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  • 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
       
  • DEMONSTRATING PERSONAL STATURE: SOME STRATEGIES FOR THE LIS HIGHER
           DOCTORAL CANDIDATE
    • 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
       
  • THE IMPACT OF TRUST, MOTIVATION AND REWARDS ON KNOWLEDGE SHARING ATTITUDES
           AMONG THE SECONDARY AND HIGHER SECONDARY LEVEL STUDENTS’: EVIDENCE
           FROM BANGLADESH.
    • 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
           Librarians
    • 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
       
  • Guest Editorial
    • Authors: Georgios A. Giannakopoulos et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:44:13 GMT
       
  • Electronic Textbooks Advantages and Challenges for the Hellenic Higher
           Education and Publishing Community
    • Authors: DIMITRIOS KOUIS et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose In the higher education domain, the shift to electronic textbook adoption entails numerous benefits. However, reluctance is noted by the students as well as by the publishers, impeding the faster realization of this change. Decision makers (such as Ministry of Education and Universities Administrations) need actual survey data in order to plan and perform the best strategy plan for the transition to the e-textbook era. Design/methodology/approach Two different surveys took place among higher education students and academic textbook publishers in Greece. More specifically, the purpose of these surveys was twofold: First, to identify both students and local publishers’ views towards the e-textbooks as the near future successor of printed books. Second, the results of the in-depth study will enable propose certain solutions for the Hellenic higher education textbook system, which has reached an economic and functional deadlock. Our findings will easily adopted by other, similar educational system across Europe as well. Findings Our findings reflect a situation where e-textbooks will replace the printed, but not in the near future as both technology providers and publishers have to overcome many technical obstacles. Students are expecting the transition to occur soon, but still remain very reluctant about the inconvenience might caused to their reading habits. Originality/value The results are unique and in alignment with similar surveys in other educational systems.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:44:01 GMT
       
  • Library Bookbinding in Greece
    • Authors: Vassileia Grimani et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose The investigation of the current status of library bookbinding in Greece Design/methodology/approach Two surveys were circulated among libraries and bookbinders. They aimed at determining the extent of use of bookbinding, the necessary characteristics of a durable library bookbinding according to the respondents’ opinions and the relationship between bookbinders and libraries. Findings The gathered data reflect the attitudes of Greek librarians and bookbinders and outline the current status of library bookbinding in Greece. They showed that bookbinding is extensively used as part of the preservation strategy for the majority of the Greek libraries. Most libraries resort to outsourcing. The specifications set by libraries are usually minimal, and it is left to the bookbinders to recommend the best solutions. Both librarians and binders emphasized openability and durability as the most important qualities of the bound volumes, and quoted several relevant technical details. A model library binding technique is suggested. Originality/value Such an investigation has never been attempted before. This research can be useful to the Greek Libraries Central Administration but also to the whole Greek library community for the improvement of the current situation, and may help towards the development of a national standard. It may also be useful for the international library community as a case study, presenting the situation in Greece.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:43:40 GMT
       
  • School Libraries’ Impact on Secondary Education: A
           Users’ Study
    • Authors: Georgios Bikos et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose The paper offers an overview of students’ and teachers’ perceptions of school libraries’ impact on academic performance in secondary education in Greece, using sociological analysis to assess the data and contextualise it in the particular case and social context of Greece after the crisis. Design/methodology/approach We developed structured questionnaires for the key categories of users visiting school libraries, teachers and students, trying to explore a set of questions which would give us a better image of their behavior. Our results from our empirical study, following the creation and distribution of a purpose made questionnaire in secondary schools in the area of Athens, was then evaluated in the context of sociological analysis. Social factors may explain discrepancy in opinions regarding School Libraries’ (SLs) role, we argued. Findings The data which we present elucidates, not only the frequency and ways in which pupils of an age up to 14 years old use school libraries, but also theirs and their teachers’ assumptions as to the degree in which school libraries affect their performance. In this way the data documents currently dominant perceptions of key categories of users in the Greek context but also reveals, via its critical assessment, the kinds of social factors that enhanced or hindered its impact on learning and academic performance in secondary education in Greece. Research limitations/implications The paper consists of a study based on a limited sample of users from Greek schools in Athens, hence its results are indicative. Practical implications The paper considers possibilities in which educational and cultural policy in relation to SLs should shift attention following the findings and their interpretation. Originality/value This study focuses exclusively on the Greek context taking into consideration for the analysis of the data derived from the empirical survey undertaken in Greek schools sociological parameters tied to the Greek context after the crisis.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:43:33 GMT
       
  • Chinese librarianship in the digital era
    • Authors: Susan Henczel et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:43:31 GMT
       
  • Better Library and Learning Space: Projects, Trends and Ideas
    • Authors: Craig Robert Cherrie et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 21:43:29 GMT
       
