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     ISSN (Print) 0024-2535
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [308 journals]   [SJR: 0.369]   [H-I: 10]
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Judith Broady-Preston
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:22 GMT
  • Assisting Students to Identify Sources: An Investigation
    • Authors: Allison Faix et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose This study looks at three classes of first-year students enrolled in an Information Literacy course and examines the difficulties these students encountered when attempting to identify different types of information. Design/methodology/approach In this study, 41 annotated bibliography assignments, in which students were required to state which type of source they had chosen and why, were examined and trends in the misidentification of sources were analysed. Findings Students in the study misidentified half of the sources they used, and struggled equally when identifying sources they located through library databases and the Internet. Trends in the misidentification of these sources were analysed, leading to recommendations for assisting students with learning how to identify sources. Research limitations/implications Although the sample size of this study was small, further research into how students identify different types of information would help librarians develop further strategies for teaching source identification as a first step in the source evaluation process. Originality/value Librarians and writing instructors often collaborate to help first-year college students learn how to evaluate the sources they use in research projects, but often overlook making sure these students can first correctly identify the different types of information they are evaluating.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:54 GMT
  • Income generation in public libraries: potentials and pitfalls
    • Authors: Hartwig Pautz et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose As public libraries are struggling with cuts to public spending almost everywhere, the topic of ‘income generation’ to supplement public funding is highly relevant. The review discusses the literature on income generation methods in the context of the ‘public library ethos’. Design/methodology/approach The article is a review of existing literature about income generation methods and public library ethos. Findings The literature review reports on a large variety of income generation methods – some of them are country-specific and only applicable in particular political, legal and cultural environments, others could be applied by librarians across borders. The review makes clear that income generation is difficult and requires skill. It also clearly outlines the potential incompatibilities between some income generation methods and the public library ethos. Practical implications The article raises important issues with regards to how practitioners should go about funding existing or new services. It becomes clear that librarians need a clear ethical position regarding how services can be provided and under which conditions services cannot be provided on the basis of principled reasoning. Originality/value A broad range of literature on income generation and public library ethos from various countries is reviewed and questions regarding how public librarians, on a practical level, can improve their institutions’ funding situation discussed. This praxis-oriented discussion is connected to important ethical considerations that should come into play when devising an income generation strategy.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:54 GMT
  • New Directions in Information Organization
    • Authors: Brenda Chawner et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:53 GMT
  • Business School Libraries in the 21st Century
    • Authors: Rhiannon Gainor et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:53 GMT
  • Developing Library Collections for Today's Young Adults
    • Authors: Louise Ellis-Barrett et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:53 GMT
  • A Comparative Study Of Knowledge Sharing Pattern Among The Undergraduate
           And Postgraduate Students Of Private Universities In Bangladesh.
    • Authors: Muhammad Sabbir Rahman et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose The aim of this inquiry is to uncover the pattern of knowledge-sharing behaviour among the undergraduate and postgraduate students of private universities in Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach This inquiry studied the knowledge sharing pattern of undergraduate and graduate students by utilizing a questionnaire based open ended survey from several private universities in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Apart from the descriptive statistics, the research used T-test to further explain the data. Findings This research focused as seven areas of knowledge sharing pattern. The data collected from 350 respondents from different private universities suggest that there are significant differences in the knowledge sharing pattern between undergraduate and graduate students. Overall, this research documents that the postgraduate students have shown higher perceived attitudes towards knowledge sharing compared to undergraduate students. Research limitations/implications This research applied descriptive study to understand the knowledge sharing patterns among the graduate and postgraduate students rather than a correlational study to ascertain out the relationship among variables. Practical implications This research has contributed to the knowledge sharing research in several aspects. In fact, this study extended the research findings of Wei et al. (2012) by examining the patterns of knowledge sharing in a different socioeconomic environment. Although this research investigated the practice of knowledge sharing of undergraduate and postgraduate students by adapting the instrument of Wei et al. (2012), one of the significant contributions of this research is to explore the behavioural aspects of knowledge sharing pattern among undergraduate and postgraduate students from different private universities in Bangladesh. By interpreting the knowledge sharing pattern of the undergraduate and postgraduate students of private universities, this inquiry will assist government’s policy makers, management of individual universities and academicians to come upward with novel methods of instruction and transform the knowledge driven higher learning establishment. Originality/value The majority of studies on knowledge sharing have been conducted in an organisational context. This inquiry is one of few investigations to compare the knowledge sharing patterns among undergraduate and postgraduate students in Bangladesh.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:53 GMT
