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Journal of Librarianship and Information Science    [464 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0961-0006 - ISSN (Online) 1741-6477
     Published by Sage Publications Homepage  [718 journals]   [SJR: 0.812]   [H-I: 14]
  • Books in their suitcases: Leisure reading in the lives of Russian-speaking
           immigrants in Canada
    • Authors: Dali; K.
      Pages: 261 - 293
      Abstract: This article investigates the role of leisure reading in the acculturation process of immigrants in a new country. It analyzes empirical data collected through surveys and semi-structured interviews with a sample of Russian-speaking immigrant readers residing in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It traces the positive and negative roles of leisure reading in immigrant lives and the influence of reading on altering or supporting specific acculturation patterns. It investigates the significance of leisure reading in coping with culture shock, illuminating the humorous side of challenging situations, sharing the immigration experience of others, re-evaluating the national cultural heritage, stabilizing identity, learning about a new country, improving English-language skills, and compensating for the deficiencies in immigrant life. Informed by an innovative theoretical combination of reading and immigration scholarships, this article reveals the potential of understanding the experience of immigration through leisure reading.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612448208|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612448208
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Selection of digital material for preservation in libraries
    • Authors: Ravenwood, C; Matthews, G, Muir, A.
      Pages: 294 - 308
      Abstract: The process of selection underpins many important questions facing those libraries which have responsibility for preservation. Properties of digital material present challenges to established preservation selection drivers and practices, including the increasing volume of digital material; the complexity of some digital objects; changing forms of cultural object creation and ownership; and the need for early interventions to keep material useable over time. This paper examines relevant library and related literature to identify and conceptualise factors which affect selection decision making relating to the preservation of digital material in libraries. It describes six organisational areas of concern: resources and volume; criteria; policy; legal and ethical issues; roles and responsibility; and user aspects of selection. Particular challenges include the need to revisit criteria and develop policies for preservation and selection along with the effect of unclear roles, responsibilities and expectations of a wide range of stakeholders.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612452030|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612452030
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • An impact-based filtering approach for literature searches
    • Authors: Vista; A.
      Pages: 309 - 315
      Abstract: This paper aims to present an alternative and simple method to improve the filtering of search results so as to increase the efficiency of literature searches, particularly for individual researchers who have limited logistical resources. The method proposed here is scope restriction using an impact-based filter, made possible by the emergence of freely available citation databases in conjunction with new tools to access and process the data efficiently. Results from a simulated search are compared between a conventional date-ranged filtered search and an impact-based filtered search using Publish or Perish as the citation analysis software. The utility and practical implications of this approach are further discussed.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612448207|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612448207
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • How implementation of bibliometric practice affects the role of academic
    • Authors: Astrom, F; Hansson, J.
      Pages: 316 - 322
      Abstract: This article discusses potential consequences of implementing bibliometrics as an institutionalized practice in academic libraries. Results are reported from a survey among libraries in Sweden with organized bibliometric activities. Incorporating bibliometric activities is one way of redefining and widening the role of the library. Implementation of bibliometric practice is motivated by ambitions to provide more complete scholarly communication-related services, as well as to increase the visibility and status of libraries. Underlying reasons are professional competencies such as metadata and bibliographic database management; and bibliometrics being strong within library and information science. Incorporating bibliometrics in academic libraries is also seen as a way of widening the professional profile of librarianship. The new role should, however, also be considered from the viewpoint of potential changes in how academic libraries are perceived when incorporating a monitoring function through bibliometric analyses of research performance in addition to traditional service-oriented functions.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612456867|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612456867
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Digital marketing in independent libraries in the United Kingdom
    • Authors: Bishop, T; Rowley, J.
      Pages: 323 - 334
      Abstract: This article aims to investigate the approach to marketing and promotion adopted by independent libraries, with specific reference to the development of their digital presence. A three-phase mixed methodology approach was adopted which incorporated a website survey, a questionnaire, and telephone and face-to-face interviews. Data collection focused on the member libraries of the Association of Independent Libraries. Independent libraries are reluctant to engage fully with marketing and technology due to limited resources, fears over security and staff numbers, and a lack of familiarity with the concepts. In libraries where staff are already familiar with using digital technology, there is a greater uptake of digital applications on the library’s behalf. The libraries can benefit from viewing their offer more flexibly and communicating with patrons in ways appropriate to their targets including the use of websites, email and Web 2.0.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612453473|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612453473
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Information literacy in Oman's higher education: A descriptive-inferential
    • Authors: Al-Aufi, A; Al-Azri, H.
      Pages: 335 - 346
      Abstract: This study aims to identify the current status of information literacy among the students at Sultan Qaboos University in their final year through using the Big6 model for solving information problems. The study utilizes self-assessment survey approach, with the questionnaire as a tool for data collection. It surveyed undergraduate students of Sultan Qaboos University, enrolled in their final year for the academic year 2010/2011. Collected data from 550 valid questionnaires were processed using SPSS. The results indicated high rates of information literacy skills. Among the Big6 skills synthesis, including the ability of respondents in summarizing, combining and linking, using consistent style of organization, and using a variety of ways to display information was ranked first, while the skill of location and access scored the lowest. Significant statistical differences attributed to specialization, gender, English fluency, and computer skills were also indicated at minor levels. The amount of literature relating to information literacy in the Arab World is comparatively less than that in the developed countries. No empirical studies that investigate the competencies of information literacy among university students have previously been conducted in Oman.
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613486824|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000613486824
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Book review: David Stern, How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult
           Times: Purposeful Abandonment
    • Authors: Casselden; B.
      Pages: 347 - 347
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613502892|hwp:resource-id:splis;45/4/347
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Book review: Anne Welsh and Sue Batley, Practical Cataloguing: AACR, RDA
           and MARC 21
    • Authors: Higgins; C.
      Pages: 348 - 349
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613502893|hwp:resource-id:splis;45/4/348
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Book review: Susie Andretta, Ways of Experiencing Information Literacy:
           Making the Case
    • Authors: Mattson; J.
      Pages: 349 - 350
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613502894|hwp:resource-id:splis;45/4/349
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Book review: R. David Lankes, The Atlas of New Librarianship
    • Authors: McMenemy; D.
      Pages: 350 - 351
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613502895|hwp:resource-id:splis;45/4/350
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
  • Book review: Mary Krautter, Mary Beth Lock and Mary G. Scanlon (eds), The
           Entrepreneurial Librarian: Essays on the Infusion of Private-Business
           Dynamism into Professional Service
    • Authors: Isfandyari-Moghaddam; A.
      Pages: 351 - 352
      PubDate: 2013-12-01T22:34:03-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613502896|hwp:resource-id:splis;45/4/351
      Issue No: Vol. 45, No. 4 (2013)
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