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Journal Cover   The Electronic Library
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  • Calculating web impact factor for university websites of Pakistan
    • Authors: Arif Khan, Haroon Idrees
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose This study explores the Web Impact Factor (WIFs) for websites of Pakistani universities. The paper discusses why Revised-WIF is more meaningful than simple WIF. The study also attempts to rank the top-five websites of Pakistani universities by considering four different website ranking systems and compares the WIFs of university websites of other developing countries as well. Design/methodology/approach This study calculates the Revised Web Impact Factor (RWIF) for subject websites using two webometric tools. Open Site Explorer service (i.e. Developer Shed) and two commercial search engines i.e. Google and Bing were used to collect the data for examining the RWIF for subject websites. Findings Collectively 41960 web pages and 49740 Inlinks were found in top-ten Pakistani universities’ websites. The collective RWIF for subject websites comes to 1.185 which is at the top in comparison with other developing countries i.e. India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia. Originality/value Calculating Web Impact Factor for University Websites in Pakistan and presenting the comparison with other types of website ranking system is a kind of first study conducted for Pakistani Library Websites. The study also presents alternate search strategy for data collection to calculate Revised-Web Impact Factor for websites.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0022
       
  • Use of e-journals by the scientists of CSIR-Institute of Genomics and
           Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, India: a study
    • Authors: Jamal Qasim
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to analyze the use of electronic journals by the scientists of CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) - a centre of excellence in the field of genomics and integrative biology situated in Delhi, India. Design/methodology/approach Design/methodology/approach–The paper is based on the results of a well structured questionnaire administered to all the scientists of the institute for the purpose of data collection. Findings The main findings are that the scientists are more attracted towards e-journals specially on those provided by CSIR-NISCAIR Consortia, NKRC than those available via direct subscription. From this survey, the investigator has been able to find out that almost all the scientists are consulting e-journals from their campus cabin, not only for research purposes but also to update their own knowledge. The infrastructure to use e-journals are superb and there is no technological problem specially hardware and software support with high bandwidth of internet speed exists here since CSIR-IGIB uses largest computing facility (4 Tflop/s) in Asia outside Japan (Ranked 158th among the World’s Top 500 Super Computers). Respondents also identified that there is dire need for training in using e-resources and retrieving pin pointed information from the databases. Research limitations/implications The present study consists only of scientists and the geographical area is restricted to CSIR-IGIB, Delhi. The scope of the paper can be extended to additional CSIR libraries. A comparative study can also be made amongst some biological research libraries of CSIR Institutes. Originality/value There are a number of studies on the use of e-journals by CSIR scientists, but this is the first of its kind which covers scientists of IGIB that has the largest computing facility (4 Tflop/s) in Asia outside Japan. As such, it should pave the way for research and lead a model role for other CSIR Institutes as well as elsewhere.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2014-0107
       
  • Structural equation model of organizational climate in Iranian academic
           libraries
    • Authors: Mousa Yaminfirooz, Fatemeh Nooshinfard, Hasan Siamian
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose Organizational climate is one of the main indicators of organizational health and dynamic. In this research, the status of organizational climate of Iran academic libraries evaluated and its structural equation model mapped. Design/methodology/approach This research was an applied survey. The statistical population of the research included all staff working in 96 central libraries of Iran governmental universities (N= 520). A Self-administered Questionnaire used for data collection. Some descriptive and inferential statistical methods applied for data analysis in SPSS and factor analysis in LISREL software was used for modeling organizational climates in the libraries. Findings T values of factor analysis pass showed that the effect of all indicators of Climate QUAL on organizational climate were significant. The factor loading of the pass model showed that among the 9 indicators, climate for psychological safety with 5.24, climate for innovation with 5.06 and climate for leadership with 4.93 had the higher effect on organizational climate of the libraries, respectively. The model goodness-of-fit revealed that the χ2 value was low and appropriate. Observed data was relatively matched the theoretical model. Originality/value T values of factor analysis pass showed that the effect of all indicators of ClimateQUAL on organizational climate were significant. The factor loading of the pass model showed that among the 9 indicators, climate for Psychological Security with 5.24, climate for innovation with 5.06 and climate for leadership with 4.93 had the higher effect on organizational climate of the libraries, respectively. The model goodness-of-fit revealed that the χ2 value was low and appropriate. Observed data was relatively matched the theoretical model.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-05-2014-0076
       
