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  • Auto-hermeneutics: A phenomenological approach to information experience
    • Authors: Tim Gorichanaz
      Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Tim Gorichanaz
      The need for methodologically rigorous approaches to the study of human experience in LIS has emerged in recent years. Auto-hermeneutics is a research approach that offers a systematic way to study one’s own experiences with information, allowing investigators to explore yet-undocumented contexts, setting precedents for further work in these areas and ultimately deepening our understanding of information experiences. This articulation of auto-hermeneutics is based on the phenomenological method of Heidegger and draws principles from systematic self-observation and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Similarities and differences among auto-hermeneutics and other automethodologies are discussed, along with guidelines for assessing auto-hermeneutic research. Finally, an example of an auto-hermeneutic study illustrates the unique contributions this approach affords.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.001
       
  • Auto-hermeneutics: A phenomenological approach to information experience
    • Authors: Tim Gorichanaz
      Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Tim Gorichanaz
      The need for methodologically rigorous approaches to the study of human experience in LIS has emerged in recent years. Auto-hermeneutics is a research approach that offers a systematic way to study one’s own experiences with information, allowing investigators to explore yet-undocumented contexts, setting precedents for further work in these areas and ultimately deepening our understanding of information experiences. This articulation of auto-hermeneutics is based on the phenomenological method of Heidegger and draws principles from systematic self-observation and interpretative phenomenological analysis. Similarities and differences among auto-hermeneutics and other automethodologies are discussed, along with guidelines for assessing auto-hermeneutic research. Finally, an example of an auto-hermeneutic study illustrates the unique contributions this approach affords.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.001
       
  • Comparative study of characteristics of authors between open access and
           non-open access journals in library and information science
    • Authors: Yu-Wei Chang
      Pages: 8 - 15
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Yu-Wei Chang


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.002
       
  • Comparative study of characteristics of authors between open access and
           non-open access journals in library and information science
    • Authors: Yu-Wei Chang
      Pages: 8 - 15
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Yu-Wei Chang


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.002
       
  • Marginalia in the digital age: Are digital reading devices meeting the
           needs of today's readers?
    • Authors: Melanie Ramdarshan Bold; Kiri L. Wagstaff
      Pages: 16 - 22
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Kiri L. Wagstaff
      For centuries, readers have added marginal commentary to books for a variety of personal and public purposes. Historians have mined the marginalia of important historical figures to observe their sometimes raw, immediate responses to texts. Now, reading and annotation practices are changing with the migration of content to electronic books. A survey of reader attitudes and behavior related to marginalia for print and electronic books reveals that the majority of readers write in their books and want e-readers to support this feature. However, many readers report that annotating electronic books is too difficult, time-consuming, or awkward with current technology. In addition, the way readers annotate books depends on whether they are reading for pleasure or for work or education. These findings can guide the development of future devices to better satisfy reader needs.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.004
       
  • Marginalia in the digital age: Are digital reading devices meeting the
           needs of today's readers?
    • Authors: Melanie Ramdarshan Bold; Kiri L. Wagstaff
      Pages: 16 - 22
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Melanie Ramdarshan Bold, Kiri L. Wagstaff
      For centuries, readers have added marginal commentary to books for a variety of personal and public purposes. Historians have mined the marginalia of important historical figures to observe their sometimes raw, immediate responses to texts. Now, reading and annotation practices are changing with the migration of content to electronic books. A survey of reader attitudes and behavior related to marginalia for print and electronic books reveals that the majority of readers write in their books and want e-readers to support this feature. However, many readers report that annotating electronic books is too difficult, time-consuming, or awkward with current technology. In addition, the way readers annotate books depends on whether they are reading for pleasure or for work or education. These findings can guide the development of future devices to better satisfy reader needs.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.004
       
  • A communication system approach to the problem of public library
           legitimacy
    • Authors: Michael M. Widdersheim; Masanori Koizumi
      Pages: 23 - 33
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Michael M. Widdersheim, Masanori Koizumi
      Public library systems intersect with both public and private spheres of social life, but how they negotiate public legitimacy and private influence remains a mystery. To better understand this problem, this study adopts a communication system approach. Using qualitative content analysis, this study examines data from three US public library systems. This study analyzes how private actors communicate with and through public library systems by parsing the signals into components: transmitter, receiver, medium, and message. The resulting signals form two dimensions: the Public Sphere dimension, where private actors govern, legitimate, and use the library, and the Private Sphere dimension, where private actors exchange personal services and exert economic power. A view of public and private signals in interaction reveals how public legitimacy is threatened and how public library systems can mitigate these threats. This study reveals how public/private conflicts in public libraries arise and how they might be resolved.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.003
       
