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ISSN (Print) 0340-0352 - ISSN (Online) 1745-2651
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  • Special issue: Health information transforming lives
    • Authors: Maria G. N. Musoke
      Pages: 185 - 186
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Volume 45, Issue 3, Page 185-186, October 2019.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-09-06T05:08:53Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219859168
  • Abstracts
    • Pages: 254 - 271
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Volume 45, Issue 3, Page 254-271, October 2019.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-09-06T05:08:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219862172
  • Semantic modeling for education of library and information sciences in
           Iran, based on Soft Systems Methodology
    • Authors: Amir Hessam Radfar, Fatima Fahimnia, Mohammad Reza Esmaeili, Moluk al-Sadat Beheshti
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Reviewing the recently published texts in the field of library and information science education indicates some fundamental problems in this pedagogic process. According to different factors dealing with the process, confronting the challenges is considered as complex issues. Therefore, in this research Soft Systems Methodology, an action research method, was chosen to propose a comprehensive model to solve the mentioned problems. Based on the Checkland seven proposed stages, the problem situation was identified, and then it was expressed in the form of a rich picture. Driving root definitions and the CATWOE model were cleared to accomplish the conceptual model. Comparison of the conceptual model to the real world, also proposing feasible and desired changes are the fifth and sixth stages of the research. Finally, taking action to improve the current situation in the field of LIS education finished the procedure. Utilizing the steps of Soft Systems Methodology, this research draws the rich picture illustrating the process of LIS education and its issues dealing with the related ecosystem. Accordingly, the final model consisting of three ontologies was attained. To validate the semantic model, Cohen’s kappa coefficient was calculated. The model, approved by high level of expert agreement, not only can be an appropriate solution for the problems involved in library and information science education in Iran, but also can be considered as a pattern for future researches in designation and implementation of a semantic model of education in other disciplines.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-11-12T03:02:52Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219881641
  • Knowledge management in practice in academic libraries
    • Authors: Sandra Shropshire, Jenny Lynne Semenza, Regina Koury
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Developments in higher education present disruptions in the normal operations of an academic library. Shrinking budgets, technological innovations, and changes in staffing each cause organizations to question traditional mores and can motivate managers to utilize new ways of thinking to manage workflow and to address evolving institutional initiatives. Knowledge management has emerged as one such way of thinking about management challenges. The authors present basic knowledge management principles, and identify and analyse knowledge management practices at two academic libraries.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-11-08T02:37:28Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219878865
  • Adult learning theories and autoethnography: Informing the practice of
           information literacy
    • Authors: Karen Bordonaro
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The learning theories of self-directed learning and lifelong learning can inform the practice of information literacy in higher education for adult learners. These theories lend themselves to the use of autoethnography, a research methodology that relies on the exploration of lived experiences through reflexivity informed by theory. In conducting an autoethnography on information literacy, its practice appears as both a singular and a collective activity. Multiple ramifications for practice come from this exploration. These ramifications include considerations of choices, barriers, conducive learning environments, informal learning opportunities, and the need for reflection for adult learners. Applying the learning theories of self-directed learning and lifelong learning to the practice of information literacy offers librarians new and useful perspectives on its practice with adult learners.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-10-11T02:52:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219874046
  • Knowledge management practice in South Asian higher education institutions
    • Authors: Saima Kanwal, Miguel Baptista Nunes, Muhammad Arif
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The investigation reported in this paper intended to explore the research on knowledge management in higher educational institutions in South Asian countries. A systematic literature review was conducted to identify, select and retrieve relevant scholarly literature, by following a detailed protocol and a systematic data extraction strategy. The findings of the study showed that limited research on knowledge management in the context of higher educational institutions was conducted in both theoretical aspects and practical implementations, denoting an imperative to conduct more research in this area. The findings also disclosed that multiple factors affect the knowledge management practices among primary higher educational institution agents: faculty, administrative staff, and information professionals. As the result of the analysis of the literature review findings, a conceptual framework is proposed, which is expected to provide a good foundation for future research as well as pave the way towards more successful knowledge management implementations in the higher educational institutions in South Asia and beyond.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-10-10T03:20:22Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219876958