  • Using a digital library instead of a traditional data base: ABCD-based
           infrastructure for nanotechnology
    • Authors: Michael Trachtengerts, Adilbek Erkimbaev, Vladimir Zitserman, Georgii Kobzev
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to reveal main advantages of digital libraries in comparison with technology of common data base for data-oriented fields of modern science. As an example, the subject domain "nanomaterials and nanotechnologies" with new features due to evolution of concepts and objects is presented. Design/methodology/approach Methodology – An analysis of the information system ABCD as a basis for science-oriented digital library was fulfilled. Also, a survey of peculiarities of data in fast developing fields of science was prepared. Findings Findings – The results of this study showed that functional capacities of ABCD satisfy requirements for complex collections and archives of scientific documents. Based on ABCD tools and this concept, the digital library for storage and systematization of data and documents on nanomaterials and nanotechnologies for the power engineering was constructed. The library combines opportunities of bibliographic, full-text and factual information systems. Originality/value Originality/value – This study gives the foundation for creation of a library that combines services of bibliographic, full-text and factual (numerical) information systems. Some analysis's of ABCD tools were made before elsewhere, but they did not point on data peculiarities of complexly organized domains: semistructured data, multitude formats (text, image, and tables), interconnection of content with external sources located on other servers or in the Web.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-08-2014-0136
       
  • Perceptions and acceptance of librarians towards using Facebook and
           Twitter to promote library services in Oyo State, Nigeria
    • Authors: Omobolanle Serifat Fasola
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report on research that examined Librarians' perception and acceptance of use of Facebook and Twitter in promoting library services in Oyo state, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The survey design and interview were used to collect data from Librarians in Oyo state. The questionnaire contained questions that are pertinent to the issues being investigated. The 81 responses (81%) received were processed, analysed and results presented Findings The study reveals that majority of the libraries in Oyo state, Nigeria, have Facebook profiles though minority have Twitter accounts. Librarians in Oyo state, Nigeria, have high perception and acceptance of using Facebook and Twitter to promote library services. Findings also reveal that Librarians in academic and special Libraries in Oyo state, Nigeria are more highly receptive to use of Facebook and Twitter to promote Library services. Findings revealed further that younger Librarians showed more positive perception and higher acceptance. Research limitations/implications While the research was limited to librarians in Oyo state, Nigeria, it has applications to librarians and libraries all over Nigeria. Practical implications This research provides information on the perceptions and acceptance of social media tools (Facebook and Twitter) in promoting library services. The findings may help provide information to library heads on adopting new and popular technologies to bring the library closer to the user and attract more users and on why it is not being used where they are provided. Originality/value At the time of completing this study, research had mainly been on Librarians use of social media for personal issues not on librarians’ perception and acceptance of using it to promote library services. This research also focus on libraries in Oyo state having a presence on Facebook and Twitter to promote library service and direct and prompt communication with their users.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2014-0066
       