  • A communication system approach to the problem of public library
           legitimacy
    • Authors: Michael M. Widdersheim; Masanori Koizumi
      Pages: 23 - 33
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Michael M. Widdersheim, Masanori Koizumi
      Public library systems intersect with both public and private spheres of social life, but how they negotiate public legitimacy and private influence remains a mystery. To better understand this problem, this study adopts a communication system approach. Using qualitative content analysis, this study examines data from three US public library systems. This study analyzes how private actors communicate with and through public library systems by parsing the signals into components: transmitter, receiver, medium, and message. The resulting signals form two dimensions: the Public Sphere dimension, where private actors govern, legitimate, and use the library, and the Private Sphere dimension, where private actors exchange personal services and exert economic power. A view of public and private signals in interaction reveals how public legitimacy is threatened and how public library systems can mitigate these threats. This study reveals how public/private conflicts in public libraries arise and how they might be resolved.

      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.003
       
  • Contributing to social capital: An investigation of Asian immigrants' use
           of public library services
    • Authors: Safirotu Khoir; Jia Tina Du; Robert M. Davison; Andy Koronios
      Pages: 34 - 45
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Safirotu Khoir, Jia Tina Du, Robert M. Davison, Andy Koronios


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.005
       
  • Contributing to social capital: An investigation of Asian immigrants' use
           of public library services
    • Authors: Safirotu Khoir; Jia Tina Du; Robert M. Davison; Andy Koronios
      Pages: 34 - 45
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Safirotu Khoir, Jia Tina Du, Robert M. Davison, Andy Koronios


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.005
       
  • Incorporating technology in children's storytime: Cultural-historical
           activity theory as a means of reconciling contradictions
    • Authors: Hui-Yun Sung
      Pages: 46 - 52
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Hui-Yun Sung


      PubDate: 2017-02-02T04:59:06Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.007
       
  • Studying information behavior of image users: An overview of research
           methodology in LIS literature, 2004–2015
    • Authors: Krystyna K. Matusiak
      Pages: 53 - 60
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Krystyna K. Matusiak


      PubDate: 2017-02-02T04:59:06Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.008
       
  • Library and information science research, then and now
    • Authors: Candy Schwartz
      Pages: 61 - 62
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Candy Schwartz


      PubDate: 2017-02-09T03:28:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.010
       
  • An examination of social and informational support behavior codes on the
           Internet: The case of online health communities
    • Authors: Jenny Bronstein
      Pages: 63 - 68
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Jenny Bronstein


      PubDate: 2017-02-09T03:28:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.006
       
  • Evaluation components of information literacy in undergraduate students in
           Slovenia: An experimental study
    • Authors: Zdenka Petermanec; Urban Šebjan
      Pages: 69 - 75
      Abstract: Publication date: January 2017
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 39, Issue 1
      Author(s): Zdenka Petermanec, Urban Šebjan


      PubDate: 2017-02-09T03:28:19Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2017.01.009
       
  • Acknowledgments
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 4


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
       
  • Acknowledgments
    • Abstract: Publication date: October 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 4


      PubDate: 2017-01-27T11:28:15Z
       
  • Collective memory
    • Authors: Peter Hernon; Candy Schwartz
      First page: 191
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Peter Hernon, Candy Schwartz


      PubDate: 2016-09-12T14:32:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.010
       
  • The role of inter-professional collaboration to support science learning:
           An exploratory study of the perceptions and experiences of science
           teachers, public librarians, and school librarians
    • Authors: Don Latham; Heidi Julien; Melissa Gross; Shelbie Witte
      Pages: 193 - 201
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Don Latham, Heidi Julien, Melissa Gross, Shelbie Witte
      This cross-disciplinary, cross-institutional exploratory study looks at school librarians', public librarians', and high school science teachers' perceptions of and experiences with inter-professional collaboration to support science learning. The research explores the perceptions and experiences of professional librarians and science teachers regarding 1) inter-professional collaboration, including barriers to collaboration; 2) the relevance of 21st century skills to the teaching of science; and, 3) collaborations that can support and foster the teaching and learning of 21st century skills in the content area of science. Results from focus groups conducted with science teachers, public librarians, and school librarians revealed great potential for, but also significant challenges to, inter-professional collaboration.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.002
       
