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Journal Cover The Electronic Library
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  • Knowledge and use of Web 2.0 by librarians in university libraries of East
           Azerbaijan, Iran
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose The present study investigates levels of awareness and use of Web 2.0 tools by librarians in the university libraries of East – Azerbaijan (EA) in Iran and to determine how librarians use these tools in everyday life. Design/methodology/approach A web-based questionnaire was used to collect data from 38 librarians in the university libraries of EA. Findings The research findings indicates that the librarians were more familiar with Web 2.0 tools such as wikis, and blogs. While librarians widely use blogs and wikis, tools such as social bookmarking, social networks, RSS feeds, instant messaging and Digital maps were less frequently used. Results obtained from present study indicated that librarians use Web 2.0 tools mostly to communicate with friends and family, to keep up to date, to collaborate with colleagues, for curiosity and fun. Also, Librarians believe that web 2.0 tools can be used mostly for sharing information about library resources. Internet filtering, lack of access to high speed internet and lack of training were the major obstacles on the way of Web 2.0 adoption by librarians. Originality/value It is a useful source for implementing web 2.0-based technology in libraries. Also, this study will help managers to understand the librarians’ needs about Web 2.0 in order to improve their library services.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0192
       
  • Evaluating Iranian state university web sites using WebQEM
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose As the resultof the so-called information explosion, it is very important for researchers, faculty members and students to access scientific and research information, which highlights the importance of designing university websites. The goal of this study was to evaluate Iranian state university websites using webQEM. Design/methodology/approach The research method was a combination of descriptive and Delphy survey. The research population included 100 Iranian state university websites. Data collection was done using the check lists prepared by webQEM. Descriptive statistics (frequency, mean, and standard deviation) and analysis statistics (Spearman rank-difference correlation coefficient) were used for data analysis. Findings The results indicated that Iranian state university websites met the four main criteria considered in webQEM; reliability(mean = 0.67), efficiency(mean of 0.66) and functionality (mean = 0.62) were in “Good” condition and usability was in “Middle” condition (mean = 0.59). Also, the findings showed that 60 percent of the websites were in a good condition and 37 percent were in a middle condition. In conclusion, Iranian state university websites were found to be in “ Good” condition. (mean = 0.63). Also, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad was ranked in the first place (score = 0.822). The hypothesis that there was a very weak correlation between Iranian state university ranking and Iranian state university websites ranking was confirmed (with the correlation of 0.22 ). Practical implications The paper includes implications for the development of user interface of academic websites. This paper fill a part of the gap in terms of an urgent need for research on how university websites can be standardized. . If university websites have significant and necessary standard factors (i.e.ISO 9126-1), Students may success in academic information retrieval. Using the results of this research can help university website designers to fix weaknesses for active participation in these websites. Originality/value This study has evaluated Iranian state university web sites using WebQEM.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2014-0112
       
  • A curriculum-based virtual and physical mobile learning model for
           elementary schools in museums
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose This study develops a curriculum-based virtual and physical mobile (CVPM) learning model, which integrates related physical and e-learning resources associated with elementary school curricula and supports elementary education. Design/methodology/approach This model provides a highly participative and well monitored environment with fruitful interactions among students, teachers and museum staff. A practical system was implemented in the National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan. Findings The results show that the proposed model can effectively extend related learning resources to satisfy the requirements of elementary education. In addition, this model can engage students' self-directed explorations through problem-solving learning content during the learning process. Research limitations/implications This learning model was implemented in a one-day theme-based learning activity. Generic Learning Outcomes (GLOs) and qualitative analysis were used to examine the students’ perceptions and the teachers’ feedback of this learning model, respectively. Practical implications The results show that both students and teachers highly appreciated this learning model. The model not only strengthens the connection between museum and elementary curricula, but also enhances students’ perceptions and positive attitudes toward natural science courses. Finally, this study offers suggestions for future research. Originality/value This study develops a CVPM learning model which integrates elementary school courses to satisfy the requirements of elementary education and meet museums' educational strategies for schools. The practical learning system and services have been successfully implemented, and are widely available to elementary schools in Taiwan.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2015-0146
       
