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Jack Maness


Jack Maness
Assistant Professor, Faculty Director
Engineering and Math Physics Libraries

Office Location: Math 116


Phone: 303-492-4545

Fax: 303-492-6488

E-mail: jack.maness@colorado.edu



Mailing Address:

University Libraries

184 UCB

1720 Pleasant St.

Boulder, CO 80309

Jack Maness joined the Libraries faculty as a Senior Instructor and Engineering Librarian in 2005, and has since been promoted to Assistant Professor and Faculty Director of the Engineering Library and Acting Faculty Director of the Math-Physics Library. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado at Denver in 2000, and obtained his MLS from Emporia State University in 2004, where he was the American Library Association's Marshall Cavendish Scholar in 2002, and was nominated to join Beta Phi Mu, the International Library Science Honor Society.

Prior to joining the Libraries, Maness directed a small library and was a member of the general education faculty in a vocational school. He also spent several years at The Denver Public Library and Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver, and taught composition courses in a college preparatory program at the University of Colorado at Denver.

As an Engineering Librarian, Maness provided bibliographic research assistance to students, faculty, and staff in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition to classroom instruction and face-to-face reference, he provided and helps manage web-based library services via streaming video and instant messaging software. In this capacity he also served as bibliographer for engineering and computer science disciplines. As Faculty Director he is interested in continuing to experiment with technologies to deliver virtual services and in rethinking the role of library as place. He currently serves as bibliographer for engineering, physics, astrophysics, and astronomy.

Since joining the Libraries, Maness has chaired the Libraries Assessment and Faculty Personnel Committees and has sat on the Bibliographers Advisory, Recruitment to the Profession, and Outreach and Communications Committees, in addition to several task forces and advisory boards. He was a mentor and program contact for the federally-funded Emporia Diversity Initiative, and sat on committees to write the 2010 and 2014 information technology strategic plans for the Boulder campus, as well as a faculty advisory committee to choose a learning management system. He a member of the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society of Engineering Education, where he is becoming increasingly involved, and the Science and Technology Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, where he co-chairs the Subject & Bibliographic Access Committee. He has also chaired AskColorado's Quality Assurance & Evaluation Subcommittee, was elected to the Colorado Academic Library Association's Executive Board in 2005, and is a member of the American Society for Information Science & Technology and the Association of Internet Researchers.

Maness's research seeks understand the role of human mediation and place in libraries that increasingly provide their content online.

He lives in Denver with his wife Laurie, a web designer at The Denver Public Library, and his seven year old son Jackson.
Engineering, Physics, Astrophysics, Astronomy

CV (PDF or Word document)

Maness, Jack. "A linguistic analysis of chat reference conversations with 18-24 year-old college studentsThe Journal of Academic Librarianship Volume 34 (2008): 31-38.


Maness, Jack. "An evaluation of library instruction delivered to engineering students usingIssues in Science and Technology Librarianship Volume 46 (Summer, 2006)  <http://www.istl.org/06-summer/refereed.html>.


Maness, Jack. "At the point-of-need: usage patterns of streaming video tutorialsBrick&Click : Proceedings of an Academic Library Symposium ((November 2, 2007),): pp. 36-45..


Maness, Jack. "Library 2.0: web 2.0 and its implications for librariesWebology Volume 3 (2)  <http://www.webology.ir/2006/v3n2/a25.html>.
Adapted by Charles Levine for "LOGOS: Journal of the World Book Community, 17(3): 139-145." Portuguese translation: http://www.ies.ufpb.br/ojs2/index.php/ies/article/viewFile/831/623 Hebrew translation: http://www.cet.ac.il/libraries/teachers-librarians/docs/web2.doc


Maness, Jack. "Social Presence: a theoretical construct for evaluation of the participatory catalogConversants Volume 1 (2008)  <http://conversants.syr.edu/2008/05/01/social-presence-a-theoretical-construct- for-evaluation-of-the-participatory-catalog/>.


Maness, Jack. "The power of dots: using nonverbal compensators in chat referenceProceedings of the 70th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Information Science & Technology, Joining Research and Practice: Social Computing and Information Science Volume 44 (October 19-24, 2007).


Maness, Jack. "Using social software to create social presence in library web services" The 8th Quadrennial Tri Society Symposium / 3rd DASER Summit, 69th Annual Meeting of the American Assocation of Information Science & Technology Austin, TX.: 3 November 2006.


Maness, Jack. "Where is the point of need?: how users access streaming tutorials" Brick&Click: An Academic Library Symposium Maryville, MO.: 2 November 2007.


Maness, Jack and Sarah Naper. "Assessing inappropriate use: learning from the AskColorado experienceIn Virtual Reference Service: From Competencies to Assessment. R. David Lankes, et. al., ed. New York: Neal-Schuman.  <http://worldcat.org/oclc/145732820>.