  • Library research as collaborative information seeking
    • Authors: Chris Leeder; Chirag Shah
      Pages: 202 - 211
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Chris Leeder, Chirag Shah
      Today's students are accustomed to collaborative information behavior, with group work being a common requirement in educational settings. This research focuses on the collaborative information seeking behavior of college students through a library-based study of individuals and pairs conducting exploratory research for a class assignment. Participants used a collaborative search system when completing the study tasks. Findings showed that students working collaboratively found more useful sources and achieved greater information coverage, while individuals showed better results for query effectiveness and number of relevant sources. Challenges that students face when conducting library research were identified. The findings offer librarians, instructors, and learning technologists suggestions as to how to support group work, and how collaborative search systems can address the challenges faced by students doing group work using library resources.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.001
       
  • Professional participation in digital curation
    • Authors: Inna Kouper
      Pages: 212 - 223
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Inna Kouper
      Digital curation is being recognized as a new domain that demands its own skills and expertise. The perceived or occurring professionalization of digital curation calls for a deeper analysis of what it means to do digital curation. Drawing on the findings of an online survey of professionals, who identify themselves as digital curators, this research offers insight into who digital curators are, what they do, and how they describe their skills and the relevance of these skills to their jobs. Having synthesized definitions of digital curation and profiles of digital curators, the study distinguishes between top-down and bottom-up professionalization and identifies similarities and differences between them. While the top-down, agenda driven approach offers coherence and consistency for digital curation as a profession, the bottom-up, practitioners-driven approach thrives on inclusiveness and heterogeneity. The study concludes by pointing out the lack of certain themes in the professional discourses, such as the themes of user communities, open access, and advocacy.

      PubDate: 2016-09-20T07:44:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.009
       
  • Researchers' use of social network sites: A scoping review
    • Authors: Sara Kjellberg; Jutta Haider; Olof Sundin
      Pages: 224 - 234
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Sara Kjellberg, Jutta Haider, Olof Sundin
      This scoping review of 80 research articles in library and information science (LIS) and related fields, published between 2004 and 2014, focuses on the use of social network sites by researchers. The results show that social network sites are used as part of scholarly life, yet with disciplinary differences. It is also shown that the area lacks methodological, theoretical and empirical coherence and theoretical stringency. The most salient strands of research (general uptake, outreach, special tools/cases, assessing impact, practices/new modes of communication) are mapped and ways to improve research in the field are identified. This provides a first step toward a more comprehensive understanding of the roles of social network sites in scholarship.

      PubDate: 2016-09-20T07:44:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.008
       
  • Reading on the move: A study of reading behavior of undergraduate
           smartphone users in China
    • Authors: Ziming Liu; Xiaobin Huang
      Pages: 235 - 242
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Ziming Liu, Xiaobin Huang
      The wearability of smartphones enables communication while physically in motion. This research examines some key areas in reading behavior in light of the wide spread adoption and use of Internet-capable mobile phones, or smartphones. A survey of 205 undergraduate students was conducted in China. Reading behavior on smartphones was found to differ significantly from reading on desktop or laptop computers. Compared to reading on desktop or laptop computers, an increased reliance on smartphones for reading has raised a new set of challenges, and has shaped new behavior such as more browsing and scanning, more selective reading, less in-depth reading, and less concentrated reading. People interact with mobile information in varied and unpredictable locations or while in transit. The mobility of information engagement is an important issue that human information theory should embrace.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.007
       
  • Making sense of professional work: Metaphors for reference and information
           service
    • Authors: Amy VanScoy
      Pages: 243 - 249
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Amy VanScoy
      Information professionals' conceptualizations of reference and information service (RIS) are explored by examining the metaphors these professionals used in describing their work. Framed by Lakoff and Johnson's (1980) conceptual metaphor theory, explicit comparisons, figurative language and metaphorical jargon used by 20 information professionals in interviews about their work were analyzed. The conceptual categories developed from the analysis reveal a variety of conceptualizations of RIS, such as navigation, puzzle/mystery, and creation, which are generally positive and productive, but which tend to focus on information provision rather than communication and user relationships. This research contributes to self-awareness among RIS professionals, and is useful for those moving into the field. Further, it adds the voice of library and information science to the wider discourse on professional work.

      PubDate: 2016-09-12T14:32:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.003
       
  • An exploratory study of library website accessibility for visually
           impaired users
    • Authors: Kyunghye Yoon; Rachel Dols; Laura Hulscher; Tara Newberry
      Pages: 250 - 258
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Kyunghye Yoon, Rachel Dols, Laura Hulscher, Tara Newberry
      To extrapolate best practices for accessible library website design, the Web-browsing needs of users with visual impairments were investigated. Selected library websites were tested for usability and accessibility with six visually impaired persons who use screen readers. The results were analyzed in terms of accessible coding standards as well as high-level usability issues. The analysis results indicated that these library websites are not accessible for visually impaired screen reader users. The most common accessibility barriers encountered were issues of information architecture and usable Web design, rather than errors in coding. Suggestions to improve accessibility are proposed.

