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Journal Cover The Electronic Library
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     ISSN (Print) 0264-0473
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [308 journals]   [SJR: 0.874]   [H-I: 18]
  • Research Methods: Information, Systems and Contexts
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 925-926, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:48 GMT
  • Practical Digital Preservation: A How-to Guide for Organizations of Any
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 924-925, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:32 GMT
  • Rethinking the Conceptual Base for New Practical Applications in
           Information Value and Quality
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 926-927, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:32 GMT
  • Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 923-924, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:31 GMT
  • Project Think: Why Good Managers Make Poor Project Choices
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 929-930, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:31 GMT
  • Access and Identity Management for Libraries: Controlling Access to Online
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 930-931, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:24 GMT
  • New Directions in Information Organization
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, Page 928-929, October 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 12:09:23 GMT
  • Attitudes of law university library users towards the use of Web OPAC in
           Karnataka: A study
    • Authors: Devendra Naik et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose This paper provides an overview of two law university libraries in the Karnataka state of southern India and their web-based online public access catalogue (web OPAC). Results from a survey of library users’ attitudes towards the use of the web OPAC, methods adopted to learn how to use the web OPAC, guidance sought to use the web OPAC, and the extent of use of the web OPAC search facilities in select law school libraries in Karnataka are reported Design/methodology/approach In order to study the users’ attitudes towards the use of the web OPAC in law university libraries in Karnataka, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to 300 users, including LLB students, LLM students, research scholars, and teaching staff. The sample population was chosen using the convenience sample method, and the researcher received 256 completed and usable questionnaires. A five point Likert scale was used in the research questionnaire. Typical statistical tests such as mean and standard deviation (SD) were applied for the purpose of accuracy. Findings The results of the survey indicated that 92.1% of respondents were using the web OPAC. Most of the web OPAC users strongly agreed that they learned to use the web OPAC from a library orientation program. It was found that there are positive attitudes towards the web OPAC search facility. The survey also found that the web OPAC search page has not given satisfactory guidance to web OPAC users. Practical implications This research paper produces findings of relevance to any academic library to develop and implement a user-friendly web OPAC service. Originality/value There have been no previous published research studies of the web OPAC and users’ attitudes in the law university libraries in Karnataka state.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:05 GMT
  • Will open access journals substitute big-deal subscriptions in engineering
           college libraries in India'
    • Authors: Nagaraja Aragudige et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose In India, many engineering colleges do not subscribe to journals through business subscription models or consortia and invariably a majority of them depend on open access journals to fulfil their users’ needs. In this paper, the authors analyse the impact of OA journals in engineering and technology institutions, if libraries are not subscribed to the journals through the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) mandatory packages. Design/methodology/approach The paper identifies the impact factors of mandatory journals made in big-deal subscriptions with the impact factors of open access journals available to access in DOAJ pertaining to engineering and technology. Findings The study reveals that journals subscribed through big-deal subscriptions have better impact in the scholarly communications than the open access journals. Research limitations/implications The results of this study cannot be generalized to all disciplines. Impact factors of journals can also be calculated by use of SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) indicator, which uses the Scopus database. Publish or Perish can also be used to analyse Google Scholar rankings to identify the individual journal’s impact. Originality/value The result of the study is useful for selection of e-journals in big-deal subscriptions and it highlights the implications and impact of open access journals in engineering and technology.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:04 GMT
  • Web 2.0 tools: a survey of awareness and use by librarians in university
           libraries in Africa
    • Authors: Ebikabowei Emmanuel Baro et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose The study aimed at investigating the level of awareness and use of Web 2.0 tools by librarians in university libraries in Africa. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire was used to collect data from 140 librarians from 16 leading university libraries in Africa. Findings The study revealed that librarians in Africa are mostly familiar with Web 2.0 tools such as social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), blogs, instant messaging, and wikis. It was also found that the most frequently used Web 2.0 tools by the librarians in university libraries in Africa are Facebook, instant messaging, blogs, Twitter, and wikis. The study revealed that the librarians use the Web 2.0 tools for the purpose of announcing library news/events, online reference services, training resources, blogging, and image and video sharing with users. Finally, lack of skills, power failure, lack of facilities such as computers with Internet access, lack of time, lack of interest were mentioned by the librarians as some of the challenges to using Web 2.0 tools. Practical implications These research results can also be consulted by interested librarians when they plan to make Web 2.0 applications in their libraries. Originality/value This study draws an overall picture of the Web 2.0 applications in university libraries in Africa and attempt to provide these libraries with helpful information to better understand how their colleagues elsewhere are utilizing Web 2.0 technologies in rendering library services.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:04 GMT
