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  • Makers in the Library: Case Studies of 3D Printers and Maker Spaces in
           Library Settings
    • Authors: Heather Michele Moorefield-Lang et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the implementation of 3D printing and maker spaces in various library settings. Insights, challenges, successes, projects as well as recommendations will be shared. Commonalities across libraries 3D printing technologies and maker space learning areas will also explored. Design/methodology/approach This paper delves into six case studies of librarians that have implemented 3D printers and/or maker spaces in their libraries. The case studies focus on libraries at three different levels: school, public, and higher education with two case studies from each type. The author of this paper will describe the cases, projects, challenges, successes, along with other aspects of 3D printer and maker space integration. Findings 3D printing and maker spaces, while very popular in the field of librarianship can be incredibly exciting to implement but they come with challenges and successes just like any type of new technology. Librarians have to be fearless in implementing this technology, willing to learn on their feet, and be excited to explore. Originality/value At this time most publications on 3D printing are held in the realm of popular publications (blogs, magazines, zines, etc). Very little has been written on a wider range of case studies where 3D printers and maker spaces have been integrated into libraries of various types. This paper sets the foundation for further exploration in how 3D printing and maker spaces could be a part of library services.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:16 GMT
  • Open Access to Research Data in Electronic Theses and Dissertations: An
    • Authors: Joachim Schopfel et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose Print theses and dissertations have regularly been submitted together with complementary material, such as maps, tables, speech samples, photos or videos, in various formats and on different supports. In the digital environment of open repositories and open data, these research results could become a rich source of research results and datasets, for reuse and other exploitation. Design/methodology/approach After introducing electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) into the context of eScience, the paper investigates some aspects that impact the availability and openness of datasets and other supplemental files related to ETD (system architecture, metadata and data retrieval, legal aspects). Findings These items are part of the so-called “small data” of eScience, with a wide range of contents and formats. Their heterogeneity and their link to ETD need specific approaches to data curation and management, with specific metadata and identifiers and with specific services, workflows and systems. One size may not fit for all but it seems appropriate to separate text and data files. Regarding copyright and licensing, datasets must be evaluated carefully but should not be processed and disseminated under the same conditions as the related PhD theses. Some examples are presented. Research limitations/implications The paper concludes with recommendations for further investigation and development to foster open access to research results produced along with PhD theses. Originality/value Electronic theses and dissertations are an important part of the content of open repositories. Yet, their potential as a gateway to underlying research results has not really been explored so far.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:15 GMT
  • Information cascades in online reading: An empirical investigation of
           panel data
    • Authors: Qihua Liu et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose This paper aims to examine information cascades in the context of users’ e-book reading behavior and differentiate it from alternative factors that lead to herd behavior, such as network externalities and word-of-mouth effects. Design/methodology/approach This paper constructed panel data using information concerning 226 e-books in 30 consecutive days from’s reading channel ( from October 2, 2013, to October 31 of the same year in China. A multinomial logit market-share model was employed. Findings E-books’ ranking has a significant impact on their market share, as predicted by informational cascades theory. Higher ranking e-books’ clicks will see a greater increase as a result of an increase in clicks ranking. Due to the information cascades effect, review volume had no impact on the market share of popular e-books. Total votes had a powerful impact on the market share of e-books, showing that once information cascade occurred, it could be enhanced by the increase in total votes. The total clicks of e-books had a significant impact on their market share, suggesting that online reading behavior would be influenced by network externalities. Practical implications As important information, the ranking or popularity of e-books should be carefully considered by online reading websites, publishers, and authors. It is not enough for the authors and publishers of e-books to simply pay attention to the content. They should design their marketing strategies to allow network externalities and informational cascades to work for them, not against them. Online reading websites should also focus on eliminating certain behavior, such as “brush clicks” and “brush votes,” in order to prevent an undesirable information cascade due to false information. Originality/value To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to examine information cascades in the context of users’ e-book reading behavior. Moreover, this study can help other researchers by utilizing a large sample of daily data from one of the earliest online reading platforms in China.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:14 GMT