      PubDate: 2016-09-12T14:32:49Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.006
       
  • An evaluation of exponential random graph modeling and its use in library
           and information science studies
    • Authors: Ana Dubnjakovic
      Pages: 259 - 264
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Ana Dubnjakovic
      Social network analytical tools and theories have long been an accepted part of the research landscape in many social and physical sciences including: sociology, political science, psychology, communications, business, geography, biology, physics, and chemistry as well as library and information science (LIS). Given the level of activity in the social network analysis (SNA) area concerning LIS, it is important to review the latest trends in the SNA stochastic modeling, namely exponential random graph (ERG) models. Unlike previous SNA methods, ERG models offer insight into generative network properties through simultaneous inclusion of structural parameters and attributes in the analysis while accounting for the interdependent nature of network data. Additionally, when Monte Carlo Markov Chain Maximum Likelihood Estimator is used, ERG modeling results in parameter estimates superior to other methods (e.g., MRQAP). The current study will demonstrate the utility of ERG models in LIS through a brief overview of major concepts and techniques in SNA, followed by a detailed description of ERG modeling technique, a review of currently available software used in analysis and a brief examination of its current use in LIS studies.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.005
       
  • Farmers' access to poultry management information in selected rural areas
           of Tanzania
    • Authors: Grace Msoffe; Patrick Ngulube
      Pages: 265 - 271
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Grace Msoffe, Patrick Ngulube
      Poultry farming is important in improving rural livelihoods in Tanzania as it provides better nutrition and additional income. Information is a critical tool in any poultry farming activity. Access to poultry management information in three rural districts of Tanzania is explored. The findings show that information on disease control, poultry protection, breeds and breeding, and feeding and nutrition were the most accessed topics. Farmers relied on informal sources of information, mainly from family, friends, neighbors, extension officers, researchers, and radio. Information that had direct impact on poultry well-being was the most frequently accessed. The major challenges that limited farmers in information seeking were lack of availability of extension officers, lack of awareness, lack of availability of information, lack of electricity, and poor infrastructure. This suggests that more emphasis should be placed on increasing the number of extension officers, increasing awareness of existing information sources, facilitating reliable transport for information providers, subsidizing cost of information services, and providing adult education. The findings can provide valuable information to improve effectiveness of information dissemination in rural areas.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.004
       
  • Online health information seeking behaviors among Chinese elderly
    • Authors: Dan Wu; Yizhe Li
      Pages: 272 - 279
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 7 September 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Dan Wu, Yizhe Li
      The Internet has become an important source of health information for elderly people in China. A controlled user experiment was conducted to understand how Chinese elderly people search for online health information. Twenty elderly people completed three search tasks based on three different health information seeking contexts. Online health information seeking behavior patterns of the elderly were found to include reselecting from results pages, following hyperlinks, and using a query reformulation patter. There was no significant difference with respect to emotion and the three task contexts, as elderly people have positive attitudes regarding the health information seeking process, but cognition within the three task contexts displayed significant differences. There was a significant correlation between education and Internet search proficiency regarding task search performance, while health condition, familiarity with the Internet and credibility of online health information were found to be primary factors that influenced the decision of the elderly to search for online health information.

      PubDate: 2016-09-08T13:10:59Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.08.011
       
  • Research may be harder to conduct than some realize
    • Authors: Peter Hernon; Candy Schwartz
      Pages: 91 - 92
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Peter Hernon, Candy Schwartz


      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.05.003
       
  • How reference and information service is studied: Research approaches and
           methods
    • Authors: Amy VanScoy; Cady Fontana
      Pages: 94 - 100
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 May 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Amy VanScoy, Cady Fontana
      There is a need for a robust research base for reference and information service (RIS), both for scholarship in the field and for effective decision-making in practice. While a number of studies have been conducted about the research of library and information science (LIS) in general, no analysis has been conducted on RIS research. Focusing specifically on research approach and methods, this study analyzes the journal literature for the decade 2000 to 2009. Of the 24% of papers that were research studies, most were quantitative descriptions of data. Qualitative approaches were rarely used. The results suggest that RIS is being studied from a limited perspective and could benefit from a greater diversity of approaches and methods.

