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The Electronic Library    [645 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0264-0473
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.874]   [H-I: 18]
  • Global resource sharing
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Ina Fourie)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Developing community-led public libraries
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Anne Goulding)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Understanding information and computation.
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (David Mason)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Managing electronic resources: A LITA guide
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Leading the reference renaissance: Today’s ideas for
           tomorrow’s cutting-edge services. Edited by Marie L.Radford.
           Neal_schuman Publishers, Inc. 2012. Book review.
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Deborah Price-Ewen)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Libraries using WordPress
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Philip Calvert)
      Abstract:

      Not available.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Exploring the value and innovative pricing strategy of digital archives
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Ping Wang; In-Lin Hu, Chen-Chi Chang)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - The research issues of digital preservation have apparently moved from how to set up the digital archives to on-going business models. The purpose of this study is to investigate the key factors for digital archives’ success. On the one hand, this article provided a business model for the sustainability of digital archives.Design/methodology/approach - Both pricing strategies and business models related to digital archives are very important. From the point of archive preservation, how to preserve digital archives permanently and make them accessible are the most important research issues. This paper, based on a review of the academic literature, adopts the innovative pricing approach to develop the business models and pricing strategy.Findings - The research defines the different needs at start-up versus the on-going operations for digital preservation. Considering digital archives as information goods, this study adopts the TRIZ method to establish a pricing strategy for Digital Preservation. It discusses the pricing strategy for digital preservation using an innovative method of creative problem-solving theory from the perspectives of the archives institutes, materials providers and consumers.Originality/value - This study recommend the pricing strategies for the Digital Preservation programs and the government’s price policy based on the TRIZ analysis method.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Relationship of OPAC users’ satisfaction with their demographic
           characteristics, computer skills, user education, user assistance and
           user-friendly OPAC
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Shiv Kumar)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - The main aim of the present study is to identify whether user demographic characteristics, computer skills, user education, user assistance and user-friendly OPAC have an impact on their satisfaction in the context of users in an Indian university setting. Design/methodology/approach - The survey method was utilized and a questionnaire was designed to collect data. The study is based on a sample of the 384 filled-in questionnaires from the three universities located in the Union Territory of Chandigarh and Punjab State. To analyze the data collected, SPSS package (version 14.0) was used, as also to produce requisite cross-tabulations. Chi-square testing was performed to determine the association of user satisfaction with the variables covered in the study.Findings - The findings highlighted that overall there was a low degree of satisfaction among the users. With the exception of academic majors, in general, there were no significant differences between satisfaction and user demographic characteristics. Overall satisfaction was significantly higher for those who were possessed with adequate knowledge on OPAC and had received staff assistance as well as necessary education on OPAC. The study showed that satisfaction with ease of usage of OPAC was higher. It was also found that users were well-equipped with computers and had attained skills while frequently searching the Web, however, it was also revealed that mere possession of computer skills was not sufficient for efficient use of OPAC resulting in the attainment of a high level of satisfaction.Originality/value - The paper brings out the fact of how user demographic characteristics, computer skills, user education, user assistance and user-friendly OPAC influence user satisfaction in a university educational set up. The findings will be beneficial for increasing user satisfaction levels in order to retain existing OPAC users because OPAC shall continue to be a necessary tool for accessing quality academic information available in both print and electronic format.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • An evaluation model for digital libraries’ user interfaces using
           fuzzy AHP
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Chin-Feng Lai; Po-Sheng Chiu, Yueh-Min Huang, Tzung-Shi Chen, Tien-Chi Huang)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - To improve the service quality of digital libraries (DLs), an evaluation model for DLs’ user interfaces was developed in this study. This evaluation model can provide a useful reference for existing DLs or relevant research.Design/methodology/approach - Relevant literature was synthesized, an evaluation framework was established, and the Fuzzy AHP was employed to investigate the evaluation model for DLs’ user interfaces, obtain the relative weights for the importance of the evaluation criteria, and establish the priority ranking for the criteria of DLs’ user interfaces. Findings - The top five criteria are Ease of Use, Searching, Language, Presentation, and Design, respectively. For users, an interface should be intuitive. Good interface presentation and design are critical when users evaluate a digital library.Research limitations/implications - Due to limitations in manpower and time, sampling was adopted in this study; consequently, comprehensive users as well as researchers and experts in related fields were not thoroughly investigated. In addition, the participants’ perceptions of the questionnaire were different when the questionnaire survey was conducted, so some copies of the questionnaire became invalid.Practical implications - All of the students, teachers and experts considered that the presentation and design of DL user interfaces were what users had had contact with in the very beginning, and they were critical influential factors in DL user interfaces. Furthermore, Ease of Use and Searching were fundamental interface functions as well as important evaluation criteria. Interfaces should also provide interactive functions to improve interaction, while tailor-made services should be taken into account to establish an excellent interface in order to meet each user’s need.Originality/value - The evaluation model for DLs’ user interfaces employed in this study will help developers of DL user interfaces discover the criteria that they should aim for as a reference, perform comprehensive criteria evaluation according to their actual needs, and employ top criteria for evaluation.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Metadata quality in learning object repositories: A case study
