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Journal Cover Library Review     [SJR: 0.369]   [H-I: 10]
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  • Do engineering master’s students know what they don’t
           know' Exploring abstracting & indexing service use and non-use
    • Authors: Paula C Johnson et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose This study was undertaken to determine the extent to which engineering master’s students at a medium-sized university use library-provided abstracting and indexing services (e.g., Compendex); and if they are, in what manner and for what purposes. Design/methodology/approach A mixed methodology approach was used to explore electronic information-seeking patterns of engineering master’s students at New Mexico State University. Usage statistics, a focus group, and a web-based survey were used, the latter composed of 17 questions using a critical incident approach and direct questions to probe: 1) reasons for and method of search; 2) types of materials used (with relative frequencies); 3) means of obtaining materials; and 4) evaluations of the usefulness of five library-provided abstracting and indexing services. Findings Only 15 per cent of respondents used a subscription A&I service such as Compendex when searching specific terms. The majority of sources used were located through known term searches, and students learned of these information resources through article citations or conversations with colleagues. Half the respondents reported using Google Scholar to find their last read scholarly article. Engineering master’s students – similar to practicing engineers – evaluate the costs associated with obtaining information, and may “satisfice.” Even so, students expressed interest in increasing their knowledge of skills and strategies to find worthwhile electronic information. Originality/value This study sheds light on engineering master’s students’ use of abstracting and indexing services, and examines their perceptions of five of these commonly provided by academic libraries.
      PubDate: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 10:52:28 GMT
       
  • Use and perceptions of e-books in Derbyshire libraries
    • Authors: Graham Martindale et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose To investigate the impact of the new e-lending scheme on the users of libraries operated by Derbyshire County Council (hereafter DCC). Design/methodology/approach A web-based questionnaire distributed to current and recent users of the e-lending service with 452 responses. Findings The service is very highly valued and its users would wish it to be continued and, if possible, extended and improved, most obviously by increasing the stock. The principal motivating factors for use of the service are convenience and time-saving, as opposed to physical remoteness from a library or accessibility issues. Originality/value This is one of the first, and the largest, surveys in the UK of a public library e-lending service, and provides guidance for the future development of such services.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:57 GMT
       
  • Performance appraisal systems in academic and research libraries in Ghana:
           a survey
    • Authors: Kwaku Agyen-Gyasi et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose The purpose of this study is to discuss the impact of performance appraisal on the productivity levels of Professional and Para-professional Librarians in selected academic and research libraries in Ghana namely: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology Building and Road Research Institute, Crop Research Institute and the Forestry Research Institute of Ghana of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and the Kumasi Polytechnic Design/methodology/approach Both primary and secondary sources of data were used for the study. The primary data involved the use of a structured questionnaire to sixty respondents but fifty of them representing 83.3 per cent responded. This was supplemented by secondary sources such as records on file, journals, books and Internet sources. Findings The survey revealed that these institutions practise performance appraisal on annual basis as a way of promoting team work, reducing grievances, identifying employees’ strengths and weaknesses and their training needs. It was observed that these institutions do not have a common appraisal format for appraising their staff. Furthermore, only the Head Librarians carry out the appraisals instead of the Line Mangers who are always in touch with these employees on daily basis. Originality/value The paper will be of significant value to policy-makers and administrators in academic and research institutions in the planning and implementation of performance appraisal systems. Challenges facing these institutions in implementing effective performance appraisal have been highlighted and appropriate recommendations made to ensure quality service delivery
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:56 GMT
       
  • Use of different information and communication technologies in Indian
           academic libraries
    • Authors: Shabahat Husain et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose This paper presents an exploration of the potential utilization of different Information and Communication Technologies in Indian academic libraries. Design/methodology/approach Survey method was used for the collection of data. A structured questionnaire, containing close-ended questions, was sent by postal mail to 30 librarians of the Central University Libraries in India of which 15 questionnaires were returned Findings Academic libraries in India have mostly been involved in applying traditional ICT-based solutions for the management of various library functions and services, particularly for organizing and retrieving information. Use of modern ICT-based tools of knowledge creation and sharing such as Web discovery tools, blogs, Wikis, RSS feeds, social networking and social bookmarking seems uncommon in academic libraries. Lack of trained staff in ICT, low level of ICT skills among library users, unawareness of potential benefits of ICT and inadequate ICT infrastructure were found as the major barriers of ICT applications in academic libraries. Practical implications Academic libraries in India are still in the early stage of understanding the importance of modern ICTs. Librarians should renovate existing library environment and develop knowledge and skills among their staff in the fields of computer programming, Website or portal development, hardware maintenance and metadata or e-resource management for providing quality information services to their users. Originality/value Since no empirical study on the use ICT-based KM tools in academic libraries in India has been carried out before, this study closes this gap and provides guidelines for practising librarians, policy makers, management and the University Grants Commission of India to promote the use of ICTs in libraries, and to design courses of information communication technology and related skills.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:55 GMT
       
