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Journal Cover The Electronic Library
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  • Internet services in academic libraries: impact on the use of printed
           resources and implications for libraries in Nigeria
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The use of the internet and www to source information is now an emerging practice in developing countries and seems to be obscuring the use of printed resources in libraries. This paper investigates the impacts of internet services on the use of prints in academic libraries in and Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The design of the study was ex-pos- facto. The population of the study was the 131, 670 students that registered in the library from 2005 to 2014 academic sessions. The instruments for data collection were documentary records, oral interviews, and observation. Statistics of past physical transactions at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Libraries University of Nigeria, Nsukka was consulted and adapted for the study. Tables, graphs, and a benchmark for assessment guided the analysis and discussion of the data. Findings Readers’ registrations, average daily readership, consultation of theses/dissertations, were among the physical services that are multiplying and exerting pressures on existing facilities in the library. Books and periodicals consulted were constantly declining since the advent of internet services. Academic libraries in Nigeria should be adequately funded to sustain ICT backbone for Internet usage and better marketing and stabilization of library services to retain users in academic libraries. Practical implications Increased availability of full-text online could force academic libraries in developing countries to cancel much of their online subscriptions. Serious efforts must be embarked by academic libraries in order to bring back the users to the library. Originality/value This article is the first to investigate the impacts of internet usage on printed resources in academic libraries in Nigerian. The originality lies in its contribution to internet use on information resources in academic libraries in developing regions.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2015-0066
       
  • Willingness of patrons to use library public computing facilities:
           insights from Malaysia
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to examine relationships between attitude, self-efficacy, and subjective norm with library patrons’ behavioral intention to use public computing facilities at a library. Design/methodology/approach Data was collected from 200 undergraduate students enrolled at a higher learning institution in the Federal Territory of Labuan, Malaysia via a structured questionnaire comprising closed-ended questions. A structural equation modelling technique employing Analysis of Moment Structures (AMOS) computer software version 21 was used to examine the stability of the model with the data and to estimate impacts among factors instantaneously. Findings The results show that library patrons’ behavioral intention to use public computing facilities at the library is widely affected by subjective norm factor i.e. influence of the support of family members, friends and neighbours. Using public computers in a library helps them to be more independent in completing their assignments and conducting research collaboration, checking email messages, social networking, and performing other online tasks. Practical implications The findings of this study provide a better understanding of factors likely to influence library patrons’ behavioral intention to use public computing facilities at a library. It also offers valuable insights into factors which university librarians need to focus on to improve library patrons’ behavioral intention to actively use public computing facilities at a library for quality information retrieval. Originality/value This study replaces perceived behavioral control with self-efficacy in the framework as it overlaps with the concept of self-efficacy in order to provide more variance in behavioral intention to use public computing facilities at a library, which has been marginally researched in the Malaysian context.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2015-0008
       
  • Current status of open access journals published in D8 countries and
           registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (pre-2000 to 2014)
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The study aims to monitor the status of open access journals published in Developing 8 (D8) countries, i.e. Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Turkey. Design/methodology/approach Our web-based data sources for journal-based metrics were the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Thomson Reuters (Journal Citation Reports [JCR], which provided journal impact factors [JIF]) and Scopus (SJR and SNIP). We obtained information about journals published before 2000 to 2014. From the JCR we used JIF, Rank in Category, Total Journals in Category, Journal Rank in Category, and Quartile in Category. Findings We identified 1407 open access journals published in D8 countries. Egypt published the most journals (490) and Bangladesh the fewest (29). Egypt, Iran, and Turkey accounted for approximately 73.5% of all journals. At the time of study, 10,162 journals were registered in DOAJ, and 13.8% of them were published in D8 countries. The mean JIF for all journals from individual countries was highest for Pakistan (0.84), followed by Iran (0.74) and Turkey (0.57). The mean SNIP for all journals from each country was highest for Nigeria (0.57), followed by Egypt (0.57) and Pakistan (0.51). Practical implications The widespread use of open access publishing models in D8 countries will boost accessibility of their journals’ contents and ultimately impact research in D8 states. Originality/value Journals published in Egypt, Iran, and Turkey for account for approximately three-fourths of all open access journals published in D8 countries. More than one third (38%) of the journals we studied used a Creative Commons BY license, a hallmark of open access research findings. Most of the journals with a JIF were in the JCR Medical Sciences category (60%). As the number of journals in D8 countries increases, publishers should attempt to make their journals eligible for indexing in citation databases. We recommend efforts to improve the quality of journals in other subject categories so that as many as possible become eligible for indexing in JCR.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-06-2015-0107
       
