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Journal Cover New Library World
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  • Economic well-being and social justice through pleasure reading
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose Librarians planning for the future and unsure about the place of books in an age dominated by technology and media need evidence to make sound decisions. Library and information science researchers have studied the impact of pleasure reading on individuals but not on society. The purpose of this article is to raise awareness about the benefits of recreational reading for societies and to consider the implications of these findings for libraries. Design/methodology/approach Examining a wide range of studies by government bodies, intergovernmental agencies, and academics, this article addresses a gap in the library literature by critically evaluating the combined implications of sources not hitherto viewed together. Findings The more leisure books people read, the more literate they become, and the more prosperous and equitable the society they inhabit. Practical implications Librarians should create a more robust culture of reading and play a stronger advocacy role for books in libraries. Originality/value No one has yet examined government reports about literacy in relation to studies on the impact of pleasure reading. The implications of this combined research highlight the fact that pleasure reading benefits societies as well as individuals, a finding that has significant implications for the future direction of libraries. Decision makers who need a robust mandate for book-focused resources and services will find supportive statistical evidence in this article.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0019
  • Creating a space for autonomous learning and citizen involvement in
           collaboration with a public library
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the significance of public libraries as lifelong educational agencies through the analysis of citizen's autonomous learning activities developed in a public library. Design/methodology/approach A self-learning group was chosen and their history was traced. Self-published documents and narratives of the group were used to clarify the substantial content of autonomous learning activities related to a public library. First, an overview of the group activities is given through an analysis of the contents of group newsletters. Second, the narrative of the group members is examined as it appears in their publications. Finally, the results of these two procedures are integrated to holistically articulate the activities of the group as an autonomous learning history based in the public library. Findings The paper shows how the group created their learning space in collaboration with a public library and developed individual lifelong learning sharing their activities with local citizens. The paper concludes that the activities of the target group provide an excellent example of not only citizen's autonomous learning as a study group but also the ways in which civic activities nurture public debate and generate social capital in cooperation with the local public library. Originality/value The paper suggests specific citizen's autonomous and self-directed learning activities the substantial results of their learning. The results of this research demonstrate that public libraries have unique potential dynamically satisfy individual lifelong learning and ︎citizen involvement. The paper demonstrates how public libraries are intrinsically linked with lifelong learning and civic involvement.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0023
  • User acceptance of the e-information service as information resource: a
           new extension of the technology acceptance model
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose The objective of the present study is to extend significantly the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) of Davis to design an extended TAM model to be used in the evaluation and assessment of e-information services for information research such as e-library services. The present TAM extension is based on two variables of behavioral intention: The perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness of a system. Furthermore, the user satisfaction, free access, information architecture, content richness, policies and rules, publishers’ quality, system self-efficacy, and task technology fit were incorporated into the TAM to extend it with other factors theoretically motivated and would be of interest more generally. Design/methodology/approach The researcher adopted an experimental approach-based comparison between an experimental group (107 researchers) using an electronic information service (the e-library service of the university) and a control group (107 researchers) not registered in this e-information service of the university. Findings The researcher used the effect size values based t-test independent samples at the 0.05 level to adapt the structural model equation to the experimental sample. Principal results show that the behavioral intention was influenced significantly by user satisfaction. The perceived usefulness of the e-library services was influenced significantly by the perceived ease of use, information architecture, content richness, free access, publishers’ quality, task-technology fit and e-library service self-efficacy. Originality/value This paper is useful in advancing a framework for the evaluation and assessment of the electronic information service used for information research and exploring users' attitudes towards using that service.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-06-2016-0045
  • Making a makerspace case for academic libraries in Nigeria
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose The paper gives a highlight on the concept of makerspace and its perceived benefits in academic libraries in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The searches encompass current journal articles, books, newspapers, magazines, personal experiences on the concept of makerspace, 3D-printing and technologies in libraries. Practical examples of libraries that already have makerspaces in operation were sourced. Findings Findings of this study create awareness of benefits, challenges and strategies for developing and managing makerspaces in Nigerian academic libraries, using Zenith Library as a hypothetical sample. Research limitations/implications Only the proposal guide has been drafted. There is need for more investigations on the awareness of, and plan to adopt makerspace technologies in Nigerian academic libraries. Practical implications Librarians need to appreciate the makerspace technologies and forge ahead in establishing makerspace in strategic areas of their libraries which should serve as a meeting point for all users in the university community, and for the sharing of innovative ideas. Originality/value The originality of the paper lies in its justification for establishing makerspace in Nigerian academic libraries alongside the drafted proposal which has been designed to serve as a guide to libraries in Nigeria as no makerspace has been documented to be existing in any Nigerian library.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2016-0038
