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  • A Survey of Digital Information Literacy (DIL) among Academic Library and
           Information Professionals
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, November 2016.
      Purpose The key purpose of this study is to explore the Digital Information Literacy (DIL) possessed by SVU library and information professionals. It also tries to identify the various types of DIL and to find out any constraints affecting the skills and competencies of those professionals. Design/methodology/approach A quantitative research methodology was adopted in the form of a survey, which was undertaken from February to March 2016. The survey instrument was a self-administrated questionnaire, which was adopted as the tool for the data collection. A pilot questionnaire was first sent to a small random sample of the respondents, with feedback being used to fine tune the final questionnaire. The validity and reliability were checked through a pilot test implemented before the actual distribution. Acceptable internal consistency was found (Cronbach's alpha = 0.807). The targeted population of this study is the library and information professionals (n=127) belonging to SVU libraries that spread over its three provinces/campuses (Qena, Luxor and Hurghada). Out of 127 questionnaires, 101 (79.5%) responses were received. The questionnaire was completely anonymous. All returned valid questionnaires were coded and analysed using SPSS (version 21.0) spreadsheet while the results were presented in tables. Findings The findings showed that above over two-thirds of SVU library and information professionals are males and almost one-third of them are females. A large number of the respondents are aged between 26 to 40 years and most of them were found to be bachelor holders. The discipline of nearly two-thirds of the respondents was library science. Regarding the respondents’ professional profile, the study also showed that a large number of the respondents were librarians, followed by library assistants and library managers and nearly half of them were with a work experience over than ten years, followed by those who have a work experience of 6-7 years. This study showed that there is a significant relationship between some of the respondents’ demographic characteristics (age and education) and their DIL. The respondents’ gender had a none impact on their DIL. The study also showed that there is a significant relationship between all the respondents’ professional characteristics, particularly their discipline, followed by job title then work experience and their DIL. Regarding the level of the respondents’ knowledge of the types of the computers, a large number of them showed that their knowledge of using mobile devices, followed by PCs, workstations Portable Media Players (PMP)/Digital Audio Player (DAP) and Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) was, at least, high. The respondents’ knowledge of the other types ranged between moderate to non-proficient. A large number of the respondents showed that their proficiency in using output devices, followed by input devices, processing devices, storage devices and communication devices was also, at least, high. While the largest number of the respondents showed that their proficiency in application software was, at least, high, the largest number of them showed that their proficiency in system software was moderate. Regarding the respondents’ knowledge-based competencies, as well as skills-based competencies, especially these competencies related to the integration of ICTs into the library work, this study showed that such kind of competencies possessed by SVU library and information professionals ranged between competent and somewhat competent. Regarding the challenges affecting the respondents’ acquiring skills and related competencies, the study revealed that the lack of fund, training, physical facilities, the connection to the Internet, subscribing to e-databases, lack of time, as well as challenges related to SVU library system regulations, were significant to them. Other challenges, such as the lack of incorporating and exploiting the new technologies and products into LIS educators’ services were also significant to them, as well as well as challenges related to psychological barriers, a lack of current curricula in the area of ICTs and a shortage of experienced LIS counselors. This study reached conclusions that SVU library and information professionals should be qualified and adapted to ICTs and related competencies. They need to be provided with much training workshops to update their knowledge regarding the use and integration of technology in their library work. Research limitations/implications This study investigates DIL among library and information professionals in one of the Egyptian universities; South Valley University (SVU). Consequently, any findings and conclusions resulted from this study; are limited in scope to only the library professionals of this university. Such topic has limited previous research. The size and homogeneity of the sample limit the generalizability of this study. Practical implications The study aims to investigate DIL acquired by SVU library and information professionals. The potential results of this study will serve as a noteworthy reference that can benefit university authorities, academic library and information professionals, specialists, educators, experts and policymakers in establishing strategic decisions for the improvement of the library services. Such findings may also contribute to understanding the new and challenging role of university libraries in the digital era, particularly in the developing countries. Originality/value This study is to be one of the few studies conducted on this topic in Egypt. The literature on the topic of this research revealed that extensive research has been undertaken on DIL in higher education in the developed countries, but there is a very limited research conducted on this topic in Egypt and similar developing countries, particularly ...
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-07-2016-0031
       
  • Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: Picking up the Slack in
           communication and collaboration
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0049
       
  • Open Source Software for Library Systems -2
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0044
       
  • "Through the Looking Glass" Helping Patrons Manage Passwords and Protect
           their Digital Identities
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0041
       