  • Search Engine Queries Used to Locate Electronic Theses and Dissertations:
           Differences for Local and Non-Local Users
    • Authors: Mildred Coates et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose This study examines two research questions: (1) What search engine queries lead users to the Auburn University Electronic Theses and Dissertations (AUETDs) collection' (2) Do these queries vary for users in different locations and, if so, how' Design/methodology/approach Search engine queries used to locate the AUETDs collection were obtained from Google Analytics and were separated into groups based on user location. These queries were assigned to empirically-derived categories based on their content. Findings Most local users’ queries contained person names, variants for thesis or dissertation, and variants for Auburn University. Over a third were queries for the AUETDs collection, while the remainder were seeking theses and dissertations from specific Auburn researchers. Most out-of-state users’ queries contained title and subject keywords and appeared to be seeking specific research studies. Queries from users located within the state but outside of the local area were intermediate between these groups. Practical implications Over two-thirds of visits to the AUETDs collection were made by search engine users which reinforces the importance of having repository content indexed by search engines such as Google. The specificity of their queries indicates that full-text indexing will be more helpful to users than metadata indexing alone. Originality/value This is the first detailed analysis of search engine queries used to locate an ETDs collection. It may also be the last, as query content for the major search engines is no longer available from Google Analytics.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:14 GMT
  • Global Data Repository Status and Analysis: Based on Korea, China and
    • Authors: Suntae Kim et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose This study collected the global status data of digital repositories automatically and analyzed it by building a database. For analysis criteria the following were utilized: 1) CJK repository operational status, 2) language of the repository content, 3) repository type, 4) repository of CJK by subject area, 5) the amount of repository content and 6) repository software. Design/methodology/approach OpenDOAR and ROAR services were used as the sources to obtain the information on the digital repository. Those sources are representative services that provide the digital repository registration services and are used as sources in a variety of studies. A six kinds of data analysis criteria, 1) CJK repository operational status, 2) language of the repository content, 3) repository type, 4) repository of CJK by subject area, 5) the amount of repository content and 6) repository software were utilized. Findings 1) CJK is operating 288 repositories (8% compared to the world, 42.2% compared to Asia). 2) The repositories that provide Japanese, Chinese and Korean contents are 5.57%, 4.14% and 0.72%, respectively. 3) The repository operated by the government is inadequate in Asia 4) In Korea and Japan, the repositories in the field of humanities and social sciences appeared all in the top 10. 5) Korea provides 1,342,845 cases of contents (0.81% compared to the global)6) The 'DSpace’ software is most widely utilized as a repository system and it is the same in CJK. Originality/value This results of this study can be used to identify the repository status in Korea compared to global and to CJK, and can be utilized as a basis to determine the direction of the repository promotion and policy in Korea and also to administer the national R&D budget.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:13 GMT
  • Attitude of the Rudjer Bošković Institutes' scientists on the
           small screen mobile devices library services - a user survey
    • Authors: Ivana Pažur et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose The purpose of this survey was to get an insight in users' opinion on library resources/services on small screen mobile devices. Objectives were to establish which types of small screen mobile devices are used and to find out is there a tendency for using academic and educational contents on such devices. Furthermore, aim was to identify whether our users need mobile friendly library web site and services at all. Also, what library resources/services and to what extent respondents consider as the important ones for mobile friendly customization. Finally the results would serve as an orientation in building mobile friendly library web site and services. We believed that our users were still unaware of the possibility of accessing library web sites and services through mobile devices in general; therefore, this survey also had a role of raising awareness and stimulating their interest. Design/methodology/approach The survey was focused on small screen mobile devices with screen size up to 7 inches (17.1 cm). Data collection was performed through a questionnaire containing 10 questions. The questionnaire was created by LimeSurvey tool, and for mobile optimized version service was used too. We received 295 questionnaires, out of which 285 were taken into account. Findings The survey found that the largest number of respondents own smartphone/tablet/phablet. The results show that small screen devices are, to