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  • Learning By Doing: Using ePortfolios for Assessment at Otis College of Art
           and Design
    • Authors: Parme Giuntini et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014. Purpose Share best practices in using e-portfolios for assessment including a collaborative model between academic department and library. Design/methodology/approach Collaborated to develop learning outcome rubrics that were then used by faculty and a team of reviewers to evaluate evidence collected in e-portfolios. Findings E-portfolios provide a dynamic platform to centrally collect assessment material, however, effective evaluation of student evidence can be strengthened with collaboration between college departments. Research limitations/implications This is a model that was sustainable and practical for a small art and design college. Practical implications Other institutions working on assessment with limited personal and resources may find this approach useful in addition to any institution considering how to use e-portfolios for collection and assessment of student work. Originality/value Otis College of Art and Design has been using e-portfolios since 2008 and has been developing this model of assessment for sometime.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:23 GMT
       
  • SMIRK – developing a new mobile resource from an existing project.
    • Authors: Marion Kelt et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014. Purpose This case study describes the process of designing and building SMIRK, a mobile information literacy and communication skills package. It describes the original package, SMILE, and the problems in its use and development. SMILE is not suitable for use on all mobile devices, so had to be adapted and rewritten to meet our users’ needs. The selection of a software package and the practical issues involved with building the new product is outlined. Plans for future development and use in the university environment are described. Design/methodology/approach The problems with the original package are described and the requirements for a new version are listed. The software selection process and factors affecting it are outlined. Practical issues in the build are described and solutions presented. Findings Presents the use of software designed for the creation small mobile sites in a new “nested” way to provide a larger easy to use mobile site. Research limitations/implications The use of the existing and new sites is examined by the use of Google analytics and feedback is collected using Google forms. This can be used to inform further development of the sites. SMIRK will be made available as an OER and its reuse will be monitored using Jorum analytics. This should help inform the wider OER community in the field of information literacy. Practical implications SMIRK will be embedded in VLE modules to support face to face training in information literacy and communication skills. This will be presented as a set of deep links directly to small information units which can be used by students on their smartphones or tablets. Originality/value This case study describes a novel way of using Dreamweaver’s JQuery mobile function to create a new online product to support information literacy and communication skills training in the academic environment.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:22 GMT
       
  • Evaluation of Researchers’ Satisfaction with Electronic Resources in
           Two Universities of Pakistan
    • Authors: Shamshad Ahmed et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014. Purpose The main aim of this paper is to evaluate the satisfaction level of researchers with electronic resources as well as the use, purposes, reasons and problems faced by them in using of these resources in the context of Pakistani Universities. Design/methodology/approach This paper opted for a quantitative study using a questionnaire for survey. Response rate was 80% and data were analyzed from 261researchers of two universities of Pakistan. Five point Likert-scale ranked from “Dissatisfied” (5) to “Extremely Satisfied” was used to evaluate the satisfaction level of researchers. Findings The paper found that mostly researchers were “Very Satisfied” with electronic resources though they faced problems in using of these resources. Research limitations/implications Research scholars from Faculty of Arts, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, and Bahauddin Zakariya University of Multan, Punjab, Pakistan were included in this paper. Practical implications This paper advances knowledge about the current status of the use of university library electronic resources, helps librarians in Pakistani university libraries understand the information need of the researchers more specifically, and provides some guidelines for the efficient and effective use of these resources. Originality/value This paper fulfils the identified need of researchers and indicates how researchers can be utilized electronic resources in a better way.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:22 GMT
       
  • WHAT'S TRENDING IN LIBRARIES FROM THE INTERNET CYBERSPHERE - 3
    • Authors: Adetoun A Oyelude et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:21 GMT
       