  • Social media, online imagined communities and communication research
    • Authors: Androniki Kavoura et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose The paper examines social media’s communication that may consist of a database for online research and may create an online imagined community that follows special language symbols and shares common beliefs in a similar way to Anderson’s imagined communities. Design/methodology/approach Well-known databases were searched in the available literature for specific keywords which were associated with the imagined community, methodological tools such as online interviews, content analysis, archival analysis, social media. Findings The paper discusses the use of multiple measures, such as document and archival analysis, on line interviews and content analysis which may derive from the online imagined community that the social media create. Social media may in fact provide useful data that is available for research, yet, is relatively understudied and not fully used in communication research, not to mention in the archival services. Comparison takes place between online community’s characteristics and traditional communication research. Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and social media’s use of special language requirements, may categorize discussion of these potential data, based on specific symbols, topical threads, purposeful samples and cater for longitudinal studies. Practical implications Social media have not been fully implemented for online communication research yet. Online communication may offer significant implications for marketers, advertisers of a company or an organization to do research for their target groups. The role of libraries and information professionals can be significant in data gathering and dissemination of such information employing ICTs and renegotiating their role. Originality/value The theoretical contribution of this paper is the examination of the creation of an online community belonging, which may offer data that can be further examined and has all the credentials to do so, towards the enhancement of online communication research. The applications of social media to research and the use by and for information professionals and marketers may in fact contribute to the management of an online community with people sharing similar ideas. The connection of the online imagined community with social media for research has not been studied and it would further enhance understanding from organizations or marketers.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:16 GMT
       
  • The Patron-Driven Library : A Practical Guide for Managing Collections and
           Services in the Digital Age
    • Authors: Anand Kochunny et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:15 GMT
       
  • Personal Digital Libraries: a self-archiving approach
    • Authors: Nikitas N Karanikolas et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose Literature presents a wide range of perceptions to the term Personal Digital Libraries (PDL). In this paper we examine PDL as a self archiving approach mainly based on the individuals’ activities. The rationale of using PDL and the capabilities that PDL should offer are also discussed. The key questions, we focus on, are the following ones: “What are the critical features of the PDL'” and “Are there technologies that enable the implementation/incorporation of such capabilities in a low cost software product'”. Design/methodology/approach We focus on “a user centred view of information process”, and examine how PDL could assist individuals to “create, seek, share and manage the life of information” (Foster et al., 2010). The capabilities that PDL should support, and the related technologies, are also discussed. Then, we describe some experimentation with a prototype implemented and used to clarify our view for the creation of PDL supporting/providing the mentioned capabilities. Further discussion and conclusions are finally presented. Findings The technology is mature enough for building up Personal Digital Libraries (PDLs) with the specified features/capabilities. Originality/value A new perception to the term Personal Digital Libraries is presented. This perception try to combine the self archiving approach of information, based on a low-cost tool, and the user-centred approach to manage the “life of information”. This type o library is mainly used to cover personal needs. Users benefit from this type of PDL by: (a) personalised handling of information, (b) reduced time to search and seek specific documents in their personal collections, (c) less possibility for broken links or unavailable documents. We must also mention that, new opportunities seem to appear for offering PDL as services in the cloud.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:12 GMT
       
  • Enhanced OAI-PMH services for metadata sharing in heterogeneous
           environments
    • Authors: Nikos Houssos et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose Managers of repositories / digital collections face the challenge of exposing their data via OAI-PMH to multiple aggregators and conforming to their possibly differing requirements, for example on output metadata schemas and selective harvesting. The article proposes a toolset that enables individual digital collections owners to satisfy such requirements even in cases that their IT and software infrastructure is limited and does not support them inherently. Design/methodology/approach – We have developed a software server that is able to wrap existing systems or even metadata records in plain files as OAI-PMH sources. We analysed the functionality of OAI-PMH data providers in a flow of discrete steps and used a software library to modularize the software for these steps so that the whole process can be easily customized to the needs of each pair of OAI-PMH data provider and service provider. The developed server includes a mechanism for the implementation of schema mappings using an XML specification that can be defined by non-IT personnel, for example metadata experts. The server has been applied in various real-life use cases, in particular for providing content to Europeana. Findings It has been concluded through real-life use cases that it is indeed possible and feasible in practice to expose metadata records of digital collections via OAI-PMH even when the data sources do not support the required protocols and standards. Even advanced OAI-PMH features like selective harvesting can be supported. Mappings between input and output schemas in many practical cases can be implemented entirely or to a large extent as XML specifications by metadata experts instead of software developers. Practical implications Exposing data via OAI-PMH to aggregators like Europeana is made feasible / easier for digital collections owners, even when their software infrastructure does not inherently support the required protocols and standards. Originality/value The approach is original and applicable in practice to diverse technology environments, effectively addressing the indisputable fact of the heterogeneity of software and systems used to implement digital repositories and collections worldwide.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:11 GMT
       
  • Using digital corpora for preserving and processing cultural heritage
           texts: a case study
    • Authors: Eleni Galiotou et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose The purpose of this paper is to describe the creation and exploitation of a historical corpus in an attempt to contribute to the preservation and availability of cultural heritage documents. Design/methodology/approach At first, the digitization process and attempts to the availability and awareness of the books and manuscripts in a historical library in Greece are presented. Then, a processing and exploitation taking into account natural language processing techniques of the digitized corpus is discussed. Findings In the course of the project, methods that take into account the state of the documents and the particularities of the Greek language were developed. Practical implications In its present state, the use of the corpus facilitates the work of theologians, historians, philologists, paleographers etc and in the same time, prevents the original documents from further damage. Originality/value The results of this undertaking can give useful insights as for the creation of corpora of cultural heritage documents and as for the methods for the processing and exploitation of the digitized documents which take into account the language in which the documents are written.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:11 GMT
       
