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Journal Cover Library Hi Tech
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  • When editors change
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-01-31T11:18:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-01-2017-0011
       
  • What drives smartwatch adoption intention? Comparing Apple and
           non-Apple watches
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, 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 (PLS) techniques. Findings The model can account for more than 50% 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. Our 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-09-2016-0105
       
  • Library Technology in the Next Twenty Years
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose An examination of agenda for library technology for the next twenty 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:17Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0131
       
  • Disruption be my Guide: a study into future directions for academic
           programs for information management
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, 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. This paper details 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 analysed 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. Firstly, 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 GLAM sectors (Galleries, Archives Libraries and Museums). Secondly, there is much to be done as we 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:15Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0137
       
  • The Medium-Term Prospects for Long-Term Storage Systems
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, 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. 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0128
       
  • Delivering the Message: Disseminating Information and Professional
           Development in the Field of Librarianship through Technology
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, 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 United States 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 topic of podcasts and libraries are addressed. The topic of podcasts, online radio broadcasts, and other technologies in librarian peer-to-peer instruction and professional development is 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-04-2016-0039
       
  • Digital Curation in Museums
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose The article presents a perspective on the development of digital curation education and practice in museums in the United States. Design/methodology/approach Methods used include: 1) an 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; 2) a case study of the adaptation of a digital curation curriculum framework developed in schools of library and information science to a museum studies program; and 3) 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 digital curation curriculum 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. Originality/value There is little existing literature on digital curation education in museum studies programs.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-01-31T11:18:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-12-2016-0154
       
  • Promoting Information Literacy: Perspectives from UK Universities
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose Academic libraries have sought to become the leaders in the provision of information literacy (IL). This study seeks to identify to what extent IL is being promoted through institutional websites. Design/methodology/approach Data was 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 85.7% 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% of universities promote IL at institutional level. Only 17.3% refer to a model or framework, 15.8% show their IL policy and 9% provide information on their assessment of students’ IL skills. Information on IL training is offered on 84.2% of websites, the most common method being online tutorials, although 52.6% only offer training for one or two aspects of IL, primarily information seeking and citing and referencing. Originality/value This article provides up-to-date data concerning how universities in the UK promote information literacy 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0118
       
  • A Nostalgic Look Back at Library Hi Tech(nology)
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to reflect on the history of information technology and computers in libraries over the last fifty 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. Originality/value This article, due to its personal perspective, reflects an original viewpoint.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-01-31T11:18:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0116
       
  • Personal Digital Archiving: An Analysis of URLs in the .edu Domain
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose This article considers personal digital archiving (PDA) from an academic perspective. Although elements of research data management (RDM) and personal information management (PIM) are relevant, it is unclear what is available on university websites supporting PDA. The following question guided the research: Where is “personal digital archiving” 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 “personal digital archiving” 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 URLs were analyzed. Findings In the academy, PDA is not exclusively of interest in libraries; not quite half of the .edu URLs (45%) 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 our knowledge, to consider PDA content from the perspective of universities and university libraries.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-01-31T11:18:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0120
       
  • Photovoice: A Creative Method to Engage Library User Community
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose This paper seeks to generate awareness of and interest in the photovoice method, and help librarians 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 The 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: 2017-01-31T11:18:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0113
       
  • Using Linked Open Data to Enhance the Discoverability, Functionality &
           Impact of Emblematica Online
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, 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. This paper examines 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, RDF-compatible ontology; the mapping and transformation of metadata from Spine to both the new ontology and (separately) to the pre-existing Schema.org 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 URIs 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: 2017-01-31T11:17:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0126
       
  • Usability testing the Letters of 1916 Digital Edition
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose It discusses lessons learned and how the results of the testing were used to inform the subsequent redesign of the site. Design/methodology/approach This paper describes the process of usability testing a prototype version of the Letters of 1916 Digital Edition. 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 eleven participants, five of whom were coded as "general public". Four of this 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 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: 2017-01-31T11:17:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-10-2016-0111
       
  • 27 pawns ready for action: a multi-indicator methodology and evaluation of
           thesaurus management tools from a LOD perspective
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 35, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose This paper proposes 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 5 evaluation indicators is proposed and applied to 10 vocabulary management applications which are compliant with the SKOS data model. Previous studies of controlled vocabulary management software are gathered and analysed, 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 5 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 10 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 Linked Open Data/Vocabulary scenario.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2017-01-31T11:17:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-11-2016-0123
       
