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Library Review    [522 followers]  Follow    
  Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal (It can contain Open Access articles)
     ISSN (Print) 0024-2535
     Published by Emerald Homepage  [306 journals]   [SJR: 0.369]   [H-I: 10]
  • The special librarian and personalized meta-services: Strategies for
           reconnecting librarians and researchers
    • Authors: (Jan Michael Nolin)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The article aims to identify areas of potential research support that none of the traditional supportive actors (libraries, IT units, information units) have concerned themselves with, arguing for new tasks and roles for the academic library, specifically the special librarian. Design/methodology/approach – Areas of “overload” in the digital practice of contemporary researchers are identified and then connected to various personalized digital tools. The article explores the idea that attention to new aspects of researchers information needs creates a potential for developing personalized meta-services at academic libraries. Findings – It is possible to identify a wealth of new services that can, if put into practice, substantially redefine the relationship between academic librarians and researchers. This entails a turn from service aimed at novice users to sophisticated end-users. Such ideas also carry implications for LIS education programs and the need to build on special librarians who uphold competence in distinct knowledge domains. Two forms of domain-specific meta-services are explored: as support for collaboration and support for presentation. Practical implications – It is suggested that academic libraries systematically utilize the “full cost” model of project funding in order to exhibit concrete benefits of personalized meta-services. The article holds implications for both academic libraries and for LIS educational institutions. Originality/value – Personalized meta-services constitute a relatively fresh topic and have previously not been explored in connection with academic libraries.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Intra-organizational careers in Estonian university libraries: a necessity
           and a possibility?
    • Authors: (Kate-Riin Kont; Signe Jantson)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The aim of the current article is to clarify whether the staff of Estonian university libraries has enough possibilities for self-realization and variety in their everyday work; whether employees see any relationship between their personal performance improvement and their intra-organizational career and, whether they see any possibility and/or necessity for promotion within their library. Design/methodology/approach – The data used in this paper are based on reviewing of relevant literature to provide an overview of the concept of intra-organizational career as well as on the results of the original online survey, created by the paper's authors, held in 2011/2012 in Estonian university libraries governed by public law in Estonia. The analysis of the results is interpreted on the basis of the literature, authors' opinions, based on long-term working experience in Estonian academic libraries and on the legislation of Estonia. Findings – Estonian university librarians are relatively pessimistic about career opportunities within their libraries, and, unfortunately do not see any relation between performance improvement and their career. The biggest problem is that the younger librarians do not see any opportunities for promotion. In Estonian university libraries, there does not exist an adequate grading system for promotion. Practical implications – Based on the current study, it can be said that the biggest challenge for university libraries in Estonia is to keep young professionals in libraries and in this way prevent the continuing growth of the average age of employees in the organization. This challenge would require from managements of the university libraries: to take bolder action in analyzing personnel and staff developments and promotion plans; to build up an adequate and clear career system; and pay more attention to the organizations' internal reserves. Originality/value – The majority of the literature in library science in Estonia has focused – and rightfully so – on the user: what do users and patrons want and/or need, how do they use it, how can librarians best provide it to them, do the users feel themselves comfortable in library building, etc. No research has been previously carried out in the Estonian library context to determine employees' attitudes towards librarians intra-organizational career development opportunities. The issues that emerge from this survey could be helpful for library managers, but also for employees.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Preservation and dissemination of women's cultural heritage in Nigerian
           university libraries
    • Authors: (Stella Ngozi Anasi; Ahiaoma Ibegwam, Stella Olubukunmi Oyediran-Tidings)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate the preservation and dissemination of women's cultural heritage in selected university libraries in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach – The descriptive survey research design using questionnaire to collect data was employed. Findings – The study revealed that non-print materials constitute an average of about 28 per cent of the forms in which cultural heritage materials for women are obtained and preserved in some Nigerian leading academic libraries. Over 50 per cent of the respondents in their views agreed that the benefits are accruable when women's cultural heritage materials are kept including enhancement of public perception of women, improvement in accessibility to information about women, improvement in the visibility of women as essential contributors to the development of the society, fostering of tourism among others. The most prominent barrier that the respondents believed could hamper the preservation of women's cultural heritage materials was the adverse tropical climatic conditions. Originality/value – It encourages information experts to engage in capacity building for effective preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage information that are gender related. It also stressed the need for networking and collaboration among information experts as an essential strategy in promoting women's cultural heritage information system. All stakeholders are urged to prioritize and demonstrate fiscal commitment towards the preservation of cultural heritage resources. This paper was presented at IFLA Women, Information and Libraries Satellite Conference, 2012.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Documenting local history: a case study in digital storytelling
