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Journal Cover Library Management
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     ISSN (Print) 0143-5124
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [308 journals]   [SJR: 0.646]   [H-I: 10]
  • Informing library research with focus groups
    • Authors: Graham R. Walden
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 558-564, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate alternative strategies to enhance participant interaction in library focus groups. Design/methodology/approach – Descriptive alternatives strategies are suggested as techniques to enhance participant interaction in library focus groups. Findings – There are no findings as such, rather this is a paper which suggests different approaches than have hitherto be tried in library focus groups. Originality/value – There has not been a similar article or set of proposed alternative strategies on this subject in so far as library focus groups are concerned.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:18:20 GMT
  • Mapping the future: (yin yang) career development collaboration
    • Authors: JoAnne Sparks et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 629-644, November 2014. Purpose – (yinyáng in Pinyin) is about interconnectedness rather than opposites. The purpose of this paper is to highlight how collaboration connects and strengthens the efforts across the sector and reinforces how the sum of the parts is greater than any one university alone. This paper shares the experience of conducting a collaborative project with three universities. It illustrates the fine balancing act of collaboration (yin) with competition (yang) amongst three of Australia's higher education institutions at a national level, with the aim of contributing to the career development of professionals in the fields of library services and eResearch. Design/methodology/approach – Bond University, University of Western Australia and Griffith University have collaborated to develop a career mapping toolkit which builds on an earlier commissioned project completed by Council of Australian IT Directors (CAUDIT) focusing on enterprise information technology roles. This tri-institutional collaborative project reviews in detail the skills, knowledge and abilities of library and eResearch management roles in the respective organisations. Findings – This project has been hugely rewarding for the initial three project partners who worked and collaborated well together, successfully completing project goals within agreed timeframes. Looking forward, career pathing will become more widespread as managers receive the requisite training, take ownership of these activities and grow to fully realise the value and potential of active career management to team performance. Ultimately, the use of the career pathing toolkit will enhance career satisfaction of the individual which in turn will lift the productivity of the organisational unit. Research limitations/implications – To ensure the ongoing viability of the career pathing toolkit, it is necessary to measure its relevance and effectiveness: each institution is confident in adopting/modifying the final product for internal use. This demonstrates confidence in the quality of the work produced by the other collaborators; adoption of the product by institutions which were not part of the initial collaboration; and willingness of another institution (not originally involved) to join the collaborative project and make a contribution. Practical implications – The catalyst for collaboration between the three universities was realised when the authors saw an opportunity to address the important and pressing issue of career and workforce planning as a partnership project. The main objective for collaboration was to achieve a more comprehensive and speedier project outcome. Social implications – This paper shares the outcomes of the project which illustrates the fine balancing act of collaboration (yin) with competition (yang) amongst three of Australia's higher education institutions at a national level, with the aim of contributing to the career development of professionals in the fields of library and eResearch. Originality/value – The aim is to develop a toolkit that: catalogues and maps the core professional roles needed in the next two to three years in the respective institutions; and specifies the knowledge and experience required in each core professional area including where there is overlap. In essence, the career map provides a toolkit for identifying the knowledge areas and skills, abilities and competencies required for each core area (organised by career streams) and professional role.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:18:18 GMT
  • Multiple constituencies model in the identification of library
    • Authors: Susan A. Henricks et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 645-665, November 2014. Purpose – Public libraries can benefit from understanding the perspectives of various stakeholders leading to the development of measures for decision making and competing for funding as well as demonstrating accountability. The purpose of this paper is to examine library effectiveness from the perspective of multiple stakeholders from a list of indicators pertinent to today and to determine which are most important to a constituency of a single library and any differences among the various constituencies. Design/methodology/approach – A survey that listed indicators of effectiveness for a public library was given to four stakeholder groups of a city library: employees, library board, library foundation members, and the public. Findings – Of the 51 indicators, 39 comprised eight dimensions of effectiveness under the labels of: user experience, facility, digital collection, social media and board, community use, employees, administration, and collection management. The number of statistically significant differences was greatest between the library board and the public as well as the employees and the public. Originality/value – Indicators of public library effectiveness have not been updated for the twenty-first century.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:18:17 GMT
  • E-learning and information literacy at the University of Jos
    • Authors: Vicki Lawal et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 607-628, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the potential role of information literacy (IL) within the changing context of the e-learning environment at the University of Jos in recent years. It focuses and emphasises the role of the University library in facilitating teaching and learning through the use of e-learning platforms in teaching information retrieval skills. The paper aims to identify gaps in students’ information skills that could be addressed through IL instruction. Design/methodology/approach – The study employed a case study research design while the methodology involved the administration of structured questionnaires to the two groups of respondents. Findings – Findings from the study provide useful insights to the skills challenges experienced by students and point to a need for effective collaboration between the library, faculty and management in order to promote a better approach to learning at the institution. Originality/value – By emphasising the role of the library, the paper contributes to previous studies on e-learning at the University and provides a basis for further research in this regard.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:18:12 GMT
