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Journal Cover   New Library World
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   ISSN (Print) 0307-4803
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  • Editorial
    • Authors: David Baker
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, May 2015.

      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:25 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2014-0129
  • Transforming library communication: from Gutenberg to Zuckerberg
    • Authors: Olga Einasto
      Pages: 247 - 263
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 247-263, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse institutional and functional development of a library with the help of communication theories. The library as a social institution should have a quite strong position in today’s information society, but new ways of information search have made its position unstable. Thus, a library needs theoretical and cultural-political comprehension and reassessment. The paper tries to answer the questions as to how a library can satisfy the needs of modern society and which strategy of library communication will be in demand tomorrow. Design/methodology/approach – The theoretical background is represented by communication theories of Marshal McLuhan, Denis McQuail and Mihhail Lotman, as well as Michel Foucault’s concepts of disciplinary power and governmentality. Findings – The analysis revealed that library–user communication is based primarily on power relations, where “access” is the main keyword. The article brought out differences in library communicative processes in the “Gutenberg Galaxy” and today’s global network society, “Zuckerberg Era”. The analysis showed that library–user relationship is shifting from disciplinary power and monologue to the governmentality and new communicative forms, dialogue and participation. Research limitations/implications – The study demonstrates the possibility of implication of communication theories for library functional analysis. The new studies investigating which methods and forms of communication do libraries use today, how are the elements of power relations transforming would be very useful for the understanding of the topic. Practical implications – The study proposes to libraries some ideas that may be useful for developing the library communication strategy. Originality/value – This study, based on the communicative approach, corresponds well to library phenomenon and nature, as well as allows for reflection on the role of libraries in the society of today and future.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:27 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2014-0055
  • Learning about translators from library catalog records: implications for
           readers’ advisory
    • Authors: Keren Dali, Lana Alsabbagh
      Pages: 264 - 276
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 264-276, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this article is to make public librarians aware of the wealth of information about translators that is contained in bibliographic records of their own library catalogs so they could use this information for the benefit of readers’ advisory (RA) work involving translated titles. Design/methodology/approach – The article uses the method of bibliographic data analysis based on 350 selected translated fiction titles (and 2,100 corresponding catalog records) from six large Canadian public libraries. Findings – As the results demonstrate, enhanced bibliographic catalog records deliver a wide spectrum of information about translators, which can be used by public libraries to provide more informed and insightful reading advice and to make more sensible purchasing decisions with regard to translated fiction. Practical implications – The study shows how the most readily available tool – a library catalog with its enhanced bibliographic records – can be utilized by public librarians for improving RA practices. It focuses on the rarely discussed translated fiction, demonstrates a sample methodological approach and makes suggestions for implementing this approach by busy public librarians in real-life situations. Originality/value – No recent studies that have investigated enhanced catalog records have dealt with translated fiction. Moreover, while authors/writers are often in the focus of RA studies, translators are often left behind the scenes, despite their crucial role in bringing international fiction to English-speaking readers.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:22 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2014-0091
  • Engaging international students in academic and information literacy
    • Authors: Alison Lahlafi, Diane Rushton
      Pages: 277 - 288
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 277-288, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to discuss a collaborative initiative between a module leader, librarian and academic skills tutor to support information and academic literacy skills development of a group of international students from a partner college in Malaysia during their three-month study visit to Sheffield Hallam University. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores the transferability of active learning and teaching techniques used with second-year home students to a cohort of final-year international students. It discusses the development, implementation and assessment of learning workshop activities and the use of mobile phones in the classroom to enhance student engagement. Findings – The embedded active learning and teaching techniques used with second-year home students transferred well to the international student cohort. At the end of the module, international student feedback and reference list analysis suggests that the embedding of both information and academic literacy skills within modules does support student development of these skills. Mobile technology proved both enjoyable and engaging for the students. Originality/value – The paper’s findings are transferable to other international student cohorts in UK higher education libraries and suggest ways of engaging students in information and academic skills workshops and supporting their skills development to achieve academic success.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:26:55 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-07-2014-0088