    • Authors: (Suzanna K. Conrad)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to investigate possible purposes of digital storytelling and discuss practical implementation in a community-based digital storytelling project. Design/methodology/approach – This case study investigates the function of digital storytelling for archiving local history, specifically by journaling experiences during a digital storytelling grant project at a public library in Southern California. Findings – This case study details a specific example of the impact digital storytelling can have on a community, both to foster community building and also to encourage documentation of local history. The main goal of the project was to present and archive filmed stories from local community members; however, the project also led to increased awareness of digital storytelling and the associated technology both within the library and the greater community. Practical implications – This article should provide best practice guidelines for administering a community-based digital storytelling project including suggestions for outreach to the larger community, dealing with technical issues, and tackling operational issues. Originality/value – Digital storytelling has had a profound impact on the way that society communicates and can be used effectively for purposes of outreach and activism, to educate using technology, or to document micro-histories. This case study provides an assessment of the current uses of digital storytelling and presents a successful implementation of a local history digital storytelling project at a public library.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Powering Search: The Role of Thesauri in New Information Environments
    • Authors: (Lynley Stone)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Information Literacy and Cultural Heritage: Developing a Model for
           Lifelong Learning
    • Authors: (Shannon Wellington)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Editorial
    • Authors: (Judith Broady-Preston)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Evaluating the Impact of Your Library
    • Authors: (Alireza Isfandyari-Moghaddam)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Information Resource Description: Creating and Managing Metadata
    • Authors: (Ksenija Mincic Obradovic)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Excellence in the Stacks: Strategies, Practices and Reflections of
           Award-Winning Libraries
    • Authors: (Isolde Mary Harpur)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Advances in Library Administration and Organization (Volume 31)
    • Authors: (Bruce White)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Collaboration in Libraries and Learning Environments
    • Authors: (Alison Fields)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Workplace Culture in Academic Libraries: The Early 21st Century
    • Authors: (Fiona Macdonald)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Preserving Archives
    • Authors: (Sarah Welland)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Electronic Resource Management: Practical Perspectives in a New Technical
           Services Model
    • Authors: (Milena Dobreva)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • How Libraries Make Tough Choices in Difficult Times: Purposeful
    • Authors: (Louise Ellis-Barrett)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Research Methods: Information, Systems and Contexts
    • Authors: (Peta Wellstead)
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Bibliometric analysis of Library Review from 2007 to
    • Authors: (Chandrakanta Swain; Dillip K. Swain, Bijayalaxmi Rautaray)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This paper aims to examine the scholarly communications in Library Review (LR) from 2007 to 2011 and to reveal key aspects of its publication trends. Design/methodology/approach – The study analyses five volumes of LR from the year 2007 to 2011 and employs the required bibliometric measures to analyze specific aspects of publishing trends of LR for the stated period. Findings – The study finds that single authored articles occupy the prominent position indicating the supremacy of solo research in LR. The degree of collaboration in the publications of this journal is found to be 0.36. It is evident that LR has accommodated over 22 citations per article during the publication phase from 2007 to 2011. In regard to country productivity, the UK leads the table, followed by the USA and Nigeria. However, Poland occupies the bottom position in the ranking. Hence, it is evident that the major chunks of contributions reflected in the publications of LR during the stated period are emanated from the UK and the USA. Research limitations/implications – The study focuses on the publication patterns of LR over a period of five years. Patterns of research output in 275 publications are analyzed. Further studies can include a comparative study of LR with that of a contemporary journal in the field of library and information science (LIS). Practical implications – Teachers and research scholars of LIS can benefit from insights into the scholarly contributions of LR that has accommodated 312 authors representing 49 countries. Originality/value – The study yields some interesting findings of academic publishing in LR. It can help the readers of LR to understand the most striking contributions, highly cited journals, the most prolific authors, country productivity, and assorted parameters.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Use of information communication technologies in education and training of
