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  • MICRO FACTORS INFLUENCING USE OE ELECTRONIC INFORMATION RESOURCES AMONG
           POSTGRADUATE STUDENTS IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING IN KENYA
    • Authors: Elisha Ondieki Makori et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015. Purpose To evaluate micro factors influencing use of electronic information resources among postgraduate students in institutions of higher learning in Kenya, and suggest strategies to enhance and improve the utilization of these vital sources in the university learning environments. Design/methodology/approach The study uses document or desk review analysis, professional opinions and ideas, and case examples regarding utilization of electronic information resources. Findings The study indicates how practices such as information literacy and learning skills, consultative or partnership meetings, use of portable brochures and guides, research, teaching and learning approaches, seminar and workshop trainings, public relations , and attitudes influence the use of electronic information resources. Among the strategic measures that are instrumental for effective utilization of these vital knowledge resources is the ability to provide tailor made programmes targeting postgraduate students and reaching out or going to where the students are through regular meetings and social media advertisements and announcements. Research limitations/implications This study is confined to postgraduate students in institutions of higher learning inclusively using document review guides and case examples of utilization and non-utilization of electronic resources. Practical implications Possible strategies and solutions that enhance and improve use of electronic information resources among the postgraduate students include the need to integrate the use of information communication technology in research, teaching, learning and community services of the university, provision of compulsory literacy programmes to the students, and regular partnership meetings with the faculty members, librarians and postgraduate fraternity. Originality/value Institutions of higher learning including libraries and universities are in a new dispensation of modernity and post modernity increasingly dependent upon electronic or digital information systems. In the modern knowledge and learning environment, information professionals, postgraduate students and other stakeholders need to agree to the simple rule that electronic information resources are the backbone of academic services in universities perhaps than never before. In the academic and educational quest in universities, electronic information resources fundamentally supplements print materials since most universities lack the necessary technological infrastructure.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:29:08 GMT
       
  • Smart technology classroom in the stacks: promoting free government apps
           in an academic library
    • Authors: Dorothy Ormes et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015. Purpose This article suggests that it is possible and desirable to use iPads as a teaching tool in a dedicated classroom in the stacks at an academic library. It examines recent research on smart device use among college students and outlines a pilot program that was developed at Southern Oregon University in the Government Information Department. Design/methodology/approach The article includes a literature review of recent research that has been done about smart technology usage in the library and highlights information gained by a hands-on approach in a pilot program. Findings The use of smart technology in a classroom in the stacks is an effective way to engage students in the research process. Using free government apps is a no cost solution to covering a variety of topics and disciplines. Students can gain new insights in how to make their smart technology work for them while conducting research. A supplemental iPad check-out program can enable students to have new meaningful interactions with the library. However, technology does present its own set of problems that can derail the experience in unexpected ways. Originality/value Free government apps are useful learning tools for college students. These tools can be applied in any classroom where students and professor are equipped with smart devices. The classroom described is unique in that it combines the hard copy materials of the library and the use of the technology to immerse students in a total experience of searching for specific government information resources in the stacks area where the physical documents are housed.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:29:04 GMT
       
  • Utilizing Discovery Tools for Classrooms: How Do Librarian Attitudes on
           Discovery Impact Tools They Teach'
    • Authors: Natasha Danae Allen et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:29:02 GMT
       
  • New and Noteworthy
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:29:01 GMT
       
  • “Through the Looking Glass: Envisioning New Library
           Technologies” Securing Your Digital Library with Encryption
    • Authors: Peter Fernandez et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:29:00 GMT
       
  • Calendar
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:28:58 GMT
       
  • On the Horizon: Educause in Orlando and the World Maker Faire in NYC
    • Authors: Martin Kesselman et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2015. Purpose this is a conference report of two major events of interest to librarians held in late 2014. Design/methodology/approach conference report Findings conference report Originality/value original thoughts on two conferences.
      PubDate: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 01:28:56 GMT
       
  • Copyright, open access and library instruction
    • Authors: Laura Fargo McKinnon et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 13-16, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this article is to provide a general review of the concepts of copyright and open access as they relate to library instruction. The authors provide instructional advice to librarians on these topics. Design/methodology/approach – The authors approach the topic from a descriptive and instructional stance. General research on the topics listed above was conducted and is presented as an overview. Findings – The authors discuss the basics of copyright law, Creative Commons licenses, open access resources and copyright considerations specific to using music in instruction. Originality/value – This article includes useful tips and resources for instructional librarians, such as where to find open access or Creative Commons content. It is of value to any librarian that utilizes other entities’ content in the course of instruction.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:59 GMT
       