      PubDate: 2016-05-08T18:51:32Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.002
       
  • From Google to MedlinePlus: The wide range of authoritative health
           information provision in public libraries
    • Authors: Mary Grace Flaherty
      Pages: 101 - 107
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Mary Grace Flaherty
      Public library staff throughout the United States are providing assistance on a variety of health topics. To better understand health information provision in this setting, unobtrusive visits were completed in a total of 73 randomly selected sites in three different states. The query, “Do vaccines cause autism?” was posed to library staff. In 59% of encounters, material provided did not answer the question. In more than half of visits, public library staff referred to the libraries' print collections, and 69% of the time when print was provided it did not answer the question or it addressed the question with information contradictory to prevailing medical evidence. Referral was made to electronic resources in a quarter of visits, with answers ranging from “Just Google it” to “MedlinePlus is my favorite go-to”. When staff referred to or used electronic resources, authoritative medical information on the topic was supplied 79% of the time. It appears that there was no standardization on handling health queries in most libraries that were visited. Given public libraries are trusted institutions providing community access to health information, it is imperative that staff are using appropriate health information tools which are readily and freely available.

      PubDate: 2016-05-03T18:42:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.001
       
  • Linguists as newspaper users: Perceptions and experiences
    • Authors: Maja Krtalić; Sanjica Faletar Tanacković; Damir Hasenay
      Pages: 108 - 116
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Maja Krtalić, Sanjica Faletar Tanacković, Damir Hasenay
      To explore humanities scholars' perceptions and uses of newspapers as an information source, a study was conducted with Croatian researchers and academics in history and linguistic departments at universities and research institutes. This paper presents only a portion of the findings: those from respondents in the field of linguistics. The study began with the general assumption that newspapers are a relevant information source for scientific research in the humanities, but their potential is not fully exploited because of limited access to newspaper collections and search options. An additional assumption was that newspapers are especially important in linguistics research because they reflect the evolution of and changes in a language and provide information on the relations between a language and its socio-political context in a certain place and time. The results partially confirmed these assumptions, showing a clear divide between those who perceive newspapers as an important research source and those who do not. In addition, respondents expressed the need for better technological solutions, but they do not always use those already available to them. The results also show perceptions of the value of and actual use of newspapers; information behavior related to newspapers (e.g., type and format of newspapers used, type of information need in newspapers, motivation for newspaper use, employed search strategies, and approaches to managing information from newspapers); and the challenges researchers face in using newspapers. The results contribute to analyzing the information needs and behavior of a specific newspaper user group, and provide data which can aid in the development of innovative services based on newspaper collections.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.007
       
  • Mindful makers: Question prompts to help guide young peoples' critical
           technical practices in maker spaces in libraries, museums, and
           community-based youth organizations
    • Authors: Leanne Bowler; Ryan Champagne
      Pages: 117 - 124
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Leanne Bowler, Ryan Champagne
      This study examines question prompts as a means to scaffold reflection and reflexivity in the design, development, and use of technological artifacts in maker spaces for youth at public libraries, museums, and community-based organizations. Qualitative analysis is applied to data gathered in four focus groups with teens, three semi-structured interviews with adults who facilitate maker spaces, and six observation sessions. Outcomes include a rich description of critical thinking in the context of technology practice, and secondly, a set of eight activation questions that serve as a tool kit to encourage reflection and scaffold mindful and critical practices in community-based maker spaces for youth. Results from this study support the development of nstruments and practices to support mindful making and critical technical practice in maker spaces for youth.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.006
       
  • Student misidentification of online genres
    • Authors: Chris Leeder
      Pages: 125 - 132
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Chris Leeder
      In the online information environment, new hybrid genres are emerging that resist easy classification into the traditional categories of print formats. However, students are often not equipped with adequate knowledge of online genres, particularly when it comes to finding scholarly sources. Understanding genre provides students a significant advantage in conducting effective research online, because it reduces the cognitive load of information seeking, improves the ability to judge relevance, and helps identify documents whose purpose matches the users' intent. This research explores how well students identify the information genres that they encounter in their real-life online research. 204 undergraduate students were asked to identify the genres of 15 online sources. 60% of the responses were misidentifications, and 64% of scholarly sources were incorrectly identified. Students were also inaccurate in judging which genres were most difficult to correctly identify. However, students who had received prior IL instruction showed significantly higher accuracy in identifying online genres. Suggestions are made for information literacy instruction to better help students identify, understand, and use online genres.