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Nikolaos Palavitsinis; Nikos Manouselis, Salvador Sanchez-Alonso)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - This paper aims to address the issue of poor quality of metadata records describing educational content in Learning Object Repositories (LORs). Through this, it aims to improve the discoverability of learning objects in such LORs through a structured process that supports metadata creation.Design/methodology/approach - This paper presents a proposed metadata quality assessment certification process for LORs. The process was designed as a generic approach that may be customized to fit various application domains.Findings - Initial results from the application of the process in the context of a specific LOR report an improvement of the quality of about 11,000 metadata records. More specifically, metadata completeness for all metadata elements used in the repository under examination was significantly improved from 30% to 85%.Research limitations/implications - The main limitation of our findings is that they come from the application of the proposed process on a relatively small repository, which does not allow safe generalizations without further experimental study in bigger ones where resources and requirements scale up.Practical implications - This paper addresses implications for the development of a repository in the educational domain, identifying issues related to the metadata application profile, the support to domain experts and the mechanisms that may be put in place to support metadata creation.Originality/value - The value and also the originality of the approach presented lies within the fact the proposed approach quantifies issues related to metadata creation and management by studying actions and perceptions of stakeholders that are involved in the repository lifecycle.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Issues and strategy of Institutional Repositories (IR) in Bangladesh: a
           paradigmshift
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Md. Mukhlesur Rahman; Muhammad Mezbah-ul-Islam)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - The study aimed to identify various Institutional Repository (IR) initiatives taken by Bangladeshi institutions including identifying prospects, exploring strategies and framing guideline for building IRs in Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is a general review and counts the development of IR practices in Bangladesh. Besides, other secondary sources such as research reports, articles and internet are used. Discussions were also held with staff members of some other libraries who are intended to establish IR in their respective institutions. Data also collected from different institutions who are currently practicing IRs in Bangladesh through personal visit and website.Findings - The study explored the existing status of practicing Institutional Repository in Bangladesh and identifies the trends at national and global level of IRs. Results showed that some institution established their repositories in Bangladesh using DSpace, others are going to be used GreenStone, EPrints. Research limitations/implications - The research put effort only to theoretical approaches of IR and there is ample opportunity of technical based future research for implementing IR in Bangladesh.Originality/value - This paper provides basic information for beginners and helps in planning to build IR in their respective organizations in Bangladesh.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • An intellectual structure of activity-based costing: A co-citation
           analysis
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Hsiu-Kuei Kuo; Chyan Yang)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - By exploring the intellectual structure of activity-based costing (ABC) based on the citation database of Google Scholar, one can understand the evolution and core ideas of the ABC discipline. Design/methodology/approach - This study employs the document co-citation method to model the intellectual structure of ABC between 1988 and 2008. After an initial co-citation analysis of the condition-limited literature set to find the relationships between core articles, this study further implements multivariate statistical techniques to construct representations for the ABC intellectual structure. Findings - Four important subjects chronologically provide a panoramic view of the evolution of ABC. This study finds some dimensions of the results to be in accordance with prior research, but further achieves insights into the core ideas underpinning the ABC discipline. It demonstrates the validity of this study conducting a co-citation analysis based on the citation data of Google Scholar. Research limitations/implications - The classification, core articles, and evolution of the ABC literature published in the past two decades benefit academic researchers conducting future studies that build systematically on prior research. Practical implications - The intellectual structure of the ABC discipline explains and predicts the stages of ABC implementation’s life cycle. For the accounting profession, this helps a consultant/practitioner in sub-fields of the ABC domain to quickly and easily enlarge the coverage and viewpoints or perspectives within his/her cluster of interest and to jointly consider the successful factors of implementing ABC in an organization. Originality/value - 1. The empirical feasibility of using digitally archival information to model an intellectual structure of ABC is attained. 2. The intellectual structure and its various representations provide researchers, consultants, and practitioners with a macroscopic and dynamic view of the ABC discipline.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Using networked narratives to understand Internet book reviews in online
           communities
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Yun Kuei Huang; Wen I Yang)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - This exploratory study investigated word-of-mouth communication behavior and other interactions between bloggers writing book testimonials and their community of readers in order to develop a method and strategy for enhancing word-of-mouth communication about books.Design/methodology/approach - This study conducted a netnographic investigation to explore word-of-mouth communication and interactions about new books between bloggers and their community of readers. Netnography is a qualitative approach for exploring the information exchange among online community members.Findings - This study found that personality traits, testimonials, and the responses of community readers to bloggers affected word-of-mouth related to books. Exposure to testimonials with commercial characteristics will not necessarily hinder the word-of-mouth about books.Practical implications - These results may provide a reference for publishers or related businesses that sell books or products via blogs during the planning of their marketing strategies.Originality/value - Businesses value the effects of online communities on marketing communication. This study provides insights into the communication between bloggers and their community of readers by demonstrating how word-of-mouth affects the promotion of books. This could facilitate the selection of relevant recommendations by management.
      PubDate: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 00:00:00 +000
       