  • New & Noteworthy
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:21 GMT
       
  • Beyond Assistive Technology: Presentation at Texas Library Association
           Conference
    • Authors: Kate Todd et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014. Purpose The author summarizes her presentation about improving library services to people with disabilities made at the 2014 Texas Library Association annual conference. Design/methodology/approach She uses expertise developed teaching face-to-face and online course about assistive technologies and library services for patrons with disabilities. Findings Topics covered include early approaches to library accessibility, sample assistive technology apps for iPad, iPhone or Android and suggestions for developing a plan for improving services. Practical implications Readers are encouraged to evaluate the current level of services and develop plans for improvement. Originality/value This conference provided a wonderful opportunity for sharing and planning with other librarians.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:20 GMT
       
  • Calendar
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:20 GMT
       
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library
           technologies” Archiving the Web
    • Authors: Peter Fernandez et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:15:19 GMT
       
  • Using mobile technologies in libraries and information centers
    • Authors: Dheeraj Singh Negi
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 14-16, July 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the use of mobile technologies to develop new ways of Libraries and Information Centre. Mobile devices help to connect with patrons. Creating a library application (“app”) or mobile Web site that allows patrons to access library hours, view their library account or even search databases is easier than most people think. The resources below should help libraries begin to plan and implement their own unique mobile presence: analyzing the present usage of mobile devices; providing an overview of devices, providers and features; describing the various activities these devices support for well library use; focusing how libraries and our librarians are responding with services tailored for these devices; and what can be done by libraries in future in this respect”. Design/methodology/approach – Information and Communications Technology continues to expand the boundaries of higher education into the “anytime/anywhere” experiences. Mobile communication is transforming how people search, receive and interact with information on a daily basis. In just a few short years, smart phone ownership has skyrocketed, and popular use of e-readers has been steadily on the rise. These advanced mobile tools provide portable access to the world of information, across boundaries of subject, discipline and industry. Findings – Mobile technology holds great promise for enabling libraries to provide enhanced services in a form users increasingly are demanding. If this promise is to be fully realized, however, libraries will need to conduct analyses and make smart decisions to address the issues outlined above, support staff education and explore partnerships and new funding models, and be prepared to compromise with respect to their traditional information delivery models. Originality/value – The explosion of advanced mobile technology and robust digital information collection capabilities should prompt libraries to examine carefully the ramifications for user privacy. Libraries can maintain their commitment to user privacy without overcompensating by imposing burdensome security measures or annoying interruptions. For example, libraries do not have to show users a privacy statement or security warning every time they want to access information on a mobile device. A single log-in and acceptance of terms of use, similar to the procedures for other mobile applications and services, should suffice. At the same time, libraries can take the opportunity to educate users in best practices with respect to privacy issues associated with the use of mobile devices.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:47 GMT
       
  • Harmonizing users’ needs with professional development at the
           University of Connecticut
    • Authors: Jennifer Marie Eustis
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 17-19, July 2014. Purpose – This is an exciting time for catalog and metadata librarians. A number of new tools and trends are now a part of our daily work. From the new content standard, Resource Description and Access, to the rise of opportunities with data management and digital humanities, catalog and metadata librarians are being asked to change how they work. They are now interacting with colleagues and their communities in ways that go beyond description and subject analysis. In fact, they are seeking ways to respond to these new users’ needs in the form of innovative services, new ways of thinking and doing business. However, how do catalog and metadata librarians meet these challenges' What is important to learn when faced with new trends and increased users’ demands' Design/methodology/approach – An overview of what the UCL are doing to meet changing trends and user needs. Findings – Though there is no one size fits all, the UCL catalog and metadata librarians have decided to meet the challenge of new tools and changing user demands by engaging in learning, teaching and networking. Originality/value – The techniques adopted by the UCL can be adapted to fit other institutions around the world.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:47 GMT
       
  • “Through the looking glass: envisioning new library
           technologies” the possibilities and challenges of 3-D printing
    • Authors: Peter Fernandez
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, July 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:47 GMT
       
  • Calendar
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, July 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:47 GMT
       
