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  • Research Growth in LIS during Last Decade: A Study
    • Authors: Ramesh Pandita, Shivendra Singh
      First page: 514
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The present study seeks to examine the research growth in the field of Library and Information Science (LIS) at global level for the period 2004-2013. The key areas analyzed in the study include, research growth in LIS at continental level, worlds ten leading LIS research countries, citation analysis & h-index etc. Design/methodology/approach The study is supported with empirical findings, for which data was retrieved from the SCImago Journal and Country Ranking, based on SCOPUS data source. The study is not exhaustive in nature as it covers only those articles, published in LIS journals indexed with this particular data sources. The study simply reflects a trend and not the exhaustive figures. Findings - A total of 75887 research articles were retrieved on the date of data retrieval and put to analysis. The US emerging as the leading LIS research country with 29349 article, constituting 38.54% of the total global LIS research output, followed by UK and China. Spain is the fasted growing LIS research country in the world, with an average annual research growth of 28.70%, which is closely followed by Australia and China. The average annual corresponding research growth of LIS publications at global level remained 10.46%. Out of 194 nation countries (162, 82.50%) have contributed to the LIS research during the period. North America, Europe and Asia are the three leading LIS research continents Originality/value The scope of the present study is global in nature and lasts for the period 2004-2013.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:46Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0037
  • The Issues and Challenges facing a Digital Library with a Special Focus on
           the University of Calgary
    • Authors: Bennett Thomas
      First page: 533
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to focus on major issues involved in setting up a digital library, with special attention given to the University of Calgary’s new Taylor Family Digital Library (TFDL), which was started in 2006 and completed in 2011 at a cost of $203 million. Design/methodology/approach The paper will begin with a description of the targeted users. It will discuss user expectations for the digital library, which are often focused on the distributive function of the library to provide rapid and easy access to resources such as licensed e-journals and e-books. It will then explore issues related to the productive function, the digitization of collections. Finally, the paper will address the question: What purposes does digitization of collections serve? Findings Although digital materials are becoming more popular with university library users, university libraries are not yet ready to abandon print library materials altogether for a wide variety of reasons. Originality/value This is a case study of a library that claims to be unique: a university library which is truly digital in nature.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:47Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2014-0125
  • Reference Service Evaluation at an African Academic Library: The User
    • Authors: Lili Luo, Viscount B. Buer
      First page: 552
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose This paper provides a detailed discussion of a large-scale library reference evaluation study conducted at the University of Education, Winneba (UAE) in Ghana. The study seeks to evaluate the reference service from the user perspective, focusing on how users use and perceive the service. Design/methodology/approach Self-administered survey was used as the data collection instrument. One thousand questionnaires were distributed library users in a three-week period, and the response rate was 63.7%. Findings The reference service had a high non-use rate of 42.6%, which was primarily attributed to library users’ self-sufficiency and lack of awareness of the service. The top three motivations for library users to use the reference service were class assignments, personal interests, and using library facilities. Although their overall altitude was positive, users felt that reference librarians were more successful at exhibiting customer service qualities than performing tasks related to identifying users’ information needs and searching/locating relevant information to fulfill the needs. Practical implications The knowledge gained from this study will deepen the understanding of how the reference service is utilized and perceived by library users and offer insights on how to enhance the services to optimize the user experience. Originality/value This study yields an enriched view of reference service provision in the African context. Its findings will help other academic libraries in Africa successfully plan and implement their own reference evaluation efforts and ultimately encourage more evidence-based library practices in the developing world.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:49Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0046
  • Problems and Prospects of implementing Cloud Computing in university
           libraries: a case study of Banaras Hindu University library system
    • Authors: Mayank Yuvaraj
      First page: 567
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The paper aims at examining the characteristic elements of various organizational factors to identify whether a favourable climate for implementing and sustaining cloud computing in Banaras Hindu University library system existed. Design/methodology/approach After reviewing relevant literature on the topic, a list of 20 factors that affected an organization`s adoption to innovation was prepared. A questionnaire was personally administered to the library professionals engaged in BHULS. Respondents were asked to nominate the level of importance of each factor for validation of cloud computing adoption. Findings The findings of the study validate the fact that opportune time for the implementation of cloud computing existed in BHU library systems. Library staffs showed high willingness to the adoption of the cloud computing and were well prepared to grasp the challenges. Practical implications The study establishes the fact that the benefits of cloud computing are inadequate to convince the organizations to migrate from the traditional computing paradigm to the cloud. Technological advancement may not transform the cloud into a mainstream technology. In order to motivate the expansion of cloud computing adoption emphasis has to be laid upon collaboration between the cloud service providers supplemented by solid cloud legislations which need to be worked out. Originality/value Since no empirical study on the cloud computing in conjunction with academic libraries of India has been carried out before, this study closes this gap and provides guidelines to migrate to cloud environment. Also, it provides the perceptions of library professionals in response to its adoption.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2015-0007