  • Usability evaluation of an academic library website: experience with the
           Central Science Library, University of Delhi
    • Authors: Ankur Pant
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 5, October 2015.
      Purpose The paper aims to evaluate the usability of the website of Central Science Library, University of Delhi. Multi-method approach of evaluation is employed with the use of standard checklist and questionnaire survey of representative users. Besides, the information architecture of the website under study is analysed in this paper. Design/methodology/approach Based on the literature review and the author’s experience a usability assessment tool for library websites was developed by Pant (2013). It comprises standard checklist and questionnaire for users’ survey. In the present study this framework was used to assess the usability of Central Science Library website. The questionnaire survey of 35 representative users was conducted through random sampling. The results of both methods (standard checklist and questionnaire survey) were analysed for evaluating the website usability. Findings Need for improvement of the website was realized in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and learnability for better usability. Notice board, site search facility, list of services, FAQs and user guides were the most sought after features amongst others as per analysis of questionnaire survey. Besides, the need to enhance the visual appeal of the website was felt. However, information resources provided through the Central Science Library website were found useful for users. Originality/value The paper presents an innovative multi-method approach of website usability assessment while considering six usability attributes: Usefulness, Efficiency, Effectiveness, Learnability, Satisfaction and Accessibility. The approach adopted in this paper is cost-effective in comparison to formal usability tests and heuristic evaluation. Therefore, this framework is suitable for libraries having limited budget to ensure the user-centred library website with maximum usability. This study encourages other libraries to conduct similar website usability evaluation to identify the usability problem areas and users’ perception for their respective website.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-08-20T07:28:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2014-0067
       
  • Young children’s storybook searching with a visualized search
           interface
    • Authors: Po-Yao Chao, Chia-Ching Lin
      Pages: 610 - 624
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 610-624, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore how young children interact with a visualized search interface to search for storybooks by assembling the provided visual searching items and to explore the difference in visual search behaviours and strategies exhibited by pre-schoolers and second-graders. Design/methodology/approach – The visualized search interface was used to help young children search for storybooks by dragging-and-dropping story characters, scene objects and colour icons to perform search queries. Twenty pre-schoolers and 20 second-graders were asked to finish a search task through the visualized search interface. Their activities and successes in performing visual searches were logged for later analysis. Furthermore, in-depth interviews were also conducted to research their cognitive strategies exhibited while formulating visual search queries. Findings – Young children with different grades adopted different cognitive strategies to perform visual searching. In contrast to the pre-schoolers who performed visual searching by personal preference, the second-graders could exercise visual searching accompanied with relatively high-order thinking. Young children may also place different foci on the storybook structure to deal with conditional storybook queries. The pre-schoolers tended to address the characters in the story, whereas the second-graders paid much attention to the aspects of scene and colour. Originality/value – This paper describes a new visual search approach allowing young children to search for storybooks by describing an intended storybook in terms of its characters, scenes or the background colours, which provides valuable indicators to inform researchers of how pre-schoolers and second-graders formulate concepts to search for storybooks.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0219
       
  • Authorship pattern and collaborative research in the field of spacecraft
           technology
    • Authors: Iqbalahmad U Rajgoli, Ashalatha Laxminarsaiah
      Pages: 625 - 642
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 625-642, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to study and analyse the authorship pattern, degree of collaboration, prepare list of prolific authors and test Lotka’s law of scientific productivity in spacecraft technology research. Design/methodology/approach – Data are collected from the print versions of three journals in the field of spacecraft technology for the period 2001-2011. In all 154 volumes containing 1,907 papers have been analysed, and data are presented in different table headings. Findings – Study reveals that 4,355 authors have contributed 1,907 papers. Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets has published maximum (1,487) number of papers during the study period. Multi-authored papers with 87.15 per cent of contributions have dominated this field of research. Journal of Spacecraft Technology has recorded highest degree of collaboration of 0.90. James M. Longuski has published 20 papers in Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets during the period 2001-2011. Lotka’s law of scientific productivity is tested and conforms only partially. Research limitations/implications – Study is restricted only for the period 2001-2011, and the data are collected from the print versions of three journals in the field of spacecraft technology research. Originality/value – As far as space science and technology is concerned, there are not many bibliometric studies reported in the published literature. The present study will add value to the bibliometrics literature and provide publishing trends in spacecraft technology research.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0210
       