  • Sexy bibliography (and revealing paratext)
    • Authors: Karen E. McAulay et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose The author, dual-qualified in music and librarianship, is responsible for providing library user-education, instructing readers in the use of electronic resources; literature review; related research and bibliographic skills; and Scottish songbook history,in a performing arts institution. A recent opportunity to take a short course, The Teaching Artist, prompted the author to re-examine her approach to such library-based teaching. Her observations arise from the reflective practice that was a core component of The Teaching Artist course. Design/methodology/approach The main focus of this concept paper is a consideration of best pedagogical practice, and a discussion of how best to embed it in a curriculum designed for performers and other creative artists. Turning from a role as bibliographic instructor to that of academic adjunct, the author addresses similar pedagogical issues in a session on Scottish songbooks, which is delivered each year to second-year undergraduates. Findings The author wrote a paper on user education for a librarianship journal in 1991; the present paper reflects upon the discernible differences in approach between then and now, and finds that gaining pedagogical expertise has enabled significant improvements to be made. Originality/value There is comparatively little published about user education in music libraries, about pedagogical training for librarians working in this field; or about scholar-librarians availing themselves of suitable training to improve their delivery of academic course components.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:54 GMT
       
  • Understanding semantic web: a conceptual model
    • Authors: Michael Calaresu et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose The purpose of this article is to explore and conceptualize the Semantic Web as a term that has been widely mentioned in the literature of library and information science. More specifically, its aim is to shed light on the evolution of the web and to highlight a previously proposed means of attempting to improve automated manipulation of web-based data in the context of a rapidly expanding base of both users and digital content. Design/methodology/approach The conceptual analysis presented in this paper adopts a three dimensional model for the discussion of semantic web. The first dimension focuses on Semantic Web’s basic nature, purpose and history, as well as the current state and limitations of modern search systems and related software agents. The second dimension focuses on critical knowledge structures such as taxonomies, thesauri, and ontologies which are understood as fundamental elements in the creation of a semantic web architecture. In the third dimension, an alternative conceptual model is proposed, one which unlike more commonly prevalent Semantic Web models offers a greater emphasis on describing the proposed structure from an interpretive viewpoint, rather than a technical one. This paper adopts an interpretive, historical and conceptual approach to the notion of the Semantic Web by reviewing the literature and by analyzing the developments associated with the Web over the past three decades. It proposes a simplified conceptual model for easy understanding. Findings The paper provides a conceptual model of the Semantic Web that encompasses four key strata, namely the body of human users, the body of software applications facilitating creation and consumption of documents, the body of documents themselves, and a proposed layer that would improve automated manipulation of web-based data by the software applications. Research limitations/implications This paper will facilitate a better conceptual understanding of the Semantic Web, and thereby contribute in a small way to the larger body of discourse surrounding it. The conceptual model will provide a reference point for education and research purposes. Originality/value This paper provides an original analysis of both conceptual and technical aspects of semantic web. The proposed conceptual model provides a new perspective on this subject.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:53 GMT
       
  • Sustainability of scholarly information by G.G. Chowdhury
    • Authors: Lynn Allardyce Irvine et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:52 GMT
       
  • Micro perceptive on absorptive capacity in joint ICT project teams in
           Malaysia
    • Authors: Adedapo Oluwaseyi Ojo et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose This study investigates the micro antecedents of the multidimensional construct of absorptive capacity (ACAP) from the perspective of the individual characteristics underlying learning capability in joint project ICT teams. Specifically, the model proposes prior experience and learning goal orientations as the micro-antecedents and delineates ACAP into four dimensions. Design/methodology/approach The context of study was the joint project teams, set up to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from expatriate to local employees in Malaysian ICT sector. The data collected through the cross sectional survey of 205 local team members of joint ICT projects in Malaysia was analyzed using the structural equation modelling. Findings Individual’s prior experience and learning orientation were associated with the ability to assimilate and recognize the value of partner’s knowledge, respectively. Furthermore, the hypothesized relationships among the ACAP dimensions were supported, and the mediating effect of shared cognition was confirmed. Research limitations/implications The use of cross-sectional and self-reported survey, are the major limitations of this study. Practical implications Managerial implications are offered on the selection of team members and designing the joint project team. Originality/value This study demonstrates prior experience and learning orientation as antecedents of individual’s learning capability, thereby extending extant conceptualization on the multifaceted nature of ACAP.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:51 GMT
       
