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  • Review: The patron driven library: a practical guide for managing
           collections and services in the Digital age. Allison, Dee Ann.
    • Authors: Zinaida Manžuch
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:16 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0168
       
  • Implementing a resource list management system in an academic library
    • Authors: Richard Cross
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The objective of this paper is to review the key components of the introduction of a new Resource List Management System (RLMS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) using the Aspire application from Talis Education. It explains the key service goals; the implementation milestones; the main technical challenges which needed to be addressed; and the dynamic relationship between the rollout of the RLMS and existing selection, acquisition and resource delivery processes. Design/methodology/approach This evidence in this paper is drawn from the experiences of the NTU RLMS project group, which involved colleagues from Libraries and Learning Resources (LLR), Information Systems (IS) and from the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) teams at the university. It draws on both qualitative evaluations and quantitative assessments of adoption and use by academics, students and library staff; and the internal mechanisms of project review. Findings This paper concludes that the successful technical implementation of a cloud-based mission-critical service for academics and students depends of successful collaboration between library, VLE and technical teams; and reaffirms that a hosted RLMS service still requires the deployment of local technical expertise. It is essential (though not always straightforward) to try to anticipate the impact that the introduction of a new RLMS will have on existing processes (inside the library and without). Ultimately, however, the successful implementation of an RLMS is dependent on securing its adoption by both academics and students; not least by ensuring that the application meets their needs. Although it is not a technical pre-requisite, the prospect for a successful implementation of a RLMS are greatly improved when working with the grain of a supportive institutional policy environment Originality/value Interest in ‘next generation’ resource list systems which can address the needs of students, academics and library services is likely to increase sharply in the next few years, as library services seek to align both resource spend and resource discovery more closely than ever with the student experience around ‘directed reading’. The experiences of an ‘early adopter’ implementer of a RLMS highlight some of the key prerequisites and significant operational decisions, and provide a number of insights for those about to embark on a similar implementation process.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:14 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0088
       
  • Critical success factors for institutional repositories implementation
    • Authors: Fatemeh Lagzian, A Abrizah, Mee Chin Wee
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose Previous research indicates that there is little agreement surrounding what constitutes a successful institutional repository. This paper explores the critical factors that contribute to the success of institutional repositories worldwide Design/methodology/approach Possible key factors were extracted from literature review and responses from expert panels. A web-based survey questionnaire forming a total of 69 item statements was developed. The questionnaire, when pilot-tested, was found highly reliable. The questionnaire was then distributed to 322 institutional repository managers, who are representative of the population, via the OpenDOAR email distribution service. Data collection ended in four months, once the sample volume of usable questionnaires reached 295, which is 91.6% response rate. Findings The results of the factor analysis indicate the possibility of 46 variables under six factors being important for the success of institutional repository implementation. These six factors are “Management”, “Services”, “Technology”, “Self-archive Practices”, “People”, and “Resources”. Practical implications This study has empirically tested and consolidated the factors which are important in institutional repository implementation worldwide and documented them as Critical Success Factors. Originality/value It also frames questions about the possible value of developing some guidelines or standards related to success factors in order to be able to monitor the deployment of institutional repositories.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:12 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2013-0058
       
  • An exploratory study on factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing
           by information professionals
    • Authors: Noa Aharony
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose This study explores what factors may influence information professionals to adopt new technologies such as cloud computing in their organizations. The objectives of this study are: (a) To what extent does the Technology Acceptance Model(TAM) explain information professionals intentions towards cloud computing and (b) To what extent do personal characteristics such as cognitive appraisal and openness to experience explain information professionals intentions to use cloud computing. Design/methodology/approach The research was conducted in Israel during the second semester of the 2013 academic year and encompassed two groups of information professionals: librarians and information specialists. Researchers used seven questionnaires to gather the following data: personal details, computer competence, attitudes to cloud computing, behavioral intention, openness to experience, cognitive appraisal, and self-efficacy. Findings The current study found that the behavioral intention to use cloud computing was impacted by several of the TAM variables, personal characteristics, and computer competence. Originality/value The study expands the scope of research about the TAM by applying it to information professionals and cloud computing and highlights the importance of individual traits such as cognitive appraisal, personal innovativeness, openness to experience, and computer competence when considering technology acceptance. Further, the current study proposes that if directors of information organizations assume that novel technologies may improve their organizations' functioning, they should be familiar with both the TAM and the issue of individual differences. These factors may help them choose the most appropriate workers.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2013-0163
       
