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Journal Cover New Library World
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  • Merging information literacy and evidence based practice for social work
    • Authors: Tricia Jane Bingham, Josie Wirjapranata, Shirley-Ann Chinnery
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose This paper outlines a teaching and learning collaboration between information literacy professionals and a social work academic at the University of Auckland. The collaboration was developed for the purpose of introducing evidence-based practice (EBP) and related information literacy (IL) skills to a third year social work cohort prepapring for their first practicum. Embedding the research–practice connection in the minds of students at this level of study is essential as using evidence in practice is considered to be a fundamental professional objective. Despite this perspective, it is not uncommon for research to be viewed as an ancillary, if not discretionary skill in social work, with the research practice gap well recognised in the social work literature. EBP offers students a clearly defined, systematic research framework imminently suited to the novice learner which emphasizes the importance of research for practice. Research skills, in particular information literacy and the ability to find, evaluate, and apply information, are essential to the development of effective evidence based practice. Apart from the practical skills of being able to find evidence, critical thinking and reflective skills are key skills also inherent to IL processes and practice and mastery of the evidence based approach is impossible without mastery of these key IL competencies. Taking a solution focussed frame, theoretically underpinned by a constructivist teaching philosophy, we detail specific EBP and IL teaching practices, challenges, and the remedies applied. The paper concludes with key lessons learned and future directions for teaching EBP and IL skills to social work students at the University of Auckland. Design/methodology/approach A solution focussed frame, theoretically underpinned by a constructivist teaching philosophy. Findings This paper offers insights derived from seven years of teaching EBP and IL skills to Social Work students and investigates specific teaching challenges and details the remedies applied. Research limitations/implications As a case study this article deals with one instance of EBP and IL teaching. Focussing specifically on EBP in the Social Sciences this may not be relevant for other disciplines. Practical implications This paper offers insights into methods for merging EBP and IL skills teaching in the Social Sciences, providing practical examples of activities which can be used in teaching, underpinned by relevant theory. Originality/value The authors outline constructivist-connectivist learning activities that can be used to advance students’ AIL skills, develop research capacity and enhance the importance of the research-practice connection in Social Work practice. While much research has been done on EBP and IL connections in the medical and nursing literature, there is limited literature discussing EBP and IL integration in social work.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:40:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0067
  • Immigrants’ attitude to the Czech libraries
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose The research group of students made this small scale study in order to identify whether or not there is a link between using a library in the country of origin and in the Czech Republic, how immigrants perceive Czech libraries and which are the potential reasons for not using library services. Design/methodology/approach
      Authors used seven language mutations of an online questionnaire focused on immigrants living in the Czech Republic. The additional qualitative part consists of semi-structured interviews with eight respondents. Findings With regard to the results of the study, respondents used libraries in their country of origin more than in the Czech Republic. The immigrants mostly view the Czech libraries positively. One of the principal reasons why the immigrants do not use library services in the Czech Republic is that they obtain literature in alternative ways. Research limitations/implications The questionnaire distribution was the most difficult part of the whole study because there was no direct way to target the immigrant population. Only limited conclusions can be therefore drawn about the immigrant user group in general. The results cannot be considered as representative for all the immigrants living in the Czech Republic. Originality/value The project's findings show the immigrants' behavioural patterns in the libraries and identify reasons why they are not using library services in the Czech context. This study can be used to develop other more comprehensive research in the Czech Republic.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:40:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0068
  • Relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership metrics: a
           case of top 100 cited papers in physics
    • Authors: RISHABH SHRIVASTAVA, Preeti Mahajan
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose Social media has given way for the development of various new altmetric indicators. Mendeley readership count is one such indicator. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, the study aims to investigate the relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership counts. The study also evaluates the relationship between Mendeley readership metrics for two different time periods thereby investigating its nature as an altmetric indicator. Design/methodology/approach Data was collected using the Scopus database. Top 100 papers in Physics published during 2005 as well as in 2010 that received the largest number of citations were selected. Mendeley readership data was collected using Mendeley readership statistics for documents indexed in Scopus. For establishing relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership, correlation was calculated between citations in Scopus database and Mendeley readership. The difference in Mendeley readership for different time periods was also investigated Findings The study showed that for both the years Mendeley readership counts were in positive correlation with citation counts. For the year 2010, it was found that Mendeley readership counts were in strong positive correlation with citation counts whereas for 2005 they were in moderate positive correlation. Research limitations/implications One of the limitations of this study is that with time more and more scientists and researchers may join Mendeley causing various changes in data and giving different results. Also, the study has focused on the highly cited papers in Physics. Originality/value Very few studies have been conducted in the area of altmetrics as it is a comparatively new and emerging field of research. The findings of this study offer insights to the question whether Mendeley readership counts can be used as an alternative to traditional sources of bibliometric indicators like citations, h-index, etc. The study also evaluates the difference in the nature of traditional bibliometric indicators and Mendeley readership counts.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0064
  • as a librarian-led digital humanities meeting place
    • Authors: Linda Rath
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose This case study evaluates, the hosted web publishing exhibit tool, as a low-cost and technology friendly platform encouraging dynamic academic and non-academic communities to collaborate, explore, and contribute to a genre film festival resource. Design/methodology/approach A literature review established six variables to assess as a viable platform for libraries seeking to administer a resource-focused website adhering to information standards with limited budgets, training, and technical or institutional support. The variables identified were cost; website management; content building and management; communities, engagement, and collaboration; exploration and knowledge building; and website support. Findings supports many activities with notable functions for website administration, collection building, media formats, collaboration, metadata, social media, user contributions, technical support, and the creation of simple, custom pages. While templates for page layouts offer a surprising amount of choices, some options are limited. Currently, interactive and exploratory items cannot be embedded into website pages. Originality/value This article discusses, the hosted version of the exhibit tool offered by Omeka, as a platform to encourage cross-sector collaboration for digital humanities projects, addressing a gap in the literature which focuses on, the open source software version installed by libraries with access to servers and technical staff.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0070
  • Immaterial labour, public librarians, and third-generation public
    • Authors: Siobhan A Stevenson
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is twofold: first, to draw attention to one specific upper-level government policy document in which a discourse of perpetual innovation and customer service is promoted, and the kinds of questions such discursive interventions raise for the future of work in public libraries; and second, to demonstrate the explanatory potential of the concept of immaterial labour for questions relating to emerging labour processes in libraries. The concepts of “prosumer” and Web 2.0 are included as discursive resources of relevance to any discussion of immaterial labour. Design/methodology/approach A critical discourse analysis of a public policy visioning document for public libraries in Ontario, Canada, with reflections on related literatures. Findings (1) The concept of immaterial labour provides an additional analytic tool suitable for questions of relevance to public librarians and library scholars. (2) Within the government text under review, which deals specifically with the future of the public library to 2020, the identity of the public librarian is alarmingly absent. Conversely, the library patron as producer and consumer is privileged. Research limitations/implications Failure to attend to the broader policy arena within which the public library resides creates dangerous blind spots for public library professionals, educators, and researchers. Practical implications Demonstrates the value of discourse analysis for uncovering the ideological dimensions of policy documents, while simultaneously modeling the method using the kind of policy text commonly produced in governments around the world. Originality/value This document contextualizes the immaterial and volunteer labour of the public library user as producer/consumer in the context of the future of the front-line professional and waged librarian.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0083
  • Faculty information behaviour in the electronic environment: attitudes
           towards searching, publishing and libraries
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose This study investigates how the transition from print to electronic scholarly communication has affected faculty’s information behaviour and their perception of academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach An online survey was distributed among academics affiliated to the member universities of the Consortium of University Services of Catalonia. A total of 2230 replies were received. Findings Journal articles are the most relevant information resource employed for research and teaching purposes. Databases are the preferred starting point for bibliographic searches, although a significant proportion of scholars rely on internet search engines. The main source for gaining access to documents is libraries, followed by free materials available online. Scholarly journals are the preferred channel for disseminating research outputs, with open access being a factor of marginal interest when deciding where to publish. Originality/value The results of this study should be useful to guide policies regarding scientific information and research, and more specifically, policies regarding academic libraries.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0089
