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Journal Cover   New Library World
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  • Editorial
    • Authors: David Michael Baker
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.

      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2015-0039
       
  • A New Golden Age for Libraries
    • Authors: Bruce Massis
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this column is to describe and provide several examples of evidence to support the estimation that libraries have entered a new “golden age”. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings Flexibility in the face of change has always been a hallmark of an exceptional service-minded organization and the library is no different. In order to maintain its reputation as a forward-looking service that appeals to an expansive and diverse audience, libraries must always be forward-thinking and forward-seeking in its ability to satisfy. Such a continual evolution can result in the conviction that the library is recognized as an institution whose golden age will not reside in the past, but fully in the present and that its growth into the future remains persistent, evident and fully embraced by its customers and supporters. Originality/value The value in addressing this issue is to demonstrate that there are ready examples of libraries leading the way in supporting the opinion that we are in a “golden age” for libraries.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2015-0020
       
  • Second National Accessibility Survey: Librarians, Patrons, and
           Disabilities
    • Authors: Laurie J Bonnici, Stephanie L. Maatta, Jackie Brodsky, Jennifer Elaine Steele
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The study seeks to determine the state of library services to people with disabilities in the United States since the last study conducted in 2008. Social capital theory provides a lens to reconceptualize equal access in a global context, and to offer insights on the effects of new information technologies for re-envisioning universal access. Strategic alliances with Education and HCI researchers is proposed. Design/methodology/approach Librarians serving the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS/BPH) were surveyed. Questions addressed clientele, services, technologies, career opportunities, leadership, library and information science (LIS) education, and librarian demographics. Findings Human resources, leadership, outreach, and out-of-the-box solutions applying mainstream technologies are identified as major challenges to the future of information access for disabled persons through the NLS/BPH system. Research limitations/implications The survey was limited to librarians serving NLS/BPH. A similar survey distributed in other nations could expand the possibilities of future research and collaboration. Practical implications Information from this survey can aid information professionals planning delivery of information services to disabled patrons. Suggestions for shifting from special access to universal access philosophy assure access for all. Results can also help LIS educators prepare graduates to serve an aging population that will challenge standard methods of information access and services. Originality/value This study provides the current perpsective of services to persons with diabilities compared to findings by the researchers in 2008. Since the first survey in 2008, the service has been updated through a national effort of digitization. This study is the first comparative study of the National Library Service.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2015-0021
       
  • The correct language of cataloguing local publications in East Africa
    • Authors: Eliz Nassali State, Isaac M.N. Kigongo-Bukenya, Constant Okello-Obura
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the subject cataloguing of local publications and subject access to local publications. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative approach was employed. Methods included interviews, document reviews and observations Findings Adherence to cataloguing standards takes precedence over subject access. Rarely, is a user, focus of choice of the subject term in the process of cataloguing. The terms assigned to local publications are generally too broad and at times border on inappropriateness. The situation is exacerbated by lack of documented cataloguing policies and a waning interest in cataloguing matters from the profession. Originality/value This study is intended to benefit the librarians who provide subject representation to local publications by way of streamlining the process of subject cataloguing hence enhancing access to these uniquely held resources. The outcome of this study, hence, will provide insight in the process of cataloguing local publications. In addition, the findings of this study will benefit the teaching of subject cataloguing in library and information science programs.The findings from this study are expected to contribute to the body of library science by enabling a localised view to subject assignation. Ultimately, the significance of the study lies in its contribution to cataloguing education and research especially with a perspective from Africa.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0004
       
  • EXPLORATION OF INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS STATUS AND IMPACTS ON THE
           QUALITY OF LIFE OF ARTISANS IN LAGOS, NIGERIA.
    • Authors: Ngozi Blessing Ukachi
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of the study is to establish the information literacy skills status, medium for the acquisition of the skills and the impacts on the quality of life of artisans in Lagos, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach Multi- stage sampling technique was adopted in selecting the sample. First, the purposive sampling technique was adopted in selecting 5 categories of artisans specialised in creative works such as: hat making, knitting of clothes, fashion designing/tailoring, hair dressing and shoe making. Secondly, the proportionate stratified random sampling technique was employed in selecting 5 artisans each representing a particular category from the 20 Local Government Areas that make up Lagos State. Hence, the sample size is 100. The instruments for data collection were questionnaire and oral interview. The oral interview was meant to complement the questionnaire as the researcher observed that some of the artisans communicate better in oral discussions than in written ones. The researcher personally administered the instruments. The oral interview was guided by the interview schedule constructed by the researcher based on the research questions. The questionnaire collection period lasted three (3) weeks. Data collected was analyzed using simple percentages and frequency count and presented in tables and charts. Findings The outcome of the study revealed that the artisans’ level of information literacy skills have increased following their exploration of technological gadgets such as androids and smart-phones which the study had established to be the main means through which they acquire their information literacy skills. Other sources such as the library and training organized by the state government have not benefited them. The result established that the increase in their information literacy skills status has enhanced their quality of life. Practical implications An improvement in the information literacy skills status of artisans could positively impact their quality of life. Originality/value An exploration of the information literacy skills status, medium for the acquisition of the skills and the impacts on the quality of life of artisans in Lagos has not been carried out before now. This study revealed the status as well as the most accessible and appealing medium of information literacy skills acquisition by the artisans. This will help the government and public library management with the knowledge of the information literacy skills’ needs including, formats and media most suitable for this category of people.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0006
       
