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  • Understanding academic reading in the context of information-seeking
    • First page: 502
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose A study examined reading strategies in relation to information-seeking stages, tasks, and reading media in an academic setting.Understanding reading practices and needs in the context of information-seeking can refine our understanding of user choices and preferences for information sources (e.g. textbooks, articles, multimedia content) and media (e.g. print and digital tools used for reading). It can also help to examine the changes in reading practices brought about by digital devices and content. Design/methodology/approach The data were collected via an online survey from a sample of graduate students over the course of two months. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Findings We found that all information-seeking stages and all academic tasks were characterized by a combination of ‘deep’ and ‘surface’ reading and a use of both print and electronic resources. Contrary to previous studies that linked digital media to ‘surface’ reading (e.g., skimming, searching for keywords), our participants reported a high number of ‘deep’ reading tactics (e.g., annotating, connecting text to prior knowledge) while using digital resources. Research limitations/implications The study relied on a convenience sample of library and information science students, so some findings can be attributed to the sample’s demographics and academic demands. The findings imply that at all stages of information-seeking for all academic tasks, graduate students were engaged in both deep and surface reading using both print and electronic resources. Practical implications The findings show that students read print and digital texts, suggesting that it might be premature for academic libraries to part with their print collections. Understanding relationships between academic task, information-seeking, and reading can aid students in choosing the right reading resources for their academic tasks; educators in assigning appropriate materials for course projects; libraries in providing appropriate resources to their readers, and information retrieval system designers in offering useful features for different reading needs and styles. Originality/value The study produced preliminary support for the development of a unified information-seeking and reading model.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2016-0026
  • Readers’ histories as a way of studying and understanding
           multicultural library communities
    • First page: 519
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose Personal readers’ histories have long had a respected place in reading research. They add a human, personalized dimension to the studies of reading practices, often reported through aggregate findings and generalized conclusions. Moreover, they introduce a private context of readers’ lives, which complements other reading contexts (e.g., historical, socio-economic, cultural) required for an understanding of reading behaviors. This paper, based on a selected data set from a larger reading study, introduces a gallery of portraits of immigrant readers with the aim to facilitate the library practice with immigrant communities. Design/methodology/approach Qualitative face-to-face intensive interviews with immigrant readers. Findings The knowledge of reading contexts and the opportunity to see readers as individuals rather than anonymous statistics are crucial for librarians who come in contact with multicultural populations. Personal histories can also serve as a step in building interpersonal relationships between librarians and community members. Originality/value The value of the study is in introducing a methodological approach which, through collecting and writing reading histories, allows librarians to gain insight into the cultural practices of multicultural communities and to adjust their work accordingly. This approach can also be used as a prototype for researching other community groups.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:33Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2016-0035
  • Thai immigrants' information seeking behaviour and perception of the
           public library's role during the settlement process
    • First page: 535
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose This study investigated how Thai immigrants who relocated to Auckland, New Zealand, looked for and found the information they needed during their settlement process. Design/methodology/approach The study utilised a qualitative methodology through semi-structured interviews with open-ended questions that were conducted with nine Thai immigrants living in the greater Auckland region. The combination of Mwarigha’s three stages of settlement and Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology were employed as theoretical frameworks for understanding the information seeking behaviour of the Thai immigrants and their information needs and associated barriers to accessing information at different stages of settlement process. Findings The information needs of Thai immigrants in Auckland were diverse based on the stage of each participant’s settlement process. The main information needs of the participants were for employment, English language-learning, housing, health, and making connections. Their main information sources during settlement were family, friends and the internet. The participants saw Auckland Libraries as a useful source but did not take full benefit of the library’s services. The main barriers in accessing services were English language incompetence, lack of resources available in the Thai language, lack of time, and library staff behaviour. Research limitations/implications The results of this study will provide library and information professionals with new insights into Thai immigrants’ information seeking behaviour and their information needs, which may contribute to providing immigrants with the information tools they need in order to improve the quality of their lives in New Zealand. As this study is limited to Thai immigrants in Auckland only, there is need to conduct a study on the information needs and seeking behaviour of Thai immigrants in other locales. It may be of interest to researchers to conduct a quantitative study of a larger sample to further generalise the findings. Originality/value There is minimal research that specifically investigates the information needs, sources and barriers to information experienced by immigrants throughout the settlement process. This study is unique in that it focuses on a specific ethnic community of Thais. The findings of this study can be a stepping stone towards further research to gain a deeper understanding of Thai and other immigrants' information needs, sources, barriers and their perceptions toward public libraries.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2016-0008
  • Being where the users are: readiness of academic librarians to satisfy
           information needs of users through social media
    • First page: 549
