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Journal Cover   The Electronic Library
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  • Resource-sharing through an inter-institutional repository: motivations
           and resistance of library and information science scholars
    • Authors: A Abrizah, Mohd Hilmi, Norliya Ahmad Kassim
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This paper is concerned with the motivations and resistance among an institutional repository (IR) stakeholder – the Library and Information Science (LIS) academicians – with respect to Green Road open access publishing in an inter-institutional repository. Design/methodology/approach The answers were identified from 47 LIS faculty from three library schools in Malaysia who reported awareness of what an IR is and having had experience in contributing resources to digital repositories. Data were collected using survey and interviews. Findings The results highlighted the LIS faculty on their motivation to share their intellectual profile, research and teaching resources in an inter-institutional repositories and why the reluctance in contributing. The study reveals that the major motivation to share resources for those practicing self archiving is related to performance expectancy, social influence, visible and authoritative advantage, career benefit and quality work. The major resistance to share scholarly research output through self archiving in institutional repositories for those practicing self archiving is concern on plagiarism, time and effort, technical infrastructure, lack of self-efficacy, and insularity. Practical implications Knowing what conditions predict motivation and resistance to contribute to IRs would allow IR administrators to ensure greater and more effective participation in resource-sharing among LIS academic community. If this resistance is addressed aptly, IRs can be of real benefit to their teaching, scholarship, collaborations, and publishing and to the community that they serve Originality/value The first study that has explored the ways LIS academics respond to a situation where knowledge-sharing in academe has now been made mandatory through an institutional repository and what makes them resist to do so.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:41:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2014-0040
       
  • Dialogic communication on universities in Ghana libraries' websites
    • Authors: Henry Boateng, Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang, Michael Dzigbordi Dzandu
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This study sought to ascertain the contents of Universities in Ghana Libraries’ Websites and finds the dialogic potential of the websites. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative content analysis technique was employed. The sample includes the libraries’ websites of Universities in Ghana that have received presidential Charter. A checklist was developed to assess the content of the websites. In assessing the dialogic potential of the websites, Kent and Taylors’ framework was used. Findings Findings from the study shows that Ghanaian universities libraries’ websites are providing only static information about libraries and their services. The libraries’ websites are deficient in providing vital information on newspapers, print journals, FAQ’s and date of post. Again, findings of the study from the study indicate that universities in Ghana libraries’ websites have poor dialogic features. Originality/value There is no study investigating the dialogic potential of universities in Ghana libraries’ websites.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:41:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2014-0041
       
  • The impact of Twitter on libraries: a critical review of the literature
    • Authors: Evgenia Vassilakaki, Emmanouel Garoufallou
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose Twitter, a microblogging service, is becoming more and more popular among libraries as a means of reaching users and as a marketing tool for their services. This paper aims to present a critical review on the adoption and use of Twitter in libraries. Design/methodology/approach The method of systematic review is employed in order to identify, collect and critically present all relevant literature. Papers’ aims were analyzed to identify the emergent themes and sub-themes in an effort to gain a better understanding of libraries’ use of Twitter. Findings A systematic and critical analysis of the literature revealed the specific reasons why a library should adopt Twitter; the specific examples and thoughts on how Twitter could be used to promote libraries’ interests; the different ways Twitter had affected diverse aspects and functionalities of libraries; and the attempts to provide guidelines for librarians. Research limitations/implications This literature review has implications for research in that libraries could explore the way public view their presence on social networking sites such as Twitter to better gain from it. In addition, it indicates what libraries should expect when they adopt Twitter. This study reviews only papers published between 2007and 2013 in the English language. Originality/value This paper contributes in identifying, collecting, analyzing and critically presenting published research referring to the adoption of Twitter in the field of Library Science. In addition, it identifies and discusses the main issues librarians and libraries need to consider when faced with the challenge of adopting Twitter.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:41:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0051
       
  • The effects of gender differences on the use of annotatable multimedia
           e-readers
    • Authors: Yi-Fan Liu, Wu-Yuin Hwang, Sherry Chen
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This study aims to examine how gender differences influence students’ reactions to the use of the AME. To reach this aim, we develop an Annotatable Multimedia E-reader (AME) where various annotation tools are provided to help students learn English in-class and after-class. Design/methodology/approach An empirical study was conducted with 63 fifth-grade students from an Elementary school. A pre-test and post-test were used to identify their prior knowledge and learning achievement, respectively. A questionnaire was applied to identify participants’ perceptions toward the AME. Findings The results show students’ post-test scores are significantly related to after-class behavior, instead of in-class behavior. Females prefer to use the text annotation and teachers’ voice but it is voice annotation that is beneficial to improve their learning achievement. Conversely, males prefer to use the Text-to-speech only but it is Text Annotation that is helpful to improve their learning achievement. Additionally, the ease of use affects males’ intention to use the AME to learn English after-class while it has no effects on females. Originality/value This study not only show the importance of gender differences but also demonstrates the essence of after-class learning behavior. More importantly, a framework is proposed to support designers to develop E-readers that can accommodate the preferences of females and males.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2013-0174
       
