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Journal Cover Library Hi Tech News
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  • Metadata Specialists in Transition: From MARC cataloging to Linked Data
           and BIBFRAME (Data Deluge Column)
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-03-2016-0015
  • Open Source Hardware in Libraries: an introduction and overview
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.
      Purpose The paper is an attempt towards introducing the concept of open source hardware to the library professionals and briefs an outlook of its current and potential application in libraries Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on a literature review. Findings Open source already aids libraries and has great potential but is hobbled by its intrinsically technical appeal. Originality/value The paper makes first observation towards the concept of open source hardware with a slant towards librarianship
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2015-0068
  • Integrating tablet technology into Information Literacy Training at CPUT
           Libraries: a pilot project
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this case study is to highlight the techniques and applications used to adapt Information Literacy (IL) modules in such a way that students acquired the IL skills through the use of tablet technology. The focus at higher education institutions has been placed on embracing the ever-changing web technologies to enhance teaching and learning. This case study reports on a collaborative effort between faculty and librarians in 2014, where tablet technology was integrated into the Information Literacy Certificate Programme of Environmental Management Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) students. Design/methodology/approach To support teaching with technology at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), a pilot project was conducted in 2014 using tablet technology to train IL to a group of 20 ECP Environmental Management students in the Applied Sciences Faculty. All modules were adapted for this purpose meaning that students used the tablet throughout the training sessions. Findings Good collaboration between librarians and faculty, as well as interaction between students increased. Some of the challenges faced were unstable Internet connection, many web applications identified by the trainers to use during the training were not compatible with the Nexus 7 Tablet. Overall the training went well. In the end the librarians were successful in achieving learning to take place among students. Originality/value Currently CPUT Libraries promotes the Information Literacy (IL) Certificate Programme to first year students, integrating IL into the curriculum of faculty. It is hoped that this paper will give insight for academic librarians wishing to incorporate mobile technologies into their Information Literacy training programmes.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:03Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2015-0083
  • Hosting an Appy Hour in the Library
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.
      Purpose A detailed description of tablets (specifically iPads) in our school district, and the Appy Hours we offered to support instructional use. Design/methodology/approach Collaborating with other districts and staff, we developed Appy Hours to give teachers and librarians a chance to showcase how to use the devices in their schools, classrooms, and libraries. Findings Offering Appy Hours in the libraries was an easy fit for collaboration and idea sharing. Rotating them between buildings made them more appealing to teachers, and having classroom teachers and librarians present made them more appealing to other staff members. Originality/value Appy Hours are not an entirely new concept. Our district used them effectively to spread new ideas and concepts through the libraries.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2015-0086
  • Current CITE-ings From the Popular and Trade Computing Literature: Google
           Cardboard - Virtual Reality for Everyone
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2016-0020
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 4, June 2016.
      Purpose This paper focuses on Koha enterprise resource planning system and its potential impact on information management organizations in Kenya; against the risks and myths associated with the solution. Design/methodology/approach The study focused on selected scan and analysis of information management organizations using Koha enterprise resource planning system in addition to document or desk review analysis. Expert opinions and ideas of information professionals especially information systems and information leaders also provided vital knowledge. Findings Koha enterprise resource planning system as the premier and leading free and open source software is transforming and integrating information services in knowledge based organizations. Driving significant forces include economical benefits, global customer base, free use and distribution, technical and online support, compatible and integration with other technologies, and global access to information and organization of knowledge. The study also established that the risks and myths associated with the system such as compatibility and integration with other technological solutions are no longer possible challenges. Koha provides business intelligence and cloud computing solutions over proprietary or commercial systems for managing and supporting information in organizations. Research limitations/implications This study purposively focused on selected information and knowledge management organizations using the Koha free and open source enterprise resource planning system in addition to expert opinions and ideas of stakeholders in the information industry. Practical implications Koha enterprise resource planning system provides alternative solutions to information organizations already burdened with limited financial resources. In addition, it proves to the entire world that the solution that was developed for rural and small based information organizations has developed into a leading knowledge enterprise resource planning solution. In information management organizations, Koha enterprise resource planning system is the strategic asset whose growth and use has increased tremendously across the globe. Originality/value In the knowledge based economy, where technological systems and solutions are fundamental for quality delivery of services to the customers, information professionals must and as always provide the necessary technology, leadership and management qualities. Across the world, Koha free and open source enterprise resource planning system is increasingly gaining momentum in information management organizations, and Kenyan information professionals are no exception.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-05-12T10:41:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-01-2016-0005
  • Types of Hijacking in the Academic World- Our Experiment in the scholarly
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.