  • EXPLORATION OF CLOUD COMPUTING PRACTICES IN UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES IN KENYA
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, November 2016.
      Purpose Modern technological solutions are rapidly changing the information landscape in library and information establishments. One such innovative solution that is gaining momentum in information centers is cloud computing. The purpose of this paper is to explore and compare opportunities and challenges of “cloud computing paradigm” in handling and supporting delivery of information services in university libraries in the face of the present hard economic situation and limited financial budgets. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on current academic literature, document analysis, several editorials and articles on the potential and challenges of cloud computing paradigm in university library and information centers. Findings Cloud computing is proving as the best management practice of salvaging information services in university libraries due to numerous competing challenges and issues in institutions of higher education. University libraries in developing countries face many challenges of inadequate information infrastructure, limited financial budgets, manpower issues and rapid changes in technological systems. In the context of hard economic times, cloud computing is critical in adding value as well as advancing the goals and objectives of modern university libraries. Cloud computing is the “best technology practice” that is poised to play crucial roles in enhancing quality provision and delivery of information services in university library and information centers. There are many competing challenges and claims but potential benefits count more. Research limitations/implications The study is based on the ideas of cloud services conceptualised from reading academic literature, document analysis, several editorials, articles and professional work experience. The paper identifies that cloud computing paradigm is useful in achieving the goals and objectives of university libraries in this hard economic situation facing institutions of higher learning. Practical implications The paper provides practical insights that cloud computing is the “must have technology” for modern university library and information centers already burdened with the demand to develop effective and efficient technological solutions due to subsequent changing needs of the digital information environment. This study is useful for university libraries, information professionals, information communication technology professionals and university management. Originality/value This research looks at the potential of the emerging trend of “cloud computing paradigm” in enhancing quality provision and delivery of information services in university library and information centers in the context of limited financial budgets. Cloud computing has been gaining momentum in Kenya, especially in business organizations as compared to library and information establishments.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-04T11:13:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2015-0077
       
  • Importance of e-Books in Improving Access to Scholarly Materials by
           University Students in Kenya
    • First page: 1
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this research was to investigate the significance of e-books in Universities, by looking for critical issues and practices which contribute enormously to enhancing its effectiveness. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted a descriptive research study design. The use of survey was efficient for this study because it was possible to obtain answers to different variables such as attitudes, personal characteristics and behaviors on usage of e-books. Survey questionnaires were used on a student sample population at USIU-A. The study was guided by three independent variables, technological factors, individual factors and institutional support factors. The dependent variable was the usage of e-books. Findings The findings established that a majority of the student are computer literate as a whole and have a clear understanding of e-books. The results further established that students encounter problems when carrying out searches in e-books and that there is lack of knowledge of the e-books subscribed by the university library. Support from the university management on the introduction of e-books by financing its subscription was one of the factors enhancing the access and use of e-books. Originality/value Knowledge of the significance of e-books can assist libraries restructure their e-books policies and hence hasten the adoption and implementation of e-books usage in academic libraries in Kenya
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2016-0022
       
  • Prerequisite and awareness status of Web 2.0 applications in University
           Libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
    • First page: 5
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.
      Purpose This study aims to explore the awareness status of Web 2.0 tools among LIS professionals in the University libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Design/methodology/approach The study used quantitative method to collect data from 73 Library and information science (LIS) professionals in 18 public sector university libraries of the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Inferential and descriptive statistical techniques were used to analyze data using SPSS. Findings It was observed from the findings that majority of LIS professional’s possess good knowledge of MS Office; however some senior librarians were less acquainted. Internet facility was available to 60 participants out of 66. Librarians were not familiar with many services of web 2.0; however, Facebook, YouTube and Skype were most familiar among the librarians. Majority of the respondents had no experience of using podcasting, RSS feeds, LinkedIn, library thing, Flickr and MySpace. On the other hand e-mail services, Facebook and YouTube were founded to be commonly used Web 2.0 tools among respondents. Problems faced by majority of the respondents were power failure, lack of training, non-cooperation from higher authorities, low speed of internet and financial problems. Practical implications These research results can be very beneficial for the interested librarians in University, when they plan to make Web 2.0 applications in their libraries. Originality/value This study presents an overall picture of the Web 2.0 applications in university libraries of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and attempts to provide the readers with helpful information to better understand how their colleagues elsewhere are utilizing Web 2.0 tools in execution of library services.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2016-0019
       