  • How We Missed the Boat: Reading Scholarship and the Field of LIS
    • Authors: Keren Dali
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The paper examines the reasons for the gradual extinction of reading scholarship in LIS departments and identifies three problematic areas accounting for its dropping prestige: paradigmatic conflicts, the influence of the corporate university, and low awareness of the potential of reading research. It also proposes possible solutions to each problem. Design/methodology/approach Close reading and analysis of an extensive selection of sources with novel conceptualization and critical perspectives. Findings The information science paradigm, which has dominated LIS, is not sufficient to accommodate reading research. The information science model has a detrimentally restrictive effect on reading scholarship. Library science, which should be considered an autonomous discipline rather than an appendix of information science, is more conducive to the study of reading. Non-specialization-based academic hiring to increase values-based diversity in LIS through a larger influx of reading scholars is advocated. Originality/value Reading scholarship, unduly deemed ‘old-fashioned’, or euphemistically ‘traditional’, is one of the most potent areas of academic inquiry, to which LIS scholars are perfectly positioned to make a unique contribution. Reading research in LIS has great merit irrespective of its connection to information and technology; a set of evaluative questions to determine the quality of reading scholarship is introduced. Using a case study, the article illustrates the potential of reading research for interdisciplinary connections, community partnerships, and the enrichment of LIS education and professional practices. An honest look at one of the most exciting academic fields, regrettably neglected by LIS.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0007
       
  • The Librarianship Portfolio: A Case Study of Innovation in Faculty
           Evaluation at Robert Morris University
    • Authors: Chloe Mills
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose This paper describes the development of a Librarianship Portfolio for the purposes of permanent status evaluation and rank promotion at a small private university with a unionized faculty. Design/methodology/approach The Librarianship Portfolio was conceived and based on teaching portfolios and evaluative documents at other colleges and universities and is also a direct result of collective bargaining negotiations. Findings Interest in outcomes assessment and evaluation is increasing in the educational institutions where academic librarians work. One assessment strategy that has been developed for teaching faculty is the professional teaching portfolio. Librarians have not widely adopted this type of documentation for the purposes of tenure evaluation, or work performance assessment. Practical implications Portfolios such as this one can serve as a basis for collecting documentation and highlighting excellence in job performance at other academic libraries, whether or not librarians are faculty or belong to a union. Originality/value The Librarianship Portfolio as described here is a unique creation in job performance evaluation.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2015-0026
       
  • Relationship amongst ResearchGate altmetric indicators and Scopus
           
    • Authors: RISHABH SHRIVASTAVA, Preeti Mahajan
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose ResearchGate (RG) is a rich source of altmetric indicators such as Citations, RGScore, Impact Points, Profile Views, Publication Views, etc. The purpose of this paper is twofold. First, the study aims to investigate the relationship between the altmetric indicators from ResearchGate and the bibliometric indicators from the Scopus database. Second, the study seeks to examine relationship amongst the ResearchGate altmetric indicators themselves. Design/methodology/approach For establishing whether ResearchGate Metrics showed the same results as the established sources of metrics, Pearson’s correlation coefficients were calculated between the metrics provided by ResearchGate and the metrics obtained from Scopus. Pearson’s correlation coefficients were also calculated for the metrics provided by ResearchGate. The Data was collected by visiting the profile pages of all the members who had an account in ResearchGate under Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). Findings The study showed that most of the ResearchGate metrics showed strong positive correlation with the Scopus metrics except for RGScore (RG) and Citations (Scopus), which showed moderate positive correlation. It was also found that the ResearchGate metrics showed moderate to strong positive correlation amongst each other. Research limitations/implications The limitation of this study is that more and more scientists and researchers may join ResearchGate in future, therefore the data may change. The study focuses on the members who had an account in ResearchGate under Department of Physics, Panjab University, Chandigarh (India). Perhaps further studies can be conducted by increasing the sample size and by taking a different sample size having different characterstics. Originality/value Being an emerging field, not much has been conducted in the area of altmetrics. Very few studies have been conducted on the reach of academic social networks like ResearchGate and their validity as sources of altmetric indicators like RGScore, Impact Points, etc. The findings offer insights to the question whether ResearchGate can be used as an alternative to traditional sources of bibliometric indicators, especially with reference to a rapidly developing country such as India
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2015-0017
       
