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  • Social Introduction to Library Services for International Students: the
           International Student Reception at Kent State University Libraries
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 3, April 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this article is to explore the effectiveness that a social function, an international student reception, has on making international students comfortable with library services and resources in an American academic library at Kent State University. Design/methodology/approach A structured questionnaire was used to collect responses from attendees of an international student reception. Questionnaire was distributed both in person and by e-mail. 93 valid responses were received. Descriptive survey method was used in the study. Findings Findings reveal that the reception is attracting its target market, international students that have been enrolled at the university for less than one year. Food selection is critical to the success of the reception. However, there is room for improvement in many areas, such as the timing of the event, physical location, and interactions between library staff and the international students. Research limitations/implications The survey was limited to only the international students that could attend the reception. Practical implications The study shows that partnership between the library and another department on campus (Office of Global Education) was a major key in the success of these receptions. Also, findings support that the comfort level of the students is a critical factor for the introduction of library services to international students. Future research is needed to measure the long-term impact of social event on library use. Originality/value There is the first case study in the literature where an academic library evaluates the impact of a social function, a reception, to gauge its ability to make international students comfortable with the library and its services.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-02-24T03:05:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2016-0072
  • Organization and usage of information resources at Deeni Madaris libraries
           in Pakistan
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 3, April 2017.
      Purpose Deeni Madaris of Pakistan and their libraries are playing an important role in educating the large fraction of society. They have always been engaged in the development of social and cultural values of the Pakistani society. This study investigated the organization of information resources and their utilization at Deeni Madaris libraries in the central Punjab, Pakistan Design/methodology/approach Quantitative research approach was adopted for this study. A questionnaire was developed on the bases of related literature and discussions with experts of librarianship as well as Islamic studies in Pakistan. Questionnaire was sent to 49 Deeni Madaris libraries. Out of 49, five Deeni Madaris did not have libraries and four did not respond. Forty (81.6%) Deeni Madaris responded and provided the relevant data about their libraries. The collected data was analyzed through SPSS 22. Mostly descriptive statistics were applied to calculate the frequencies, percentage, means and standard deviations. 2-tailed t-test was applied to check the impact of cataloguing and automation on the use of information resources. Findings It was found that majority of the respondents developed their own classification and cataloguing methods for the organization of information resources and did not have proper retrieval system. Majority of the respondents were providing lending services to readers. Teachers and final year students were the key users of the libraries. They were mostly interested to consult books, theses, and serials written in Urdu and Arabic language. The situation of library computerization was very weak; only 19 libraries had computers and 11 of them have partially automated the library activities. Library automation and catalogue put positive effects on the use of library resources Originality/value The exploration of the literature showed that libraries of Madaris in Pakistan had always remained priority, but these libraries did not get position in the library literature as they deserve. This study will fill this gap.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-02-24T03:05:21Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2016-0016
  • Exploring the Factors Affecting Job Satisfaction of Paraprofessional Staff
           Working in University Libraries of Pakistan
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 3, April 2017.
      Purpose The present study explored the factors affecting the job satisfaction level of paraprofessional staff working in HEC recognized public and private sector university libraries. Design/methodology/approach The study was quantitative in nature and survey research method was used. The population of the study was paraprofessionals working in HEC recognized public and private university central libraries of Lahore. Convenient sampling was used and five respondents were selected from each university. Data was collected through structured questionnaire using a pre developed scale JSS (Job Satisfaction Survey) by Spector (1985). Findings The study reported that respondents were not dissatisfied with their jobs still they were standing between “Neutral” and “agree” with all statements of job satisfaction. The nature of job was identified as the most satisfied facet of job satisfaction. It was also observed that a significant difference of job satisfaction was found among respondents having different salary packages. The group with highest salary was more satisfied than others. Job security proved the factor affecting job satisfaction as there was significant difference of job satisfaction between permanent and contract based employees. Permanent nature of job was a reason of satisfaction for the respondents. However it is interesting that job satisfaction level of public and private sector paraprofessionals did not differ. Research limitations/implications Findings of the study clarify that the universities are required to redesign their job recruitment policies, and to revise pay scales of paraprofessionals. Most importantly a gap in communication was also found within organizations which could affect level of job satisfaction among paraprofessionals. Universities should pay attention to maintain the two way communication flow from top level management to lower level. Originality/value This is probably first study reported from Pakistan on the subject. The findings of the study will help universities to redesign their job recruitment policies, and to revise pay scales of paraprofessionals. Most importantly the findings suggests that Universities should pay attention to maintain the two way communication flow from top level management to lower level.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-02-24T03:05:20Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-09-2016-0074
  • Beyond preservation: Investigating the roles of archivist
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 3, April 2017.