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this research is to investigate the preparedness of academic libraries in Ghana for the use of social media in reference and user services. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative research approach employing interviews was used to solicit the views of Systems/Reference librarians from six most highly ranked public and private universities [in Ghana] on their libraries’ preparedness for use of social media to provide reference and user services. Findings The findings of the study indicate that most of the university libraries lacked policy on the use of social media and that though librarians held the perception that social media was useful, they lacked the competence and motivation to use social media to make a remarkable difference in service delivery. Practical implications Academic libraries in Ghana and elsewhere will find the results useful in formulating policies for the use of social media in libraries. Originality/value This qualitative approach to the study of social media deviates from the mostly quantitative studies in the literature and has brought out more revealing findings.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2016-0020
  • Library anxiety, library use and academic performance of undergraduate
           students in Pakistan
    • First page: 564
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of library anxiety, which has received relatively little research attention in Pakistan, and its relationship with ‘library use’ ‘academic performance’ (grade point average), ‘gender’ and ‘academic discipline’ among the undergraduate students. Design/methodology/approach Data were collected using a questionnaire from 725 fourth year undergraduate students of three different disciplines from three universities. The participation was voluntary. The data were processed using SPSS version 20. Findings A majority of the respondents (72.1%) experienced a mild library anxiety. The factors; ‘user education’ and ‘user knowledge’ were the greatest sources of library anxiety. Findings revealed significant differences in library anxiety on the basis of gender and academic discipline. Library anxiety and academic performance had a significant negative relationship with each other. Originality/value This is the first study in Pakistan that addressed library anxiety and its relationship with library use, academic discipline and academic performance using a large group (N = 725) of undergraduate students.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2016-0024
  • Assessing the adoption and use of integrated library systems (ILS) for
           library service provision in academic libraries in Edo and Delta states,
    • First page: 578
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to investigate the use of integrated library software (ILS) in academic library operations in Edo and Delta State, Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach This study adopted a descriptive survey research design. Total enumeration was used since the population consisting 88 academic librarians in Edo and Delta States is not large was considered appropriate to achieve the purpose of this study. Questionnaire titled "assessment of adoption and use of Integrated Library Software (ILS) for library service provision in academic libraries in Edo and Delta States, Nigeria" was used. Before the administration of the questionnaire on the respondents, face validity was carried out to test the validity of the questions. The questionnaire was given to experts in the Department of Information Resources Management, Babcock University, Ilishan-Remo, Ogun State who validated, resolved defects and modified the questionnaire. Findings This study showed that there is a general non-use of ILS in academic libraries in Delta State. Findings revealed that three out of the four academic libraries in Edo State adopted library software in their library operations except Ambrose Ali University Library, Ekpoma. Findings further showed that the lILS that are used in academic libraries in Edo State are effectiveness. It also revealed that ILS is effective for accessing books and other library materials; retrieval of materials; bibliographic search and provision of links to external databases. Finding also indicates that among the library software that are used in academic libraries in this study, only Koha ILS has the capacity to link to external databases. Practical implications The use of ILS in academic library operation is critical. Its adoption and use to a large extent positively affect the library and its users. Non-adoption and use of ILS in most academic libraries is a setback to delivery of quality library services to clientele. Originality/value This study is the first that assessed the adoption and use of ILS in academic libraries is Edo and Delta States. It exposed the level of adoption and utilization of ILS in library operations with a view to encouraging libraries to adopt and use ILS for library services.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2016-0005
  • Online legal information system for Indian environment: a users’
    • First page: 593
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose The study explores legal information requirements of the legal community in India for a proposed online legal information system tailored to the Indian environment. Design/methodology/approach A need assessment survey was conducted using a structured questionnaire circulated among 750 respondents from eight institutions in Delhi. 397 filled-in questionnaires were personally collected by the investigator, showing a response rate of 52.9 percent. All these questionnaires were selected for analysis and interpretation of data. Responses to 45 questions were analyzed and presented in the form of tables and figures using various statistical techniques. Findings The findings of the study show that majority of respondents felt they faced a number of problems in using online legal resources such as, accessibility of legal information in legal resources, lack of online help features, description of legal information sources, search screen too confusing and poor website design. In addition, respondents highlighted that access instructions on the online resources are not clear. Lack of expertise and insufficient knowledge of ICT in using legal databases are also major hurdles. Majority of respondents are somewhat satisfied in using open access and commercial legal information resources and not aware of open access resources in the field of law. Model online legal information system (OLIS) was designed and developed based on the findings drawn in the needs assessment survey to empower the common man with legal resources at no cost, and foster research in the field of law. Research limitations/implications The model OLIS contains only a sample collection. It is expected that the proposed system will be implemented on a wider scale so that lawyers, research scholars and common people can benefit. Practical implications The findings of the study will help libraries to subscribe to legal information resources, and to design robust online legal information systems suitable in the Indian context. It is anticipated that the needs assessment survey of online legal information sources will help Government agencies and law libraries to understand the problems of the legal fraternity in accessing legal information. Originality/value The present study designed a model OLIS for the Indian environment ( to aid the legal community in India enabling them to save their valuable time. This system will help and foster interdisciplinary research learning, and can be used as a tool for learning the basic concepts as well as to deliberate on the emerging areas in the field of law.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:34Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-09-2015-0095
  • Institutional resource centries and design education
    • First page: 625
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 8/9, November 2016.