  • Using Primo for undergraduate research: a usability study
    • First page: 566
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to observe how undergraduate students approach open-ended searching for a research assignment, specifically as it affected their use of the discovery interface Primo. Design/methodology/approach Thirty undergraduate students were provided with a sample research assignment and instructed to find resources for it using web tools of their choice, followed by the Primo discovery tool. Students were observed for 30 minutes. A survey was provided at the end to solicit additional feedback. Sources students found were evaluated for relevance and utility. Findings Students expressed a high level of satisfaction with Primo despite some difficulty navigating through more complicated tasks. Despite their interest in the tool and previous exposure to it, it was usually not the first discovery tool students used when given the research assignment. Students approached the open-ended search environment much like they would with a commercial search engine. Originality/value This paper focused on an open-ended search environment as opposed to a known-item scenario in order to assess students’ preferences for web search tools and how a library discovery layer such as Primo was a part of that situation. Evaluation of the resources students found relevant were also analyzed to determine to what degree the students understood the level of quality they exhibited and from which tool they were obtained.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-05-2016-0052
       
  • Using Primo for undergraduate research: a usability study
    • First page: 566
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to observe how undergraduate students approach open-ended searching for a research assignment, specifically as it affected their use of the discovery interface Primo. Design/methodology/approach Thirty undergraduate students were provided with a sample research assignment and instructed to find resources for it using web tools of their choice, followed by the Primo discovery tool. Students were observed for 30 minutes. A survey was provided at the end to solicit additional feedback. Sources students found were evaluated for relevance and utility. Findings Students expressed a high level of satisfaction with Primo despite some difficulty navigating through more complicated tasks. Despite their interest in the tool and previous exposure to it, it was usually not the first discovery tool students used when given the research assignment. Students approached the open-ended search environment much like they would with a commercial search engine. Originality/value This paper focused on an open-ended search environment as opposed to a known-item scenario in order to assess students’ preferences for web search tools and how a library discovery layer such as Primo was a part of that situation. Evaluation of the resources students found relevant were also analyzed to determine to what degree the students understood the level of quality they exhibited and from which tool they were obtained.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-05-2016-0052
       
  • Eye tracking in library and information science: a literature review
    • First page: 585
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic literature review of the application of eye-tracking technology within the field of Library and Information Science. Eye tracking technology has now reached a level of maturity, which makes the use of the technology more accessible. Subsequently, a growing interest in employing eye tracking as a methodology within Library and Information Science research must be anticipated. Design/methodology/approach The review follows the guidelines set in the PRISMA recommendations (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses). Two reference databases are searched for relevant references: Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA). The main selection criteria are peer-reviewed literature, that describe the experimental setting, including which eye tracking equipment was used, the number of test persons and report eye tracking measures. Furthermore, this study will report which other methods were applied in combination with eye tracking. Findings The number of published research utilizing eye-tracking technologies within Library and Information Science is still limited although an increase in the use of eye-tracking technologies is observed during recent years. Originality/value To the knowledge of the author, this is the first systematic review on eye-tracking technology and application in Library and Information Science.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0085
       
  • Eye tracking in library and information science: a literature review
    • First page: 585
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic literature review of the application of eye-tracking technology within the field of Library and Information Science. Eye tracking technology has now reached a level of maturity, which makes the use of the technology more accessible. Subsequently, a growing interest in employing eye tracking as a methodology within Library and Information Science research must be anticipated. Design/methodology/approach The review follows the guidelines set in the PRISMA recommendations (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses). Two reference databases are searched for relevant references: Library and Information Science Abstracts (LISA) and Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA). The main selection criteria are peer-reviewed literature, that describe the experimental setting, including which eye tracking equipment was used, the number of test persons and report eye tracking measures. Furthermore, this study will report which other methods were applied in combination with eye tracking. Findings The number of published research utilizing eye-tracking technologies within Library and Information Science is still limited although an increase in the use of eye-tracking technologies is observed during recent years. Originality/value To the knowledge of the author, this is the first systematic review on eye-tracking technology and application in Library and Information Science.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0085
       