  • A simple scheme for bibliography acquisition using DOI content negotiation
    • Authors: Kun Ma et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose As managed scientific research papers increase at a higher rate, an accurate and automated scheme for bibliography acquisition is desirable. This paper aims to study a bibliography acquisition approach to verify the bibliography by author name from the integrated system and the metadata from the
      DOI content negotiation proxy. Design/methodology/approach In this study, we develop a framework using
      DOI content negotiation proxy as context for the entering of the bibliography. The bibliography acquisition architecture is composed of three points of view in order to reduce the complexity: terminal UI, service deployed in the cloud, and
      DOI content negotiation proxy. In order to simplify the service interface and support many kinds of bibliographic formats, we present the independent BibModel and its template-based model transformation engine to support rich bibliographic records. Findings An important finding of this article is that we do some significant development work to combine the open CrossCite
      DOI content service and
      DOI resolvers of registry agencies. As more than 95% of
      DOI s are owned or managed by CrossRef, DataCite, ISTIC, and mEDTA
      DOI registry agencies, it is a common universal approach for the scientific research paper results with
      DOI s. Practical implications Through a simple method built quickly from freely available parts, it is partially successful, suggesting the scheme can be integrated with third-party systems, such as the management system of scientific research results and the electronic journal management system. The analysis of the application’s effect shows the ability to verify the authenticity of the paper by author name from the system and the metadata from our
      DOI content negotiation proxy. Originality/value We propose an original and simple framework to acquire the metadata of bibliographies automatically. No detailed evaluative study has been carried out supporting both
      DOI content negotiation and resolver. This work shows how to implement the acquisition approach and how to integrate this framework with the current system.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:03 GMT
  • Scientometric analysis of Iraqi-Kurdistan universities' scientific
    • Authors: Alireza Noruzi et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose This study examines research performance of Iraqi-Kurdistan universities, using the number of papers appearing in journals and proceedings, and the number of citations received by those papers as covered by Scopus, 1970-2012. This study also identifies subject coverage (domain/field) of publications and determines the preference of research communication channel within the research community.‬ Design/methodology/approach A total of 459 papers published by Iraqi-Kurdistan universities and indexed by Scopus during the given time period were considered. The source items (i.e., records of publications by the faculty members of the Iraqi-Kurdistan universities) were all the documents published in international journals and proceedings indexed by Scopus (an Elsevier bibliographic database) from the time period ranging from 1970 to 2012. All papers having an authorship or a co-authorship associated with the Iraqi-Kurdistan universities were included and the number of citations received by them was counted for the period. Findings The study found that major journals used by Iraqi-Kurdistan universities were Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, Journal of Chinese Clinical Medicine, Asian Journal of Chemistry, Hemoglobin, and Journal of Applied Sciences Research. Additionally, three older institutions (Salahaddin University-Hawler, University of Sulaimani, and University of Duhok) were the most productive universities. Moreover, the study revealed that 237 out of 459 (52%) of publications have international collaborations. It is further evident that among the 459 publications, 211 (40%) have been cited 1,020 times; while 248 (60%) of the papers have not been cited even once, so about 60% of the papers were invisible to world science during the study period. This study also noted that the 25 highly-cited papers were cited 484 times, representing 47% of all the citations (484 out of 1,020). This indicated a concentration effect, whereby a relatively small number of papers earn most of the citations and research impact generated by the faculty members of Iraqi-Kurdistan universities. Originality/value This is the first scientometric research to analyse Iraqi-Kurdistan universities’ scientific productivity.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:03 GMT
  • Exposing scholarly information as Linked Open Data: RDFizing DSpace
    • Authors: Nikolaos Konstantinou et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose This paper introduces a transformation engine which can be used in order to convert an existing institutional repository installation into a Linked Open Data repository. Design/methodology/approach We describe how the data that exists in a DSpace repository can be semantically annotated in order to serve as a Semantic Web (meta)data repository. Findings We present a non-intrusive, standards-compliant approach that can run alongside with current practices, while incorporating state-of-the art methodologies. Originality/value Also, we propose a set of mappings between domain vocabularies that can be (re)used towards this goal, thus offering an approach that covers both the technical and semantic aspects of the procedure.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:01 GMT
