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  • Library data: what is it and what changes do libraries need to make'
           (the Data Deluge Column)
    • Pages: 1 - 7
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 8, Page 1-7, October 2017.
      Purpose In 2016, the “Data Deluge Column” explored the sometimes frustrating reality of cataloguing and metadata librarians as their discipline underwent change. Design/methodology/approach The column, called “Metadata specialists in transition: from MARC cataloguing to linked data and BIBFRAME”, alluded to the ongoing and significant changes in the practice of cataloguing and metadata creation, but did not delve into the nature of the changes and what they mean for libraries in general. Findings This instalment of the “Data Deluge Column” expands that discussion by exploring the emerging model for the data that libraries create and manage. Originality/value It seems that it has taken about 20 years to overcome the inertia required to begin to reinvent the practice of and environment for creating library data. Perhaps, some of this inertia is because of predictions of the current distress and pressure felt by cataloguing departments today.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-10-30T09:29:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-06-2017-0044
  • Web-based tools for collaborative research
    • Pages: 8 - 19
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 8, Page 8-19, October 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to profile various types of Web-based tools to facilitate research collaboration within and across institutions. Design/methodology/approach Various Web-based tools were tested by the author. Additionally, tutorial videos and guides were reviewed. Findings There are various free and low-cost tools available to assist in the collaborative research process, and librarians are well-positioned to facilitate their usage. Practical implications Librarians and researchers will learn about various types of tools available at free or at low cost to fulfill needs of the collaborative research process. Social implications As the tools highlighted are either free or of low cost, they are also valuable to start-ups and can be recommended for entrepreneurs. Originality/value As the realm of Web-based collaborative tools continues to evolve, the options must be continually revisited and reviewed for currency.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-10-30T09:29:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2017-0062
  • Collaborating for metadata creation on digital projects: using Google
           Forms and Sheets
    • Pages: 20 - 23
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 8, Page 20-23, October 2017.
      Purpose Working with faculty and staff to create digital projects requires a complex group of skills and activities. Potential collaborators often jump to the end vision without fully grasping the need for proper description and metadata. Design/methodology/approach On-the-job experiences. Contextual inquiry. Findings Using Google Forms and Sheets is perceived of as neutral and less frightening than working in a platform that will be the home of the project or using other proprietary productivity software. Social implications Digital scholars gradually come to understand the stakes of early decisions in metadata creation (such as file naming conventions and controlled vocabulary) and how that affects database structures, record display, keyword searching and long-term curation. Originality/value The authors did not find any other publications addressing using Google Apps for creating metadata.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-10-30T09:29:52Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2017-0056
  • Data, data everywhere, but little to use!
    • Pages: 24 - 25
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 8, Page 24-25, October 2017.
      Purpose This edition of the column aims to expand the ideas presented in a poster of the same title exhibited at the IASSIST Conference held in April 2017 in Kansas, USA. Design/methodology/approach It explores the fact that data are constantly being generated daily; however, the use of these data is limited because of its unavailability to the general public in forms or formats they need. Findings Data are important to research because of their high information value, that is, value-added information that is critical for decision-making. Originality/value Data come in many forms — census, statistics, research results, figures, graphs, interview transcriptions, journal entries, etc.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-10-30T09:29:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2017-0063
  • Smart libraries for smart cities: a historic opportunity for quality
           public libraries in India
    • Pages: 26 - 30
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 34, Issue 8, Page 26-30, October 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to study globally successful public library systems with reference to their infrastructure, physical space, services, collection, processes, finances and best practices and recommend models, structure and minimum standards for smart public libraries of the upcoming 100 smart cities of India. Design/methodology/approach An email with 14 questions was sent to 50 public library system across the world. A sample of n = 18 responses were received. Findings The finding suggests that all the libraries have a central library and a good network of branch libraries across respective cities with adequate staff and collection to cater to the needs of the public. The size of the central library varied from 8,000 m2 (Cologne Public Library) – 86,000 m2 (Boston public library) and average size of the branch library varied from 200 m2 (Aarhaus) – 1,582 m2 (Barcelona). Monthly average users varied from 96,000 (Moscow) – 1.5 million (Toronto). Social implications The Indian public library system remains uneven throughout the country with varying levels of legislation, financing and quality of library services. Even a room with few books is considered as a library. The results of this study will help develop a quality public library system of global standard and ensure that libraries are transformed into knowledge hubs. Originality/value This study is a unique exploration in which different types of libraries are defined in terms of physical space, service, staff, collection based on a global model which ensures uniform growth and development of public library systems in upcoming smart cities of India.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2017-10-30T09:29:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-08-2017-0061
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