  • The application of social media in outreach of academic libraries'
           resources and services - a case study on WeChat
    • First page: 615
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce the implementation of the official WeChat account, the most popular mobile social media site in China, to share Jinan University Library collections and services to students, faculty and staff. The implementation,experience and issues have implications for academic libraries and other institutions to run and improve social media tools. Design/methodology/approach This paper is a case study, which elaborates on the implementation process of the official WeChat account, including project group establishment,account application and management, users’ needs analysis,WeChat secondary development and model of development. Findings Our official WeChat account has already engaged a population of followers who are able to directly access library resources and service via their mobile device. The social media tool is an effective approach to promote library services and enhance relationships between the library and users. The issues appear during the process of WeChat implementation and promotion, which require WeChat’s provider, third party applications’ vendors and the library to work together to solve. Originality/value The implementation of official WeChat account has practical implications for academic libraries and other institutions to conduct it and similar social medial tools, such as Sina Weibo, Facebook and Line. In particular, it is beneficial for academic libraries outside China which desire to use WeChat to engage Chinese international students. Additionally it provides insight to the future effort on social media promotion, secondary development and cooperation within social networking industry.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-05-2016-0055
       
  • The application of social media in outreach of academic libraries'
           resources and services - a case study on WeChat
    • First page: 615
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to introduce the implementation of the official WeChat account, the most popular mobile social media site in China, to share Jinan University Library collections and services to students, faculty and staff. The implementation,experience and issues have implications for academic libraries and other institutions to run and improve social media tools. Design/methodology/approach This paper is a case study, which elaborates on the implementation process of the official WeChat account, including project group establishment,account application and management, users’ needs analysis,WeChat secondary development and model of development. Findings Our official WeChat account has already engaged a population of followers who are able to directly access library resources and service via their mobile device. The social media tool is an effective approach to promote library services and enhance relationships between the library and users. The issues appear during the process of WeChat implementation and promotion, which require WeChat’s provider, third party applications’ vendors and the library to work together to solve. Originality/value The implementation of official WeChat account has practical implications for academic libraries and other institutions to conduct it and similar social medial tools, such as Sina Weibo, Facebook and Line. In particular, it is beneficial for academic libraries outside China which desire to use WeChat to engage Chinese international students. Additionally it provides insight to the future effort on social media promotion, secondary development and cooperation within social networking industry.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-05-2016-0055
       
  • A survey of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries
    • First page: 625
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to explore the current characteristics and status of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries. Design/methodology/approach Using a sample of 46 sub-provincial and provincial public libraries in China, this study collected data from their WeChat official accounts. Statistical analysis and content analysis were employed for data analysis. Findings The results show that, 82.6% of the 46 libraries had applied for WeChat accounts and offered services, of which the earliest created time was March 20th, 2013. Differences were found among history information regarding their numbers, types and contents. Also, as for service mode, 84.2% of the libraries present custom menus, and 68.4% provide self-inquiry information. In addition, three types of reference services are revealed: real-time services (28.9%), services via telephones or e-mails (36.8%) and menu services (7.9%). Originality/value This study illustrates an overall picture of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries. Extant research has mainly focused on Web 2.0 applications in university libraries, and less attention has been paid on the application of mobile social media in public libraries. This study attempts to fill this research gap.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0068
       
  • A survey of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries
    • First page: 625
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to explore the current characteristics and status of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries. Design/methodology/approach Using a sample of 46 sub-provincial and provincial public libraries in China, this study collected data from their WeChat official accounts. Statistical analysis and content analysis were employed for data analysis. Findings The results show that, 82.6% of the 46 libraries had applied for WeChat accounts and offered services, of which the earliest created time was March 20th, 2013. Differences were found among history information regarding their numbers, types and contents. Also, as for service mode, 84.2% of the libraries present custom menus, and 68.4% provide self-inquiry information. In addition, three types of reference services are revealed: real-time services (28.9%), services via telephones or e-mails (36.8%) and menu services (7.9%). Originality/value This study illustrates an overall picture of WeChat application in Chinese public libraries. Extant research has mainly focused on Web 2.0 applications in university libraries, and less attention has been paid on the application of mobile social media in public libraries. This study attempts to fill this research gap.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0068
       
  • Chinese students’ behavior intention to use mobile library apps and
           effects of education level and discipline
    • First page: 639
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine behavior intention of Chinese university students towards mobile library (m-library) applications (apps) and explore the determinants of their perceptions of m-library apps. Design/methodology/approach Based on previous research, this study first proposed an integrated model and hypothesized the relationships between constructs while exploring the significance of the effects of education level and discipline. 466 undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines participated in a survey for this study. A structural equation modeling approach was applied for analysis. Findings Attitude is the main predictor of behavior intention towards m-library apps, and it is significantly affected by perceived usefulness, self-efficacy, and subjective norm. The quality of m-library apps determines students’ perception of usefulness. In addition, education level and discipline have significant effects on behavior intention towards m-library apps, which may reflect students’ different focuses and purposes of use. Originality/value This study deepens understanding of the continuance usage of m-library apps and has practical implications on related developments and services.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0061
       