      PubDate: 2016-05-03T18:42:29Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.003
       
  • The actuality of determining information need in geographic information
           systems and science (GIS): A context-to-concept approach
    • Authors: Maryam Nazari
      Pages: 133 - 147
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Maryam Nazari
      Although context has been identified as the key to the manifestation of information literacy (IL), little is known about the actual context of IL in disciplinary areas. This is because disciplinary studies of IL have focused mainly on people's conceptions of IL, not on their lived teaching and learning practices. Introducing university assignments as a contextual construct for disciplinary studies of IL, this study demonstrates how students' and educators' conceptions and experiences of real university assignments and their constructive participation in conceptualization of IL helped to uncover the actual nature of information need in the discipline of geographic information science/systems (GIS) and to gain a better understanding of the concept of, and requirements for, determining information need in this discipline. Adopting an embedded case study design and a participatory approach for fieldwork, the data were mainly gathered from 27 semistructured interviews focused on GIS students' and educators' lived experiences of university assignments and their reflections on various aspects of IL in a master's degree GIS program jointly delivered by universities in the UK and USA. Each learning and teaching experience was treated as a unit of analysis. GIS assignments were found to be geospatial, technology mediated, subject free, and unique in requirements. Each characteristic uncovered a new facet for the concept of information need in GIS. Findings indicate that unless students have understood the multi-faceted nature of information need, they may fail to distinguish the various ways in which gaps may be addressed when dealing with GIS assignments. The context-to-concept approach proposed in this study can be of value to both IL researchers and practitioners who seek deeper insights into the nature of IL, especially those interested in the customization of generic models of IL to the actual needs of university programs.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.005
       
  • The uses of phenomenology and phenomenography: A critical review
    • Authors: Sylvain K. Cibangu; Mark Hepworth
      Pages: 148 - 160
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Sylvain K. Cibangu, Mark Hepworth
      In recent decades, phenomenology and phenomenography have gained traction in a wide range of scholarly journals just as confusion has increased about them. Meanwhile, inquiry examining both approaches has been given far less attention. Each of these approaches considers variation, namely, the qualitatively different ways of experiencing, as a central point of research. This paper examines the characteristics of phenomenology and sketches its rapports with phenomenography. The information science literature in six major scholarly journals of information research is examined to appraise the accounts of phenomenology and phenomenography. For the sake of clarity, uses of phenomenology and phenomenography are discussed in light of the concept positivism. It is observed that phenomenography is a subset of phenomenology. In addition, phenomenographic discourse is shown to relay positivism. Under-utilized areas of phenomenology are identified, and paths of future work for information research are proposed.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.05.001
       
  • Performance evaluation as a tool for strategic decisions about serving
           
    • Authors: Zinaida Manžuch; Elena Macevičiūtė
      Pages: 161 - 169
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Zinaida Manžuch, Elena Macevičiūtė
      The complexity of serving diverse and dispersed target audiences of visually impaired persons suggest that there is a need to analyse the performance of libraries for the blind. This issue is currently neglected in library and information science research. Library managers and policy-makers can employ performance data for developing new strategies for service delivery and sustainability. The balanced scorecard and historical benchmarking approaches were applied to analyse the performance of the Lithuanian Library for the Blind (LLB) in 2008–2012. The concepts of strategic issues and strategies were employed to demonstrate how performance evaluation findings may be used for the purposes of strategic planning. The findings revealed the attractiveness and sufficiency of cultural services, but also the inability of the LLB to reach its target audiences, the inefficiency of internal processes, low use of information resources and electronic services, and a lack of sustainability in organisational learning. A model of service provision in collaboration with public and academic libraries for publishing and distribution of literature in accessible formats was suggested to the LLB. It is in line with the policy and legal decisions necessary for achieving the Library's main goals.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.05.002
       
  • Scholarly communication and academic librarians
    • Authors: Liat Klain-Gabbay; Snunith Shoham
      Pages: 170 - 179
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Liat Klain-Gabbay, Snunith Shoham
      It is generally accepted among library and information science scholars that academic librarians can potentially assist faculty members with formal and informal scholarly communication processes. However, it is not clear to what extent faculty members and academic librarians are indeed aware of this potential and materialize it in the field. Following interviews with 20 faculty members and 15 academic librarians employed by a university or an academic college in Israel, questionnaires were constructed and delivered to 191 faculty members and 50 librarians. Qualitative and quantitative analyses revealed that both the faculty members and librarians believed that academic librarians are potentially capable of contributing to scholarly communication processes. However, more faculty members than librarians expressed the expectation that librarians should be involved in scholarly communication, and were willing for this to be the case. Bridging this gap—for example by appointing designated “research librarians”—may contribute to the increased involvement of academic librarians in scholarly communication processes, which will benefit both the faculty members and the academic library.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.04.004
       
