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     ISSN (Print) 0741-9058
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.437]   [H-I: 7]
  • Computer literacy and student demographics: a study of select Indian
    • Authors: (Shiv Kumar; Preeti Mahajan)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of the present study is to determine levels of computer literacy adequate for searching academic information from electronic resources and databases. The study also examines whether or not student demographics influence this level of computer literacy in a university scenario in India, a developing nation. Design/methodology/approach – The primary data were collected through a questionnaire-based survey on a sample of 329 respondents from three major universities located in North India. The study focused on only postgraduate students and research scholars. The data, thus collected, were analyzed with the aid of the SPSS statistical software package. ?2 test was also applied to determine significant comparability among student demographics and their acquired computer usage competencies. Findings – The study discovered that among the respondents less than half reported that they had acquired adequate computer competence to search for information from electronic resources or databases. However, no significant differences were found for computer skills with respect to students having different demographic characteristics. There were observed significant differences among academic majors and the use of internet and OPAC. Significant differences were also observable between academic use of internet and students varying age groups. Originality/value – This study is one of the few research studies carried out to examine computer literacy among university students especially in relation to their demographics. The results of the study will prove useful for improving computer literacy in university library systems in India and other developing nations.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Experimenting with implementing FRBR in a Chinese Koha system
    • Authors: (Naicheng Chang; Yuchin Tsai, Gordon Dunsire, Alan Hopkinson)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to provide broad overviews of functional requirements for bibliographic records (FRBR) in the context of Chinese machine-readable cataloguing (CMARC). It examines areas of the FRBR model, FRBR system development, FRBR applications and FRBR research. Design/methodology/approach – A Chinese Koha_LibFRBR testbed was set up to develop three activities: building a FRBR application function library called LibFRBR to maintain FRBRized bibliographic records, implementing a mapping algorithm between CMARC/MARC 21 and FRBR, and designing a new generation Chinese FRBR Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) user interface. Findings – The pilot system implementation demonstrates a workable process with useful output using both automated means (through a Perl module) and manual means (through a cataloguing interface (CI)). The study shows that existing poor Relator Code system and the maintenance of very little authority data in libraries in Taiwan are disadvantages in utilizing the FRBR model. Practical implications – The software modules developed by this research have been released in GitHub through Koha-Taiwan distributed with a General Public License for further application within the Koha community. Originality/value – The concrete research outcomes include: providing workable practices for CMARC coding information in FRBR, developing FRBRization of Chinese Koha library management systems, developing FRBR tools including LibFRBR, an application function library used to convert bibliographic records into FRBRized structures in Koha, and FRBR CI for library cataloguers and providing a preliminary evaluation on the views of library cataloguers and OPAC users.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Internet Librarian International 2013: a potpourri of information
    • Authors: (Adetoun A. Oyelude)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The paper aims to give a synopsis of proceedings at the Internet Librarian International Conference held at the Olympia Conference Centre, London from 15 to 16 October 2013 from a participant's viewpoint. Design/methodology/approach – The narrative method of describing events as they occurred was used. Findings – The conference provided participants with a wide array of information that spanned the three tracks the sub-themes of the conference were divided into. Participants had opportunities to network and find out more about the products the sponsors showcased as well. Originality/value – The report tells what transpired at the conference and exposes new technologies, new resources and innovative ways of using the technologies available to librarians and other information professionals.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • The Beauty and Benefits of Science – the AAAS 2013 Annual Meeting
           (Boston, February 2013)
    • Authors: (Danielle Mihram; G. Arthur Mihram)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The 2013 meeting's theme, The Beauty and Benefits of Science, aimed at highlighting the rich and complicated connections between basic and applied research, and, just as importantly, providing examples of case studies where the “pull” of environmental or societal problems drives fundamentally new basic research. This article aims to focus on symposia that highlighted the “pull” of social media in the communications in science and how the reach of fundamental computing research has affected the daily lives. This report will be of interest to librarians, information specialists, scientists and social scientists, and policy makers. Design/methodology/approach – This report includes selected presentations and discussions (as well as direct internet links to presentations) within one of the 14 symposium tracks: communications and public programs. In many cases the authors provide additional references to further document the scope of the presenters' work and research. Findings – The symposium offered an array of the most recent and innovative approaches in the way science is conducted and communicated in a digital world. Two themes centered on the following questions: “In a constantly changing online landscape, what is the best way for scientists and engineers to engage the public through social media?” and, “What new tools do we have to engage the public and to assess the impact of science communication?” Originality/value – This is an important topic that touches on the way science is conducted and communicated in a digital world.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Calendar
    • PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Current cite-ings from the popular and computing press: focus on customer
           and community engagement
    • Authors: (Lois Trapasso)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • New & Noteworthy
    • Authors: (Heidi Hanson)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Current cite-ings from the popular and computing press: focus on customer
           and community engagement
    • Authors: (Lois Trapasso)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Not available.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
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