  • Chinese students’ behavior intention to use mobile library apps and
           effects of education level and discipline
    • First page: 639
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine behavior intention of Chinese university students towards mobile library (m-library) applications (apps) and explore the determinants of their perceptions of m-library apps. Design/methodology/approach Based on previous research, this study first proposed an integrated model and hypothesized the relationships between constructs while exploring the significance of the effects of education level and discipline. 466 undergraduate and graduate students from various disciplines participated in a survey for this study. A structural equation modeling approach was applied for analysis. Findings Attitude is the main predictor of behavior intention towards m-library apps, and it is significantly affected by perceived usefulness, self-efficacy, and subjective norm. The quality of m-library apps determines students’ perception of usefulness. In addition, education level and discipline have significant effects on behavior intention towards m-library apps, which may reflect students’ different focuses and purposes of use. Originality/value This study deepens understanding of the continuance usage of m-library apps and has practical implications on related developments and services.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0061
       
  • The Liquid Galaxy in the library: a study of use and users of interactive
           digital display technology at UNC-CH
    • First page: 657
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the usability and user perceptions of the display technology in the library to evaluate the utility of the Liquid Galaxy technology and how it was deployed in a library setting. Design/methodology/approach This article presents the results of a mixed method (survey and interview) qualitative study of users of the Liquid Galaxy Google Earth/Google Streetview immersive display in the Research Hub of Davis Library of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill conducted in April of 2105. 25 users of the Liquid Galaxy responded to survey or interview questions about their user experience and their emotional response to the Liquid Galaxy. Findings Users found the Liquid Galaxy easy to use and they had many reasons for using the Liquid Galaxy including: research, education, entertainment, trip planning and nostalgic virtual travel. Originality/value There are few studies on users experience of innovative non-way finding display technology in library settings and this study then adds to the literature on this subject. These results may assist organizations evaluating incorporating an immersive display such as the Liquid Galaxy into their offerings.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-04-2016-0045
       
  • The Liquid Galaxy in the library: a study of use and users of interactive
           digital display technology at UNC-CH
    • First page: 657
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to investigate the usability and user perceptions of the display technology in the library to evaluate the utility of the Liquid Galaxy technology and how it was deployed in a library setting. Design/methodology/approach This article presents the results of a mixed method (survey and interview) qualitative study of users of the Liquid Galaxy Google Earth/Google Streetview immersive display in the Research Hub of Davis Library of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill conducted in April of 2105. 25 users of the Liquid Galaxy responded to survey or interview questions about their user experience and their emotional response to the Liquid Galaxy. Findings Users found the Liquid Galaxy easy to use and they had many reasons for using the Liquid Galaxy including: research, education, entertainment, trip planning and nostalgic virtual travel. Originality/value There are few studies on users experience of innovative non-way finding display technology in library settings and this study then adds to the literature on this subject. These results may assist organizations evaluating incorporating an immersive display such as the Liquid Galaxy into their offerings.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-04-2016-0045
       
  • Advancing PubMed? A comparison of 3rd-party PubMed/MEDLINE tools
    • First page: 669
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose Systematic reviews of biomedical literature are used to inform patient-treatment. Yet the acquisition of relevant literature is proving increasingly challenging due to the large volume of information that needs to be searched, filtered and collocated. There is a need to improve the efficiency of biomedical literature searches. PubMed remains the primary resource for biomedical literature, and as PubMed makes the MEDLINE data and Entrez PubMed Programming utilities freely available, any developer can produce alternative tools to search the database. We question if PubMed still provides the superior search interface for systematic searches or if the innovativeness of third party tools provide alternatives worth considering. Design/methodology/approach Seventy-six third party tools that build on PubMed content were identified in a PubMed search and in published studies known to the authors. Only tools that provided free access to the broad PubMed content and designed specifically to enhance the search were included, reducing the set to 16 tools. The functionality of each tool within the scenario of a systematic search was compared across 11 aspects. A systematic search in PubMed was used as study control. Findings The 16 tools limited rather than advanced the sorting, filtering and export functionality required in a systematic search. The reproducibility of the searches in these sources was reduced. Our study shows that PubMed remains the superior provider for searching, identifying, and exporting biomedical literature for systematic reviews. Originality/value Our work contributes to the discussion of how librarians can help researchers navigate the bio-medical literature in systematic reviews.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0066
       