  • Design-based mathematics workshops
    • Authors: Lu Xiao, Immaculate Namukasa, Yibing Zhang
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this paper is to present a workshop model for engaging children and parents in mathematics activities in public libraries or other informal education settings. Design/methodology/approach This study explores a workshop model for helping the school-aged children learn mathematics outside the school. The model includes five workshop sessions, and designs the parent’s role in the mathematics activities. Each workshop session has both a mathematics task activity and a user interface design activity. The model was implemented in a major Canadian city and a major Chinese city over a month period of time. This paper presents the workshop attendees' experiences and their feedback on the workshop design. It also presents several suggestions on the design of such workshops. Findings The parents acknowledged that they learned about how mathematics is currently taught in schools and appreciated the opportunities to interact with their children in the workshops. The children participated in the workshops actively and enjoyed the design sessions the most. The potential of using design activities to help children learn mathematics concepts is recognized. Research limitations/implications The findings suggest that future workshops should provide structure to the parents’ engagement in design activities, offer one design project that spans several design sessions, and set aside time for families to mingle and share experiences with each other. A big limitation of this study is the small sample size - 12 families participated in the workshops on each site. Although the study offered rich data about the participants' experiences, a larger sample would have made the findings more generalizable and conclusive. Practical implications Computer technologies such as iPad and tablets are increasingly common as public library resources, yet the integration of these technologies into library programs is falling behind. This study offers one example of how such integration can bring benefits to the patrons, encouraging more considerations to be put on this aspect in library practice. Originality/value Although many programs are offered in public libraries that facilitate children to learn mathematics concepts, much less research has been reported on the design of these programs. In addition, the existing programs have not considered the inclusion of parent-child design activities for mathematics learning engagement. This paper reports an empirical study that addresses these research gaps. The encouraging results call for more investigations on this workshop model.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2015-0059
  • Comparative analysis of online legal information sources in Indian
    • Authors: Raj Kumar Bhardwaj, Madhusudhan Margam
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose The study is to compare the online legal information sources available in law libraries in India. Design/methodology/approach Evaluation method followed with the help of specially designed checklist for e-resources in the field of law in India. The structured checklist was designed keeping in view of the objectives and e-resources/databases existing in Indian libraries, comprising of 189 dichotomous questions and categorized as twelve broad categories. Findings The study revealed that the study legal information sources are lagging behind in exploiting the full potential of web 2.0 features. No study legal information source has integrated web 2.0 tools with contents and provision to contribute the contents by user any time irrespective of location, except OLIS. Majority of e-resources are lacking search features, general features, Web 2.0 tools, better help features and provision to contribute contents by the users. Besides this, mobile based view is not available in majority of sources and open access resources are lacking user friendly features. Out of the sixteen legal information resources only five have all the four citations search parameters. The study reveals that the OLIS has the maximum features and ranked “excellent”, followed by Manupatra ranked “average”. Half of study online legal information sources are ranked “needs improvement” and 37.5 percent ranked “below average”. Practical implications The findings of the study will not only guide the law librarians to subscribe/renew legal databases in their libraries, but also improve the legal information literacy among the users for effective use of online legal information sources. It is hoped that the evaluation of online legal information sources will enhance the user’s awareness and increase the use. Originality/value The findings of the study will not only guide the legal libraries to improve their online legal information sources, particularly, better help features and integrated content with Web 2.0 tools, but also provide guidelines for newly established legal libraries in India.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2015-0050
  • Where to from here? Current status of school libraries in Sri Lanka: a
    • Authors: Lalith Wickramanayake
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose The main purpose of this study is to determine the present status of the school libraries in Sri Lanka that were not developed under the General Education Project 2 implemented during 1997–2005. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire survey was used to collect data from 135 school libraries drawn at random from two educational zones in Sri Lanka. The instrument included objective-oriented close-ended questions to be answered appropriately and analysis was done accordingly. Findings The majority of school libraries in Sri Lanka are run by less qualified school librarians with no professional librarianship qualification. Scarcity of appropriate library buildings, inadequate funding, and lack of reading materials and other physical resources were common among the studied school libraries. Unavailability of dedicated time slots within the school timetable for library and information skills sessions had significantly decreased the library usage by students. It was also found that school librarians had rather negative attitudes concerning their job. Research limitations/implications Neglecting other stakeholders and taking samples only from school librarians for the study and selecting only government schools by excluding private/international schools and monasteries (Pirivenas) created considerable limitation for the study. Originality/value This study derived significant findings, which could be used to understand the reality of school libraries in Sri Lanka and these findings could be used to overcome practical issues which may negatively affect school library development.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0073
