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Journal Cover New Library World
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     ISSN (Print) 0307-4803
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [308 journals]   [SJR: 0.845]   [H-I: 11]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: David Baker
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, November 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 12:47:38 GMT
  • Embedded Librarianship in Branch Settings: Customizing Liaison Services
    • Authors: Susan L. Hall et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose The authors present analysis of the role of the branch librarian as a valuable paradigm for embedded librarianship. Branch librarians develop strong connections to specialized client groups and build programs and services in response to their unique environments. Design/methodology/approach A review of research in embedded librarianship was conducted with particular emphasis on branch librarians. This article provides critique of research on embedded librarianship from the perspectives of branch management and an overview of strategies typically employed. Findings In important ways, branch librarians present an ideal model for embedded librarianship. They work toward close communication with the faculty and students of their academic unit, and are on location, identifying the specific needs and customizing services for patron groups in their academic settings. Originality/value The authors are Coordinators of Branch Library Services at Mississippi State University for the College of Architecture, Art, and Design and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The authors’ experiences as branch managers and immersion within their academic units provide a unique and more comprehensive analysis of embedded librarianship, one that has been overlooked.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:12:09 GMT
  • Job prospects for Mzuzu University Library and Information Science
    • Authors: Aubrey Harvey Chaputula et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose This paper reports on the findings of a study that was conducted to find out the employment prospects of Mzuzu University LIS graduates. Design/methodology/approach The study made use of a survey design, and it was mainly quantitative in nature. A census of all LIS graduates from 2006 to 2013 was taken. The study also purposely sampled some major employers of LIS graduates. Self completion questionnaires were administered to both study groups by the researcher personally, and also through emails. Data was collected between September and October 2013, and SPSS was used to analyse the data. Findings from the two questionnaires were discussed in relation to prevailing literature in the field. Findings The study established that there are few job opportunities for LIS graduates in the library sector. This came about because libraries have not taken deliberate steps to recruit LIS graduates whilst opportunities in the private sector were limited. Consequently, some LIS graduates were unemployed whilst the majority had taken up alternative jobs. Nevertheless, LIS graduates had the requisite skills and attributes required for the job. Absence of a career structure for LIS professionals in the public sector, failure to recognise role of librarians and LIS qualifications, and lack of training opportunities were some of the challenges which LIS graduates faced. Research limitations/implications The study covers all LIS graduates who graduated from Mzuzu University between 2006 and 2013. However, lack of updated contact information means that the researcher had challenges to reach out to most of the graduates save for those working in the major libraries. Furthermore, a good number of the graduates did not respond to the questionnaire sent, particularly those who graduated from the generic programme. This led to a lower than anticipated response rate. This implies that some of the study findings may have some bias towards the LIS graduates in the mature group. Practical implications The research findings have a big bearing on policy formulation and decision making in government, the public and private sector players, professional associations and LIS training institutions. Originality/value No formal studies have been done to determine the employment prospects for Mzuzu University LIS graduates ever since the diploma and degree programmes were launched. This research is, therefore, the first of its kind, and could help shape the future of the programmes in terms of curriculum content and methods of delivery. Recommendations made could also help the Malawi Library Association, the Mzuzu University’s Department of Library and Information Science, and relevant government ministries and departments to come up with appropriate interventions to the challenges being faced.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:12:08 GMT
  • The Familiarity and Use of Reference Management Software by LIS Faculties
           in Iran
    • Authors: Maryam Sarrafzadeh et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose The present paper investigates the familiarity and use of Reference Management Software (RMS) by Library and Information Science (LIS) faculties in Iran, and aims to identify the possible factors that lead to the application and choice of this software. Design/methodology/approach This is a descriptive survey. Data collected by a web-based questionnaire includes both open-ended and multiple-choice questions. The questionnaires were distributed among LIS discussion groups and were sent to the emails of LIS faculties. Findings Results reveal that over half of the respondents had a good familiarity with the various citation software packages and knew how to use them. 35 percent of respondents have learned how to use these packages through formal education. "Endnote" is the most popular software amongst respondents. Respondents confirm the need to offer some educational programs on how to use these software packages to bachelor students, and nominated the "Academic Writing" course as the proper place for teaching this topic. Originality/value If due attention is given to the importance of referencing in academic writing and to establishing criteria for the acceptance of papers for publication, teaching students how to carry out referencing and how to use RMS packages for this purpose will aid the promotion of scientific products. To determine whether LIS educators are able to teach the use of RMS packages, it is necessary to examine the extent to which they are familiar with these programs.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:12:03 GMT