  • Research data management in universities of central China: practices at
           Wuhan University Library
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose Revealing research data’s production and use, the status of research data management (RDM) and researchers’ service requirements in universities of Central China; investigating the feasibility of university libraries in providing RDM services without any supporting policies from governments or funding agencies. Design/methodology/approach Using a stratified sampling method, faculties and graduate students from 11 universities were investigated. Four pilot subjects at Wuhan University were chosen for whom a pilot RDM platform was to be constructed. Findings Research data at Chinese universities are small, sporadic and discontinuous. Such data are intensively or dispersedly under researcher’s management, with some unresolved problems regarding data security, data sharing and utilisation efficiency. Researchers’ needs for data services are strong. University libraries in China can develop RDM systems and provide related services. To realise this, more work should be done on service mechanism, service promotion, software development and staff training. Research limitations/implications The user survey covered 11 universities in central China, which may not reveal the real RDM status of researcher in different areas of China. Practical implications The practice at Wuhan University could provide reference to other university libraries in China or other developing countries. Originality/value The user survey is designed to be as comprehensive as possible and cover 902 researchers from 11 different types of Chinese universities. The practice at Wuhan University is one of the first RDM initiatives led by university library in China.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2015-0063
       
  • Managing digital records in a global environment – a review of the
           landscape of international standards and best practice guidelines
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The article aims to widen as well as deepen the discussion on standards and best practice guidelines beyond just local or regional efforts and include international developments Design/methodology/approach An extensive review of literature was used to develop an outline of existing standards and best practice guidelines that are used by records management professionals to manage digital records. Findings The analysis reveals that there has been a long tradition in standards and best practice guidelines development dating back to the 1980s. The study also reveals that there are two broad categories of standards and best practice guidelines, those with assessment mechanisms and those without such mechanisms. The choice of whether or not to have an assessment mechanism depends on the purpose for which a standard or best practice guideline is developed. Originality/value The article explores an extensive array of standards and best practice guidelines, their utility and their geographical coverage. It demonstrates how different terms such as ERMS, EDMS, EDRMS and ECM have been used without much clarity on how these terms relate to each other and proposes a clarification framework.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2015-0064
       
  • The status of open access library and information science journals in SSCI
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The main purpose of this paper is to measure the status and quality of Library and Information Science (LIS) Open Access (OA) Journals in Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) Design/methodology/approach The study selected 86 source journals of LIS in SSCI as a sample and measured their status of open access. Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP) was used to analyze 36 OA Journals of 86 source journals, especially their production capability, academic influence and network communication ability. Findings The results indicate that OA journals have become an increasingly important part of LIS journals. Production capability, academic influence and network communication ability are important factors affecting the quality of OA Journals. These three evaluation indicators of LIS OA Journals are high, but many still have room for improvement. Research limitations/implications As the paper is limited by collecting data, the indicators of OA journals’ quality are not all-around. So they can’t reflect the quality of LIS OA journals. In the selection of the evaluation method, the evaluation results are limited because only one AHP method is used. Practical implications The research on evaluation of OA journals can help library and scientific research personnel use OA journals effectively. Identifying key factors on evaluation can help researchers to construct OA journals better. Originality/value This paper measures the quality of LIS OA Journals by analyzing production capability, academic influence and network communication ability. Rather than the traditional research methods, the focus of this study is on the value of the web as a source of impact indices. It contributes to the scholarly impact measurements of OA Journals.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2015-0070
       