      Purpose The physical environment of education is not contained within the classroom but extends to the library and archival resource centres in higher education institutes of design. The institutional Resource Centre (RC) includes textual and material repository sections which support institutional objectives by creating space and opportunity for interface between the learner and theoretical-practical aspects of the curriculum. This article highlights the role of the RC where the viewing of exhibits enhances the pedagogy of design education. Design/methodology/approach This article uses Participant Observation method to construct a case study of the experiential learning process in an institutional setting. It analyses how students make use of specialized design-related resources in libraries and adapt their approach to learn with, from and about objects as cultural artefacts. Findings The collections of displayed design objects in the institutional RC enable students to appreciate cultural history by developing the understanding of fashion, textile and handcrafting traditions in India, thus stimulating cognitive and sensory learning. This is a manifestation of constructivism with the potential for diverse learning trajectories for design students. Thus it acts as an adjunct to classroom teaching-learning by facilitating a multi-faceted and holistic learning experience driven by a spirit of enquiry that supplements and supports pedagogic practices, enabling and encouraging self-learning. Originality/value The collections of displayed design objects in the institutional RC enable students to appreciate cultural history by developing the understanding of fashion, textile and handcrafting traditions in India, thus stimulating cognitive and sensory learning. This is a manifestation of constructivism with the potential for diverse learning trajectories for design students. Thus it acts as an adjunct to classroom teaching-learning by facilitating a multi-faceted and holistic learning experience driven by a spirit of enquiry that supplements and supports pedagogic practices, enabling and encouraging self-learning.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-23T11:21:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0110
  • Redeploying public librarians to the front lines: prioritizing digital
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose This paper draws attention to the quiet, if inadvertent, disappearance of the front line public librarian as libraries make difficult organizational choices in the struggle to survive the relentless pressures to cut costs on one side while supporting a market ethos of customer service on the other. Design/methodology/approach Informed by the preliminary findings of a pan-Canadian study of labor in large urban public libraries and a review of professional and academic literature dealing with contemporary service trends, four models/proposals (participative, community-led, managerial/leadership, digital inclusion and the public information infrastructure) are critically reviewed with respect to their positioning of the frontline professional librarian. Findings The paper concludes with an argument in favor of one of these proposals because it supports the relevance of public librarians in service to their communities while remaining true to the democratic aspirations of this vital public service within our increasingly complex information societies. Research limitations/implications The implication of this work is that by drawing our attention to the contradictions inherent within contemporary and popular library initiatives, the disconnect between professional education and practice is highlighted, thus providing a foundation for new empirical research into the changing nature of waged work (professional and non-professional) in public libraries. Practical implications Failure to situate the professional public librarian strategically and unambiguously within the rapidly evolving roles of the public library has implications for LIS educators, employers, and, as significantly, current and future students. Originality/value This paper's identification and critical review of the four dominant service models proposed for today's public library represents the first time that these literatures have been assembled together and critically interrogated for their implications for the work of professionally trained librarians. Given the importance of the question "what is the future role of the public library", a critical analysis of the key contenders is necessary work, as is shifting the subject of the conversation from the customer to the professional public librarian.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T11:12:04Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2016-0015
  • Relationship between electronic journal downloads and citations in library
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between electronic journal downloads and citations and whether online electronic resource usage can be adopted as an alternative to citation for evaluation of scholarly discourse. Design/methodology/approach A consolidated 16 publishers’ COUNTER Usage data of UGC-Infonet members was collected from INFLIBNET Centre. The usage was meticulously filtered from UGC subscribed journals and institutional subscriptions. The quantitative data was analysed to establish the relationship between download, impact factor and price. Multiple regression analysis was used to assess the influence of price and impact factor on usage and to predict the usage when they are known and the threshold for significance was set at P < 0.05. Findings There exists a relationship between impact factor and downloads of journals in UGC-Infonet. Journal Impact Factor and Price significantly influence usage where journal impact factor plays an important role in the intensity of the use. Also the top 25 hottest downloaded papers were journals with impact factor, hence, no journal without impact factor featured in the Top 25 most downloaded journals in the consortia. The relationship between the top 25 Impact Factor Journals in the consortia and download is strong (r= 0.368537). Originality/value The only account that reports on the relationship between journal impact factors and downloads for UGC-Infonet consortia. Also, the influence of usage behaviour with respect to citation and price of a journal