    • Authors: Chin Wei Chong, Ghazaleh Hasanian, Geok Chew Gan
      First page: 583
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose This paper is to study the application of knowledge management factors on customer relationship management process in Malaysian MSC status organizations. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire survey was conducted on knowledge management workers (customer service) in Malaysian MSC status organizations. Based on the extensive review of the current literature, eight knowledge management factors were investigated to examine the application toward customer relationship management process. Findings The data collected from 96 knowledge workers and suggests that knowledge management process, organizational infrastructure and technology are three important predictors for effective customer relationship management process Practical implications The practical implication of this study could be useful for business managers who want to enhance organizational customer relationship management through implementing knowledge management practices to support their organization’s knowledge management efforts Originality/value This study is among the first paper to study the application of knowledge management factors on customer relationship management process in Malaysia.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:43Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-10-2014-0111
  • An investigation of the training needs on emotional intelligence of
           academic librarians
    • Authors: Asad Khan, Mohamad Noorman Masrek, Fuziah Mohd Nadzar
      First page: 597
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose The aim of this study was to assess the training needs on emotional intelligence (EI) of librarians serving in the university libraries of Pakistan. Design/methodology/approach A structured questionnaire was used to gather data from a randomly selected sample of Pakistani university librarians. A paired sample t-test was used to examine the significance of difference between the four indicators of EI. Further, descriptive statistics were used to assess the training needs on EI. Findings The difference between all indicators of EI was found significant. The results showed less than fifty percent of deficit, more than fifty percent of surplus and twenty percent of job best fit in terms of EI of university librarians. Further, results illustrated that librarians require training to cover the skill deficiencies. Similarly, top down allocation of tasks is required to produce more person-job fit and control surplus or over utilization of the skills. Practical implications The findings of this study have several implications for university librarians such as designing of training programs, incorporation of EI in the performance evaluation, to investigate the causes of deficit and surplus in EI etc. Originality/value This study is the first attempt that extended the scope of EI towards librarianship in Pakistan. The findings probably motivate university librarians to improve the current level of their EI.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:48Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0040
      First page: 614
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, November 2015.
      Purpose This article aims to investigate the information seeking behaviour of traditional leaders in the Shai Osudoku District of Ghana. Design/methodology/approach The case study methodology was employed. An interview schedule was designed to elicit information from twelve Chiefs from the Shai Traditional Council. Findings The findings of the study showed that traditional leaders sought information on issues that bordered on their community as well as information for their personal use. It also showed that they usually used informal sources such as the traditional council and their subjects but also exhibited similar information seeking behaviour to that of professionals. They also used information dissemination or transfer methods that were in line with the oral culture of their traditional society. They had challenges in the use of information technology due to their low educational level, as well as challenges in having access to formal sources due to unavailability. Practical implications The study brought to light the challenges traditional leaders encountered in executing their roles. It was therefore recommended that government agencies collaborate with them to enhance their work. Originality/value Several studies have been conducted on information seeking behaviour of different categories of people within different contexts. However, little studies have been conducted on the information seeking behaviour of traditional leaders. This study, thus sought to serve as a foundation research on the information seeking behaviour of traditional leaders, with Shai Osudoku District of Ghana as the study area.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-09-19T12:10:45Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0036
  • Social media for creative libraries
    • Pages: 629 - 630
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, Page 629-630, November 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-11-03T11:12:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-07-2015-0074
  • Resource Sharing Today: A Practical Guide to Interlibrary Loan, Consortial
           Circulation, and Global Cooperation
    • Pages: 630 - 631
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, Page 630-631, November 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-11-03T11:25:59Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2015-0085
  • Libraries and Public Perception: A Comparative Analysis of the European
    • Pages: 631 - 632
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, Page 631-632, November 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-11-03T11:25:55Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2015-0086
  • A Handbook for Corporate Information Professionals Edited by
    • Pages: 633 - 634
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 8/9, Page 633-634, November 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-11-03T11:26:00Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2015-0087
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