  • Knowledge discovery of digital library subscription by RFC itemsets
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The paper aims to understand the book subscription characteristics of the students at each college and help the library administrators to conduct efficient library management plans for books in the library. Unlike the traditional association rule mining techniques which mine patterns from a single dataset, this paper proposes a model, Recency-Frequency-College (RFC) model, to analyze book subscription characteristics of library users and then discovers interesting association rules from equivalence-class RFC segments. Design/methodology/approach A framework which integrates Recency-Frequency-College (RFC) model and association rule mining technique is proposed to analyze book subscription characteristics of library users. First, we apply RFC model to determine library users’ RFC values. After that, we cluster library users’ transactions into several RFC segments by their RFC values. Finally, we discover RFC association rules and analyze book subscription characteristics of RFC segments (library users). Findings The paper provides experimental results from the survey data. It shows that the precision of the frequent itemsets discovered by the proposed RFC model outperforms the traditional approach in predicting library user subscription itemsets in the following time periods. Besides, the proposed approach can discover interesting and valuable patterns from library book circulation transactions. Research limitations/implications Because RFC thresholds were assigned based on expert opinion in this paper, it is an acquisition bottleneck. Therefore, researchers are encouraged to automatically infer the RFC thresholds from the library book circulation transactions. Practical implications The paper includes implications for the library administrators in conducting library book management plans for different library users. Originality/value This paper proposes a model, Recency-Frequency-College (RFC) model, to analyze book subscription characteristics of library users.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-06-2015-0086
       
  • Differences of Pareto Principle performance in e-resource download
           distribution: an empirical study
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore whether the databases from a certain library are Pareto-compliant or not? If so, to what extent is the Pareto principle performance evident among these databases? The other purpose is to determine the differences in Pareto principle performance according to time change and database type. Design/methodology/approach Data on full-text downloads from six e-resources—Elsevier SD, Wiley Blackwell, Springer Journal, EBSCO BSP, ACS and AIP—for the period 2007–2013 were analysed. Forty-two samples were collected from these databases. The proportion of frequently downloads of journals from databases was selected as an indicator to determine differences in Pareto principle performance according to time change. The difference between the proportion of frequently downloaded journals and the classic proportion of 20% was used as indicator to determine difference in Pareto principle performance related to database type. Findings There are 33 samples (78.57%) exhibited the Pareto principle. Four databases—Elsevier SD, Wiley Blackwell, EBSCO BSP and AIP—constantly exhibited the Pareto principle. The differences were not significant according to time change. The two multi-discipline databases, Elsevier SD and Wiley Blackwell, fluctuated more moderately than the two single-discipline databases, EBSCO BSP and AIP. Multi-discipline and single-discipline databases showed some differences in Pareto principle performance; however, these differences were not remarkable. Originality/value The Pareto principle confirmed that there were frequent and infrequent downloads of e-journals from e-journal databases. It was of great importance to analyse these to improve digital resources acquisition and user service.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2015-0068
       