  • Theoretical Framework for Performance Evaluation of University Libraries
           in India
    • Authors: V K J Jeevan
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The paper suggests performance evaluation of university libraries in India using qualitative and quantitative parameters provided by librarians to be collected, analysed and disseminated by a national agency apart from LibQual user surveys. Design/methodology/approach The status about the university libraries in India provided by the AIU publication ‘Universities Handbook’ would help to assess the quantity and quality of collection and services offered by these libraries. The framework for performance evaluation of university libraries is presented in three heads: parameters, players and procedures. Parameters cover the various qualitative and quantitative data to be collected for the purpose of evaluation. Players include a vast network of institutions involved in this exercise. Among these, the first and foremost is the individual libraries. There should be a national agency to be identified for collecting, analysing and disseminating the consolidated evaluation reports on a national scale. There may also be international agencies or services involved to support and guide user survey such as LibQual. Procedures involve the processes, actions and activities undertaken by the various players to achieve the basic objective of performance evaluation of these university libraries. Findings The performance framework suggested when implemented every year by university libraries present the qualitative and quantitative outcome of their functioning and reveal their worth in the university landscape. This may also aid in planned and organised development of university libraries in the country. The results provided by this exercise should influence judicious collection development decisions and pragmatic information service planning. Originality/value India, perhaps, has the largest number of higher education institutions in the developing world. The national directory ‘Universities Handbook’ only presents information about library of a university without any attempt to analyse the statistics collected to arrive at national trends or patterns. This may be the first attempt to provide a holistic picture to assess the performance of a varied spectrum of libraries as far as infrastructure, resources and services are concerned.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0009
       
  • PRACTICAL ASPECTS OF IMPLEMENTATION OF INSTITUTIONAL REPOSITORIES IN
           AFRICA WITH REFERENCE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI
    • Authors: Elisha Ondieki Makori, Dorothy Njiraine, Peninah Talam
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose To assess practical aspects of implementation of institutional repositories in Africa with reference to the University of Nairobi; and provide useful guidelines to the issues and lessons learned to the other practitioners. Design/methodology/approach The study used cross sectional descriptive survey design to gather and analyze data that was both qualitative and quantitative in nature. In addition, questionnaires, interview schedule and observation guide were utilized to collect data from the respondents. Findings First the study established that, the institutional repository has not been well integrated into mainstream information services of the library. Second, there is lack of awareness on the use of institutional repository as an information resource on the part of students and staff. Third, there is need to integrate different forms of information into the institutional repository including graphics, video and sound to carter for the whole population of users even those with disabilities. Finally, there is need for aggressive or serious rebranding, marketing and promotion of the institutional repository. Research limitations/implications Institutional repositories are vital sources of information that are increasingly being integrated and utilized in African higher education. Discussion of the University of Nairobi as a case study provides practical lessons, implications and home grown solutions for other institutions of higher learning in the African context. Practical implications Institutional repository is not only contemporary or emerging source of knowledge, information and communication but also fundamental or basic in institutions of higher learning. Consequently, institutional repository provides excellent opportunities for universities to expand knowledge beyond internal and external learning environments. Originality/value Universities need to embrace institutional repositories as vital and valid sources of knowledge and learning. Developing institutional repositories without aggressive rebranding, marketing and promotional strategies is not enough for universities, associated institutions plus the information staff, but with prove that the resources are being utilized to achieve organizational goals and objectives.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-10-2014-0125
       
