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Journal Cover New Library World     [SJR: 0.845]   [H-I: 11]
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  • Editorial
    • Authors: David Michael Baker
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:04:24 GMT
  • Co-working and Innovation. New Concepts for Academic Libraries and
           Learning Centres
    • Authors: Joachim Schopfel et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose The paper contributes to the debate on the development of academic libraries, by the introduction of the concepts of co-working and innovation to the learning centres. Design/methodology/approach The paper builds on published case studies and French initiatives. Findings The proposal of our paper is that the academic library can meet its social responsibility on the campus and in society by drawing on the model of the co-working spaces and communities, by the support of innovation and the transfer of knowledge to the world of work. Moreover, the proposal is to include these new functions into the concept of learning centre, i.e. to develop the work-related aspects of the learning centre. Research limitations/implications Future research on academic libraries should focus on social responsibility and their contribution not only to students’ academic success but also to students’ employability and to the transfer of technology. Practical implications The paper contributes to the development and marketing of new academic library services and to its strategic positioning on the campus. Originality/value Co-working and innovation are relatively new but promising concepts for academic libraries. Except for some recent case studies, conceptual papers are still missing that combine empirical experience with a theoretical approach.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:56 GMT
  • A Strategic Diversity Manifesto for Public Libraries in the 21st Century
    • Authors: Bharat Mehra et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose This research-based philosophical piece presents a progressive manifesto for public libraries in the 21st century to address gaps in embracing diversity in its holistic dimensions and representing such information in their strategic planning and web documentations. Design/methodology/approach Content analysis of public library websites in the United States informed the development of a Strategic Diversity Manifesto that includes the “who”, the “what”, and the “how” components to describe and discuss diversity-related matters in their strategic planning and web representations. Findings The Strategic Diversity Manifesto provides a mechanism for individual public library agencies, in their localized context and environment, to strategically inquire, describe, discuss, reflect, analyze, and translate into concretized actions their picture of diversity as grounded in the reality of their representative communities. Originality/value The Strategic Diversity Manifesto presents a more a comprehensive and consolidated picture of diversity beyond isolated strategies seen in past efforts. It is a broader level of analysis and “picture painting” of the agency’s context, that may not be as detailed as compared to other modes of description, though as a result, it is more holistic instead of fragmentary. The aim is first and foremost to provide a basis for reflective thought and discussion.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:55 GMT
  • Open Access Awareness, Use, and Perception: a Case study of AAU Faculty
    • Authors: Abdoulaye Kaba et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose The main purpose of this case study is to report the findings of a survey undertaken at Al Ain University of Science and Technology (AAU) to investigate and understand faculty awareness, use and perception of Open Access (OA) resources. Design/methodology/approach Using a web-based survey questionnaire, data were collected from full time faculty members teaching at Al Ain University of Science and Technology (AAU), United Arab Emirates (UAE). Findings The study found that faculty members possess a good knowledge and a positive perception of OA resources. They frequently use OA resources for teaching, learning and research activities. However, the findings indicate that female faculty members are more likely to use OA resources than male faculty members. Faculty members with a high level of awareness or use are found to have a highly positive perception of OA resources. Presenting research reports at conferences and seminars or publishing research papers are weakly associated with the level of awareness and use of OA resources. The study revealed no association between the faculty member and their use of OA resources. Research limitations/implications It is essential for scientific communities to understand the importance of OA resources and how to use them effectively in teaching, learning and research activities. Originality/value This kind of research is new to the GCC countries in general and the UAE in particular. The findings of the study may help to improve the awareness and use of OA resources among scientific communities not only in the Arab countries but also around the world.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:43 GMT
  • Documentality and legitimacy in future libraries – an analytical
           framework for initiated speculation
    • Authors: Joacim Hansson et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose The purpose of this article is to contribute to discussion about the future of librarianship. Design/methodology/approach An analytical framework is used to discuss the future of libraries. The framework is based on current trends in contemporary librarianship and is used as a way of structuring predictions about the future of librarianship. Special attention is given to public libraries and academic libraries. Findings Libraries are seen moving from a traditional situation with a high degree of constitutive documentality and internal legitimacy with collections in focus to one with a high degree of performative documentality and external legitimacy, with adjustment to user needs as the prime goal. This development is related to the emergence of New Public Management and can be seen both in public and academic libraries. It is expected to continue for the forseeable future. Originality/value The analytical framework and concepts used are originally developed for this text and prove to be valuable tools in fulfilling the purpose of the article. It represents a new and original way of discussing the future of libraries.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:33 GMT
  • Secondary School Students in College-The Library’s Role
    • Authors: Bruce Massis et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose The purpose of this column is to examine the environment by which secondary students can avail themselves of college library resources when they are enrolled in a dual enrollment program. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings Colleges present the dual enrollment opportunity to secondary school students as an educational “entitlement.” An additional benefit is providing access to supplementary instruction and research materials through its college library services, thus highlighting its college library resources as critical to the teaching and learning process. Originality/value The value in addressing this issue is to acquaint the reader with several examples of the manner by which the college library can benefit secondary school students enrolled in college courses.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:32 GMT
  • A systematic literature review informing library and information
           professionals’ emerging roles
    • Authors: Evgenia Vassilakaki et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose This paper aims to provide a systematic review of the specific roles information professionals have adopted in the last fourteen years. It aims to identify the roles reported in the literature concerning developments in the Library and Information Science (LIS) profession. Design/methodology/approach This study adopted the method of systematic review. Searches were conducted in February and March 2014 on different LIS databases. From a total of 600 papers, 114 were selected based on specific inclusion and exclusion criteria. A thorough full-text analysis of the papers revealed six roles that librarians have adopted: as teachers, technology specialists, embedded librarians, information consultants, knowledge managers and subject librarians. Findings New and evolving roles were identified, mainly in the context of academic libraries. Librarians’ educational responsibilities and their active involvement in the learning and research process were highlighted in all role categories identified. Collaboration among faculty and librarians was reported as a way of ensuring successful instruction. Librarians' personal views of their new and emerging roles were more frequently reported; further research is needed to shed light on academics, students and other users’ perceptions of librarians’ engagement in the learning process. Research limitations/implications The study considered only peer reviewed papers published between 2000 and 2014 in English. , it focused on information professionals’ roles and not on librarians' skills and their changing professional responsibilities. Originality/value This review paper considers the development of the LIS profession in a changing environment and offers an understanding of the future direction of the LIS profession.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:03 GMT
  • New Perspectives on Community Library Development in Africa
    • Authors: Espen Stranger-Johannessen et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 1/2, January 2015. Purpose The paper discusses the constraints of and opportunities for the role of African community libraries in development using an ecological framework for library development. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on a review of the literature and the three authors’ own experiences, the paper critically examines community libraries, mainly from Uganda and Ethiopia, and frames the analysis within an ecological framework of library development. Findings There are many examples of community libraries that realize various elements of the ecological framework (context/environment, equity/social justice, partnerships/interactions, and action/research). Practical implications The ecological framework further developed in this paper helps community library leaders critically examine their programmes and services and develop strategies for further growth, and suggests closer collaboration between community librarians, local communities, and researchers. Originality/value This paper addresses the need to move beyond community library research on the predominant outputs (library statistics) and outcomes (societal value/impact) models, adding a critical perspective of the larger social and political structures that limit and shape the development of community libraries.
      PubDate: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:11:02 GMT
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