some extent, used for educational, academic and informational purposes (reading of e-books and e-journals, education, data checking, internet searching and searching of handy information), but non-academic purposes still predominate (texting, reading e-mails, phone calls, taking pictures). Overall 64 % of the respondents has expressed need for small screen mobile devices customized library resources/services, but there are 30% of undecided respondents. Croatian Scientific Bibliography, e-journals database (EZB), online databases, contact information and lecture halls reservations, has been resources/services requested by respondents to be available in a mobile friendly mode. Originality/value The survey examines users’ opinion on a new library service before its implementation. Besides giving us a precise insight into the RBI library users’ interest and needs for mobile friendly customization of existing library resource/service, survey gives a unique insight into the correlation of age and gender of the respondents and their answers to the question about having a small screen mobile device and opinion about the customization of library resources and services. To the author’s knowledge, this is the first users' survey on this topic in Croatia.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:13 GMT
  • Google Scholar versions: do more versions of an article mean greater
    • Authors: Scott P. Pitol et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose The growing dominance of Google Scholar (GS) as a first-stop resource for scholars and researchers demands investigation of its influence on citation patterns, freedom of information, and scholarly communication. This study breaks new ground in understanding the various versions GS indexes, correlations between the number of GS versions and citation counts, and the value of institutional repositories (IRs) for increasing scholarly impact. Design/methodology/approach GS listings for 982 articles in several academic subjects from three universities were analyzed for (a) GS version types, including any institutional repository versions, (b) citation rates, and (c) availability of free full-text. Findings (a) Open Access articles were cited more than articles that were not available in free full-text. While journal publisher websites were indexed most often, only a small number of those articles were available as free full-text. (b) There is no correlation between the number of versions of an article and the number of times an article has been cited. (c) Viewing the “versions” of an article may be useful when publisher access is restricted, as over 70% of articles had at least one free full-text version available through an indexed GS version. Originality/value This paper investigates Google Scholar versions as an alternative source for a scholarly article. While other articles have looked at Google Scholar through various lenses, the authors believe this specific aspect of the topic has not been previously explored.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:13 GMT
  • Methods and resources to monitor Internet censorship
    • Authors: Ina Fourie et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of the importance for library and information services (LIS) to take the responsibility to find a manageable way to regularly monitor Internet censorship in their countries, and to suggest a framework for such monitoring and to encourage manageable on-going small scale research projects. Design/methodology/approach The paper follows on contract research for the IFLA Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression (FAIFE) on country specific trends in Internet censorship. Based on an extensive literature survey (not fully reflected here) and data mining, a framework is suggested for regular monitoring of country specific negative and positive trends in Internet censorship. The framework addresses search strategies and information resources; setting up alerting services; noting resources for data mining; a detailed break-down and systematic monitoring of negative and positive trends; the need for reflection on implications, assessment of need(s) for concern (or not), and generation of suggestions for actions; sharing findings with the LIS community and wider society; and raising sensitivity for Internet censorship as well as advocacy and lobbying against Internet censorship. Apart from monitoring Internet censorship, the framework is intended to encourage manageable on-going small scale research. Findings A framework of Internet censorship monitoring can support the regular, systematic and comprehensive monitoring of known as well as emerging negative and positive trends in a country, and can promote timely expressions of concerns and appropriate actions by LIS. It can support sensitivity to the dangers of Internet censorship and raise LIS’ levels of self-efficacy in dealing with Internet censorship and doing manageable, small scale research in this regard. Originality/value Although a number of publications have appeared on Internet censorship these do not offer a framework for monitoring Internet censorship and encouraging manageable on-going small scale research in this regard.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:12 GMT
  • Cloud Computing: Information Professionals' and Educational Technology
           Experts' Perspectives
