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    ERM Ideas & Innovations: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Use of Library-Licensed Electronic Resources: Using Data to Challenge Core Assumptions and Leveraging Disruption to Initiate Meaningful Strategic Change
    (2022-09-26) Lowe, Randall A.
    Academic libraries are engaged in the process of assessing the impacts the COVID-19 health pandemic has had on the use of the electronic resources their institutions provide. Trends related to e-resource use prior to and during the pandemic at a small academic library and within its consortium are discussed. The results of this assessment dispel the assumptions behind a hypothesis that licensed online resources would see greater use in supporting instruction and research as institutions pivoted to online-only course delivery in the early months of the pandemic. Some potential underlying factors that may be leveraged to inform strategic collection development, information literacy, and service changes are explored.
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    ERM Ideas & Innovations: Learning to Think Like a Patron: Improving User Experience, E-Resources Management, and Departmental Outcomes Beyond COVID-19
    (2022-05-02) Dodd, Alexander; Kramer, Amanda; Zumbrun, Emily A.; Lowe, Randall A.
    Two years after the onset of the COVID-19 health pandemic, electronic resources librarians are assessing how the work in their libraries has changed and determining if certain modifications made to services and workflow processes are, in fact, transformational. The authors detail how service changes and telework during the pandemic affected e-resources workflows and interdepartmental collaboration in two academic libraries, and how these experiences will have an effect in improving their organizational cultures and the patron experience moving forward.
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    GM Never Surrendered: Antiunion Politics on Auto Industry Shop Floors during the 1960s
    Wood, Gregory; FSU Department of History
    The organizing victories of the United Automobile Workers (UAW) in the automobile factories of the 1930s and 1940s heralded major working-class wins over employers’ antiunion practices during the early-to-mid twentieth century. Autoworkers’ triumphs in Flint, Detroit, and Dearborn, at the large factories of General Motors, the Ford Motor Company, and the Chrysler Corporation signaled a high water mark for organized labor and pointed to a momentous break with the past, as organized workers had now imposed on industrial employers a new balance of power and a new semblance of democracy in what were now unionized plants. Labor and working-class historians’ master narratives of the labor movement in the twentieth-century auto industry most frequently consider the theme of antiunion measures as a set of wrongs that reside in the industry’s brutal past and were significantly checked by unionization from below. However, this paper peers behind the doors of the unionized shop in an effort to highlight some of the ongoing, everyday presence of antiunion culture and its forms in auto industry workplaces, including the UAW’s main base of strength: Michigan. This paper focuses on 2 factories in the GM system -- General Motors’ Pontiac division plant in Pontiac, Michigan; and the Chevrolet Van Nuys, California, plant in the 1960s. As post-World War II conflicts at Pontiac and Van Nuys over managers’ treatment of committeemen and their handling of bulletin boards for the union reveal, antiunion politics and culture on auto industry shop floors outlasted the labor wars of the 1930s and 1940s. Perhaps General Motors never surrendered: The shop floors of unionized auto plants continued to be battlegrounds over the status and presence of organized labor, as a selection of post-World War II National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) cases and surviving UAW records demonstrate.
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    Educational Toolkit: Learning Activities to Better understand and assist individuals living with mental illness
    (2021) Fanning, Julie
    Developed as part of the capstone requirements of the Doctor of Social Work Degree at Capella University. Capstone Title: Using Social Work Students' Perceptions to impact individuals living with mental illness. This educational toolkit is designed for social work educators, social work students, counseling, and other health care students. The toolkit may also be helpful for mental health and physical health workers and the general community.
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    ERM Ideas & Innovations: Electronic Resources Management in the Time of COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities Experienced by Six Academic Libraries
    (2021-09-08) Lowe, Randall A.; Chirombo, Fanuel; Coogan, John F.; Dodd, Alexander; Hutchinson, Corrie; Nagata, Judith
    Librarians from six diverse public and private higher education institutions describe the challenges their libraries have experienced, as well as the operational opportunities that have arisen, in managing electronic resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. While the environment that precipitated these challenges is temporary, some of the solutions implemented to address them will represent permanent changes to library operations.