  • Multimedia networking issues for digital video libraries
    • Authors: Dimitris N. Kanellopoulos et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose The nature of video networking, coupled with various recent developments in standards, proposals and applications, poses great challenges to the research and industrial communities working in this area. This paper provides a tutorial and survey on recent advances in multimedia networking from an integrated perspective of both video networking and building digital video libraries. Design/methodology/approach We present an insightful analysis for recent and emerging multimedia applications in digital video libraries as well as on video coding standards and their applications in digital libraries. Emphasis is given on those standards and mechanisms that enable multimedia content adaptation fully interoperable according to the vision of Universal Multimedia Access vision. Findings The tutorial helps to elucidate the similarities and differences among the considered standards and networking applications. A number of research trends and challenges are identified, and selected promising solutions are discussed. This practice would needle further thoughts on the development of this area and open up more research and application opportunities. Research limitations/implications The paper does not provide methodical studies of networking application scenarios for all the discussed video coding standards and QoS management mechanisms. Practical implications The paper provides an overview of which technologies/mechanisms are being used broadly in networking scenarios of digital video libraries. The discussed networking scenarios bring together video coding standards and various emerging wireless networking paradigms towards innovative application scenarios. Originality/value QoS mechanisms and video coding standards that support multimedia applications for digital video libraries need to become well known by library managers and professional associations in the fields of libraries and archives. The comprehensive overview and critiques on existing standards and application approaches offer a valuable reference for researchers and system developers in related research and industrial communities.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:01 GMT
  • Because You’re You: factors influencing item selection in a digital
           sheet music collection
    • Authors: Midge Coates et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose The purpose of this study was to examine factors influencing user selection of individual works in a collection of digitized sheet music. Design/methodology/approach Google Analytics page view data were grouped by source (directing link) and correlated with five factors: (1) inclusion in a collaborative indexing project (Sheet Music Consortium); (2) browse list order; (3) cover appearance; (4) inclusion in mini-collections; and (5) presence of links to audio versions. Findings Four of the five factors examined showed some influence on user selection: (1) Works listed in the Sheet Music Consortium had more views/work than those not listed. (2) Works at the top of the Sheet Music Consortium browse list had more views by Consortium users than those lower down. (3) Works with cover graphics had more views/work than those with covers containing words alone. (4) Works included in mini-collections received more views/work from users with access to those mini-collections. (5) Works with links to audio versions did not have more views/work than works without links. Practical implications The most important finding of this study is that the best way to increase the use of individual collection items may be to participate in a large and well-known collaborative index such as the Sheet Music Consortium. Originality/value This is the first study using Google Analytics to examine factors influencing user selection of individual digital collection items.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:24:00 GMT
  • Application of Resource Dependency Theory and Transaction Cost Theory in
           analysing outsourcing information communication services decisions: a case
           of selected public university libraries in Kenya
    • Authors: Naomi Wangari Mwai et al
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 32, Issue 6, September 2014. Purpose The aim of this paper is to establish how Resource Dependency Theory (RDT) and Transaction Cost Theory (TCT) theories can inform decisions to outsource ICT services by Public University Libraries in Kenya. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted a multiple case study strategy in four selected public universities libraries in Kenya. Purposive sampling was used to identify respondents and data collection was done using a semi-structured interview schedule. Findings The study highlights how RDT and TCT theoretical perspectives illuminate some of the reasons, and problems associated with ICT outsourcing in Libraries. The paper concludes with recommendations and the way forward. Research limitations/implications The study was limited to the outsourcing of information technology services in four public university libraries in Kenya, namely Kenyatta University in Kahawa, Nairobi; Moi University in Eldoret; University of Nairobi in Nairobi; and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology in Juja, Thika. This being a qualitative study (and taking into consideration the subjective views where bias could occur), the researchers ensured that the research was reliable by recording and taking notes during the interviews and by using peer-debriefing and professionals in the field to ascertain their views. Practical implications The paper provides practical insights into outsourcing of IT services in Public University libraries and information centers in Kenya. This study is useful for university libraries, information professionals, information communication technology professionals and university management. Originality/value This research assesses IT outsourcing services in selected public academic libraries in Kenya.
      PubDate: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:23:59 GMT
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