  • Distinctive services in academic librarianship
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose Collection content is no longer the primary distinctive signifier of excellence in today’s libraries. In an information market where technology has increased access to content, thereby providing resources at one’s fingertips, the provision of services are increasingly becoming a distinctive signifier of excellence and quality. In such an open / service-oriented marketplace, what are the services that are signifiers of excellence and consequently distinguish a library? This paper seeks to: (1) review select literature within the United States to identify the services that are signifiers of excellence and that will consequently distinguish a library in the current era (2) investigate the extent to which said services identified in the review of the literature are provided by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona library, but focuses specifically on only those that meet the additional criteria of: (a) placing the UWI Mona library as either the first to introduce the service in Jamaica or as (b) the only library in Jamaica with the particular service offering. These two additional criteria provide the added signature or uniqueness essential to being distinguished. Design/methodology/approach Through the use of a mixed methods research this paper highlights library service offerings considered as distinctive signifiers of excellence within the American literature and also within the UWI Mona Library - that will distinguish a library. Findings This paper reveals services incorporating technology, the library as a place / space, teaching & research and personal attention to users as distinctive signifiers of excellence. In this regard, within the UWI Mona Library, services offered such as: the Virtual Reference Service, Extended Opening Service, Halls of Residence Librarian Service, Information Commons Service, Information Literacy Service, and the West Indies & Special Collection Research Service, were found to incorporate the aforementioned service themes and placed the UWI Mona library as either the first to introduce the service in Jamaica or as the only library in Jamaica with the particular service offering; consequently distinguishing the UWI Mona Library from other academic libraries in Jamaica. Originality/value This paper is of value as it (a) provides the library and information community with an outline of services that distinguish a library (b) it offers library managers in Jamaica and the rest of the world the opportunity to compare services in their libraries with that of other libraries as outlined within the literature review as well as within the UWI Mona library (c) it highlights how the UWI Mona library, an academic library in the Caribbean, compare on the international library scene, with particular reference to the United States (d) it informs current and potential library users of how the UWI Mona library is trending in service culture (e) and a focus on distinctive services can promote a community of academic library service best practice.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2016-0036
  • Ascertaining the factors that influence the acceptance and purposeful use
           of cloud computing in medical libraries in India
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose The paper aims to identify the factors that influence the acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries. Design/methodology/approach In order to meet the stated objectives, a three round Delphi study was carried out; a panel of 32 participants, with expertise and experience of cloud computing in the context of Indian medical libraries, was constituted. Findings During the study, the participants identified about 60 different factors, and a consensus was reached on 42 of these, which were considered to have a direct impact on the levels of acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries.The study points upsignificant factors which should be addressed to accelerate the acceptance and purposeful use of cloud computing technologies in Indian medical libraries. Originality/value The study is the first attempt to study the factors responsible for the adoption of cloud computing in Indian medical libraries through the Delphi Technique.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0025
  • The participatory public library: the Nordic experience
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose From collection to connection has been a buzzword in the library world for more than a decade. This catchy phrase indicates that users are seen not only as borrowers, but as active participants. The aim of this paper is to investigate and analyse three questions in relation to user participation in public libraries in a Nordic perspective. How can participation in public libraries be characterised? Why should libraries deal with user participation? What kinds of different user participation can be identified in public libraries? Design/methodology/approach The paper uses a selection of theoretical approaches and practical examples to obtain a varied understanding of user participation in public libraries. Research fields outside library and information science have developed a wide range of theoretical approaches on user participation. Examples from cultural policy, museum studies and participatory culture are selected to get a deeper understanding on participation in public libraries. The practical examples are chosen to illustrate the richness of different kinds of user participation in libraries. Findings There are six forms of active participation in libraries: volunteer programmes, interactive displays, workshops, co-creation, user driven innovation and book clubs. Originality/value This paper is an overall synthesis of theoretical and practical aspects of user participation in public libraries. Furthermore, the paper challenges the deeply rooted assumption that participation in libraries takes place almost exclusively within digital contexts.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0031
  • Evaluating the success of markerspace in a public library: the case of
           Narva city library makerLab in Estonia
    • Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 9/10, October 2016.