  • Metaliteracy: reinventing information literacies to empower learners
           Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson
    • Authors: Charlotte Clements et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:50 GMT
       
  • Review of Sidney Berger's rare books and special collections (2014)
    • Authors: Donald Kerr et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:49 GMT
       
  • Public procurement legislation and the acquisition of library materials in
           academic libraries in Malawi
    • Authors: Patrick Mapulanga et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose the purpose of this paper was to examine the challenges and opportunities the new public procurement legislation has created for academic librarians as regards the acquisition of library materials in academic libraries (university/college libraries) in Malawi. Design/methodology/approach The study used a multi-method approach. Quantitative data was collected through questionnaires. The questionnaires were sent online to the University/college libraries of 7 major accredited public universities in Malawi. After an initial analysis of that data, Qualitative data on patterns was obtained through a mailing listserve with all the possible 19 librarians. Responses were analysed and categorised using a thematic approach. Findings academic libraries (university/college libraries) are involved in the internal procurement committees. Librarians are represented in internal procurement committees though their representation differs from one institution to another. All the academic libraries (university/college libraries) either use the centralised or independent procurement methods. As a result, the public university libraries deal with agents as independents. Working as independents has negatively affected the libraries as materials are procured at different prices and sometimes at higher prices thereby ignoring the value for money. Research limitations/implications In academic libraries, the library consortia have pulled resources towards a basket fund for wide access and cheaper licensing. However, for print library materials, a collaborative procurement process in which the academic libraries identify an agent capable of achieving a supplier list and then purchase directly from the preferred suppliers seems not to have been tried in most developing countries. Practical implications The study suggests that academic libraries (university/college libraries) should emulate the library consortia approach when dealing with agents. The academic libraries should consider collaborative procurement models as a means of procuring library materials Originality/value Since the enactment of the public procurement legislation in Malawi, no research has been documented on the challenges and opportunities the public procurement act and the acquisition of library materials. This research seeks to bridge the literature gap.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:48 GMT
       
  • Skills in the market: an analysis of skills and qualifications for
           American librarians
    • Authors: Michalis Gerolimos et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose The goal of this paper is to create a profile of the modern American academic librarian through the content analysis method of job advertisements. Design/methodology/approach One-hundred and thirty four ads were analyzed in various ways, e.g. salary, skills, qualifications, duties, followed by a multivariate analysis. Findings Most significant findings include the importance of communication skills for all academic librarians, the significance of the LIS degree and that applicants should expect a salary of 40,000 to 60,000$. Originality/value This paper builds on the previous studies in the field, to verify that communication skills are among the most, if not the most desired skill for a modern librarian, and that a degree in LIS is still an asset.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:47 GMT
       
  • Information governance and assurance: reducing risk, promoting policy
    • Authors: Marc Kosciejew et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:46 GMT
       
  • Review of linked data for libraries, archives and museums: how to clean,
           link and publish your metadata
    • Authors: Brenda Chawner et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:45 GMT
       
  • The network reshapes the library: Lorcan Dempsey on libraries, services,
           and networks, by Lorcan Dempsey, edited by Kenneth J Varnum
    • Authors: Mike Kmiec et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:43 GMT
       
  • The history of Oxford University Press
    • Authors: Amanda Cossham et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:42 GMT
       
  • Webbs on the web: libraries, digital humanities and collaboration
    • Authors: Ed Fay et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 1/2, February 2015. Purpose This research makes a contribution to ongoing debates about the nature, value and potential of closer collaboration between digital humanities (DH) and the library sector by identifying and contextualising the types of new knowledge that were created through such a collaboration on the LSE’s Webbs on the Web project. Design/methodology/approach A qualitative approach comprising a literature review; a case study of Webbs on the Web; a summary and analysis of results of user testing; and a critical analysis of the collaboration itself. Findings A deeper understanding of the complementary skills of library professionals and DH researchers and how they may best be utilised in digital library development will lead, ceteris paribus, to richer and more fit for purpose digital scholarly resources. This is exemplified by Webbs on the Web, where the unique but complementary perspectives that such groups brought to user testing enhanced the usability of the resource for a wide range of audiences. Furthermore, the kinds of collaborations that characterised this project reflect broader changes in academic communities and digital library development and a host of mutually beneficial outcomes can be pursued as a result of such changes Originality/value We demonstrate the benefits that can flow from breaking down boundaries and hierarchies between the academic library professional and DH researcher. We advance the current literature by providing concrete examples of practice; much of the current literature tends to be more abstract in nature.
      PubDate: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:02:40 GMT
       
