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Sarah Toevs Co-Authors Article on Gerontology in Academic Libraries

by Leah Sherwood

Sarah Toevs, director for the Center of Aging, Marilia Antunez, assistant professor and reference librarian at Albertsons’ Library and Melissa Gains, now retired reference librarian at Albertsons’ Library, had an article published in the journal “Collection Building,” in November.

The article is titled, “Rejuvenating Aging Studies in Academic Libraries,” and is an exploratory study focused on identifying aging (gerontology) resources, which would provide valuable information for academic librarians working with faculty and students in the field of gerontology.

The results of the study confirmed that faculty teaching in gerontology uses a wide variety of resources for teaching and research. Faculty identified frequently used journals, reference materials and sources of grey literature produced by non-profits, special interest groups and educational organizations. Few other studies have identified the resources with which faculty in gerontology graduate programs value and what services the library can improve on or provide on their behalf.

The journal “Collection Building,” publishes articles concerning library collection development and maintenance from the practical to the theoretical.