  • Information needs of local domestic workers in the Arab Republic of Egypt
    • Authors: Essam A. H. Mansour
      Pages: 643 - 667
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 643-667, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study is to provide first-hand information regarding domestic labour/labourers in Egypt. The researcher tries to investigate the information rights and needs of these vulnerable and marginalized groups in Egypt in terms of its thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, motivations, techniques, preferences, ways, tools and problems encountered towards using of and accessing information. The study, therefore, attempts to look at, as possible, the many different characteristics of local domestic workers in Egypt and affecting their use of and access to information. Design/methodology/approach – Methodology used here was an adaptive form of snowball sampling of a heterogeneous demographic group of participants in the local domestic work in Egypt, used to select focus groups to explore a range of relevant issues. Findings – Demographically, this study showed that local domestic labour in Egypt, to a great extent, is occupied and performed by women and children, and the average age of the total interviewed participants was around 31 years. Over half of participants were uneducated, followed by nearly a quarter of them were with no formal education and just a small number had some primary education. This study concluded that a large number of participants were described as illiterate and nonskilled labourers. Participants’ income proved that it was one of barriers to use of and access to information where a large number of participants were labelled as low-income workers. The information-seeking behaviour (ISB) profile of participants indicated a preference for verbal over written, informal over formal and undocumented over documented information channels and sources to solve problems relating to everyday existence using some helping tools and devices especially cell phones. The most popular information sources mentioned and followed by participants were verbal information with friends, peers and colleagues in neighbouring households either via telephones, especially cell phones, or face-to-face meeting. TV and Radio, newspapers and magazines were, respectively, the most famous formal sources participants use. Information related to work, family affairs, security and health issues was most commonly desired and wanted by participants. Participants mentioned that their priorities of accessing information were to help in work-related activities such as cooking cleaning and decorating, to know new kitchen recipes, to assist in the education of the employer’s children. Others added that they were also seeking for information for getting promoted and having some fun especially through audiovisual sources like TV and Radio. They were not commonly using libraries due to the fact that most of them were uneducated, and the education of the some others was limited. However, this study showed that there was a little and accidental use for some libraries like public and children libraries and a small number of them was using the employer’s home library. In terms of using technologies related to the use of information like the Internet, the study found such access was an issue, as a very small number of participants were using it mainly for personal information. Regarding challenges, concerns and problems faced by local domestic workers in Egypt during using of and accessing information, the study found that the most important challenges participants faced in this study were the illiteracy and lack of awareness about the basic rights and perception of information rights and needs. Other challenges like the time, psychological burdens, the social image being domestic worker, lack of accessible information channels, lack of training and skills and also lack of money needed to access information were also an issue. Research limitations/implications – This study comes to respond strongly to the great global concern on the neglected and marginalized sector of work/workers in Egypt. It provides information on invisible forms of domestic labour/labourers, and indicates how their rights, especially towards accessing information, are violated. Any findings of this study may generate interest and create awareness on the needs and conditions of domestic labour/labourers among marginalized labour advocates, policymakers and the civil society. Originality/value – The literature on this topic is scarce and, therefore, this paper gives important and significant insight into how to assist local domestic workers in Egypt with information needs.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0012
       
  • Wikipedia at university: what faculty think and do about it
    • Pages: 668 - 683
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 668-683, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate university faculty perceptions and practices of using Wikipedia as a teaching resource. Design/methodology/approach – This study is based on a large survey to all faculty members in two large public universities. A total of 913 valid responses were collected through an online questionnaire with 9 control variables and 41 Likert-scaled questions. Findings – The results do not support an overwhelming sceptical attitude among faculty towards Wikipedia. The overall quality of Wikipedia articles is highly valued and most faculty are regular users, just as students are. Though most faculty show a positive view on the teaching usefulness of Wikipedia, few of them actually use it for teaching purposes. A certain conflict has been detected between standard academic procedures of knowledge building and the open collaborative model on which Wikipedia rests. In the end, two important factors play a role in shaping faculty views: their colleagues’ perceived opinions and practices, and academic disciplines. Research limitations/implications – The survey has only been conducted in two universities. More institutions are needed to broaden the scope. Originality/value – The authors have gathered a greater number of answers than those collected in previous studies. The questionnaire is also very extensive. The survey has been addressed to all faculty members at one online university and at one standard brick-and-mortar university.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0217
       