  • Advancing PubMed? A comparison of 3rd-party PubMed/MEDLINE tools
    • First page: 669
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose Systematic reviews of biomedical literature are used to inform patient-treatment. Yet the acquisition of relevant literature is proving increasingly challenging due to the large volume of information that needs to be searched, filtered and collocated. There is a need to improve the efficiency of biomedical literature searches. PubMed remains the primary resource for biomedical literature, and as PubMed makes the MEDLINE data and Entrez PubMed Programming utilities freely available, any developer can produce alternative tools to search the database. We question if PubMed still provides the superior search interface for systematic searches or if the innovativeness of third party tools provide alternatives worth considering. Design/methodology/approach Seventy-six third party tools that build on PubMed content were identified in a PubMed search and in published studies known to the authors. Only tools that provided free access to the broad PubMed content and designed specifically to enhance the search were included, reducing the set to 16 tools. The functionality of each tool within the scenario of a systematic search was compared across 11 aspects. A systematic search in PubMed was used as study control. Findings The 16 tools limited rather than advanced the sorting, filtering and export functionality required in a systematic search. The reproducibility of the searches in these sources was reduced. Our study shows that PubMed remains the superior provider for searching, identifying, and exporting biomedical literature for systematic reviews. Originality/value Our work contributes to the discussion of how librarians can help researchers navigate the bio-medical literature in systematic reviews.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0066
       
  • THC-DAT helps in reading a multi-topic document: results from a
           user-centered evaluation of a within-document analysis tool
    • First page: 685
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose With a mass of electronic multi-topic documents available, there is an increasing need for evaluating emerging analysis tools to help users and digital libraries analyze these documents better. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction of THC-DAT, a within-document analysis tool, in reading a multi-topic document. Design/methodology/approach The authors reviewed related literature first, then performed a user-centered, comparative evaluation of two within-document analysis tools, THC-DAT and BOOKMARK. THC-DAT extracts a topic hierarchy tree using hierarchical Latent Dirichlet Allocation (hLDA) method and takes the context information into account. BOOKMARK provides similar functionality to the Table of Contents bookmarks in Adobe Reader. Three novel kinds of tasks were devised for participants to finish on two tools, with objective results to assess reading effectiveness and efficiency. And post-system questionnaires were employed to obtain participants’ subjective judgments about the tools. Findings The results confirm that THC-DAT is significantly more effective than BOOKMARK, while not inferior in efficiency. There is some evidence that suggests THC-DAT can slow down the process of approaching cognitive overload and improve users’ willingness to undertake difficult task. Based on qualitative data from questionnaires, the results indicate that users were more satisfied when using THC-DAT than BOOKMARK. Practical implications Adopting THC-DAT in digital libraries or electrical document reading systems contributes to promoting users’ reading performance, willingness to undertake difficult task and general satisfaction. Moreover, THC-DAT is of great value to addressing cognitive overload problem in the information retrieval field. Originality/value This paper evaluates a novel within-document analysis tool in analyzing a multi-topic document, and proved that this tool is superior to the benchmark in effectiveness and user satisfaction, and not inferior in efficiency.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0081
       
  • THC-DAT helps in reading a multi-topic document: results from a
           user-centered evaluation of a within-document analysis tool
    • First page: 685
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose With a mass of electronic multi-topic documents available, there is an increasing need for evaluating emerging analysis tools to help users and digital libraries analyze these documents better. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and user satisfaction of THC-DAT, a within-document analysis tool, in reading a multi-topic document. Design/methodology/approach The authors reviewed related literature first, then performed a user-centered, comparative evaluation of two within-document analysis tools, THC-DAT and BOOKMARK. THC-DAT extracts a topic hierarchy tree using hierarchical Latent Dirichlet Allocation (hLDA) method and takes the context information into account. BOOKMARK provides similar functionality to the Table of Contents bookmarks in Adobe Reader. Three novel kinds of tasks were devised for participants to finish on two tools, with objective results to assess reading effectiveness and efficiency. And post-system questionnaires were employed to obtain participants’ subjective judgments about the tools. Findings The results confirm that THC-DAT is significantly more effective than BOOKMARK, while not inferior in efficiency. There is some evidence that suggests THC-DAT can slow down the process of approaching cognitive overload and improve users’ willingness to undertake difficult task. Based on qualitative data from questionnaires, the results indicate that users were more satisfied when using THC-DAT than BOOKMARK. Practical implications Adopting THC-DAT in digital libraries or electrical document reading systems contributes to promoting users’ reading performance, willingness to undertake difficult task and general satisfaction. Moreover, THC-DAT is of great value to addressing cognitive overload problem in the information retrieval field. Originality/value This paper evaluates a novel within-document analysis tool in analyzing a multi-topic document, and proved that this tool is superior to the benchmark in effectiveness and user satisfaction, and not inferior in efficiency.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:07Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0081
       