  • Management and usage of open access scholarly online resources in
           university libraries in Nigeria: librarians' viewpoints
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this research is to ascertain from academic librarians in Nigeria their knowledge of Open Access Online Resources (OASOR), how their libraries manage these resources and how they are utilized by their readers. This is an alternative source of resource provision which librarians needed to adopt, in view of dwindling budgets. Design/methodology/approach A survey design was adopted for the study. The study was conducted during an annual general meeting/conference of the Nigerian Library Association in June 2014. Interview and eye witness account were also used to complement the questionnaire. Random sampling technique was used to select 312 librarians from the 720 attendees from the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria. Data were analyzed using the weighted mean on a Lickert scale. Findings The result of the finding revealed that some of the academic libraries sampled have access to limited Open Access (OA) resources from AGORA, HINARI, OARE and EBSCOHOST databases. The management procedure adopted were downloading of relevant resources for their readers; providing hard copies of some of the downloads; availing their readers access to the databases via their University websites. Others include offering consultancy services to academic departments and organizing training seminars to their users for direct access to the databases. The OASOR received adequate utility rate by users. Originality/value Dwindling economies and coping with current trends of information management in the contemporary world necessitated the use of ICT to avail open access resources in order to anchor education, research and human capital development in Nigeria. This will enable the country attain the Millennium Development Goal.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2015-0140
       
  • E-books usage by agricultural, engineering, and social science students in
           selected universities of Pakistan: an empirical assessment
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose This empirical study of e-book usage in Pakistani universities was undertaken to: (i) compare the usage patterns of e-books among the students of social, agricultural, and engineering sciences; (ii) demonstrate how e-books are used by students for various purposes; (iii) explore the main reasons for using e-books; and (iv) uncover the major issues being encountered by students while using e-books. Design/methodology/approach During May to July 2014, a convenient sample technique was adopted and a close-ended questionnaire was used as a survey tool of 300 graduates (BSc honor) and postgraduate (Masters and MS) students, ages 21-60 years. In this study, the respondents' gender, age, educational level, and major disciplines were individual contextual variables. The data collection process was successfully completed with a 100 percent response rate. SPSS-19 was utilized for testing the reliability of the instrument, as well as descriptive and inferential statistics (chi-square test). Findings The results show that the adoption of e-books has reached a level where they have become an integral component of academic library services. The results of this study verify the previous findings that the students are relying on e-book adoption for various academic and research purposes. Comparatively, male students, postgraduate students, and those between the ages of 21-40 years are more frequently e-book users. In addition, the percentage of e-book readership among engineering students on a "daily basis" is greater than the students of agricultural and social sciences. They prefer reading e-books because of the following reasons: (i) to support research endeavours and improve academic performance; and (ii) the e-format is quick to read and easy to manage. Insufficient e-contents, lack of personal computers, and the variety of e-book formats are the major constraints in the effective utilization of e-books for learning, education, and research needs. The study has concluded that e-books have a key role in the set-up of academic libraries and information resources in Pakistan, though further development of e-book readership capabilities and building of e-book collections are required to support users' needs, and a parallel investigation into their most effective usage is also required. Originality/value This empirical research is a first and unique study that systematically and quantitatively compares the relationship between respondents’ e-books usage with their individual contextual variables in the perspective of academic libraries in Pakistan.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2015-0163
       
  • A hybrid approach for phishing web site detection
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose Presents a hybrid approach based on classification algorithms that was capable of identifying different types of phishing pages. In this approach, after eliminating features that don’t play an important role in identifying phishing attacks and also after adding the technique of searching page title in the search engine, the capability of identifying journal phishing and phishing pages embedded in legal sites was added to the presented approach in this article. Design/methodology/approach The hybrid approach of this article for identifying phishing web sites is presented. This approach consists of four basic sections. The action of identifying phishing web sites and journal phishing attacks is performed via selecting two classification algorithms separately. To identify phishing attacks embedded in legal web sites also the method of page title searching is used and then the result is returned. To facilitate identifying phishing pages the black list approach is used along with the proposed approach so that the operation of identifying phishing web sites can be performed more accurately and, finally, by using a decision table, it is judged that the intended web site is phishing or legal. Findings In this article, a hybrid approach based on classification algorithms to identify phishing web sites is presented that has the ability to identify a new type of phishing attack known as journal phishing. The presented approach considers the most used features and adds new features to identify these attacks and to eliminate unused features in the identifying process of these attacks, does not have the problems of previous techniques, and can identify journal phishing too. Originality/value The major advantage of this technique was considering all of the possible and effective features in identifying phishing attacks and eliminating unused features of previous techniques, also this technique in comparison with other similar techniques has the ability of identifying journal phishing attacks and phishing pages embedded in legal sites.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0132
       
  • Global research trends on membrane biological reactor (MBR) for wastewater
           treatment and reuse from 1982 to 2013: a bibliometric analysis
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose Membrane biological reactor (MBR) is recognized as an efficient and steady wastewater treatment process. The purpose of present study is to reveal the research trends of scientific outputs on MBR for the past 32 years. Design/methodology/approach A method of bibliometric analysis was performed, based on the online version of the Science Citation Index Expanded, web of Science, from 1982 to 2013. 5,305 articles in total related to MBR were evaluated. A new method named “word cluster analysis” was also employed for further analysis. Findings Results showed a rising trend of publications in this research field. English was the main language used in these articles. Journal of membrane science published the most articles, proving to be one of the most authoritative journals. China and Dalian University of Technology were the most productive country and institute, respectively. Except for “membrane bioreactor” and “MBR”, “membrane fouling” was the most cited keyword, indicating the research hotspot nowadays and future. Originality/value This study is to serve as an alternative and innovative way of revealing the research trends in MBR research.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0113
       