  • Dialogic communication on universities in Ghana libraries’ websites
    • Authors: Franklin Gyamfi Agyemang, Henry Boateng, Michael Dzigbordi Dzandu
      Pages: 684 - 697
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 684-697, August 2015.
      Purpose – This study aims to ascertain the contents of universities in Ghana libraries’ websites and find the dialogic potential of the websites. Design/methodology/approach – A qualitative content analysis technique was used. The sample includes the libraries’ websites of universities in Ghana that have received presidential charter. A checklist was developed to assess the content of the websites. In assessing the dialogic potential of the websites, Kent and Taylors’ framework was used. Findings – Findings from the study show that Ghanaian universities libraries’ websites are providing only static information about libraries and their services. The libraries’ websites are deficient in providing vital information on newspapers, print journals, frequently asked questions and date of post. Again, findings of the study indicate that universities in Ghana libraries’ websites have poor dialogic features. Originality/value – There is no study investigating the dialogic potential of universities in Ghana libraries’ websites.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2014-0041
       
  • A bibliometric analysis of the Journal of Membrane Science (1976-2010)
    • Authors: Hui-Zhen Fu, Yuh-Shan Ho
      Pages: 698 - 713
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 698-713, August 2015.
      Purpose – This study aims to examine publication characteristics and development of a science journal Journal of Membrane Science (JMS) with 35 years ' history by bibliometric indicators. Design/methodology/approach – A bibliometric approach was used to identify its document types, impact factor, publication outputs, most cited articles and large contributing countries/territories and institutions. The main indicators included impact factor, CPP (citations per publication), TC2010 (number of citations from one paper’s publication to the end of 2010), C2010 (number of citations in the year of 2010), number of total articles, “single country articles” and “single institution articles”, “internationally collaborative articles” and “inter-institutionally collaborative articles”, “first author articles” and “corresponding author articles”. The annual citations of most cited articles were displayed in a table list. Findings – The two-year citation window used by impact factor is not fair for a journal which had its peak annual citations in the third or more years. JMS would get a better citation performance if impact factor can be calculated for three or four years. Impact factor is affected by the size of its subject categories. JMS showed higher impact factor rankings in both chemical engineering and polymer science category in the early twenty-first century. Furthermore, the G8 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the USA) contributed more than a half of the total, with higher CPP. National University of Singapore, University of Twente and Chinese Academy of Sciences were the main contributing institutions. The citation life cycles revealed the impact history of most cited articles. Originality/value – A bibliometric analysis has been carried out to analyze the characteristics of a journal with 35 years ' history. Some improved indicators including TC2010, C2010, TP, SP, CP, FP and RP have been used for the evaluation. This study provides an evidence from JMS to discuss the feasibility and limitations of impact factor.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2013-0221
       
  • Evaluating Polish digital libraries from the perspective of non-academic
           users
    • Pages: 714 - 729
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 714-729, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe and evaluate the role played by digital libraries in Polish society, particularly in relation to users who are not in education or professionally engaged in academic work. Design/methodology/approach – Results are presented from a survey of non-academic users, identified as one of the key groups of digital library users in an exploratory survey in 2008-2009. The targeted survey was carried out by sending e-mails to persons who had supplied their addresses in the first survey or had set up accounts with the Digital Library of Wielkopolska. Analysis was also made of e-mail correspondence between digital library users and librarians, and data from digital library server logs, during 2008-2013. Findings – The research provided three interesting results. The first is that the creation of digital libraries in Poland has caused a significant number of people to pursue an interest in genealogical or local historical research. The second result is that the evaluations of digital libraries made by non-academics do not differ significantly from those made by students and academics. The third is the fact that at present, approximately 50 per cent of digital library users in the non-academic category are over 50 years of age. Originality/value – This is the first comprehensive study on the use of digital libraries in Poland by non-academic users. It shows what role digital libraries play, and to what extent, in the stimulation of cultural activity in Polish society.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0011
       