  • A bibliometric analysis of the >Journal of Membrane Science>
           (1976-2010)
    • Authors: Hui-Zhen Fu, Yuh-Shan Ho
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This study aims to examine publication characteristics and development of a science journal Journal of Membrane Science with 35-years history by bibliometric indicators. Design/methodology/approach A bibliometric approach was employed to identify its document types, impact factor, publication outputs, most cited articles, and large contributing countries/territories and institutions. The main indicators included impact factor, CPP (citations per publication), TC2010 (number of citations from one paper’s publication to the end of 2010), C2010 (number of citations in the year of 2010), number of total articles, “single country articles” and “single institution articles”, “internationally collaborative articles” and “inter-institutionally collaborative articles”, “first author articles”, and “corresponding author articles”. The annual citations of most cited articles were displayed in a table list. Findings The two-year citation window used by impact factor is not fair for a journal which had its peak annual citations in the third or more years. JMS would get a better citation performance if impact factor can be calculated for three or four years. Impact factor is affected by the size of its subject categories. JMS showed higher impact factor rankings in both chemical engineering and polymer science category in the early 21st century. Furthermore, the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK, and USA) contributed more than a half of the total, with higher CPP. National University of Singapore, University of Twente, and Chinese Academy of Sciences were the main contributing institutions. The citation life cycles revealed the impact history of most cited articles. Originality/value A bibliometric analysis has been carried out to analyze the characteristics of a journal with 35 years history. Some improved indicators including TC2010, C2010, TP, SP, CP, FP, and RP have been employed for the evaluation. This study provides an evidence from Journal of Membrane Science to discuss the feasibility and limitations of impact factor.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0221
       
  • Modelling influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries: a
           study of West Iran
    • Authors: Maryam Keshvari, Ehsan Geraei, Firoozeh Zare Farashbandi
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is presenting a model for influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries and it's evaluation in public libraries of western Iran. Design/methodology/approach This research is a correlation study and uses a questionnaire as the data gathering tool. The statistical population consists of all members of public libraries in western Iran. The final data analysis was carried out using 467 completed questionnaires and data were analyzed using SPSS19 and AMOS19 software. Findings The findings of this study showed that perceived value has the largest influence on customer loyalty with a factor of 0.451. The second most influential factor is customer satisfaction with a factor of 0.214. Three predictor variables are the effect of the services, controlling the provided information and library as a location that had the highest influence on perceived value of libraries' customers. The findings also showed that perceived value with meaningfulness level of p<0.001 and a value of 0.316 has the most influence on librarys' customer satisfaction. Originality/value Identification and improving the influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries can increase the customer return rate of these libraries. Public library managers of Iran, especially in western Iran, can use the findings of this study to improve the influential factors on customer loyalty in libraries under their care.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2013-0185
       
  • Evaluation of digital libraries of Iranian research institutions based on
           the DigiQUAL protocol
    • Authors: Mehdi Alipour-Hafezi, Hamid Amanollahi Nick
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The aim of this study is identifying the situation of evaluating Iranian digital libraries using DigiQUAL protocol. Design/methodology/approach Evaluative survey research method is used in this study to assess digital libraries. In this way digital libraries of Iranian research institutes constitute the study population. DigiQUAL protocol actually was used to evaluate eight Iranian digital libraries. Systematic observation and interview based on researcher-made checklist was used for data collection. In fact checklist constructed based on DigiQual protocol. Findings The results showed that Digital Library of Isfahan Science and Technology Town has best performance and Noor digital library has the lowest operation in studied digital libraries. The overall score of all studied digital libraries was under 60 (out of 100) which shows the average performance of the digital libraries. Originality/value This paper emphasies on evaluating active digital libraries in Iran by DigiQUAL protocol. Since digital libraries are new in Iran and their progress need to evaluate their activity, this research had done to demonstrate thir situation.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:37Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0131
       
  • Information needs of local domestic workers in the Arab Republic of Egypt
    • Authors: Essam A. H. Mansour
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The main purpose of this study is to provide first-hand information regarding domestic labor/lobers in Egypt. The researcher tries to investigate the information rights and needs of these vulnerable and marginalized groups in Egypt in terms of its thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, motivations, techniques, preferences, ways, tools and problems encountered towards using of and accessing information. The study, therefore, attempts to look at, as possible, the many different characteristics of local domestic workers in Egypt and affecting their use of and access to information. Design/methodology/approach Methodology used here was an adaptive form of snowball sampling of a heterogeneous demographic group of participants in the local domestic work in Egypt, used to select focus groups to explore a range of relevant issues. Findings Demographically, this study showed that local domestic labor in Egypt, to a great extent, is occupied and performed by women and children, and the average age of the total interviewed participants was around 31 years. Over half of participants were uneducated, followed by nearly a quarter of them were with no formal education and just a small number had some primary education. This study concluded that a large number of participants were described as illiterate and nonskilled laborers. Participants’ income proved that it was one of barriers to use of and access to information where a large number of participants were labelled as low-income workers. The information seeking behavior profile of participants indicated a preference for verbal over written, informal over formal and undocumented over documented information channels and sources in order to solve problems relating to everyday existence using some helping tools and devices especially cell phones. The most popular information sources mentioned and followed by participants were verbal information with friends, peers and colleagues in neighboring households either via telephones, especially cell phones, or face-to-face meeting. TV and Radio, newspapers and magazines were respectively the most famous formal sources participants use. Information related to work, family’ affairs, security and health issues was most commonly desired and wanted by participants. Participants mentioned that their priorities of accessing information were to help in work-related activities such as cooking cleaning and decorating, to know new kitchen recipes, to assist in the education of the employer’s children. Others added that they were also seeking for information for getting promoted and having some fun especially through audiovisual sources like TV and Radio. They were not commonly using libraries due to the fact that most of them were uneducated and the education of the some others was limited. However, this study showed that there was a little and accidental use for some libraries like public and children libraries and a small number of them was using the employer’s home library In terms of using technologies related to the use of information like the Internet, the study found such access was an issue as a very small number of participants was using it mainly for personal information. Regarding challenges, concerns and problems faced by local domestic workers in Egypt during using of and accessing information, the study found that the most important challenges participants faced in this study were the illiteracy and lack of awareness about the basic rights and perception of information rights and needs. Other challenges like the time, psychological burdens, the social image being domestic worker, lack of accessible information channels, lack of training and skills and also lack of money needed to access information were also an issue. Research limitations/implications This study comes to respond strongly to the great global concern on the neglected and marginalized sector of work/workers in Egypt. It provides information on invisible forms of domestic labor/laborers, and indicates how their rights, especially towards accessing information, are violated. Any findings of this study may generate interest and create awareness on the needs and conditions of domestic labor/laborers among marginalized labor advocates, policy makers and the civil society. Originality/value The literature on this topic is scare and, therefore, this paper gives important and significant insight into how to assist local domestic workers in Egypt with information needs.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0012
       