  • Hack the Library! a first timer’s look at the 29th Computers in
           Libraries conference in Washington, DC
    • Authors: Maitrayee Ghosh
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 1-4, July 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to focus on selected presentations from the 29th Computers in Libraries (CIL) conference that took place at Washington Hilton hotel, Washington, DC. In addition to its content, the CIL (2014) conference provided opportunities to discuss best practices and emerging issues with IT professionals, vendors and “techno” librarians, especially from North America. There was a conference within a conference – the Internet@Schools track integrated into CIL 2014 as Track E on Monday, April 7, and Tuesday, April 8. Design/methodology/approach – Reports from the viewpoint of a first-time attendee of CIL (2014) present a summary of the selected presentations with more detail on networking events and the exhibition. The CIL (2014) conference attracted librarians from 13 countries other than the USA. It is difficult to document the entire conference happenings in a single report because of several tracks (A-E) and number of speakers; therefore, a selective approach is used. Findings – The CIL (2014) in Washington, DC, is considered a major North American library technology conference for librarians and information managers. As a first-time attendee, the author found that CIL (2014) is informative; it covered technology applications in libraries and strategies to enhance communication – useful to librarians and information professionals both in the USA and internationally. The conference was full of innovative ideas and revealed the diversity of current developments in library service delivery, especially in North America. Originality/value – Today, more and more library users are using various innovative technologies including mobile apps, data visualization, application programming interfaces, open-source and multimedia. Phones (smart phones) and tablets are emerging as popular choices to access content. This report is a summary of selected educational sessions/presentations in CIL (2014) on diverse technology-related topics, especially mobile technology in libraries that will be of particular interest to readers and useful for professionals who did not attend CIL (2014) in Washington, DC.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:46 GMT
       
  • New & Noteworthy
    • Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, July 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:46 GMT
       
  • Role of social networks in library and information services in India: a
           case study of efficiency and effectiveness
    • Authors: Abdul Mannan Khan et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 5, Page 11-13, July 2014. Purpose – This study aims to examine the effective and efficiency account of social networking (SN) tools and how it affects communication with others and anticipatory awareness. Design/methodology/approach – For the purpose of the study, a set of questionnaires was prepared by the authors and furnished to information professionals. Findings – The findings disclose that some SN tools are gaining popularity among Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in India. The most active professionals are aged 26-35 years; the habits of using SN are different from traditional searches for research purposes. The professionals provide opinion that SN is very effective to deliver LIS. Research limitations – The present study assesses the role of SN in LIS from information professionals of Indian science and technology institutions. Originality/value – SN is growing rapidly as a medium of communication between individuals to share their experiences and information regarding interests, and also helps to build ongoing relationships. In the field of LIS services, it may help to develop technology literacy and proficiency.
      PubDate: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:42 GMT
       
  • Mobilizing the Technology Storm: App-based Stress Relief - Using Free or
           Low-cost Apps to Beat Work and Personal Stress
    • Authors: Thomas Finley et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014. Purpose Calm. Sometimes it’s hard to find a soothing space amidst the chaos of the outside world. Our library users turn to us to provide these spaces in their own lives but paradoxically, today’s librarian may find little relaxation within their own library’s walls. Design/methodology/approach The author tests and reviews apps designed to help librarians relax. Findings The author reviews various different apps designed to help librarians relax. Originality/value The apps reviewed here will enable librarians to take back control of their own mental space and hopefully, provide some means to relaxation.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:35 GMT
       
  • Calendar
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:33 GMT
       
  • LIS E-learning Programmes : A Study of Student Support Services
    • Authors: Shalini Ramdas Lihitkar et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014. Purpose • To know the personalized online student support system provided by E-learning centers • To find out Academic Advice as Student Support Services providing by Institution running e-learning programs • To find out Career Counseling as Student Support Services providing by Institution running e-learning program • To find out Technical support as Student Support Services providing by Institution running e-learning program • To find out Registration assistance as Student Support Services providing by Institution running e-learning program • To find out Methods use for paying fee for e-learning programmes for LIS Education • Financial aid available for student for E-learning programms in LIS Education Design/methodology/approach Research Methodology The present study is an exploratory in nature. In the study the attempt was made to explore the Student Support Services provided by e-learning institution. It focuses on the various online Student Support Service . Data collection were made through following methods- • Through web-pages of related departments • By contacting the departments • By sending questionnaires. Findings Findings of the study: *Student support Services providing by Institutions • Academic Advice: It was observed from(Table 1) the data that significantly (P
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:33 GMT
       