      Purpose Arising from the modern IT-driven society, libraries in Estonia face tremendous challenges. They are no longer viewed as collection facilities but rather as knowledge enhancers and creators. Libraries carry a significant potential to make a greater impact on communities by enabling informal ways of learning new skills and technologies. This study aims to evaluate a pilot project at Narva Library MakerLab launched by the Narva City Government to motivate the citizens of Narva to learn new skills and improve their employment prospects. Design/methodology/approach The focus of the study was on understanding how a library makerspace makes an impact on users’ skills, knowledge and attitudes. Quantitative measures for indicators were designed to evaluate the new skills and knowledge that participants learn during the workshops. Semi-structured interviews aimed to show values, behavior, perception, and aims for the future. Findings As an outcome of the study it was found that the MakerLab project was successful, participants learned new skills, felt an increase in self-confidence, and improved their teamwork abilities. Many users engaged with prototyping and initiated new projects. Originality/value Setting up a makerspace in a public library is a recent trend and there has not been much research done in this area. The study aims to contribute to understanding on impact of makerspaces in a library environment.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-09-12T11:13:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-04-2016-0030
  • Arab authors’ perceptions about the scholarly publishing and refereeing
           system used in Emerald’s library and information science journals
    • First page: 414
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The key purpose of this study is to gain insight into the quality of the scholarly publishing and refereeing system used by Emerald’s LIS journals from the perspectives of the Arab authors who are publishing in this wide-ranging database. It also tries to provide helpful guidance for authors to fit their authorship for publication. Design/methodology/approach Of 3846 papers published in Emerald’s library and information science journals in the past five years (the beginning of 2011 to the end of 2015), there were only 81 papers (research/technical/conceptual papers and case studies only) authored by Arabs representing 2.11% of the whole productivity in the discipline of the library and information in Emerald in this period. Corresponding authors (mostly first authors) (n=73) were contacted to answer the questionnaire of the study. Five of those 73 authors could not be reached due to the lack of validity of their e-mails. Out of the remaining authors (n= 68), 47 returned their valid questionnaires representing 69.1% of the total number of the Arab authors. Findings This study revealed that the Arab male authors dominated (78.7%) the publishing in Emerald’s LIS journals in the past five years. Two-thirds of the Arab authors are aged between 36 to 45 years (mostly males with doctoral degrees), followed by those authors (17%) who are aged between 46 to 50 years (mostly males with doctoral degrees) and by those authors (12.8%) aged between 31 to 35 years (all are males and half of them hold a doctorate). The study also found that there was a directly proportional between the Arab authors’ research experience with the history of publishing in Emerald’s LIS journals, as the more research experience they have, the greater the number of their research history of publishing in Emerald. Assistants professors were found to be the most academic degrees publishing in Emerald’ LIS journals with research experience ranging between eleven and twenty years (mainly with a five-years history of publishing), followed by lectures with research experience ranging between a year and twenty years (mostly with a five-years history of publishing) and then associate professors with research experience ranging between eleven and twenty years (mostly with a ten-years history of publishing). The findings also found that most Arab authors (80.9%) publishing in Emerald’s LIS journals preferred the sole or single authorship. The co-authorship or co-authored works were not much preferred by many of them. A large number (87.2%) of the Arab authors who are mainly described as experts and advanced authors in using the Emerald refereeing system see this system, at least, good to them. Regarding the reasons/factors to submit articles to Emerald’s LIS journals, this study revealed that the availability of papers in electronic formats, the journal’s impact factor, the association with the research area, the academic coverage of the journal, abstracting & indexing services, the availability in hard copy, the speed of reviewing, the size of readership, the ease of acceptance and the standing of the editorial board were the most significant reasons and factors to submit articles papers for publication in Emerald. The Arab authors in this study have shown considerable positive attitude and perceptions towards the publishing in Emerald’s LIS journals as all of them were, at least, agree that publishing in Emerald can increase the speed of finding information, reduce the use of papers. A very large number of them also showed that such publishing may also help create a wider spread, build confident, be convenient, credible secure and objective. Compared to their positive attitude and perceptions towards the publishing in emerald’s LIS journals, Arab authors had little negative feelings about the publishing in these journals. A few of them (8.5%) have shown a considerable concern about the time it takes in reviewing their articles as they reported that such publishing requires a long time for the peer review process and it also needs too long communications with the editorial staff, and this may affect negatively on the time of the research topic. Being not their first language, a few of Arab authors (8.5%) have also shown a considerable concern about the use of the English, being the publishing language in Emerald, since it requires certain skills needed