      Purpose we will introduce types of hijackings in the academic world. Some of these hijacking are already known as hijacked journals, but some other type of hijacking are potential and unknown to most researchers. We detected these hijacking by experimental study on journals, conferences and invitation emails and classifying them into groups which will be introduced in this paper. Design/methodology/approach we can see other types of hijacking in the academic world that we will introduce in this short paper with possible examples and general detection guideline for them. These were detected by experimental study on journals, conferences and invitation emails followed by classifying them into groups which will be introduce in next section. Findings There are types of hijacking in the academic world that we introduce them in this paper. Originality/value Our observation shows that hijacked journals and predatory publishers are only part of problem.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:37Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2015-0065
  • Usability Evaluation of HEC National Digital Library Website: A
           Qualitative Approach
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.
      Purpose This study particularly defines the usability regarding interface of digital library website. It discusses the multidimensional constructs of usability and methods applied in the evaluation of usability of digital library website interface. Usability of HEC National Digital Library Website interface is measured in terms of effectiveness, efficiency and satisfaction. Design/methodology/approach For this purpose a qualitative approach: focus group technique is used. This study includes eight members in the focus group. These members were M.A. students from the Department Information Management, University of the Punjab Lahore. Findings Usability evaluation was made by using effectiveness, efficiency, learnability and satisfaction constructs. It also discovers opinion of focus group members on the ‘ease of use,’ ‘organization of information,’ ‘terminology and labeling,’ ‘visual attractiveness,’ and ‘mistake recovery.’ ‘Click cost’ is particularly examined. Originality/value No usability study has been conducted in Pakistan about the National Digital Library of HEC. This library is very important source of electronic content for academic community. This study will explore the usability evaluation, problems faced by users and solutions to solve these problems.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2015-0064
  • 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Las Vegas: Virtual 3D Cameras and More
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.
      Purpose conference report Design/methodology/approach review of ces2016 Findings impression Research limitations/implications none Originality/value new writing
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-03-2016-0012
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library
           technologies” Understanding Artificial Intelligence
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-03-2016-0013
  • Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: Instagram’s
           instant appeal
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:32Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-03-2016-0011
  • Classroom Innovation through 3D Printing
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 3, May 2016.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-03-18T01:36:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2015-0085
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library
    • Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 1-5, April 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore recent developments in a number of relatively well-established social media platforms – Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Yik Yak –to highlight the trends that are emerging within social media. Design/methodology/approach These trends have implications beyond just the social media space as a host of technologies take on social attributes. Findings Technologies such as video games, which previously functioned more or less as stand-alone pieces of software, are increasingly embracing many of the tools of social media platforms. Practicalimplications As a result, it is increasingly difficult to distinguish social technology from other communication technologies (Papacharissi, 2015). Socialimplications By examining trends in social media, we are able to not only better understand these important platforms but also acquire insight into developments that can affect a wide range of related technologies, all of which are of interest to information professionals. Originality/value Many of the examples the paper gave were drawn from the various social media platforms that mediate the personal and professional lives of their users.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:52:57Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-01-2016-0004
  • Librarians prepare to help patrons overcome the digital divide in
           Northeast Florida
    • Pages: 6 - 7
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 6-7, April 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this innovative, highly replicable paper is to teach library staff learn to use mobile apps to lead and assist patrons and effectively market library services. Design/methodology/approach This web-based class introduces participants to one mobile app a week. Participants must download the app to an Apple or Droid device, complete an activity and answer a few thought-provoking questions. Participants’ time commitment does not exceed one hour per week. Findings Participants were proud and excited to have mastered their mobile device and 23 mobile apps. They reported that they planned to create programs to teach apps to patrons, market their services using apps and continue to stay current with technological advances. Researchlimitations/implications Participants need to have access to a mobile device. Practicalimplications Library directors allowed staff to use an hour a week of work time to complete this program. Socialimplications Library staff enjoyed talking about the apps and working together. Each Monday morning when a new app was revealed, they competed to be the first to complete the activity and post answers to the questions online. They had fun. Originality/value This program allows customization. It was customized to meet the strategic needs of the authors’ organization, encouraging a sense of community among participants, marketing their services and highlighting member libraries that were already using some of the apps well. (One of our libraries had their own app and that became one of the Things.)