  • Students’ choice and evaluation of information sources at the
           University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
    • Authors: Cheryl Kean, Godfrey Walker, Maureen Kerr-Campbell, Faith Mckoy-Johnson
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, March 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to investigate the kinds of resources used by students at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus, to start their research and to find out their perception of the quality of the resources they use. Design/methodology/approach A survey was distributed manually to undergraduates and the responses were collated and analyzed using Excel software Findings The findings revealed that Google was the resource most likely to be used by respondents to start their research and the resource least used, was the librarian (ask a librarian). Originality/value This represents original research for the Mona campus. It is important in helping the library to understand an aspect of the research habits and preferences of the undergraduate community it serves and will help the library in further decision making as it seeks to build awareness among the undergraduate population, of the library resources available to them.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-01-27T01:39:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0074
  • Editorial
    • Authors: les watson
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.

      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0085
  • On the Way to the Campus of Tomorrow
    • Authors: Sabina Brandt, Gudrun Bachmann
      First page: 4
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose An exploratory project of the Department of Educational Technologies at the University of Basel examined what “the campus of tomorrow” might look like and which steps will take us there. This article summarises the project outcomes published in Lernumgebungen an der Hochschule. Auf dem Weg zum Campus von morgen [Learning environments at university. On the way to the campus of tomorrow.] (Škerlak et al., 2014) in a review article and supplements them in particular consideration of the role of university libraries. Design/methodology/approach Together with users of university premises and designers of learning environments, this project looked at “the campus of today” and drafted collective propositions “for the campus of tomorrow”. Findings In the process, it became clear in which fields of tension between different needs and requirements the university is moving with respect to designing its space and services. Knowing the poles of these fields of tension making deliberate decisions and finding a campus-wide balance together with future users appears fundamental to new building, service and campus concepts. During this development of spaces and concepts, it is particularly worthwhile to consider individual institutions, such as the library, more within the context of the campus as a whole and to intensify the cooperation of different stakeholders of the university for this purpose. Originality/value During this development of spaces and concepts, it is particularly worthwhile to consider individual institutions, such as the library, more within the context of the campus as a whole and to intensify the cooperation of different stakeholders of the university for this purpose. This holistic approach and the suggestion of specific fields of tension within which the university has to develop its learning spaces offers new perspectives on campus and library development.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0065
  • I have to change to stay the same
    • Authors: Joyce Sternheim
      First page: 22
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose Public libraries are places of learning. They strive to enrich, empower and inspire people in order to support their full participation in society. But our fast changing society (Pink, 2005) requires people to develop new competencies, such as creativity, empathy, collaboration and big-picture thinking. However, current processes of the public library are still primarily aimed at providing and improving access to information produced by others. Although of great importance, these processes are fundamentally passive and do not actively stimulate people to share knowledge and insights or to engage in conversations. This paper proposes that to survive and thrive the library needs to aim for a more active role in people’s lives and in the communities that surround them. It explores how this can be done and what effect this change might have on library space based on the ideas and perspective of the Dutch Ministry of Imagination. Design/methodology/approach The Ministry, a cooperation between architect Jan David Hanrath and librarians Rob Bruijnzeels and Joyce Sternheim, researches and realizes new types of libraries and library architecture. To turn the public library into a more dynamic and active social setting, the Ministry has developed a new work process supported by matching criteria for the layout of library space. Findings The new concept has been brought into practice in the Chocolate Factory in Gouda, the Netherlands, which since then has become a permanent testing ground for new library work. Originality/value This paper is a thought piece that will not only be of interest to those concerned with public libraries, but to everyone who is searching for ways to turn the library into a learning environment in which a continuous process of knowledge creation takes place. Through interaction with the collection, but - most importantly - through interaction between people.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0061