  • Improving academic library website accessibility for people with
    • Authors: Lisa Billingham
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 565-581, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explain how Edith Cowan University (ECU) Library improved the accessibility of their web site, aiming for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0 Level AA. It describes the results obtained. Design/methodology/approach – Initial testing by consultants was conducted in October 2012. The web site was defined as all webpages which appear part of the library web site, including supplier webpages, plus pages from the university web site and library web site. Library staff applied the recommendations to pages which they could edit, and discussed the recommendations with suppliers to improve their product's accessibility. The web site was re-tested in June 2013. Findings – ECU Library web site failed WCAG 2.0 Level A standard in the initial testing and re-testing. Many individual pages which failed initially passed the re-test. The smallest improvement was seen in suppliers’ web sites. Practical implications – This paper could help libraries to improve web site accessibility, as it covers negotiating with suppliers to upgrade their web sites, plus upgrading editable webpages. It shows initial and re-test results, allowing libraries to compare their results to those of ECU. Legislation and guidelines state web sites should be accessible to all users and organisations providing non-accessible web sites risk being sued. Social implications – A web site not complying with WCAG version 2.0 would be very difficult for people with disabilities to access. Upgrading ECU Library's web site will provide all users with more equal access to the resources. Originality/value – This study describes problems in upgrading academic library webpages and related supplier web sites and organisation web site to improve accessibility for people with disabilities.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:56 GMT
  • The Librarian's Guide to Academic Research in the Cloud
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 687-688, November 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:54 GMT
  • Culture, politics and university library consortia in china and the US
    • Authors: D. E. Perushek et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 594-606, November 2014. Purpose – Using three university library consortia China Academic Library and Information System (CALIS) (China), Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA) (USA) and Joint University Librarians Advisory Committee (JULAC) (Hong Kong) as examples, the purpose of this paper is to compare the administration of three university consortia and to explore the cultural, educational and geopolitical forces that produce and shape university library consortia. Design/methodology/approach – The methodology used reviewed published and proprietary documents, interviews and observation. Findings – While the stated objectives are similar, the three vary markedly in size, funding source, and whether programming is a bottom-up decision or emanates from the central government. CALIS was started by China's Ministry of Education, who also helps in setting programmatic agendas and appointing managers; GWLA came into existence through the efforts of a small group of university librarians, elect their own board and set programming in response to member needs and suggestions; JULAC, initiated by the university librarians in Hong Kong has some support from the government through bodies charged with the oversight of the universities. The differing educational systems also influence programming, for example in the relative importance member libraries place on preferential inter-library loan. Originality/value – There are few comparative studies of library consortia found in Asia and the US comparative studies of consortia encourage an understanding of the benefits of different consortia models.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:47 GMT
  • Law Firm Librarianship: Issues, Practice, and Directions
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 689-691, November 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:46 GMT
  • Consortium Approach to Resource Sharing in an E-Environment
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 684-685, November 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:45 GMT
  • Institutions collaborating on an information literacy assessment tool
    • Authors: Sara Sharun et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 538-546, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to create an information literacy (IL) instruction assessment tool that responds to the unique needs of individual institutions and provides a strategic and relevant model for assessing IL skills among undergraduate students. Design/methodology/approach – The research team designed a post-test questionnaire comprised of two demographic questions, two open-ended questions and a pool of skill-based multiple-choice questions mapped to Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy (ACRL IL) Competency Standards for Higher Education. Participating librarians used a customized questionnaire to assess student learning at the end of their one-shot instruction sessions. Findings – In their responses to the multiple-choice questions, students demonstrated a clear understanding of ethical use of information and a strong ability to select appropriate tools for accessing information sources. Student responses to the open-ended questions revealed a wide range of confidence and ability levels, and provided insight into the frequency, depth and breadth with which various ACRL Standards are being addressed in library sessions. Research limitations/implications – This paper reports on student responses to questions that have subsequently been identified as problematic; therefore, strong inferences cannot be made about student learning from these responses. Questions have since been improved with further revision. In addition, the sample sizes for individual questions were too small to be generalizable. Practical implications – The intentional and strategic approach to the development of the assessment tool and its implementation is that it be practical and easy to implement for partner libraries. It is intended to make assessment of IL in the undergraduate context be assessable to all academic librarians who desire to participate. Originality/value – This paper describes a unique assessment tool that is designed to be responsive to local needs and provide a cost-free assessment option for academic libraries.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:36 GMT