  • Evaluating Polish digital libraries from the perspective of non-academic
           users
    • Authors: Mirosław Górny, Jolanta Mazurek, John Catlow
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate the role played by digital libraries in Polish society, particularly in relation to users who are not in education or professionally engaged in academic work. Design/methodology/approach Results are presented from a survey of non-academic users, identified as one of the key groups of digital library users in an exploratory survey in 2008–2009. The targeted survey was carried out by sending e-mails to persons who had supplied their addresses in the first survey or had set up accounts with the Digital Library of Wielkopolska. Analysis was also made of e-mail correspondence between digital library users and librarians, and data from digital library server logs, during 2008–2013. Findings The research provided three interesting results. The first is that the creation of digital libraries in Poland has caused a significant number of people to pursue an interest in genealogical or local historical research. The second result is that the evaluations of digital libraries made by non-academics do not differ significantly from those made by students and academics. The third is the fact that at present approximately 50% of digital library users in the non-academic category are over 50 years of age. Originality/value This is the first comprehensive study on the use of digital libraries in Poland by non-academic users. It shows what role digital libraries play, and to what extent, in the stimulation of cultural activity in Polish socjety.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0011
       
  • Information literacy at work: a study on information management behaviour
           of Kuwaiti engineers
    • Authors: Abdus Sattar Chaudhry
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The study was carried out to investigate the information behavior of Kuwaiti engineers with a focus on information sources and finding information from these sources, management of information found, and re-finding of information from personal collections. Design/methodology/approach Survey method of research was used to conduct the study. Data were collected using online questionnaire and interviews with a selected number of participants. Findings Results indicated that engineers collected and received information from a variety of sources. They saved selected information for future use in folders and structured them by using work related categories. Use of information management tools was not common. A majority of participants expressed the need for training courses in information literacy. They felt that lack of institutional support to facilitate access to information was considered a major difficulty in information seeking. Originality/value No similar study could be found in the literature as earlier studies either investigated personal information management practices or information seeking behavior. This study looked at information literacy in a wider context.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2014-0063
       
  • Authorship pattern and collaborative research in the field of spacecraft
           technology
    • Authors: Iqbalahmad U Rajgoli, Ashalatha Laxminarsaiah
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose To study and analyse the authorship pattern, degree of collaboration, prepare list of prolific authors and test Lotka’s law of scientific productivity in spacecraft technology research. Design/methodology/approach Data is collected from the print versions of three journals in the field of spacecraft technology for the period 2001-2011. In all 154 volumes containing 1,907 papers have been analysed and data is presented in different table headings. Findings Study reveals that 4,355 authors have contributed 1,907 papers. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets has published maximum (1,487) number of papers during the study period. Multi-authored papers with 87.15% of contributions have dominated this field of research. Journal of Spacecraft Technology has recorded highest degree of collaboration of 0.90. James M Longuski has published 20 papers in Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets during the period 2001-2011. Lotka’s law of scientific productivity is tested and conforms only partially. Research limitations/implications Study is restricted only for the period 2001-2011 and the data is collected from the print versions of three journals in the field of spacecraft technology research. Originality/value As far as space science and technology is concerned there are not many bibliometric studies reported in the published literature. The present study will add value to the bibliometrics literature and provide publishing trends in spacecraft technology research.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0210
       
  • Towards an understanding of job satisfaction as it correlates with
           organizational change among personnel in computer-based special libraries
           in southwest Nigeria
    • Authors: Ifeanyi Adigwe
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This study is an attempt to understand job satisfaction as correlate with organizational change among personnel in computerized based special libraries in southwest, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The study used a survey approach in collecting data. The population of the study were all intermediate and senior personnel of the special libraries in southwest, Nigeria involved in the study on grade levels 06 to 17. Based on the 180 response sample drawn, 148 responses were received from the survey. Findings The degree and level of satisfaction derived from one’s job is sine qua non to the level of productivity obtained in due cause. Job satisfaction varies from individual to individual and from place to place. Although, organizational change is the basis for spontaneous increase of job dissatisfaction. Findings of the study revealed that Organizational change is seen as a precursor to influencing job satisfaction of employees but the level of job satisfaction of employees depend on the impact of organizational change. Research limitations/implications We should note that a number of limitations exist relative to this research, the review of which should both place the research findings discussed, in an appropriate context and thereby suggest direction for future research. This study focused on employees attitudes in special libraries in six states of the federation at one time. Considering the fact that a very wide and varying cultural environmental differences which without doubt affected personnel dispositions in many different ways. Originality/value This paper differs from the previous literature in presenting statistical evidence to confirm the relationships between job satisfaction and organizational change and a range of potential outcomes.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0018
       