  • Electronic and Paper Based Data Collection Methods in Library and
           Information Science Research: A Comparative Analyses
    • Authors: Adeyinka Tella
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 9/10, October 2015.
      Purpose The study examined a comparative analysis of electronic and paper based data collection method. Design/methodology/approach Survey research approach was adopted to conduct the study. A total of 500 LIS researcher/information professionals selected randomly from seven states in Nigeria represent the sample for the study. A self-designed questionnaire was used to gather data from the respondents. Six objectives were developed to guide the study. Findings Results/Findings: The findings reveal that there is preference for paper based than the electronic based data collection method; and similarly, respondents indicated they cannot use any other data collection methods other than paper based. Electronic data collection method is beneficial in terms of gathering representative sample within a short period compare to the paper based. The researcher has control over access to the survey in paper based method compare to the electronic method; and there is opportunity to monitor the progress of the research and clarify ambiguity by the researcher. Electronic method is limited in terms of collecting data from only the respondents who are computer literate with good web skills while paper based is limited by higher attrition rate, money and time consumption. Research limitations/implications The study did not consider the time needed to gather data with each method or the amount of time needed for data entry, cleaning, and coding. It is possible that a time-motion study would reveal clear superiority of either one method or the other. The total sample of participants in the study is also limited considering the total of LIS researcher/information professionals in Nigeria. Practical implications The study has underlined the value of electronic/web based collection as a cost and time-saving instrument in modern LIS research. Regardless of method and trial, electronic data collection (EDC) could fulfill in all examined parameters its promises, realizing cost savings of up to a 50% in comparison with paper based data collection method. Originality/value The article is solely the idea of the author.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-08-12T12:22:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-12-2014-0138
       
  • Editorial
    • Authors: David Baker
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, July 2015.

      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:53:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0008
       
  • From the library to the Information Commons
    • Authors: Ana Reyes Pacios
      Pages: 345 - 357
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 345-357, July 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to show the progress made by 37 universities in Spain in adopting the “Information Commons” model, a strategy planed 10 years ago by the Spanish University Library Network (hereafter referred to as REBIUN) to meet the demands of the European Higher Education Area. Design/methodology/approach – A Web survey was sent to 70 supervisors or directors of Spanish university libraries. Findings – This paper reveals current approaches toward the goal of convergence and provides an idea of the extent to which universities have thus far managed to integrate services and resources in the Information Commons. Not all libraries have initiated this path or it is still in its early stages and the transformation is taking place at different “speeds” or degrees of implementation. Originality/value – The paper shows, for the first time, that the incomplete, scant or absent integration of university services and resources in an Information Commons has to do with multiple factors in each library. The human factor is the key element in this type of change process. Commitment, network building and synergies are thus necessary factors in the success of this process.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2014-0136
       
  • User agreements and makerspaces: a content analysis
    • Authors: Heather Michele Moorefield-Lang
      Pages: 358 - 368
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 358-368, July 2015.
      Abstract – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the user agreements of makerspaces in public and academic libraries. User agreements, also known as maker agreements, user forms and liability forms, can be very important documents between library patrons, staff and faculty. User agreements are similar to the earlier creation of acceptable use policies for technology use in libraries. The author of this study will delve into the user agreements created for public and academic libraries across the USA. Design/methodology/approach – The researcher used content analysis to investigate 24 different user agreements written for public and academic library makerspaces. NVivo qualitative data analysis software was integrated into this research to aid in the breakdown of commonalities across terms, themes and purpose within the user agreements. Findings – Although makerspaces are a very exciting topic in the field of library science at this time, the implementation of a maker learning space is still new to many libraries. Creating a user agreement for a makerspace is newer still. Most user agreements in this study were six months to a year old. Some consistencies found across makerspace user agreements include liability waivers, permissions for minors, safety, copyright and technology replacement costs. Originality/value – At this time, most publications on makerspaces are held in the realm of popular publications (blogs, magazines, zines, etc.). The body of peer-reviewed and scholarly research on makerspaces is growing. Makerspace user agreements are new to this growing field of interest, and a content analysis of these documents will pave the way for the writing of future forms.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-12-2014-0144
       
  • Digital citizenship through game design in Minecraft
    • Authors: Valerie Hill
      Pages: 369 - 382
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 369-382, July 2015.
      Purpose – This study aims to describe a library project exploring innovative options for embedding information literacy skills in the elementary school library by utilizing Minecraft, a virtual world three-dimensional (3D) building game environment. Design/methodology/approach – The small-scale descriptive study, with a follow-up survey, focuses on a group of fifth-grade students in an after-school technology club facilitated by the school librarian. The students designed and built a 3D virtual world library game for younger students to help them learn digital citizenship and information literacy. Findings – Analysis of observations, interviews and videos indicated that students were highly engaged in learning information literacy elements throughout all stages of the project from design, building, implementation and testing of younger students. Research limitations/implications – Although the small number of students enrolled in the club is a limitation, the feedback provided strong evidence of motivation for learning through gamification. Further research could assess learning outcomes with the curriculum, specifically for digital citizenship and information literacy. Practical implications – Embedding information literacy into a 3D world allows students to learn computer code, mathematics, game design, and fosters collaboration while demonstrating digital citizenship. Social implications – Game design requires teamwork, a real-life skill essential for students entering the work force. Originality/value – Few articles share student-designed solutions of critical information literacy needs. This study exemplifies constructivist learning in a gaming environment.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-09-2014-0112
       
