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Ensuring user access. Incorporating e-books. Improving user experience. Managing copyright and fair use. These are but a few of the challenges facing today’s librarians and information professionals. But one challenge seems to rise above all of the others: proving value.

The March-April issue of Information Outlook magazine addresses two aspects of this challenge—correlating research productivity and learning outcomes with library and information center usage. In “Studying Your Users to Improve Services,” Jenny Taylor, a librarian at the University of Illinois, describes the results of a project she led that studied how employees at Dow Chemical conduct research. Megan Oakleaf, an associate professor in the iSchool at Syracuse University, discusses the skills librarians need to identify and leverage associations between library usage and improved academic outcomes in her article, “Correlating Library Services, Expertise, and Resources with Student Learning.”

Both authors have valuable and somewhat unexpected lessons to share. Taylor, for example, devotes several paragraphs to explaining how researchers like to be trained to use search tools, while Oakleaf cautions that librarians do more harm than good by trying to prove that library instruction causes students to earn higher grades.

In her “Info Business” column, Debbie Schachter picks up where Taylor and Oakleaf leave off by borrowing from academic models to show how learning can be measured in corporate training environments. Identifying the expected outcomes of such training and surveying students before and after the training takes place are, she writes, essential first steps in measuring value.

These articles, the SLA member interview with Barbara Burton, a new column by SLA Fellows and Rising Stars, and more are available in the March-April issue. Read it now!

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"Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense by Dr. Gene Kopelson" presentation at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center

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Published on Feb 24, 2017

As Ronald Reagan traveled across the United States campaigning for the highest office in the land, the Governor of California possessed an ace in his hand unmatched by his opponents: the ear and advice of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower. Reagan was in constant contact with Ike, following his advice at every turn and going so far as to base his entire 1966 campaign on his mentor’s own successful run years before. Eisenhower’s astute view of internal Washington politics, foreign affairs, military matters, and the swirling pool of primary rivals, provided his protégé the fuel he needed to learn, and eventually win, the war of words. In his latest book, Reagan’s 1968 Dress Rehearsal: Ike, RFK, and Reagan’s Emergence as a World Statesman, Dr. Gene Kopelson outlines the story of Reagan’s first presidential bid with an in-depth look behind the scenes. On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Dr. Kopelson gave a lecture titled, “Ike and Dutch: Mentor, Protégé, and Common Sense,” to delve deeper into the relationship between Reagan and his mentor and how it not only shaped Reagan’s future campaigns, but his presidency, as well.

In his lecture at the USAHEC, Dr. Kopelson uses never-before-tapped audio clips, interviews with the original 1968 campaign staff, Eisenhower’s personal diary, and material straight from personal correspondence to show how Eisenhower influenced Reagan’s politics and eventually, his far-reaching presidential policies. From Reagan’s hawkish views on Vietnam to his perspective on the Arab-Israeli situation, his groundbreaking steps with Gorbachev and the Soviets to nuclear defense, Eisenhower and Reagan had a close and personal relationship which changed America’s future.

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