  • Wikipedia at university: what faculty think and do about it
    • Authors: Eduard Aibar, Josep Lladós-Masllorens, Antoni Meseguer-Artola, Julià Minguillón, Maura Lerga
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate university faculty perceptions and practices of using Wikipedia as a teaching resource. Design/methodology/approach This study is based on a large survey to all faculty members in two large public universities. A total of 913 valid responses were collected through an online questionnaire with 9 control variables and 41 Likert-scaled questions. Findings Our results do not support an overwhelming sceptical attitude among faculty towards Wikipedia. The overall quality of Wikipedia articles is highly valued and most faculty are regular users, just as students are. Though most faculty show a positive view on the teaching usefulness of Wikipedia, few of them actually use it for teaching purposes. We have detected a certain conflict between standard academic procedures of knowledge building and the open collaborative model on which Wikipedia rests. In the end, two important factors play a role in shaping faculty views: (a) their colleagues’ perceived opinions and practices and (b) academic disciplines. Research limitations/implications The survey has only been conducted in two universities. More institutions are needed in order to broaden the scope. Originality/value We have gathered a greater number of answers than those collected in previous studies. The questionnaire is also very extensive. The survey has been addressed to all faculty members at one online university and at one standard brick-and-mortar university.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0217
       
  • Mobile devices for academic practices by students of college of sciences
           in selected Nigerian private universities
    • Authors: Joseph Kehinde Fasae, Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This study aims to look at the use of mobile devices by science students with emphasis only on privately owned universities in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The descriptive research design was used the study been a survey research. Eighty (80) copies of structured questionnaire were distributed to collect data from science students in advanced levels of their undergraduate programmes in Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) and Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) Ikeji-Arakeji, in their lecture halls and laboratories with the permission and assistance of their lecturers. The data was collected within a period of five weeks. All the administered questionnaire were correctly filled and returned yielding 100% return rate. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics which includes frequency and percentage presented in tables and charts. Findings The study found that science students in the selected private universities mostly (83.7%) use smartphones than other mobile devices. Also, the students own mobile devices for the purpose of using educational applications (77.50%) and to chat with people (72.50%). The students use the internet on their devices very often. The internet facilities mostly used by the students are E-mails (71.25%), social media (68.75%) and search engines (60.50%. The challenges mostly faced by the students using mobile devices for academic practices are poor internet connectivity (81.25%) and high cost of data subscription (53.75%). Practical implications Given the knowledge gained from this study, it is desired that universities across Nigeria would encourage the integration of the use of mobile devices into core educational programmes. Also, mobile data service providers need to reduce the cost of data subscription especially on campuses for students. Moreover, owners of private universities should ensure the provision of good Internet connectivity for mobile devices campus-wide. Free and accessible Wi-Fi hot spots should be created for students. Originality/value Research on the use of mobile devices for academic practices by students is somewhat new in Nigeria more so that privately owned universities are in focus. The study has therefore opened the floor for more in-depth studies on the subject now that mobile devices should be seen as tools rather than fanciful gadgets.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:40:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0045
       
  • Young children's storybook searching with a visualized search interface
    • Authors: Po-Yao Chao, Chia-Ching Lin
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, August 2015.
      Purpose This paper explores how young children interact with a visualized search interface to search for storybooks by assembling the provided visual searching items and to explore the difference in visual search behaviors and strategies exhibited by preschoolers and second-graders. Design/methodology/approach The visualized search interface was employed to help young children search for storybooks by dragging-and-dropping story characters, scene objects, and color icons to perform search queries. Twenty preschoolers and 20 second-graders were asked to finish a search task through the visualized search interface. Their activities and successes in performing visual searches were logged for later analysis. Furthermore, in-depth interviews were also conducted to research their cognitive strategies exhibited while formulating visual search queries. Findings Young children with different grades adopted different cognitive strategies to perform visual searching. In contrast to the preschoolers who performed visual searching by personal preference, the second-graders could exercise visual searching accompanied with relatively high-order thinking. Young children may also place different foci on the storybook structure to deal with conditional storybook queries. The preschoolers tended to address the characters in the story, whereas the second-graders paid much attention to the aspects of scene and color. Originality/value This paper describes a new visual search approach allowing young children to search for storybooks by describing an intended storybook in terms of its characters, scenes, or the background colors, which provides valuable indicators to inform researchers of how preschoolers and second-graders formulate concepts to search for storybooks.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T12:39:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0219
       
  • The prevalence of web browser extensions use in library services: an
           exploratory study
    • Authors: Tanmay De Sarkar
      First page: 334
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The paper presents an outline how libraries are harnessing browser extensions to provide an easy and convenient access to library resources and services. Investigating the features, purposes of use and types of browser extensions prevalent among libraries in different regions, the paper seeks to measure the degree of implementation of browser extensions. Design/methodology/approach Stratified sampling method was followed to select academic libraries and convenient sampling method was applied to select public libraries from four continents – Asia, Oceania, Europe and North America. Two-step web content analysis was applied to gather data along the select dimensions. Findings The study contributes to the recent advances in application of browser extension with numerous examples focusing on the relevance of different approaches adopted by the libraries. Providing a framework of proportionate implementation along checkpoints, the study also highlights degree of acceptance of browser extension among libraries in different regions. Research limitations/implications The investigation was restricted to libraries having English websites and confined to four continents only. This study aims at improving understanding among the librarians about the intended use and application of browser extension and helping them benchmark their effort in support of education, research and training. The current investigation expands the scope of future research on remaining regions and website whose contents are in non-English language to attain a broader perspective of its implementation. Originality/value The article may guide library professionals to use, develop and promote the implementation of browser extension in libraries. The checkpoints used here may serve as bedrock for framing questionnaire and interview schedule for conducting future research examining users’ perception of browser extension in the context of library resources and usage pattern, to fully comprehend its practicability and usefulness.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:33 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2013-0063
       
