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Journal Cover   The Electronic Library
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  • Linked data for libraries, Archives and Museums: how to clean, link and
           publish your metadata
    • Authors: Madely Du Preez
      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
  • An investigation into the use of LibGuides for electronic resources
           troubleshooting in academic libraries
    • Authors: Rachel Ann Erb
      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
  • TMTpedia: a case of extended Wikipedia for the military-based application
           in Taiwan
    • Authors: Liang-Chu Chen, Ting-Jung Yu, Chi-Li Chang
      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
  • Donald T Hawkins, (ed.). Personal Archiving. Preserving our digital
           heritage (Information Today Inc., Medford, N.J., 2013). Index, XX + 299
    • Authors: Isabel Schellnack-Kelly
      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
  • 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
      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
  • ICT skills acquisition and competencies of librarians: implications for
           digital and electronic environment in Nigerian universities libraries
    • Authors: Ojedokun A Ayoku, Victoria Nwamaka Okafor
      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
  • Next digital scholar
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      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
  • Information literacy of students as a correlate of their use of electronic
           resources in university libraries in Nigeria
    • Authors: Ngozi Blessing Ukachi
      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
  • Exploring digital libraries
    • Authors: Philip Calvert
      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
  • The prevalence of web browser extensions use in library services: an
           exploratory study
    • Authors: Tanmay De Sarkar
      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
  • Investigation and analysis of research data services in university
    • Authors: Li Si, wenming xing, Xiaozhe Zhuang, Xiaoqin Hua, Limei Zhou
      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
  • Google search secrets / Crista Burns and Michael P. Sauers. –
           Chicago : Neal-Schuman, 2014. 9781555709235
    • Authors: Raewyn Adams
      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
  • LocalContent: a personal scientific document retrieval system
    • Authors: Shih-Wen Ke, Chih-Fong Tsai, Ming-Yi Lin, Kenneth McGarry McGarry
      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
  • 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
      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
  • Multiple h-index: a new scientometric indicator
    • Authors: Mousa Yaminfirooz, Hemmat Gholinia
      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
  • Mining library and university data to understand library use patterns
    • Authors: John Renaud, Scott Britton, Dingding Wang, Mitsunori Ogihara
      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
  • Trust evaluation for inter-organization knowledge sharing via the
           e-learning community
    • Authors: Bing Wu, chenyan zhang
      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
  • User perceptions of social questions and answer websites for library
           reference services: a content analysis
    • Authors: Shengli Deng, Yin Zhang
      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
  • Website usability: the case of Kuwaiti middle school students
    • Authors: Taghreed Mohammad Alqudsi, Reem Murdhi Alkhaledi
      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
  • Career Q & A: A librarian’s real-life, practical guide to
           managing a successful career
    • Authors: Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam
      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
  • The effects of online service quality of e-commerce websites on user
    • Authors: Gajendra Sharma, Wang Lijuan
      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
  • The assortativity of scholars at a research-intensive university in
    • Authors: Sameer Kumar, Jariah Mohd. Jan
      Pages: 162 - 180
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 162-180, April 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study was to provide quantitative indicators of intra-university assortative mixing patterns of scholars based on five parameters: degree of connections, faculty, professional position, gender and race. Design/methodology/approach – We conducted a case study of business and management scholars of University of Malaya, a research-intensive University in Malaysia, using co-authorship in papers indexed in the Digital Library Indexing System, Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) database of Web of Science, from 2006 to 2010. Background information of scholars was extracted from bibliometric records, online curriculum vitaes and other online sources. Assortativity coefficients were calculated for all parameters. Findings – The study found a degree assortativity coefficient of 0.195, which corresponds with other studies in the literature. Assortativity due to university faculty was strongly assortative at 0.649, whereas gender (0.28) and race (0.16) were weakly assortative. However, in contrast to the common belief that “similarity breeds connection”, the scholars were highly disassortative by professional position (−0.75). Practical implications – This study holds significance to policymakers in understanding the socio-academic factors that bring scholars together. It also adds to the body of knowledge in social network studies that are examining the various factors responsible in bringing the actors together. Originality/value – This is one of the first studies that empirically investigated mixing patterns of researchers at a prominent research-intensive university in Malaysia.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:00 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2013-0018