  • research evaluation and audit
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:07 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0186
       
  • comparative guide to wordpress
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:06 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0185
       
  • Constructing an e-portfolio-based integrated learning environment
           supported by library resource
    • Authors: Zac S.C. Chen, Stephen J.H. Yang, Jeff J.S. Huang
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The purpose of this study was to present a pilot e-portfolio-integrated learning environment by integrating library resources into an electronic portfolio system for its application, and explore reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system. Design/methodology/approach This study develops a research model by modifying the information success model (ISM) to explore reader satisfaction to the understanding of the adoption of integrated system. The sample consisted of 289 graduate and undergraduate students. 189 were considered useful and used for analysis. A regression analysis was then conducted to identify the key causal relationships. Findings The findings show that readers perceived benefits, information quality and system quality are critical factors for the reader’s satisfaction. Overall, the model explained 84% of the variance in reader satisfaction. Thus, the results show that the proposed model does satisfactorily explain the reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system. Originality/value There is scant research available in the literature on user satisfaction of pilot e-portfolio-integrated learning environment from a reader perspective. The findings of this research provide some useful insights into a reader’s satisfaction toward adoption of the integrated system. And it will be valuable for better understanding of factors affecting the determinants of reader’s satisfaction, which improve the reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system and thereby boost realization of collaborative learning environment.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:33:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0118
       
  • The factors and criteria for prioritization of GIS utilization by
           libraries
    • Authors: Roya Pournaghi, Fahimeh Babalhavaeji
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose Due to growing development of utilizing Geographic Information System(GIS) technology in the Library and Information Sciences studies, the current study aimed at identifying the factors on choosing the type of the libraries and information centers and determining their significance and prioritizing them and finally determining the priority of each type according to the identified factors in order to implement Geographic Information System in the library researches. Design/methodology/approach A combination of documentary, Delphi, and analytic methods was used in the current study. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic in mind, different dimensions of the issue were firstly identified through reviewing the research literature. Then, the Delphi panel was formed and the factors and indices for choosing and prioritizing the libraries were extracted and finally the analytic-hierarchy and Topsis method was used for analyzing and ranking the data which were collected through a questionnaire. In this way, the instrument was devised by the researcher and the population under the study consisted of the professors in two fields of Library and Information Sciences and Geographic Information System. The criteria include the "access to the library", "being active", "the number of sources", "the size and space of the place", "the library equipment", "compatibility" each one include 8, 7, 5, 5, 2, and 5 factors, respectively. Findings In the Delphi study, 6 factors including 32 indices were determined for prioritizing the libraries in order to implement Geographic Information System in the library researches. The analytic-hierarchy method was applied to compare the factors correspondingly in terms of the degree of their significance. In this way, "access to the library sources", "being active", "the number of sources", "the size and space of the place", "the library equipment", and "compatibility" were identified as the factors on choosing the library type with the values of 0.39, 0.24, 0.16, 0.08, 0.07, 0.06, respectively. Then, several types of the libraries were ranked and the findings show that academic libraries are prioritized as the first one for conducting Geographic Information System projects. Originality/value Employing the factors resulted from the conducted researches is recommended for choosing the libraries in order to implement Geographic Information System so that the researches in this interdisciplinary field become more organized. To extend the current study, the extracted factors and indices can be sent to the professors of the Library and Information Sciences from the other countries in order to elicit their insights and thereby, designing a standard international checklist for choosing the libraries and information centers in Geographic Information System projects.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:50 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0092
       