  • Mining library and university data to understand library use patterns
    • Authors: John Renaud, Scott Britton, Dingding Wang, Mitsunori Ogihara
      First page: 355
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose Library data is often hard to analyze because it comes from unconnected, and the data sets can be very large. Furthermore, the desire to protect user privacy has prevented the retention of data that could be used to correlate library data to non-library. The research team used data mining to determine library use patterns and whether library use correlated to student grade point average. Design/methodology/approach A research team collected and analyzed data from the Libraries, Registrar, and Human Resources. All data sets were uploaded into a single, secure data warehouse allowing them to be analyzed and correlated. Findings The analysis revealed patterns of library use by academic department, patterns of book use over 20 years, and correlations between library use and grade point average. Research limitations/implications Analysis of more narrowly defined user populations and collections will help develop targeted outreach efforts and manage the print collections. The data used is from one University, therefore similar research is needed at other institutions to determine whether these findings are generalizable. Practical implications The unexpected use of the central library by those affiliated with Law resulted in cross-education of Law and Central Library staff. Management of the print collections and user outreach efforts will reflect more nuanced selection of subject areas and departments. Originality/value A model is suggested for campus partnerships that enables data mining of sensitive library and campus information.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:13 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0136
       
  • LocalContent: a personal scientific document retrieval system
    • Authors: Shih-Wen Ke, Chih-Fong Tsai, Ming-Yi Lin, Kenneth McGarry McGarry
      First page: 373
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The most common approach taken for the storage of personal documents is to construct a hierarchical folder structure. Most users prefer searching for documents by manually traversing their organizational hierarchy until reaching the location where the target item is stored, then locating the specific documents within its directory or folder. However, this is very time-consuming, especially when the number of personal scientific documents is very large. Unfortunately, related personal information management (PIM) systems, which provide solutions for managing various types of personal information, have thus far made little progress at managing personal scientific documents. Design/methodology/approach In this paper, we introduce the design of a personal scientific document retrieval system, namely LocalContent. It is composed of database indexing and retrieval stages. During indexing, term feature extraction from scientific documents is performed by the natural language processing technique. The extracted terms are stored in the inverted index for later retrieval. For retrieval, a graphical user interface is provided by LocalContent, which allows users to search their personal scientific documents. Findings The evaluation results based on 20 different personal archives taken from 20 graduate students show that LocalContent is simple to use and can facilitate the search for relevant scientific documents. Moreover, these users were willing to have a system which provides specialized search functions like LocalContent to explore their personal scientific documents in the future. Originality/value LocalContent is a novel scientific document retrieval system and provides several particular functions of LocalContent including displaying the content summary of the query term frequency in each specific section of the retrieved documents, querying by local section specification, and providing a number of recommended keywords related to the query terms.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:23 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2013-0148
       
  • User perceptions of social questions and answer websites for library
           reference services: a content analysis
    • Authors: Shengli Deng, Yin Zhang
      First page: 386
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose Purpose – This paper aims to understand Social Questions & Answers (SQA) users’ perceptions of library reference services. Design/methodology/approach The authors examined the postings on the largest SQA site, Yahoo! Answers, regarding library reference services and identified the major themes. Findings Three themes emerged in library reference-related discussions: reference librarians and their services are well and positively recognized, reference services are less recognized and understood, and Yahoo! Answers is recognized as a helpful service. Those who have used both library reference services and Yahoo! Answers are fully aware of the differences between the two services. Originality/value This study provides new insights on how library reference services are perceived by SQA users. The results are helpful for libraries to position reference services to better serve users in today’s information environment.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:08 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0213
       
  • Trust evaluation for inter-organization knowledge sharing via the
           e-learning community
    • Authors: Bing Wu, chenyan zhang
      First page: 400
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to design a trust-based knowledge sharing framework based on the characteristics of the E-Learning community. Design/methodology/approach The interaction network is constructed to illustrate the relationships between knowledge sharing agents and objects. Then, a trust evaluation method for knowledge sharing is proposed based on identified agent types and object types. Three sub-methods are included in the model to provide the trust level references between agents. Findings This study develops strategies based on proposed diagnosis framework to improve the willingness of knowledge sharing in the E-Learning community. Finally we apply the proposed diagnosis framework to a case study in China to propose strategies for the development of inter-organization knowledge sharing via E-Learning community. Originality/value Previous research on E-Learning community strategies has generally suggested broad guidelines without diagnosing the current trust status. The purpose of this study is to design a trust-based knowledge sharing framework based on the characteristics of the E-Learning community.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:10 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2013-0140
       
  • Investigation and analysis of research data services in university
           libraries
    • Authors: Li Si, wenming xing, Xiaozhe Zhuang, Xiaoqin Hua, Limei Zhou
      First page: 417
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose Recent years have seen an increasing number of university libraries extended their traditional roles and provided research data services. This paper aims to find the current situation of research data services by academic libraries and summarize some strategies for university libraries to reference. Design/methodology/approach This paper selected 87 libraries of the top 100 universities listed in the World’s Best Universities released by the US News in October 2012 as samples, and conducted a website investigation to check if there were any research data services provided. In addition, it made an interview with the Wuhan University Library’s Research Data Service Workgroup to understand the procedure, difficulties and experiences of their research data service. Based on the survey and interview, it analysed the current status and difficulties of research data services in university libraries and proposed some strategies for others to reference. Findings Of the 87 university libraries investigated, 50 libraries have offered research data services. Most of the services can be divided into 6 aspects: research data introduction, data management guideline, data curation and storage service, data management training, data management reference, and resource recommendation. Among these services, research data introduction is the most frequently provided (47.13%), and followed by data curation and storage services (43.68%), data management guideline (42.53%), data management reference (41.38%), resource recommendation (41.38%), and data management training (24.14%). The difficulties met by research data service of Chinese academic libraries are also concluded. Originality/value Through website investigation and an interview with the Wuhan University Library’s Research Data Service, this paper presented an overall picture of research data services in university libraries and identified the difficulties and experiences of research data services of Wuhan University Library. Based on some successful examples, it put forward some strategies for university libraries to reference. This study is very useful for academic libraries to promote their research data services.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:30 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0130
       
