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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  [853 journals]
  • Connections between research and practice in the information literacy
           narrative: A mapping of the literature and some propositions
    • Authors: Pilerot; O.
      Pages: 313 - 321
      Abstract: The relationship between research and professional practice, often described in terms of a ‘gap’, is a topical issue involving stakeholders such as researchers, practitioners and policy-makers. Within the area of information literacy it is increasingly emphasized that practitioners make use of research and that research is conducted on problems relevant to practice. From a wide perspective, this paper discusses and identifies in the information literacy literature three different strands relating to research, practice and policy-making for information literacy. On the basis of a small-scale bibliometric investigation of samples of literature representing the identified strands, it is concluded that interconnections between the strands are weak. The results of the bibliometric study are discussed in the light of previous research on the relationship between research and practice. It is proposed that the research-based discussion on research and practice would benefit from a more nuanced terminology and by abandoning the prevailing gap-metaphor.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614559140
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • Expanding a change management framework for Iranian information services
           centers: Applying fuzzy MADM techniques
    • Authors: Nakhoda, M; Esmaili Givi, M. R.
      Pages: 322 - 339
      Abstract: Change is an inevitable, almost daily phenomenon in organizations. Several change models have been designed in different contexts to facilitate the planning and implementation of change. Information service centers operate within a rapidly growing environment of education and research. They have to be proactive in the face of change in order to realize their mission. Numerous factors challenge Iranian information service centers; these need to be addressed when managing change projects. The present paper posits a change management framework for Iranian information services centers in three steps. The first step consists of gauging criteria and actions for change management, and finding appropriate change management models. In the second step, by applying fuzzy MADM techniques (FSAW, FTOPSIS and FVIKOR), the most suitable change model was selected. Finally in the third step, the research framework was designed based on a qualitative approach and consensus method. A panel of experts in Management and Information Science contributed to the design and validation of the model. The model presented here recognized five main stages: reviewing the current status, analyzing and defining information services users, planning, implementing the change, and maintaining the change.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615592457
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • Beyond use statistics: Recall, precision, and relevance in the assessment
           and management of academic libraries
    • Authors: Walters; W. H.
      Pages: 340 - 352
      Abstract: Although use statistics are often used in the assessment of library collections and services, they are of limited value in evaluating the library’s effectiveness as an information system. This essay highlights three concepts from the information retrieval literature—recall, precision, and relevance—and describes a standard of relevance that accounts for the learning goals of the academic community as well as the performance goals of students. It also demonstrates how the academic mission of the university can be incorporated into the assessment and management of the library as an information retrieval system. The discussion concludes with guidelines for the assessment of recall and precision as well as suggestions for the integration of these concepts into library collection development, cataloging/access, reference, and instruction.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615572174
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • Phenomenography: A methodology for information literacy research
    • Authors: Forster; M.
      Pages: 353 - 362
      Abstract: The qualitative methodology phenomenography has been successfully used to determine the range of information literacy experiences of defined groups and professions. Phenomenographic method is believed to yield research findings which give a richer and more accurate picture of what information literacy means in practical terms. The archetypal definitions of the limited but interrelated experiences of information literacy that a phenomenographic study provides have been used as a basis of evidence-based information literacy educational interventions (Andretta, 2007). What are the epistemological ideas behind phenomenography and what are the data collection and analysis procedures based on its philosophical underpinnings? The key principles as described in the literature are discussed in this paper, beginning with the early work of Marton (1986). The use of phenomenography to research information literacy experience began with Christine Bruce’s (1997) seminal work. The value of the work of Bruce and her followers have been recently recognized by ACRL (2014).
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614566481
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • Cataloguing government documents using the MARC 21: A case study of
           materials from the AP Vojvodina government sessions
    • Authors: Rudic, G; Dimic Surla, B, Ivanovic, D.
      Pages: 363 - 372
      Abstract: The paper provides suggestions for cataloguing session materials (especially minutes of sessions) using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data and MARC 21 Format for Authority Data. The suggested solution is shown on the example of materials from the government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in Serbia (APV) sessions. Two business applications were developed on the basis of this MARC 21 cataloguing of the materials: a web application for searching government materials and a web application for generating various reports for the APV government.The web application supports searching metadata as well as the full text of the material and search criteria may include all of the given words or exact phrase. The examples of the reports supported by the application are: total number of sessions; total number of agenda items and sub-items; session attendance by the government members.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615622677
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • Analysis of the knowledge backgrounds of library directors from top
           universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan
    • Authors: Minjie, Y; Youneng, P, Nan, D.
      Pages: 373 - 381
      Abstract: The purpose of the study is to investigate the knowledge backgrounds of library directors from top universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan to provide support for director selection and training in Chinese university libraries. The study selected 19 library directors from top universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. The data were collected mainly from official homepages of the selected university libraries or library organizations in combination with some supplementary information from individual departments of targeted university libraries. Most library directors from top universities in mainland China and Taiwan were educated at the universities in which they currently work and lack management experience. Such directors tend to be well-known scholars from fields other than library and information science. In contrast, library directors from top universities in Hong Kong have more diverse professional backgrounds, including significant experience working overseas in library and information science. The administrators and hiring committees of Chinese universities should focus on selecting library directors with diverse and advanced qualifications, as well as developing relevant laws and regulations to ensure that the selection of these directors remains competitive on the world stage.Although some studies of academic library directors have already been conducted, few studies have focused on Chinese library directors. This paper revealed the different models of knowledge backgrounds between directors of top universities in mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615623092
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
  • An exploration of the relationship between undergraduate students library
           book borrowing and academic achievement
    • Authors: Cetin, Y; Howard, V.
      Pages: 382 - 388
      Abstract: This exploratory study examines book circulation patterns among undergraduate university students at an English-language University in Istanbul, Turkey, in order to investigate the relationship between students’ academic achievement and discipline of study, gender and book borrowing habits. Overall, this study supports the important role of the academic library’s print book collection in supporting and contributing to student success and demonstrates a significant positive correlation between undergraduate students’ level of academic achievement and the number of books they borrowed from the university library. This positive correlation was found for students in all faculties and fields of study, but was strongest for students studying qualitative disciplines and was particularly strong for students enrolled in English as a foreign language programmes.
      PubDate: 2016-11-28T05:04:22-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000615572404
      Issue No: Vol. 48, No. 4 (2016)
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