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Journal Cover New Library World
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  • The participatory public library: the Nordic experience
    • Pages: 546 - 556
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 546-556, October 2016.
      Purpose From collection to connection has been a buzzword in the library world for more than a decade. This catchy phrase indicates that users are seen not only as borrowers, but as active participants. The aim of this paper is to investigate and analyse three questions in relation to user participation in public libraries in a Nordic perspective. How can participation in public libraries be characterised? Why should libraries deal with user participation? What kinds of different user participation can be identified in public libraries? Design/methodology/approach The paper uses a selection of theoretical approaches and practical examples to obtain a varied understanding of user participation in public libraries. Research fields outside library and information science have developed a wide range of theoretical approaches on user participation. Examples from cultural policy, museum studies and participatory culture are selected to get a deeper understanding on participation in public libraries. The practical examples are chosen to illustrate the richness of different kinds of user participation in libraries. Findings There are six forms of active participation in libraries: volunteer programmes, interactive displays, workshops, co-creation, user-driven innovation and book clubs. Originality/value This paper is an overall synthesis of theoretical and practical aspects of user participation in public libraries. Furthermore, the paper challenges the deeply rooted assumption that participation in libraries takes place almost exclusively within digital contexts.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:34:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0031
       
  • Economic well-being and social justice through pleasure reading
    • Pages: 557 - 567
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 557-567, October 2016.
      Purpose Librarians planning for the future and unsure about the place of books in an age dominated by technology and media need evidence to make sound decisions. Library and information science researchers have studied the impact of pleasure reading on individuals but not on society. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness about the benefits of recreational reading for societies and to consider the implications of these findings for libraries. Design/methodology/approach Examining a wide range of studies by government bodies, intergovernmental agencies and academics, this paper addresses a gap in the library literature by critically evaluating the combined implications of sources not hitherto viewed together. Findings The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become, and the more prosperous and equitable the society they inhabit. Practical implications Librarians should create a more robust culture of reading and play a stronger advocacy role for books in libraries. Originality/value No one has yet examined government reports about literacy in relation to studies on the impact of pleasure reading. The implications of this combined research highlight the fact that pleasure reading benefits societies as well as individuals, a finding that has significant implications for the future direction of libraries. Decision-makers who need a robust mandate for book-focused resources and services will find supportive statistical evidence in this paper.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:35:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0019
       
  • Making a makerspace case for academic libraries in Nigeria
    • Pages: 568 - 586
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 568-586, October 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to give a highlight on the concept of makerspace and its perceived benefits in academic libraries in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The searches encompass current journal articles, books, newspapers, magazines, personal experiences on the concept of makerspace, 3D-printing and technologies in libraries. Practical examples of libraries that already have makerspaces in operation were sourced. Findings Findings of this study create awareness of benefits, challenges and strategies for developing and managing makerspaces in Nigerian academic libraries, using Zenith Library as a hypothetical sample. Research limitations/implications Only the proposal guide has been drafted. There is need for more investigations on the awareness of, and plan to adopt makerspace technologies in Nigerian academic libraries. Practical implications Librarians need to appreciate the makerspace technologies and forge ahead in establishing makerspace in strategic areas of their libraries which should serve as a meeting point for all users in the university community, and for the sharing of innovative ideas. Social implications There is need for a paradigm shift in Nigerian university libraries, hence the shift in librarians’ thinking and approach to find their place in the new maker movement. Originality/value The originality of the paper lies in its justification for establishing makerspace in Nigerian academic libraries alongside the drafted proposal which has been designed to serve as a guide to libraries in Nigeria, as no makerspace has been documented to be existing in any Nigerian library.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:34:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2016-0038
       
  • Evaluating the success of markerspace in a public library
    • Pages: 587 - 595
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 587-595, October 2016.
      Purpose Arising from the modern IT-driven society, libraries in Estonia face tremendous challenges. They are no longer viewed as collection facilities but rather as knowledge enhancers and creators. Libraries carry a significant potential to make a greater impact on communities by enabling informal ways of learning new skills and technologies. This paper aims to evaluate a pilot project at Narva Library MakerLab launched by the Narva City Government to motivate the citizens of Narva to learn new skills and improve their employment prospects. Design/methodology/approach The focus of the study was on understanding how a library makerspace makes an impact on users’ skills, knowledge and attitudes. Quantitative measures for indicators were designed to evaluate the new skills and knowledge that participants learn during the workshops. Semi-structured interviews aimed to show values, behaviour, perception and aims for the future. Findings As an outcome of the study, it was found that the MakerLab project was successful; the participants learned new skills, felt an increase in self-confidence and improved their teamwork abilities. Many users engaged with prototyping and initiated new projects. Originality/value Setting up a makerspace in a public library is a recent trend and not much research has been done in this area. The study aims to contribute to the knowledge of the impact of makerspaces in a library environment.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:33:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0030
       