  • Designing the Greek Citation Index in the Humanities and the Social
           Sciences (GCI – H&SS)
    • Authors: Daphne Kyriaki-Manessi et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose This study aims at examining the major policy issues regarding the formation of a Greek Citation Index. Design/methodology/approach Literature search for determining international practices on the formation of citation indexes and applied inquiries on the major citation indices available today on line Goals, policies on inclusion of published research, issues on impact factor, major concerns on distribution and use were examined within the Greek parameters imposed by language barriers, readability and usability A blue print of scholarly Greek production in the humanities and the social sciences was made along with the development of a mechanism for assessing and incorporating journals to the index. Findings The study reports on the following issues: Selection of humanities and social sciences as a start of point for the citation index Setting of the index’s goals and objectives in view of the use of impact factor for the assessment of academics Comparison of international to national production of citation indices Development of a mechanism needed to establish policies regarding the use of standards, selection of material, the compliance with repository policies and open access practices Assessment of difficulties arising from language (and alphabet) differences, demographics, audience and scientific production Originality/value The paper presents the designing of an information tool in a unique language environment and in isolation from the international indexing community. In addition, it contributes to: The adoption of international indicators, such as impact factor, and their implementation within the Greek environment The specification of parameters arising from language, demographics and publishing practices of the country
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:01:06 GMT
       
  • Community, complexity, the public library and community orientation.
    • Authors: Barbara Sen et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose This paper presents a model of the complexity in public libraries based on a case study of Cumbria Libraries, a public library service in the North West of England. The model illustrates the complexity of the library as a societal organization with multiple stakeholder perspectives. The model is based on community orientation as a form of market orientation, in combination with other multiple strategic orientations that combine to add value for stakeholders within the community. Design/methodology/approach The study is based on a case study of Cumbria Libraries. The data were gathered during field via conversations, interviews, photographs, documents, and observations including 85 participants from multiple stakeholder groups. The analytical approach blended Thematic Analysis and Situational Analysis. Findings A key finding was the existence of multiple strategic orientations, and the criticality of the leadership roles in managing the complexity, and in motivating staff and community stakeholders towards offering a cohesive, and relevant service suitable for community needs. Originality/value There is currently no literature on strategic orientation in libraries. The paper present an original model illustrating the complexity of the strategic orientations identified within the case study.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:52 GMT
       
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Judith Broady-Preston et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:51 GMT
       
  • Archival Studies in Greece and the Emerging Field of Integrated
           Information
    • Authors: Georgios A. Giannakopoulos et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014. Purpose Literature presents a wide range of perceptions of the term Personal Digital Libraries (PDL). In this paper we examine PDL as a self-archiving approach, mainly based on individuals’ activities. The rationale of using PDL and the capabilities that PDL should offer are also discussed. The key questions we focus on are as follows: “What are the critical features of PDL'” and “Are there technologies that enable the implementation/incorporation of such capabilities in a low cost software product'”. Design/methodology/approach We focus on “a user centred view of information process”, and examine how PDL could assist individuals to “create, seek, share and manage the life of information” (Foster et al., 2010). The capabilities that PDL should support, and the related technologies, are also discussed. Then we describe experimentation with a prototype implemented and used to clarify our view for the creation of PDL supporting/providing the mentioned capabilities. Finally, further discussion and conclusions are presented. Findings The technology is mature enough for building up Personal Digital Libraries (PDLs) with the specified features/capabilities. Originality/value A new perception of the term Personal Digital Libraries is presented. This perception tries to combine the self-archiving approach of information, based on a low-cost tool, and the user-centred approach to manage the “life of information”. This type of library is mainly used to cover personal needs. Users benefit from this type of PDL by: (a) personalised handling of information, (b) reduced time to search and seek specific documents in their personal collections, and (c) less possibility for broken links or unavailable documents. We must also mention that new opportunities seem to appear for offering PDL as a service in the cloud.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:46 GMT
       
  • Theories, practices and examples for community and social informatics
    • Authors: Gillian C Oliver et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:45 GMT
       
  • A Practical Guide to Metadata for Cultural Heritage Institutions
    • Authors: Marc Kosciejew et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:44 GMT
       
  • Eco-Library Design by John A. Flannery and Karen M. Smith
    • Authors: Charlotte Clements et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:44 GMT
       
  • Reading Groups, Libraries and Social Inclusion: experiences of blind and
           partially sighted people
    • Authors: Greg Morgan et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
  • Ailsa C. Holland and Elizabeth Mullins (eds): Archives and Archivists 2:
           Current Trends, New Voices
    • Authors: Sally IRVINE-SMITH et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 6/7, August 2014.
      PubDate: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:00:43 GMT
       
 
 
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