      Purpose This paper aims to identify through a systematic review the roles that archivists adopt in a changing archival landscape and to illustrate any similarities between the roles of archivist and librarians. Design/methodology/approach The systematic literature review approach was adopted for the purposes of this research. Specifically, peer-reviewed literature published in English between 2000 and 2015 was considered. The relevant papers were retrieved based on specific search terms run on related databases. Findings The analysis showed that the traditional roles of record-keeper and collection manager were still relevant whereas new ones namely digital archivist, archivist as educator and dual archivist/librarian started to prevail. The technological developments as well as the social and educational changes seemed to have affected the emergence of these new roles; whereas the need for collaboration and communication among archivists, librarians and researchers was evident in many roles namely archivist as educator, dual archivist/librarian and archivist as researcher. Originality/value This literature review explored the different roles that archivists adopt within their work context and not the archivists' skills, duties and responsibilities.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-02-24T03:05:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-09-2016-0077
  • Collections, connections and change: differences in experiencing archives
    • Pages: 2 - 15
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 2-15, February 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe different collective ways that archivists, librarians and those with dual-roles experience archives. Design/methodology/approach Using a phenomenographic approach, a total of 24 librarians, archivists and dual-role individuals were interviewed, and interview transcripts were analyzed to create categories that described the varying ways in which archives are experienced. Findings Librarians experienced archives in four ways: historical resources, preserving history, preserved access and political. Archivists experienced archives in four ways: accessible collections, connection, collaboration and stewardship. Dual-role individuals experienced archives in five ways: collections, preserved access, progress, connection and knowledge creators. There are variations among and within each group on how archives are experienced. However, there is a significant overlap in many categories in terms of access, preservation, use and collections. Practical implications Understanding each other’s different perspectives could lead to stronger partnerships among librarians, archivists and dual-role individuals. These partnerships have the potential to increase the visibility of archives, providing greater access and engagement for community members. Originality/value The study supports previous phenomenographic research on experiences of archives and provides a more nuanced understanding of information professionals’ varying collective experiences of archives.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:18Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-05-2016-0048
  • Examining the relationship between trustworthiness and students’
           attitudes toward knowledge sharing
    • Pages: 16 - 27
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 16-27, February 2017.
      Purpose This study aims to ascertain the relationship between trustworthiness and students’ attitudes toward knowledge sharing. Design/methodology/approach For this study, the authors used the survey research design technique. Data were collected from students pursuing a degree in Business and Administration. Convenience sampling technique was used to select the participants. A total of 400 students participated in the study. Multiple linear regression was used to analyze the data. Findings The results show that trustworthiness, integrity, benevolence and ability have a positive relationship with students’ attitudes toward knowledge sharing. Originality/value Studies investigating the relationship between trustworthiness and students’ attitudes toward knowledge sharing is rare, especially in Ghana.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:11Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-05-2016-0046
  • Exchange libraries: Greece’s response to a global trend
    • Pages: 28 - 38
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 28-38, February 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to attempt a brief presentation of book exchange practices, as these are unfolding around the world. Then, the authors focus on free exchange libraries and analyse different aspects of the phenomenon. Finally, the authors are presenting the first hesitant steps of the phenomenon in Greece, linking it with the crisis that has lately been plaguing the Greek society. Design/methodology/approach The widespread and constantly surging movement of exchange libraries has attracted thousands of fans around the world; also, it is multifaceted and constantly transforming. In this paper, the authors are attempting to charter the phenomenon generally and specifically in Greece through relevant sources and on-the-spot observation. Findings The authors believe that free exchange libraries will continue to multiply both globally and in Greece, and that, through this movement, the audience gives an answer to the economic crisis and the crisis of values, making yet another step in the course towards satisfying the demand for a better world. Originality/value This paper is one of the few attempts to reflect-charter the phenomenon and probably one of the first to be accomplished under a sociological spectrum.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:36Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-06-2016-0049
  • Lifelong learning and library programming for third agers
    • Pages: 39 - 48
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 39-48, February 2017.