  • Building Mobile Library Applications 12: The Tech Set
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 688-689, November 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:35 GMT
  • “Making space” in practice and education: research support
           services in academic libraries
    • Authors: Mary Anne Kennan et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 666-683, November 2014. Purpose – How academic libraries support the research of their parent institutions has changed as a result of forces such as changing scholarly communication practices, technological developments, reduced purchasing power and changes in academic culture. The purpose of this paper is to examine the professional and educational implications of current and emerging research support environments for academic libraries, particularly with regard to research data management and bibliometrics and discuss how do professionals and educators “make space” as new service demands arise' Design/methodology/approach – The present paper uses data from a recent survey of research support provision by academic libraries in Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland, (authors 2013), and provides additional in depth analysis of the textual responses to extend the analysis in the light of forces for change in higher education. The original online questionnaire surveyed current and planned research support in academic libraries, and constraints or support needs related to service developments. It was distributed to 219 institutions in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Ireland, and obtained 140 valid responses (response rate of 63.9 percent). Results were analyzed using descriptive statistics with thematic categorization and coding for the textual responses. Findings – Most academic libraries surveyed are already providing or planning services in the focal areas of bibliometrics and data management. There was also increasing demand for other research support services, not the focus of the study, such as eresearch support, journal publishing platforms, and grant writing support. The authors found that while many academic libraries perceive increasing research support services as a “huge opportunity” they were constrained by gaps in staff skills, knowledge, and confidence and resourcing issues. With regard to staff education and training, it was reported they require a broader understanding of the changing research and scholarly landscape, the research cultures of different disciplines, and technological change. There was a near-universal support for development of more comprehensive, specialized, LIS education to prepare professionals for broader research support roles. Originality/value – This further analysis of the implications of our survey in relation to influences such as economics, academic culture, technology, raises questions for both educators and practitioners about the future direction of the profession and how the authors collectively “make space” as new potential services arise.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:32 GMT
  • M-libraries 4: From Margin to Mainstream – Mobile Technologies
           Transforming Lives and Libraries
    • Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 685-687, November 2014.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:28 GMT
  • Interdisciplinary librarians: self-reported non-LIS scholarship and
           creative work
    • Authors: Susan E. Thomas et al
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 547-557, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to interpret and discuss survey results of a study of academic librarians’ scholarship and creative work outside of library and information science in order to reveal some librarians’ motivations to perform such work as well as their perceptions of administrators’ attitudes toward it. Design/methodology/approach – The authors published a link to a qualitative survey instrument on COLLIB-L and ULS-L, the e-mail lists for the college libraries section and the university libraries section of American Library Association, asking that only academic librarians engaged in scholarship and creative work outside of library and information science participate. This paper is an exploratory analysis of the survey results. Findings – Librarians reported that they produce such work for many reasons, including personal satisfaction, dynamic and successful liaison work, and ongoing commitment to scholarship and creative work. Academic librarians who produce non-LIS work do so with varying levels of support, and the recognition of such work is inconsistent among institutions. Originality/value – The authors are the first to query American academic librarians specifically about their scholarship or creative work outside of library and information science. Managers and administrators will glean much about academic librarians’ attitudes toward such work and how it adds value to the library operation and institution. Findings could affect criteria for reappointment, promotion, and tenure.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:26 GMT
  • 23 Mobile Things: self-directed and effective professional learning
    • Authors: Michael Stephens
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 35, Issue 8/9, Page 582-593, November 2014. Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the “Mobile 23 Things” survey results from the program offered by Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne (a public library in Denmark) and present the findings as support for professional development (PD) models to increase library staff familiarity with emerging technologies. Design/methodology/approach – Using an integrated, exploratory approach, a web-based survey tool, developed for a previous Learning 2.0 study, was adapted for this study, with survey questions translated English – Danish, and responses Danish – English. The data gathered from both pre- and post-program surveys are presented and analyzed. Findings – The research results identify that 23 Mobile Things increases familiarity with movable technologies, promotes inclusive learning, and can be an effective model for delivering PD. Originality/value – This paper reports on the first research study to evaluate the 23 Mobile Things model and provides evidence that this model of library staff PD can be an overall beneficial experience that increases staff knowledge and expertise related to mobile devices and applications.
      PubDate: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 09:17:23 GMT
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