  • Scholars and Learners: A Case Study of New Library Spaces at Indiana
    • Authors: Diane Dallis
      First page: 35
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose Indiana University Libraries completed two significant renovations in late 2014. They renovated the Learning Commons which is a 27,000 SQF facility designed to me the needs of undergraduate students, and they created the Scholars’ Commons which is a 15,000 SQF facility supporting graduate student and faculty research. This case study describes the renovations and intended functions for rooms; explains the different design approaches implemented for the different end-user populations; provides an overview of both traditional, new, and non-library services for which spaces was designed, briefly explains training and planning; and describes the spaces and services that function well and those that do not. Design/methodology/approach Both spaces were thoughtfully designed to support new and traditional library services, as well as services supported by non-library units. Staff training and service planning took place during the construction process with the goal of having outstanding services operating on opening day. Findings The goal of creating flexible space was achieved, however, it presents organizational and staffing challenges. Libraries seeking to create multifunctional environments must consider the practical implications of daily operation and use of such spaces. Research limitations/implications This case study describes two library environments that are in their first year of operation and the assessment of the use and impact is underway. The stage of the work limits the research to be reported upon. Practical implications The spaces described provide very practical information for other academic libraries who seek to renovate spaces and provide innovative services. Originality/value Academic libraries that are in the planning stage of a learning space should take note of the variety of spaces, strategies for working with cavernous spaces, use of natural light, and “bring-your-own-device” interior designs. In addition, the service hub model implemented in the Scholars' Commons is a unique approach for digital scholarship centers.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2015-0023
  • Informal Learning Spaces (ILS) in university libraries and their campuses:
           a Loughborough University case study
    • Authors: Graham Walton
      First page: 49
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose Explores at Loughborough University (UK) how Informal learning spaces (ILS) are used by students in the Library and elsewhere on campus. Focus includes learning activities undertaken by students, reasons why the ILS is chosen, suggestions on how they can be improved and how technologies are used. Comparison will be drawn between how students use Library ILS and other ILS. Design/methodology/approach Case study based at Loughborough University and its Library. Semi-structured interviews were held with 265 students in various ILS spaces across campus. Findings Similarities and differences are present in the way students use Library ILS compared with other ILS campus spaces. These include impact of campus geography and individual academic levels of students. Research limitations/implications This is a single case study and the results can only relate to Loughborough University. There may be some lessons and themes that are relevant to other Universities. The number of interviewees is relatively small. Practical implications Highlights the need for co-operation between various university stakeholders to strategically and operationally manage different ILS on campus. Originality/value This is one of the very few studies that investigate together the range of ILS including the Library in a comparative approach.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2015-0031
  • Library Graphic Design Best Practices and Approval Processes
    • Authors: Diana K Wakimoto
      First page: 63
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this research is to explore graphic design best practices and approval processes used by librarians. Design/methodology/approach This research used an online, qualitative survey to collect data on librarians’ design processes and best practices. The responses were reviewed to determine categories and themes of librarians’ design processes and best practices to gain an understanding of the state of graphic design in libraries. Findings The majority of the respondents reported that there were no formal guidelines, design committees, or approval processes at their libraries. While some librarians were aware of and used graphic design best practices, many respondents were unsure of what constituted a best practice in graphic design. Research limitations/implications The study was exploratory and the respondents cannot be said to be representative of all librarians and therefore generalizations to all librarians are not possible. Practical implications The findings may help librarians who assume design duties in their libraries in exploring best practices and discussing design approval processes. Originality/value This study is one of the few studies in the library science literature on graphic design as applied specifically to librarians. It increases our understanding of graphic design in libraries.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2015-0049
    • Authors: Veronica Gauchi Risso
      First page: 74