  • Construction of the structural definition based terminology ontology
           system and semantic search evaluation
    • First page: 705
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to construct a structural definition based terminology ontology system that defines the meanings of academic terms on the basis of properties and links terms with properties that are structured by conceptual categories (classes). This study also aims to test the possibility of semantic searches by generating inference rules and setting very complicated search scenarios. Design/methodology/approach For the study, 55,236 keywords from the articles of the “Korea Citation Index” were structurally defined and relationships among terms and properties were built. Then, we converted the RDB data into RDF and designed ontologies using the ontology developing tool Protégé. We also tested the designed ontology with the inference engine of the Protégé editor. The generated reference rules were tested by TBox and SPARQL queries. Findings We generated inference control rules targeting high-input-ratio data in the properties of classes by calculating the input ratio of real input data in the system, and then we executed a semantic search by SPARQL query by setting very complicated search scenarios, for which it would be difficult to deduce results via a simple keyword search. As a result, it was confirmed that the search results show the logical combination of semantically related term data. Practical implications The proposed terminology ontology system was constructed with the author keywords from research papers, it will be useful in searching the research papers which include the keywords as search results by the complex combination of semantic relation. And the STNet database could be utilized as an index database in retrieval services and the mining of informal big data through the application of well-defined semantic concepts to each term. Originality/value This paper presented a methodology for supporting IR using expanded queries based on a novel model of structural terminology based ontology. The user who wants to access the specific topic can create query that brings the semantically relevant Information. The search results show the logical combination of semantically related term data, which would be difficult to deduce results via traditional IR systems.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-08-2016-0090
       
  • Construction of the structural definition based terminology ontology
           system and semantic search evaluation
    • First page: 705
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to construct a structural definition based terminology ontology system that defines the meanings of academic terms on the basis of properties and links terms with properties that are structured by conceptual categories (classes). This study also aims to test the possibility of semantic searches by generating inference rules and setting very complicated search scenarios. Design/methodology/approach For the study, 55,236 keywords from the articles of the “Korea Citation Index” were structurally defined and relationships among terms and properties were built. Then, we converted the RDB data into RDF and designed ontologies using the ontology developing tool Protégé. We also tested the designed ontology with the inference engine of the Protégé editor. The generated reference rules were tested by TBox and SPARQL queries. Findings We generated inference control rules targeting high-input-ratio data in the properties of classes by calculating the input ratio of real input data in the system, and then we executed a semantic search by SPARQL query by setting very complicated search scenarios, for which it would be difficult to deduce results via a simple keyword search. As a result, it was confirmed that the search results show the logical combination of semantically related term data. Practical implications The proposed terminology ontology system was constructed with the author keywords from research papers, it will be useful in searching the research papers which include the keywords as search results by the complex combination of semantic relation. And the STNet database could be utilized as an index database in retrieval services and the mining of informal big data through the application of well-defined semantic concepts to each term. Originality/value This paper presented a methodology for supporting IR using expanded queries based on a novel model of structural terminology based ontology. The user who wants to access the specific topic can create query that brings the semantically relevant Information. The search results show the logical combination of semantically related term data, which would be difficult to deduce results via traditional IR systems.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-08-2016-0090
       
  • Digital preservation: the conduit through which open data, electronic
           government and the right to information are impelmented
    • First page: 733
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper explores the extent to which digital preservation facilitate the implementation of electronic government, open data and the right to information. Design/methodology/approach A case study research which chronicles the link between transparency and data availability. It makes use of a theoretical framework based on the Open Archival information System to analyse, explain, clarify and justify the application of open data, electronic government and the right to information. Findings The paper argued that e-government, Open Data and the RTI will remain elusive if a digital preservation infrastructure is not pursued. Within the context of e-government, the paper adumbrated that government agencies can incorporate e-government legislations into their digital preservation activities, precisely because the relationship between digital preservation and e-government have always been symbiotic. It alluded to the fact that an obligation will be placed on all public authorities and private agencies covered by the RTL law to create, keep, and organize an effective and efficient system of record keeping, so as to give meaning to the right to information when citizens apply for information. Practical implications Future research should examine closely the implication of Open Data government within the context of digital preservation. Whilst digital preservation looks forward to the longevity of digital records and its accessibility, Open Data focuses on the utility of these records through online services, reuse and distribution for the purposes of transparency and citizens’ participation. Originality/value The application of digital preservation to Open Data in this paper appears to be more relevant at a time when most governments of the world are striving to obtain data to fight poverty, achieve universal primary education, fight HIV and foster maternal health.Its originality can further be established from the symbiotic relationship between digital preservation and electronic government, open data and the right to information.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0078
       