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-09-01T11:11:54Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2016-0019
  • Library promotion methods and tools modeling and simulation on Twitter
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose Twitter is the most popular instant messaging platform today. Thanks to the consistency factor typical of it, that medium offers every company or business the best opportunity to promote their products or services. Likewise, it offers an unprecedented opportunity to public utility or benefit organizations like Libraries to promote their services and build a powerful digital information exchange community. However, due to its immense number of users and chaotic nature, the steps towards making the best of it must be precise and systematized, or else the information professional will end up squandering resources to no avail. New age information professionals face up to a need for a dynamic simulation model able to anticipate outcomes, given specific resources. Design/methodology/approach Such a model is initially built by recording and analyzing the potential offered by the social network platform in question. Third party tools that help handle Twitter are also analyzed. The factors total is then modeled by use of iThink editor. That editor is able to receive data from the decision maker with respect to the specific attributes of each product and given conditions and produce specific outcomes by use of the model. Findings This research paper, includes a decision making tool (model) that combines a theoretical view of LIS and marketing science with a practical tool, simulating the process and producing certain outcomes using specific resources. The model presents him with the outcome that is bound to be produced with regard to the given circumstances and the amount of resources invested, encouraging or not certain courses of action. Practical implications The decision maker can make accurate anticipations on an outcome so as to respectively customize his data and moves. Originality/value A proper use of the tools available, alongside anticipation chances offered by dynamic simulation models enable the model decision maker to make use of it according to any given context, hence maximizing library business profits.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-06-2015-0068
  • Use of electronic journal resources by postgraduate students at the
           University of Dar es Salaam
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose This paper aimed to assess the use of electronic journal resource at the University of Dar es Salaam. The study involved the postgraduate students in the School of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam. Design/methodology/approach A combination of questionnaire for postgraduate students and interview for the reference Librarians were used whereby one hundred postgraduate students and six Reference Librarians were involved in the study. SPSS and content analysis were used to analyse the data. Findings Major findings of the study reveal that majority of the students reported to use electronic journal resources for various purposes including working on the assignments, research proposal writing, literature review, research report writing, current awareness, leisure, and for extra exploration of ongoing scientific debates through peer reviewed papers. The challenges encountered in the use of electronic journal resources include power outage, inadequate bandwidth, slow download speed, inability to access the resources from home, lack of training, lack of awareness, limited access to computers and difficult in making a search. Finally, the recommendations for improving use of electronic journal resources are provided. Originality/value This is the first time an effort has been made to assess the use of electronic journal resources by postgraduate students in the School of Education at the University of Dar es Salaam. The study could be used to assess the postgraduate students’ need for electronic resources at the University of Dar es Salaam as well as other users in higher learning institutions.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:30Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0108
  • Surpassing the business model: a public sphere approach to public library
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to compare the characteristics of the public sphere with those of a shared value approach, and better understand the value that public libraries can offer to management theory. Design/methodology/approach This paper uses two methods. First, we use a systematic literature review to identify sources relevant to 1) shared value and 2) the public sphere in public libraries. Next, we use comparative theoretical analysis using data gathered from the systematic review to analyze the two theories. Findings We successfully describe the similarities and differences between ‘Shared Value’ and the ‘Public Sphere in Public Libraries.’ Originality/value We elucidate public library innovation from the perspectives of library management and the public sphere concept.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:29Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0111
  • The integration of ICT in library and information science curricula an
           analytical study of students perception in Jordanian universities
