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Journal Cover Library Hi Tech News
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   ISSN (Print) 0741-9058
   Published by Emerald Homepage  [335 journals]
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library technologies”
           Educational Trends that Will Impact Library Technology
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 1, March 2017.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-01-23T12:28:50Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-01-2017-0003
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose The aim of this study is to examine the bibliometric characteristics of literature published in Nature Nanotechnology in the first ten years (2006-2015). Yearly output, impact factor changes, document type, top authors, institutes and countries, most cited articles were examined. Design/methodology/approach The bibliographic records related to Nature Nanotechnology were retrieved from SCIE of Web of Science. Various software tools such as HistCite, Sci2 tool, intcoll.exe and CitNetExplorer were employed. Findings The results reveals that 55% of publications were citable articles, average number of authors per article was 4.57, 136% increase in impact factor and reviews received highest citations per paper, Harvard University had most number of publications while University of Cambridge had highest CPP among the most productive institutes. Almost 50% of publications were contributed by authors from the USA. 1% of total publications received more than 1000 citations. Originality/value Scientometric analysis of high impact journals has been carried out in very few. Hence, the results of the present study will be useful to compare with low impact journals.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-01-23T12:28:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0050
  • Growth of Predatory Open Access Journals: Implication for Quality
           Assurance in Library and Information Science Research in Nigeria
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose To examine perceived and factual realities of open access predators, and further delve into usage patterns of predatory OAJs by researchers and its implication on quality assurance in Library and Information Science Research. It also investigates factors promoting use of these outlets, as well as authors’ perspectives on quality control for OAJs. Design/methodology/approach The paper reviewed available literature on Open access and the proliferation of predatory journals. It also presents author’s viewpoint on the implication of using predatory journals for Library and Information Science research in Nigeria. Findings The number of predatory publishers globally has grown rapidly from eighteen in 2011 to six hundred and ninety three in 2015, while standalone journals increased from 126 to 507 in 2015. Library and Information Science (LIS) researches were published in some of the listed predatory journals by Jeffrey Beall, and this has reduced global recognition of LIS researchers in Nigeria. Upcoming authors were easily attracted to publishing their work in predatory journals because of fast review process, prompt publishing and quest for global visibility. Checking against plagiarism, ensuring quality control, increased awareness for non-use of predatory journals were some of the recommendations given. Practical implications It is clear that if LIS educators report their research in predatory OA outlets, individual and institutional reputation will be affected which may eventually lead to low ranking status of institutions. Nigerian universities low ranking status by several indices can be traced to the nonappearance or low scholarly literature published in reputable and respected journal outlets. Scholars with less quality researches will not be invited to feature as reviewers and international panelist in reputable thematic conferences and meetings; neither can they be invited as external examiners in universities abroad. Originality/value This work is very valuable in evaluating the growth of predatory journals in Library and information Science Research in Nigeria. It provides distinctive ways to evaluating Open Access Journals and how to identify and avoid predatory journals.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-01-23T12:28:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0046
  • Re-branding Libraries to embrace Open Space and Aesthetic Reflections: a
           case of USIU-Africa as a benchmark of Kenyan libraries.
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 1, March 2017.