  • Digital preservation: the conduit through which open data, electronic
           government and the right to information are impelmented
    • First page: 733
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper explores the extent to which digital preservation facilitate the implementation of electronic government, open data and the right to information. Design/methodology/approach A case study research which chronicles the link between transparency and data availability. It makes use of a theoretical framework based on the Open Archival information System to analyse, explain, clarify and justify the application of open data, electronic government and the right to information. Findings The paper argued that e-government, Open Data and the RTI will remain elusive if a digital preservation infrastructure is not pursued. Within the context of e-government, the paper adumbrated that government agencies can incorporate e-government legislations into their digital preservation activities, precisely because the relationship between digital preservation and e-government have always been symbiotic. It alluded to the fact that an obligation will be placed on all public authorities and private agencies covered by the RTL law to create, keep, and organize an effective and efficient system of record keeping, so as to give meaning to the right to information when citizens apply for information. Practical implications Future research should examine closely the implication of Open Data government within the context of digital preservation. Whilst digital preservation looks forward to the longevity of digital records and its accessibility, Open Data focuses on the utility of these records through online services, reuse and distribution for the purposes of transparency and citizens’ participation. Originality/value The application of digital preservation to Open Data in this paper appears to be more relevant at a time when most governments of the world are striving to obtain data to fight poverty, achieve universal primary education, fight HIV and foster maternal health.Its originality can further be established from the symbiotic relationship between digital preservation and electronic government, open data and the right to information.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0078
       
  • Preserving the digital heritage of public institutions in Ghana in the
           wake of elecronic government
    • First page: 748
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper examines digital preservation of e-government in Ghana under the research question: What are the current digital preservation strategies being deployed across the ministries and agencies in Ghana? Design/methodology/approach Guided by a conceptual framework, underpinned by a quantitative approach, the paper uses survey approach, to address the digital preservation strategies deployed across public sector organisations in Ghana. It underscore the link between the conceptual framework and the literature to analyse the various digital preservation strategies. Findings Backup strategy, migration, metadata and trusted repositories were noted as the most widely implemented preservation strategies across the ministries and agencies. On the other hand, cloud computing, refreshing and emulation were the least implemented strategies used to address the digital preservation challenges Research limitations/implications The paper add to the existing conceptual underpinnings that have dominated the debate about data management, archival storage, preservation strategies, challenges and best practices of digital preservation of e-government. Originality/value This study draws its originality from the evidence of studies on digital preservation in Ghana as most studies have rather focused on the preservation of documentary heritage, preservation and security of microfilms, preservation practices in the public records (Akussah, 2003; Ampofo, 2009; Festus, 2010). The emergence of this study addresses the knowledge gap in the preservation of digital records in a country where little attention has been accorded to digital preservation. The study also feeds into the Ghana’s vision 2020 and the ICT policy document of the ministry of communication which aim at ensuring that Ghanaians have access to information and communication technology products and services
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0077
       
  • Preserving the digital heritage of public institutions in Ghana in the
           wake of elecronic government
    • First page: 748
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper examines digital preservation of e-government in Ghana under the research question: What are the current digital preservation strategies being deployed across the ministries and agencies in Ghana? Design/methodology/approach Guided by a conceptual framework, underpinned by a quantitative approach, the paper uses survey approach, to address the digital preservation strategies deployed across public sector organisations in Ghana. It underscore the link between the conceptual framework and the literature to analyse the various digital preservation strategies. Findings Backup strategy, migration, metadata and trusted repositories were noted as the most widely implemented preservation strategies across the ministries and agencies. On the other hand, cloud computing, refreshing and emulation were the least implemented strategies used to address the digital preservation challenges Research limitations/implications The paper add to the existing conceptual underpinnings that have dominated the debate about data management, archival storage, preservation strategies, challenges and best practices of digital preservation of e-government. Originality/value This study draws its originality from the evidence of studies on digital preservation in Ghana as most studies have rather focused on the preservation of documentary heritage, preservation and security of microfilms, preservation practices in the public records (Akussah, 2003; Ampofo, 2009; Festus, 2010). The emergence of this study addresses the knowledge gap in the preservation of digital records in a country where little attention has been accorded to digital preservation. The study also feeds into the Ghana’s vision 2020 and the ICT policy document of the ministry of communication which aim at ensuring that Ghanaians have access to information and communication technology products and services
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-07-2016-0077
       
