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Journal Cover New Library World
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  • Expanding Outward: Libraries Broaden Their Impact
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this column is to describe several examples of libraries providing services to their patrons in order to broaden their impact beyond their four walls. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings Mobility substantiates the claim that library users have certain expectations from their libraries, not the least of which is to maintain a currency with the latest technological advances through its services. Therefore, younger generations brought up on high-tech access to their library materials via an array of services outside the building itself is paramount to a public expecting its links to services anywhere, anytime. Originality/value The value in exploring this topic is to examine several real-world scenarios where libraries have provided exceptional services beyond the building in order to satisfy the ever-expanding expectations of their users.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0016
       
  • Students’ Academic Reading Format Preferences in Croatia
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose This research is part of an international study about the academic reading format preferences among students. The main objective is to determine the preferred format among students considering the study materials used for different academic activities. Design/methodology/approach An online questionnaire was used to collect data among the students of the University of Zagreb. The students were approached through official library websites where they were asked to answer 24 questions, out of which 16 were Likert-style statements. Findings The research presumes that students still prefer the print format to electronic, but with a slight variation in their choice when it comes to the purpose of the reading and the length of text. The results are discussed across various variables, e.g. language, number of pages and studying techniques. The variable of academic major was analysed using a Chi-square test in order to check for possible associations with the students’ responses. Conclusions are made about the students’ general format preferences. Research limitations/implications Not all university libraries agreed to participate in the research. Therefore, the student population sample is not evenly distributed across all academic fields. Future research should aim for a more evenly distributed sample. Originality/value As part of an extensive international study, this research gives comparative results across multi-national student populations. The findings can also be used as the basis for further research on academic reading preferences in and outside Croatia.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-02-2016-0008
       
  • Beyond books: The concept of the academic library as learning space
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose The paper explores the issues surrounding the user conceptualisation of academic libraries. The paper will solidify the role of academic libraries as learning spaces and problematize how libraries are conceptualised by users. Design/methodology/approach The paper is a literature based conceptual paper and draws on a wide range of literature to challenge the concept of academic libraries and present how they are becoming reframed as different spaces. Findings The paper argues that the concept of a library is at risk. While libraries have undergone substantial changes the concept of a library has lingered. This paper demonstrated that libraries need to proactively engage users in this debate. Originality/value The spatial approach taken by this paper demonstrates the complicity behind the user conceptualisation of libraries. Developing an understanding of this process is an important foundation for libraries to develop their user engagement.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0079
       
  • Information Literacy in Nigerian UniversitiesTrends, Challenges and
           Opportunities
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose The effort to ensure that university students are empowered to acquire the competences needed for all round education and lifelong learning has been the primary focus of the university curriculum. University regulatory body in Nigeria emphasized the need to provide students with a study plan which provides them with capacity to locate information resources, access, evaluate and use them in legally acceptable manner. The programme is differently captioned with varying contents. With evolving approach to literacy, this study was designed to determine whether the programme has evolved from use of library education to information literacy or still at its traditional mode Design/methodology/approach Descriptive survey research method was adopted for the study. The population consists of federal and state university libraries in Nigeria The characteristics, content and adequacy of the programme as offered in Nigerian universities was the measure to determine the type of literacy. Questionnaire derived from literature and personal experience was designed to elicit information. A copy of the questionnaire was sent to each university that constituted the sample of the study by mail and telephone interviews were given to the heads of the sampled libraries. Findings It was discovered that majority of the universities studied were yet to consolidate the library literacy programme offered in their universities. Hence the provision of information literacy content is yet to be realized in Nigerian universities Practical implications There should be constant evaluation and monitoring of the programme by the regulatory bodies to ensure that the programme is reviewed at the appropriate time and that they also abide to the minimum standard. Originality/value For the effective implementation of programme to reflect the current development in research and information sourcing, retrieval and use; collaboration in content development as well as teaching between faculty and library; increasing or splitting the programme content to accommodate first year and higher level undergraduates, the regulatory bodies Like LRCN should ensure constant evaluation of the programme
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0078
       
