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  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0307-4803
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.845]   [H-I: 11]
  • Learning over tea! Studying in informal learning spaces
    • Authors: (Jonathan Hunter; Andrew Cox)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to offer an exploratory investigation of students' use of informal learning spaces for their studies at the University of Sheffield. Previous research has mainly focused on formal learning spaces such as libraries and lecture theatres, but there is an increasing recognition of the value of informal learning spaces such as coffee bars. Design/methodology/approach – Questionnaires, observations and interviews were the sources of data for the study. The research approach particularly looked at how students used informal learning spaces and what their perceptions of the spaces were. Findings – Analysis showed that students found that the background atmosphere greatly influenced their choice of study location and that technological devices were only used sparingly. Students adapted their study habits to fit the learning spaces that they liked. Originality/value – Although, attention is often paid to the furniture and colour schemes in libraries, this article makes librarians consider the importance of all sensual stimuli in making libraries warm, friendly and homely spaces. The “Model of Zengagement” was developed to show how stimuli from the background atmosphere influences' students' study experience.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • The components of abstracts: The logical structure of abstracts in the
           areas of materials science and technology and of library and information
    • Authors: (Nina Jamar; Alenka Šauperl, David Bawden)

      Purpose – The purpose of this study was to examine whether the logical structure of abstracts in the areas of materials science and technology and library and information science comply with the ISO 214 or IMRAD formats, while also suggesting guidelines for components of abstracts. Design/methodology/approach – In the first part of the research the components of abstracts are analysed. The results showed that not all the proposed structural elements are present in the abstracts. Therefore also the improved prototypes and recommended abstracts are developed to examine the satisfaction of readers with different forms of abstracts. According to the results of satisfaction of readers with different forms of abstracts, uniform guidelines for the components of abstracts in accordance with the IMRAD format are proposed. Findings – The introduction (I) should include three sentences of background information. The method (M) should include three sentences of method. The results (R) should include three sentences of results. The discussion (D) should include two sentences of conclusions. The conclusions should present the implications of the results on subjects that were not part of the study, suggestions for possible application of the findings, suggestions for further research work and an evaluation of the research. Originality/value – It is important to emphasize that even if the guidelines for writing abstracts by the individual journal exist, authors do not always take them into account. Therefore, it is important that the abstracts that are actually published in journals were analysed. It is also important that the opinion of researchers was taken into account.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Investigating e-service quality criteria for university library: a focus
           group study
    • Authors: (Olga Einasto)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – Service quality and new electronic services are strategic issues for academic libraries in finding better ways to support learning and research. The aim of this study is to contribute to the literature by identifying the major e-service evaluation criteria from the point-of-view of users of the largest university library in Estonia. Design/methodology/approach – Focus groups were used to identify the most significant criteria of e-service quality. The data were interpreted in accordance with Krueger' seven attributes: words, context, internal consistency; frequency of comments; specificity of comments; intensity of comments; big ideas. Findings – The research brought out the following 15 quality criteria as most important for the university library users: user-friendliness, reliability, assurance, security, speed, credibility, relevance, clarity, competence, feedback, dialogue, participating, responsiveness, empathy, aesthetics. Each of these criteria was explained and discussed. Research limitations/implications – This list of quality criteria obtained by this qualitative method was considered as the first step to build a conceptual model of e-service quality and as the basis for developing the questionnaire for further quantitative survey. Practical implications – The study is showing the possibility to design e-services in accordance with users expectations, based on quality criteria important to them. Originality/value – The study offers a fresh view in analyzing the e-service quality and developing university library services. The study has shown that technological and marketing approaches for studying e-service quality may be complemented by another one – a social approach, based on communication, user participation and feedback.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Using iBooks and iPad apps to embed information literacy into an EFL
           foundations course
    • Authors: (Nicole Johnston; Sally Marsh)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This case study describes the collaborative process between library staff and faculty of embedding information literacy into an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) foundations (bridging) course through an information literacy matrix, iBooks and iPad apps. Design/methodology/approach – The study focuses on the approach taken to embed information literacy through iPads and iBooks through the development of an information literacy matrix and iPad activities created in collaboration with faculty in a foundations bridging course in an EFL environment. Feedback was sought from faculty on the content of the iBooks and the outcome of using them in the classroom. Findings – The embedding of information literacy into the curriculum though iPads and iBooks created new opportunities for library staff to collaborate with faculty and professional development opportunities for library staff. Feedback from faculty about the iBooks indicated that the “hands on” nature of the activities and the interactivity provided by the apps contributed to student engagement in the lessons. Literature on using mobile technology in education has also found that it fosters collaboration and interactivity in the classroom. Research limitations/implications – Further research is needed that assesses and gathers feedback from students regarding the usability of the iBooks from the students' perspective. This research fills a gap in the literature that explores using mobile technology, specifically iPads to develop information literacy curriculum. Practical implications – This case study can be used as an example of how to embed information literacy curriculum using iPads and iBooks into English foundations or bridging courses. Students and faculty will develop information literacy and technological skills through teaching and learning from these iBooks. Originality/value – There are currently only a few academic articles written on the use of iPads in the library. Most of these articles focus on reference services and one-shot instructional lessons. There are few academic articles that focus on using iPads and iBooks to embed information literacy into curriculum.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Making Sense of Business Reference: A Guide for Librarians and Research
    • Authors: (Sarah McNicol)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Obituary: Linda Susan Ashcroft (née Mathison)
    • Authors: (Eric J. Hunter)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • 2013 Awards for Excellence
    • PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • A people's palace opens: the new Library of Birmingham
    • Authors: (Mike Freeman)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this report is to provide an account of the UK's new public library of Birmingham. Design/methodology/approach – Details the construction, exterior and interior design, contents and location, including special collections, and describes the official opening. Findings – A large public library building which moves away from old conceptions of libraries, accommodating a variety of functions in a striking and accessible building. Originality/value – Provides a description of the new Library of Birmingham, the largest public library in Europe.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Reflecting on the Future of Academic and Public Libraries
    • Authors: (Mike Freeman)
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
  • Today's business libraries: a vital local resource in a challenging
    • Authors: (Bruce Massis)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this column is to provide several examples of libraries that have recognized the importance of freely offering a wide array of business resources to individuals and businesses. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes the form of a literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings – In a challenging economy, it is inconceivable that any new library's planning would not include a business center that can support those seeking employment, businesses seeking startup opportunities, current information on markets, their trends and analyses, and first and foremost, free resources available to all seeking to build a stronger economy constructed on the importance of access to data and information. Originality/value – The value in addressing this issue is to highlight the position the library maintains as a vital local business resource in today's challenging economy.
      PubDate: Thu, 01 Jan 1970 00:00:00 +000
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