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Journal Cover Library and Information Research
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   ISSN (Print) 0141-6561 - ISSN (Online) 1756-1086
   Published by CILIP Homepage  [2 journals]
  • Editorial

    • Authors: Diane Rasmussen Pennington
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • CILIPS Conference 2017 – Student Report

    • Authors: Laura Cagnazzo, Luca Fois, Katie Rowley
      Abstract: This article gathers the perceptions of three students attending the MSc in Information & Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde, after participating at the CILIPS Conference – Strategies for Success - held in Dundee on 6-7 June 2 017. The authors provide an informative overview of the presentations and workshops delivered on the second day of the event, enriched by personal viewpoints. Learning outcomes of a first experience as attendees of a professional conference are outlined, together with a reflection on current state and future developments of the information and library sector.
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • Research support for academics: Case studies of two Vietnamese

    • Authors: Tom Denison, Hue Thi Pham, Thoa Ninh Thi Kim
      Abstract: With the introduction of quality assurance and accreditation requirements for Vietnamese universities, academics are under increasing pressure with regard to teaching workloads and improved research outcomes, for example, in the number and quality of research publications produced (Ninh, 2013; MoET, 2017a). Using two prominent Vietnamese universities as case studies, this paper explores the ways in which the libraries in the two universities currently provide support for research, the gaps in service provision, and the issues that impact on the ability of libraries to provide a high standard of service. The findings provided some insights into the type of strategies that could be adopted in the future, emphasising the need to involve collaboration with other university services, improvements in library staff research skills and knowledge, and ways of overcoming the barriers of organisational, cultural and social attitudes.
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • The development and use of a research self-efficacy scale to assess the
           effectiveness of a research training program for academic librarians

    • Authors: Kristine R Brancolini, Marie R Kennedy
      Abstract: Research self-efficacy – or research confidence – has been shown to be a predictor of research productivity. There is also some evidence that it is a mediating factor between the research training environment and research productivity. To explore the connection between research training and research self-efficacy, the authors developed, validated, and later expanded a scale to measure research self-efficacy among academic librarians. They used the expanded 38-item scale to measure the research self-efficacy of participants from a three-year research training workshop for academic librarians, comparing results before and after the workshop. Participants experienced significant increases in research self-efficacy across all 38-questions, within the annual cohorts and across all three years. The question-level results were used to make changes to the summer workshops in Years 2 and 3, in order to improve the effectiveness of the summer workshop to increase research self-efficacy. This study confirms that a measurement of research self-efficacy can be a useful tool in assessing the effectiveness of research training and improving that training.
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • Implementing Koha at Regent University College, Ghana: A case study of
           options, opportunities and challenges

    • Authors: Kwasi Darko-Ampem
      Abstract: This paper shares the automation experience of Regent University College in relation to the selection and implementation of Koha library management system. It is a first time automation project which looked at the options available to Regent, a private university in Ghana. The background information and the literature review provide the context for the decision to choose the ‘independent’ route of a wholly in-house solution. Koha as an open source system meets the systems requirements and financial needs of Regent. In addition, it provided the Project team with the ‘sandbox’ in which to try its hands at offering the Koha solution to Regent. Examples from earlier adopters of Koha guided the selection and adoption and the ten-month account gives the detail of events leading to the selection and adoption. Lessons learnt include the development of staff expertise, working strengths of library and IT staff, and project management skills. The benefits are cost savings made for the parent institution and service improvement for the Regent Ghana Library. The major challenge was staff time and commitment to the full implementation of the project. Also, as the first reported case study on Koha in Ghana, it serves as guide to would be adopters of the library system
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • Ridge, M. (Ed.). (2014). Crowdsourcing our cultural heritage.
           Farnham: Ashgate.

    • Authors: Anna James
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • Broughton, V. (2015). Essential classification (2nd ed.). London:
           Facet Publishing.

    • Authors: Jennifer May
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
  • Worley, L., & Spells, S. (2014). BIALL handbook of legal information
           management (2nd ed.). Farnham: Ashgate.

    • Authors: Tina Reynolds
      PubDate: 2017-12-29
      Issue No: Vol. 41 (2017)
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