  • Lotka's Law and productivity patterns of authors in biomedical science in
           Nigeria on HIV/AIDS: a bibliometric approach
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose This study attempts to analyze the productivity patterns of authors in Nigeria using publications indexed in Medline from 2008 to 2012 based on Lotka's law. Lotka’s law of scientific productivity provides the platform of studying inequality in the productivity patterns of authors in a given field and over a specified period. Design/methodology/approach This study covers a period of 5 years (2008-2012) of journal articles of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria in Medline which 512 articles of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria were reported to have been published during that period. In this paper analysis was made for only the articles that HIV/AIDS appeared in the title and have HIV/AIDS as author keywords, in which 306 articles with HIV/AIDS appeared in the title was published in 20 journals. Medline was used because there is no local database available that index biomedical literature from Nigeria. Medline which is not only robust and flexible database that includes articles from Nigeria but it is the largest medical database that index over six and a half million articles from 3 400 biomedical journals. Findings While, HIV/AIDS can be considered a global pandemic, Nigeria has the second highest number of new infections reported each year, and an estimated 3.7 percent of the population is living with the dreaded HIV. This study presents a general picture of the distribution of papers as single-author papers, multiple-author papers, and the measures of co-authorship. Findings of the study revealed that the productivity distribution for authors in the subject HIV/AIDS only co-authors and non-collaborative authors’ categories fit into Lotka law, while all authors and first authors categories differ from the distribution of Lotka’s inverse square law. Research limitations/implications The empirical evidence used in this article was based only on articles of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Nigeria on the subject HIV/AIDS appeared in the title. Articles that did fall into this category were excluded from the study. Therefore, the findings of this study might not be the generalized to other bio-medical research. Originality/value The originality of this paper lies in the fact that the productivity pattern of each of the different author categories on the subject of HIV/AIDS is first of its kind in the Nigeria context.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:54:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2014-0024
       
  • Inventory of a library collection using Android application
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, October 2016.
      Purpose This paper discusses possibilities of using a mobile application in the process of an inventory of library collection. A mobile application dealing with inventory is presented in this paper. The application supports scanning barcode labels on the books and retrieving data about those books. For every book, the application enables changing data about status and call number of the book. Design/methodology/approach This paper is based on the case study of developing application for the Android platform and this application is part of the BISIS library management system. Findings By analysing procedure of an inventory in the library of the Faculty of Science, University of Novi Sad, it is concluded that this procedure is tedious and can be simplified. In order to make this procedure more efficient, a mobile application enabling search and update of bibliographic records has been developed. That application communicates with the BISIS library management system using a specially designed service. Practical implications By introducing this application at the libraries, the process of inventory of a library collection can be simplified and time needed for inventory will be shorter and the inventory will require less physical effort. Originality/value The application is designed to help librarians during the process of inventory of library collections. During this process, librarians have to check status of every item on the shelves and to update catalogue with new information. This application enables mobility of librarians and updating information about items during checking the shelves.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-17T11:53:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2015-0150
       
  • Understanding users' continuance intention to use online library resources
           based on an extended expectation-confirmation model
    • First page: 554
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to investigate the factors affecting students' continuance intention to use online library resources in the context of academic libraries. Based on an extended expectation confirmation theory, we examined the effects of usefulness, confirmation, and resource quality on continuance intention to use online library resources. Design/methodology/approach To empirically test the model, we conducted a survey study. Data were collected from 606 student library users at a large state university in the United States. The collected data were analyzed quantitatively to answer seven hypotheses using partial least squares (PLS) method. Findings The findings revealed that both usefulness and confirmation had a positive direct and indirect influence on continuance intention. Also, the effect of resource quality on continuance intention was found to be significant. Satisfaction had a mediating effect on the relationship between usefulness, confirmation and resource quality, and continuance intention. Originality/value This study is one of the first attempts that adopted the expectation-confirmation theory to understand students' continuance intention to use online library resources. In addition, we investigated the effect of the multiple dimensions of resource quality – accessibility, credibility, coverage, and format – on users’ continuance intention to use online library resources.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:52:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2015-0033
       
