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Journal Cover Library Hi Tech
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   ISSN (Print) 0737-8831
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  • Editorial
    • Pages: 2 - 3
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 2-3, March 2017.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-01-2017-0011
  • Note from the publisher
    • First page: 4
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 4, March 2017.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-03-2017-160
  • Library technology in the next 20 years
    • Pages: 5 - 10
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 5-10, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the agenda for library technology for the next 20 years. Design/methodology/approach A long-term historically based analysis of the evolving roles of librarians and library technology, especially the catalog. Findings The rise of standardized cataloging codes, communications formats, bibliographical utilities, and software for online searching constitutes a great triumph in universal bibliographical access for everybody. But each reader is unique and no-one is “everybody” so a uniform service is not ideal for all. The ideal librarian knows both the collection and the readers. The catalog is a guide to the collection and a surrogate for the librarian. The librarian understands the readers. The development of library technology will remain significantly incomplete until the uniqueness of each reader is accommodated. Some ways to do that are noted. Research limitations/implications Research and development should focus on relating the uniqueness of individuals to the uniformity of services provided. Practical implications Strategic directions are indicated. Originality/value Provides a perspective on the development of library service in terms of changing relationships between technology and librarians.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0131
  • The medium-term prospects for long-term storage systems
    • Pages: 11 - 31
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 11-31, March 2017.
      Purpose Increasingly, the content that libraries collect is no longer on paper, a long-lived, medium whose technology changes very slowly and with which they have centuries of experience. Instead, it is stored on relatively short-lived digital media whose technology appears to change rapidly and with which they have little history. The paper aims to discuss this issue. Design/methodology/approach The storage media industry is highly competitive and is currently evolving rapidly as flash, a solid state medium, displaces spinning disk from many applications. Long-term archival storage is a small part of the total storage market. It typically re-uses media and systems intended for more general bulk storage. Findings What are the medium-term prospects for change in this market? Originality/value Much of this material has appeared in blog posts and talks aimed at storage experts, such as the recent DARPA workshop on future of storage. It is presented here for a librarian audience with the necessary additional exposition and background.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0128
  • Digital curation in museums
    • Pages: 32 - 39
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 32-39, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a perspective on the development of digital curation education and practice in museums in the USA. Design/methodology/approach Methods used include: a historical overview of the development of digital curation, originally as a field of practice – primarily in the sciences – and then as a field of study; a case study of the adaptation of a digital curation curriculum (DigCCurr) framework developed in schools of library and information science (LIS) to a museum studies program; and a discussion of trends in digital curation practices in museums. Findings The case study (the digital curation certificate program of Johns Hopkins University’s museum studies program) describes a successful adaptation of the LIS DigCCurr framework in a museum studies program. Practical implications Findings could help to advance the museum field through the integration of digital curation education, practice and research. Social implications By adopting and supporting digital curation practices, education and research, museums can reach and engage more online users seeking information about museum collections. More online users may also become onsite visitors. Originality/value There is little existing literature on digital curation education in museum studies programs.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-12-2016-0154
  • Personal digital archiving: an analysis of URLs in the .edu domain
    • Pages: 40 - 52
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 40-52, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to consider personal digital archiving (PDA) from an academic perspective. Although elements of research data management and personal information management are relevant, it is unclear what is available on university websites supporting PDA. The following question guided the research: where is “PDA” content housed in the top-level .edu domain and what is the format and nature of the content made available? Design/methodology/approach This descriptive study analyzed Google hits yielded by searching “PDA” within the .edu domain. Results were analyzed to determine where content was housed and its format and nature. Placement in the domain, delivery methods, topics, and the nature of the most highly ranking Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) were analyzed. Findings In the academy, PDA is not exclusively of interest in libraries; not quite half of the .edu URLs (45 percent) pointed to a library site. Scholarly papers were the most returned content, followed by blogs and conferences information. Closer analysis of the top 20 URLs showed that libraries are popular and papers, and blogs continue to be dominant. Research limitations/implications The results suggest good PDA practices and recommendations are evolving. Academic librarians should examine these practices, refine them, and make them available and discoverable on the web. Originality/value This is the first paper, to the knowledge, to consider PDA content from the perspective of universities and university libraries.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0120
  • Promoting information literacy: perspectives from UK universities
    • Pages: 53 - 70
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 53-70, March 2017.
