Welcome to Scholarly Commons, the institutional repository for Augusta University.



The University Libraries offer advisory support to faculty who want to create open access journal publications or have questions regarding copyright, author rights, and publisher contracts.  Individuals may submit scholarly works or departments may submit a collection of works. Additional information about Scholarly Commons can be found on this Research Guide.

  • Access to Health Information: Outreach Efforts to Ronald McDonald House Augusta

    Bandy, Sandra L.; Brewster, Tamara; University Libraries (Georgia Regents University, 2015-10)
    Objective: The library seeks to improve the use of reliable electronic health information to fill this information need for an under-served population in crisis. In 2014, a new and larger Ronald McDonald House (RMH) opened in Augusta across a shared parking lot of the Robert B, Greenblatt, M.D. Library. Currently, there are no health information resources available in the house. The house staff/volunteers have shared that they have received questions about health information but are advised not to give medical advice. Methods: A computer designated for accessing health information and a small selection of printed materials has been made available within the RMH. The library is in position to train the RMH house staff/volunteers on consumer health resources and how to evaluate reliable web resources. This will allow them to promote authoritative health resources for families/caregivers of children who are receiving medical treatment at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia. A health information web page has been developed and is accessible through the RMH portal. This web page is also being used as a class outline for hands-on computer training sessions for RMH staff. Results: The results of the training within the past six months will be presented along with suggested improvements for the staff who are teaching caregivers how to access health information. Conclusion: Parents will do anything for their child, especially when they are sick. Often they turn to the internet searching for answers. The library recognized the potential to build a positive partnership with the community. Using our expertise to aid this under-served population will assist parents in finding authoritative and up-to-date information health information resources. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore.
  • Importance of Chapter Membership: a 20-year Data Analysis

    Bandy, Sandra L.; Mears, Kim; University Libraries (Georgia Health Sciences University, 2012-10)
    Objective This project analyzes twenty years of recorded membership data from one of the fourteen chapters affiliated with the Medical Library Association (MLA). A search of the literature revealed national level program evaluations, new initiatives, and lessons learned but no Chapter-level articles specifically on membership. Outcomes will illustrate trends in membership and the possible need for stronger guidelines in retaining members. Methods Southern Chapter of the Medical Library Association has used FileMaker for recording membership information. Information includes years of service to the organization plus year joined, contact information, committee volunteer request, AHIP level, library type, and membership to MLA. The data collected is also used for the annual printed membership directory. Several data sets will be gathered to study the dynamics of the Chapter, longevity of members, and retention based on the introduction of a 2-year free student membership. Results From 1992 to 2012, the average membership for the Southern Chapter was 359 members. The highest membership occurred in 1996 with 402 members and the lowest membership occurred in 2006 with 285. Data trends demonstrate a drop in state membership levels in the corresponding state that hosted the annual meeting the following year. Membership rates also dropped when the annual meeting was hosted outside of the Chapter region. Development of new medical schools around the region resulted in a 62% increase in academic librarians’ membership while hospital librarians have seen a 45% drop in membership rates. Other data collected included types of MLA membership and librarians’ membership to the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP). In 2008 the Chapter adopted a 2-year free student membership, with an average of 20 members per year since then. In its five year history, we have had 47 student members with 10 students joining the Chapter as a full member after the free membership expired. Conclusions According to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the average retention rate is between 82%-90%. Southern Chapter’s overall retention rate is 89%, affirming the value librarians receive through membership. Data also revealed that student retention is 63%, which is below acceptable ASAE guidelines so additional support may be needed. A search of the literature suggested guidelines to increase retention rates of student members.
  • Transforming Print to Electronic Theses and Dissertations