  • The factors and criteria for prioritization of GIS utilization by
    • Authors: Roya Pournaghi, Fahimeh Babalhavaeji
      Pages: 181 - 195
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 181-195, April 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to identify the impressive factors on choosing the type of the libraries and information centers and determining their significance and prioritizing them and finally determining the priority of each type according to the identified factors to implement geographic information system (GIS) in the library researches. Design/methodology/approach – A combination of documentary, Delphi and analytic methods was used in the current study. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the topic in mind, different dimensions of the issue were firstly identified through reviewing the research literature. Then, the Delphi panel was formed and the factors and indices for choosing and prioritizing the libraries were extracted and finally the analytic-hierarchy and Topsis method was used for analyzing and ranking the data which were collected through a questionnaire. In this way, the instrument was devised by the researcher and the population under the study consisted of the professors in two fields of LIS and the GIS. The criteria include the “access to the library”, “being active”, “the number of sources”, “the size and space of the place”, “the library equipment”, “compatibility” each one include eight, seven, five, five, two and five factors, respectively. Findings – In the Delphi study, six factors including 32 indices were determined for prioritizing the libraries to implement the GIS in the library researches. The analytic-hierarchy method was applied to compare the factors correspondingly in terms of the degree of their significance. In this way, “access to the library sources”, “being active”, “the number of sources”, “the size and space of the place”, “the library equipment” and “compatibility” were identified as the factors on choosing the library type with the values of 0.39, 0.24, 0.16, 0.08, 0.07 and 0.06, respectively. Then, several types of the libraries were ranked and the findings show that academic libraries are prioritized as the first one for conducting the GIS projects. Originality/value – Employing the factors resulted from the conducted researches is recommended for choosing the libraries to implement the GIS, so that the researches in this interdisciplinary field become more organized. To extend the current study, the extracted factors and indices can be sent to the professors of the LIS from the other countries to elicit their insights and thereby, designing a standard international checklist for choosing the libraries and information centers in the GIS projects.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:40 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0092
  • Critical success factors for institutional repositories implementation
    • Authors: Fatemeh Lagzian, A Abrizah, Mee Chin Wee
      Pages: 196 - 209
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 196-209, April 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to explore the critical factors that contribute to the success of institutional repositories worldwide. Previous research indicates that there is little agreement surrounding what constitutes a successful institutional repository. Design/methodology/approach – Possible key factors were extracted from literature review and responses from expert panels. A web-based survey questionnaire forming a total of 69-item statements was developed. The questionnaire, when pilot-tested, was found highly reliable. The questionnaire was then distributed to 322 institutional repository managers, who are representative of the population, via the OpenDOAR email distribution service. Data collection ended in four months, once the sample volume of usable questionnaires reached 295, which is 91.6 per cent response rate. Findings – The results of the factor analysis indicate the possibility of 46 variables under six factors being important for the success of institutional repository implementation. These six factors are “Management”, “Services”, “Technology”, “Self-archive Practices”, “People” and “Resources”. Practical implications – This study has empirically tested and consolidated the factors which are important in institutional repository implementation worldwide and documented them as critical success factors. Originality/value – It also frames questions about the possible value of developing some guidelines or standards related to success factors to be able to monitor the deployment of institutional repositories.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:57 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2013-0058
  • Implementing a resource list management system in an academic library
    • Authors: Richard Cross
      Pages: 210 - 223
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 210-223, April 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review the key components of the introduction of a new resource list management system (RLMS) at Nottingham Trent University (NTU) using the Aspire application from Talis Education. It explains the key service goals; the implementation milestones; the main technical challenges which needed to be addressed; and the dynamic relationship between the rollout of the RLMS and existing selection, acquisition and resource delivery processes. Design/methodology/approach – This evidence in this paper is drawn from the experiences of the NTU RLMS project group, which involved colleagues from Libraries and Learning Resources, Information Systems and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) teams at the university. It draws on both qualitative evaluations and quantitative assessments of adoption and use by academics, students and library staff; and the internal mechanisms of project review. Findings – This paper concludes that the successful technical implementation of a cloud-based mission-critical service for academics and students depends on a successful collaboration between library, VLE and technical teams; and reaffirms that a hosted RLMS service still requires the deployment of local technical