      Purpose This paper examines the strides taken by academic libraries in Kenya to match the standards of modern Library buildings whilst highlighting ensuing impact on user satisfaction. It will give insight on provide a comprehensive comparison between Kenyan modern libraries and other modern libraries in the world which are considered best library designs, to show progressive development of library design and equipment. Design/methodology/approach The paper takes a Viewpoint approach after studying the history and development of the current Library buildings in Kenya. This paper will answer the following questions; how far are Kenyan University libraries in embracing open space and aesthetic reflections? What is the impact of artistic modern library designs to user satisfaction; what are the effects of colorful interior design and décor on libraries. In addressing this and other related questions, the design of new academic libraries in Kenya over the past eight years is traced. Findings Libraries in Kenya and other developing countries have stayed in the right path of revolution by adopting the modern library designs and giving Library users more reasons to cherish their libraries as not only reading facilities but also destinations for relaxation, discussions and hang outs. . The USIU Library has be touted as the pioneer modern library building and its standards have been replicated and bettered by other libraries in Kenya today. This is a big stride for Kenyan Libraries in the wake of dynamism in Libraries. Originality/value The Value of the paper is that it gives an insight on the development of Library buildings in Kenya, providing a comprehensive comparison between Kenyan modern libraries and other modern libraries in the world which are considered best library designs, thereby showing progressive development of library design and equipment.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-01-23T12:28:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0045
  • Through the looking glass: helping patrons manage passwords and protect
           their digital identities
    • Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, Page 1-5, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to present reports of widespread security breaches that reveal the personal information and passwords of thousands, or even millions, of people that are now unfortunately commonplace. Design/methodology/approach In an increasingly digital world, often the only thing protecting an individual’s information is a password or other similar security measure. Findings Libraries have an important role to play in confronting this issue, both as mediators of digital literacies and as organizations that typically require passwords from their patrons. Social implications In addition to providing access to services through passwords, libraries set their own policies. Originality/value This column will explore the evolving technological landscape and review tools libraries can use to help patrons keep their information safe.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-09T09:12:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0041
  • Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: picking up the Slack in
           communication and collaboration
    • Pages: 6 - 9
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, Page 6-9, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to present the use of social media to engage internally with employees and stakeholders, which is becoming a popular option of communication for many business, organizations and libraries. Design/methodology/approach The popularity and importance of social media networks like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram cannot be ignored. Findings The number of users on these networks continues to grow with 65 per cent of American adults using social networking sites (Perrin, 2015). Social implications Social networking tools provide an ease of communication that allows for increased interaction and audience engagement. Originality/value Many of the elements that make social networking platforms strong communication tools are now being used internally, allowing employees of these organizations and businesses to collaborate and connect with the same ease as with external audiences.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-09T09:12:09Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0049
  • Open source software for library systems – 2
    • Pages: 10 - 13
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, Page 10-13, November 2016.
      Purpose This paper aims to concentrate on reviewing articles on open source software (OSS), found on the internet, that were published in the year 2016. Design/methodology/approach A critical look is taken at OSS generally as found in the literature and also on the commonly used OSS in libraries and information science work or research work. Findings It is hoped that this review will assist in pointing out the trends and aid in informed decision-making, as it concerns OSS. Social implications Akintomide (2016) described OSS as a part of human existence which is exhibited in mobile devices that run on the android operating system, to computers, laptops and servers that run on the Linux operating system, to other software (Library management software inclusive) that are open access. Originality/value The openness of it makes the users (libraries and scholars) leave documentation that steers how the open software technologies are implemented and by whom. They are free, have used communities, are vetted by users and are constantly in development.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-09T09:12:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0044
  • Mobile app recommendations: fitness apps
    • Pages: 14 - 15
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, Page 14-15, November 2016.
      Purpose Whether you live in a hemisphere where frigid weather or sweltering heat keeps you indoors for months, have a busy professional and social schedule that allows little (if any) time for physical activity other than walking up and down the stairs at work or just cannot figure out how to alter your daily routine – fitting in a fitness schedule is not always as simple as setting an alarm clock 30 min early. Design/methodology/approach People often, me included, lead highly hectic lives, trying to keep up with appointments and deadlines, and as such working out during the week can be easily neglected. Findings After all, how many of us truly have the time to get to an aerobics class, to the gym or go running as often as we would like? Social implications We are a go go go society in which many of us compromise our well-being for meeting deadlines. Nevertheless, most of us aim to lead a healthier life. Originality/value You may be thinking by now – what do fitness, libraries and technology have to do with one another? Quite a bit.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-09T09:12:10Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2016-107
  • Exploration of cloud computing practices in university libraries in Kenya
    • Pages: 16 - 22
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 9, Page 16-22, 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 conceptualized 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. Social implications Cloud computing paradigm provides university libraries with the business opportunity to use comprehensive technological solutions with reduced capital expenditure and safe methods of data storage. This eases the inconveniences normally caused by the need to develop and own such comprehensive technological solutions. 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: 2016-12-09T09:12:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2015-0077
  • “Data and dissertations”-ETD 2016@ Université Lille Nord
           de France
    • Pages: 1 - 5
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, Page 1-5, November 2016.