  • Implementing EDI X12 book acquisitions at a medium-sized university
           library
    • Authors: Paul Kelsey
      Pages: 383 - 396
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 383-396, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate the EDI (electronic data interchange) X12 ordering and invoicing implementation at Sims Memorial Library. The paper will allow practitioners at academic libraries to understand the implementation process, the types of problems and resolutions encountered during the project and the time and potential cost-saving benefits of EDI X12 book acquisitions. Design/methodology/approach – A team of LOUIS (the Louisiana Library Network consortium) consultants and a SirsiDynix manager helped librarians at Sims Library to implement EDI X12 ordering using Yankee Book Peddler (YBP)’s GobiExport Plus service. Vendor and report templates with mapping configurations were established, and tests were conducted until a successful outcome was achieved. Findings – EDI X12 ordering and invoicing significantly streamlined the acquisitions workflow at Sims Memorial Library. A substantial amount of time is saved compared to the previous method of manually creating purchase orders and invoices. Originality/value – The paper is a current case study, and the collaborative aspects and problems and resolutions encountered during the implementation offer original material. The paper will offer valuable practical information and provide a blueprint for those libraries seeking to adopt EDI book acquisitions.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:53:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2014-0130
       
  • Scholarly communications competencies: open access training for librarians
    • Authors: Julia E Rodriguez
      Pages: 397 - 405
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 397-405, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe one example of an academic library using existing internal expertise and targeted events to provide training for liaison librarians in support of new scholarly communication initiatives. Design/methodology/approach – This article presents a case study of how a medium-size academic library without a designated scholarly communications librarian or office presented a series of open access (OA) training opportunities for the liaison librarians in preparation for the official launch of the institutional repository and the campus’ inaugural participation in OA week. Findings – The multiple opportunities to engage with the topics in diverse ways resulted in librarians being more comfortable with discussing OA with their departmental faculty. Opinions of OA were changed as a result of attending the events. Participants found the activities to be useful and were engaged enough with the topic to ask for specific areas where they would like more training opportunities. Look to other colleagues both on campus and in the broader region to tap their expertise or explore professional organizations or free webinars. Taking the initiative to organize events that require minimal effort can have a big impact. Practical implications – Librarians have limited opportunity for in-depth training to gain new competencies and re-tool their skills to match current demands; this article demonstrates that utilizing internal expertise to provide a variety of training can positively impact participants’ attitudes and confidence. Originality/value – This article presents methods and rationale for librarians to facilitate similar professional development opportunities for building new scholarly communication competencies in support of the emerging research and scholarly publishing trends.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:53:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-12-2014-0140
       
  • Libraries surviving as entrepreneurial organizations: a creative
           destruction perspective
    • Authors: Karen I. MacDonald, Wyoma vanDuinkerken
      Pages: 406 - 419
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 406-419, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to highlight some traditional functions found in academic libraries and apply various business models as an aid to developing an entrepreneurial culture. Due to a combination of environmental pressures, universities are refining their strategic mission to identify “what they do well” or “where they want to be”. Programs that align with the strategic mission of the university get funded, while other less productive, lower impact programs and services are neglected or eliminated. This is essentially a process based on business or financial decisions. Design/methodology/approach – In an attempt to cope with these changes, academic library administrators are assessing library services to insure that they are aligned with their university’s strategic mission. Findings – To successfully develop and sustain this alignment, academic libraries must become “entrepreneurial organizations” where strategic decisions are based on business models, rather than tradition, or more specifically “the way we have always done things”. As this results-oriented, strategic thinking culture evolves, the actual brick and mortar library will also evolve to become a technology-based information service center that facilitates campus-wide creative activities. Originality/value – This perspective piece will highlight some traditional functions found in academic libraries and apply various business models, including the Schumpeterian model of creative destruction, as an aid to developing the entrepreneurial culture that will be necessary if the academic library is to stay viable and relevant in the twenty-first century.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2015-0005
       