      Purpose Academic libraries have sought to become the leaders in the provision of information literacy (IL). The purpose of this paper is to identify to what extent IL is being promoted through institutional websites. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected from all UK university websites (n=133) in early 2015 to identify the promotion of IL. Content analysis was used for the five categories: IL in the mission statement, visions or strategic plan; IL model or framework; IL policy; IL assessment; and, IL training. Data collection was limited to information in the public domain which could be accessed from individual websites, which were searched and browsed systematically. Findings In total, 85.7 per cent of universities promote IL to some extent on their websites in at least one of the five categories, however the degree of the information provided varied extensively. Less than 6 per cent of universities promote IL at institutional level. Only 17.3 per cent refer to a model or framework, 15.8 per cent show their IL policy and 9 per cent provide information on their assessment of students’ IL skills. Information on IL training is offered on 84.2 per cent of websites, the most common method being online tutorials, although 52.6 per cent only offer training for one or two aspects of IL, primarily information seeking and citing and referencing. Originality/value This paper provides up-to-date data concerning how universities in the UK promote IL in the public domain via their websites. It should be of interest to academic librarians who are responsible for IL provision.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0118
  • Disruption be my guide
    • Pages: 71 - 80
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 71-80, March 2017.
      Purpose The skill set required to be a professional in any profession is inherent in the qualifications required for entrance to that profession. The ability to demonstrate leadership in the middle to upper echelons of that profession is demonstrably different. The School of Information Studies at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga Australia sought to explore what a postgraduate qualification in the leadership of the profession might look like and what the demand for such a qualification might be. The purpose of this paper is to detail that research effort and the outcomes. Design/methodology/approach The study undertook a number of different approaches including engaging in networks of professional colleagues globally and a series of focus groups in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. The outcomes were analyzed in terms of the expectations of what a new degree might contain as well as the enrollment prospects for such a degree. Findings There was a strong ground-swell of support for a new degree of Masters of Information Leadership. The combination of subjects from the LIS environment together with subjects from a MBA environment was strongly endorsed. These areas of interest were documented in the paper along with recommendations. Research limitations/implications There is a fertile ground for research here in two ways. First, there is much scope for the examination of the course requirements and how they sit in a future work environment. This is especially the case where there is a convergence of the interests of the galleries, libraries, archives and museums sectors. Second, there is much to be done as the authors look at leadership skills sets for future information environments which are highly speculative. Practical implications This study has produced a set of requirements for a new Masters of Information Leadership. It is a very useful set of requirements to base future studies. There was also a very strong requirement for real life aspects to such a course rather than theoretical exercises as has been the current academic practice. Originality/value This study is quite original as it sought to engage practitioners in different areas and sectors in Australia aiming to ensure that the resulting academic program was closely aligned with practitioner need.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0137
  • Delivering the message
    • Pages: 81 - 91
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 81-91, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of podcasts, online radio broadcasts, YouTube channels, and other technology medium to deliver information and professional development to peers in the field and professionals in librarianship. Design/methodology/approach This paper explores five case studies of librarians and library professionals who have created online programs specifically geared to the field using technologies such as podcasting, YouTube channels, Twitter Chats, and Google Hangouts. The case studies include librarians in the public, academic, and school settings as well as one professional from The American Library Association. Interviews via Google Hangouts took place to gather information for each narrative. NVivo 10 qualitative data analysis software was used to pull out themes and commonalities among narratives. Some examples include, intended audience, program focus, platform topics, technology, and challenges. Findings Face-to-face delivery of information and professional development can be difficult with librarians and professionals located across the USA and the world. These five interviewees share new opportunities and examples in the delivery of training and information in the field of librarianship without ever needing to leave an office or desk. Originality/value Podcasting in librarianship is a topic of modest popularity but it is typically used with students and at the academic library level where the topics of podcasts and libraries are addressed. The topics of podcasts, online radio broadcasts, and other technologies in librarian peer-to-peer instruction and professional development are uncharted territory in the field of scholarly research. This piece opens research to multiple opportunities in both practice and scholarship in how technology can aid in professional development and information delivery to peers and practitioners in the field.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-04-2016-0039
  • A nostalgic look back at library hi tech(nology)
    • Pages: 92 - 98
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 92-98, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the history of information technology and computers in libraries over the last 50 years. Design/methodology/approach This paper represents a personal perspective and reflects the views and opinions of the author. It is not intended to be an authoritative reporting of this history. Findings This paper suggests that libraries were generally too shortsighted in their application of information technology and computing and submits that there are significant challenges facing libraries today. Research limitations/implications No research was conducted. Practical implications The author identifies several issues that libraries must confront in order that the automated systems being implemented add value for staff members but most importantly for users of library systems and services. Social implications The paper suggests that libraries are facing a number of challenges based on a historical review of how libraries have adopted and adapted to information technology over the past 50 years. Originality/value This paper, due to its personal perspective, reflects an original viewpoint.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0116
