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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  [842 journals]
  • 'So what made you decide to become a school librarian? Reasons people
           currently working in New Zealand school libraries give for their choice of
    • Authors: Walker, L; Calvert, P.
      Pages: 111 - 122
      Abstract: It is an exciting time to be a school librarian, but there are concerns about possible shortages in the profession in the not too far distant future, as the ‘baby-boomer’ generation currently working in schools approaches retirement. In order to attract and retain suitably qualified new recruits to the profession, this study examines the reasons why people choose this area of librarianship. Using Herzberg’s motivation theory in the world of work as a framework, nine librarians currently employed in secondary schools were interviewed about their reasons for choosing school librarianship as a profession. This qualitative study concludes that for most women school librarianship is a conscious lifestyle choice, as the availability of flexible hours offers superior work/life balance. Other factors are the environment, plus the people, and the job itself which offers autonomy, variety, and immensely satisfying work. The two major sources of dissatisfaction are pay and conditions of employment.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614547969
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Coverage of the competencies required by special librarians at three
           different levels of Library and Information Science curricula
    • Authors: Peyvand Robati, A; Yusuf, B.
      Pages: 123 - 136
      Abstract: This paper is the second part of a two-part research project that considers to the extent to which the competencies required by special librarians are addressed in the existing Iranian Library and Information Science curricula. For this purpose, a survey was conducted by using a questionnaire with a dichotomous scale (Yes/No), involving Library and Information Science departments in Iran. The results revealed that, overall, the Associate curriculum is helping students to acquire 18 (32.72%) of the 55 required competencies, the Bachelors curriculum is helping them to obtain 77 (63.11%) of the 122 necessary competencies, and the Masters curriculum is helping students gain 83 (68.03%) of the 122 required competencies. The results also demonstrate the strengths and weaknesses of the current Library and Information Science curricula in terms of providing graduates with the necessary competencies to work in special libraries.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614551449
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Reflective practice in the library and information sector
    • Authors: Greenall, J; Sen, B. A.
      Pages: 137 - 150
      Abstract: This study explores the use of reflection by library and information staff to support practice and continuing development. A questionnaire was sent to library and information mailing lists. A total of 424 responses were received, though the response rate varied for each question. Of 423 respondents 92% identified themselves as reflective practitioners, and 52% of 363 respondents engaged in reflective writing. A number of benefits and barriers were identified. It is concluded that reflective practice and reflective writing are valuable tools for library and information staff, particularly for professional development. Employers and professional bodies have a role in facilitating reflective practice.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614551450
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • The changing roles, responsibilities and skills of subject and learning
           support librarians in the Southern African Customs Union region
    • Authors: Chanetsa, B; Ngulube, P.
      Pages: 151 - 176
      Abstract: The study investigated, within the Southern African Customs Union region, the titles, roles, responsibilities, educational qualifications and skills of subject librarians. Semi-structured questionnaires were sent to 179 subject and other learning support librarians. The findings revealed that subject librarians performed many different tasks, emanating from the key responsibility areas of information literacy instruction, research support, faculty liaison, collection development and marketing. It found that changes had occurred in the profession over time, largely because of technological advances, and that these mainly affected the way tasks were performed, and resulted in subject librarians having to constantly update their skills in order to remain effective and relevant.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614551451
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Scaffolding in information search: Effects on less experienced searchers
    • Authors: Theng, Y.-L; Lee, E. A, Chu, S. K.-W, Lee, C. W. Y, Chiu, M. M.-L, Chan, R. C. H.
      Pages: 177 - 190
      Abstract: This study aims to investigate how expert scaffolded training could help, from novice postgraduate students’ point of view, and foster development of information search ability among postgraduate students. Using a quasiexperimental design over a year and a half, eight doctoral students (novice searchers) participated in a series of five sessions with an expert searcher who was an information professional. A novice-expert comparison examined the differences between novices and experts in information searching; and the effect of scaffolding sessions in which the expert information searcher helped novice information searchers was examined. Findings showed differences existed between the novice and the expert searchers in use of complex formulation of query statements, choice of keywords, and operators. Scaffolding sessions with the expert searcher resulted in self-reported and observable improvement in information searching among the novice searchers. The paper concludes with a discussion of the design of information retrieval systems and recommendations for library programmes to support the continued development of research students’ information literacy skills.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:15-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615595455
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • The impact of the Balanced Scorecard in libraries: From performance
           measurement to strategic management
    • Authors: de la Mano, M; Creaser, C.
      Pages: 191 - 208
      Abstract: A literature review of the development of the Balanced Scorecard in libraries was used to develop a series of hypotheses on the main characteristics of its implementation, use and outcomes. These were tested via an electronic questionnaire sent to a sample of 49 academic, public and national libraries worldwide known to be using the Balanced Scorecard, with 15 respondents. The results show that the key driver for most was to improve library management; considerable support was needed in developing the framework; selecting the Key Performance Indicators was the most challenging implementation issue; and most felt they had benefited from using the Balanced Scorecard.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614558078
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Creative Commons licences in cultural heritage institutions in Flanders
    • Authors: Evens; T.
      Pages: 209 - 217
      Abstract: Cultural heritage institutions increasingly consider Creative Commons licences as a useful model for overcoming the barriers created by traditional copyright frameworks and for opening up archives, databases and collections for public use. However, there is little empirical evidence to support this claim. This article therefore focuses on the use of Creative Commons among cultural heritage institutions in Flanders (the northern part of Belgium) and presents the results of two sector surveys held in 2008 and 2012. Using two data points, the study provides an overview of the evolution of the use of Creative Commons and reveals the copyright policies of cultural heritage institutions.
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615591649
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review: Carol Smallwood (ed.), The Complete Guide to Using Google in
           Libraries: Research, User Applications, and Networking, Volume 2
    • Authors: Isfandyari-Moghaddam; A.
      Pages: 218 - 219
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000616652254
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
  • Book review: Jane Devine and Francine Egger-Sider, Going Beyond Google
           Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible Web
    • Authors: Crinnion; K.
      Pages: 219 - 220
      PubDate: 2016-06-08T00:24:16-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000616652255
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 2 (2016)
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