  • Resource-sharing through an inter-institutional repository
    • Authors: A Abrizah, Mohd Hilmi, Norliya Ahmad Kassim
      Pages: 730 - 748
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 730-748, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to be concerned with the motivations and resistance among an institutional repository (IR) stakeholder – the Library and Information Science (LIS) academicians – with respect to Green Road open access publishing in an inter-institutional repository. Design/methodology/approach – The answers were identified from 47 LIS faculty from three library schools in Malaysia who reported awareness of what an IR is and having had experience in contributing resources to digital repositories. Data were collected using survey and interviews. Findings – The results highlighted the LIS faculty on their motivation to share their intellectual profile, research and teaching resources in an inter-institutional repositories and why the reluctance in contributing. The study reveals that the major motivation to share resources for those practicing self-archiving is related to performance expectancy, social influence, visible and authoritative advantage, career benefit and quality work. The major resistance to share scholarly research output through self-archiving in institutional repositories for those practicing self-archiving is concern on plagiarism, time and effort, technical infrastructure, lack of self-efficacy and insularity. Practical implications – Knowing what conditions predict motivation and resistance to contribute to IRs would allow IR administrators to ensure greater and more effective participation in resource-sharing among LIS academic community. If this resistance is addressed aptly, IRs can be of real benefit to their teaching, scholarship, collaborations, and publishing and to the community that they serve. Originality/value – The first study that has explored the ways LIS academics respond to a situation where knowledge sharing in academe has now been made mandatory through an IR and what makes them resist to do so.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2014-0040
       
  • Mobile devices for academic practices by students of college of sciences
           in selected Nigerian private universities
    • Authors: Joseph Kehinde Fasae, Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari
      Pages: 749 - 759
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 749-759, August 2015.
      Purpose – This study aims to look at the use of mobile devices by science students with emphasis only on privately owned universities in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – A descriptive research design was used, as the study was a survey research. Eighty copies of structured questionnaire were distributed to collect data from science students in advanced levels of their undergraduate programmes in Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) and Joseph Ayo Babalola University (JABU) Ikeji-Arakeji, in their lecture halls and laboratories with the permission and assistance of their lecturers. The data were collected within a period of five weeks. All the administered questionnaire were correctly filled and returned, yielding a 100 per cent return rate. The data were analysed using descriptive statistics which includes frequency and percentage presented in tables and charts. Findings – The study found that science students in the selected private universities mostly (83.7 per cent) use smartphones than other mobile devices. Also, the students own mobile devices for the purpose of using educational applications (77.50 per cent) and to chat with people (72.50 per cent). The students use the Internet on their devices very often. The Internet facilities mostly used by the students are e-mails (71.25 per cent), social media (68.75 per cent) and search engines (60.50 per cent). The challenges mostly faced by the students using mobile devices for academic practices are poor Internet connectivity (81.25 per cent) and high cost of data subscription (53.75 per cent). Practical implications – Given the knowledge gained from this study, it is desired that universities across Nigeria would encourage the integration of the use of mobile devices into core educational programmes. Also, mobile data service providers need to reduce the cost of data subscription, especially on campuses for students. Moreover, owners of private universities should ensure the provision of good Internet connectivity for mobile devices campus-wide. Free and accessible Wi-Fi hot spots should be created for students. Social implications – Policy makers in the country should encourage mobile data service providers to reduce cost of data subscription on university campuses so as to enable students enjoy to the fullest the numerous features of mobile devices for academic practices. Originality/value – Research on the use of mobile devices for academic practices by students is somewhat new in Nigeria more so that privately owned universities are in focus. The study has therefore opened the floor for more in-depth studies on the subject now that mobile devices should be seen as tools rather than fanciful gadgets.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0045
       
  • Information literacy at work
    • Authors: Abdus Sattar Chaudhry, Sarah Al-Mahmud
      Pages: 760 - 772
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 760-772, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this paper was to investigate the information behaviour of Kuwaiti engineers with a focus on information sources and finding information from these sources, management of information found and re-finding of information from personal collections. Design/methodology/approach – Survey method of research was used to conduct the study. Data were collected using online questionnaire and interviews with a selected number of participants. Findings – Results indicated that engineers collected and received information from a variety of sources. They saved selected information for future use in folders and structured them by using work-related categories. Use of information management tools was not common. A majority of participants expressed the need for training courses in information literacy. They felt that lack of institutional support to facilitate access to information was considered a major difficulty in information seeking. Originality/value – No similar study could be found in the literature, as earlier studies either investigated personal information management practices or information seeking behaviour. This study looked at information literacy in a wider context.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-04-2014-0063
       