  • 27 pawns ready for action
    • Pages: 99 - 119
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 99-119, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to propose a methodology for assessing thesauri and other controlled vocabularies management tools that can represent content using the Simple Knowledge Organization System (SKOS) data model, and their use in a Linked Open Data (LOD) paradigm. It effectively analyses selected set of tools in order to prove the validity of the method. Design/methodology/approach A set of 27 criteria grouped in five evaluation indicators is proposed and applied to ten vocabulary management applications which are compliant with the SKOS data model. Previous studies of controlled vocabulary management software are gathered and analyzed, to compare the evaluation parameters used and the results obtained for each tool. Findings The results indicate that the tool that obtains the highest score in every indicator is Poolparty. The second and third tools are, respectively, TemaTres and Intelligent Theme Manager, but scoring lower in most of the evaluation items. The use of a broad set of criteria to evaluate vocabularies management tools gives satisfactory results. The set of five indicators and 27 criteria proposed here represents a useful evaluation system in the selection of current and future tools to manage vocabularies. Research limitations/implications The paper only assesses the ten most important/well know software tools applied for thesaurus and vocabulary management until October 2016. However, the evaluation criteria could be applied to new software that could appear in the future to create/manage SKOS vocabularies in compliance with LOD standards. Originality/value The originality of this paper relies on the proposed indicators and criteria to evaluate vocabulary management tools. Those criteria and indicators can be valuable also for future software that might appear. The indicators are also applied to the most exhaustive and qualified list of this kind of tools. The paper will help designers, information architects, metadata librarians, and other staff involved in the design of digital information systems, to choose the right tool to manage their vocabularies in a LOD/vocabulary scenario.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0123
  • Usability testing of the Letters of 1916 Digital Edition
    • Pages: 120 - 143
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 120-143, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the process and implications of usability testing a prototype version of the Letters of 1916 Digital Edition. Design/methodology/approach The paper presents the testing, the lessons learned and how those lessons informed the subsequent redesign of the site. Findings Results imply that a majority of users, even digital humanists, were not looking for a unique and specialised interface, but assumed – and preferred – a user experience that reflects common search systems. Although the audience for digital humanities sites is becoming increasingly diverse, the needs of the different user groups may be more similar than had previously been assumed. Research limitations/implications The usability test employed 11 participants, five of whom were coded as “general public”. Four of these five had previously volunteered to transcribe and upload letters. This meant that they were already familiar with the project and with the Letters of 1916 Transcription Desk. However, their prior involvement was a result of their genuine interest in the site, thus ensuring that their interactions during testing were more realistic. Practical implications The lesson learned may be useful for the Digital Editions of future crowdsourced humanities projects. Originality/value Letters of 1916 is the first crowdsourced humanities project in Ireland. The theme of the project is topical, emotive and socially important in Ireland and among Irish diaspora today. The project’s content has been created by the “ordinary citizens of Ireland” and they are likely to be the major users of the Digital Edition. The study explores how the Digital Edition can support these users, while also facilitating the range of traditional scholars and digital humanities researchers.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0111
  • RAMP – the Repository Analytics and Metrics Portal
    • Pages: 144 - 158
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 144-158, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present data that begin to detail the deficiencies of log file analytics reporting methods that are commonly built into institutional repository (IR) platforms. The authors propose a new method for collecting and reporting IR item download metrics. This paper introduces a web service prototype that captures activity that current analytics methods are likely to either miss or over-report. Design/methodology/approach Data were extracted from DSpace Solr logs of an IR and were cross-referenced with Google Analytics and Google Search Console data to directly compare Citable Content Downloads recorded by each method. Findings This study provides evidence that log file analytics data appear to grossly over-report due to traffic from robots that are difficult to identify and screen. The study also introduces a proof-of-concept prototype that makes the research method easily accessible to IR managers who seek accurate counts of Citable Content Downloads. Research limitations/implications The method described in this paper does not account for direct access to Citable Content Downloads that originate outside Google Search properties. Originality/value This paper proposes that IR managers adopt a new reporting framework that classifies IR page views and download activity into three categories that communicate metrics about user activity related to the research process. It also proposes that IR managers rely on a hybrid of existing Google Services to improve reporting of Citable Content Downloads and offers a prototype web service where IR managers can test results for their repositories.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0122
  • Using linked open data to enhance the discoverability, functionality and
           impact of Emblematica Online
    • Pages: 159 - 178
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 159-178, March 2017.