  • Manuscript libraries and archival description in the Caribbean
    • Authors: Lorraine M Nero
      Pages: 289 - 301
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 289-301, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the indexing method used by Caribbean libraries to describe special collections and manuscripts. Design/methodology/approach – Various types of finding aids spanning 1960-2014 are used to show the pattern of descriptions adopted by the librarians. At the same time, the factors which have sustained the approach at national libraries and university libraries are highlighted. Findings – The paper concludes that while the indexing approach may be labour-intensive, this practice is perceived as developing a national and regional documentary heritage. The materials used for this study are primarily accessible to the public inclusive of published guides and online databases. Originality/value – The literature is replete with theories and cases from places such as the UK, the USA and Australia, this paper presents a perspective on the development of archival description in the Caribbean.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:26:40 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2014-0098
  • Adult education concepts in library professional development activities
    • Authors: Ramirose Ilene Attebury
      Pages: 302 - 315
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 302-315, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this review is to survey the literature addressing the professional development of academic librarians in the context of adult education principles. Design/methodology/approach – This article is a literature review. Findings – The review reveals that among those activities incorporating concepts from the adult education field andragogy, transformational learning, communities of practice and instructional design are most prevalent. Originality/value – To date, no other literature review considers adult education concepts in professional development of academic librarians.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2014-0100
  • “Bringing the library to you!”
    • Authors: Pauline Nicholas, Jerdaine Sterling, Rochelle Davis, Jessica C Lewis, Faith Mckoy-Johnson, Karlene Nelson, Yolanda Tugwell, Karen Tyrell
      Pages: 316 - 335
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 316-335, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to assess the recent outreach service efforts of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Main Library in the form of a Hall of Residence Librarian Programme. The aim of the programme was to minimize library anxiety through partnership with the Office of Students Services. Design/methodology/approach – The transition from the secondary to the tertiary level is not always the smoothest for some students. On the islands of the English-speaking Caribbean, such as Jamaica, it can be especially difficult as some matriculants have never used an automated library. These students often experience great difficulty in effectively using the library which may result in them shying away from doing so and thus negatively impact the quality of their work. The UWI, the UWI Main Library, Mona campus, Jamaica has sought to address this challenge through the development of an outreach project to the first-year students entitled the Halls of Residence Librarian (HRL) programme. Findings – This new form of library outreach on The UWI Mona campus has yielded the offering of library services in new locations, strategic partnerships, increased interactions with the first-year students and a greater awareness of these students' needs. Most importantly, it was very effective in reducing library anxiety among the first-year students. Research limitations/implications – The “low” turnout to Research Rescue was largely attributed to the fact that this programme was entirely optional for the students, and it was not affiliated with any compulsory course or class. There was also the issue of a lack of incentives to boost student attendance at these sessions. Originality/value – This initiative is untested in the English-speaking Caribbean. The paper explores the outreach efforts of the library at the Mona campus of The UWI and seeks to add to the limited body of literature on Academic Library Outreach in the Caribbean.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:26:44 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-06-2014-0080
  • The velocity of verbiage: speed as an element in serving academic library
    • Authors: Bruce Massis
      Pages: 336 - 339
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 5/6, Page 336-339, May 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to comment on the enhanced expectation by academic library students who require increased speed of reference and research support, where limited time and increasing distractions are a constant concern. Design/methodology/approach – Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings – The speed of access and delivery of information stand as dual support pillars in today’s academic on-ground and digitally driven library setting. The librarian must surely be cognizant of many a customer’s expectation that “instant gratification takes too long”. Originality/value – The value in addressing this issue is to suggest that, while there is an expectation that students will always receive a successful outcome in their reference or research interaction with an academic librarian, students must likewise recognize that quality must not be sacrificed in favor of speed.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:27:04 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2014-0128
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