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ISSN (Print) 0340-0352 - ISSN (Online) 1745-2651
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  • Public libraries and the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
    • Authors: Marc Kosciejew
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      As motors of change driving development, public libraries, with their commitment to information provision and access, are crucial to the realization of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This article contributes to emerging Library and Information Science scholarship on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by arguing for the central roles played by public libraries in realizing its goals. The purpose is twofold. First, it overviews the agenda’s history coupled with the start of a literature review of the Library and Information Science research on it. Second, it presents a conceptual framework in which to approach the agenda’s goals and associated targets within the context of public libraries. The ultimate aim is to establish a base for and expand awareness of the UN 2030 Agenda within the Library and Information Science discipline, in addition to promoting the importance of public libraries in advancing sustainable development efforts generally and the agenda specifically.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2020-02-17T01:16:05Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219898708
  • Problems of knowledge management practices in libraries and information
           centres of Bangladesh
    • Authors: Md Nazmul Islam, Md Shariful Islam, Abdur Razzak
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The main goal of the study is to explore the shortcoming in existing knowledge management practices of some selected academic and special libraries and information centres in Bangladesh in terms of knowledge management activities, human resource management, knowledge innovation-based activities and use of ICT as a tool for knowledge management. Data were collected through review of existing literature on knowledge management, and a structured questionnaire designed for a total of 16 libraries including five public university libraries, four private university libraries, six special libraries and one information centre. This study depicts that a good number of the respondents (25%) never tried to promote knowledge exchange and sharing programmes among staff and users. Half of the total respondents (50%) were not interested in encouraging staff members in the talent competition in all categories. About 38% of the respondents never developed knowledge resources for increasing knowledge level and ability among staff and users. The essence of the study is that knowledge management practice in the libraries of Bangladesh has just been started. Finally, the study provides some suggestions for the development of knowledge management practices in the context of libraries and information centres in Bangladesh.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2020-02-14T03:42:01Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219894359
  • Can journals overcome bias and make the peer review process more
    • Authors: Steven W. Witt
      Pages: 275 - 276
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Volume 45, Issue 4, Page 275-276, December 2019.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219894100
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2019)
  • Abstracts
    • Pages: 353 - 365
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Volume 45, Issue 4, Page 353-365, December 2019.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-12-01T08:00:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219894130
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2019)
  • Iranian public libraries’ capacities in preserving and disseminating
           intangible cultural heritage
    • Authors: Leili Seifi, Marziyeh Soltanabadi
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      Since public libraries in Iran have a rich and strong intangible cultural heritage, it is important to study the capacities of these libraries. For this purpose, the method implemented for the study was the Delphi technique. The population of the study consisted of 30 experts and researchers who were selected through targeted sampling. Based on the findings of this study, the roles of Iranian public libraries were the provision of intangible cultural heritage by collecting from local areas, holding public exhibitions and re-narration of intangible cultural heritage. This study further emphasizes the application of intellectual property rights and provision of infrastructure of information technology by Iranian public libraries for the preservation and dissemination of intangible cultural heritage. Concerning research findings, Iranian public libraries are considered one of the knowledge cultural centers for diversity within society that, through preservation and dissemination of intangible cultural heritage, could play a significant role in promotion of the individual’s awareness.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-12-19T11:14:26Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219886608
  • From information, to data, to knowledge – Digital Scholarship Centers:
           An emerging transdisciplinary digital knowledge and research methods
           integrator in academic and research libraries
    • Authors: Zheng (John) Wang, Xuemao Wang
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      In this essay, the authors will discuss the similarities and differences of knowledge management and librarianship. They will propose and articulate the emerging role of academic and research libraries as the integrators of digital knowledge and research methods among academic enterprises, a role which they believe will transform librarians to knowledge professionals. The authors will try to answer or stimulate further discussion of multi-dimensional and provocative questions such as: What are the critical differences between knowledge management and library and information science' Will emerging functions or services, such as digital scholarship centers and research data management practices, allow academic and research libraries to more fully perform the functions of knowledge management' Will libraries’ emerging role in the knowledge creation ecosystem help define their new value proposition, from a collection-centric to knowledge-centric service model' How should libraries position library-based digital scholarship centers to be digital integrators for enterprise-wide digital learning, research, and knowledge creation'
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-12-11T11:38:17Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219885145
  • National and international trends in library and information science
           research: A comparative review of the literature
    • Authors: Mallikarjun Dora, H. Anil Kumar
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.
      The study is an attempt to understand the trends in LIS research by analyzing published literature on the topic. The study identifies and analyses 39 research papers on LIS research trends in various countries, three papers on LIS research trends in regional countries and 13 papers on LIS research trends with an international perspective. The findings of the study reveal that there is a similarity among various countries as far as the LIS research topics are concerned but with a different focus at different periods. While understanding international research trends in LIS, it was interesting to note that the research trend in China was similar to the worldwide research trend while the pattern in other countries differed.
      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-12-11T11:36:57Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219886610
  • 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
  • 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
  • Predatory publishing and the Ghana experience: A call to action for
           information professionals
    • Authors: Kodjo Atiso, Jenna Kammer, Jenny Bossaller
      First page: 277
      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
  • An examination of IFLA and Data Science Association ethical codes
    • Authors: Cheryl Trepanier, Ali Shiri, Toni Samek
      First page: 289
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-31T03:45:00Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219849614
  • The literate environment in Kenya: Re-conceptualizing the value of text
    • Authors: Brooke M Shannon
      First page: 302
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-02T02:01:38Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219845012
  • Knowledge management practice in South Asian higher education institutions
    • Authors: Saima Kanwal, Miguel Baptista Nunes, Muhammad Arif
      First page: 309
      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
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities: A roadmap for diversifying financial
           sources in libraries, Tanzania
    • Authors: Julither Edward Mayombya, Kelefa Mwantimwa, Esther Ndenje-Sichalwe
      First page: 322
      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
  • Barriers to ideal transfer of climate change information in developing
    • Authors: Brady Lund
      First page: 334
      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
  • School librarians in Sweden: A case study in change
    • Authors: Lesley SJ Farmer
      First page: 344
      Abstract: IFLA Journal, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: IFLA Journal
      PubDate: 2019-05-02T02:03:56Z
      DOI: 10.1177/0340035219845018
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