  • Towards an understanding of job satisfaction as it correlates with
           organizational change among personnel in computer-based special libraries
           in Southwest Nigeria
    • Authors: Ifeanyi Adigwe, Josephus Oriola
      Pages: 773 - 794
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 773-794, August 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to understand job satisfaction as correlate with organizational change among personnel in computerized-based special libraries in Southwest, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The study used a survey approach in collecting data. The population of the study comprised all intermediate and senior personnel of the special libraries in Southwest, Nigeria involved in the study on grade levels 06 to 17. Based on the 180 response sample drawn, 148 responses were received from the survey. Findings – The degree and level of satisfaction derived from one’s job is sine qua non to the level of productivity obtained in due cause. Job satisfaction varies from individual to individual and from place to place. Although, organizational change is the basis for spontaneous increase of job dissatisfaction. Findings of the study revealed that organizational change is seen as a precursor to influencing job satisfaction of employees but the level of job satisfaction of employees depend on the impact of organizational change. Research limitations/implications – It should be noted that a number of limitations exist relative to this research, the review of which should both place the research findings discussed, in an appropriate context and thereby suggest direction for future research. This study focused on employees attitudes in special libraries in six states of the federation at one time. Considering the fact that a very wide and varying cultural environmental differences which without doubt affected personnel dispositions in many different ways. Originality/value – This paper differs from the previous literature in presenting statistical evidence to confirm the relationships between job satisfaction and organizational change and a range of potential outcomes.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2014-0018
       
  • The impact of Twitter on libraries: a critical review of the literature
    • Authors: Evgenia Vassilakaki, Emmanouel Garoufallou
      Pages: 795 - 809
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 795-809, August 2015.
      Purpose – The paper aims to present a critical review on the adoption and use of Twitter in libraries. Twitter, a microblogging service, is becoming more and more popular among libraries as a means of reaching users and as a marketing tool for their services. Design/methodology/approach – The method of systematic review is used to identify, collect and critically present all relevant literature. Papers’ aims were analyzed to identify the emergent themes and sub-themes in an effort to gain a better understanding of libraries’ use of Twitter. Findings – A systematic and critical analysis of the literature revealed the specific reasons why a library should adopt Twitter; the specific examples and thoughts on how Twitter could be used to promote libraries’ interests; the different ways Twitter had affected diverse aspects and functionalities of libraries; and the attempts to provide guidelines for librarians. Research limitations/implications – This literature review has implications for research in that libraries could explore the way public view their presence on social networking sites such as Twitter to better gain from it. In addition, it indicates what libraries should expect when they adopt Twitter. This study reviews only papers published between 2007 and 2013 in the English language. Originality/value – This paper contributes in identifying, collecting, analyzing and critically presenting published research referring to the adoption of Twitter in the field of Library Science. In addition, it identifies and discusses the main issues librarians and libraries need to consider, when faced with the challenge of adopting Twitter.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2014-0051
       
  • Modelling influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries: a
           study of West Iran
    • Authors: Maryam Keshvari, Firoozeh Zare Farashbandi, Ehsan Geraei
      Pages: 810 - 823
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 810-823, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study is to present a model for influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries and its evaluation in public libraries of western Iran. Design/methodology/approach – This research is a correlation study and uses a questionnaire as a data gathering tool. The statistical population consists of all members of public libraries in western Iran. The final data analysis was carried out using 467 completed questionnaires and data were analysed using SPSS19 and AMOS19 software. Findings – The findings of this study showed that perceived value has the largest influence on customer loyalty with a factor of 0.451. The second most influential factor is customer satisfaction with a factor of 0.214. Three predictor variables are the effect of the services, controlling the provided information and library as a location, which had the highest influence on perceived value of libraries’ customers. The findings also showed that perceived value with meaningfulness level of p < 0.001 and a value of 0.316 has the most influence on libraries’ customer satisfaction. Originality/value – Identifying and improving the influential factors on customer loyalty in public libraries can increase the customer return rate of these libraries. Public library managers of Iran, especially in western Iran, can use the findings of this study to improve the influential factors on customer loyalty in libraries under their care.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-10-2013-0185
       