  • Modernization of Central library and establishment of an e-resource center
           at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU): A case
           studies
    • First page: 8
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explain how the author carried out the Modernization project of Central library and establishment of an e-resource center at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU), stated the implementation of ILS in a library and encouraged library professionals by sharing practical experience to implement modernization project in their libraries. Design/methodology/approach The paper describes the authors’ practical experiences regarding implementation of Modernization project of Central library and establishment of an e-resource center at Chittagong Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (CVASU) using open-source Integrated Library System (ILS) and Library Management System (LMS). Findings The study reveals practical and systematic approach toward implementation of modernization project starting from the project proposals, fund release, vendor selection, mode of procurement, manpower selection, selection of ILS and LMS solution to the library day to day activities and a series of communication with the funding organization. Practical implications This paper will help librarians to implement modernization project in a practical way to their libraries. This article stands a unique case study for the new applicant as well as those who have got UGC fund for library modernization. Originality/value The paper provides a practical experience in implementation of library modernization project complying all the procedures of funding agencies. The content of the paper was not published before in any form other than the internal workshop and presentation.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-06-2016-0029
       
  • Data, Open Science and Libraries - The Data Deluge Column
    • First page: 11
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0040
       
  • You Better Work! Be the Super Model of Technology in Your Schools
    • First page: 17
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:56Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2016-0038
       
  • Lessons Learned from Designing Flipped Lessons for Fourth Grade Students:
           Implications for School Librarians
    • First page: 19
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 8, October 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-09-27T11:14:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2016-0037
       
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library
           technologies” Drones
    • First page: 1
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-08-09T11:30:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-07-2016-0033
       
  • How Mathematics Postgraduate Students Use Mobile e-book?
    • First page: 6
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2016.
      Purpose The aim of this pilot study is to understand how mathematics postgraduate students use mobile e-book for learning activities. Design/methodology/approach The research uses qualitative methodology. It employs interview and document review methods to collect data relevant for the study. Findings The mathematics postgraduate students use mobile e-books mostly to find information for their research activities. Both the participants have different reading pattern. However, they use the mobile e-book to obtain the same benefit. Research limitations/implications The results of the study could not be generalized since it employed qualitative methodology. Originality/value This pilot study explains how mathematics postgraduate students use mobile e-book for their learning activities. This is a qualitative study. Hence, it is able to add value to the mobile e-book studies that are lacking qualitative view points.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-08-09T11:30:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-02-2016-0009
       
  • A SCIENTOMETRIC ANALYSIS OF DESIDOC JOURNAL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION
           TECHNOLOGY (2010-2014)
    • First page: 8
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2016.
      Purpose A scientometric analysis of DJLIT has been performed to find out the quality, popularity and impact of the International Journal published by DESIDOC. Design/methodology/approach Scientometric analysis of five volumes (from Volume No. 30 to 34) from the year 2010 to 2014 of DJLIT covering thirty issues containing 307 contributions, was performed. All the bibliographic details were noted and recorded in tabular form for the purpose of in-depth analysis. Based on the analysis of the recorded data, findings have been presented. Findings The study shows a trend of gradual growth in contributions published during the period of study with an average number of 61 contributions per volume of the journal. The maximum number of contributions/research papers (70) were found to be published in the year 2012 while the minimum (50) in the year 2010. The study reveals that DJLIT gives maximum importance to the original research papers for the purpose of publishing, which attained top position of publications with a total of 277 (90.23%). The maximum number of contributions during the period of study are from joint authors with a total of 188 (61.24%). The maximum number of contributions are from India with a total of 273 (88.93%). New Delhi, Maharashtra, and Karnataka were found to be the biggest domestic contributors during the period of study with 68 (24.91%), 39 (14.29%), and 30 (10.99%) contributions respectively. It appears that the coverage of DJLIT, even being an International Journal in the field of LIS, is not very broad and its scope is broadly confined to the India only. Majority of authors preferred journals as their major source of information providing highest number of citations totaling 2447 (51.89%) while websites attained second position with 1015 (21.52%) citations followed by books with 613 (13%) citations. The study further reveals that the maximum number of citations totaling 1109 (23.52%) out of 4716 were received in the year 2013 while the least citations totaling 700 (14.84%) were recorded in the year 2010. One of the most important quality of DJLIT is that it has great concern for emerging and new tools, techniques, and technologies in the LIS profession and their impact and application in the field. The journal regularly publishes special issues in every volume on such themes that have great impact on the LIS profession and it has published 16 special issues on various important themes during the period of study. DESIDOC Journal of Library and Information Technology (DJLIT), having free online access through Internet, is the highly preferred journal for communication, knowledge acquisition, and reference by the Library and Information Science professionals. The journal has great potential of attaining new heights of popularity and impact all over the world in Library and Information Science profession. It is suggested that the journal should try to get high quality papers from foreign authors too which may be useful in enhancing its global impact and reputation. Research limitations/implications The present study is confined to the data collected from thirty (30) issues of the five (5) volumes of the DJLIT from the year 2010 to 2014 while the journal is continuously being published since the year 1981. Hence, the results may vary if the studies of different blocks of the years of publication of the journal are performed. The present study may not be fully representative in all the results but it gives a trend regarding publication of the DJLIT. Originality/value Scientometric analysis of journals have been attempted in a very few numbers. Hence, the present study will be a source of idea to other researchers.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-08-09T11:30:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-03-2016-0014
       