  • Undergraduates' information literacy competency: A pilot study of
           assessment tools based on a latent trait model
    • Authors: Maria Pinto; Rosaura Fernandez-Pascual; Susana Puertas
      Pages: 180 - 189
      Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2
      Author(s): Maria Pinto, Rosaura Fernandez-Pascual, Susana Puertas
      This study of information literacy focuses on opinions, evidence, reviews, and data analysis from a sample of Spanish university students from three major fields of study (information/documentation, psychology, and translation/interpretation). The results have been tabulated from the subject area of documentation alone, as this subject is shared in the students' curricular planning. This study highlights students' attitudes, motivation, and evidence with regard to information literacy (IL) competencies. The standardized statistical model for evaluating latent traits was used to capture the structure of such capabilities. Data collection was performed using the IL-HUMASS (subjective) and the EVALCI-K (objective) questionnaires. The purpose is to achieve a better understanding of how IL competencies—approached from both objective and subjective perspectives, and grouped into the categories of searching, evaluation, processing, and communication/dissemination of information—are interrelated. In this way, by combining objective (knowledge and skills) and subjective (belief-inimportance and self-efficacy) values with regard to IL competencies, the processes of teaching and learning may be better understood and therefore better integrated within the curriculum framework. Patterns of correlation and/or causality between observed and latent competencies are explored.

      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.05.004
       
  • Everyday health information literacy in relation to health behavior and
           physical fitness: A population-based study among young men
    • Authors: Noora Hirvonen; Stefan Ek; Raimo Niemelä; Riitta Pyky; Riikka Ahola; Raija Korpelainen; Maija-Leena Huotari
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 December 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Noora Hirvonen, Stefan Ek, Raimo Niemelä, Riitta Pyky, Riikka Ahola, Raija Korpelainen, Maija-Leena Huotari


      PubDate: 2016-12-10T08:16:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.013
       
  • Web designers and developers experiences of information literacy: A
           phenomenographic study
    • Authors: Elham Sayyad Abdi; Helen Partridge; Christine Bruce
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 December 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Elham Sayyad Abdi, Helen Partridge, Christine Bruce
      The qualitative research reported here identifies how web designers and developers experience information literacy. Using a phenomenographic approach, this cohort's experience is presented through a map of variation, which includes four different ways of experiencing information literacy. Analysis of 23 in-depth interviews with web workers from different stages of the web design and development process suggested the four ways web workers experience information literacy: staying informed, building a successful website, solving a problem or participating in a community of practice. The study advances the existing understanding of the concept of information literacy, especially in a professional context and from a relational perspective. Additionally, using the web professionals' world as the context of the study, the research contributes to the field of website design and development by shedding light on less-researched information experiences of people involved in the web industry.

      PubDate: 2016-12-10T08:16:42Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.008
       
  • Watching young children “play” with information technology: Everyday
           life information seeking in the home
    • Authors: Lisa M. Given; Denise Cantrell Winkler; Rebekah Willson; Christina Davidson; Susan Danby; Karen Thorpe
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 December 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Lisa M. Given, Denise Cantrell Winkler, Rebekah Willson, Christina Davidson, Susan Danby, Karen Thorpe
      Research on how young children use information to orient themselves in daily life and to solve problems (known as everyday life information seeking or ELIS) has not been conducted, in-depth, in information science. This exploratory observation study examines how 15 Australian preschool children (aged three to five) used information technologies in their homes to orient themselves in daily life and to solve problems. Children engaged in various ways with the digital technologies available to them and with parents and siblings during play activities. The results explore the value of artistic play, sociodramatic play, and early literacy and numeracy activities in shaping young children's ‘way of life’ and ‘mastery of life’ as outlined in Savolainen's (1995) ELIS model. Observed technology engagement provided an opportunity to explore children's social worlds and the ways that they gathered information during technology play that will inform future learning activities and support child development. By using ELIS theory as an analytic lens, the results demonstrate how children's developmental play with technology tools helps them to internalize social and cultural norms. The data also point to the type of capital available to children and how that capital contributes to children's emerging information practices.

      PubDate: 2016-12-03T19:34:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.007
       
  • As change occurs, challenges may arise
    • Authors: Peter Hernon; Candy Schwartz
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Peter Hernon, Candy Schwartz


      PubDate: 2016-12-03T19:34:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.010
       
  • Announcement: Farewell
    • Authors: Peter Hernon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 29 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Peter Hernon


      PubDate: 2016-12-03T19:34:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.011
       
  • Web metrics for library and information professionals. By David Stuart.
           