    • Authors: Noa Aharony et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose • The present research seeks to explore the extent to which the TAM, and personal characteristics such as threat and challenge, self-efficacy and openness to experience, explain information professionals' and educational technology experts' perspectives about cloud computing. In addition, the study will investigate any differences between these two tech-savvy groups concerning cloud computing adoption. Design/methodology/approach The research was conducted in Israel during the second semester of the 2013 academic year. Researchers used seven questionnaires to gather the data. Findings The current study found that the behavioral intention to use cloud computing was impacted by perceived ease of use and personal innovativeness. Further, the study demonstrated that respondents' intentions to use cloud computing are affected by personal characteristics such as threat and challenge, self-efficacy, and openness to experience. In addition, it seems that each group has a different perspective about technology. Originality/value Findings reveal that newest technologies are not the main focus of information professionals. Therefore, if information organizations directors would like their employees to enhance their use of technological innovations, they should expose them to the latest technologies, emphasizing their usefulness, ease of use, and benefits.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:12 GMT
  • Multi-Entity Models of Resource Description in the Semantic Web: A
           comparison of FRBR, RDA, and BIBFRAME
    • Authors: Thomas Baker et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 4, October 2014. Purpose The 1998 IFLA document "Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records" (FRBR) has inspired a family of models that view bibliographic resources in terms of multiple entities differentiated with regard to meaning, expression, and physicality. This paper compares how three FRBR and FRBR-like models have been expressed as Semantic Web vocabularies based on Resource Description Framework (RDF). The paper focuses on IFLA's own vocabulary for FRBR; RDF vocabularies for Resource Description and Access (RDA), an emergent FRBR-based standard for library cataloging; and BIBFRAME, an emergent FRBR-like, native-RDF standard for bibliographic data. Design/methodology/approach Simple test records using the RDF vocabularies were analyzed using software that supports inferencing. Findings In some cases, what the data actually means appears to differ from what the vocabulary developers presumably intended to mean. Data based on the FRBR vocabulary appears particularly difficult to integrate with data based on different models. Practical implications Some of the RDF vocabularies reviewed in the paper could usefully be simplified, enabling libraries to integrate their data more easily into the wider information ecosystem on the Web. Requirements for data consistency and quality control could be met by emergent standards of the World Wide Web Consortium for validating RDF data according to integrity constraints. Originality/value There are few such comparisons of the RDF expressions of these models, which are widely assumed to represent the future of library cataloging.
      PubDate: Thu, 09 Oct 2014 23:15:12 GMT
  • Leveraging student course enrollment data to infuse personalization in a
           library website
    • Authors: Ian Chan et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose This article describes the benefits of integrating personalization within a library website and presents methodology for achieving this goal within an academic setting. Design/methodology/approach The project documented in this study explores the use of student course enrollment data as the basis for creating a personalized library website. Off-the-shelf, open source applications are used in conjunction with existing university data to deliver a final product that offers an enhanced user experience for the university community. Findings Adaptive personalization is increasingly commonplace on the web. Academic libraries have a unique source of existing data that offers the potential of adding personalization to the library website. At present, the personalization of library online services remains largely unexplored. This project illustrates one relatively low-cost method to help libraries interested in creating personalized websites. Practical implications This paper provides a guide for libraries interested in the implementation of personalization within their websites. Originality/value The project described in this case study is highly unique within libraries. The article outlines the feasibility and technical requirements associated with using course enrollment data to add personalized content to a library website.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:33 GMT
  • Skimming comprehension in two online document presentation environments
    • Authors: Nathan Lowrance et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose Readability applications are the software products designed to make online text more readable. Using information foraging theory as a framework, this paper studies the extent, if at all, using a readability application improves skimming comprehension in a low-clutter online environment. It also seeks to identify the perceived benefits or effects of using a readability application for skimming comprehension. Design/methodology/approach Ten participants skimmed two articles each, one in a low-clutter online document presentation environment, the other using an online readability application, as a timed, information foraging exercise. After reading each article, respondents answered true/false comprehension questions and follow up questions. Findings There was little difference in the comprehension of respondents after skimming in the two online documentation presentation environments. The readability environment was the preferred environment. Practical implications This study suggests that since participants claimed to prefer the text presentation of the readability application interface, interface designers may wish to create library interfaces for information seeking that follow the readability application format. Because some of the participants found themselves reading rather than skimming when using the readability application, readability for tasks other than skimming may be enhanced. Originality/value This is a practical study investigating an existing online readability application and its effects on an existing online reading environment as they pertain to information seeking behavior in general and to information foraging in particular.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:32 GMT