      Purpose Electronic theses and dissertation (ETD) symposium is one of the major international activities of Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD), and its objectives 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 is a concise review of selected presentations during 19th electronic theses and dissertation annual symposium in University of Lille, France. Findings ETD 2016 meeting held in Lille was attended by nearly 100 attendees from 28 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 is 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, plagiarism, etc. The important events such as 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: 2016-12-12T11:05:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0042
  • Getting acquainted with social networks and apps: Gotta catch them all?
           Augmented reality gaming apps
    • Pages: 6 - 8
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, Page 6-8, November 2016.
      Purpose This past summer marked the release of a record-breaking mobile app, an app that had more downloads during its first week of release on the Apple App store than any other app before it (Vanian, 2016). Design/methodology/approach With 7.2 million downloads in its first week, Pokémon Go became an overnight sensation (Mac, 2016) and has continued to grow since the initial release. Findings News about this app was hard to avoid during the summer months, especially in the USA where it was reported that one in ten Americans was using Pokémon Go (Mac, 2016). Originality/value The download numbers have continued to grow to an impressive 500 million as of September 2016, and the app continues to increase its worldwide audience and is currently available in 100 countries (Skipper, 2016). What is this app that has captured such large international audiences? Why has it become so popular? And most importantly, what does it have to do with libraries?
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-12T11:05:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2016-0052
  • Development and evaluation of android-based library stocktaking
           application using NFC Technology: a case study in Bina Nusantara
    • Pages: 9 - 14
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, Page 9-14, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to develop and evaluate a mobile application to facilitate stocktaking in libraries implementing radio frequency identification. The case of Bina Nusantara University’s library is used in this study. In this kind of library, near field communication (NFC) tags are placed in the book for getting book information, borrowing or returning and theft prevention, so the application. Stocktaking is an important process to be performed periodically to monitor and maintain the quality of collections and to make these collections easily accessible for library users. However, stocktaking in libraries takes too much effort and needs to be more efficient. Design/methodology/approach The design of the mobile application using entity relationship diagram (ERD) includes a diagram and flowchart. An evaluation is done by comparing the stocktaking effort of the latest semester and the previous semester. In the latest semester, the stocktaking is done by a hybrid of the proposed mobile application and a legacy desktop application, whereas the stocktaking of the previous semester is done only using the legacy desktop application. Findings Evaluation of the usage of this mobile stocktaking application is 43 per cent more efficient compared to an older desktop application. Originality/value The authors report the development of Android-based mobile stocktaking application by using Android’s NFC feature and evaluate it in a real environment.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-12T11:05:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2016-0039
  • What’s trending in libraries from the internet cybersphere – alternate
           technology use – 03 – 2016
    • Pages: 15 - 16
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 33, Issue 10, Page 15-16, November 2016.
      Purpose This last edition of the column begins with the disadvantages of sleeping in the library and ends with 60-year-old overdue loans, but in between are alternate ways of using different technology to access information! Design/methodology/approach Sleeping in the library is trending on the internet, not because it is a nice pastime, but because it is one of the most viral trends of the year. Findings The real advice is that falling asleep in public places such as libraries is not good. A lot of wild reactions to the picture of a girl sleeping in a university library has caused all sorts, as “photo-shoppers”have had a field day, putting the sleeper in all sorts of situations – in Drake’s “Hotline Bling” music video, dancing with Michael Jackson and more. Social implications Derrick Lewis on 26th August reported that an Orange County library had made wi-fi devices available for rural internet users. Originality/value It is helping rural families make faster connections, and it is free to try the device which can be borrowed for 3 weeks and renewed twice if no one else has booked to use it.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2016-12-12T11:05:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2016-0056
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