  • Historical insights for Ebook design
    • First page: 764
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to provide ebook designers and researchers with design insights by promoting historical knowledge about books and reading as sources of ideas to implement in current and future ebooks. Design/methodology/approach We review historical features of books and practices of reading that have been implemented, weakened, or lost over time, referring to historical texts and resources, and relate them to ebook viewers (software) and readers (hardware) that are currently on the market. In particular, the review focuses on the physical form of the book and the practices of reading, annotation, and bookshelving. Findings While some older forms and reading practices have been implemented in ebook devices, others have been forgotten over time, due in part to physical constraints that are no longer relevant. We suggest that features that constrained print books and print reading in the past might actually improve the design of ebooks and e-reading in the present. Research limitations/implications This review is necessarily based on a limited set of existing historical sources. Practical implications Translating insights into novel tangible designs is always a challenging task. Ebook designers can gain insights from this paper that can be applied in a variety of design contexts. Originality/value No previous work focused on ebook design has foregrounded historical aspects of books and reading as viable sources of ideas to implement in ebooks.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0075
       
  • Historical insights for Ebook design
    • First page: 764
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to provide ebook designers and researchers with design insights by promoting historical knowledge about books and reading as sources of ideas to implement in current and future ebooks. Design/methodology/approach We review historical features of books and practices of reading that have been implemented, weakened, or lost over time, referring to historical texts and resources, and relate them to ebook viewers (software) and readers (hardware) that are currently on the market. In particular, the review focuses on the physical form of the book and the practices of reading, annotation, and bookshelving. Findings While some older forms and reading practices have been implemented in ebook devices, others have been forgotten over time, due in part to physical constraints that are no longer relevant. We suggest that features that constrained print books and print reading in the past might actually improve the design of ebooks and e-reading in the present. Research limitations/implications This review is necessarily based on a limited set of existing historical sources. Practical implications Translating insights into novel tangible designs is always a challenging task. Ebook designers can gain insights from this paper that can be applied in a variety of design contexts. Originality/value No previous work focused on ebook design has foregrounded historical aspects of books and reading as viable sources of ideas to implement in ebooks.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-06-2016-0075
       
  • Online library tutorials in Mexican universities: presence and
           characteristics
    • First page: 787
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this work is to assess the presence of online library tutorials in library websites of public universities in Mexico and analyze the main characteristics of these materials. Design/methodology/approach Through October and November, 2015, the number of online library tutorials was quantified in 230 public universities in Mexico and their characteristics were analyzed based on an 18-item template grouped in 4 categories: general information, presentation, content, and active learning. Findings Only 81 (29.2%) of the 279 libraries evaluated offer some type of instructional material to their users. A great variability was found regarding the quantity of tutorials presented by each library and its origin (elaborated by the library vs. third party materials). The majority of tutorials deal with the use of library services or the management of a specific information resource. The most usual formats are pdf and video, and generally have few elements of active learning. Practical implications Results obtained in this study provide a useful diagnosis for decision-making regarding the creation, improvement and diffusion policies of online library tutorials in university libraries. Originality/value This is the first study carried out about the presence and characteristics of online library tutorials in university libraries in Mexico.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-08-2016-0094
       
  • Online library tutorials in Mexican universities: presence and
           characteristics
    • First page: 787
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech, Volume 34, Issue 4, November 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this work is to assess the presence of online library tutorials in library websites of public universities in Mexico and analyze the main characteristics of these materials. Design/methodology/approach Through October and November, 2015, the number of online library tutorials was quantified in 230 public universities in Mexico and their characteristics were analyzed based on an 18-item template grouped in 4 categories: general information, presentation, content, and active learning. Findings Only 81 (29.2%) of the 279 libraries evaluated offer some type of instructional material to their users. A great variability was found regarding the quantity of tutorials presented by each library and its origin (elaborated by the library vs. third party materials). The majority of tutorials deal with the use of library services or the management of a specific information resource. The most usual formats are pdf and video, and generally have few elements of active learning. Practical implications Results obtained in this study provide a useful diagnosis for decision-making regarding the creation, improvement and diffusion policies of online library tutorials in university libraries. Originality/value This is the first study carried out about the presence and characteristics of online library tutorials in university libraries in Mexico.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech
      PubDate: 2016-11-09T12:13:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHT-08-2016-0094
       
 
 
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