Librate: The Jacksonville State University Library Book Rating System

By Aaron Garrett and David Thornton.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Faculty participation in the selection of new library acquisitions is an important step in achieving the research and scholarship missions of a university. This paper details a web-based system developed to simplify the process that university faculty and librarians use to determine which books should be acquired for the library’s holdings. Termed “Librate,” the system is designed to replace the current paper-based system and has been experimentally deployed for use by the Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences (MCIS) department. While the library maintains no historical data about faculty book requests, anecdotal evidence and survey results from the participating faculty members suggests that the Librate system encourages more faculty participation in the book selection process than does the paper-based system.

Keywords: Library Technology, Book Acquisition, Collaborative Software

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.39-54. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.773MB).

Aaron Garrett

Assistant Professor, Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, USA

Aaron Garrett is an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, AL, USA. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from JSU in 1999 and an M.S. in Systems and Software Design from JSU in 2002. In the summer of 2001, he was awarded a NASA research fellowship and worked at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA, with Dr. Yair Barniv using machine intelligence to predict head movements based on electromyogram (EMG) data. In 2008, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. His research areas are evolutionary computation and multiobjective optimization.

David Thornton

Assistant Professor, Mathematical, Computing, and Information Sciences, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, USA

David Thornton is an Assistant Professor at Jacksonville State University (JSU) in Jacksonville, AL, USA. He received a B.S. in Computer Science from JSU in 2001 and an M.S. in Systems and Software Design from JSU in 2003. In 2008, he received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Auburn University in Auburn, AL. His research interests include speech-enabled systems, game design, and usability.

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