  • Impact of social networking tools on scholarly communication: a
           cross-institutional study
    • Authors: Ali Al-Aufi, Crystal Fulton
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose Social networking tools, reinforced by proliferation and advances in portable computing and wireless technologies, have reshaped how information is produced, communicated, and consumed. This research investigates the extent to which social networking tools had an impact on academics’ patterns of informal scholarly communication in humanities and social science disciplines. Design/methodology/approach A cross-institutional quantitative study utilized an online questionnaire survey sent to 382 academics affiliated with humanities and social science disciplines in two different academic institutions: one that belongs to a western tradition of scholarly communication in Ireland, and the other to a developing country in Oman. Descriptive interpretation of data compared findings from both universities. Frequencies, percentages, and means were displayed in tables to enhance the meaning of collected data. Inferential analysis was also conducted to determine statistical significance. Findings Overall findings indicate progressive use of social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. There is perceived usefulness on the impact of social networking tools on patterns of informal scholarly communication. However, nearly one third of the respondents have never used social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. Institution-based data comparison revealed no significant differences on data except for few activities of informal scholarly communication. Research limitations/implications Given that the number of study subjects was eventually small (total = 382) and that academics by their very nature are disinclined to respond to online surveys, results of the study may suggest nonresponse errors and these may impact negatively on the acceptability of inferences and statistical conclusions. The results of the study are therefore unlikely to be useful for generalization but they remain suggestive of a growing tendency among humanities and social sciences’ academics to use social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. Originality/value Empirical findings provide broad understanding about the potential of social networking tools on informal scholarly communication in areas of humanities and social sciences disciplines. Multi-disciplinary investigation and qualitative studies may further deepen our understanding of the impact of social networking tools on patterns of scholarly communication.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:43 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0093
       
  • Metaliteracy: reinventing information literacy to empower learners. Thomas
           P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobsen. London: Facet Publishing, 2014.
    • Authors: Madely Du Preez
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:40 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0144
       
  • Web challenges faced by blind and vision impaired users in libraries of
           Delhi: an Indian scenario
    • Authors: Shailendra Kumar, Gareema Sanaman
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The purpose of this article is to analyze the challenges faced by blind/vision impaired users during the web access in the leading academic and special libraries of Delhi, India. Design/methodology/approach Survey methodology has been used as the basic research tool for data collection with the help of questionnaire. The total 125 users surveyed in all the five libraries are selected randomly on the basis of willingness of the users to participate in the survey with the experience of working in digital environment. The survey results were tabulated and analyzed with descriptive statistics methods using Excel software and ‘Stata version 11’. Findings There are various barriers faced by blind/vision impaired users in the libraries of Delhi (India) during the ‘Web access’ with the help of Assistive technologies as Assistive technology like ‘Screen Readers’ available today are ‘Somewhat Compatible’ with the Web. The facility of ‘Web-based Catalog’ is generally lacking in Delhi libraries. Research limitations/implications The paper does not offer a comprehensive set of web accessibility issues, concentrating instead on the most common problems as epitome of this study. Practical implications The paper raises awareness of web accessibility issues in libraries of Delhi, India. Originality/value The paper highlights the web accessibility issues faced by blind/vision impaired users of leading academic and special libraries of India including the users’ recommendations for the accessible Webpage/website design for the first time.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:32:12 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2013-0043
       
  • Usage of e-journals in French business schools
    • Authors: Claire Leduc, Joachim Schopfel
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The paper explores usage patterns of e-journals in French business schools. Design/methodology/approach The paper exploits COUNTER compliant usage statistics from a nationwide usage study with data from journal collections of an international academic publisher. Findings As regards online collections, the usage appears to be relatively intensive, especially when compared to usage statistics from universities in the same fields. This result may reflect an emerging research activity in business schools and a projected and required international orientation. Yet the study also reveals important differences between schools, a fact that should not be overestimated because of the small sample size, even if the sample is representative for French business schools. Research limitations/implications The paper uses empirical data from a national usage study in order to identify specific patterns in business schools. It does not integrate qualitative survey data or deep log file analysis. Originality/value Very few studies provide empirical evidence of e-journal usage in business schools. The paper enhances the knowledge on usage in specific environments in Higher Education. This is the first usage study with French business schools.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:31:56 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2013-0046
       
  • Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems
    • Authors: Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:31:52 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0047
       
  • The assortativity of scholars at a research-intensive university in
           Malaysia
    • Authors: Sameer Kumar, Jariah Mohd. Jan
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The focus of this study was to provide quantitative indicators of intra-university assortative mixing patterns of scholars based on five parameters: degree of connections, faculty, professional position, gender, and race. Design/methodology/approach We conducted a case study of Business and Management scholars of University of Malaya, a research-intensive University in Malaysia, using co-authorship in papers indexed in the Digital Library Indexing System, SSCI database of Web of Science, from 2006 to 2010. Background information of scholars was extracted from bibliometric records, online CVs and other online sources. Assortativity coefficients were calculated for all parameters. Findings The study found a degree assortativity coefficient of 0.195, which corresponds with other studies in the literature. Assortativity due to university faculty was strongly assortative at 0.649, whereas gender (0.28) and race (0.16) were weakly assortative. However, in contrast to the common belief that ‘similarity breeds connection,’ the scholars were highly disassortative by professional position (-0.75). Practical implications This study holds significance to policy makers in understanding the socio-academic factors that bring scholars together. It also adds to the body of knowledge in social network studies that are examining the various factors responsible in bringing the actors together. Originality/value This is one of the first studies that empirically investigated mixing patterns of researchers at a prominent research-intensive university in Malaysia.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:31:47 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2013-0018
       
  • Exploration of usage behavioral model construction for university library
           electronic resources
    • Authors: Sung-Shan Chang, Shi-Jer Lou, Shuenn-Ren Cheng, Chin-Lang Lin
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, April 2015. Purpose The primary purpose of this study is to integrate unified theory of acceptance and use of technology and website service quality, compiling it into a usage behavioral model for university library electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach Using structural equation model technology to verify model fit. Questionnaire surveys are the main research methodology in this study, in which fourth year university students and second year master students in 6 Taiwan public and private universities are the research population. This study uses a cluster sampling, releasing 1206 questionnaires, and retrieves 1089 valid questionnaires, for a valid retrieval rate of 90.3%. Findings The conclusions are: (1) this study has good fit in the model, and is applicable for the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology; (2) the pairs of variables are correlated; (3) public or private and school type have partial significant mediating effect; (4) website service quality has a significant positive influence on behavioral intention; (5) performance expectancy and social influence both positively affect behavioral intention; facilitating conditions positively affect use behavior. Originality/value Empirical research results and suggestions are provided for the relevant departments for practice and future academic research.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:31:31 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2013-0195
       
  • Professionalism in library and information science
    • Authors: Chinwe Nwogo Ezeani, Helen Nneka Eke, Felicia Ugwu
      Pages: 2 - 18
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 2-18, February 2015. Purpose – This paper aims to examine the current trends, needs and opportunities of professionalism in librarianship in Nigeria. The broad purpose of the paper was to investigate the level of professionalism in librarianship and to ascertain the current status, trends and opportunities within the profession among academic librarians in Nigeria. Five specific research questions were formulated which are: to examine how librarians value librarianship as a profession, to elicit the efforts made by librarians with regards to professional development, to ascertain methods of acquiring current competencies within the profession, to investigate the role of professional bodies in promoting professionalism and excellence within the library and information science (LIS) profession and to proffer strategies to enhance professionalism and excellence among librarians in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – Descriptive survey design was adopted in the study across both quantitative and qualitative research methods. The area of the study was the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Anambra State. Population of the study comprised a total of 63 librarians in the two universities. All librarians were sampled because of the small sample size. The instrument for data collection was oral interview and questionnaire which contained 53 items derived from the research questions and built on a four-point scale of Strongly Agree (SA), Agree, (A) Disagree (D) and Strongly Disagree (SD). The criterion mean was 2.50. Therefore, any calculated mean below 2.50 was adjudged a negative score, while any mean from 2.50 and above was regarded as a positive score. Findings – The study revealed the challenges facing professionalism and excellence within the LIS field as lack of funding for professional development, lack of sponsorship to workshops and conferences, lack of uninterruptible internet facility and a dearth of professional mentors in the South East zone. Other problems gathered from a scheduled interview with some senior professionals in the institutions revealed that most librarians are still facing the challenge of imbibing and utilizing emerging skills in the LIS professions such as digital archiving and data mining skills for their day-to-day activities. Originality/value – Recommendations arising from the study were proffered such as the creation of staff development programmes by management; collaboration and partnership by libraries within the zone; acquisition of training through workshops and conferences irrespective of sponsorship by the institutions; and teaming of academic librarians to enhance their visibility and publication output. International staff exchanges and opportunities for sabbatical leave, which hitherto was not common in the South East Zone, were recommended. Among other recommendations also were building of consortia with libraries in the country; LIS professional bodies helping to create visibility and prestige of the LIS profession; and, finally, to scale up the image of the profession the marketing of library products through profiling of patrons and furnishing them with required information has not only become necessary but critical.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:37 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2012-0134
       
