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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  [819 journals]
  • Impact of public domain resources on public libraries in the United States
    • Authors: Arendt, A; Fife, D.
      Pages: 91 - 103
      Abstract: Ownership and rights issues relating to electronic resources can be a source of angst, confusion and litigation. This is due in part to the automatic copyright many individuals receive, including in the United States, upon creation of an original work. However, there are options available for relaxing these rights. One of these options is Creative Commons Zero. Essentially, Creative Commons Zero permits originators of materials of varying sorts to opt to put their creations into the public domain – waiving all copyright and intellectual rights. The ability for originators of works to place these items into the public domain affects not just that individual, but also all others who might make use of the resources or be affected by others who make use of the resources. One area likely to be both directly and indirectly impacted is libraries. After all, a public library is accessible by the public and contains a collection of materials or records kept for reference or borrowing and is generally funded from public sources. In the United States there are approximately 9225 public libraries (administrative entities) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (US Census Bureau, 2009). Based on the above, this document researches the awareness, complexity and effects of Creative Commons Zero and related licenses on libraries as perceived by library directors and managers across the United States. In order to accomplish this, a quantitative survey was administered in an anonymous web-based format.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613518573
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Public libraries and non-users: A comparison between Manchester and Rome
    • Authors: Sbaffi, L; Rowley, J.
      Pages: 104 - 116
      Abstract: This paper presents the findings of a study conducted with library managers from two major metropolitan areas, Greater Manchester in England and Rome in Italy. The study aims to compare practices, activities and policies adopted in the two cities to attract non-users, with particular attention to the approach that librarians take to resolving the non-user issue. This research also revealed differences in the way public libraries are used in the two areas. In Manchester, libraries are predominantly task orientated, offering access points for community services, whereas in Rome the focus is more on entertainment, leisure, and social events. The non-user profiles differ between cities, with non-users being mostly older teenagers and young adults in Manchester and mostly younger teenagers and pensioners in Rome. Reading groups, a key service for encouraging reading and familiarising with library facilities, are well established in England, with 90% of the libraries in Manchester accommodating one or more groups, compared to only 50% of the libraries in Rome offering usually a single group. In addition, Manchester libraries often have a range of specialised reading groups to suit a large variety of reading tastes. Libraries in both cities are aware of the need for proactive marketing and management of their web presence but should look at other countries’ strategies to expand their range of activities and programmes to attract more public.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613503679
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • How do libraries manage the ethical and privacy issues of RFID
           implementation? A qualitative investigation into the decision-making
           processes of ten libraries
    • Authors: Ferguson, S; Thornley, C, Gibb, F.
      Pages: 117 - 130
      Abstract: This paper explores how library managers go about implementing RFID (radio frequency identification) technology and particularly how associated privacy issues have been managed. The research methodology consisted of a literature review, theme identification, interview scheduling, interviews and interview analysis. The sample was 10 libraries or library networks and 18 participants. Findings covered the main drivers of RFID development, perceived benefits, tag data, data security, levels of ethical concern, public consultation, potential impact of technological developments on ethical issues, and managers’ sources of ethical decision making. Analysis of potential ethical issues was not found to be a central part of the process of implementing RFID technology in the libraries. The study sees RFID implementation as an informative example of current practice in the implementation of new technologies in libraries and suggests that we look at management structures and decision-making processes to clarify where responsibility for ethical considerations should lie.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613518572
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Factors affecting the adoption of e-books by information professionals
    • Authors: Aharony; N.
      Pages: 131 - 144
      Abstract: One of the innovations that information technology has presented within information organizations is the phenomenon of e-books. This study seeks to explore information professionals’ attitudes towards e-books adoption. The current study uses the Technology Acceptance Model, a well-known theory for explaining individuals’ technology behaviors (Davis, 1989; Venkatesh and Morris, 2000), as well as personal characteristics such as motivation and cognitive appraisal as theoretical bases from which we can predict factors that may influence information professionals adopting e-books within their organizations. An empirical study was conducted in which 169 participants took part. Using structural equation modeling, we confirm that perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, personal innovativeness and other personal characteristics, are predictors of behavioral intention to use e-books. Results highlight the importance of individual characteristics when considering technology acceptance. Implications for research and practice are discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532120
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Is the library a third place for young people?
    • Authors: Lin, H; Pang, N, Luyt, B.
      Pages: 145 - 155
      Abstract: Despite some previous contributions from the library and information science community to the ongoing scholarly discussions of space and place, the research on ‘library as place’ in the context of young people has received scant attention. To address this gap, a case study of the Jurong Regional Library as place for young people in Singapore was carried out. Oldenburg’s third place concept was deployed as a framework to explore the meaning and role of the Jurong Regional Library for young people in Singapore. Although we found that the library does not function as a third place as advocated by Oldenburg in the strictest sense, it does show that the library is a relevant and engaging place for young people in Singapore. For young people in Singapore, the library is also a social place, study place, as well as information and/or entertainment place. As a social place, young people socialize with others from diverse backgrounds via the library. The ambience of the library creates conducive environment for young people to stay and study diligently. Imbued with collective knowledge, the library is also a place where young people can satisfy their needs for information and/or entertainment.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532303
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Information literacy: A cornerstone for open distance learning at the
           University of South Africa
    • Authors: Mnkeni-Saurombe; N.
      Pages: 156 - 165
      Abstract: Librarians in open distance learning institutions are actively encouraged to develop and implement information literacy programmes for students and academics. This has become a necessity in an open distance learning environment because students and academics function in an information environment that is rapidly developing and becoming increasingly complex. Information literacy is described as a skill that is central to learning. Furthermore, rapid development in technology and the proliferation of information has also led to the transformation of teaching methods at open distance learning institutions. As we embrace methods such as e-learning or blended learning, information literacy training still remains an important factor in producing successful programmes. This paper provides an overview of information literacy training carried out by a group of personal librarians at the University of South Africa library. Information literacy training practice and challenges were identified from the literature as well as a web-based survey. Suggestions on how to tackle these challenges are also offered. This brief study suggests that librarians in open distance learning institutions need to adapt their information literacy training practice to suit their clients’ needs in a progressive open distance learning environment.
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532121
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: G.G. Chowdhury, Sustainability of Scholarly Information
    • Authors: Juznic; P.
      Pages: 166 - 167
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615585921
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: M. Sandra Wood (ed.), Successful Library Fundraising: Best
    • Authors: Chapman; E. A.
      Pages: 167 - 168
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615585923
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: Robert L. Maxwell, Maxwell's Handbook for RDA: Explaining and
           Illustrating RDA: Resource Description and Access Using MARC 21
    • Authors: Higgins; C.
      Pages: 168 - 169
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615586328
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
  • Book review: Beth C. Thomsett-Scott (ed.), Marketing with Social Media: A
           LITA Guide
    • Authors: Foster; A.
      Pages: 170 - 170
      PubDate: 2015-05-27T03:30:44-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615586329
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 2 (2015)
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