Journal Cover The Electronic Library
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  • The quality of the metacommunication of the interface and search system of
           the CAPES Portal of e-journals
    • First page: 398
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose The study proposes the use of the Semiotics Inspection Method which is an interpretative and qualitative method from Semiotics Engineering for the evaluation of the communicability of systems and to evaluate digital libraries and information retrieval systems. The paper presents the results of the application of this method in the evaluation of the quality of the communicability of the interface and search system of the CAPES Portal of E-journals, a major scientific digital library in Brazil. There are proposed solutions to improve this system included. Design/methodology/approach The study used the Semiotics Inspection Method to evaluate the system. Two evaluators inspected the system. They performed the comparison and the analysis of three types of metamessages (metalinguistic, static, and dynamic). The metamessages generated by the evaluators were contrasted to find inconsistencies and ambiguities in the CAPES Portal of E-Journals. Finally, the last step of the method was the final assessment about the inspection. Findings The evaluators identified 52 problems of communicability. These problems were ranked according to severity ratings established by Nielsen (1994). They were grouped in 10 types of problems present in the interface and in the search system of the CAPES Portal of E-Journals. Originality/value This research contributes theoretically to the field of Information Retrieval and to the area of Human-Computer Interaction, and in particular, to the Theory of Semiotics Engineering (SE), by adapting SE methods that allow the evaluation of communicability to the context of the scientific information retrieval systems. Results obtained through scientific methods should contribute to development of the interface and search tools of IRS to better support query formulation and retrieval of relevant information and more efficiently satisfy the information needs of individuals.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0044
       
  • An empirical analysis of user behaviour on multilingual information
           retrieval
    • First page: 410
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose This paper aims to understand user information behaviours when they perform multilingual information retrieval. It also offers reference for the development of multilingual information retrieval systems and relevant service platforms. Design/methodology/approach The authors designed an experiment on multilingual information retrieval with WorldWideScience, utilized Camtasia studio7 (a screen capturing and recording tool) to record overall operational processes of subjects, and collected participant thought processes with think-aloud protocols. Meanwhile, a questionnaire survey and interviews were used to examine the subjects’ background information, their feelings for the experiment, and their ideas about the experimental platform respectively. Thirty-two valid data points were obtained by 41 subjects. Findings The users preferred their own language for retrieval. Most users from social science chose general search or advanced search freely according to the tasks. The majority of the participants selected key words directly from the tasks as search terms. Doctoral candidates were more likely to construct a search query with logic symbols. Translation tools were utilized for assisting retrieval and doubt of translation. When facing obstacles, users stayed on the original web page to explore continually, followed by back to homepage. Originality/value This paper provides a study of user behaviour through investigating how users behave on the whole process of retrieving multilingual information. The findings offer information for optimizing the function of multilingual information retrieval system and service platforms.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2016-0004
       
  • Assimilation of social media in local government: an examination of key
           drivers
    • First page: 427
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose Social media technologies applications in the public sector have formed the fifth wave of information and communications technology adoption in government. Academic interest in social media in the government sector has been increasing. But there has been little empirical research on the assimilation of social media in local government. In order to fill this gap, based on technology-organization-environment framework, this study investigated the key technological, organizational, and environmental factors that affect the assimilation of social media in local government agencies. Design/methodology/approach To empirically test the model, a survey study was conducted. Data were collected from 150 government employees in the government department of X municipal government in China. The collected data were analysed quantitatively to answer five hypotheses using structural equation model. Findings The findings suggest that technology competence, top management support, perceived benefits, and citizen readiness significantly influence assimilation of social media in local government agencies. Top management support is the strongest predictor of social media assimilation in a government agency. Originality/value This study is one of the first attempts that adopted the TOE framework to understand assimilation of social media in local government. In addition, the effect of the four factors include one technological factor, two organizational factors, and one environmental factor – namely, technology competence, top management support, perceived benefits, and citizen readiness – on intention to assimilate social media was investigated.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2016-0182
       