    Bandy, Sandra L.; University Libraries (Augusta University, 2018-05-22)
    Objective: In response to a changing environment, the library collaborated with The Graduate School (TGS) to transition from print to electronic theses and dissertations (ETD). Since graduate students are writing their thesis and dissertations on a computer, the library initiated the electronic submission to provide long-term archiving of ETDs. This paper discusses new submission processes, including successful strategies and lessons learned. Methods: The University’s existing institutional repository is the new host for ETDs allowing students to upload their final thesis or dissertation into the repository. TGS worked with ProQuest to create an online ETD administrator for students. An ETD Microsoft Word template was designed and programmed by the library according to Graduate School specifications and approved by TGS administrators. TGS dissertation and thesis preparation manual was updated to reflect new formatting and template requirements and a second alternative template was developed for student use. To introduce the new process and workflow to PhD program directors, librarians attended TGS Council meeting. A Graduate School LibGuide for TGS was amended to provide instruction on the new ETD standards and process including the need for additional face-to-face instruction on ETDs. The Library developed an ETD bootcamp for the new process. Results: After reviewing the initial submission process, the library partnered with ProQuest to simplify their procedures. The library worked with ProQuest to create a Sword protocol for automatic deposits of metadata and PDF files to the repository. Students no longer deposit their final thesis or dissertation into the repository but only to ProQuest eliminating a step in the submission process. Conclusions: Collaborating with our university's Graduate School created a unique partnership that resulted in new library ETD services for graduate students. Future work with ETDs will focus on retrospectively digitizing the library’s print dissertations.
  • Trainee Therapist Personality, Technique Usage, and Helpfulness

    Sandlin, Samantha H.; Department of Psychological Sciences (Augusta University, 2020-12)
    The goal of the present study was to explore how trainee therapists’ differential technique usage and perceived helpfulness ratings of the techniques used in therapy relate to their personality characteristics. The NEO-FFI-3 was administered to 59 clinical and counseling graduate students prior to training to assess their self-reported personality traits. Then, during their first therapy course, trainees conducted four therapy sessions with a volunteer client. Trainees watched the videotape of their third session and rated the techniques they perceived themselves to have used and their view of how helpful those interventions were. Results showed a significant, negative relationship between trainee conscientiousness and their use of interventions aimed at helping clients identify contradictions in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Moreover, significant associations were found between two personality traits and trainees’ perceived helpfulness ratings of their technique usage. Specifically, as trainees’ neuroticism increased, their perception of how helpful they were in helping their client gain a new perspective decreased. Conversely, as their extroversion increased, they perceived themselves to have been more helpful in assisting clients in gaining a new perspective. Notably, all statistically significant findings had a moderate effect size. Our findings provide preliminary conclusions about the relation between trainee personality characteristics and differential technique usage in sessions, as well as how helpful trainees perceived those techniques to be.

    Graham, Caroline; Hull College of Business (Augusta University, 2020-12)
    Prior research conducted by organizations such as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has shown that many people claim they feel secure with their knowledge of financial planning and management. However, as witnessed during the government shutdown, feelings are not the same as actions. If that was the case, then many people would have been able to cover their expenses despite missing a few paychecks. Moreover, whenever a financial literacy quiz has been provided to the public, history has shown that “less than ten percent of the respondents pass” (Martin, 2017) showing that financial literacy levels are low. Over the years, many people have gained more knowledge on saving strategies, budgeting, and the benefits of investing. In their report, the Federal Reserve found that, “when asked about their finances, 75 percent of adults say they are either doing okay or living comfortably. This result in 2018 is similar to 2017 and is 12 percentage points higher than 2013.” (The Federal Reserve, 2019, p. 1). However, the number of individuals still living paycheck to paycheck while drowning in debt is alarmingly high. A blogger from Equifax found that “56% of Americans don’t have any money left over at the end of the month after paying their bills” (Financial Literacy Survey: Do You Save for a Rainy Day?, 2019). This is caused by poor financial planning, living beyond one’s means or taking on too much debt, and sometimes, a combination of all three. This study will add to research by emphasizing the importance of financial literacy by evaluating the financial health of survey respondents and their knowledge of common concepts of finance. These concepts include interest, investments, and inflation. The respondents were recruited via Facebook and personal contact, such as family and classmates. The data collected will be used to examine how financial literacy varies across socioeconomic demographics. Lastly, the study will provide recommendations on ways financial education programs can improve to reach a larger audience and educate the public. These recommendations will be based on the survey responses on how people would like to receive financial education in the future.

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