  • Assisting students to identify sources: an investigation
    • Authors: Allison Faix
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 624-636, October 2014. Purpose – This study aims to look 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 and 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:49 GMT
       
  • Income generation in public libraries: potentials and pitfalls
    • Authors: Hartwig Pautz
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 560-573, October 2014. Purpose – The aim of this paper is to discuss the literature on income generation methods in the context of the “public library ethos”. As public libraries are struggling with cuts to public spending almost everywhere, the topic of “income generation” to supplement public funding is highly relevant. 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 are discussed. This praxis-oriented discussion is connected to important ethical considerations that should come into play when devising an income generation strategy.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:43 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, Page 653-669, October 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 utilising 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 focussed on 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 a descriptive study to understand knowledge-sharing patterns among undergraduate and postgraduate students, rather than a correlational study to ascertain 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 undergraduate and postgraduate students of private universities, this inquiry will assist the government’s policymakers, management of individual universities and academicians to come up with novel methods of instruction and to 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:30 GMT
       
  • Demonstrating personal stature: some strategies for the LIS higher
           doctoral candidate
    • Authors: Andrew K. Shenton
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 590-605, October 2014. Purpose – The paper aims to explore the approaches that may be used by library and information science (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 used – 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:27 GMT
       
  • Business School Libraries in the 21st Century
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 704-705, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:25 GMT
       
  • Developing Library Collections for Today’s Young Adults
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 700-701, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:23 GMT
       
  • Editorial
    • Authors: Judith Broady-Preston
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:22 GMT
       
  • New Directions in Information Organization (Library and Information
           Science v. 7)
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 703-704, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:20 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, Page 670-683, October 2014. Purpose – The study aims to focus on the application of Web 2.0 tools in Agriculture and Food Sciences open access journals. The changing trends in scholarly publishing processes have revolutionised the academic world. The shifting of academic journals to open access mode has been on the rise because of the numerous benefits associated with it. The high level of profitability reaped from open access titles has forced them to experiment with 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 within them. Because of these new innovative tools there is an urgent need to focus on their adoption. Design/methodology/approach – Directory of Open Access Journals, 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 – The 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 journals in Agriculture and Food Sciences is evident and can prove an excellent platform for the dissemination of agricultural information in a more advanced mode. Researchlimitations/implications – The study will be helpful for 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 their field. The study can also be helpful for journal administrators for the adoption of Web 2.0 tools to achieve a better, more innovative and interactive scholarly platform. It will also enable us to know 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 the 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 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:12 GMT
       
  • The view from industry: LIS students on placement
    • Authors: Bob Pymm et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 606-623, October 2014. Purpose – This paper aims to report on the outcomes of a survey of organisations in Australia and Slovenia hosting undergraduate Library and Information Studies (LIS) students on professional placement 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:43:07 GMT
       
  • The impact of trust, motivation and rewards on knowledge sharing attitudes
           among the secondary and higher secondary level students’
    • Authors: Muhammad Sabbir Rahman et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 637-652, October 2014. Purpose – This paper’s aim is to inspect the influence of trust, motivation and rewards on knowledge-sharing attitudes among secondary and higher secondary students in Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach – A sample of 200 Bangladeshi students from secondary and higher secondary-level educational institutions in Dhaka city participated in this study. Data were analysed using exploratory factor analysis followed by confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling techniques. Findings – The findings suggested that trust variables play a significant role in encouraging knowledge-sharing behaviour among the students. Practical Implications – This research also provides a guideline to teachers and policymakers on enhancing a knowledge-sharing environment among secondary and higher secondary-level students. Originality – This paper is a pioneer in understanding knowledge-sharing patterns among secondary and higher secondary students in a developing country such as Bangladesh.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:45 GMT
       
  • Developing People’s Information Capabilities: Fostering Information
           Literacy in Educational, Workplace and Community Contexts
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 701-702, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:44 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, Page 684-699, October 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. Methodology – 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 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:42 GMT
       
  • Professional identity: a grounded theory study of veteran academic
           librarians
    • Authors: Laura Sare et al
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 574-589, October 2014. Purpose – This qualitative study aims to analyse 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, who 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: orienting self (and others) to a shifting profession and driving change in the field. These categories depict academic librarianship as a profession focussed 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: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:37 GMT
       
  • Records Management and Information Culture: Tackling the People Problem
    • Abstract: Library Review, Volume 63, Issue 8/9, Page 705-706, October 2014.
      PubDate: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:42:36 GMT
       
  • Going Beyond Google Again: Strategies for Using and Teaching the Invisible
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