  • An assessment of rural libraries and information services for rural
           development: a study of Delta State, Nigeria
    • First page: 445
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose This study assessed the rural libraries and information services for rural development in Delta State, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted both descriptive and exploratory research designs. Questionnaire, observation and structured interview guide were the major instruments for data collection. Total enumeration was used to gather data from respondents in 16 functional rural libraries in Delta State. Findings The study revealed the challenges that surround the rural people in accessing information in rural libraries. It showed that only 16 rural libraries were established and functional in sixteen communities within the 25 Local Government Areas (LGAs). Findings also showed that the rural libraries were not able to fulfill their roles. It was evident that the information needs of the rural people which made them to access the library were not adequately met due to some hindrances such as inadequate up-to-date information materials, lack of awareness, illiteracy, language barrier, inadequate skilled personnel, and inadequate infrastructure and facilities. Practical implications The important finding in this study is that rural libraries are the most relevant institution to disseminate information about government policies, inculcating reading habits, and developing skill and knowledge of people. Therefore, underdevelopment of rural libraries and inadequate information sources and facilities will hinder access to information and development of the people who need them. Originality/value This research is the first of its kind to assess rural libraries and information services for the development of rural people in the 16 rural libraries in Delta State of Nigeria.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2015-0145
       
  • Why should I pay for e-books? An empirical study to investigate Chinese
           readers’ purchase behavioural intention in the mobile era
    • First page: 472
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose Since mobile phones offer a new, affordable, and easy-to-use portal to reading material, mobile reading is emerging as the most ultra-modern reading approach. From the perspective of mobile reading service providers, knowledge of customer purchase, and consumption behaviour is critical for their survival and success. This paper provides insights into the factors that influence the purchase e-books. Design/methodology/approach Following means-end chain theory, the prospect theory and elaboration likelihood model (ELM), a structural equation model is proposed to investigate and identify key factors that drive the purchase intention of experienced mobile readers. In the theoretical model, utilitarian value and hedonic value are supposed as formative second-order constructs formed by related payoff. Findings Both utilitarian value and hedonic value are positively associated with readers’ purchase intention. However, there are no big differences between these two path coefficients. People seem to perceive relatively low payment risk although perceived risk could still negatively affect purchase intention. As a predictor of purchase intention, utilitarian value is less important when risk perception increases or when involvement decreases. Furthermore, our study illustrate that uniqueness and convenience are significant components of utilitarian value while curiosity and flow are components of hedonic value. Research limitations/implications Practical implications Mobile reading providers should highlight the professional and specificity of APP such as beautiful cover, page setup that similar to real books, and so on. Readers should be allowed to post real-time reviews and communicate with others to improve their sense of satisfaction, participation and belonging. The payment process should be concise and simple through which readers can save their purchase time and effort. Mobile reading service providers should provide trustworthy payment approaches, especially third-party platform and guarantee the convenience and safety of payment activity. Originality/value By focusing on the impacts of relationships among utilitarian value, hedonic value, perceived risk and involvement to purchase intention, this paper not only provides a theoretical understanding of mobile reading purchase behaviour but also offers practical insights to reading material manufactures and app developers for promoting such a process.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2015-0165
       
  • Information behaviour and decision-making in patients during their cancer
           journey
    • First page: 494
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose This paper investigated the effect of cancer patients’ information behaviour on their decision-making at the diagnosis and treatment stages of their cancer journey. Patients’ information sources and their decision-making approaches were analyzed. Design/methodology/approach Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 participants. Findings The cancer patients sought information from various sources in choosing a hospital, physician, treatment method, diet, and alternative therapy. Physicians were the primary information source. The patients’ approaches to treatment decision making were diverse. An informed approach was adopted by nine patients, a paternalistic approach by four, and a shared decision-making approach by only two. Practical implications In practice, the findings may assist hospitals and medical professionals in fostering pertinent interactions with patients. Originality/value The findings can enhance researcher understanding regarding the effect of cancer patients’ information behaviour on their decision-making.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2016-0062
       
