Ashley Ahlbrand (MLS'12) and Michael Johnson (MLS'11) co-authored an article that was recently published in Law Library Journal, Vol.104:4 (2012). The full text article is available online through Lexis Nexis:
"In the academic law library hiring process, candidates are assessed based on a variety of factors. The study conducted here focuses on education—specifically the institu-tional rank of degree-granting law and library science institutions—to explore how the rank of one’s graduate education might influence hiring decisions at academic law libraries."
In an email interview, Ashley commented on the article process. "I took Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto's S505 class last Fall and co-conducted my final research project with a SLIS graduate, Michael Johnson. We continued to edit and re-edit during the Spring, and I submitted the article to the Law Library Journal (because it's a study on academic law librarians) for publication. It just came out this month." Ashley now works as the Educational Technology and Reference Librarian, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana. Michael is the Circulation Librarian, Clark Memorial Library, Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, Ohio.
Dr. Sugimoto commented: "I am so proud of my students. S505 is Evaluation of Resources and Services, a required research methods course for MLS students. In this course, they are asked to write a proposal for research or conduct a full study. Ashley worked with Michael on her final project, the result of which is this publication. Both students also took my Scholarly Communication course, where we discussed the role of communicating research for scholar-practitioners. I am very proud to see these students putting what they learned at SLIS into action. I hope that they will continue to engage in research in their roles as professional librarians. These are exemplary students and should be commended!"
Posted December 05, 2012