  • Taxonomy design methodologies: Emergent research for knowledge management
    • Authors: Virginia M. Tucker
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      A knowledge management research study was integrated into a consulting internship for three students in an MLIS programme, working under the direction of a faculty member. The project scope was to organise knowledge across all academic disciplines, as represented in university structures, in support of the consulting client’s software analytics tools for scholarly journal publishers. The study team’s original research contribution was a four-phase design and validation approach to taxonomy creation, using extant research methods in concert. The students learned to bridge their coursework knowledge into a knowledge management environment in industry and to apply data collection and analysis methods to a novel research project.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-09-24T03:16:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219877206
  • Determining the impact of knowledge sharing initiatives in international
           organizations: Case studies
    • Authors: Linda Stoddart
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      No one disputes that knowledge is the lifeblood of international organizations and especially specialized agencies of the United Nations. However, there has been little consensus on the best methods to share knowledge, leverage the extensive international expertise and make it available to the constituents and partners of these organizations. What is their strategy for managing knowledge' Do they have one' What impact does it have' What is the role of senior management in championing knowledge sharing in these international organizations' These are the questions this paper addresses through the lenses of the evaluations of current knowledge sharing practices in two institutions located in Geneva, Switzerland, both part of the United Nations system.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-09-11T03:02:48Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219870198
  • Knowledge management and innovation: Two explicit intentions pursued by
           Spanish university libraries
    • Authors: Ana R. Pacios
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      This article analyses the content of three types of institutional statements (mission, vision and values) published on Spanish university libraries’ websites. The aim is to determine whether they express explicit support for knowledge management and innovation in the university. The analysis revealed that 75% of the population (n = 76) published at least one such statement. The most widely published of the three types was the mission statement, 37 of which contained the terms ‘knowledge’ or ‘innovation’, particularly the former, present in 33. The vision statements of 17 libraries alluded to both, in practically the same proportion. ‘Innovation’ appeared in 20 of 28 libraries with statements of values, denoting the high esteem in which that conceit is held by university librarians. These statements stand as proof that libraries regard innovation and some stage of knowledge management as primary aims, with the furtherance of knowledge creation/generation the one most frequently cited.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T03:01:29Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219870201
  • The Organizational Trap-Gap Framework: A conceptual view of library
    • Authors: Spencer Acadia
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      This article offers a conceptual framework of library dysfunction by defining it in terms of ‘trap-gaps’ that happen when libraries become stuck relying on their outdated, legacy habits that, in turn, lead to discontinuities in new organizational knowledge, competency, and strategy. According to the Organizational Trap-Gap Framework, library leaders may address trap-gaps by blending theories and methods from knowledge management, organizational learning, organizational behavior, and organizational development; supporting a new culture of learning that relies on the socially interactive and performative elements of play, questioning, and imagination; and applying new, reformed processes of knowing, competence, and strategizing. The article concludes with a hypothetical consideration of the trap-gap framework using lack of organizational communication as an example along with further reflection on pertinent issues related to library leaders’ utility of the framework such as top-down dynamics, ethics, and cultural environment.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T03:00:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219870199
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: A roadmap for diversifying financial
           sources in libraries, Tanzania
    • Authors: Julither Edward Mayombya, Kelefa Mwantimwa, Esther Ndenje-Sichalwe
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Dwindling of operating budgets is one of the longstanding problems libraries of different kinds and sizes face. This study has examined entrepreneurial opportunities and ventures available at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and Tanzania Library Services Board (TLSB) libraries in Tanzania. The study employed both qualitative and quantitative approaches to data collection and analysis. Apart from key informant interviews and observations, primary data were collected from 55 library staff using self-administered questionnaires. The study discloses that entrepreneurship opportunities were insignificantly harnessed to diversify financial sources at these libraries. The findings further inform that donors and the government remain the principal sources of income for these libraries. On the basis of the findings, the study recommends that libraries should formulate and implement strategic plans that will guide entrepreneurship projects. Also, as a way to create entrepreneurship readiness, capacity building among library staff has been recommended.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T02:59:30Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219868824