expertise. It is essential (although not always straightforward) to try to anticipate the impact that the introduction of a new RLMS will have on existing processes (inside the library and without). Ultimately, however, the successful implementation of an RLMS is dependent on securing its adoption by both academics and students; not least by ensuring that the application meets their needs. Although it is not a technical prerequisite, the prospect of a successful implementation of an RLMS is greatly improved when working with the grain of a supportive institutional policy environment. Originality/value – Interest in “next-generation” resource list systems which can address the needs of students, academics and library services is likely to increase sharply in the next few years, as library services seek to align both resource spend and resource discovery more closely than ever with the student experience around “directed reading”. The experiences of an “early adopter” implementer of an RLMS highlight some of the key prerequisites and significant operational decisions, and provide a number of insights for those about to embark on a similar implementation process.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:02:11 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0088
  • Impact of social networking tools on scholarly communication: a
           cross-institutional study
    • Authors: Ali Al-Aufi, Crystal Fulton
      Pages: 224 - 241
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 224-241, April 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to investigate the extent to which social networking tools had an impact on academics’ patterns of informal scholarly communication in humanities and social science disciplines. Social networking tools, reinforced by proliferation and advances in portable computing and wireless technologies, have reshaped how information is produced, communicated and consumed. Design/methodology/approach – A cross-institutional quantitative study utilized an online questionnaire survey sent to 382 academics affiliated with humanities and social science disciplines in two different academic institutions: one that belongs to a Western tradition of scholarly communication in Ireland, and the other to a developing country in Oman. Descriptive interpretation of data compared findings from both universities. Frequencies, percentages and means were displayed in tables to enhance the meaning of collected data. Inferential analysis was also conducted to determine statistical significance. Findings – Overall findings indicate progressive use of social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. There is perceived usefulness on the impact of social networking tools on patterns of informal scholarly communication. However, nearly one-third of the respondents have never used social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. Institution-based data comparison revealed no significant differences on data except for few activities of informal scholarly communication. Research limitations/implications – Given that the number of study subjects was eventually small (total = 382) and that academics by their very nature are disinclined to respond to online surveys, results of the study may suggest non-response errors, and these may impact negatively on the acceptability of inferences and statistical conclusions. The results of the study are, therefore, unlikely to be useful for generalization, but they remain suggestive of a growing tendency among humanities and social sciences’ academics to use social networking tools for informal scholarly communication. Originality/value – Empirical findings provide a broad understanding about the potential of social networking tools on informal scholarly communication in areas of humanities and social sciences disciplines. Multi-disciplinary investigation and qualitative studies may further deepen our understanding of the impact of social networking tools on patterns of scholarly communication.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:35 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2013-0093
  • Web challenges faced by blind and vision impaired users in libraries of
    • Authors: Shailendra Kumar, Gareema Sanaman
      Pages: 242 - 257
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 242-257, April 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the challenges faced by blind/vision-impaired users during the web access in the leading academic and special libraries of Delhi, India. Design/methodology/approach – Survey methodology has been used as the basic research tool for data collection with the help of questionnaire. A total of 125 users surveyed in all the five libraries are selected randomly on the basis of willingness of the users to participate in the survey with the experience of working in digital environment. The survey results were tabulated and analysed with descriptive statistics methods using Excel software and “Stata version 11”. Findings – There are various barriers faced by blind/vision-impaired users in the libraries of Delhi (India) during the “web access” with the help of assistive technologies as assistive technology like “Screen Readers” available today are “somewhat compatible” with the web. The facility of “web-based catalogue” is generally lacking in Delhi libraries. Research limitations/implications – The paper does not offer a comprehensive set of web accessibility issues, concentrating instead on the most common problems as epitome of this study. Practical implications – The paper raises awareness of web accessibility issues in libraries of Delhi, India. Originality/value – The paper highlights the web accessibility issues faced by blind/vision-impaired users of leading academic and special libraries of India including the users’ recommendations for the accessible web page/website design for the first time.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:22 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2013-0043
  • Usage of e-journals in French business schools
    • Authors: Claire Leduc, Joachim Schöpfel
      Pages: 258 - 272
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 258-272, April 2015.
