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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  [743 journals]   [SJR: 0.812]   [H-I: 14]
  • The effect of public library use on the social capital of rural
    • Authors: Johnson, C. A; Griffis, M. R.
      Pages: 179 - 190
      Abstract: This paper reports on a study that investigated the relationship between social capital and public library use in small towns in Ontario, Canada. Comparisons were also made with the findings of a similar study that was conducted in a medium-sized urban centre. Data for this study were collected through questionnaires administered to both library users and non-users and interviews with library staff and frequent library users. Both Robert Putnam’s and Nan Lin’s conceptualizations of social capital informed the design of this study. The study found that participants from small towns had higher levels of social capital than the urban participants. However, in contrast with urban participants, library use had no significant association with levels of social capital for small town participants. The findings suggest that small town libraries cater mainly to middle-class residents who maintain their high level of social capital through participation in a variety of community activities and organizations.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:41-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000612470278|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000612470278
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • Improving perceptions of value to teaching and research staff: The next
           challenge for academic libraries
    • Authors: Creaser, C; Spezi, V.
      Pages: 191 - 206
      Abstract: This article investigates the value, and perceptions of value, of academic libraries to teaching and research staff by examining working relationships between libraries and academic departments in universities. Eight case studies were undertaken in the US, the UK and Scandinavia. Primary findings were analysed and triangulated with a series of short surveys to ascertain whether they resonated with other librarians’ experiences. The article offers examples of good practice in the area of partnership building for academic libraries to improve their value to, or perceptions of value by, teaching and research staff, as well as raise their profile and better market their services to this category of users. Those examples may be of interest to fellow library practitioners and researchers interested in exploring further library-faculty interaction and collaboration.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613477678|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000613477678
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • The health information practices of people living with chronic health
           conditions: Implications for health literacy
    • Authors: Lloyd, A; Bonner, A, Dawson-Rose, C.
      Pages: 207 - 216
      Abstract: The health literacy concept is often limited to descriptions of a patient’s functional relationship with text. This description does not acknowledge the range of information sources that people draw from in order to make informed decision about their health and treatment. A socio-cultural understanding of the practice of health literacy and the construction of the health information landscape is described, and draws from two studies of people with two different but complex and life-threatening chronic health conditions: chronic kidney disease and human immunodeficiency virus. Health information is experienced by patients as a chronic health condition landscape, and develops from three information sources, namely epistemic, social and corporeal sources. Participants in both studies used activities that involved orienting and sharing activities to understand the landscape that was used to inform their decision making. These findings challenge the traditional conceptions of health literacy and suggest an approach that views the landscape of chronic illness as being socially, physically and contextually constructed. This suggests recasting health literacy away from a sole interest in skills and towards understanding how information practices facilitate people becoming health literate.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613486825|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000613486825
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • New search method in digital library image collections: A theoretical
    • Authors: Kovacs, B. L; Takacs, M.
      Pages: 217 - 225
      Abstract: It is a challenge for today’s library practice to make the entities in digital images retrievable according to the users’ demands. In our paper we wish to introduce a new search method which is able to seek certain elements and their environment in the images by applying within them a search in a natural language. One key element of this method is to extend the Dublin Core metadata system by a new qualifier of the description element which helps to enlist the natural language denominations of the elements in the images and the elements’ positions within it. Subsequently, we are able to find certain elements, then calculate and grade the information value of their environment with the help of a modified version of Shannon’s entropy formula. The application of this method enables us to perform further value calculations for certain details within a particular image which makes, further, more efficient searches possible.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614526611|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000614526611
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • Overdue books at Leeds University Library
    • Authors: Davies, R; Sen, B.
      Pages: 226 - 242
      Abstract: As university libraries try to meet rising user expectations with limited resources, it is important to ensure that existing book stock is kept in circulation. This study investigated overdues at Leeds University Library, focusing on three key issues: reasons why users return their books overdue; effectiveness of current overdues policies; and suggested improvements to overdues procedures. The study was carried out using mixed methods: a print questionnaire of 181 library users, and qualitative interviews with 10 library staff members. The primary reasons for users’ late return of books were forgetfulness and not realising that books were overdue. The library’s current policies were considered easy to understand, but some problems were identified. These included: difficulty using online renewals; complaints about the reservations system; the large size of the student population; and user reluctance to seek help. Suggestions for improvement included increased use of e-books, text message reminders and better library publicity.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000613486826|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000613486826
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • Overcoming time and ethical constraints in the qualitative data collection
           process: A case of information literacy research
    • Authors: Yu, H; Abdullah, A, Saat, R. M.
      Pages: 243 - 257
      Abstract: While a simultaneous data collection process is generally not recommended in qualitative research, this technique becomes necessary under certain circumstances where conducting one-site-at-a-time fieldwork is not possible. This article discusses the design of an information literacy case study that is driven by time and ethical constraints, and the strategies employed to overcome them. The constraints, (a) a brief three-month school project under study; and (b) restricted access to the respondents, have greatly influenced and shaped the design of this qualitative study. The theory applied in the study also has its impact in the research design. We argue that with meticulous planning, brief phenomenon and other challenges could still be investigated qualitatively. The study employed simultaneous data collection activities, carried out in three stages over an 18-month timespan to overcome the two constraints. This is done by carefully crafting the research protocol: firstly, by adhering to the Gorman and Clayton’s research plan circle framework; secondly, by constructing the multi-stage, simultaneous data collection protocol that addresses the unique challenges in the context of the study; and finally, by operationalizing the research plan.
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614526610|hwp:master-id:splis;0961000614526610
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • Book review: David Baker and Wendy Evans (eds)., A Handbook of Digital
           Library Economics: Operations, Collections and Services
    • Authors: Underwood P. G.
      Pages: 258 - 259
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614546598|hwp:resource-id:splis;46/3/258
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
  • Book review: David Stuart, Web Metrics for Library and Information
    • Authors: Juznic P.
      Pages: 259 - 260
      PubDate: 2014-09-02T06:28:42-07:00
      DOI: 10.1177/0961000614546813|hwp:resource-id:splis;46/3/259
      Issue No: Vol. 46, No. 3 (2014)
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