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose TThis study aims to exploring explore undergraduate students’ perceptions of teaching information and communication technology (ICT) courses in the library and information science (LIS) program in Jordanian universities. It also aims at investigating the correlation between the impact of some variables, namely,; gender, the type of university, academic year, and student GPA on and the their students views. Design/methodology/approach Quantitative methods were adopted. A qQuestionnaires with (40) items has beenwere distributed on a stratified random sample of 220 students from four LIS departments in Jordan, and , of whom 203 responded with a response rate of 92.3%. Findings Research findings indicated that teaching information and communication technology (ICT) courses were considered highly important. Students stressed the importance of incorporating ICT courses in LIS programs. They also pointed out the competence of the teaching staff and the efficacy of their teaching methods. On the other hand, student assessments of the curriculum content, the teaching pedagogy, and methods of assessment were on an average level. In addition, the findings indicated that resources and facilities necessary to teach ICT courses were available and adequate. It was noted that the "university" was the only factor that affected results where the University of Jordan students showed a higher satisfaction. In terms of the other factors (gender, academic year, and GPA), they did not appear to affect student perceptions. Originality/value Previous studies investigated the importance of teaching ICT courses in general but did not consider student perceptions. Only a few studies discussed student perceptions of studying ICT courses but in a different context, i.e., Kuwait. This research focused on student perceptions of studying ICT in Jordan as a new geographic region. This would be beneficial for other developing countries to learn from this experience and refine their ICT curricula and LIS programs accordingly.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:28Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-12-2015-0115
  • Embracing the future while storing the past: the joint library facility
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 6/7, September 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to focus on the Joint Library Facility services and how Medical Science Libraries have embraced the Resource in Common model to save service copies for their patron’s use while allowing libraries to reclaim critical needed space and develop library services that better meet the needs of their patrons. Design/methodology/approach The paper begins with a description of the Joint Library Facility and its targeted users. It will discuss how this unique library storage facility shares ownership of its material with other libraries in order to reduce duplication of low use print items on library shelves. Findings Although electronic materials are more popular with library patrons, there is still scholarly value in keeping low use print materials as service copies. Originality/value This is a case study of a unique library storage facility that shares ownership of its material with other libraries. Its findings will help other libraries plan and implement their own shared print repository.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-08-31T11:14:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0113
  • Research data management: a conceptual framework
    • First page: 226
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose Research Data Management (RDM) is gaining a lot of momentum in the present day, and rightly so. Research data are the core of any research study. The findings and conclusions of a study are entirely dependent on research data. Traditional publishing did not focus on the presentation of data along with the publications such as research monographs and especially journal articles probably due to the difficulties involved in managing the research datasets. The current day technology, however, has helped in making this task easier. The purpose of this paper is to present a conceptual framework for managing research data at the institutional level. Design/methodology/approach This paper discusses the significance and advantages of sharing research data. In the spirit of Open Access to publications, freeing research data and making it available openly, with minimal restrictions, will help not only in furthering research and development but also avoid duplication of efforts. The issues and challenges involved in research data management at the institutional level are discussed. Findings A conceptual framework for research data management at the institutional level is presented. A model for a National Repository of Open Research Data (NRORD) is also proposed and the workflow of the functioning of NRORD is also presented. Originality/value The framework clearly presents the workflow of the data life cycle in its various phases right from its creation, storage, organization and sharing. It also attempts to address crucial issues in research data management like data privacy, data security, copyright and licensing. The framework may help the institutions in managing the research data life cycle in a more efficient and effective manner.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:44:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2016-0001
  • “How will I know?” Engagement with information resources: a comparison
           of undergraduates at Indiana and Kuwait Universities
    • First page: 242
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose This project compares how undergraduates in Kuwait and Indiana assess information resources for class assignments. Design/methodology/approach Social science majors at Kuwait University and Indiana University Bloomington completed the Project Information Literacy survey. Findings The students are comparable in how often they ask instructors or classmates for advice, but Kuwaitis are more likely to ask other people for assistance. Kuwaiti students generally are less critical in their evaluation of both library-based and web information resources but are more likely to consider librarian recommendations. Research limitations/implications Institution-specific factors that were not specifically addressed include the following: the survey was administered online in Indiana and on paper in Kuwait; and the types of course assignments and/or students’ information literacy instruction may also vary by institution. Practical implications Librarians should continue to present information clearly and use a variety of instructional methods so that material is accessible. Librarian recommendations and modeling of evaluative behavior can assist international students. Social media may be useful in working with these students’ more collaborative approach to assessing resources. Originality/value The work updates the 2010 Project Information Literacy survey on undergraduates’ evaluation of information resources for coursework. It also extends that survey to identify how students from Kuwait compare with U.S. undergraduates.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:45:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-12-2015-0120