not only to publish their articles but also to deal with the Emerald system and communicate with editorial staff. Overall, this small percentage did not affect the rest of the authors who described their concerns about this obstacle as a modest to some extent. Although there is a lot of enthusiasm for publication in Emerald showed by the Arab authors, there have been also some concerns expressed by them towards that goal. A modest number of the Arab authors indicated that the lack of language skills needed for publishing in Emerald, followed by the lack of patience needed to wait for the issuance of papers, the technical problems related to the system and its interface, and the lack of technical skills needed for publishing as well as the time needed to be online were significant to them. Research limitations/implications The paper investigates the quality of the scholarly publishing and refereeing system employed in Emerald’s LIS journals from the perspectives of Arab authors who are publishing in this wide-ranging database. Such topic, to date, has limited previous research as well as the limited size of the representation of the Arab authors in Emerald’s LIS journals in the past five years, which is due logically to the lack of their research and scientific contributions in this database during this period. Future research could focus on varied contexts or samples, such as other different disciplines and nationalities. Pr...
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:43:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-01-2016-0007
  • University academics’ perceptions of reading list labels.
    • First page: 440
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of the article is to reflect on the results of continuing professional development sessions delivered to academics on the importance of a properly annotated reading list to the student experience. Design/methodology/approach As part of the session the academics were asked to take part in a ‘pop quiz’ providing their interpretation of commonly used reading list labels. Findings There was quite a broad interpretation of the labels, with several eliciting strongly positive or negative reactions. The similarity of meanings between some reading list labels made them redundant for helping students to prioritise their reading. Originality/value This case study could be used to provide sessions on reading lists at other institutions and the results from the quiz can be used to simplify reading list labels.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:43:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-02-2016-0012
  • How public library users perceive the information professional: is the
           image transforming?
    • First page: 449
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to investigate public library users perceptions of information professionals. Specifically, it focuses on exploring users perceptions regarding librarians' status, work duties, performed work and educational background. Design/methodology/approach The method of questionnaire was used to enquire on the users perceptions of six different public libraries in the wide area of Attica, Greece. 320 questionnaires were distributed between November 2014 and February 2015 and in total, 291 users participated in the study with response rate 90.9%. Findings This research revealed that public library users have a positive image of the librarians' status, duties and work performed. Users acknowledge that is important for librarians to obtain a bachelor degree in LIS education and specialized LIS knowledge as well as general, pedagogical and new technologies knowledge in order to perform their tasks. Overall, “serving of people” predominates as a task as well as a series of collection oriented tasks. Research limitations/implications Perceptions of non-users of public libraries as well as public librarians themselves were not examined in this study. In addition, some user groups based on level of education (e.g. doctoral degree) had a low level of participation. Originality/value It is one of the few studies that examined public library users perceptions of information professionals.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:43:39Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-11-2015-0090
  • Use of Action Research to Improve Information Literacy Acquisition of
           International ESL Students
    • First page: 464
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of the present study was to examine the outcomes of more collaborative library information literacy instruction for international ESL students. Design/methodology/approach This study used action research and employed three different data collection techniques, namely: (1) observations, (2) semi-structured interviews, and (3) content analysis of classroom artifacts. Findings . We concluded that one-shot information literacy instruction was not sufficient for international ESL students to acquire information literacy. Findings suggested that lack of secondary information literacy instruction just prior to the final papers, and lack of one-on-one mentoring opportunities, hindered effective information literacy acquisition for the selected cohort of ESL students. Research limitations/implications Results derived from this study was used to design more effective, useful, and holistic information literacy instruction for international ESL students beginning next semester at this private NY College. Originality/value This is a case study where we've used the participatory action research to present the importance of collaboration between the classroom teacher and the librarian in order to improve ESL students' information literacy experience.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:44:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0017
  • The role of Libraries in Cultural Centres Abroad: an insight
    • First page: 475