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:53:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2015-0081
  • Embedded librarianship: questions and answers from librarians in the
    • Pages: 8 - 11
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 8-11, April 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to share the current state of embedded librarianship in learning management systems as reported by academic librarians. The paper highlights the best practices, as well as continuing questions, in the field of embedded librarianship. Design/methodology/approach The authors collected participant feedback in two active, participatory panel discussions at national conferences. The open forums were centered on three guiding themes of embedded librarianship: building connections with faculty and students; utilizing technology tools; and providing information literacy and assessment. Participants answered directed questions, and their responses were recorded and analyzed for this paper. Findings Librarians report an increasing demand for library services in learning management systems. Collaboration and partnerships across campus are required for successful embedded librarian projects. Technology tools continue to evolve and change, and most librarians can anticipate using multiple learning management systems over time. There is an ongoing need for professional development in online library instruction and assessment. Originality/value This paper provides a snapshot of the current state of embedded librarianship in learning management systems. It offers insights about what academic librarians value, what they have learned and what concerns they still have about library instruction in online environments.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:53:12Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2015-0078
  • SCOPUS reflected study of selected research and higher education
           institutions (HEIs) of Chandigarh: a city of education and research
    • Pages: 12 - 14
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 12-14, April 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to cite the statistical data reflecting the trends and tendencies in research activity undertaken by Chandigarh city affiliations. The period under study is from 1964 to the first quarter of 2014. Scopus is the source of information retrieved. Various parameters like decade-wise growth of publications, publications of individual institutions, number of patents earned by each institute of Chandigarh under study, research productivity of top five authors of seven city-based institutes, document type, highly cited papers, research output of authors of parent institute vis-á-vis their affiliations with other institutes, collaborations at national and international levels have been taken into consideration for this paper. Institutes which have come up in the past 2-3 decades have also been contributing actively. An important finding of the paper undertaken is that foreign collaborations and foreign journals have remained the epicenter of the research activity. Chandigarh has emerged as a hub of academic and scholarly activity. It also reflects that the city-based research activity is also integrated into the global research activity. Design/methodology/approach The present paper reviews the publication output of Chandigarh city affiliations from 1964 to 2014. The publication data were procured from Scopus, which is an international multi-disciplinary bibliographical database covering 53m records, more than 20,000 titles and 5,000 publishers. It is a product of Elsevier and is the considered the world’s largest indexing and abstracting database and offers citation searching. Launched in 2004, it provides access to science–technology–medicine (STM) literature with a limited coverage of social science and arts and humanities. Database search was undertaken on May 22nd, 2014, and results were downloaded under various headings like year, author, number of publications, document type, affiliations and collaborations with other nations. The whole data were exported to MS-Excel format from Scopus database. Data of 160 authors were retrieved on the basis of at least one author affiliated to a research institution in Chandigarh. The paper was conducted by focussing on top seven institutes of Chandigarh engaged in diverse fields. These are Panjab University (PU), Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Govt. Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Punjab Engineering College (PEC), University Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (UIPS), Institute of Microbial Technology (IMTECH) and Central Scientific Instruments Organization (CSIO). Although UIPS is an integral part of PU, Scopus has treated it as a separate institution and so have the researchers. The researchers have used simple percentile method to find out the growth in research output of these institutes in six decades covering the period from 1964 to the first quarter of 2014, collaborations with other nations and affiliations with other institutes. Taking into consideration the number of publications, their citations and h index, the researchers have tried to find out the most productive authors from these institutes. Although the research process in Panjab University was started early in 1926 as revealed by Scopus, to maintain the uniformity with the research process initiated by other city-based institutes, the authors have taken 1964 as the year of initiation of data analysis for writing this paper. Each city-based institute has to its credit research publications in more than 20 diverse subject areas. Due to this diversity, data could not be analyzed under subject areas. To study the research output of Chandigarh city affiliations for the past 50 years and the current year, the authors have divided the years into five decades and additional few months of 2014. Findings There has been a phenomenal growth in the research productivity of city-based institutes, which was nil