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  • Using ethnographic research techniques to find out the story behind
           international student library usage in the Library Impact Data Project
    • Pages: 2 - 10
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 1, Page 2-10, January 2017.
      Purpose Phase two of the JISC funded Library Impact Data Project (LIDP) identified low library usage amongst Chinese students in comparison to their UK peers. Further research was needed to help the authors delve deeper and find out the story behind the data. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire was distributed to all international students in the Business School to learn about their information retrieval behaviours. The response was high but the survey was deliberately designed to only produce quantitative data, and the paper highlights the limitations of this data. More research using qualitative ethnography research techniques was needed to gather qualitative data to create a broader picture of student practice. Methods utilised included the retrospective process interview and cognitive mapping (both used by Andrew Asher in the ERIAL project). Questions from the survey were sometimes used as prompts in the qualitative process. Findings The data are still to be coded and analysed but one of the main findings is that students are unaware of the research help that they can get from their academic library. Ethnographic research methods gave more inroads into finding the story behind the LIDP than quantitative research methods. Originality/value Ethnographic research in libraries is still in its early days in the UK. It could help those library professionals who are hoping to practice similar research methods.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-01-04T09:30:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2016-0061
  • Possibility and imagination: a personal exploration of research and
    • Pages: 11 - 19
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 1, Page 11-19, January 2017.
      Purpose Libraries and research have a symbiotic relationship. Researchers depend on libraries and the collections and information services we curate and libraries depend on researchers and writers, and their publishers, to deliver the stuff that we make available. The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between research and practice. Design/methodology/approach This paper reports the author’s perspective as a librarian with nearly four decades in practice who has undertaken a variety of research throughout his career. Findings Identifies the need for a more systematic relationship that will encourage better practice in research and lead practitioners to draw on the findings of more reliable research to inform their practice, test possibilities and stimulate imagination. Originality/value Tracing the intertwining of research and practice through one career, the paper presents a uniquely detailed perspective.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-01-04T09:30:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2016-0065
  • How are we doing in tribal libraries?
    • Pages: 20 - 44
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 1, Page 20-44, January 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to investigate the operation and management as well as the activities of tribal libraries in general, providing insights and implications in five areas: general operations and management, staffing and human resource management, financial operations, service and program management, and technology-related activities, using Oglala Lakota College (OLC) Library as a case study. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses information visualization techniques to create visual displays of report data collected from OLC Library. Visualizations were created using Tableau software to provide a quantitative, analytical, and evidence-based view of how tribal libraries operate and are managed. Findings Tribal populations can be well served despite limited funding and staff resources, providing academic and public library services on par with urban libraries. Research limitations/implications Drawing a story from the data proved to be difficult because a bias had been created by the legal service area that most tables of the state data set used to compare reported data. How tribal libraries translate value also posed another challenge. Because the research was conducted in a single tribal library, further research in different, expanded settings and contexts is suggested. Originality/value This study is one of the first to investigate tribal library activities by exploring report data and quantitatively using information visualization techniques.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-01-04T09:30:40Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2016-0071
  • Librarians and compensation negotiation in the library workplace
    • Pages: 45 - 64
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 1, Page 45-64, January 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to report on survey results from a study about librarians’ experience with compensation (salary and benefits) negotiation in the library workplace in order to provide data that will inform professional discourse and practice. Design/methodology/approach A primarily quantitative survey instrument was administered via Qualtrics Survey Software and distributed through listservs and social media channels representing a range of library types and sub-disciplines. The survey was explicitly addressed to librarians for participation and asked them questions related to their work history and experience with negotiating for salary and benefits. Findings A total of 1,541 librarians completed the survey. More than half of survey respondents reported not negotiating for their current library position. The majority of those who did negotiate reported positive outcomes, including an increase in salary or total compensation package. Only a very small number of respondents reported threats to rescind or rescinded offers when negotiating for their current positions. Respondents cited prior salary and prior work experience and/or education as the top information sources informing negotiation strategy. Originality/value There is minimal discussion of salary and benefits negotiation by individuals in the library literature and prior surveys of librarians’ experience with compensation negotiation do not exist. This is the first paper that tracks negotiating practices and outcomes of librarians in library workplaces of all types.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-01-04T09:30:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2016-0060
  • Competencies for information specialists in emerging roles
    • Pages: 65 - 76
      Abstract: Library Management, Volume 38, Issue 1, Page 65-76, January 2017.
      Purpose Librarians are increasingly involved in projects and teams that require them to exhibit a broad range of knowledge and competencies which extend beyond traditional librarianship to include aspects of records management, information management, and knowledge management. In effect, librarians need to be information specialists, but the task of broadening one’s knowledge and competencies may be daunting, and it is helpful to explore the competencies of these various information disciplines as a guideline for competency development. The purpose of this paper is to provide some insights into the shared competencies and knowledge of these disciplines. Design/methodology/approach This paper describes an analysis of the competency profiles of librarians, records managers, information managers, archivists, and knowledge managers and provides a competency profile for information specialists that incorporates the knowledge and competencies from all of these areas. The sources used for this analysis were existing competency profiles developed by professional associations and employers of information workers such as government agencies. Findings The analysis resulted in the development of a competencies list which includes five competencies groups. These competency groups are: collaboration, client service, and communication; organizational understanding and strategic alignment; programme and service delivery and management; records, information, and knowledge management technical competencies; and personal qualities. Practical implications This analysis may be useful for librarians or library students who are determining which professional development opportunities to undertake as well as for managers who are seeking to define job profiles for their library staff in today’s complex information environment. Originality/value This paper bridges the disciplines of librarianship, information management, records management, archives, and knowledge management by comparing their relative competency profiles in order to create a set of competencies that are common to all disciplines.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2017-01-04T09:30:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2016-0074
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