  • Role and users’ approach to social networking sites (SNSs): a study
           of universities of North India
    • Authors: K P Singh, Malkeet Singh Gill
      Pages: 19 - 34
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 19-34, February 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and assess the awareness and extent of the use of social networking sites (SNSs) by the students and research scholars of universities of North India. Design/methodology/approach – The study is a questionnaire-based survey on the usage of SNSs among the students and research scholars of the universities of North India. The data of the study were collected through questionnaires, which were personally distributed to the identified population, i.e. undergraduate students, postgraduate students and research scholars, by the authors. The survey was based on a sample of 610 questionnaires; of which, 486 questionnaires were received, having a response rate of 79.67 per cent. Findings – The study showed that all the respondents were found to be aware of and making use of such applications in their academic affairs. It was revealed from the study that Facebook is the most popular SNS by all categories of respondents. To determine the purpose of SNSs, it emerged that SNSs are mostly used for entertainment and communication. The study also found that the majority of respondents were aware about the security aspects of SNSs. It signifies that excessive time consumption and fear of misusing personal information were the major hurdles in the way of accessing SNSs. Research limitations/implications – The study covers the students and research scholars of select universities of North India. It also signifies the use of SNSs in their research and academic environment. Originality/value – The paper provides reliable and authentic data. The study is worth, justifiable and enlightens the salient findings on the topic, which will be very useful for researchers in this area.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:44 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2012-0165
       
  • Developing an academic library website model, a designer’s
           checklist, and an evaluative instrument
    • Authors: Anusha Lakmini Wijayaratne, Diljit Singh
      Pages: 35 - 51
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 35-51, February 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to introduce a library website model. Further, the paper discusses a designer’s checklist and an evaluative instrument that were constructed based on the proposed model. Design/methodology/approach – The model was developed through a Delphi study that was participated by two panels of experts. The researcher communicated with the panel members via e-mail using two Delphi instruments designed out of two item pools that were developed based on the knowledge gained from surveying the literature, visiting the selected libraries and exploring the library websites. Then, a designer’s checklist and an evaluative instrument were derived from the proposed model through a series of brainstorming sessions. Findings – The proposed model consisted of altogether 140 items (60 web content elements and 80 web design features). The designer’s checklist comprises all 140 items, and the evaluative instrument comprises 60 content elements and 57 design features. Research limitations/implications – This study has developed an academic library website model and derived two instruments based on the proposed model. Further studies are needed to customize, particularly, the web content pillar of this conceptual model, to meet the specific needs of different types of libraries including public libraries, special libraries, school libraries, etc. Practical implications – The designer’s checklist and the evaluative instrument derived from the proposed model are useful tools for library professionals in designing, re-designing, maintaining and evaluating their library websites. The librarians may use these tools for both institutional and research purposes. Originality/value – The model and the two instruments proposed by this study are unique in focus, origin, content and presentation.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:39 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2012-0115
       
