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Library Hi Tech News
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.226
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ISSN (Print) 0741-9058
Published by Emerald Homepage  [342 journals]
  • Radio-frequency identification technology in academic libraries:
           literature review
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Ahead of Print.

      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2018-09-05T09:38:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2018-0026
  • Promotion of electronic resources through information literacy
    • First page: 1
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Ahead of Print.
      Purpose The study aims to report on how electronic resources of Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) library are being promoted through information literacy sessions and how quick response (QR) codes are created for patrons for ease of access to these electronic resources. Design/methodology/approach The QR codes created are displayed in the library to attract attention of the patron. Information literacy sessions include database training and how to access e-resources through the library website. Database posters and PowerPoint presentations are displayed in the library. Student Research blog and subject LibGuides are created with access to databases content as necessary. Library volunteer projects include extensive database searches. Findings While accessing the databases through Student Research blog, LibGuides, volunteer project work and QR codes the usage statistics of these resources have shown an increase. QR code poster attracted attention from many patrons, followed by curiosity to access the databases and eventual access of the databases as evidenced through email inquiry and troubleshooting. Research limitations/implications Usage statistics harvested from vendor platforms is only available system wide and not per HCT campus locations. It is thus not possible to report per location or track usage per location. More advanced analytical tools are required in future to extract more specific data for further deeper analysis. Practical implications Findings recommend future online information literacy courses offered through the proposed virtual library platform to be easily accessible through the Blackboard Learn mobile application including more subject specific resources from databases in their content. The more the databases are used by patron, the higher the chances are they will be renewed for subscription. Social implications Academic libraries work closely and collaboratively with database vendors and aggregators to promote information literacy. Vice versa if libraries are promoting their databases through information literacy sessions and easier access through QR codes – then it is a mutual symbiosis for growth benefitting the academic community. Originality/value A majority of HCT library patrons are UAE nationals – the future leaders of the country. Using rich resources through the databases and lifelong learning skills through information literacy sessions – provides them with authentic information enriching their knowledge and application of skills encouraging, which fosters innovation.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2018-07-26T10:52:06Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2017-0090
  • Implementation and evaluation of online, synchronous research
           consultations for graduate students
    • First page: 4
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Ahead of Print.
      Purpose Librarians at Northcentral University (NCU) provide online synchronous research consultations for students to discuss resources and search strategies for class assignments, papers, presentations, theses and dissertations. The purpose of this paper is to document the implementation and assessment of this service and to seek to demonstrate that research consultations provided by NCU librarians contribute to students’ learning and success. Design/methodology/approach Research consultations are scheduled using Springshare LibCal and are conducted via Citrix GoToMeeting. Students report their satisfaction and skills learned via the Research Consultation Satisfaction Survey. Dissertation chairs and faculty instructors complete separate surveys, which assess the effect that research consultations had on their students’ work. All surveys were created using Qualtrics. Findings Assessment data reveal that students are satisfied with the research consultation service and can identify specific skills learned. Additionally, faculty and dissertation chairs report an improvement in students’ citations and ability to locate relevant sources. Future research may include examination of learning analytics or citation analysis for students who participated in research consultations. Originality/value Research consultations are rarely documented in the scholarly literature. An opportunity exists to make virtual research consultations more widely adopted as a distinct library reference service, and further, to measure the impact of this service. This project demonstrates how to successfully implement and assess online research consultations. Techniques discussed may be used in 100 per cent virtual environments, as well as within traditional, brick and mortar schools that may already offer face-to-face research consultations.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2018-06-22T09:57:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2017-0070
  • Android based voice assistant for blind people
    • First page: 9
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Ahead of Print.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to discuss the development of Android-based Intelligent Software Assistant application for visually challenged or blind people. The application is intended to help people with visual limitations or blind people to access Android-based devices so that they can use library resources by using android devices. Design/methodology/approach The necessary data are collected from journals, articles, books and questionnaires, and similar applications are analyzed. The application design method used is the Scrum method, which consists of Backlog, Sprint and Scrum Meeting. From the operational side of the application, the method used is speech-to-text and text-to-speech. Findings This application has been tried with some users who have total blindness and low vision, and all provided a good response to this application. From the performance side, the user gives a very satisfied response to this application. While the ease of using the application, the user also provides a satisfactory response to the ease of using this application. Research limitations/implications The application still has limitations in penetration to the user, and the application is only built using Android as its platform. In addition, the dependence on libraries from Google has caused difficulties in implementing this application with local dialect, which is only understood by the local community. Social implication This application has implications for the society, especially those with limitations in eyesight can be so much more productive and independent. This can reduce the social burden in society. Originality/value This application provides an easy access of an android device to blind people and people with low vision, as well as access to library resources with devices that have been installed with this application. This facility can improve the library accessibility to the blind and visually challenged community.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2018-07-26T10:54:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2017-0083
  • Big picture in statistical frame – a statistical analysis and data
           visualization project of price change for electronic resources in academic
    • First page: 12
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Ahead of Print.
      Purpose The purposes of this paper are as follows: first analyze and visualize the price-changing pattern of common electronic resources; second, provide predictions for future price changes at the vendor level; third, discover any potential cause of such price changes; and fourth assess the practice of skills and techniques used for statistical analysis and data visualization. Design/methodology/approach Statistical analysis and data visualization of library’s expenditure data were conducted using business intelligence tools, in this case, Microsoft Excel and IBM SPSS. Findings This study reports the price changes of electronic resources over the past few years, as well as future prediction until 2018. Originality/value Overall, this research combines statistics analysis and data visualization to unveil current price-changing trends of E-resources, provides price prediction of near future and offers unique, while valuable, reference for future evidence-based acquisition decisions.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2018-07-26T10:57:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2017-0071
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