  • Evaluation of digital libraries of Iranian research institutions based on
           the DigiQUAL protocol
    • Authors: Mehdi Alipour-Hafezi, Hamid Amanollahi Nick
      Pages: 824 - 841
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 824-841, August 2015.
      Purpose – The purpose of this study is to identify the situation of evaluating Iranian digital libraries using DigiQUAL protocol. Design/methodology/approach – Evaluative survey research method is used in this study to assess digital libraries. In this way, digital libraries of Iranian research institutes constitute the study population. DigiQUAL protocol actually was used to evaluate eight Iranian digital libraries. Systematic observation and interview based on researcher-made checklist was used for data collection. In fact, checklist was constructed based on DigiQual protocol. Findings – The results showed that Digital Library of Isfahan Science and Technology Town has the best performance and Noor digital library has the lowest operation in studied digital libraries. The overall score of all studied digital libraries was under 60 (out of 100) which shows the average performance of the digital libraries. Originality/value – This study emphasizes on evaluating active digital libraries in Iran by DigiQUAL protocol. Because digital libraries are new in Iran and their progress need to evaluate their activity, this research was done to demonstrate their situation.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-07-2013-0131
       
  • The effects of gender differences on the use of annotatable multimedia
           e-readers
    • Authors: Yi-Fan Liu, Wu-Yuin Hwang, Sherry Chen
      Pages: 842 - 860
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 842-860, August 2015.
      Purpose – This paper aims to examine how gender differences influence students’ reactions to the use of the annotatable multimedia e-reader (AME). To reach this aim, we develop an AME where various annotation tools are provided to help students learn English in-class and after-class. Design/methodology/approach – An empirical study was conducted with 63 fifth-grade students from an elementary school. A pre-test and post-test were used to identify their prior knowledge and learning achievement, respectively. A questionnaire was applied to identify participants’ perceptions towards the AME. Findings – The results show that students’ post-test scores are significantly related to after-class behaviour, instead of in-class behaviour. Females prefer to use the text annotation and teachers’ voice, but it is voice annotation that is beneficial to improve their learning achievement. Conversely, males prefer to use the text-to-speech only, but it is text annotation that is helpful to improve their learning achievement. Additionally, the ease of use affects males’ intention to use the AME to learn English after-class while it has no effects on females. Originality/value – This study not only shows the importance of gender differences but also demonstrates the essence of after-class learning behaviour. More importantly, a framework is proposed to support designers to develop e-readers that can accommodate the preferences of females and males.
      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2013-0174
       
  • Buying and Selling Information: A Guide for Information Professionals and
           Salespeople to Build Mutual Success
    • Pages: 861 - 862
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 861-862, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:51:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-09-2014-0159
       
  • Serving Online Customers: Lessons for Libraries from the Business World
    • Pages: 862 - 863
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 862-863, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-12-2014-0214
       
  • After the Book: Information Services for the 21st Century
    • Pages: 863 - 864
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 863-864, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-02-2015-0023
       
  • Defining Digital Humanities: A Reader
    • Pages: 864 - 865
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 864-865, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2015-0017
       
  • Using Massive Digital Libraries
    • Pages: 865 - 867
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 865-867, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2015-0016
       
  • The Network Reshapes the Library: Lorcan Dempsey on Libraries, Services,
           and Networks
    • Pages: 867 - 868
      Abstract: The Electronic Library, Volume 33, Issue 4, Page 867-868, August 2015.

      Citation: The Electronic Library
      PubDate: 2015-07-21T10:52:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/EL-03-2015-0045
       
 
 
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