  • Effectiveness of information technology in reducing corruption in China
    • Authors: Hu Xinli
      Pages: 52 - 64
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 52-64, February 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the effectiveness of information technology in reducing corruption in China. Meanwhile this paper explores whether electronic monitoring systems (EMS) can be evaluated in terms of the DeLone and McLean information systems (IS) success model. Design/methodology/approach – The status of the EMS in five cities is first proposed, and then a model of e-government system success is designed to evaluate the EMS. Data are obtained from 387 civil servants in the supervision agencies. Then the effectiveness of EMS in reducing corruption is deeply assessed, and the DeLone and McLean IS success model is validated. Findings – The findings show that the application of EMS has a positive effect on reducing corruption. IT thus has the potential to reduce corruption, but the institution and the people are more important. Originality/value – Although many theories about reducing corruption have been proposed, the EMS application in reducing corruption has seldom been addressed. This study is the first, to the author's knowledge, to examine EMS and corruption reduction from the point of view of the IS success model.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:07 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2012-0148
       
  • Usage patterns of Punjab University Library website: a transactional log
           analysis study
    • Authors: Alia Arshad, Kanwal Ameen
      Pages: 65 - 74
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 65-74, February 2015. Purpose – This paper aims to assess the usage patterns of a university library website to find out user’s behaviour of monthly use, its top most used resources and services and search phrases used to reach the library website. Design/methodology/approach – Transactional log analysis (TLA) – an unobtrusive research method – was used to identify and analyse data of website-using patterns. The log data of website use from January 2011 to March 2011 were analysed for this study. Findings – The findings of this study revealed that the university library website was heavily used on campus by users; however, it was used by a significant number of clients residing off-campus. Free scholarly journals, resources downloaded, e-journals, e-books and donated personal collections were among the top most used resources and services. However, free scholarly journals were used more than subscribed e-journals accessible on-campus only. Originality/value – This study first used the TLA method to trace user behaviour of website use in a local scenario. Assessing the usage of e-resources is imperative to determine the effectiveness of the library website in providing these services to its on-campus and distant users. The findings of this study are valuable for librarians and webmasters of the library website to redesign and reorient their services.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:46 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2012-0161
       
  • Webometrics as a method for identifying the most accredited free
           electronic journals
    • Authors: Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam, Farshid Danesh, Nadia Hadji-Azizi
      Pages: 75 - 87
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 75-87, February 2015. Purpose – The present study aims at determining the most accredited free English electronic journals (EJs) in Medical Sciences, as finding free scholarly EJs including medical ones is difficult in the web environment. Design/methodology/approach – The research population consisted of 700 free EJs of Medical Sciences, which were collected from two reputable websites, namely, Directory of Open Access Journals and Free Medical Journals. After first screening, 269 free EJs including 76 journals in health, 4 journals in nursing, 175 journals in medicine and 14 free EJs in dentistry remained for final investigation […]. Findings – The most accredited journals in four medical disciplines studied here are health: New South Wales Public Health Bulletin, PLoS Biology and Environmental Health Perspectives – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; nursing: Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care and Online Journal of Nursing Informatics […]. Originality/value – This research can be treated as an addition to the webometrics literature.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2012-0141
       
  • Web content and design trends of Alabama academic libraries
    • Authors: Daniel Earl Wilson
      Pages: 88 - 102
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 88-102, February 2015. Purpose – This paper aims to evaluate the website content of Alabama academic libraries to examine their services, content and compliance with design and accessibility standards. Design/methodology/approach – A content analysis was conducted on 24 academic library websites discovered through Jeanne Burke’s Higher Education Directory and the Alabama Colleges directory website. All data were collected within a month. Findings – Study data revealed that while academic libraries are offering more online services, many continue to lack certain services or fail to implement basic web design and accessibility standards. Research limitations/implications – Inclusion into the study was limited to the independent library websites of Alabama institutions offering four-year degree courses and content data discoverable within three clicks of the home page. Future studies might identify why certain libraries lack reference chat services, social media accounts and/or certain accessibility accommodations. Additional research might evaluate multilingual websites and their methods for providing language options. Practical implications – The results of this study should assist in the evaluation of library websites and increase awareness of design and accessibility standards, enabling designers and policy makers to improve upon future website designs. Originality/value – This study presents a depth of evaluation and currency unseen in most web content analyses. The extent of this study should provide librarians, web designers, and library policy makers with a suitable comparison for website projects and evaluations.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:27 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0100
       