  • Usability evaluation with tasks characterized by the information search
           process: the China National Knowledge Infrastructure
    • First page: 572
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to present an approach to evaluating the usability of digital libraries in terms of knowledge states within the information search process (ISP) by investigating the connections among components with which users interact, perceived usability and task stages. The China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), the most popular digital library in China, was chosen to be studied. Design/methodology/approach With the research framework, measurements were generated for perceived usability in task stages for efficiency, effectiveness and satisfaction. Two usability experiments and usability tests were administered to 22 subjects in two groups. Three information retrieval tasks were designed according to the characteristics of knowledge states within the ISP for each experiment. The transaction logs were captured and the experimental results were recorded. Users completed a pre-search questionnaire and post-search questionnaire, and interviews were conducted. Findings The study showed that both interactions on components of the digital library and usability scores differed with sequential tasks characterized by knowledge states within the ISP; new usability problems relating to the CNKI were found based on empirical results. Originality/value Many studies on the usability evaluation of digital libraries focused on the outcome rather than on the ISP. This study proposed an effective approach to usability evaluation based on users’ knowledge states within the ISP.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:51:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2015-0074
       
  • Investigating and implementing an extensible, adaptable game plan for
           digital initiatives at a large state university
    • First page: 588
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose In this paper, the process of assessing the needs of a digital repository will be explored. The study’s institution – Kent State University, a large state university – is currently re-envisioning their digital library services to accommodate emerging technologies with an agile framework and platform. This paper includes discussion on the process of creating a sustainable digital initiatives program, a plan of action for migration, platform decision rationale, and an overview of planning for future projects that is both flexible and extensible in nature Design/methodology/approach The article's approach is to examine the process of review and selection of the digital repository at Kent State University through the needs and requirements checklist the team devised according to the institution's specifications. Literature published in the last five years is reviewed and applied to the selection process. The author maps out a plan that can be adaptable for growth and sustainability for a content management system. Findings Using models identified in the article, the team mapped a solution that can enhance the use and interaction by patrons to digital collections as well as provide a method to ensure the longevity of digital assets. Originality/value The article addresses issues that are inherent to digital content management systems of all shapes and sizes, and strives to provide a solution that would be relevant and applicable to many types of institutions in regard to digital repositories.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:53:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2015-0034
       
  • Improving relations between users and libraries: a survey of Chinese
           academic libraries
    • First page: 597
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to investigate the effectiveness of library services according to user experiences. The study discusses underlying internal problems existing in libraries that affect user satisfaction. Furthermore, it seeks to identify ways to improve the user experience. Design/methodology/approach The methodology comprised a questionnaire administered at Nanjing University Library, in China. The survey examined users’ satisfaction with the online public access catalog (OPAC), locating books on the shelves, and users’ participation in the organization of library resources. This study employed the Annual Reading Quantity of Users system, a new system of measurement that distinguishes between informal and avid library users. Findings The data analysis indicated poor user satisfaction. The problems were mainly associated with the libraries’ resource organization,such as descriptive cataloguing, subject headings and classification, which is controlled by library administration. Moreover, users’ feedback is not integrated within the library system. Due to the process-oriented architecture of the current integrated library system (ILS), librarians and users do not communicate effectively. These barriers between users and the library staff members are difficult to overcome. Originality/value The study describes that the results relate to user-satisfaction with searching and locating books based on the patron’s reading level. Differences were observed between light and avid readers in terms of satisfaction with the ease of searching and finding books. This demonstrates the internal connections of these results with library procedures. Furthermore, this study identifies improvement measures to resolve these problems.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:50:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2015-0041
       
  • Research on user needs for mobile information services in Chinese
           university libraries: comparison between existing users and potential
           users
    • First page: 617
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to investigate the service demand of existing users and potential users for mobile information services provided by university libraries in China. The primary objective is to explore the impact of user experience on user needs, which is conducted by a comparison between two user groups over their needs from three aspects --service function, service mode and information content. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected from 353 library users from ten Chinese universities via questionnaires. Based on the user needs model, three dimensions of user needs were established for mobile information services and 26 measurement items were generated through a review of the literature. Furthermore, based on frequency analysis, independent samples t-test, and the calculation of need rate, the demand differences in mobile information services between existing and potential users were explored. Findings Significant differences existed in the needs for service functions and service modes of mobile information services between existing users and potential users. Existing users cared more about such characteristics as intelligence, personalization, and the variety of mobile services; Potential users, by contrast, concerned themselves more with the usability of mobile services and similarity to traditional information services. These two user groups showed little difference in the needs for information content as they both have strict requirements for specialty, richness in and quality of information resources in mobile network environments. Originality/value Previous research on user needs for mobile libraries services has been primarily conducted from the perspectives of existing users. This study, however, compared the needs of existing and potential users based on their previous experiences, which can help libraries to know better what their users need and improve the quality of mobile information services to meet those needs. This can also make existing users more willing to use the services and cultivate the usage habits of potential users at the same time.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:50:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2014-0222
       
