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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  [852 journals]
  • Factors affecting users assessment of the economic value of university
           library services
    • Authors: Ko, Y. M; Shim, W, Pyo, S.-H.
      Pages: 223 - 235
      Abstract: Assessing the economic value of academic libraries has emerged as a new approach to the evaluation of library services. Using contingent valuation methods, we collected willingness to pay amounts for five different library services from users at four universities in Korea. Based on past research and the results from a preliminary survey at two institutions, we formulated five hypotheses that tested the efficacy of the factors predicting variations in willingness to pay values. The results indicate that university characteristics such as the type of institutions (public vs. private) and core mission (research vs. instruction) did not seem to affect differences in the service value assessments. The presence of payment cards in the data collection also did not seem to give variability in willingness to pay values. The only factor that seemed to affect these values turned out to be users’ status: faculty members consistently assigned higher amounts than students. For economic valuation methods to be fully appreciated, we need reliable data collection methodologies and more systematic approaches to the factors affecting value assessments. This study is still in its infancy due to the small scope of participating institutions and users; however, this is just a first step towards the proper economic evaluation of library services.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614566338
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • The school librarian as motivational agent and strategist for reading
    • Authors: Dominguez, N; Garcia, I, Martino, J, Mendez, A.
      Pages: 236 - 246
      Abstract: The promotion of reading appreciation is one of the many responsibilities of school librarians. Different strategies have been used in elementary and middle school to achieve this, and these strategies need to meet the students’ interests. This article presents the results of a study that was conducted to identify the different strategies elementary and middle school librarians in Puerto Rico are currently using to promote reading appreciation. A total of 24 elementary school librarians and 12 middle school librarians completed a questionnaire. The participants work in public schools located in different cities around the island of Puerto Rico. Through the collected data it was possible to identify and compare the different strategies. Some of the conclusions indicate that school librarians consider Library Week a key activity for the promotion of reading appreciation, and the Internet as a key resource for the implementation of the different activities they design. The conclusions also acknowledge that school librarians face different challenges, the most difficult being collaboration and support from the students’ parents. In general, this study provides useful information to be considered by school librarians, school administrators, and by the Department of Education as a way of identifying what needs to be done in terms of reading appreciation. It also provides school librarians with an overview of important elements that are needed when promoting reading as a key activity in the learning process.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615591650
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • Micro-blogging practices in Canadian public libraries: A national snapshot
    • Authors: Cavanagh; M. F.
      Pages: 247 - 259
      Abstract: This paper reports the first phase of a study examining Canada’s public library sector’s micro-blogging practices. Results of a national survey of public library (n=71) Twitter practices and an analysis of Twitter followers from one library are presented. Five themes are proposed as a future research agenda: community size and population density; managing the public library’s Twitter voice; the potential for controversy; the library as the community’s daily digest; and the network effects of community building. As the first national study, a contribution is made to advancing research on micro-blogging from the public library’s distinct institutional perspective.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614566339
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • Smart divide: Paradigm shift in digital divide in South Korea
    • Authors: Lee; S.
      Pages: 260 - 268
      Abstract: There is still much controversy about whether the broad dissemination of smart devices is closing or deepening the digital divide. However, it certainly is clear that the adoption of smart devices has fundamentally evolved the traditional digital divide. This research empirically identified the existence and factors making up the smart divide, which is the evolving digital divide generated by the use of smart devices. After analysing the effects of smart devices, it has identified that the smart divide is being generated among the traditional information-haves not only by external factors such as gender and economic status, but also by an internal factor which is the literacy of smart devices. The smart divide, instead of generating a dichotomic divide, rather is evolving a multilayered interdigitated segmentation within groups of people who own smart devices. In addition, it is a future-oriented divide because it is tied to the opportunities to get information through more information channels on smart devices.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614558079
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • Developments in LGBTQ provision in secondary school library services since
           the abolition of Section 28
    • Authors: Walker, J; Bates, J.
      Pages: 269 - 283
      Abstract: The article explores progress made in LGBTQ provision in UK secondary school libraries since Section 28 was repealed in 2003. Little research has been conducted on LGBTQ provision in UK school libraries. This paper aims to fill a research gap in this field. Data was gathered from two qualitative surveys conducted in 2013. The first survey was aimed at LGBTQ people who had been pupils of a UK secondary school at some point during the period 2003–2013. The second was aimed at librarians currently working in UK secondary schools. The surveys were disseminated using targeted mailing lists and social media. A four-staged thematic analysis of the data was undertaken. The research found that school library use among LGBTQ teens is low due to LGBTQ invisibility and fear experienced by young LGBTQ people. LGBTQ school library provision would be highly valued by most LGBTQ pupils. Librarians are generally positive about LGBTQ provision, although they respond differently to diversity. Some adopt a neutral approach to inclusion; others offer more targeted and active support. Librarians’ knowledge and confidence regarding LGBTQ provision also varies. The paper provides increased insight into LGBTQ school library provision in the UK and provides recommendations to improve practice.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614566340
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • Information overload: The differences that age makes
    • Authors: Benselin, J. C; Ragsdell, G.
      Pages: 284 - 297
      Abstract: Information overload has long been studied as a phenomenon that causes problems at the personal, social and organisational level. This study investigates overload from a new angle, that of the influence of age on perceptions of information overload. A combination of questionnaires, interviews and diaries were used to gain insight into people’s perceptions towards information overload.It was found that people of all ages suffer from information overload but young people are primarily affected by information literacy levels while older people are affected by technology. There was evidence of a link between age and technology use. A link was also found between job role and information overload and the impact technology has had on the quantity of information available. This research will benefit anyone, either individually or within an organisation, looking for ways to combat information overload. It identifies the influence of age on various factors and recommends actions that may be taken to reduce information overload. In particular, recommendations were made for further training in technology and information literacy. The paper is based on an approach not seen before in the literature as it investigates the effects of age on information overload by seeking to understand how perceptions towards information overload may differ between different age groups. It is anticipated that this paper will trigger further studies that could focus on the effect of job role on information overload and the likelihood of information addiction becoming a future concern.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614566341
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
  • Public libraries in Turkey: A retrospective look and the present state
    • Authors: Al, U; Akıllı, S.
      Pages: 298 - 309
      Abstract: The present study offers an overview of the public library system in Turkey and evaluates the libraries from various aspects in the context of the past decade. Public libraries in Turkey are governed by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. As of the end of 2013, there are 1118 public libraries in Turkey with more than one million registered users which is only 1.3% of the total population of the country. The total number of staff in the 1118 public libraries is approximately 3400, of which only 15% are graduates of librarianship programs. As regards collection size, it is observed that there has been a consistent increase in the number of books in public library collections. When considered together with the rate of increase in the total number of registered public library users, however, there has been a major decrease in the number of books per registered public library user in the past decade. The budget allocated for public libraries in Turkey has been consistently greater each year. The public libraries in Turkey offer their services in buildings that vary significantly in terms of architectural design. In general, public libraries in Turkey have been on a developing trend in recent years. On the other hand, the comparisons made in this study with other European countries suggest that there are a number of issues related to public libraries in Turkey that need to be improved.
      PubDate: 2016-08-03T23:07:56-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615592456
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 3 (2016)
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