  • Hybrid publishing design methods for technical books
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to provide a characterization of the editorial design methods of technical books in a hybrid publishing context. Design/methodology/approach The paper starts by characterizing editorial design as a discipline itself within graphic design, which is then further identified as in urgent need to adapt strategies to technologies, communication processes, and existing information flows. Along with the literature review, the paper includes an analysis of one particular case study, O’Reilly Media. Findings The paper provides arguments to conclude that the classical approach to the designer’s workflow should be reviewed and the way of framing the editorial problem should also be different: it should focus on the content. Originality/value The paper includes implications for the improvement of digital workflows and design processes in the STM hybrid publishing field.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:39Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0035
       
  • Approach to self-publishing with a combination of bibliometric study and
           social network analysis techniques
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose From the point of view of the book chain, self-publishing is becoming increasingly common and it is doing so faster in the commercial world than in science. This study analyzes the phenomenon of self-publishing from the point of view of the research being done on it. Thus, in addition to studying the subject, it is going to be possible to analyze the viability of this methodology as an analysis technique. Design/methodology/approach The methodology is based on a combination of traditional bibliometric studies and analysis of social networks applied. Findings Self-publishing is a phenomenon that is being studied by the scientific community. But the research on this topic has a low rate of co-authorship and a low relationship between the most prolific authors and their relevance. The combination of techniques used has proven to be a very good choice for analyzing the data. Originality/value There are not enough works analyzing the research in self-publishing. Because of the peculiarities of the topic, a combination of various techniques will provide a better approach to its study, so, this article contains some results using bibliometrics and others using social network analysis applied.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:38Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0030
       
  • Factors influencing job satisfaction of academic librarians in university
           libraries in Edo and Delta states, Nigeria
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 6, November 2016.
      Purpose This study investigated the factors that influence job satisfaction of academic librarians in university libraries in Edo and Delta states in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted a descriptive survey design using 88 academic librarians in the university libraries in the two states. Total enumeration sampling technique was used for this study. All 88 librarians in the federal, state, and private university libraries in Édo and Delta states of Nigeria were considered appropriate for this study. The instrument used for data collection was self-structured questionnaire and all 88 respondents in this study responded to the questionnaire. Findings Five factors capable of influencing job satisfaction of employees – work environment, remuneration, fairness, promotion, and training – were expatiated upon to ascertain their influence on librarians’ job satisfaction. The result revealed that all the variables significantly influence librarians’ job satisfaction which serves as stimulus for employee’s productivity and delivery of quality services to clientele. Originality/value This research is the first to ascertain the factors that influences job satisfaction of academic librarians in university libraries in Edo and Delta states of Nigeria.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:37Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2015-0128
       
  • Book reviews
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, Page 000-000, October 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-09-22T11:06:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-11-2015-0217
       
  • Understanding Gamification
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, Page 000-000, October 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-09-22T11:06:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2016-0049
       
  • The Weeding Handbook: A Shelf-By-Shelf Guide
    • Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 34, Issue 5, Page 000-000, October 2016.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2016-09-22T11:05:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2016-0002
       
  • The status of open access library and information science journals in SSCI
    • First page: 722
      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
       
  • Current status of open access journals published in D8 countries and
           registered in the Directory of Open Access Journals (pre-2000 to 2014)
    • First page: 740
      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
       
  • Internet services in academic libraries: impact on the use of printed
           resources and implications for libraries in Nigeria
    • First page: 757
      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
       
  • Knowledge discovery of digital library subscription by RFC itemsets
    • First page: 772
      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
       
  • Lotka's Law and productivity patterns of authors in biomedical science in
           Nigeria on HIV/AIDS: a bibliometric approach
    • First page: 789
      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
       
  • Research data management in universities of central China: practices at
           Wuhan University Library
    • First page: 808
      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
       
  • Willingness of patrons to use library public computing facilities:
           insights from Malaysia
    • First page: 823
      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
       
  • Differences of Pareto Principle performance in e-resource download
           distribution: an empirical study
    • First page: 846
      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
       
  • Inventory of a library collection using Android application
    • First page: 856
      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
       
  • Managing digital records in a global environment – a review of the
           landscape of international standards and best practice guidelines
    • First page: 869
      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
       
 
 
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