      Purpose Early Modern emblem books are primary sources for scholars studying the European Renaissance. Linked Open Data (LOD) is an approach for organizing and modeling information in a data-centric manner compatible with the emerging Semantic Web. The purpose of this paper is to examine ways in which LOD methods can be applied to facilitate emblem resource discovery, better reveal the structure and connectedness of digitized emblem resources, and enhance scholar interactions with digitized emblem resources. Design/methodology/approach This research encompasses an analysis of the existing XML-based Spine (emblem-specific) metadata schema; the design of a new, domain-specific, Resource Description Framework compatible ontology; the mapping and transformation of metadata from Spine to both the new ontology and (separately) to the pre-existing ontology; and the (experimental) modification of the Emblematica Online portal as a proof of concept to illustrate enhancements supported by LOD. Findings LOD is viable as an approach for facilitating discovery and enhancing the value to scholars of digitized emblem books; however, metadata must first be enriched with additional uniform resource identifiers and the workflow upgrades required to normalize and transform existing emblem metadata are substantial and still to be fully worked out. Practical implications The research described demonstrates the feasibility of transforming existing, special collections metadata to LOD. Although considerable work and further study will be required, preliminary findings suggest potential benefits of LOD for both users and libraries. Originality/value This research is unique in the context of emblem studies and adds to the emerging body of work examining the application of LOD best practices to library special collections.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0126
  • Photovoice: a creative method to engage library user community
    • Pages: 179 - 185
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 179-185, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to generate awareness of and interest in the photovoice method, and help librarians to be more creative in examining user needs, perceptions and behavior and be more effective in conducting outreach to user communities. Design/methodology/approach Photovice is a qualitative method that combines visuals and narratives in exploring community issues. This paper reviews the photovoice method and discusses its implications in engaging library user communities. Findings Photovoice is rarely used in library research and practice and only three published studies reported the use of this method. The three studies were reviewed in this paper to offer ideas regarding the potential application of this method in the library profession. Originality/value This paper provides an overview of an innovative method and contributes new ideas to library outreach and user engagement.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0113
  • What drives smartwatch adoption intention? Comparing Apple and
           non-Apple watches
    • Pages: 186 - 206
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, Page 186-206, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is twofold. First, an integrated model will be developed based on task-technology fit, innovation diffusion theory and the new product adoption model in order to explore the factors that affect smartwatch adoption. Second, the differences in the factors that affect users’ intention to adopt the Apple Watch and other smartwatches will be examined. Design/methodology/approach The data for this study were collected via an online survey questionnaire. The responses of 341 potential adopters of smartwatches were used to test the hypotheses in the research model. The casual model was assessed using partial least squares techniques. Findings The model can account for more than 50 percent of the variance in adoption intention. The research results affirm prior findings that perceived product attributes have relatively strong influence on adoption intention. Among these attributes, relative advantage has the strongest effect. Moreover, this study revealed differences between the antecedents of Apple watches and those of non-Apple watches. Practical implications The insights provided by this study can help smartwatch providers formulate better growth strategies. The findings also provide some directions for further development. Originality/value This study provides a better understanding of how the factors in the theories influence the adoption intentions of Apple watches and non-Apple watches.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-03-17T08:50:53Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-09-2016-0105
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