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Journal Cover Information Technology and Libraries
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  This is an Open Access Journal Open Access journal
   ISSN (Print) 0730-9295 - ISSN (Online) 2163-5226
   Published by Boston College Homepage  [8 journals]
  • Letter from the Editor (March 2018)

    • Authors: Ken Varnum
      First page: 1
      Abstract: This issue marks 50 years of Information Technology and Libraries. The scope and ever-accelerating pace of technological change over the five decades since Journal of Library Automation was launched in 1968 mirrors what the world at large has experienced. From “automating” existing services and functions a half century ago, libraries are now using technology to rethink, recreate, and reinvent services — often in areas that simply were in the realm of science fiction. 
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10388
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • President's Message

    • Authors: Andromeda Yelton
      Pages: 2 - 3
      Abstract: March 2018 message from LITA President Andromeda Yelton.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10386
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • ITAL Editorial Board Thoughts. Halfway Home: User Centered Design and
           Library Websites

    • Authors: Mark Cyzyk
      Pages: 4 - 5
      Abstract: Our Library Website has now gone through two major redesigns in the past five or so years. In both cases, a User Centered Design approach was used to plan the site.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10338
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Information Technology and Libraries at 50: The 1960's in Review

    • Authors: Mark Cyzyk
      Pages: 6 - 7
      Abstract: Part of ITAL's 50th anniversary celebration, this column reviews the highlights of articles published in the 1960s.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10339
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Academic Libraries on Social Media: Finding the Students and the
           Information They Want

    • Authors: Heather A. Howard, Sarah Huber, Lisa V. Carter, Elizabeth Anne Moore
      Pages: 8 - 18
      Abstract: Librarians from Purdue University wanted to determine which social media platforms students use, which platforms they would like the library to use, and what content they would like to see from the library on each of these platforms. We conducted a survey at four of the nine campus libraries to determine student social media habits and preferences. Results show that students currently use Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat more than other social media types; however, students responded that they would like to see the library on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Students wanted nearly all types of content from the libraries on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but they did not want to receive business news or content related to library resources on Snapchat. YouTube was seen as a resource for library service information. We intend to use this information to develop improved communication channels, a clear libraries social media presence, and a cohesive message from all campus libraries.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10160
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Accessible, Dynamic Web Content Using Instagram

    • Authors: Jaci Wilkinson
      Pages: 19 - 26
      Abstract: This is a case study in dynamic content creation using Instagram’s API. An embedded feed of the Mansfield Library Archives and Special Collections’ most recent Instagram posts was created for their website’s home page. The process to harness Instagram’s API highlighted competing interests: web services’ desire to most efficiently manage content, Archives staff’s investment in the latest social media trends, and everyone’s institutional commitment to accessibility. 
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10230
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Trope or Trap' Role-Playing Narratives and Length in Instructional

    • Authors: Amanda S. Clossen
      Pages: 27 - 38
      Abstract: This article discussed the results of a survey of over thirteen hundred respondents. This survey was designed to establish the preferences of the viewers of instructional how-to videos, asking the question of whether length as well as the presence of a role-playing narrative enhances or detracts from the viewer experience.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.10046
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Identifying Emerging Relationship in Healthcare Domain Journals via
           Citation Network Analysis

    • Authors: Kuo-Chung Chu, Hsin-Ke Lu, Wen-I Liu
      Pages: 39 - 51
      Abstract: Online e-journal databases enable scholars to search the literature in a research domain, or to cross-search an interdisciplinary field. The key literature can thereby be efficiently mapped out. This study builds a Web-based citation analysis system consisting of four modules: (1) literature search; (2) statistics; (3) articles analysis; and (4) co-citation analysis. The system focuses on the PubMed Central dataset and facilitates specific keyword searches in each research domain in terms of authors, journals, and core issues. In addition, we use data mining techniques for co-citation analysis. The results could assist researchers to develop an in-depth understanding of the research domain. An automated system for co-citation analysis promises to facilitate understanding of the changing trends that affect the journal structure of research domains. The proposed system has the potential to become a value-added database of the healthcare domain, which will benefit researchers.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.9595
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
  • Digitization of Text Documents Using PDF/A

    • Authors: Yan Han, Xueheng Wan
      Pages: 52 - 64
      Abstract: The purpose of this article is to demonstrate a practical use case of PDF/A file format for digitization of textual documents, following recommendation of using PDF/A as a preferred digitization file format. The authors showed how to convert and combine all the TIFFs with associated metadata into a single PDF/A-2b file for a document. Using open source software with real-life examples, the authors show readers how to convert TIFF images, extract associated metadata and ICC profiles, and validate against the newly released PDF/A validator. The generated PDF/A file is a self-contained and self-described container which accommodates all the data from digitization of textual materials, including page-level metadata and/or ICC profiles. With theoretical analysis and empirical examples, PDF/A file format has many advantages over traditional preferred file format TIFF / JPEG2000 for digitization of textual documents.
      PubDate: 2018-03-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v37i1.9878
      Issue No: Vol. 37, No. 1 (2018)
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