  • Influence of motivational factors on utilisation of Internet health
           information resources by resident doctors in Nigeria
    • Authors: Grace Ada Ajuwon, Sunday O. Popoola
      Pages: 103 - 119
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 103-119, February 2015. Purpose – This study aims to determine the influence of motivational factors: perceived ease of use (PEU), perceived enjoyment (PEJ) and perceived usefulness (PU) on utilisation of Internet health information resources among resident doctors in tertiary health-care institutions in Nigeria. The Internet has become a major source of health information for practitioners and the general public. Despite the availability of health information resources on the Internet, some resources are underutilised. There are numerous studies on Internet use among health-care workers; however, there is a dearth of information on motivational factors influencing utilisation of Internet health information resources among resident doctors in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – A descriptive survey design was used. Total enumeration technique was adopted to cover 1,280 resident doctors in 13 tertiary health-care institutions in southwestern Nigeria. A validated, self-administered questionnaire was used for data collection. The questionnaire has four sections covering the demographic profile of the respondents, PEU, PEJ and PU. Four hypotheses were tested at the p < 0.0 1 level of significance. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson product-moment correlation and multiple regression analysis. Findings – There were more males (69.0 per cent) than females (31 per cent); respondents mean age was 34 years. The result revealed that PEU(r = 0.181, p < 0.01), PEJ(r = 0.166, p < 0.01) and PU(r = 0.121, p < 0.01) have significant relationship with utilisation of Internet health information resources by the respondents. Also, PEU, PEJ and PU collectively (F = 15.366, df = 3; 897, p < 0.01) have significant influence on utilisation of Internet health information resources of the respondents. Individually, PEU (B = 0.864, df = 897, t = 3.90, p < 0.01) and PEJ (B = 0.349, df = 897, t = 3.060, p [lt] 0.01) were found to have significant influence on utilisation while PU (B = 0.232, df = 897, t = 1.328, p > 0.01) does not significantly influence the utilisation of Internet health information resource of the respondents. Research limitations/implications – One major implication of this study is that system designers and web content developers should design programs and websites that are compatible with the user’s abilities. Medical librarians have a role to play in providing quality health content that is easy to navigate and pleasurable to use. Both the institutions and the government have a role to play in providing information and communication technology facilities to enable doctors access relevant health information resources easily. Practical implications – Introduction of information literacy training in the residency programme or inclusion as a component of the continuing professional development will enable resident doctors to know relevant online searching tools and search techniques for accessing health information resources which will be useful to their work. This will in turn increase their PU of Internet resources. Health sciences librarians (medical librarians) in the various institutions/centres have a role to play in training resident doctors on how to access, retrieve and evaluate online health information. Librarians should also train resident doctors on how to search evidence-based Medicine resources such as the Cochrane Library and PubMed Clinical Queries and Critical Appraisal of the medical literature to make informed decision in the management of their patients and for research purposes. They should be trained on how to organise bibliographic references using reference manager tools such as Endnote, Zotero or Mendeley. Social implications – The social implication of this findings is that systems that are easy to use should be designed, so that doctors will be able to access relevant information for research and patient care for better health outcomes. The easier and enjoyable the system is to use, the more resident doctors will access and use health information resources to improve their service and save more lives. Originality/value – This study examined three motivational factors (PEU, PEJ and PU) that influence the utilisation of Internet health information resources by resident doctors in tertiary health-care institutions in Nigeria. The result revealed that collectively PEU, PEJ and PU have significant relationship with the utilisation of Internet health information resources, but PEU and PEJ are the main drivers of use of Internet health information resources among the resident doctors studied. This study adds to the literature of motivational factors influencing utilisation of Internet health information resources by resident doctors in southwestern Nigeria. This paper is original because, to the best of our knowledge, there is no other study on motivational factors influencing Internet use among resident doctors in Nigeria.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:04 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2012-0159
       