  • Information literacy and open access in Croatian academic libraries
    • First page: 255
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to present results of a survey of Croatian academic libraries’ user education about Open Access (OA) related issues. The concept of OA literacy will be explained and the term will be put in the context of information literacy and scholarly communication. Design/methodology/approach An anonymous online questionnaire was sent to all the Croatian academic libraries with the aim to find out if libraries are involved in OA and to learn about plans for user education about the aspect of information literacy that is important for using OA information. Findings Almost all the libraries are involved in OA publishing, either through OA repositories or through OA journals. 22% of the libraries do not educate their users about OA. Two most important IL skills in the context of OA are finding OA information and understanding OA citation advantage. Academic libraries in Croatia mostly recognize the questionable publishers as a threat for OA. 40% of libraries do not plan any form of education about OA literacy. Practical implications The results of this research can be a basis for creating programs of user education in academic libraries. Some problems are recognized, some skills are identified, and further steps could be undertaken to improve academic library users’ OA literacy skills. Originality/value The research results contribute to understanding the importance of academic libraries in developing OA literacy of their users. The paper gives results of a survey of Croatian academic libraries as well as some new perspectives for authors, readers and libraries on how to evaluate OA sources using OA literacy skills.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:45:41Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2016-0009
  • Saudi students, American academic library: a survey
    • First page: 267
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose This study investigated the experiences, both academic and interpersonal, of a cohort of Saudi Arabian students in using the library of a medium-sized American university. It also examined how those experiences were similar to, or different from, those of other international students observed in earlier research studies conducted in American academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach The project used an online and paper survey that queried 169 Saudi Arabian students who were studying at Robert Morris University in 2015. Findings The study determined that many survey subjects struggled with language issues, the unfamiliar structure of American libraries and interpersonal communication with library staff. It also found that the respondents believed that formal instruction in the use of the library was helpful to them. Research limitations/implications The broad nature of the survey precluded comparison with a control group of students. The findings regarding the subjects’ interactions with library staff were, in some cases, ambiguous. Additional study will be necessary to clarify those experiences. Practical implications The study's findings strongly support the value of formal library instruction programs for international students as well as the need for libraries to highly prioritize the importance of interpersonal communication in their services. Originality/value This is the first study to focus on the library experiences of Saudi Arabian students in an American academic library. It is of value to librarians and administrators as well as individuals who design and provide academic support services for international students.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:45:37Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0112
  • A subject specialist centric model for library resources management in
           academic libraries
    • First page: 281
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose Purpose - The purpose of this study is to analyze factors affecting decision-making on libraries’ electronic resources management under the situation of tight budgets in Canadian research universities. Design/methodology/approach Design/methodology/approach - Interview was adopted to investigate library resources management leaders’ opinions from English-speaking university members of the Group of Canadian Research University Libraries (U15). Findings Findings - A comprehensive model is developed for library resources’ management. Subject Specialists are the key of the model integrating marketing roles and evaluation roles. Research limitations/implications The main limitations for this study is the small sample size of interview candidates and it may have application limitations on other types of libraries and universities in different areas. Practical implications This study generates a comprehensive model based on past research, contributing to future library decision making practices Originality/value It develops a subject-specialist centric model of library resources value assessment and brings the element of culture into future studies of academic library
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:46:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2015-0084
  • Understanding research students’ behavioural intention in the adoption
           of digital libraries: a Pakistani perspective
    • First page: 295