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose This paper is exploring research methods used in Library and Information Science (LIS) during the last four decades. Our goal is to compile a annotated bibliography of seminal works of the discipline used in different countries and social contexts. Design/methodology/approach When comparing areas and types of research, different publication patterns are taken into account. As we can see, data indicators and types of studies carried out on scientific activity contribute very little when evaluating the real response potential to identified problems. Therefore, among other things, LIS needs new methodological developments, which should combine qualitative and quantitative approaches and allow a better understanding of the nature and characteristics of science in different countries. Findings The conclusion is that LIS emerges strictly linked to descriptive methodologies, channeled to meet the challenges of professional practice through empirical strategies of a professional nature, which manifests itself the preponderance of a professional paradigm that turns out to be an indicator of poor scientific discipline development. Research limitations/implications This undoubtedly reflects the reality of Anglo-Saxon countries, reproduced in most of the recognized journals of the field; this issue, plus, the chosen instruments for data collection certainly slant the results. Originality/value The development of taxonomies in the discipline can’t be left aside from the accepted by the rest of the scientific community, at least if LIS desires to be integrated and recognized as a scientific discipline.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2015-0055
  • Are you ready? Tasks and roles for academic libraries in supporting
           Research 2.0
    • Authors: Tibor Koltay
      First page: 94
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to identify tasks and roles that academic libraries have to fulfil in order to react to the developments brought in by the appearance of Research 2.0. Design/methodology/approach A review of current literature about the topic was performed. Findings Literature used reveals that currently, there is a need for providing information literacy education (mainly in the form of data literacy), research data services (addressing data quality and data citation), raising awareness of faculty members on different issues and providing individual support to them. Originality/value The paper intends to be an add-on to the body of knowledge about academic library support to researchers.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0062
  • Facilitating a research culture in an academic library: top down and
           bottom up approaches
    • Authors: Miggie Pickton
      First page: 105
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider why and how a research culture might be established in an academic library and to describe and evaluate efforts to achieve this at the University of Northampton. Design/methodology/approach Contextualised within current literature on this topic, the paper examines the top down and bottom up approaches taken to facilitate practitioner research in one academic library. Findings The approaches taken have led to a significant increase in practitioner research activity from library staff, resulting in a variety of enhancements to library services; a number of innovative practices being shared with the professional community through conference presentations and publications; and consequent rise in profile and reputation for individuals, the Department and the University. Practical implications The paper offers a wide range of ideas and practical suggestions for encouraging and facilitating practitioner research in an academic library. These include incorporating research activity into job descriptions and annual performance reviews; facilitating peer support for research; and providing competitive research awards, research training opportunities and funding for staff presenting at external events. Many of these require relatively little resource yet offer significant benefit to those involved. Originality/value It is rare, and maybe unique in the UK, for an academic library to attempt to instil a research culture throughout its staff and to provide ongoing resources, activities and practical support for this. The many positive outcomes from this work demonstrate its success and value. The experiences described in this paper are transferable to other academic and research libraries and, if replicated, have the potential to increase librarians’ engagement in research activity, promote research informed practice, and stimulate interest in library and information research across the sector.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0075
  • Serendipitous Libraries
    • Authors: Stuart Hannabuss
      First page: 128
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose Suggests that holiday libraries have as much design as they have chance. Design/methodology/approach Generalizability from experiential anecdote. Findings Though ephemeral, such libraries may have items of value and interest, and can have focus and purpose too. Research limitations/implications Recommends more research based on survey evidence. Practical implications Chance collections may nevertheless have items of value, can degrade but also be refreshed, and may have a pragmatic role for users. Originality/value Commentary on an invisible resource.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0088
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Library
    • Authors: Bruce Massis
      First page: 131
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 1/2, January 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this column is to describe the current environment for libraries to consider the value of using data to support decision-making. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings In developing a library’s strategic direction, it is essential that evidentiary data be referenced to supplement the organization’s rationale for decision-making. There is an expectation by stakeholders that libraries are able to generate reports and decisions based on aggregated data for in-demand reporting. Therefore, capturing, analyzing and reporting decisions based on data is indispensable in today’s libraries. Originality/value The value in addressing this topic is to examine the option by libraries to employ data to support data-driven decision-making.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-11-25T12:10:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0081
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