  • Community information portals: content and design issues for information
    • Authors: Philip Hider et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose This paper reports on the findings of an audit of community information (CI) portals to provide an overview of how CI is being organised and presented on the Web by aggregating services, and how community information is being shaped and shared in community networks. It also investigates the role that public libraries play in online community information provision. Design/methodology/approach The research sampled community information portals online within the Australian Web domain (.au). An audit of 88 portals was undertaken to establish the scope, role and usefulness of the portals. The audit included a comprehensive usability analysis of a sub set of 20 portals evaluated for 20 different heuristics based on Nielsen’s heuristic model. Findings The research finds that the challenge facing portals is not a lack of information, it is the need to improve the mediation between the community services and people that CI portals promise useful and usable information for. While public libraries remain integral to the provision of community information in their geographical area, they now form part of a larger online network for CI provision, involving a wide range of organisations. Originality/value The paper discusses the ways CI portals contribute to the provision of information about community services and identifies areas where improvements are needed. In particular, it discusses how these sites function as part of larger CI networks and where more innovative, and more standardised, design could lead to greater levels of engagement and utility.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:29 GMT
  • StatBase: library statistics made easy
    • Authors: Alexandria Payne et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose This case study details a Library open source software (OSS) development project resulting in the launch of StatBase, a statistical gathering and data visualization tool, so that organizations can adopt a locally managed alternative to costly data aggregation tools. Design/methodology/approach This case study is based on a literature review, Agile development framework, and User Experience (UX) modelling. The software solution features a Joomla framework with contributed modules and open source architecture. Findings This case study demonstrates the creation and practical implementation of a scalable open source software platform for data management and analysis. Practical implications Provides a frame of reference and methodology for libraries, both public and academic, seeking to implement a web-based resource to gather, organize, and interpret statistical metrics via a centralized, lightweight, open source architecture. Originality/value This case study provides a detailed scope and step-by-step technology process description by which an organization can adopt or model the StatBase solution for business metrics.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:28 GMT
  • Institutional repository as an important part of scholarly communication
    • Authors: Teja Koler-Povh et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose The main purpose of the paper is to present the institutional repository (IR) named DRUGG of the University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering (UL FGG), just from its beginnings in 2011, and using the statistics of visits to present its merits for higher visibility of scholarly publications on the web. The role of all stakeholders involved in the construction of this IR is highlighted. Design/methodology/approach The historical overview of the awareness of researchers on the UL FGG on worldwide scientific communication through web sites is showed just from beginnings in 1990's. Using Google Analytics the statistics of visits and downloads after a year of operations is showed, as well as the statistics of access from different networks from all over the world. Findings In the DRUGG repository mainly theses are archived which are usually not published elsewhere. They are very interesting for professional engineers working in practice. The statistics showed that 89 % of all visits come from public domains, while only 11 % are from the home domain of the University of Ljubljana. Research limitations/implications This paper is a case study and limited only to IR DRUGG. It describes the steps taken in implementing the IR considering the technological infrastructure, human resources and collaboration of the library staff with other professional and administrative faculty units. Practical implications The repository is to a large extent used by the professional public and that the use is not limited only to the home institution - University of Ljubljana. Originality/value This paper helps in planning to build an IR. It also presents an overview of worldwide research and analysis about the influence of IRs on citations of scholarly publications to convince the sceptical research policy makers.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:23 GMT