  • Usability and evaluation of a library mobile web site
    • First page: 636
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to develop and evaluate the use of a library mobile website in a university library. This paper aims to present the approach adopted to investigate users’ reactions to the new mobile platform. A usability test was also conducted to examine its effectiveness Design/methodology/approach Mobile websites for academic libraries were first reviewed prior to identifying the functions and elements to be included. To assess the intended design purpose, the usability of the design was examined through comparison of the mobile website and the full PC website used by 50 students to accomplish a set of search tasks. A questionnaire survey was used to assess 336 students’ responses regarding various criteria including learnability, control, presentation, and efficiency. Findings The usability test conducted before the mobile web was formally released indicated that the students using it finished more search tasks (p < 0.001), and were more efficient in completing search tasks than they were using the PC website (p < 0.001). Data from 336 questionnaire responses also indicated the students’ positive reactions to the developed mobile system in four defined facets (Mean >= 4.0). Research limitations/implications The difficulty of recruiting volunteers and the small number of subjects who participated were also major limitations experienced in our study. Replications or use of different measurements might be needed in future research to confirm the result. Practical implications In this study, a library mobile website was developed, tested, and evaluated by users. Currently, the library mobile website is being implemented in the university. On-going revisions will continue to improve its effectiveness and efficiency for information retrieval. Originality/value Summative evaluation of the mobile system revealed the students’ positive reactions to a set of predetermined criteria in various dimensions, including: learnability, control, presentation, and efficiency.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:51:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0119
       
  • Academic use of smartphones by university students: a developing country
           perspective
    • First page: 651
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose This paper investigates the use of smart phones for academic purposes by students at Dhaka University, the top-ranked university in Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach Students currently using smartphones answered a questionnaire survey, which focused on whether or not students used smartphones for academic works and, if so, what purposes they used them and their opinion on advantages of using smartphones for academic purposes. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze demographic and academic characteristics of the students in relation to their smartphone usage. Nonparametric analyses were performed using Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests to compare between students’ demographic and academic variables and their opinion on advantages of academic use of smartphones. Findings The findings indicate that a vast majority of university students used smart phones for academic purposes. They, on average and across the board, had a positive perception towards academic use of smart phones. Although there were some differences in terms of gender, age, place of origin and duration of smart phone use; these differences are largely due to fact that smart phone is a relatively new addition to the life of most students participated in this study. Originality/value Research investigating the academic use of smartphones in the perspective of developing countries is virtually non-existent. This is the first time an effort has been made to examine the use of smartphones by a large sample of university students in Bangladesh.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:51:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0112
       