  • Predatory publishing and the Ghana experience: A call to action for
           information professionals
    • Authors: Kodjo Atiso, Jenna Kammer, Jenny Bossaller
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Researchers in developing countries are more likely to publish in predatory journals (Xia et al., 2015). This study investigates the understanding that research scientists in Ghana, a developing country, have about predatory journals and their publishing practices. Using a mixed methods approach, research scientists within one cluster of research organizations in Ghana were asked about their awareness of the characteristics of predatory journals, based on their own experience as a researcher. Their publications were also examined. The results indicate that most of the research scientists in this study are aware of predatory journals and are often solicited by them, but are less aware of tools they can use to determine the quality of a particular publication. In addition, 12% of the articles published that make up 24% of the unique journals in which these researchers published could be considered “predatory”. The findings of this research are significant because they indicate that research scientists may have more awareness of predatory journals than is expected, but that they may lack the training or tools necessary for deciding whether or not a journal is legitimate.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-08-27T02:58:50Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219868816
  • Barriers to ideal transfer of climate change information in developing
    • Authors: Brady Lund
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Global climate change is one of the most pressing crises of the 21st century, with its economic impact anticipated to be in the trillions of dollars, causing major political and social upheaval. While evidenced-based research suggests means through which nations can adapt to climate change, there are tremendous barriers to this information reaching the most vulnerable populations: those who live in developing nations. An investigation of the factors contributing to these barriers identifies three broad phases in the lifecycle of information that have contributed to these unfavorable conditions: the reproduction and dissemination of information, the organization and storage of information, and the diffusion of information/knowledge. Each of these phases is described as well as potential solutions to improve the transfer of information and the effectiveness of developing nations to adapt to climate change conditions.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-05T09:37:06Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219857751
  • An examination of IFLA and Data Science Association ethical codes
    • Authors: Cheryl Trepanier, Ali Shiri, Toni Samek
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-31T03:45:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219849614
  • School librarians in Sweden: A case study in change
    • Authors: Lesley SJ Farmer
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-02T02:03:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219845018
  • The literate environment in Kenya: Re-conceptualizing the value of text
    • Authors: Brooke M Shannon
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-02T02:01:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219845012
  • Transforming lives: Combating digital health inequality
    • Authors: Bob Gann
      First page: 187
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-07T09:09:43Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219845013
  • Towards new ways of assessing the impact of local medical journals: A
           proposal and call for change
    • Authors: Christine Wamunyima Kanyengo, Mercy Wamunyima Monde, Akakandelwa Akakandelwa
      First page: 199
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The relevance of research output to the local community is critical to changing practice. Research relevance has to be determined using measurements that show that the knowledge that arose from that research has made an impact on society. This paper, based on a literature review and preliminary research results, advocates for research impact measurements which take account of local contexts when evaluating the relevance of a journal article or indeed any research output. It concludes that a journal should go beyond traditional measurement metrics of citation analysis and bibliometrics alone as a measure of research impact. Although it is important to standardise measurements, it is also important that local communities should be encouraged to choose measurements of research output that matter to them. The proposed ways of assessing research impact are: (a) change in policies in the health sector, (b) effect on local medical treatment guidelines, (c) effect on case management, (d) use in continuous professional development, and (e) impact on local knowledge production.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-08T08:41:49Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219858709
  • Health information literacy awareness and capacity building: Present and
    • Authors: Terri Ottosen, Nandita S. Mani, Megan N. Fratta
      First page: 207