  • Experts as facilitators for the implementation of social media in the
           library' A social network approach
    • Authors: Hadewijch Vanwynsberghe et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose Based on the social capital theory, we assume that personal and professional experts are both relevant to people’s competence development. However, to date, there is little empirical evidence of how professional experts can support, or impede, people in learning how to deal with social media. The goal of this study is to examine the role and position of social media experts in the distribution of information on social media within the library as organization. Design/methodology/approach We draw upon social network and qualitative methods, within three public libraries located in Belgium. Findings The findings suggest that as the most central actors, social media experts in a library play a significant role in either supporting or constraining the distribution of information on social media. Research limitations/implications While the sample size was chosen to conduct a mixed methods study that would explore how the position of a social media expert in an organization such as the library facilitates or prevents the exchange of social media information, we acknowledge the need for large-scale empirical studies that can substantiate our findings in larger and more diverse samples. Originality/value This unique study explores how the role and position social media experts in Belgian public libraries can support, or impede, librarians in learning how to deal with social media. This study is useful for other public libraries who want to implement social media, establish a social media policy and/ or provide social media training.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:23 GMT
  • Enhancement of reading experience: users’ behavior patterns and the
           interactive interface design of tablet readers
    • Authors: Kuo-Liang Huang et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose Tablets are becoming mainstream devices for digital reading. Through user experience (UX), this study aimed to identify significant differences between tablet reading systems and other digital reading systems, explore potential requirements for the interactive interface, and propose design solutions so that user’ behavioral intention (BI) may be further enhanced. Design/methodology/approach First, the authors extracted the context of use and behavior patterns by conducting contextual inquiries; then, potential requirements were identified and design solutions were developed; last, the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) was employed to verify research findings. Findings The outcome shows that the improved version of the interactive interface is significantly (p < .05) superior to the original version in various aspects, including perceived usefulness (PU), perceived ease of use (PEOU), user attitude (ATUT), and behavioral intention (BI). Originality/value So far, there has been no relevant research on UX concerning tablet reading systems. Therefore, this study first tried to investigate the primary difference between tablet reading systems and other digital reading systems in context of use and behavior patterns. Then, based on the foregoing discoveries, users’ motivations and perception of tablet readers were probed, and the problems with behavioral intention could be solved.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:16 GMT
  • Understanding methodological and disciplinary differences in the data
           practices of academic researchers
    • Authors: Travis Weller et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to better understand the data practices, influences and needs of researchers at a major public research institution. Design/methodology/approach This paper is based on the results of a pre-tested, web-based survey of University of Kansas (KU) faculty, staff, researchers and graduate students. Findings Influences on data practices and data needs vary with the research methodology and academic discipline of the researcher. Practical implications Academic libraries may need to adjust the services they offer to meet the varying needs of researchers in differing disciplines using differing methodologies. Originality/value This study adds to the developing literature describing research data management.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:13 GMT
  • Open source software solutions in Indian libraries
    • Authors: Anilkumar Hanumappa et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose The main purpose of this study was to explore the OSS (Open Source Software) market relevant to Indian Libraries and more specifically, to review the existing library automation, i.e., ILMS (Integrated Library Management System) and DL (Digital Library) software solutions. Design/methodology/approach Survey method was adopted to collect data for this study and the sample population for this study included 356 library professionals. Findings The study findings indicate presence of OSS like Koha and NewGenLib in the ILMS category and Dspace, Eprints and Greenstone in the Digital library software category in India. The study also indicates that there is considerable interest among Indian libraries to adopt or migrate to OSS. Research limitations/implications The sample included largely, more than 80%, responses from the academic library segment and hence the results and analysis maybe more skewed to the academic library segment. However the implications of this study could be extended to other type of libraries and facilitate library professionals to make software choices with respect to library automation. Originality/value In addition to exploring the opportunities of OSS implementation in Indian libraries, the study includes issues related to migration, implementation, budget, training, etc. The study would have value for library professionals and OSS vendors to understand the Indian library market in the context of OSS.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:55:05 GMT