  • TMTpedia: a case of extended Wikipedia for the military-based application
           in Taiwan
    • Authors: Liang-Chu Chen, Ting-Jung Yu, Chi-Li Chang
      First page: 450
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose This study intends to collect the terminologies from the Ministry of National Defense military dictionary and to design a military-based wiki system, TMTpedia, to serve as a collaborative and sharing platform for military personnel Design/methodology/approach The development of the system is based on a prototype design and case illustration. The framework of the Taiwan Military Terminology Wikipedia System (TMTpedia) consists of three major subsystems, namely, Military Terminology Dictionary Processing (MTDP), Military Article Contents Extension (MACE), and Military Article & Resource Recommendation (MARR). This paper applies the engines of MediaWiki to design the proposed TMTpedia and embedded different functions into a variety of system modules are developed by using such tools as C#, Java, and SQL Server. Findings In our demonstration, we focus on the topics of "Communications, Electronics and Information Operations" that are illustrative of cases that reveal the results of the TMTpedia system. Originality/value The main contributions of this study are (1) to transform military terminologies from a traditional dictionary into Wiki-based platform that can provide a reference framework for knowledge collaboration; (2) to extend the content on the TMTpedia system from an external knowledge encyclopedia to an extensible mechanism that can renew military concepts for the accuracy of knowledge sharing and transformation; and (3) to implement a recommendation model into the TMTpedia system that dynamically provides relevant military information from external resources in order to enhance the effectiveness of knowledge acquisition
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:54 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2013-0151
       
  • The effects of online service quality of e-commerce websites on user
           satisfaction
    • Authors: Gajendra Sharma, Wang Lijuan
      First page: 468
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate service quality of e-commerce websites in online platform and their contribution on e-business promotion. Design/methodology/approach The online survey was performed on a survey portal provided by Nepal Telecom in Nepal. Findings The findings of this study suggest that information quality and online service quality were the key determinants for user satisfaction and sustainability of e-commerce technology. Research limitations/implications Research opportunities of web services and e-commerce area are fruitful and important for both academics and practitioners. Practical implications The findings on online service quality of e-commerce technology will be useful for current management practice such as making business policies and strategies and sharing information to managers and organization leaders. This study can be used for e-commerce website operators wishing to enhance the competitiveness of their websites in the highly competitive online market. Originality/value E-commerce is considered an excellent alternative for individual and companies to reach new customers. Service quality delivery through internet is an essential strategy to success, more important than price and web presence. The e-commerce website has been identified having the significant impact on business activities in solving the geographical problem. A number of performance problems have been observed for e-commerce websites, and much work has gone into characterizing the performance of web-servers and Internet applications.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:24:56 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2013-0193
       
  • Information literacy of students as a correlate of their use of electronic
           resources in university libraries in Nigeria
    • Authors: Ngozi Blessing Ukachi
      First page: 486
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose To determine the relationship existing between undergraduate students’ information literacy skills and their use of electronic resources located in University libraries in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The descriptive design was adopted for the research questions, while the correlational design was adopted for the hypothesis. The purposive sampling technique was also adopted in selecting 12 University libraries which the preliminary study had revealed that they have Internet access and also subscribe to electronic resources in the South-West geopolitical zone in Nigeria. Questionnaire and oral interview were used for data collection. The population size consists of all the 36,116 library-registered undergraduate students in the 12 Universities, while the sample size is 1806 (5% of the population) and the 12 Librarians heading the ERs Sections of the libraries. Findings The findings revealed that electronic resources are not adequately utilized, undergraduate students do not possess adequate information literacy skills necessary for optimal utilization of the libraries’ electronic resources, and strong positive correlation between level of undergraduate students’ information literacy skill and their use of electronic resources provided in the library. Practical implications This paper provides practical insights into the impact of possessing inadequate information literacy skills on the use of electronic resources. Originality/value This paper is the first to relate undergraduate students’ information literacy skills and their use of libraries’ ERs in South- Western zone of Nigeria
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:39 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0085
       
  • ICT skills acquisition and competencies of librarians: implications for
           digital and electronic environment in Nigerian universities libraries
    • Authors: Ojedokun A Ayoku, Victoria Nwamaka Okafor
      First page: 502
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose Purpose :Nigerian universities as knowledge creators and their libraries as gatekeepers of knowledge are rapidly witnessing the introduction of various information technologies (IT). One of the challenges facing IT/digital library projects in Nigeria has been the readiness of the university libraries in terms of knowledge and skills to implement the digital and electronic library services. In this study, an audit of IT skills set of librarians in some Nigerian University Libraries was carried out with the aim of examining their relevance and adequacy to the digital environment Design/methodology/approach Methodology: The study used the survey approach. The sampling technique for the selection of the universities was stratified and for the librarians (respondents), census. The sampling frame was the approved list of universities released by the National Universities Commission (NUC) as of the time of this study. The data was analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Findings Findings: The findings of the study revealed that many of the respondents do have knowledge and skills of email use and word processing tasks but lack knowledge of search engines and directories other than Google and Yahoo respectively. Many of them do not know how to evaluate and catalogue e-resources; have no knowledge of subject gateways, specialised databases and some open access library databases; have no knowledge of database management, are not skilled in web design and are equally not familiar with web design applications. Originality/value Originality?Value The study recommends management support for information technology skills training and/or continuous professional development (CPD) to improve the librarians. Librarians are also challenged encourged to explore the range of training resources available over the Internet for self development.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:45 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2013-0155
       
