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Journal Cover   Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
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   Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
   ISSN (Print) 0961-0006 - ISSN (Online) 1741-6477
   Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [814 journals]
  • The role of school librarians in enhancing science learning
    • Authors: Subramaniam, M; Ahn, J, Waugh, A, Taylor, N. G, Druin, A, Fleischmann, K. R, Walsh, G.
      Pages: 3 - 16
      Abstract: School librarians play a pivotal role in facilitating learning of all subjects in primary and secondary schools in the United States, but their potential contributions to science have not been explored. In this paper, we show how school librarian practices can directly enhance aspects of science education by providing concrete examples from a study where we engaged school librarians to co-design and co-implement a science-infused after-school program. We found that librarians are a strong asset in science learning, as they foster youth engagement in authentic inquiry practices and engage young people’s everyday life interests in science learning. This study contributes new insight into how librarians can use their expertise to enhance science education efforts in schools.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613493920
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Health literacy and health information behavior of Florida public library
           users: A mixed methods study
    • Authors: Yi; Y. J.
      Pages: 17 - 29
      Abstract: The study aimed to examine users’ self-perceived health information behavior according to their health literacy ability. The proficiency levels for health literacy were measured by scores on the Short Test of Functional Health Literacy Ability (S-TOFHLA). The study conducted self-administered surveys with 131 public library users and semi-structured intensive interviews with 20 users as a follow-up. Surveys found that most participants had proficient levels of health literacy, and there was an association between health literacy and some demographic characteristics such as gender and educational level. The majority assessed their health information behavior as high. Interviewees identified critical barriers to seeking, evaluating, and using health information delivered by public libraries. Findings provided insights into public libraries for better assistance for their users’ particular needs such as preferred resources or services. Above all, the findings acknowledged the challenges of current services, and suggested the strategies for coping with them.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614531159
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Measuring the value of public libraries in the digital age: What the power
           people need to know
    • Authors: Halpin, E; Rankin, C, Chapman, E. L, Walker, C.
      Pages: 30 - 42
      Abstract: The evaluation and impact of public libraries is highly topical as local authorities make decisions about what can and cannot be provided through the public purse. This article reports the outcomes of a research workshop which used the Delphi method to gather opinions from expert stakeholders on this subject. Key themes included the value and social benefits of libraries; the need for effective communication; the need for research; the role of CILIP; and the required next steps. The authors suggest the novel approach of using a human rights-based approach to support arguments in favour of public library provision.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613497746
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Modelling public library value using the contingent valuation method: The
           case of the Municipal Library of Prague
    • Authors: Hajek, P; Stejskal, J.
      Pages: 43 - 55
      Abstract: Traditional contingent valuation methods to estimate public library value include ‘willingness to pay’ and ‘willingness to accept compensation’. Elicitation design accounts for the large part of the willingness to accept compensation/willingness to pay disparity. Payment mechanism is an important issue in the process of the elicitation design. Various payment mechanisms are employed in this study. Our findings suggest that the willingness of people to decide about the allocation of a certain amount of their taxes (tax decrease or increase) represents a compromise between the increasingly discussed out-of-pocket willingness to pay and in-pocket willingness to accept compensation approaches. The main determinants of public library value (in the case of the Municipal Library of Prague) include available income of the households, frequency of use of the services, and alternative costs. Furthermore, the effects of both the use and importance of services on the public library value is investigated. The importance of loan services is the major determinant of the value.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614525217
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Capturing shared mental models: An approach for bona fide groups
    • Authors: Matteson; M.
      Pages: 56 - 70
      Abstract: Research on group cognition has shown positive associations between shared mental models and team performance. A variety of complex, quantitative methods have been used to elicit, represent and analyze shared mental models in groups. However, for bona fide groups to benefit from the positive outcomes from shared thinking, techniques are needed to capture, represent and understand their shared thinking that are easy to incorporate within their regular tasks and procedures. This article describes a qualitative method for eliciting and representing the shared mental models about the task and team interaction in a group of library managers. Findings are presented that show where there was similarity and divergence in the group’s thinking, and how that thinking changed over time. Research limitations of the technique are discussed along with ideas for groups to implement this method in practice.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613499362
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Regulating Internet access and content in UK public libraries: Findings
           from the MAIPLE project
    • Authors: Spacey, R; Cooke, L, Creaser, C, Muir, A.
      Pages: 71 - 84
      Abstract: This paper reports the results of an online survey concerning the management of Internet access in UK public libraries. All UK public library authorities were invited to complete the survey which had a response rate of 39%. The survey explored the ways in which acceptable use of the Internet in public libraries is managed through the use of mechanisms such as filtering software and authentication of identity. All 80 responding public library authorities used filtering software. Procedures for authenticating identity for static Internet access were uniform whereas wireless access was much less regulated.
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613500688
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book review: Beth C. Thomsett-Scott (ed.), Marketing with Social Media: A
           LITA Guide
    • Authors: Murphy; H.
      Pages: 85 - 86
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614562133
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
  • Book review: Carol Smallwood and Linda Burkey Wade (eds), Job Stress and
           the Librarian: Coping Strategies from the Professionals
    • Authors: Isfandyari-Moghaddam; A.
      Pages: 86 - 87
      PubDate: 2015-03-09T05:50:08-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615573605
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 1 (2015)
       
 
 
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