  • MOOCs - an opportunity for international collaboration in LIS education: A
           developing country’s perspective
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have opened up a gateway for ongoing learning opportunities to students, faculty and researchers. MOOCs are now being offered in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) by a number of universities and institutions. This paper explores how this new model of education can bring opportunities to LIS schools to overcome such constraints as lack of teachers, variable skills levels, paucity of funds and limited infrastructure, all of which can be significant barriers to effective delivery of LIS education. This paper will provide the first perspective from a developing country like India. It will explain the concept of MOOC and discuss its present role in LIS, and will explore its potential for collaboration in furthering teaching and research in this area. Design/methodology/approach A desk-based approach was used to study the philosophy behind MOOCs and its applicability in the field of LIS. However, a survey method was implemented to collect views of LIS professionals in India, to assess their understanding and interest in MOOCs. The scope of this study was limited to explaining how this new form of education can bring opportunities to LIS schools in India. Findings The study reveals great interest among Indian LIS professionals in further study through MOOCs, though the adoption of this learning method in Indian LIS schools is still a rarity. However, policy initiatives recently proposed by the Government of India will make it necessary for LIS schools to start experimenting with this new medium of education. Originality/value Some of the areas of collaboration discussed in this paper may enable LIS teachers and schools to adopt MOOCs to further LIS education and research, especially in developing countries.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2015-0048
       
  • Designing the learning spaces of a university library
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose This paper reflects on the Bognor Regis Learning Resource Centre now that it has been open for just over 3 years. In particular it looks at how the spaces within the building were designed to enhance student learning and whether it meets student needs in practice. Design/methodology/approach The research was conducted by way of a case study which included both interviews and questionnaires. In addition, both observations and the measurement of sound levels resulted in the collection of statistical data for analysis. Findings The findings suggest that although the building is popular as a learning space and provides for a variety of learning styles, nevertheless there are some problems with the interior design. In addition, future pressures and advances in technology will require further development of the building to keep pace with changing user needs and expectations. Originality/value The study contributes to the body of research regarding the use of library space for student learning in higher education. In addition it makes practical suggestions for future developments that could also be considered by other higher education institutions.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2016-0006
       
  • Out of my comfort zone into yours
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose To discover the extended reference needs of Andrews University students by studying their understanding, value, and use of library services; and receive input for setting up a reference kiosk. Design/methodology/approach Students from various buildings on campus filled out a self-administered 16-point anonymous survey during a two-week period in 2014. Researchers used descriptive statistics to analyze the data collected Findings Students have an understanding of what libraries can do for them and yet they do not consider the librarians or use the library services as their first choice for completing their assignments. The respondents feel confident about their library skills and would rather consult their peers or use Google first before consulting a librarian or the information desk. Some of them claim that their classes do not require library use. Students are ambivalent about using an extended reference service outside the library. Research limitations/implications This study was limited to one university and during a specific time period. Further research topics could cover why students start with Google or their peers before they use library services, verify the claim that classes do not require library use, and evaluate how students’ use of electronic devices affect library use. Originality/value The study helped determine the students’ extended reference needs and how they understand, use, and value the library.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2016-0005
       
  • School librarians’ intellectual freedom attitudes and practices
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose To investigate the most significant censorship issues facing school librarians today and to determine what factors influence attitudes towards these issues. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire was designed, closely based on that used for a previous survey of UK librarians in 2004. It was distributed online and 96 responses were received. Findings Overall, respondents were more likely to express support for intellectual freedom in theory than in practice. Statements that prompted the strongest pro-censorship responses related to access issues, namely, labelling and filtering. A number of librarians place significant emphasis on their personal ability, or right, to determine whether or not resources are included in the collection. There was evidence of a difference in practical application depending on whether librarians worked with pre-school children or were members of professional associations Research limitations/implications The findings suggest a need for further research into the role of professional associations in supporting school librarians facing censorship issues, especially those who support the youngest students. Originality/value The findings suggest that while school librarians hold strong pro-intellectual freedom views, they may need additional support to put these into practice. School librarians are undoubtedly in a challenging position, often being solo workers, they need support to find ways to uphold professional intellectual freedom principles within a school setting.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2016-0002
       
  • Beyond Gate Counts: Seating Studies and Observations to Assess Library
           Space Usage
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 5/6, May 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to propose a method for the assessment of library space use and user experience by combining seating studies, surveys, and observational data. Design/methodology/approach Seating usage studies (called seating sweeps), technology-assisted face-to-face surveys, and observational data were used to assess library space usage and identify user behaviors. Findings Results from the study revealed higher than expected library use, as well as insight into user behaviors and patterns. Practical implications The methods and study described aid in raising awareness of user experience within library spaces and provide valuable data for space redesign efforts. Originality/value The study builds upon methods described by Linn (2013) and combines traditional UX methodologies to gain insight into library space use and user needs.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-03-25T12:13:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2015-0058
       
  • Design-based mathematics workshops
    • Pages: 138 - 157
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 138-157, March 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose 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 paper 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 period of one month. 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 a 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 paper is the small sample size – 12 families participated in the workshops on each site. Although the paper 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 paper 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, very 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: 2016-02-19T02:01:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2015-0059
       