  • Library automation with cloud based ILMS Librarika: case study of Central
           University of South Bihar
    • First page: 13
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2016.
      Purpose The paper attempts to carry out an evaluative study of the cloud based integrated library management solutions (ILMS): Librarika. Design/methodology/approach An evaluation checklist was designed from the review of existing ILMSs as well as literature review. The checklist was distributed to the library staff of Central University of South Bihar. Findings Librarika was found to be comparable with existing open source ILMS but lacked transparency of data. Librarika had all the features of the commonly available open source ILMSs like KOHA. However, respondents pointed out that Librarika had a better circulation module and OPAC features compared to other ILMs. Concerns over data ownership, migration, and portability in the cloud were considered as the major bottlenecks in its adoption. Practical implications The study will help other libraries in decision making who are considering Librarika for their ILMS solutions. Originality/value Till date no any evaluative study has been carried out on any cloud based ILMS solution.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-08-09T11:30:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2016-0016
       
  • Conference Report: Special Libraries Association in Philadelphia: A Unique
           Blend of Corporate, Government, and Academic Librarians
    • First page: 18
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 7, September 2016.
      Purpose report of the sla conference Design/methodology/approach conference report Findings impressions of sla Originality/value original thoughts
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-08-09T11:30:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2016-0036
       
  • ‘Data and Dissertations’-ETD 2016@ Université Lille Nord
           de France
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.
      Purpose ETD symposium is one of the major international activities of Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and its objectives are provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills relevant to ETD students, professors and Information professionals. This symposium offers an opportunity to put forward innovative plans, debate on ideas, and promote closer cooperation internationally. This report is a summary of selected events held during ETD International symposium 2016 on the theme ‘Data and Dissertations’, with a focus on the handling of research data. Design/methodology/approach It’s a concise review of selected presentations during 19th ETD annual symposium in university of Lille, France. Findings ETD 2016 meeting in Lille was attended by nearly hundred attendees from twenty eight countries. This report includes a summary of selected presentations on Research data, Open Access and Embargo policies, augmented ETDs and French system for ETDs. It’s useful to managers of organizations, teachers and educators, librarians, open access protagonists and members of information provider communities. The personal interaction with the participants from different countries enriched the author’s ideas about the ETD development. Originality/value The author, who was also a speaker, provides an overview of the selected presentations on the initiatives namely, research data development, copyright laws, Augmented digital theses, and plagiarism etc. The important events like sight-seeing tours to a national museum, informal get-together are covered which may be useful to the audience who are not able to attend but interested to know about ETD 2016.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0042
       
  • ‘Data and Dissertations’-ETD 2016@ Université Lille Nord
           de France
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.
      Purpose ETD symposium is one of the major international activities of Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and its objectives are provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge and skills relevant to ETD students, professors and Information professionals. This symposium offers an opportunity to put forward innovative plans, debate on ideas, and promote closer cooperation internationally. This report is a summary of selected events held during ETD International symposium 2016 on the theme ‘Data and Dissertations’, with a focus on the handling of research data. Design/methodology/approach It’s a concise review of selected presentations during 19th ETD annual symposium in university of Lille, France. Findings ETD 2016 meeting in Lille was attended by nearly hundred attendees from twenty eight countries. This report includes a summary of selected presentations on Research data, Open Access and Embargo policies, augmented ETDs and French system for ETDs. It’s useful to managers of organizations, teachers and educators, librarians, open access protagonists and members of information provider communities. The personal interaction with the participants from different countries enriched the author’s ideas about the ETD development. Originality/value The author, who was also a speaker, provides an overview of the selected presentations on the initiatives namely, research data development, copyright laws, Augmented digital theses, and plagiarism etc. The important events like sight-seeing tours to a national museum, informal get-together are covered which may be useful to the audience who are not able to attend but interested to know about ETD 2016.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0042
       
  • Mobile App Recommendations: For Students and Educators
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0052
       
  • WHAT'S TRENDING IN LIBRARIES FROM THE INTERNET CYBERSPHERE – ALTERNATE
           TECHNOLOGY USE - 03 - 2016
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:29Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2016-0056
       
  • WHAT'S TRENDING IN LIBRARIES FROM THE INTERNET CYBERSPHERE – ALTERNATE
           TECHNOLOGY USE - 03 - 2016
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:29Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2016-0056
       
  • Development and Evaluation of Android-based Library Stocktaking
           Application using NFC Technology: A Case Study in Bina Nusantara
           University
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, November 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-11-10T11:13:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0039
       
 
 
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