      Purpose – The paper of this paper is to explore the usage patterns of e-journals in French business schools. Design/methodology/approach – The paper exploits COUNTER-compliant usage statistics from a nationwide usage study with data from journal collections of an international academic publisher. Findings – With regard to online collections, the usage appears to be relatively intensive, especially when compared to usage statistics from universities in the same fields. This result may reflect an emerging research activity in business schools and a projected and required international orientation. However, the study also reveals important differences between schools, a fact that should not be overestimated because of the small sample size, even if the sample is a representative of French business schools. Research limitations/implications – The paper uses empirical data from a national usage study to identify specific patterns in business schools. It does not integrate qualitative survey data or deep log file analysis. Originality/value – Very few studies provide empirical evidence of e-journal usage in business schools. The paper enhances the knowledge on usage in specific environments in higher education. This is the first usage study with French business schools.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:09 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2013-0046
  • Constructing an e-portfolio-based integrated learning environment
           supported by library resource
    • Authors: Zac S.C. Chen, Stephen J.H. Yang, Jeff J.S. Huang
      Pages: 273 - 291
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 273-291, April 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study was to present a pilot electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)-integrated learning environment by integrating library resources into an e-portfolio system for its application, and to explore reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system. Design/methodology/approach – This study develops a research model by modifying the information success model to explore reader satisfaction to the understanding of the adoption of integrated system. The sample consisted of 289 graduate and undergraduate students. In total, 189 were considered useful and used for analysis. A regression analysis was then conducted to identify key causal relationships. Findings – The findings show that reader-perceived benefits, information quality and system quality are critical factors for the reader’s satisfaction. Overall, the model explained 84 per cent of the variance in reader satisfaction. Thus, the results show that the proposed model does satisfactorily explain the reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system. Originality/value – There is scant research available in the literature on user satisfaction of pilot e-portfolio-integrated learning environment from a reader perspective. The findings of this research provide some useful insights into a reader’s satisfaction toward adoption of the integrated system. In addition, it will be valuable for better understanding of factors affecting the determinants of reader’s satisfaction, which improve the reader’s satisfaction of the integrated system and thereby boost realization of collaborative learning environment.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:51 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0118
  • Exploration of usage behavioral model construction for university library
           electronic resources
    • Authors: Sung-Shan Chang, Shi-Jer Lou, Shuenn-Ren Cheng, Chin-Lang Lin
      Pages: 292 - 307
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 292-307, April 2015.
      Purpose – The primary purpose of this paper is to integrate unified theory of acceptance and use of technology (UTAUT) and website service quality, compiling it into a usage behavioural model for university library electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach – Using structural equation model technology to verify model fit. Questionnaire surveys are the main research methodology in this study, in which fourth-year university students and second-year Master’s students in six Taiwan public and private universities are the research population. This study uses a cluster sampling, releasing 1,206 questionnaires, and retrieves 1,089 valid questionnaires, for a valid retrieval rate of 90.3 per cent. Findings – The conclusions are: this study has good fit in the model, and is applicable for the UTAUT; the pairs of variables are correlated; public or private and school type have partial significant mediating effect; website service quality has a significant positive influence on behavioural intention; performance expectancy and social influence both positively affect behavioural intention; facilitating conditions positively affect use behaviour. Originality/value – Empirical research results and suggestions are provided for the relevant departments for practice and future academic research.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:53 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2013-0195
  • An exploratory study on factors affecting the adoption of cloud computing
           by information professionals
    • Authors: Noa Aharony
      Pages: 308 - 323
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 308-323, April 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study explores what factors may influence information professionals to adopt new technologies, such as cloud computing in their organizations. The objectives of this study are as follows: to what extent does the technology acceptance model (TAM) explain information professionals intentions towards cloud computing, and to what extent do personal characteristics, such as cognitive appraisal and openness to experience, explain information professionals intentions to use cloud computing. Design/methodology/approach – The research was conducted in Israel during the second semester of the 2013 academic year and encompassed two groups of information professionals: librarians and information specialists. Researchers used seven questionnaires to gather the following data: personal details, computer competence, attitudes to cloud computing, behavioural intention, openness to experience, cognitive appraisal and self-efficacy. Findings – The current study found that the behavioural intention to use cloud computing was impacted by several of the TAM variables, personal characteristics and computer competence. Originality/value – The study expands the scope of research about the TAM by applying it to information professionals and cloud computing and highlights the importance of individual traits, such as cognitive appraisal, personal innovativeness, openness to experience and computer competence when considering technology acceptance. Further, the current study proposes that if directors of information organizations assume that novel technologies may improve their organizations’ functioning, they should be familiar with both the TAM and the issue of individual differences. These factors may help them choose the most appropriate workers.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:02:04 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2013-0163
  • Metaliteracy: Reinventing Information Literacy to Empower Learners
    • Pages: 324 - 325
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 324-325, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:21 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0144
  • Approaches and Processes for Managing the Economics of Information Systems
    • Pages: 325 - 326
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 325-326, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:05 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0047
  • Responsive Web Design for Libraries: A LITA Guide
    • Pages: 326 - 327
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 326-327, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:00:59 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0152
  • The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries
    • Pages: 327 - 328
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 327-328, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:49 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0185
  • The Patron-Driven Library: A Practical Guide for Managing Collections and
           Services in the Digital Age
    • Pages: 328 - 329
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 328-329, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:02:10 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0168
  • Research, Evaluation and Audit: Key Steps in Demonstrating Your Value
    • Pages: 330 - 331
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 330-331, April 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:01:56 GMT
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2014-0186
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