or negligible from 1964 to 1983, except Panjab University and PGI. The research activity gained momentum with every passing decade. PGI and PU have emerged as frontrunners in research productivity, but at the same time, IMTECH and UIPS have also performed well on this front too. As compared to PGI and PU, which came up in 1962 and 1956 (Chandigarh), respectively, IMTECH and UIPS are of recent origin, that is, 1984 and 1994, respectively. In the first decade of its establishment, UIPS generated 27 per cent of its total research output. Not only this, the institute has fetched maximum number of patents (89) in just two decades and that too with 1,259 publications only. IMTECH has also been coming up with qualitative research since its establishment in 1984. It has to its credit 37 patents from 1,290 publications. Major research findings took the form of articles and that too in journals. Another remarkable feature of UIPS and IMTECH is that their publications have fetched maximum citations as compared to other institutes. Comparing all the seven institutes, the authors have concluded that the authors of Panjab University have made maximum affiliation with the authors of with other national and international institutes in generating research output. Panjab University tops the list of city-based institutes by collaborating with 97 different nations. PGI has taken second slot by collaborating with 88 countries. From a list of 100 collaborating nations, USA has emerged as the major collaborating nation. Chandigarh has emerged as an education hub. It has many institutes of repute in different domains. Consequently, the research scenario is very encouraging. Researchers have a vision and are active in exploring the emerging horizons as is evident from the paper. National and international collaborations also form the basis of growth of research productivity. Government should provide all round support and upgrade the existin...
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:53:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2015-0066
  • What’s trending in libraries from the internet cybersphere –
           digital clutter
    • Pages: 15 - 16
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 15-16, April 2016.
      Purpose This is the first edition of the column for 2016. Design/methodology/approach The vignettes from the Internet this year will be mainly from blogs. Findings This edition covers issues germane mainly to libraries, technology use and maintenance of digital devices used. Research limitations/implications Executives in the IT industry may be looking at three major issues in 2016. Practical implications More often than not, internal vulnerabilities exceed external security threats. Social implications Businesses must define and set the standards of what good and bad security practices look like. Originality/value IT teams should restrict the extent that outside devices can connect and roam around on proprietary corporate networks and also work to ensure that employees are educated on the company’s security policy.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:53:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-02-2016-0008
  • Implementation of information literacy programmes in public libraries
    • Pages: 17 - 22
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 2, Page 17-22, April 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to examine the implementation of information literacy programmes in the public libraries in Kenya as demonstrated through a case study of the major public library in the country – Kenya National Library Service (KNLS). Design/methodology/approach The use of a case study research design made it possible to establish in-depth personal views, opinions and attitudes of the various respondents through face-to-face interviews and questionnaires. Both quantitative and qualitative approaches were used to collect data from the respondents. Purposive and random sampling techniques were used, and data were analyzed. Findings Major findings of this study indicated that the majority of users at the KNLS relied heavily on the print information materials, while some users, especially researchers, utilized the Internet for their academic work or research. The findings indicated that information literacy should be embedded in the information literacy programmes in all public libraries. Research limitations/implications The study was confined to the KNLS. A much wider scope could be untenable, necessitating such limitation. Practical implications As KNLS is the national library charged with the responsibility of providing public library services, it is a major player in terms of policies and guidelines. The study will encourage users in public libraries to appreciate the importance of information resources and also sensitize public library administrators to support information literacy programmes. Social implications The study will enable the educational administrators to develop and plan relevant instructional models related to information literacy, critical thinking and independent learning. The challenges and solutions experienced at the KNLS can be applied in other public libraries in Kenya. Originality/value The study identified the various gaps and challenges that exists in implementation of information literacy programmes in public libraries. Major recommendations of this study are: users should be provided with training on use of information resources; library staff should be provided with methodology skills to make them effective trainers; and public libraries should partner with other stakeholders to provide information literacy programmes. In addition, adequate funding for physical, material and human resources should be provided to facilitate the implementation of information literacy programmes in the public libraries in Kenya.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-04-18T01:53:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2015-0063
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