  • Towards dynamic and evolving digital libraries
    • Authors: literatinetwork@emeraldinsight.com (Chern Li Liew)
      Abstract:

      Purpose - The overarching aim of this study is to initiate a new conceptualisation of digital cultural heritage libraries design and development that emphasises a holistic understanding of a digital cultural heritage as part of an information ecology and of the activities taking place between and amongst the various elements of the ecology that are governed by social, cultural, political, economical and technical affordances and constraints. Design/methodology/approach - A research framework is developed based on viewpoints, reviews of existing literature and concepts of Information Ecology and Activity Theory.Findings - The conceptual framework comprises of a set of dimensions: content; context; connectivity; consideration; collaboration; construction; confidence and continuity. These dimensions are indicative of the kinds of issues and questions that could be considered in transitioning a digital cultural heritage library into a system that is dynamic and one which evolves within the stakeholders’ socio-cultural contexts. The issues and questions highlighted and outlined under the dimensions may be used to help one to situate their digital cultural heritage in the space and environment it operates in, to discover which direction to take to transition the digital cultural heritage library and to safely navigate the journey for the transitioning. The dimensions may also signal the elements needing ongoing consideration as the digital cultural heritage library evolves on its journey within the ecologies concerned.Practical implications - These dimensions are indicative of the kinds of issues and questions that could be considered in transitioning a digital cultural heritage library into a system that is dynamic and one which evolves within the stakeholders’ socio-cultural contexts. The issues and questions highlighted and outlined under the dimensions may be used to help one to situate their digital cultural heritage in the space and environment it operates in, to discover which direction to take to transition the digital cultural heritage library and to safely navigate the journey for the transitioning. The dimensions may also signal the elements needing ongoing consideration as the digital cultural heritage library evolves on its journey within the ecologies concerned.Originality/value - This research presents concepts from Information Ecology and Activity Theory that could be incorporated in digital library research, design and development.
      PubDate: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 00:00:00 +000
       
 
 
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