  • New & Noteworthy
    • Authors: Heidi Hanson et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:31 GMT
       
  • Marketing an Established Institutional Repository: Marquette
           Libraries’ Research Stewardship Survey
    • Authors: Rose Fortier et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to discuss the results of Marquette University Libraries’ survey measuring faculty knowledge and attitudes about the institution’s repository, for the purposes of creating a marketing plan for the IR. Design/methodology/approach The paper adopts a quantitative approach through the use of a survey. Findings Like many other endeavours to measure faculty engagement with the IR, the investigators discovered that faculty knowledge of the IR is not universal. Moreover, the perceived values and motivators for faculty use of the IR were also not surprising, with faculty viewing online dissemination of their work to be the most valuable feature offered by the IR, and furthering their own careers was the prime motivator. The importance of continual and varied methods of marketing is reaffirmed. Originality/value Whereas many articles on faculty recruitment for IRs agree on the importance of marketing, very few suggest specific strategies. The investigators make suggestions for continual and varied marketing methods based upon their findings.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:31 GMT
       
  • Current CITE-ings from the Popular and Trade Computing Press: Focus on
           Mobile Computing, and Computer Hardware and Software
    • Authors: Lois Trapasso et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 22:29:31 GMT
       
  • How do you eat an elephant' A summary of the SharePoint Evolution
           conference in Manchester, UK
    • Authors: Ray Harper et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014. Purpose This article summarises five presentations at the SharePoint Evolution conference, held in Manchester UK (16th June 2014). This was day 6 of a 12-day road-show across UK cities, and the four key themes included: Technical, End User, Business and Product Integration. Design/methodology/approach This article reports from the viewpoint of a first-time attendee of the conference. This summarises the main issues raised by each presentation, and draws out the key learning points for practical situations. Findings The conference covered major SharePoint issues, like how to build a knowledge sharing culture, how to manage a major IT project, and the new functionality offered by SharePoint 2013. The sessions included demonstrations of new functionality, discussions of intangible aspects like culture, and reflections on IT upgrades and projects. Originality/value This conference emphasised the importance of involving businesses in key decisions regarding SharePoint implementation and change. Whilst SharePoint 2013 offers many new technical opportunities for librarians and information professionals, business involvement is critical to ensuring the success of knowledge sharing cultures.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:13 GMT
       
  • Emotional Intelligence in a Stupid World
    • Authors: Diane Klare et al
      Abstract: Library Hi Tech News, Volume 31, Issue 6, August 2014. Purpose Emotional intelligence (EI) skills can be more important to have than intellectual ability in creating effective organizations. Academic librarians, particularly those in leadership positions, need to be mindful of EI competencies to avoid miscommunication when working with colleagues. Used skillfully, EI has the ability to build more cohesive and stronger collaborations inside and outside the library. EI is just as important for early career librarians as it is for those in senior management positions. Design/methodology/approach This article reviews the five EI competencies as originally outlined by Daniel Goleman but within the context of academic libraries. It focuses on empathy to demonstrate how its application in libraries can facilitate teamwork, engender better cooperation, and strengthen an organization’s culture. Findings Most library literature focuses on EI skills as related to senior level positions. There is a need for researchers to explore the understanding of EI skills throughout the entire library structure, including how to screen for EI during the hiring process and develop EI skills among existing staff. Practical implications Librarians will learn how hiring for EI competencies at all levels will benefit the work environment within academic libraries, as well as how to develop and improve their own EI skills using complementary techniques. Originality/value Readers will increase their awareness of how EI can benefit themselves and their colleagues regardless of whether they have structural (formal) or informal leadership roles in academic libraries, as well as how it leads to professional and personal growth.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:20:10 GMT
       
 
 
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