  • Modelling web-based library service quality and user loyalty in the
           context of a developing country
    • First page: 507
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose This study aims to empirically validate the LibWebSQ measurement scale. In addition, it investigates the relationship between perceived web-based service quality and three other latent constructs, namely user satisfaction, service value, and user loyalty. Design/methodology/approach A quantitative survey design was used to collect the data. Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) was employed to determine the influence of web-based service quality on the three latent constructs. The respondents were students, academic staff, and non-academic staff from two federal universities in the North-western zone of Nigeria. Findings The findings of the path analysis indicate that perceived web-based service quality and service value exhibit no statistically significant direct influence on user loyalty. However, user satisfaction has a direct positive influence on user loyalty, and it also mediates the relationship between web-based service quality and user loyalty to the library. Research limitations/implications The LibWebSQ is a reliable and valid scale to be used in Nigerian university libraries for web-based service quality measurement. User loyalty in academic libraries can be modelled as a result of service quality and user satisfaction. Practical implications This study provides a means of assessing web-based library service quality and further improving the policy and practice in university libraries. Originality/value This is the first attempt to assess web-based library service quality using the LibWebSQ measurement scale. A satisfactory model fit is obtained, which allows the measurement model to be integrated with service value, user satisfaction and user loyalty. The study contributes to the conceptualization of web-based library service quality.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2015-0211
       
  • What influences teachers to continue using cloud services? The role of
           facilitating conditions and social influence
    • First page: 520
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose This study explores the determinants of teachers’ continuance intention with regard to cloud services. Design/methodology/approach This study uses a cloud service, namely Google Sites, to support teacher collaboration and further develop a research model to explore the determinants of their continued usage intention. Findings The findings reveal that continued intention to use the cloud services is primarily determined by their attitude toward using it; attitude toward using is affected by perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness; and perceived ease of use is influenced by facilitating conditions, while perceived usefulness is influenced by social influence. Practical implications This study determines that teachers intend to continue using cloud services once training in using such services has been provided, and if they hear favorable opinions from others. Originality/value This paper reveals that teachers intend to continue using cloud services once training in using such services has been provided, and if they hear the favorable opinions of others regarding them.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0046
       
  • Social networking, identity, and sexual behaviour of undergraduate
           students in Nigerian universities
    • First page: 534
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose The objective of this study was to examine how the identity of undergraduates who use social networking sites in selected Nigerian universities influences the prediction of their sexual behaviour. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire survey was used to collect data from 388 students from three public universities in Nigeria. Findings Sex and age exerted sufficient influence on the youth’s sexual behaviour, but the identity variables seemed only to increase the tendency of younger males to form intimate relationship with partners. Specifically, young males who maintain high level of social relationships have a high tendency of developing intimate relationship with partners. Research limitations/implications This study deployed identity variables provides wide-ranging information on how identity moderates sexual behaviour in the presence of traditional predictors of demographic characteristics and social networking. Practical implications Demonstrates that identity are very strong influences of the predictive power of sex and age on sexual behaviour. Originality/value This study is the first that examined sexual behaviour, identity and social networking together.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:53Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2015-0014
       
  • Assessment of global law and psychiatry research in the period of 1993 -
           2012: a bibliometric analysis (part-I)
    • First page: 559
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this bibliometric analysis is to analyse the global scientific outputs, research patterns, research emphases and trends of Law and psychiatry (L&P) research during 1993 to 2012 from the Web of Science (WOS) database. Besides, the paper also offers an overview to deepen intercultural understanding and cooperation in the field among professionals concerned with the interface of this research field and related disciplines. Design/methodology/approach This paper conducted a bibliometric study of the characteristics and patterns of publication outputs, major journals, network of co-occurrence of authors, international productivity and collaboration. Findings International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, and Psychiatry, Psychology and Law were the representative journals in the field of L&P research. The results from the analysis of co-occurrence of authors suggest that the L&P co-authorship network analysis is relatively fragmented. In addition, the most productive institution was the University of California System, and the University of California System published the most inter-institutional collaborative publications and was the top institution by centrality measures. The Harvard University published the most single institute publications. The most productive country was the USA, and the USA was the top country by centrality measures. The USA was the most collaborative countries, and took the central position in the collaborative network. Originality/value This is the first study to quantify and evaluate global research productivity in L&P viewed through the WOS during 1993-2012, which might provide a potential guide for the future research among professionals concerned with the interface of L&P as it is a very constructive contribution to the area.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2015-0207
       
  • Digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries: an
           investigation from university librarians in Pakistan
    • First page: 573
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the essential digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries. The study identified useful training programs for university librarians to acquire digital competencies. It examined their digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries in universities of Pakistan. This study also evaluates their digital knowledge in applying security measures to protect digital contents. Design/methodology/approach The quantitative research method was used to conduct this study. Research questions and hypothesis were developed to achieve the objectives. In-depth review of related literature was conducted to draft a list of essential digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries. It was circulated among the panel of experts to get their valuable feedback to make a final list of digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries. A questionnaire was developed to measure the status of digital competencies of university librarians in Pakistan. It was pre-tested on 20 respondents before applying to the whole population. SPSS software was used to analyze data. Descriptive and inferential statistics were applied to achieve results. Findings The findings of the study showed that digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries fall into three main categories: digital competencies for developing digital libraries; digital competencies for managing digital libraries; and digital competencies to protect digital contents. The results revealed that trainings programs offered by HEC, library associations, library schools, in-house trainings, use of online tutorials and trainings offered by skilled professionals are highly important and useful for university librarians to acquire digital competencies. The study concluded that the university librarians working in HEC recognized universities in Punjab province possess basic level of digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries. Their digital competencies vary on the basis of their university type i.e. public and private sector. Research limitations/implications This study measures digital competencies of university librarians in Pakistan. The study has practical implications for librarians, library schools, library associations, university libraries and HEC. Practical implications This study has practical implications for librarians, information professionals, libraries, and library schools. The results are useful for librarians to get knowledge of digital competencies which are essential for developing and managing digital libraries and protecting digital contents. They can develop their digital competencies in identified areas. This study has identified useful training programs for university librarians for acquiring digital competencies. The university librarians should use these programs to gain needed digital skills. Originality/value In contrast to previous research work on investigating computer skills, ICT skills, technological skills, and general digital skills, this study particularly identifies the essential digital competencies for developing and managing digital libraries. It helps LIS schools, library associations, training groups, and university libraries to offer adequate training opportunities in identified areas to meet the challenges of the digital age.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-06-2016-0133
       
  • Evaluation of citations: a proposition to supplement the corresponding
           rule book in Serbia
    • First page: 598
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.
      Purpose The article describes a proposition for the evaluation of citations of scientific papers, which could serve as a supplement to the existing Rule Book of the Ministry of the Republic of Serbia which is used in the procedure of electing candidates for particular academic and research titles. The evaluation and quantitative presentation of the results and evaluation of citations were carried out on data taken from the database of the Current Research Information System of the University of Novi Sad (CRIS UNS), which is harmonized with the Rule Book of the Ministry in respect of the evaluation of published scientific results of researchers. Design/methodology/approach There are different criteria to evaluate the quality of scientific papers based on their citations. The pertinent parameters can be the total number of citations, the number of citations in a defined time period, and by assigning the appropriate weighting values to the citations. This work proposes a procedure of assigning the citation weighting values based on the evaluation of the scientific results in which the citation appeared according to the Rule Book in the Republic of Serbia. Based on this, the authors introduced the impact factor of researchers as the ratio of the number of points of the evaluated citations and the number of points of the evaluated papers of the researcher. Findings Results showed that the research information system CRIS UNS can be extended to the evaluation of citations for a single researcher, group of researchers, and institutions. Practical implications The proposed solution enables the evaluation of citations in the process of election and promotion of academic staff. In this way, there is a means for measuring the scientific influence of a researcher in the relevant scientific area. Originality/value The main idea presented in the paper is the definition of a rule book (or several rule books) for the evaluation of citations. Based on the evaluation of citations, the authors proposed the term "the impact factor of researcher".
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2015-0182
       
  • Practical tips for facilitating research. By Moira J Bent.
    • First page: 615
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, June 2017.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-05-05T01:43:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2016-0160
       
  • Social Media and the Good Life: Do They Connect'
    • Pages: 616 - 617
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, Page 616-617, June 2017.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-07-12T01:41:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2017-0019
       
  • Using Google Earth in Libraries: A Practical Guide for Librarians
    • Pages: 617 - 618
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 35, Issue 3, Page 617-618, June 2017.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2017-07-12T01:41:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2017-0059
       
 
 
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