  • The use of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) by the faculty members of the
           School of Library & Information Science, PAAET, Kuwait
    • Authors: Dr. Essam A. H. Mansour
      First page: 524
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to describe the usage of Social Networking Sites (SNSs) by the faculty members of the Library and Information Science (SLIS), at the College of Basic Education, the Public Authority for Applied Education and Training (PAAET), Kuwait. Design/methodology/approach A survey conducted to collect data from 33 Faculty members of whom only 21 members were using SNSs representing 63.6% of the total sample and 12 members were not using SNSs representing 36.4% of the total sample. This study revealed that SNSs are used moderately by the faculty members. Findings This study showed that faculty members who were using SNSs tend to be males, aged between forty-one and fifty years, Ph. D holders, ranked as assistant professors, full-time members, specialized in information technologies with a relatively new experience of teaching ranged from one to five years, and most of the faculty members who were not using SNSs tended to be also males, aged between forty-one and sixty years, Ph. D holders, ranked as lecturers, full-time members specialized in organization of information with a teaching experience ranged from sixteen to twenty years. More than half of the faculty members were using SNSs for three years to less than six years, and a large number of them were using SNSs several times a week and were accessing these sites more from their school office, home and school laboratory. There are no any statistical significant differences between the demographic data of participants (gender, age and education level) and either their use or non-use of SNSs. There are no significant differences between the academic rank, teaching status and teaching experience of faculty and their use of SNSs. However, there is a significant relation between the faculty’s area of teaching and their use of SNSs. Faculty members were interested in the use of SNSs. YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Blogs respectively were used mostly by faculty members, but Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were the most famous social networking sites they have profiles on. Faculty members have adopted SNSs mainly for the purpose of making communication with others, finding and sharing information with peers and students as well. Tasks on SNSs made by faculty members were mostly to make communication, send/receive messages and find general and specific information. Faculty members’ profiles on SNSs were mostly on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Blogs, Wikis and Podcasting respectively. Faculty members confirmed that the use of YouTube, Facebook, Blogs, Twitter, Wikiks and Podcasting respectively was at least effective and the use of YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and Wikis respectively was at least fairly useful. However, the use of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Wikis, Blogs and Podcasting respectively was at least fairly easy to them. Faculty members are in general agreement about the effectiveness of SNSs especially for disseminating and sharing information, communication and informal collaboration. The study showed also that there is no gender-related difference among the faculty in terms of their usage of SNSs. The study revealed also that the time was the most important barriers both SNSs users and non-users faced at PAAET’s SLIS. Other barriers like trust about SNSs, training and skills were significant to SNSs users in this study, and barriers like interests in SNSs, awareness of them and trust about them were respectively the most important barriers to SNSs non-users. The study recommended that a further research is needed to examine more additional aspects of using SNSs among faculty members that may affect their use like the technical, legal, ethical, and intellectual aspects. More information is needed to investigate why some faculty members do not use SNSs especially for educational purposes. A qualitative study of the perception and opinions of faculty members would provide much important data about that. A further research is also needed to specify the relation between the use of these sites and each area of study separately. Due to the lack of awareness and knowledge about the use of SNSs, shortage of language skills and training, this study recommended that SNSs non-users should be provided with necessary assistance to foster their skills towards such usage. A future study is needed to compare experiences of faculty members and students regarding the use of SNSs in educational practices and may look at how communicational uses of these sites have influenced educational uses. Research limitations/implications This study involved a single and certain academic institution, namely PAAET. Therefore, findings, conclusions, and recommendations may not be applicable and reasonable to be generalized on all Kuwaiti academic institutions. Originality/value This study is the first one of its kind conducted about the usage of SNSs by faculty members at a library school of one of the two public academic institutions in the state of Kuwait to examine and investigate more specific information about SNSs and related innovative topics.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:48 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-06-2013-0110
       
  • Multiple h-index: a new scientometric indicator
    • Authors: Mousa Yaminfirooz, Hemmat Gholinia
      First page: 547
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose This study aimed to evaluate some of these indexes by using virtual data and propose a new index, named multiple h index, for removing the limits of these variants. Design/methodology/approach Citation report for 40 researchers in Babol, Iran was extracted from Web of Science (WoS) and entered in a checklist together with their scientific lifetimes and published ages of their papers. Some statistical analyses, especially exploratory factor analysis and structural correlations were done in SPSS 19. Findings Exploratory factor analysis revealed 3 factors with eigenvalues greater than 1 and explained variance over 96% in the studied indexes including multiple h index. Factors 1, 2 and 3 explained 44.38%, 28.19%, and 23.48% of variance in correlation coefficient matrix. M index (with coefficient of 90%) in factor 1, a index (with coefficient of 91%) in factor 2, and h and h2 indexes (with coefficients of 93%) in factor 3 had the highest factor loadings. Correlation coefficients and related comparative diagrams showed that multiple h index is more accurate than the other 9 variants in differentiating the scientific impact of researchers with the same h index. Originality/value As the studied variants could not satisfied all limits of h index, scientific society needs an index which accurately evaluates individual researchers' scientific output. As multiple h index has some advantages over the other studied variants, it can be an appropriate alternative for them.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:16 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0137
       
