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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  [757 journals]
  • Why undergraduate students choose to use e-books
    • Authors: Walton; E. W.
      Pages: 263 - 270
      Abstract: As an innovation, the e-book purports to replace the printed book. However, students continue to indicate a preference for using printed books. Nevertheless, many academic libraries report e-book use rates equal to or greater than that of the printed book. In this study, eight factors were investigated as potential reasons undergraduate students chose to use an e-book. A quantitative research design using a convenience sampling method and chi-square analyses was employed in the study. The population of interest was undergraduate students attending a small, traditional, liberal arts institution. Participants indicated leisure reading, conducting research, forced adoption, and convenience were positive factors in their choice to use an e-book. In-class reading was a negative factor in their choice to use an e-book. The availability of the printed book also proved to be a negative factor in the use of e-books. Textbook use and reading assigned readings were unrelated to their choice to use an e-book. When available, students chose to use the printed book; however, when the e-book was the only format available, they used it.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613488124
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • The impact of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults
           and its implications for materials provision
    • Authors: Spacey, R; Creaser, C, Hicks, D.
      Pages: 271 - 288
      Abstract: This article reports the findings of research commissioned by the Royal National Institute of Blind People to explore the impacts of reading for pleasure on blind and partially sighted adults. Data were collected via interviews, an online survey and six case studies. The results reveal that for 82% of participants reading for pleasure was ‘very important’ especially to relax and 59% of participants read for more than 10 hours a week. Multiple reading formats including traditional hard copy and digital formats were used by 85% of participants. The implications for materials provision and presentation for libraries and charitable organisations are considered in light of the findings.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613488409
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • An analysis of job satisfaction among Croatian librarians as support to
           library human resource management
    • Authors: Dukić, G; Dukić, D.
      Pages: 289 - 298
      Abstract: In the ICT-dominated world, libraries are facing major challenges in an attempt to fulfil their functions. If libraries are to respond adequately to rapid and complex changes, they need highly skilled and motivated employees. As people are an organization’s greatest asset, human resource management in libraries should be given proper attention. Different questions related to job satisfaction are definitely crucial for efficient human resource management. This paper presents the results of research focused on the way in which librarians in Eastern Croatia perceive certain aspects of their work. The analysis shows that Eastern Croatian librarians have a relatively positive attitude to their work, but they are less satisfied with their social status, salary levels, working conditions, possibilities for further training, and interpersonal relations at work. To a large extent, the results of this study indicate that human resource management in Eastern Croatian libraries needs to be improved. Statistical methods were also used to examine the differences in librarians’ opinions with regard to gender, age, professional title and the type of libraries they work in.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614530752
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • Research data management and libraries: Current activities and future
    • Authors: Cox, A. M; Pinfield, S.
      Pages: 299 - 316
      Abstract: This paper reports research carried out at the end of 2012 to survey UK universities to understand in detail the ways in which libraries are currently involved in research data management and the extent to which the development of research data management services is a strategic priority for them. The research shows that libraries were offering limited research data management services, with highest levels of activity in large research-intensive institutions. There were major challenges associated with skills gaps, resourcing and cultural change. However, libraries are currently involved in developing new institutional research data management policies and services, and see this as an important part of their future role. Priorities such as provision of research data management advisory and training services are emerging. A systematic comparison between these results and other recent studies is made in order to create a full picture of activities and trends. An innovation hype-cycle framework is deployed to understand possible futures and Abbott’s theory of professions is used to gain an insight into how libraries are competing to extend their jurisdiction whilst at the same time working collaboratively with other stakeholders.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613492542
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • Collection development policy: How its absence has affected collection
           development practices at Mzuzu University Library
    • Authors: Chaputula, A. H; Kanyundo, A. J.
      Pages: 317 - 325
      Abstract: The aim of this study is to determine how the absence of a collection development policy is affecting collection development practices at Mzuzu University Library. This research is a case study that makes use of a sequential mixed design which means that data was collected in a number of stages. The researchers personally collected data from the field using a semi-structured questionnaire, tape recorder, and coding schedules. The main data collection procedure was a focus-group discussion involving senior library members of staff. Researchers also carried out physical inspection and analysis of books from the Acquisitions Department, and Reading Area. Qualitative data collected was analysed thematically, whilst quantitative data was analysed using MS Excel. The study found out that the absence of a collection development policy has greatly affected collection development practices at Mzuzu University Library. Most of the core collection development practices such as selection, acquisition, weeding and preservation were haphazardly done as there were no clearly documented guidelines to guide the various individuals that were involved in the implementation of these collection development tasks to ensure consistency. The findings of this study are significant because they could be a catalyst for the development of collection development policy at Mzuzu University Library, which might in the long run provide solutions to collection development challenges which the institution currently faces.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614531005
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • Information literacy-related practices in the legal workplace: The
           applicability of Kuhlthau's model to the legal profession
    • Authors: Lawal, V; Stilwell, C, Kuhn, R, Underwood, P. G.
      Pages: 326 - 346
      Abstract: This article examines evidence of information literacy in the context of legal education and legal practice in Nigeria. It seeks to explore the application of Kuhlthau’s Information Search Process model as the dominant framework used in investigating issues of uncertainty and task complexity in a study conducted among graduate lawyers in Nigeria. The article provides an analysis of the empirical validity of the model in investigating the connection between learning, experience and the development of expertise among novice practitioners in the legal workplace in Nigeria. Data were obtained using quantitative and qualitative approaches while a case study method was employed for the study. Based on the findings of the study, the article offers insight into the role of the cognitive and affective dimensions in information seeking and the implications they have on issues of curriculum design, teaching methods and learning experiences in the context of legal education and practice in Nigeria.
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614531158
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • Book review: Gillian Oliver and Fiorella Foscarini, Records Management and
           Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem
    • Authors: McLeod; J.
      Pages: 347 - 348
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614562129
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
  • Book review: Carol Smallwood (ed.)., Bringing the Arts into the Library
    • Authors: Isfandyari-Moghaddam; A.
      Pages: 348 - 349
      PubDate: 2014-12-02T21:45:53-08:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614562131
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 4 (2014)
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