  • Reading experiences influencing the acceptance of e-book devices
    • Authors: Eunil Park, Jungyeon Sung, Kwangsu Cho
      Pages: 120 - 135
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 120-135, February 2015. Purpose – This paper aims to explore users’ perception of, and then intention toward using, e-book devices as new reading devices, based upon an integrated technology acceptance model (TAM), reading engagement based upon flow theory and readability. The recent introduction of e-book devices has drastically changed the way people access and use reading content. However, few studies have explored the impact of reading experience on acceptance of e-book devices. Design/methodology/approach – A total of 219 participants participated in a survey after using e-book devices to analyze the research model. Findings – This study confirmed the crucial roles played by viewing experience, perceived mobility, perceived behavioral control, skill and readability. Also perceived usefulness and text satisfaction were found to have a positive and significant association with acceptance of e-book devices. Research limitations/implications – Implications and suggestions for researchers and manufacturers are also addressed in the present study. Originality/value – The current study focused on how actual reading experiences using e-book devices influences acceptance of e-book devices, through the triangular integrated model of TAM, reading engagement and readability features, and investigating users’ reading experience on the basis of responses to the characteristics of e-book devices.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:32 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2012-0045
       
  • Multilingual metadata for cultural heritage materials
    • Authors: Krystyna K. Matusiak, Ling Meng, Ewa Barczyk, Chia-Jung Shih
      Pages: 136 - 151
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 136-151, February 2015. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore multilingual access in digital libraries and to present a case study of creating bilingual metadata records for the Tse-Tsung Chow Collection of Chinese Scrolls and Fan Paintings. The project, undertaken at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, provides access to digital copies of calligraphic and painted Chinese scrolls and fans from the collection donated by Prof Tse-Tsung Chow (Cezong Zhou). Design/methodology/approach – This paper examines the current approaches to multilingual indexing and retrieval in digital collections and presents a model of creating bilingual parallel records that combines translation with controlled vocabulary mapping. Findings – Creating multilingual metadata records for cultural heritage materials is in an early phase of development. Bilingual metadata created through human translation and controlled vocabulary mapping represents one of the approaches to multilingual access in digital libraries. Multilingual indexing of collections of international origin addresses the linguistic needs of the target audience, connects the digitized objects to their respective cultures and contributes to richer descriptive records. The approach that relies on human translation and research can be undertaken in small-scale digitization projects of rare cultural heritage materials. Language and subject expertise are required to create bilingual metadata records. Research limitations/implications – This paper presents the results of a case study. The approach to multilingual access that involves research, and it relies on human translation that can only be undertaken in small-scale projects. Practical implications – This case study of creating parallel records with a combination of translation and vocabulary mapping can be useful for designing similar bilingual digital collections. Social implications – This paper also discusses the obligations of holding institutions in undertaking digital conversion of the cultural heritage materials that originated in other countries, especially in regard to providing metadata records that reflect the language of the originating community. Originality/value – The research and practice in multilingual indexing of cultural heritage materials are very limited. There are no standardized models of how to approach building multilingual digital collections. This case study presents a model of providing bilingual access and enhancing the intellectual control of cultural heritage collections.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:19 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2013-0141
       
  • m Libraries 4: From Margin to Mainstream - Mobile Technologies
           Transforming Lives and Libraries
    • Pages: 152 - 152
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 152-152, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:30 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2014-0120
       
  • Building Communities: Social Networking for Academic Libraries
    • Pages: 153 - 153
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 153-153, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:29 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0133
       
  • Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries: The Early 21st Century
    • Pages: 154 - 154
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 154-154, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:25 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2014-0115
       
  • Mastering Digital Librarianship: Strategy, Networking and Discovery in
           Academic Libraries
    • Pages: 155 - 156
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 155-156, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:08 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0145
       
  • Delivering Research Data Management Services: Fundamentals of Good
           Practice
    • Pages: 156 - 157
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 156-157, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:02 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0142
       
  • Successful Social Networking in Public Libraries
    • Pages: 157 - 159
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 1, Page 157-159, February 2015.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:58:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0150
       
 
 
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