  • Web services to link interlibrary software with OCLC WorldShare
    • Authors: Josep-Manuel Rodríguez-Gairín et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose This article describes the use of web services to interconnect the GTBib interlibrary loan program with the OCLC WorldShare platform. Design/methodology/approach We describe the current problem of duplication of procedures in libraries that have added their collections to the OCLC WorldCat catalogue in recent years and are therefore more likely to receive interlibrary loan requests through the WorldShare Platform. Findings A solution that uses web services to insert and retrieve requests between the two systems is presented. Autonomous agents periodically check the status of the requests and keep them updated and synchronized. These agents also inform the library staff of any variation or inconsistency that is detected. Practical implications This technology reduces process management time by making it unnecessary to introduce the request data in both systems. Agents are used to check the consistency of statuses between the two systems, thus avoiding errors and omissions and improving the efficiency of the whole interlibrary loan process. Originality/value This paper describes in detail the technical aspects of the development as a reference for the development of future applications.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:54:57 GMT
  • System of digital publishing policies and regulations in China
    • Authors: Xianrong Huang et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to find the problems in the establishment of Chinese digital publishing policies and regulations system. Design/methodology/approach The research is through analysis the digital publishing policies and regulations in China referring to digital publishing macro policies, E-book policies, digital music policies, network animated cartoon policies, network game policies, as well as through examining the legal system (law, administrative regulation, departmental rules, judicial interpretation) in China. Findings The paper concludes that the framework of this system should contain three layers, and Chinese digital publishing policies and regulations system will continue to be improved and digital publishing market will be standardized operation. The digital publishing industry policies, digital publishing resource policies, digital technology policies, copyright policies and personnel training policies need for further investigation and research. Research limitations/implications Because of the coverage of digital publishing industry is so wide, the policies and regulations which the paper analyzed were not so comprehensive. Practical implications It can help the Chinese government make more comprehensive and rational policies and regulations for digital publishing industry and ensure the sustainable development of digital publishing industry. Originality/value The paper proposes that the government should first make clear the basic objectives of the digital publishing policies and regulations system in China and then determine the content of the system. It has a positive significance to promote the establishment the system of policies and regulations in China and can ensure the sustainable development of digital publishing industry.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:54:57 GMT
  • Integrating PDF interface into Java application
    • Authors: Quan Lu et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 32, Issue 3, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to propose a novel approach to integrate PDF interface into Java-based digital library application. It bridges the gap between conducting content operation and viewing on PDF document asynchronously. Design/methodology/approach In this paper, we firstly review some related research and discuss PDF and its drawbacks. Next, we propose the design steps and implementation of three modes of displaying PDF document: PDF display, image display and XML display. A comparison of these three modes has been carried out. Findings We find that the PDF display is able to completely present the original PDF document contents and thus obviously superior to the other two displays. In addition, the format specification of PDF-based e-book does not perform well; lack of standardization and complex structure is exposed to the publication. Practical implications The proposed approach makes viewing the PDF documents more convenient and effective, and can be used to retrieve and visualize the PDF documents and to support the personalized function customization of PDF in the digital library applications. Originality/value This paper proposes a novel approach to solve the problem between content operation and the view of PDF synchronously, providing users a new tool to retrieve and reuse the PDF documents. It contributes to improve the service specification and policy of viewing the PDF for digital library. Besides, the personalized interface and public index make further development and application more feasible.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:54:45 GMT
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