  • A case for open, viable print accounting
    • Authors: Michael Kalochristianakis et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose When the Academic Library of our institution turned to consider cost-effective solutions that would combine management and accounting for both printing and photocopying, it was realized that there are no open-source or enterprise platforms that can support such characteristics. Instead of relying on commercial solutions, the construction of a service was planned by means of integrating community-based projects and developing any missing components. This paper describes the design and business characteristics of the system pertaining to efficient and viable public services, the technical perspective and also usage results from the productive prototype. Design/methodology/approach The implementation of the system was based on the identification of appropriate open source modules and on the development of ones that do not exist but are necessary in order to realize business procedures for credit reception, control and billing. Thus, the system integrates software for the management of printers and print tasks, for accounting for printing tasks, for user catalogues, for authentication modules and for the control of low level I/O operations. The aforementioned systems were integrated along with the following new modules that were developed in order to create a complete service. Findings Our prototype has been operating at our University since May 2011.The system was installed in four sites in reading rooms of the Library. Three of them are located in different departments within the University campus while the fourth is located in the last reading room that has not yet moved within the campus. In two years, more than 28,000 pages were printing and charged. The steady rise in the number of served requests leads us to the conclusion that the system can cope with the heavy use of photocopying machines. Originality/value The prototype described in this paper is a complete, productive platform that is capable to accept money or credit over the counter or by using money receivers and provide billing and management for printing and photocopying. The system does not depend on any vendor technology, offers control, monitoring, receipts and reports and since it relies on open source can minimize the total costs of ownership. Scrutiny of the bibliography and market did not find any systems that could meet the aforementioned characteristics.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:12:03 GMT
  • Developing Effective Professional Development Programs: a Case Study
    • Authors: Shu Guo et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose Professional development programs are widely adopted in academic libraries to support the professional growth of library employees and improve the quality of library services. Developing, promoting, and administering professional development programs are main responsibilities of the professional development committee (PDC). This paper investigates the practices of a well-established PDC at an academic library to reveal 1) the development of effective professional development programs with various themes and the diversified delivering formats and 2) the assessment of library employees’ training needs and the effectiveness of professional development programs with Needs Assessment Surveys and Program Follow-up Employee Opinion Surveys. Design/methodology/approach The study is based upon the PDC’s recent practices since 2011. The Needs Assessment Surveys (in 2012 & 2013) are conducted electronically, so are the Opinion Surveys since 2013 which are formerly conducted in paper. Findings The well-planned professional development program themes with special designed delivery formats have demonstrated their effectiveness through high attendance of each professional development event. The positive results and high compliments from both Need Assessment Surveys and Opinion Surveys also endorse their values to employee’s professional growth. Originality/value This paper classifies various professional development program ideas into six program themes and three special delivery formats, and each is presented with intention, planning and organization. This paper also provides details of using different Need Assessment Surveys and Opinion Surveys for evaluation, which is also lacked in published literature.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:12:02 GMT
  • Publication productivity and scholarly impact of academic librarians in
           Tanzania: A scientometric analysis
    • Authors: Alfred Said Sife et al
      Abstract: New Library World, Volume 115, Issue 11/12, September 2014. Purpose A scientometric study was conducted to analyze the research productivity and scholarly impact of academic librarians in Tanzania for a period of 30 years from 1984 to 2013. Design/methodology/approach Data were obtained using the Publish or Perish software which uses Google Scholar to retrieve scholars’ publications, citations and related metrics. For each librarian, the retrieved metrics were the number of papers, papers per author, citation counts, average citations per paper, average papers per author, average citations per year, average citations per author, and four indices namely the h-index, g-index, Hc-index, and the HI-norm. Findings The study findings indicate that a total of 434 publications were recorded for all librarians, giving an average of 14.5 publications per year. The year 2008 had the most (9.9%) publications followed by 2010 (7.8%), while the years 1985 and 1987 had the lowest (0.2%) number of publications. About 43% of the publications were single-authored and the degree of collaboration was 0.57. The top ten ranked librarians contributed more than half (53.2%) of all publications although they showed considerable variation among different metrics. Only three journal articles had 25 or more citations. Originality/value Previous studies on the topic are scarce and, therefore this paper provides useful recommendations to LIS schools, libraries and universities to improve research productivity of their academic librarians in Tanzania and other countries with similar setting.
      PubDate: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 23:11:58 GMT
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