  • Comparative analysis of book tags: a cross-lingual perspective
    • First page: 666
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose In the era of social media, users all over the world annotate books with social tags to express their preferences and interests. The purpose of this investigation is to explore different tagging behaviours by analyzing the book tags in different languages. Design/methodology/approach This investigation collected nearly 56,000 tags of 1,200 books from one Chinese and two English online bookmarking systems; it combined content analysis and machine processing methods to evaluate the similarities and differences between different tagging systems from a cross-lingual perspective. Jaccard's coefficient was adopted to evaluate the similarity level. Findings The results show that: 1) the similarity between mono-lingual tags of the same books is higher than that of cross-lingual tags in different systems; 2) the similarity between tags of books written for specialties is higher than that of books written for the general public. Research limitations/implications Those who have more in common annotate books with more similar tags. The similarity between users in tagging systems determines the similarity of the tag sets. Practical implications The results and conclusion of this study will benefit users' cross-lingual information retrieval and cross-lingual book recommendation for online bookmarking systems. Originality/value This study may be one of the first to compare cross-lingual tags. Its methodology can be applied to tag comparison between any two languages. The insights of this study will help develop cross-lingual tagging systems and improve information retrieval.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:50:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2015-0042
       
  • Preference of Bangladesh university students for searching the library
           catalogue: OPAC or discovery tool?
    • First page: 683
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this paper was to compare university students’ preferences for searching the library catalog via the library’s Koha OPAC or its discovery tool VuFind. Design/methodology/approach A total of 175 students responded to a questionnaire-based survey through which their demographic data, duration (years) of computer use and their self-reported levels of computer skills were obtained. Students were asked what interfaces they use for catalogue searching and to rate their opinion on the relevant interfaces on a 7-point Likert scale. Mann-Whitney and Kruskal-Wallis tests were conducted to statistically compare the differences between students’ demographic/individual characteristics and their ratings on the respective interfaces. For those students who used both systems, differences between their Likert ratings were assessed using a one-tailed Wilcoxon signed rank test. Findings The results showed that there were no significant differences among students in terms of their ratings on either the OPAC or VuFind interfaces. Wilcoxon signed ranks test indicated that significantly more students thought that VuFind was more usable than the Koha OPAC. Originality/value This is a pioneering study of the current use of the OPAC and discovery tools by university students and their preferences for searching catalogue information through these systems. It is hoped that the findings of this study will encourage researchers to conduct task-based usability studies with various cataloging tools which could yield new and improved interaction designs for library catalogue searching.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:51:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0139
       
  • Factors influencing the intention to use information service mashups: an
           empirical study of digital libraries in China
    • First page: 696
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, August 2016.
      Purpose This study intends to examine the factors influencing the adoption intention of information service mashup in digital library (DL). The study is an empirical study on DLs in China. Design/methodology/approach This paper employs the theory of information service mashup as its theoretical background and applies it to the field of DL to develop the measurement model which is based on TAM. A structured questionnaire was developed including the demographic information, the advantages of information service mashup in DL, and the Likert evaluation of each construct. As a result, out of 303 questionnaires distributed among DL users, 281 were remained as acceptable answers. The data were processed and analyzed with the aid of the SPSS 20.0 and SmartPLS 2.0. Findings The results show that beyond perceived usefulness and perceived ease of use, both perceived integration and perceived risk have direct impacts on user’s intention to adopt information service mashup in DL. Perceived integration has the dramatic positive effects, while perceived risk negatively correlates to adoption intention. Moreover, perceived integration and individualization have positive impacts on perceived ease of use, while network externality positively influences perceived usefulness. Originality/value Information service mashup is still a relatively new technology in DL. There were few theoretical and empirical studies that examine the user adoption behavior of the service. This study contributes to existing information service mashup application studies by modifying and extending TAM. The results would help the digital library gain a deeper understanding of the factors affecting DL user adoption of information service mashup.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-06-21T05:49:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2015-0082
       
  • Knowledge management for competitive advantage during economic crisis
    • Pages: 717 - 718
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, Page 717-718, August 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-02T08:02:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2015-0184
       
  • Online Searching: A Guide to Finding Quality Information Efficiently and
           Effectively
    • Pages: 718 - 719
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, Page 718-719, August 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-02T08:07:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2015-0233
       
  • Rethinking Library Technical Services: Redefining our Profession for the
           Future
    • Pages: 719 - 720
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 4, Page 719-720, August 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-08-02T08:07:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0047
       
 
 
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