    • Authors: Andrew Kenneth Shenton et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose The paper explores the approaches that may be used by LIS higher doctoral candidates when preparing their submissions, especially in terms of highlighting the quality of their publications and the impact they have made. Design/methodology/approach The methods discussed are those that were considered – and often actually employed – by the author when assembling his own submission. Frequent references are made in the paper to pertinent literature on research and to British universities’ regulations on higher doctorates. Findings The author warns against the tendency of applicants to concentrate too heavily on citation data. Although such statistics are undoubtedly important, a more convincing case for being awarded a higher doctorate may be made by drawing on a variety of sources of evidence, by no means all of which will be quantitative. Research limitations/implications The paper is based on the experiences of one individual, i.e. the author, and consequently the perspective is narrower than would have been the case had it been written by a team of academics, all of whom had prepared their own higher doctoral applications, with each bringing their own unique experience to bear. Practical implications The article is wholly practical in its focus; it covers a range of issues and offers realistic guidelines that should be considered by applicants. Originality/value Published advice for the higher doctoral candidate is currently extremely limited. It would appear that no significant books or journal articles offer any support to scholars seeking the qualification. This paper has been written to help plug that gap.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:53 GMT
  • Emerging Web 2.0 Applications in Open Access Scholarly Journals in the
           Field of Agriculture and Food Sciences
    • Authors: Sumeer Gul et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose The changing trends in scholarly publishing processes have revolutionized whole of the academic world. The shifting of academic journals to open access mode has been on rise because of innumerable benefits associated with them. The high level of profitability reaped from open access titles has forced them to experiment with the new and innovative technologies including Web 2.0. The new shift in the form of Web 2.0 has sifted in to the open access journal world. Open access journals in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences are growing and so are the features and functionalities in them. Because of these new innovative tools- there is an urgent need to focus on their adoption. The study focuses on the application of Web 2.0 tools in the Agriculture and Food Sciences open access journals. Design/methodology/approach Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) being one of the growing open access journal directories was selected for the purpose of data gathering. The journals selected for the study included those titles which were currently active. Findings Open access journal landscape in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences is influenced by the Web 2.0 revolution. The degree of experimenting with Web 2.0 in open access titles in Agriculture and Food Sciences is promising and can prove as an excellent platform for the dissemination of agricultural information in a more advanced and promising mode. Research limitations/implications The study will be helpful for the journal administrators who belong to the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences to know the actual status of Web 2.0 adoption by the journals in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The study can be helpful for the journal administrators for the adoption of Web 2.0 tools for achieving a better, more innovative and interactive scholarly platform. It will also enable us to know that how the new pioneering technology-Web 2.0 can help to explore new innovative ways of managing information in the scholarly world in general and Agriculture and Food Sciences discipline in particular. Originality/value The study can be extended to harness the effects of Web 2.0 on the research activities of the scholars associated with various disciplines of Agriculture and Food Sciences. How the Agricultural scientists make use of Web 2.0 for sharing and exchange of information for their academic development can also be researched. The impact of Web 2.0 tools on the citation counts of open access journals can also be studied.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:52 GMT
    • Authors: Muhammad Sabbir Rahman et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose This paper’s aim is to inspect the influence of trust, motivation and rewards on the knowledge sharing attitudes among the secondary and higher secondary students in Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach A sample of 200 Bangladeshi students from secondary and higher secondary level students across different educational institutions from Dhaka city participated in this study. Data were analysed using Exploratory Factor Analysis followed by Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) techniques. Findings The findings suggested that trust variables play a significant role that encourage knowledge sharing behaviour among the students. Practical implications This research also provides a guideline to the teachers and policy makers on enhancing a knowledge sharing environment among the secondary and higher secondary level students. Originality/value This paper is a pioneer in understanding knowledge sharing patterns among secondary and higher secondary students in a developing country such as Bangladesh.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:52 GMT