      Purpose This study aims to examine library programming for active older (“third age”) adults and give suggestions for future improvements. In addition to covering research specific to library programming for these adults, which is limited, this review will also survey the literature on lifelong learning for this population. Design/methodology/approach This paper includes a literature review on library programming geared specifically to active, older adults and a survey of literature on lifelong learning for the “third agers”. Findings Demographics show that older adults are a growing population, not only in the USA, but worldwide. Many baby boomers have already entered or soon will be entering the “third age”. Most libraries are not providing specific programming to support these older lifelong learners. In the USA, baby boomers have the highest net worth of any generation, and as such, are an important fundraising source. Research indicates that older adults participate in lifelong learning activities and will attend library programs of interest. Topics of interest include hobbies/leisure pursuits, humanities, social/international issues, religion/philosophy, arts, technology and nutrition/health/stress management. Practical implications Libraries are missing a prime opportunity to expand services, develop library advocates and fundraise by ignoring the growing population of active older adults. Suggestions are given for how both public and academic libraries can take advantage of these opportunities. Social implications Older adults are a rapidly growing population. Providing library programming for this group benefits both older adults and libraries. Originality/value There are no known previous comprehensive literature reviews on library programming for older adults. Offering specific programming to this population has benefits for older adults, libraries and their communities.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-08-2016-0065
  • Metadata framework for online legal information system in Indian
    • Pages: 49 - 68
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 49-68, February 2017.
      Purpose This study aims to discuss the metadata structure of an online legal information system (OLIS) developed to suit the Indian environment. The OLIS is accessible online at It contains several types of legal information resources to help lawyers, research scholars, students and the common user. The open-access OLIS helps the users to get the required information expeditiously. Dublin Core (DC) metadata standard was selected to create records in the OLIS because of ease of use and high adoption rate. Design/methodology/approach The OLIS was designed using the system analysis and design method after a needs assessment survey conducted in eight major legal organizations in Delhi. The OLIS, accessible at, was accessed to identify and validate the metadata elements with the DC metadata standard. Findings This paper discusses in detail the metadata structures of the OLIS. The system contains 15 types of resources relating to judicial and legislative information. Each database has a different metadata framework so that information desired by the legal community can be retrieved with precision and quick recall. In addition, a number of functions, such as latest news, online help, Frequently Asked Questions, query submission, online discussion forum for help and video tutorials, have been integrated into the OLIS. Practical implications The study guides law libraries and library professionals to follow metadata standards in building an open-access database and also provides a legal resources metadata framework that enables them to select suitable resources for their libraries. Originality/value The study confirms that the metadata elements set for managing judicial and legislative information are different compared to other types of scholarly information. The study can help newly established law university libraries to build legal information systems to suit their environment and satisfy the information needs of the diverse law community.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:19Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-05-2016-0047
  • Proposing a model to study the impact of RFID technology on organizational
    • Pages: 69 - 82
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 69-82, February 2017.