  • E-learning from the perspective of library and information science
           students (case study of Alzahra, Yazd and Payamenoor Universities)
    • Authors: Afsaneh Hazeri, Mahboobeh Farzin-Yazdi
      Pages: 420 - 432
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 420-432, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study is to investigate the attitudes of library and information science (LIS) students from Alzahra, Yazd and Payamenoor universities toward e-learning, while aiming to develop awareness in the broader LIS community of alternative and supplement solutions in the LIS educational arena. Design/methodology/approach – This is a research survey conducted amongst 142 students. Data were collected via a researcher-designed questionnaire and analyzed with SPSS software using descriptive and analytical methods. Findings – Based on the findings, a relatively favorable attitude of e-learning education exists, indicating the existence of a supportive culture that can offer this type of education. According to the findings, with the provision of necessary equipment and the possibility of other incentives, e.g. running workshops, a supportive culture would be more advanced. Results also revealed that e-learning systems are more effective for the purpose of some courses that are related to the use of computers and the Internet, courses relating to information sources and courses associated with the application of new technologies in libraries. Originality/value – The emergence of new concepts and the advancement of technologies demands that LIS schools update their curricula. The findings of this paper ascertain the importance of equipping graduates with the knowledge and skills associated with e-learning technologies. LIS students need to gain specialized skills in the application of new technologies in libraries; the implementation of an e-learning system by LIS schools, and the delivery of electronic programs, provides an environment for them in which they experience the application of new technologies.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-08-2014-0102
       
  • Research productivity of library scholars
    • Authors: Munazza Jabeen, Liu Yun, Muhammad Rafiq, Misbah Jabeen
      Pages: 433 - 454
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 433-454, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore, by a quantitative analysis, growth rates of, and trends in, global publications in the field of library and information science (LIS) produced by library science professionals. Design/methodology/approach – A survey approach was used in this paper. Journal Citation Reports 2010 was the major source for selecting 40 LIS core journals. A bibliometric analysis was conducted. Visualization and mapping software was utilized to present a picture of the growth in and trends relating to LIS publications. Findings – A total of 18,371 research articles were published from 2003 to 2012. A significant growth rate (11.37 per cent) was found in 2009. Self-citation tendencies have been increasing, with an average rate of 38.56 per cent. Of all publication types, “article” was the most popular among LIS researchers. China has contributed remarkably in terms of collaborative publications. Practical implications – The present study could be helpful for library professionals, subject specialists and policy makers. These findings may encourage library professionals to integrate and monitor library functions through bibliometric analysis. Originality/value – This paper identifies growth and trends in publications by LIS researchers through use of bibliometrics.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:53:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2014-0132
       
  • Use of Public Relations and Publicity (PRP) by the public libraries in
           Lahore, Pakistan
    • Authors: Kanwal Ameen
      Pages: 455 - 466
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 455-466, July 2015.
      Purpose – This study aims to explore the use of public relations and publicity (PRP) by the public libraries. It also intends to create awareness among the information professionals regarding the use of PRP. Design/methodology/approach – The qualitative design, based on the interview method as data collection technique, was used to get the opinions and perceptions of the selected public librarians. The content analysis of the responses was made to answer the research questions. Findings – The findings revealed that PRP are hardly used by the public libraries in Lahore. Research limitations/implications – It will serve as a guideline for further research in quantitative and qualitative manner, as it has addressed an untouched area. Practical implications – It is likely that it will raise awareness among the public librarians regarding the use of PRP for creating and maintaining a strong positive image. Originality/value – It will serve as a guideline for further research in quantitative and qualitative manner, as it has addressed an untouched area and reports original research.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:55:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2014-0131
       
  • Hiring for attitude and training for skill in the library
    • Authors: Bruce Massis
      Pages: 467 - 470
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 116, Issue 7/8, Page 467-470, July 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to emphasize that hiring a library employee in possession of a positive and winning attitude can pay enormous benefits for the organization far into the future. Design/methodology/approach – Literature review and commentary on this topic has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings – While it can be difficult to completely be certain that one has made the right choice with every hire, at least by developing a set of effective interview questions, listening closely to the candidate’s responses and appraising any negative bent in mood or language with the objective of assessing attitude at the outset of the interview can lead to a more successful hiring experience. Originality/value – The value in addressing this issue is to submit that hiring employees for their attitude and training them for their skills can result in a workplace where the positive benefits of such hires can be realized daily.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2015-06-16T08:56:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-12-2014-0145
       
 
 
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