  • Omeka.net as a librarian-led digital humanities meeting place
    • Pages: 158 - 172
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 158-172, March 2016.
      Purpose – This case study aims to evaluate Omeka.net, 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 Omeka.net 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 – Omeka.net 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 paper discusses Omeka.net, 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 Omeka.org, the open-source software version installed by libraries with access to servers and technical staff.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-02-19T02:01:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0070
       
  • Faculty information behaviour in the electronic environment
    • Pages: 173 - 185
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 173-185, March 2016.
      Purpose – This study aims to investigate 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 2,230 replies were received. Findings – Journal articles are the most relevant information resource used 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 the 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: 2016-02-19T02:01:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0089
       
  • Immaterial labour, public librarians, and third-generation public
           libraries
    • Pages: 186 - 200
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 186-200, March 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper 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 – This paper presents a critical discourse analysis of a public policy visioning document for public libraries in Ontario, Canada, with reflections on related literatures. Findings – The concept of immaterial labour provides an additional analytic tool suitable for questions of relevance to public librarians and library scholars. 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 a 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 – This paper demonstrates the value of a discourse analysis for uncovering the ideological dimensions of policy documents, while simultaneously modelling the method using the kind of policy text commonly produced in governments around the world. Social implications – This paper shows how failure to attend to the broader policy arena within which the public library resides creates dangerous blind spots for the public library community. Originality/value – This paper contextualizes the immaterial and volunteer labour of the public library user as producer/consumer in the context of the future of the frontline professional and waged librarian.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-02-19T02:01:38Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0083
       
  • Merging information literacy and evidence-based practice for social work
           students
    • Pages: 201 - 213
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 201-213, March 2016.
      Purpose – This paper outlines a teaching and learning collaboration between information literacy (IL) 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 IL skills to a third-year social work cohort preparing 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 emphasises the importance of research for practice. Research skills, in particular IL and the ability to find, evaluate and apply information, are essential to the development of effective EBP. 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-focused 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-focused frame is 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. Focusing 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. Social implications – To be effective practitioners, social workers must understand the importance of research to practice, in particular how this can improve their professional knowledge and practice. Forging the research–practice connection aids the development of competent practitioners and enhances the well-being of social work clients. Originality/value – The authors outline constructivist–connectivist learning activities that can be used to advance students’ IL 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: 2016-02-19T02:02:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0067
       
  • Where to from here? Current status of school libraries in Sri Lanka: a
           survey
    • Pages: 214 - 228
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 214-228, March 2016.
      Purpose – The 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 timeslots 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: 2016-02-19T02:01:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0073
       
  • Relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership metrics
    • Pages: 229 - 238
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 229-238, 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 paper aims to investigate the relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership counts. The paper 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 were 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 were collected using Mendeley readership statistics for documents indexed in Scopus. For establishing a relationship between citation counts and Mendeley readership, correlation was calculated between the citations in Scopus database and Mendeley readership. The difference in Mendeley readership for different time periods was also investigated. Findings – The paper 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 paper is that with time more scientists and researchers may join Mendeley causing various changes in data and giving different results. Also, the paper 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 paper 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 paper also evaluates the difference in the nature of traditional bibliometric indicators and Mendeley readership counts.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-02-19T02:01:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0064
       
  • Immigrants’ attitude to the Czech libraries
    • Pages: 239 - 250
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 239-250, March 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study is 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 study’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: 2016-02-19T02:02:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2015-0068
       
  • Comparative analysis of online legal information sources in Indian
           environment
    • Pages: 251 - 278
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 251-278, March 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper 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 189 dichotomous questions and categorized into 12 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 online legal information system (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, a mobile-based view is not available in majority of sources, and open access resources are lacking user-friendly features. Of the 16 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 per cent 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: 2016-02-19T02:01:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2015-0050
       
  • Students’ choice and evaluation of information sources at the
           University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
    • Pages: 279 - 288
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 279-288, March 2016.
      Purpose – This paper 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 analysed 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: 2016-02-19T02:00:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2015-0074
       
  • The Internet of Things and its impact on the library
    • Pages: 289 - 292
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 3/4, Page 289-292, March 2016.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to consider the Internet of Things (IOT) and its potential impact on libraries. Design/methodology/approach – This paper presents a literature review and a commentary on this topic that have been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings – In communicating the issues when comprehending the scope of the IOT, libraries need not succumb to the sometimes near-hysteria that surrounds the rhetoric regarding security and privacy. But, librarians must actively engage in the conversation and its subsequent actions to respond to patrons who use library networks and devices with calm, logical and transparent answers to those questions concerning what they are doing to ensure that security and privacy vulnerabilities are regularly addressed. Originality/value – The value in concentrating on this topic is to provide background and suggest several approaches to security and privacy concerns regarding the IOT.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-02-19T02:02:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-12-2015-0093
       
 
 
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