  • Distinctive services in academic librarianship
    • Pages: 596 - 625
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 596-625, October 2016.
      Purpose Collection content is no longer the primary distinctive signifier of excellence in the present libraries. In an information market where technology has increased access to content, thereby providing resources at one’s fingertips, the provision of services is increasingly becoming a distinctive signifier of excellence and quality. In such an open/service-oriented marketplace, what are the services that are signifiers of excellence and consequently distinguish a library? This paper aims to review select literature within the USA to identify the services that are signifiers of excellence and that will consequently distinguish a library in the current era and investigate the extent to which said services identified in the review of the literature are provided by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona library, but focus specifically on only those that meet the additional criteria of placing the UWI Mona library as either the first to introduce the service in Jamaica or as the only library in Jamaica with the particular service offering. These two additional criteria provide the added signature or uniqueness essential to being distinguished. Design/methodology/approach Through the use of a mixed methods research, this paper highlights library service offerings considered as distinctive signifiers of excellence within the American literature and also within the UWI Mona Library – that will distinguish a library. Findings This paper reveals services incorporating technology, the library as a place/space, teaching and research and personal attention to users as distinctive signifiers of excellence. In this regard, within the UWI Mona Library, services offered such as the Virtual Reference Service, Extended Opening Service, Halls of Residence Librarian Service, Information Commons Service, Information Literacy Service and the West Indies and Special Collection Research Service were found to incorporate the aforementioned service themes and placed the UWI Mona library as either the first to introduce the service in Jamaica or as the only library in Jamaica with the particular service offering, consequently distinguishing the UWI Mona Library from other academic libraries in Jamaica. Originality/value This paper is of value, as it provides the library and information community with an outline of services that distinguish a library; it offers library managers in Jamaica and the rest of the world the opportunity to compare services in their libraries with that of other libraries as outlined within the literature review as well as within the UWI Mona library; it highlights how the UWI Mona library, an academic library in the Caribbean, compares on the international library scene, with particular reference to the USA; it informs current and potential library users of how the UWI Mona library is trending in service culture and a focus on distinctive services can promote a community of academic library service best practice.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:34:38Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2016-0036
       
  • User acceptance of the e-information service as information resource
    • Pages: 626 - 643
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 626-643, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to extend significantly the technology acceptance model (TAM) of Davis to design an extended TAM model to be used in the evaluation and assessment of e-information services for information research such as e-library services. The present TAM extension is based on two variables of behavioral intention: the perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness of a system. Furthermore, the user satisfaction, free access, information architecture, content richness, policies and rules, publishers’ quality, system self-efficacy and task technology fit were incorporated into the TAM to extend it with other factors theoretically motivated and would be of interest more generally. Design/methodology/approach The researcher adopted an experimental approach-based comparison between an experimental group (107 researchers) using an electronic information service (the e-library service of the university) and a control group (107 researchers) not registered in this e-information service of the university. Findings The researcher used the effect size values based t-test independent samples at the 0.05 level to adapt the structural model equation to the experimental sample. Principal results show that the behavioral intention was influenced significantly by user satisfaction. The perceived usefulness of the e-library services was influenced significantly by the perceived ease of use, information architecture, content richness, free access, publishers’ quality, task-technology fit and e-library service self-efficacy. Originality/value This paper is useful in advancing a framework for the evaluation and assessment of the electronic information service used for information research and exploring users’ attitudes toward using that service.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:34:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-06-2016-0045
       
  • Ascertaining the factors that influence the acceptance and purposeful use
           of cloud computing in medical libraries in India
    • Pages: 644 - 658
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 644-658, October 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to identify the factors that influence the acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries. Design/methodology/approach To meet the stated objectives, a three-round Delphi study was carried out; a panel of 32 participants, with expertise and experience of cloud computing in the context of Indian medical libraries, was constituted. Findings During the study, the participants identified about 60 different factors, and a consensus was reached on 42 of these, which were considered to have a direct impact on the levels of acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries. The study points out significant factors that should be addressed to accelerate the acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries. Originality/value The study is the first attempt to study the factors responsible for the adoption of cloud computing in Indian medical libraries through the Delphi technique.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:34:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0025
       