  • The view from industry: LIS students on placement
    • Authors: Bob Pymm et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose This paper reports on the outcomes of a survey of organisations in Australia and Slovenia hosting undergraduate LIS students on professional placement in order to better understand the reasons behind organisations accepting students, the workload implications and their satisfaction with the process. Design/methodology/approach Hosting organisations were asked to complete a survey on various aspects of the placement process. Findings For both countries, hosts reported favourably on their experience and virtually all felt that while it was a real commitment of time and resources on their part, it was a responsibility they were happy to take on. There was little difference between the two cohorts, suggesting that the findings from this research may be an accurate picture of the situation for LIS placements hosts more generally. The positive view of the placement and the belief in its role in LIS education is further strengthened by this study. Research limitations/implications The research suggests that hosting students is not seen as an onerous task, but one which brings benefits to both parties. This will be useful in promoting student placements when looking for new host opportunities. Originality/value This study has added to the limited literature in the LIS field on the experience of host organisations. Obtaining similar results across two countries added to the reliability of the findings which will help inform those planning future student placements.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:52 GMT
  • Developing People's Information Capabilities: Fostering Information
           Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts, Edited by Mark
           Hepworth and Geoff Walton
    • Authors: Mike Kmiec et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:51 GMT
  • Gender Prejudice in the Research World: Female Researchers in a Conflict
           Zone, Kashmir
    • Authors: Mushtaq Ahmad Kaw et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose The research world is full of women who have explored the scientific world and given their best to humanity. Kashmir, known for its conflict rather than its beauty now, has also given birth to a number of women researchers who have excelled in their respective fields. The study attempts to explore the contributions to the scientific world of women from the University of Kashmir, one of the leading institutions of Kashmir. The research contributions of women from a conflict zone, Kashmir, have been taken into account in the study. Design/methodology/approach The data related to the women researchers of Kashmir were extracted from the largest citation and abstract database of peer reviewed literature, Elsevier’s Scopus, which features smart tools that track, analyse and visualise research from varied dimensions. Findings The study reveals the effect of conflict on women in the scientific world. The findings show that there are significant differences by gender in terms of research productivity in a conflict region. Furthermore, in the present context a changing trend is seen as women researchers also show involvement in the scientific world which, if taken seriously, can help in developing a better and more promising feminist research world. Practical implications The study can help in laying down the real picture and status of women researchers in a conflict zone. The study urges that governments in conflict zones should take steps to popularise investment in women’s education and research programmes in order to better equip and motivate women researchers. Originality/value Further research can be carried out to discover the problems faced by women researchers in a conflict zone.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:51 GMT
  • Review of: Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching
           the Invisible Web
    • Authors: Lynley Stone et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:50 GMT
  • Oliver and Foscarini: Records Management and Information Culture
    • Authors: Alenka Šauperl et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:50 GMT
  • Professional Identity: A Grounded Theory Study of Veteran Academic
    • Authors: Laura Sare et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, September 2014. Purpose This qualitative study analyses veteran academic librarians’ perceptions of librarianship to develop a grounded theory that models this group’s understandings of the profession. In addition, this study compares its findings to a previous grounded theory study that modelled novice academic librarians’ perceptions of the profession. Design/methodology/approach Using the long interview technique, the analysts interviewed 15 veteran academic librarians, i.e. those with 10 or more years continuous experience as professional academic librarians, that work in Texas universities and four-year colleges. Qualitative analytical methods were used to develop a substantive grounded theory from the data. Findings Two theoretical categories emerged that model academic librarian perceptions of the profession: (1) Orienting Self (and Others) to a Shifting Profession and (2) Driving Change in the Field. These categories depict academic librarianship as a profession focused on change, and the theory valuates both mentoring and practitioner research as important elements of this change. Practical implications The results of the study may provide useful information to help orient librarians new to the field. Originality/value There is a dearth of systematic empirical analyses that explores the personal meanings that academic librarians attach to professional identity. This paper works to fill this gap and to complement the existing critical/cultural and quantitative research concerning the professional identity of librarians.
      PubDate: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 13:21:50 GMT
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