      Purpose The main objective of this study is to propose a model to study the impact of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology on organizational performance of the Library of the Academy of Arts in Iran. The Specialized Library at the Iranian Academy of the Arts (IAA) as one of the biggest national Iranian libraries has implemented and exploited RFID technology. This research aims to present a pattern for studying the effect of RFID on organizational performance at the Specialized Library at IAA from an employee’s perspective. Design/methodology/approach The statistical population includes 91 library staffs and managers of IAA. The data were collected through a questionnaire. The research literature was studied first, and the following four components were determined as research variables: service provision, costs, customer satisfaction and response time. The Cronbach’s alpha was calculated to test the questionnaire reliability, which resulted in an acceptable level of 0.829. The structural equation modelling method through SPSS and SmartPLS was applied to analyse the data. Findings The results indicate that there is a positive relationship between technology usage at the IAA library with an improved service provision, enhanced customer satisfaction and reduced response time; however, the hypothesis related to RFID usage and reduced costs was not supported. Research limitations/implications As this study is limited to one library, it is recommended that to provide a suitable ground for benchmarking purposes and to facilitate successful implementation of RFID technology in other sectors of the country, future studies should be focused on various industries. Originality/value To the best knowledge of the authors, no comprehensive model has been developed to present a pattern for studying the effect of RFID on organizational performance, particularly in the context of Iran.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2015-0107
  • Continuing education for LIS professionals: why
    • Pages: 83 - 89
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 83-89, February 2017.
      Purpose The purpose of this study is to determine the outcomes of continuing education programs that are being carried out, either having positive or negative effects on the personal and professional lives of the participants. Design/methodology/approach The research method used for this study was a survey, which had been based on findings derived from a comprehensive literature review. The data collection tool was an online questionnaire with a five-point Likert scale. Questionnaires were circulated to the 120 library professionals equally divided among three online discussion groups which have high rate of library professionals’ memberships: Pakistan Library Automation Group, Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO) and Pakistan Library Club through emails. The 100 completely filled questionnaires were received and so the response rate was 83 per cent. Findings The study concluded that continuing education programs (CEPs) had positive effects on the participants’ professional as well as personal lives. The results revealed that CEPs improved librarians’ professional knowledge about digital resources, library automation and management systems, searching techniques, library management and skills regards team work. The effect on their personal lives was also noticeable: helped them to build confidence, increased personal interaction and developed their ability to research, leadership, communication and managerial skills. Therefore, the study clearly indicates that CEPs proved very helpful in capacity building of professional librarians. Practical implications The paper clearly addresses the effects of CEPs on participants’ professional and personal lives. As expressed, the results CEPs are playing an important role in the capacity building of professional librarians. This study will stimulate CEPs managing associations or organizations to check outcomes, whether they are valuable for the participants. Originality/value This paper reports the effects of formal or informal training sessions on LIS professionals’ professional and personal lives.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:26Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2015-0001
  • Knowledge organization content in graduate coursework
    • Pages: 90 - 106
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 66, Issue 1/2, Page 90-106, February 2017.
      Purpose Knowledge organization (KO) content is central to educational programs of library and information science (LIS) and information and knowledge management (KM) programs. The components of information and KO have similar philosophies, theories, approaches, strategies and tools. LIS education programs have strong traditions of teaching KO. Fresh emphasis is noted on metadata, data mining, info-maps, knowledge maps, taxonomy, ontologies and other strategies for organizing an organization’s explicit and tacit knowledge. This paper aims to analyze how LIS schools have responded to the needs of developing competencies related to information and KO among its graduates. Design/methodology/approach This study analyzed the curricula of LIS accredited schools and leading schools in selected regions of the world based on the course titles presented on their websites. Findings This analysis provided an overall picture of the coverage of KO courses in LIS programs of 68 selected schools located in Southeast Asia, the Europe and accredited schools of North America. Research limitations/implications The paper is limited to the treatment of KO in 68 selected programs of LIS education. Practical implications Library and information education programs may benefit from the findings for incorporating needed content in KO coursework. Originality/value The study is ground-breaking as it addresses the needs of development of KO competencies among LIS professionals from the perspective of findings of a systematic study of the curricula of 68 schools.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2017-01-16T08:50:23Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2016-0028
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