by more traditional healthcare practitioners and the information needs experienced by this population. In their provision of a milieu for the exchange of information, online fora may enable support at a depth and quantity unavailable through more immediate channels. Further studies are needed to develop a better understanding of information-related behaviors of this large population.
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    AAU library directors prefer collaborative decision making with senior administrative team members
    (University of Alberta, 2017-06-29) Perryman, Carol L.
    Objective – To understand academic library leaders’ decision making methods, priorities, and support of succession planning, as well as to understand the nature, extent, and drivers of organizational change.
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    Credit due: Multiple author attribution for interdisciplinary informatics research groups
    (Medical Library Association Research Section, 2018) Perryman, Carol L.
    Objective: To understand issues related to multiple authorship in interdisciplinary working groups, and to identify best practices for authorship attribution for a multidisciplinary group.
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    Prison library services in Croatia need improvement to meet international standards of universal rights to access
    (University of Alberta, 2016-09-26) Perryman, Carol L.
    A Review of: Šimunić, Z., Tanacković, S.F., & Badurina, B. (2016). Library services for incarcerated persons: A survey of recent trends and challenges in prison libraries in Croatia. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 48(1), 72-89.
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    Differences between library instruction conference attendees and their institutional affiliations in the United States and Canada are discernible
    (University of Alberta Library, 2006) Perryman, Carol L.
    A review of: Willingham, Patricia, Linda Carder, and Christopher Millson-Martula. “Does a Border Make a Difference? Library Instruction in the United States and Canada.” Journal of Academic Librarianship 32.1 (Jan. 2006): 23-34.
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    Does a social network based model of journal metrics improve ranking?
    (University of Alberta, 2007) Perryman, Carol L.
    A Review of: Bollen, J., Van de Sompel, H., Smith, J.A., & Luce, R. (2005). Toward alternative metrics of journal impact: A comparison of download and citation data. Information Processing and Management, 41:1419-1440.
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    Tracking theory building and use trends in selected LIS journals: More research is needed
    (University of Alberta, 2007) Perryman, Carol L.
    Objective - The authors measure theory incidents occurring in four LIS journals between 1984-2003 in order to examine their number and quality and to analyze them by topic. A third objective, only identified later in the text of the study, was to compare theory development and use between Korean and international journals. Research questions asked include whether LIS has its own theoretical base as a discipline, and what characteristics the theoretical framework has.
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    The information practices of physical science librarians differ from those of the scientific community: More research is needed to characterize specific information seeking and use
    (University of Alberta, 2008) Perryman, Carol L.
    A Review of: Brown, Cecilia M. and Ortega, Lina. “Information-Seeking Behavior of Physical Science Librarians: Does Research Inform Practice?” College & Research Libraries (2005). 66:231-47.
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    Further study is needed to define and measure the use of reflective practice in library and information science
    (University of Alberta, 2008) Perryman, Carol L.
    A review of: Grant, Maria J. “The Role of Reflection in the Library and Information Sector: A Systematic Review.” Health Information and Libraries Journal (2007) 24: 155-166.
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    Thematic categorization and analysis of peer reviewed articles in the LISA database, 2004-2005
    (University of Alberta, 2009) Perryman, Carol L.
    A Review of: Gonzalez-Alcaide, Gregorio, Lourdes Castello-Cogolles, Carolina Navarro-Molina, et al. “Library and Information Science Research Areas: Analysis of Journal Articles in LISA.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 59.1 (2008): 150-4.
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    For non-expert clinical searches, Google Scholar results are older with higher impact, while PubMed results offer more breadth
    (University of Alberta Library, 2013) Perryman, Carol L.
    Objectives – To compare PubMed and Google Scholar results for content relevance and article quality
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    Beginning the professional discourse: Incorporation of EBLIP concepts and tools into the LIS curriculum
    (2011) Perryman, Carol L.; Cahill, Maria; Jeng, Ling Hwey
    Examines the use of evidence-based practice in library education by three professors.
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    Evidence-based Librarianship: TLA Pre-conference workshop
    (Texas Woman's University, 2013-04-23) Perryman, Carol L.
    Slides and handout for half-day preconference workshop. This 4 hour hands on interactive session introduced evidence-based practice to multi-type librarians, primarily focused on question building and critical evaluation of information. Two evaluative instruments were created for and tested during the workshop.
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    Evidence-based practice: A revolution in library project management
    (2007) Perryman, Carol L.; Thibodeau, Patricia
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    Finding our foundation: Analysis of the LISA database for research retrievability
    (e-LIS, 2006) Perryman, Carol L.; Lu, Dihui
    Objective: The primary objective of this study is to examine the Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) database to determine if research literature can consistently be retrieved by using keywords identifying the research methodologies used.
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    The sense-making practices of hospital librarians
    (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, ProQuest Dissertations Publishing, 2011) Perryman, Carol L.
    Similar to librarians in other environments, baby-boomer medical librarians are reaching retirement age in record numbers (American Library Association, 2004). In contrast to hopeful predictions that medical libraries will continue to be heavily used (Lindberg & Humphreys, 2005), leaders agree that hospital libraries are at a “critical juncture” (Tooey, 2009), and call for professionals to “be prepared” (Freiburger, 2010) to retool library spaces and redefine practice. Despite prescriptions for change, little is known about the worlds of hospital librarians. The theoretical perspectives of Sense-Making defined by Brenda Dervin and the work of Karl Weick are used to conduct retrospective, semi-structured interviews to learn more about the sense-making1 behaviors of hospital librarians engaged in recognizing, characterizing, and negotiating barriers to sense-making during task- or situation-related processes. Interviewing techniques pioneered by Dervin were used to enable participants to examine their processes from the stage of their “awareness of discontinuity” in sense-making (Dervin, Foreman-Wernet, & Lauterbach, 2003, p.276), through gap-bridging as the librarians worked to make sense of situations. Analysis used previously validated categories, with additional categories emerged during analysis. Characterizing the situations and gaps of hospital librarians can assist in the development of support and education, as well as helping the profession to plan for changes that must occur if it is to survive and grow. From this research I have found that the hospital librarians who shared their narratives make sense of their situations through the lens of their place within the organization, and that their feelings of affiliation and stability are vitally important to this process. With the confidence of security, hospital librarians are active participants and contributors to the hospital community. The methods and models provided by both Brenda Dervin and Karl Weick add important perspectives to making sense of hospital librarians’ sense-making.
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    Medicus Deus: A review of factors affecting hospital library services to patients between 1790-1950
    (2006-07) Perryman, Carol L.
    QUESTION: What are some of the historical societal, medical, and public health trends leading to today's provision of hospital library services to patients?