  • Creating a space for autonomous learning and citizen involvement in
           collaboration with a public library
    • Pages: 659 - 672
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 659-672, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the significance of public libraries as lifelong educational agencies through the analysis of citizens’ autonomous learning activities developed in a public library. Design/methodology/approach A self-learning group was chosen and their history was traced. Self-published documents and narratives of the group were used to clarify the substantial content of autonomous learning activities related to a public library. First, an overview of the group activities is given through an analysis of the contents of group newsletters. Second, the narrative of the group members is examined as it appears in their publications. Finally, the results of these two procedures are integrated to holistically articulate the activities of the group as an autonomous learning history based in the public library. Findings The paper shows how the group created their learning space in collaboration with a public library and developed individual lifelong learning by sharing their activities with local citizens. The paper concludes that the activities of the target group provide an excellent example of not only the citizens’ autonomous learning as a study group but also the ways in which civic activities nurture public debate and generate social capital in cooperation with the local public library. Originality/value The paper suggests specific citizen's autonomous and self-directed learning activities and clarifies the substantial results of their learning. The results of this research demonstrate that public libraries have the unique potential to dynamically satisfy individual lifelong learning and citizen involvement. The paper demonstrates how public libraries are intrinsically linked with lifelong learning and civic involvement.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:35:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0023
       
  • Libraries and digital memory
    • Pages: 673 - 676
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, Page 673-676, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this column is to consider the role of libraries in an effort to preserve and protect a collective digital memory. Design/methodology/approach This paper addresses literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings Libraries and library consortia will help go forward into the future and expand as trusted repositories where digital memory can be preserved and shared. Originality/value The value in exploring this topic is to examine the library environment for collection, storage and dissemination of digital information.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-10-20T12:33:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2016-0052
       
  • Digital collection development and sharing on a national scale: a case
           study of the Digital Library Promotion Project
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose Digital Library Promotion Project is a digital culture boosting project launched by the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China with National Library of China as its implementing unit. The project aims to build a nation-wide library network that could support and guarantee resource development and sharing among public libraries all over China, so as to achieve equalization in public culture service among people from different parts of the country.This paper is a case study of the digital library development in China. The present situation of Chinese public libraries is accounted in this paper, the developing mode and mechanism in cooperation between libraries of different administrative ranking are discussed, as well as the future development of the project. This paper may provide references to countries and libraries in their efforts to pursue sustainable development. Design/methodology/approach This paper is a case study of digital collection development and sharing in a developing country where regional differences are large. The paper starts with the environmental scan of the resource situation of public libraries in China, which is the background and significance of the Digital Library Promotion Project(DLPP). The main part of the paper is the introduction and analysis of the collection developing method of the DLPP, including: union catalogue, co-construction of featured resources, Joint procurement of databases. Through analyzing the mechanism in collection development and sharing, this paper discusses the measures that guarantees the success of the project, these are: sustained financial support from the government, scientific mechanism for cooperation, unified standards in resource development and targeted training programs. The future development of the program is discussed at the end of the paper. Findings Through analyzing the mechanism in collection development and sharing, this paper discusses the measures that guarantees the success of the project, these are: sustained financial support from the government, scientific mechanism for cooperation, unified standards in resource development and targeted training programs. Originality/value This paper is a case study of the digital library development in China. The present situation of Chinese public libraries is accounted in this paper, the developing mode and mechanism in cooperation between libraries of different administrative ranking are discussed, as well as the future development of the project. This paper may provide references to countries and libraries in their efforts to pursue sustainable development.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2016-0049
       
  • Trends and issues in Jamaican academic libraries 2010-2016
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose Observing trends and issues play a key role in the success of any industry. Since 2010, the ACRL has been publishing papers on top trends and issues in academic libraries in the US, which allows for reflection, tracking, lesson drawing, adaptation, planning and direction. Such a publication is absent in the Jamaican library industry. This paper seeks to examine the extent to which these trends and issues, as reported by ACRL, are evident in Jamaican academic librarianship. Design/methodology/approach Through document and thematic analysis of publications written on Jamaican academic librarianship 2010-2016, this paper highlights trends and issues in Jamaican academic librarianship. Findings There are similarities in the trends and issues in Jamaican academic librarianship and American academic librarianship; the similarities sometimes vary however in focus. Additionally, there are trends and issues in Jamaican academic librarianship not mentioned in the literature on American academic librarianship and vice versa. Research limitations/implications A survey of the chief librarian in each library, regarding their perceptions of the trends and issues would be a useful follow up. Practical implications This paper allows for reflection, comparison, benchmarking, lesson drawing, planning and direction for academic libraries and other types of libraries in Jamaica and the rest of the developing world. Originality/value This paper is of value as there is no publication with an explicit focus on trends and issues in Jamaican academic libraries; this paper will be the first publication on trends and issues in Jamaican academic librarianship. In this regard, this paper makes an important contribution to the literature on academic librarianship generally, and to the literature on Caribbean and Jamaican academic librarianship, specifically.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2016-0055
       