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose Abstract This research paper sets up a typology of libraries managed by cultural centers abroad. Nearly 2,200 libraries linked to a tens of different cultural organizations provide not only traditional services such as loan and access to printed and audiovisual materials but they also approach local citizens, offering help and services in matters of education, literacy, cooperation, social issues or development. These actions may fit under the label of cultural diplomacy actions. This paper analyses the relevance of those cultural centers and offers a classification through a table including networks of institutions of the thirty most significant cultural centers worldwide. Design/methodology/approach Analysis of all foreign cultural centers in the world. Situation, description and analysis of libraries belonging to the centers. Enumeration of the 30 largest libraries in the world Findings View and share with the community the importance and necessity of libraries belonging to cultural centers abroad. Analyzed library networks, more than 2000 Institutions That help Local Communities are discovered. Research limitations/implications There has been some difficulty to list and describe the dozens of library centers. There is no association that grouping and it is difficult and complicated search for information. Practical implications The most important, written in the conclusions is need for the IFLA help such libraries with a specific section. Originality/value It is the first time that all library networks abroad is analyzed, the value and originality of the article is maximum. In other author it has focused on the thirty most important libraries and generates more value to society, with concrete examples.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:44:16Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0018
  • To Stream or Not to Stream?
    • First page: 485
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The University of Kansas Libraries (KU) has faced increased requests for streaming video in the last five years. While we have provided access to many databases of films, feature films remained a problem. In order to write a collection development policy, the library undertook three investigations to ensure the outcome reflected the needs of the University. Design/methodology/approach Film titles included in Swank 300 and Criterion-on-Demand were checked against the web site to check for availability through streaming, rental, or purchase services. Student library users were surveyed to determine if they had streaming subscriptions and if so, which ones. KU librarians also examined academic library collection development polices to understand how others have addressed this issue. Findings More than half of the feature films provided by the two vendors are available through subscriptions, renting, or purchasing methods. A majority of students subscribe to one or more of these services. Many academic libraries are deciding not to provide streaming feature films. Originality/value There are no previous studies on students’ subscriptions to streaming services linked to availability of feature films offered from commercial vendors to libraries.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:43:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0021
  • A Two-Way Street: Building the Recruitment Narrative in LIS Programs
    • First page: 499
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The article explores the attractiveness of LIS careers to students and alumni and examines their decision-making process and perceptions of the field with an eye on discerning the best ways to build and develop the recruitment narrative. Design/methodology/approach The authors reached out to 57 Library & Information Science graduate programs in Canada and the U.S. accredited by the American Library Association through a web-based survey; the questions presented a combination of multiple choice, short answer, and open-ended questions and generated a wealth of quantitative and qualitative data. Findings The online survey has disclosed that students may not have an in-depth understanding of current trends, the diversity of LIS professions, and the wider applications of their education. A significant disconnect exists in how the goals of LIS education are seen by certain groups of practitioners, students, and faculty members. Originality/value Creating a program narrative for the purposes of recruitment and retention, departments should not only capitalize on the reach of the Internet and the experiences of successful practitioners. They should also ensure that faculty know their students’ personal backgrounds; that students empathize with demands of contemporary academia; and that a promotional message connects pragmatic educational goals to broader social applications. By exposing and embracing the complexity of LIS education and practice, the article chooses a discursive path to start a conversation among major stakeholders.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:43:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-03-2016-0020
  • Libraries Engaging Through Connected Learning
    • First page: 540
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 117, Issue 7/8, July 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this column is to consider the strategy of “connected learning” and the library’s inclusion in the process. Design/methodology/approach Literature review and commentary on this topic that has been addressed by professionals, researchers and practitioners. Findings It is the library’s responsibility to serve as an active catalyst for connected learning and that a librarian’s cognizance of the latest and most effective strategies for engaging with students are presented as viable options for extended learning with the overall goal of student success. Originality/value The value in exploring this topic is to examine the natural connection between the library and the students creating the recognition that the library is a trusted institution in the connected learning model.
      Citation: New Library World
      PubDate: 2016-05-27T11:44:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/NLW-05-2016-0037
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