  • Website usability: the case of Kuwaiti middle school students
    • Authors: Taghreed Mohammad Alqudsi, Reem Murdhi Alkhaledi
      First page: 557
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose To add to the knowledge about how to design websites that are stress-free, easy to navigate, and relevant to children’s learning needs. Design/methodology/approach An observational study that reports the results of website usability among sixth grade students in a private foreign school in Kuwait. The observation pertained to search performance, usability, and navigation to find the needed information using the WebPath Express database. Findings Most of the children navigated and searched the system without much prompting; they found the search box easily, as it was positioned at the top-center of the page, and without keywords. Of the eight students, none used the narrow down search option; they commonly performed searches using phrases, and consistency and simplicity aided the search process. Some gender differences were found. The boys got side-tracked easily and took a longer time to find the information they sought than the girls. User behavior, generally, was influenced by the interface design Research limitations/implications Research about usability with different grade levels, with different languages, and between genders needs to be conducted to provide more definitive conclusions. sample size in observations can bring to light details that large samples can not. The goal in observation is not statistical significance but small things that observations can bring to light. Practical implications Practical implications Web designers need to take into consideration the research results in the areas of user interaction with computers and software. In designing educational tools for the young, several elements that research in general including this one emphasize have to do with; location of search boxes, navigation interface, and design elements, all can aid the learning process while providing a rewarding and fruitful educational experience. Originality/value Our findings shed light on implications for cooperation between librarians and teachers and on design elements for sites tailored to school children.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:03 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0216
       
  • An investigation into the use of LibGuides for electronic resources
           troubleshooting in academic libraries
    • Authors: Rachel Ann Erb
      First page: 573
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose LibGuides have become quite popular in academic libraries as a tool for subject and college liaison librarians to deliver library-mediated content to colleges and individual classes. Another promising area for their use is to provide electronic resource troubleshooting support to students and faculty as well as to other library staff. This content analysis seeks to ascertain how many electronic resource troubleshooting LibGuides are in use and what level of support they tend to provide. Design/methodology/approach A sample of electronic resource troubleshooting LibGuides was obtained through a Google advanced search augmented by additional searches in the limited LibGuides Community search utility. These LibGuides were selected according to a standard definition of troubleshooting and the analyzed for content on 36 support variable. Findings A relatively small number of LibGuides were located and a thorough treatment of electronic resource access issues was present in only a limited number of the LibGuides found. Research limitations/implications While some LibGuides may have gone undiscovered owing to an incomplete search strategy for discovery, subsequent efforts to find overlooked pages were mostly fruitless. The relatively small number of electronic resource troubleshooting LibGuides discovered coupled with their simplicity may indicate that the use LibGuides platform in this capacity has not gained traction. Originality/value While there have been many case studies discussing the use of LibGuides as a subject and course guide platform, relatively few have explored the use of LibGuides outside of their traditional subject-focused implementation and none have looked at LibGuides as a potential platform to aid in electronic resource access troubleshooting.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:58 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2013-0021
       
  • An assessment of the usability of the University of the West Indies (Mona,
           Jamaica) Main Library’s website
    • Authors: Adrian St. Patrick Duncan, Fay Durrant
      First page: 590
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.
      Purpose The goal of this study is to provide an assessment of the usability of the University of the West Indies, Mona Main Library’s website by Master of Arts students of the Department of Library and Information Studies for the identification of major strengths and weaknesses of the site and to incorporate the results and participant feedback into a redesign that reflects users’ intuitions rather than those of the site developers and library staff. Design/methodology/approach One method was used to collect data; Observation. Its instruments included a list of activities executed by students followed by a checklist, which reflected day to day usage of the Main Library’s website by Master of Arts students in the Department of Library and Information Studies (D.L.I.S.). In addition, both usability heuristics and ISO guidelines were used to assess effectiveness, learnability, usefulness, functionality, navigability and user satisfaction. Respondent strategies used a sample size of 5 participants in the focus group sessions. Experimental strategies combined observation of 5 individual participants who performed the usability tests. Findings The findings identified challenges in the site’s navigation, user satisfaction and learnability. Research limitations/implications There can be further assessment as this study didnot speak specifically to students with disabilities or took into consideration the views of the librarians. Additionally, more ethnographic approaches are required to elicit distinctive Caribbean user behaviors. Practical implications The study concludes that usability training should be incorporated into the culture of the library organization as well as more usability testing needs to be done on a more regular basis and on a more student interactive basis. Originality/value The paper presents issues of usability and the impact of technology on information access, memorability, learnability and functionality of an academic library’s website.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:20 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2013-0207
       
  • Career Q & A: A librarian’s real-life, practical guide to
           managing a successful career
    • Authors: Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam
      First page: 600
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0191
       
  • Donald T Hawkins, (ed.). Personal Archiving. Preserving our digital
           heritage (Information Today Inc., Medford, N.J., 2013). Index, XX + 299
           pp.
    • Authors: Isabel Schellnack-Kelly
      First page: 601
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:51 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0166
       
  • Exploring digital libraries
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      First page: 602
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:36 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2014-0199
       
  • Google search secrets / Crista Burns and Michael P. Sauers. –
           Chicago : Neal-Schuman, 2014. 9781555709235
    • Authors: Raewyn Adams
      First page: 603
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:26 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2014-0223
       
  • Linked data for libraries, Archives and Museums: how to clean, link and
           publish your metadata
    • Authors: Madely Du Preez
      First page: 604
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:26:01 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0175
       
  • Next digital scholar
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      First page: 605
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 3, June 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Wed, 22 Apr 2015 00:25:42 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2014-0206
       
 
 
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