  • Libraries, massive open online courses, and the importance of place:
           partnering with libraries to explore change in the Great Lakes
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose Web-based courses are a practical way to engage in meaningful discussions with learners from a diverse set of communities. By gathering online to learn about a topic, learners can form communities that transcend geographic , and political boundaries. This article investigates a partnership between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Wisconsin Library Services (WiLS), which brought open access online learning to thousands of lifelong learners around the state of Wisconsin. “Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region,” a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UW–Madison) launched in 2015, paired a regional focus with face-to-face discussions at 21 public libraries to deepen learners’ personal connections to the subject matter. Through strategic partnership, targeted course development and marketing of events, intimate local discussion sessions and statewide events provided fora in which Wisconsin residents c would explore changing weather and climate with university faculty, staff and students. Design/methodology/approach This article uses a case study approach and firsthand interview feedback from librarians, library staff and university faculty and staff who were leading the effort. Findings This article explores the lessons learned and practical implications from the project and offers insight to libraries and universities looking to engage specific communities in noncredit online learning projects into the future. Originality/value This effort was a first of its kind partnership for the University and the State of Wisconsin.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2016-0054
       
  • The persistence of Open Access electronic journals
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose Open access (OA) electronic journals have been identified as potentially at risk of loss without more coordinated preservation efforts. The purpose of this paper is to test the current availability of OA electronic journals indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Design/methodology/approach Using publicly available journal metadata downloaded from DOAJ, individual journal URLs were tested for validity and accessibility using a Microsoft Excel Visual Basic for Applications macro. Findings Initial results showed 69.51% of the URLs tested returned a successful HTTP status code. The remainder of the URLs returned codes that indicated redirection or errors. Originality/value Unlike past studies of link decay, this is not limited to cited references or a specific discipline. This study utilizes the full DOAJ metadata to analyze the persistence of OA electronic journals.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2016-0056
       
  • Library succession planning process in Vietnam
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims at designing a model of succession planning process for public and academic libraries in Vietnam. Design/methodology/approach The model of library succession planning process was develop based on the findings of two-phase research underpinned by transformational leadership theory. Data was collected from 172 responses of the online survey and twenty-three in-depth interviews in thirteen public and four academic libraries in the Mekong region, Vietnam. Findings A library succession planning process with six steps was established. Research limitations/implications As the research takes place in both public and academic libraries, the overarching benefit of the present study is to provide library leaders in these sectors with practical understanding and knowledge about how succession planning process can be done, as well as to enhance management practices in Vietnam libraries and other organisations. Leaders from other types of library systems in Vietnam and globally can reference this model so as to know what to do and how to conduct this process confidently. Originality/value This study helps to fill the gap that succession planning in Vietnamese libraries has been done without specific path. Library leaders in each organisation conducted it differently between public and academic libraries because the government has only issued general guides for all industries of the nation.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2016-0059
       
  • Digital literacy skills possessed by students of UNN, implications for
           effective learning and performance: a study of the MTN Universities
           Connect Library
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 11/12, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to identify the digital literacy skills possessed by the students of University of Nigeria Nsukka, and the extent to which they use these digital literacy skills in their academic works. Design/methodology/approach Descriptive survey was adopted for the study and the population consists of registered students that use the MTN digital library, out of which 10 percent of the population (281) was sampled for the study. A structured questionnaire was the instrument for data collection. The questionnaire was randomly administered on the respondents that come to use the MTN digital library with particular attention to the different levels of the students. The questionnaire distribution lasted for a week. 281 copies of questionnaire were distributed, out which 184 (65%) responded. Findings The study showed that some of the students possess digital literacy skills; they use these digital literacy skills daily. Majority of the respondents indicated that digital literacy has affected their academic performance to a high extent. The major challenges of acquiring digital literacy skills includes electricity failure, low internet bandwidth, ICT facilities, lack of development of digital literacy programme and standard. Practical implications Implication of this study is that the establishment by MTN has enhanced the development of digital literacy in University of Nigeria, Nsukka as many students utilize these facilities. Originality/value Librarians and library staff should be adequately equipped with digital literacy skills and competencies to empower them to train and educate users, since ICT is a major tool for teaching, learning and research. To achieve this goal there is need to engage in public private partnership collaboration to sponsor the provision of these ICT facilities in our institutions of higher learning to enhance literacy learning for national development.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:05:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2016-0061
       
 
 
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