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose The objective of this study was to investigate the factors that influence adoption of Higher Education Commission (HEC) National Digital Library among research students in different universities of Pakistan. Design/methodology/approach The study framework was based on Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). A sample of Pakistani university students completed the questionnaire measuring affect of extraneous stimuli through cognitive responses on adoption of HEC digital library. In order to test the research hypotheses, multiple regression analysis was used. Findings The findings revealed that: 1) cognitive responses predicted students' intention of using HEC digital library; 2) extraneous variables significantly influenced cognitive responses; 3) system characteristics directly affected usefulness and ease of use; 4) interface characteristics directly influenced cognitive responses and; 5) individual differences significantly influenced the ease of use. Similarly, system quality was identified with the highest direct affect on usefulness while navigation has a highest influence on easy use of HEC digital library of Pakistan. In addition, usefulness was explored with the highest affect on intention to use HEC digital library of Pakistan. The findings suggested that individual behaviours influence use of digital libraries and imply that acceptance of an information system involve cognitive idiosyncrasies. Findings of the study are useful for Pakistani academic librarians to enhance adoption and usability of HEC digital library of Pakistan. The study extended cross-cultural validation of TAM and explored that how Pakistani university students utilize HEC digital library. Research limitations/implications The findings of the study also have significant implications for librarians in other developing countries, such as to evaluate usability of digital libraries from individuals' perspective, create awareness, customize users' interface and train students in navigational techniques. It may also facilitate librarians to improve their current levels of library assistance and emphasize the usefulness of digital libraries towards academic excellence. The findings equally suggest that individual behaviours influence the use of digital libraries because acceptance of an information system involves cognitive idiosyncrasies. This study explored the possible links between the study constructs and emphasized that findings are useful to enhance the adoption and usability of digital library in developing countries. Originality/value This study is the first attempt that empirically assessed the adoption of digital librarianship in terms of Pakistani academic libraries. the study validated TAM in the context of Pakistani university librarianship and extended the cross-cultural validation of TAM. Furthermore, the study is useful in terms of eastern cultural that has focused on real constructs instead of dummy variables and predicted significant effects on acceptance and rejection of digital libraries.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:44:51Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-06-2015-0070
  • The role of libraries in the dissemination of health information in
           Botswana: a study of Mochudi and Molepolole public libraries
    • First page: 320
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose This paper investigated the role of public libraries in the dissemination of health information in the southern part of Botswana, namely Kgatleng and Kweneng districts. It also explored how these libraries market health information services to the community they serve. The study also used Health Information Acquisition model to get an understanding on how public library users seek health information. Design/methodology/approach The survey research design was chosen for the study and purposive sampling procedure was used to obtain the sample size of the population. The sample size consisted of one hundred and twenty respondents and six interviewees. Data were collected from both library staff and users using questionnaires and interviews. Findings The results of the study showed that public libraries are striving to provide accurate and useful health information to members of the community by collecting and availing both print and electronic health information sources. The findings further indicated that public libraries have marketing programmes that they use on raising awareness of health information to their clientele. The marketing programmes include outreach, library brochures/leaflets, newsletters and library exhibitions. The results of the study also showed that there were some challenges that hindered the library users to access and use health information (e.g. lack of appropriateness of information resources and limited number of health information sources). Originality/value For better dissemination of health information, public libraries should establish working relationships with health agencies and communication organisations or media houses with the objective of cooperative developments of collections, referrals and shared training.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:45:31Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-05-2015-0051
  • Library and information science education as ignition source for services
           in non-academic special libraries
    • First page: 350
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 65, Issue 4/5, July 2016.
      Purpose The purpose of this study was to explore the number, difference and ratio of professionals and non-professionals heading non-academic special libraries. This study also explored the difference of provision of services, based on educational qualifications. Design/methodology/approach Quantitative survey research method and questionnaire as a data collection tool was used to conduct the study. The questionnaire contained four educational levels against the eighteen services variables. Being no list or directory available, 71 special libraries were assured to be there in Lahore through snowball sampling technique. Forty-four out of seventy-one returned questionnaires were analyzed using Chi-Square test in Statistical Package for Social Sciences Findings Findings indicated that 56% of the libraries were headed by LIS professionals, while rest of 44 % of the libraries were headed by persons with no professional education. Chi-Square test’s P value indicated the significant difference in the orientation, reference service, and document reservation service. The professionally qualified library managers were found better at providing librarians end services. Originality/value The present study is the first of its kind in Pakistan, which marked the vacant positions and indicated the differences of services based on level of education. It depicted the Electronic, Librarians End, and Technical Knowledge and Multi factor services and measured its variation on the educational grounds.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2016-05-25T11:46:35Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2015-0083
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