    • Authors: Yijun Gao
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Yijun Gao


      PubDate: 2016-12-03T19:34:02Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.001
       
  • The role of the school library in college access and choice
    • Authors: Enyu Zhou; Denice Adkins
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Enyu Zhou, Denice Adkins


      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.009
       
  • How academic librarians, IT staff, and research administrators perceive
           and relate to research
    • Authors: Andrew M. Cox; Eddy Verbaan
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Andrew M. Cox, Eddy Verbaan
      Academic libraries are changing how they support research. For example, their involvement in research data management (RDM) implies a much deeper relationship with researchers throughout the research lifecycle. Perhaps we are witnessing a shift from support to partnership. This study examines how librarians, IT staff, and research administrators see research and their own relation to it. Within an interpretative methodology, 20 semi-structured interviews with librarians, IT staff, and research administrators were analyzed thematically. Librarians often talked about research via the discourse of research-led teaching. They also conceived of it via notions of collection and to a lesser extent through reference work or copyright expertise. They saw some of their own continuing professional development or service development work as akin to the work of university researchers, but at the other end of a spectrum. Some saw a categorical difference and considered that research was only conducted by people who had a job title of researcher. IT managers tended to see research via infrastructure or specialist expertise. However, at least one IT staff member saw himself as both partly a researcher and a bridge between research and support. Research administrators tended to see research through the roles of administrative support and policy influence. In summary, seven broad narratives about research were identified: influencing researchers to align with policy; being a researcher; being a bridge with research; offering expertise; providing infrastructure; supporting a research/teaching nexus; and relieving researchers of administrative burdens. As institutions develop research partnerships, e.g., around RDM, training and curricula will need to expand existing conceptions and build deeper empathetic relationships with research.

      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.004
       
  • The effects of information overload on reference librarians
    • Authors: Orna Shacha; Noa Aharony; Shifra Baruchson
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 23 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Orna Shacha, Noa Aharony, Shifra Baruchson
      Nowadays, librarians work in information environments characterized by information overload. This study uses a qualitative-phenomenological method to examine the way in which reference librarians in academic libraries in Israel view and deal with the information overload phenomenon. Fifteen reference librarians responded to questions in semi-structured interviews. Four strategies of coping with information overload were identified: filtering, avoiding, satisficing and selecting items from the top of the list. Further, findings reveal that participants have not experienced the full impact of information overload. The research findings expand the existing body of knowledge about how librarians deal with information overload, and provide new information on the particular perspective of reference librarians in academic libraries, an aspect that has not been researched extensively to date. The findings are relevant to library managers, to directors of training programs for new librarians, to LIS educators, and to professional organizations.

      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.005
       
  • The effect of online word of mouth on fantasy readers' preference
           stability: The moderating role of involvement and knowledge
    • Authors: Muh-Chyun Tang
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Muh-Chyun Tang
      A study of the persuasive effect of positive versus negative online book reviews on readers' judgment suggests that readers with high involvement were less likely to be swayed by online reviews. An experiment was conducted to test the effects of two psychological constructs in the persuasion process, namely, user's knowledge of and involvement with a literary genre. A novel aspect of the study is that the participants were exposed to reviews contradictory to their initial impression. Contrary to negativity bias widely found in previous studies of electronic word-of-mouth (eWOM), a positivity effect of online reviews was found. High and low involvement readers were found to rely on different judgment cues. Furthermore, it is argued that when applied in cultural consumption, the measurement of these constructs demands special treatment because of its “infinite variety” and strong hedonistic character. Involvement at the genre level helped enhance preference stability. However, such effects were not found with users' subjective knowledge at the genre level. Instead, similarity became an important judgment heuristic when users encountered books by unknown authors.

      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.003
       
  • Research using job advertisements: A methodological assessment
    • Authors: Jeonghyun Kim; Putthachat Angnakoon
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 20 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Jeonghyun Kim, Putthachat Angnakoon


      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.006
       
  • Constructing the information ground of the campus disability center
    • Authors: Rachel D. Williams; Catherine Arnott Smith
      Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 November 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research
      Author(s): Rachel D. Williams, Catherine Arnott Smith
      Higher education institutions are required to provide academic accommodations to students who need them. These services are typically available at campus disability centers, where disability counselors work with students to facilitate accommodations. Interviews were conducted to examine the health information behaviors of 17 disability counselors at two university disability centers by applying Fisher, Durrance, and Hinton's (2004) information grounds theory. Analysis of the interviews was performed to: 1) explore the information ground of the disability center, 2) better understand the ways in which health information is sought and used, and 3) consider the alternate ways in which health information is used by disability counselors. The perspectives of disability counselors' health information-seeking also point to ways in which information grounds theory can be applied to university staff who play a similar role in the lives of students at higher education institutions.

      PubDate: 2016-11-26T05:08:16Z
      DOI: 10.1016/j.lisr.2016.11.002
       
  • New Member of the Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: July 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 3


      PubDate: 2016-09-26T03:24:12Z
       
  • Changes to the Board of Editors
    • Abstract: Publication date: April 2016
      Source:Library & Information Science Research, Volume 38, Issue 2


      PubDate: 2016-06-13T09:16:53Z
       
 
 
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