  • Discovery tools as electronic billboards to market your library
    • Authors: Steven David Shapiro
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 10-12, November 2014. Purpose – The aim of this article is to describes Sprague Library’s experience in using EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) to market library services and resources in order to draw conclusions for other institutions. Design/methodology/approach – Uses the case study of Montclair State University in developing a strategy for using Discovery Tools as a library promotional tool. Also includes examples from other institutions. Findings – EDS (and other Discovery Services) can be helpful in highlighting library resources and services that may go unnoticed. Studies show a correlation between discovery tools and increased Interlibrary Loan (ILL) activity so it’s important to promote services like ILL within your discovery service. Practical implications – With a reasonable effort, libraries can use discovery tools to provide additional modes of communication with users. Originality/value – Highlights some of Sprague Library’s unique efforts in utilizing EDS to promote library resources and services.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:58 GMT
       
  • Current CITE-ings from the popular and trade computing literature:
           e-learning
    • Authors: Lois Trapasso
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, November 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:56 GMT
       
  • Free Web-based tools for information literacy instruction
    • Authors: Christine Forbes
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 1-5, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this article is to examine several free Web-based tools for library instruction, including links to actual use by libraries. Design/methodology/approach – Free Web-based technologies were explored to determine use in library instruction. Findings – Free Web-based technologies are used for instruction by academic, medical and public libraries. Originality/value – This paper examines some newer Web-based technologies that are used in library instruction.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:54 GMT
       
  • Calendar
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, November 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:51 GMT
       
  • New & Noteworthy
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, November 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:49 GMT
       
  • “Where do I find that'”: creating a central shared
           documentation system for publishing staff using Google tools at the
           University of Michigan Library
    • Authors: Alix Norton
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 6-9, November 2014. Purpose – This aim of this report is to summarize how Google Sites can be used as an open-source, intuitive, and robust solution for designing an intranet system for a unique library department. Michigan Publishing is a department within the University of Michigan (U-M) campus library system that also includes a revenue-based operation as the U-M Press. The need for a central documentation system has become apparent to organize and streamline policies and procedures in this unique library department. Google Sites was chosen as a solution to compile departmental documentation and serve as a collaborative space for the many units within Michigan Publishing. Design/methodology/approach – One librarian and one graduate student intern worked on this project for 5-10 hours a week over the course of three months. Michigan Publishing managers created an inventory showing all existing informational resources in the department, and were then interviewed about these resources. An initial “landing page” was created for this Google-based site, and more comprehensive content has since been migrated from existing informational resources to this central site. Findings – A specific Google Sites Staff Intranet for Michigan Publishing has been an integral solution for providing a one-stop, central area for current internal resources. It also fosters a sense of departmental identity and community, since there are many separate units within the department, each with a different focus and place within the larger library system. This site provides an online forum for collaboration, communication and policy codification. Originality/value – This report summarizes how Google Sites can be used as an open-source, intuitive, and robust solution for designing an intranet system for a unique library department.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:46 GMT
       
  • The plan behind the scan: using QR codes as a service and marketing tool
    • Authors: Elizabeth Berndt-Morris et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, Page 17-19, November 2014. Purpose – This paper aims to describe the approach of using quick response (QR) codes in a large US research university library. It describes the reasoning behind the numerous decisions that were made throughout the process. Design/methodology/approach – This project was carefully planned to keep detailed organized statistics, effective and clear signage and low expenditures. After one year, the patrons were surveyed regarding library QR use and those results were compared with scan statistics. Findings – This preliminary research into the use of QR codes in a large research library validates that the codes effectively demonstrate the Library’s willingness to reach patrons in innovative ways. It also confirmed the need to promote the usefulness of scanning the codes. Practical implications – Some patrons stated they did not own a smartphone or have an application (app) on their phone that could scan QR codes; therefore, alternate methods of accessing the information should be provided. Social implications – The survey established that not all patrons recognize what QR codes are by name and/or by function, and libraries should recognize this need for education when imploring new technologies. Originality/value – This paper looks at the opportunities provided to libraries through the use of QR codes, including the benefits of using them as a point of need service tool and marketing device.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:44 GMT
       
  • What’s trending in libraries from the Internet cybersphere – 5
    • Authors: Adetoun Oyelude
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 10, November 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:12:41 GMT
       
 
 
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