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   ISSN (Print) 0961-0006 - ISSN (Online) 1741-6477
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  • The librarian 2.0: Identifying a typology of librarians' social media
    • Authors: Vanwynsberghe, H; Vanderlinde, R, Georges, A, Verdegem, P.
      Pages: 283 - 293
      Abstract: This article reports on the identification of librarians’ social media literacy profiles. These profiles were developed through the construction of scales measuring social media competencies. An online questionnaire was developed and administered to a sample of 184 librarians working in Flemish public libraries. Cluster analysis revealed four social media literacy profiles: (1) social media workers; (2) social media laggards; (3) social media literates; and (4) social media spare-time users. This typology of social media literacy profiles is necessary information when developing a successful social media literacy strategy in libraries. Our research results further indicate that librarians who fit the social media literate or social media worker profiles are expected to play a central and facilitating role in the adoption and implementation of social media within public libraries.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613520027
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Supporting family learning and interaction through information and
           communications technology in public libraries in Taiwan
    • Authors: Sung, H.-Y; Siraj-Blatchford, J.
      Pages: 294 - 302
      Abstract: This article presents findings from an action research pilot project, Involve Me, aiming to support family learning and interaction through information and communications technology in public libraries. Five workshops were developed and delivered between August and November 2013 in three public libraries in Taiwan. Technological resources used included computers and handheld devices. Four research methods: questionnaires, participant observation, recording, and social networking, were used to gather data. Evaluation of the workshops reflected a changing role of the researcher from a teacher to children to a facilitator of adult-child interaction through information and communications technology. The pilot project established that supporting family learning and interaction through information and communications technology in public libraries worked, but that further work was required. Building on the evidence collected in this project, academic-practice partnership for supporting adult-child dialogue through information and communications technology is considered an important area to go forward, which requires genuine institutional engagement.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614528967
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Modelling information literacy for classrooms of the future
    • Authors: McNicol; S.
      Pages: 303 - 313
      Abstract: Although numerous models exist to support the development of information literacy skills, most were designed to support 20th-century technologies and pedagogies. It is widely accepted that information literacy models needs to adapt and develop in response to changes in both technology and pedagogy, but the nature of this development is, as yet, uncertain. iTEC (Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms) is a major EU-funded project attempting to bring about transformation in learning and teaching through the strategic application of learning technology. In this article, findings from the evaluation of iTEC are used to consider how effectively information literacy models which are currently available can support emerging technologically-engaged pedagogies. These findings suggest that an information literacy model for the 21st century needs to be flexible, suited to collaborative work and most importantly acknowledge and support students as creators of knowledge, not simply consumers.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614526612
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Public library fieldwork supervisors: A survey of activities, assessment,
           and attitudes
    • Authors: Brannon; S.
      Pages: 314 - 329
      Abstract: Little research directly targets supervisors of fieldwork students in public libraries. This article identifies their feelings and behaviors using Lev Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development theory as a background for design and discussion of results. Fieldwork activities, supervisor assessments, and self-perceived roles are discussed. The study began with an online survey (77 respondents solicited by email) and continued with follow-up questions (25 respondents). Results indicate fieldwork supervisors see themselves as mentors, serving as the ‘more capable peer’ according to Vygotsky, and they guide students from supervised to unsupervised work. Suggestions for further research are given.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614530605
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Comparing digital libraries in the web and mobile contexts from the
           perspective of the digital divide
    • Authors: Zha, X; Zhang, J, Yan, Y.
      Pages: 330 - 340
      Abstract: Building on concepts of the digital divide, this study explores and compares users’ perceptions of web digital libraries and mobile digital libraries in terms of ease of use and usefulness. Data collected from 306 university library users were analyzed. Two figures were used to present the exact nature of users’ perceptions of ease of use and usefulness in terms of data distribution. These figures were supplemented by the paired samples t test which presents the exact mean difference between web digital libraries and mobile digital libraries in terms of ease of use and usefulness. The data distribution suggests that there are more users who think digital libraries are both easy to use and useful whereas mobile digital libraries are neither easy to use nor useful. The mean comparison of ease of use and usefulness shows that web digital libraries significantly exceed mobile digital libraries. These findings and implications are discussed.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532677
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Teleworking in the National Library and Archives of Iran: Teleworkers'
    • Authors: Tahavori; Z.
      Pages: 341 - 355
      Abstract: This research aimed at investigating the attitudes of teleworkers in the National Library and Archives of the Islamic Republic of Iran regarding the regulations, benefits, and drawbacks of teleworking. For this purpose, a self-administered questionnaire consisting of demographic information was used, as well as close-ended and some open-ended questions. The findings indicated that despite some problems such as the low speed of the Internet, excessive workload, inflexibility of work time, and some ambiguities in regulations, all of the teleworkers intended to continue to telework. So, it is concluded that the benefits of teleworking outweigh its drawbacks in the National Library and Archives of Iran.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532676
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Understanding the librarian/user gap in perception of health information
           services: A phenomenographic approach
    • Authors: Yi, Y. J; You, S.
      Pages: 356 - 367
      Abstract: The study aimed to illuminate different perspectives between public library users and librarians in perceiving the major challenges for consumer health information services and suggest how to reduce the gap between them. The study employed phenomenography, a qualitative approach, and conducted semi-structured intensive interviews with 40 public library users and 20 reference librarians at 12 public libraries in Florida and Maryland. Findings identified gaps between user needs and the assistance that librarians provide for them. Privacy issues affect the types of health information resources users prefer, where budget constraints influence the ones on which librarians focus. While traditional reference interviews stress clear communication between users and librarians, the present study underscores that non-verbal communication is crucial in helping users protect their privacy. Understanding the different perspectives of consumer health information services can provide insights for design and evaluation strategies of such service, and training and education of librarians and users.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532861
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Toward learner-centred high school curriculum-based research: A case study
    • Authors: Heath; R. A.
      Pages: 368 - 379
      Abstract: In highlighting the importance of information literacy, this study focuses on bringing the notion of ‘voice’ to high school curriculum-based research. It hangs on the theory that when students learn to own their research by writing themselves into it after accessing, analysing, and interpreting related information, they become information literate. The inquiry group provided a working context within which the emergence of voice may be encouraged. This research is qualitative in nature and takes the form of a case study in which the lived experiences of six students, a history teacher, and a school librarian were examined. The application of an action research model saw the student participants completing their own research projects while employing the Big6 skills created by Eisenberg and Berkowitz (1990). The study combined the information search process from Library and Information Studies with social constructivist learning theories from Education. Researchers and scholars in Library and Information Studies and Education will find this study interesting and relevant. It will also add to the limited Caribbean literature on this topic and act as a guide for future curriculum planning and implementation by educational administrators and other key stakeholders.
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614532396
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Book review: Bradford Lee Eden (ed.), Leading the 21st-Century Academic
           Library: Successful Strategies for Envisioning and Realizing Preferred
    • Authors: Lamb; K. M.
      Pages: 380 - 381
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615616477
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
  • Book review: Les Watson (ed.), Better Library and Learning Space:
           Projects, Trends and Ideas
    • Authors: Latimer; K.
      Pages: 381 - 382
      PubDate: 2015-11-15T23:27:20-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615616479
      Issue No: Vol. 47, No. 4 (2015)
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