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Health literacy is increasingly important in today’s complex information ecosystem, both nationally and globally. Across the world, whether people live in “information rich” or “information poor” societies, the role of our profession is a vital one. In the developed world, the ubiquitous nature of health information creates a wealth of accessible content and simultaneously has created confusion as to what information is reliable, how health information can be utilized, and whether or not information is produced in a meaningful manner. In the developing world, content may be non-existent, culturally inappropriate or inaccessible in terms of language and other barriers. In order to mitigate the health information crisis we are now facing, we need to collaborate and respond to the challenges raised by the complexity of health information. Librarians and other information professionals can and must play an important role in improving health literacy in their communities. This paper considers international efforts towards improving health in both information poor and information rich settings, including work showcased in recent years at IFLA’s Health & Biosciences Libraries Section Open Sessions at the World Library & Information Congress (WLIC). It discusses health literacy in the US and other developed economies, and looks in detail at innovative work by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)where the Health Sciences Library (HSL), a part of the University Libraries, has strengthened efforts surrounding health literacy in local communities and throughout the state. This paper provides examples of how to partner with multiple constituencies on health literacy and discusses future opportunities for growth and engagement.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-10T07:31:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219857441
  • The importance of public libraries in education for health literacy: A
           case study on diabetic patients
    • Authors: Hamed Pirialam, Maryam Kazerani, Maryam Shekofteh, Zahra Razzaghi
      First page: 216
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Public libraries can play a major role in improving health literacy of clients by offering special services. Educating diabetic patients through public libraries can improve the dissemination of health information. The objective of the study was to evaluate the effect of education on the level of health literacy among diabetic patients referring to a public library, and the relationship between health literacy level, age and gender of patients. This research is a quasi-experimental study with pre-test and post-test. The study population included 48 diabetic patients referring to the public library. The research tool is a nationalized adult health literacy questionnaire in Iran. Results showed that 14.5% of samples had the maximum access to the required information in terms of accessibility. In terms of reading skill, 20% of samples had the maximum skill needed to read the information resources. In terms of information comprehension, 27% of samples had a maximum comprehending of the information they needed. In terms of evaluation, 13.5% of samples had completely correct evaluation of the information they needed. In terms of decision making, 24.5% of the people made decisive decisions about their information demands. The mean health literacy of diabetic patients before and after education showed a significant difference. In addition, no significant relationship was found between the level of health literacy and the age of diabetic patients referring to the public library before and after education (r
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-08T08:25:09Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219857445
  • Health information services: Engaging women in cervical cancer screening
           awareness in Nigeria
    • Authors: Ngozi P. Osuchukwu, Ngozi B. Ukachi
      First page: 224
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Around the world, a woman dies of cervical cancer every two minutes. In Nigeria, it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths, which could be avoided with proper access to health information. This mixed methods study, which employs a questionnaire, interviews, observations and discussion, examined women’s awareness on cervical cancer, screening status, sources, attitude and willingness, factors deterring them from being screened, and lessons learnt. Screening was done using visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA). The study involved two librarians, two medical doctors, a pharmacist and a laboratory scientist: 90 women participated in the cervical screening exercise in non-standard settings – an e-library and a cathedral. It was discovered that 90% of the women had never been screened. Thus, if the women are not sensitized on cervical cancer they may never go for screening and more casualties will be recorded. The paper concludes with recommendations and a call to action for all, especially librarians.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-16T10:42:08Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219861400
  • Advancing scholarly publishing through open access biomedical
           repositories: A knowledge management perspective
    • Authors: Lisa Kruesi, Kerry Tanner, Frada Burstein
      First page: 233
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-08T10:25:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219846139
  • The role of the university library in creating inclusive healthcare
           hackathons: A case study with design-thinking processes
    • Authors: Bethany McGowan
      First page: 246
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Librarians can utilize design-thinking practices to develop instructional materials, in the development of new products and services, and in prototyping novel solutions to problems. This paper will explore the role of design thinking in teaching and learning via the use of the Blended Librarians Adapted Addie Model (BLAAM), and will illustrate how well-designed learning approaches can be used to create inclusive learning environments. It will present a case study showcasing how an academic health sciences librarian utilized a design-thinking process to create a health data literacy instruction service that encourages diverse participation in healthcare hackathons.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-07-09T11:28:58Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219854214
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