           undergraduate library and information science students in two selected
           Kenyan universities
    • Authors: (Elisha Ondieki Makori; Cephas Odini, Joseph Bernard Ojiambo)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The paper aims to establish the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in education and training of undergraduate library and information science (LIS) students in two selected Kenyan universities and suggest recommendations to improve ICT education and training in the country. Design/methodology/approach – The study utilised a qualitative method. A survey research design was used to collect data from various categories of respondents in LIS including lecturers, undergraduate students, information professionals and employers. Interviews and document analysis were also used to collect data from the respondents. Findings – Findings show that the graduates lack preferred ICTs knowledge, competencies and skills important in the modern information environment such as web technologies, information programming skills, software development, distributed systems, virtual libraries and digital information systems. Information sciences education in Kenyan universities and other institutions of higher learning need to review the curriculum and provide ICT education and training that address the needs and demands of the current job market and performance requirements. Research limitations/implications – The study was effectively carried out at Kenyatta and Moi Universities being the leading universities offering LIS programmes in Kenya. Practical implications – In the twenty-first century and beyond, students can no longer be confined to traditional practices of LIS education. Information sciences programmes from around the global have recognized the importance to fully integrate ICTs education and training in order to meet the needs and demands of students and employers. Originality/value – Present employment and career opportunities favour information professionals with intensive technological competencies and skills.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Information seeking behaviour of parents and caregivers of children with
           mental illness in Tanzania
    • Authors: (Edda Tandi Lwoga; Neema Florence Mosha)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The aim of this paper is to assess information needs and information seeking behaviour of parents and caregivers of children with mental illness at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) in Tanzania. The study mainly assessed the information needs of parents and caregivers of children with mental illness, their preferable sources of health information, and their constraints on information seeking. Design/methodology/approach – This study used a case study research design, where 168 structured questionnaires were distributed to parents and caregivers of children with mental illness at the Neurological Pediatrics Outpatient Clinic of KCMC. The rate of response was 89.3 per cent. Findings – The study found that health information needs of parents and caregivers were mainly associated with health care (for example, nutrition, treatment) and health education. Parents and caregivers of children with mental illness used the internet as the main source of information about their children's health, which was followed by printed books and television. Health information seeking behaviour appeared similar across gender categories, but there were differences on the use of print and electronic information sources according to age and level of education. The main factors that hindered access to health information included low level of education, lack of funds and health information illiteracy. Practical implications – The paper provides useful suggestions that would facilitate information seeking and use among parents and caregivers of children with mental illness in Tanzania and other countries with similar conditions. Originality/value – Previous studies on the topic are scanty and, therefore, the paper provides important insights into the information needs and information seeking behaviour of parents and caregivers of children with mental illness in a developing country setting.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Use of SNSs by the researchers in India: A comparative study of Panjab
           University and Kurukshetra University
    • Authors: (Preeti Mahajan; Har Singh, Anil Kumar)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – The paper aims to study the purpose of using social networking sites (SNSs) among the research scholars of Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh and Kurukshetra University (KU), Kurukshetra in India. Design/methodology/approach – The study was conducted through a questionnaire administered to the research scholars in two universities in India. The questionnaire was distributed among the randomly selected research scholars of the two universities in India. Findings – It is observed that the majority of the research scholars from both the universities are aware of the SNSs and have their accounts on them. Facebook is the most popularly accessed SNS both in PU (83 per cent) and KU (77 per cent) followed by Orkut (46 per cent) in PU and Research Gate (38 per cent) at KU. The majority of the research scholars who use SNSs for various purposes from both the universities are in the age group of 20-30 years. 46 per cent of the researchers surveyed from PU do not have any publications and only 5 per cent have more than ten publications so far, whereas 54 per cent research scholars do not have any publications to their credit in KU. Research limitations/implications – The study is limited to two universities in India, namely PU, Chandigarh and KU, Kurukshetra. There are a total of 75 teaching departments at PU and 46 departments at KU. The present study is limited to 20 departments each of both the universities. The PU has approximately 500 research scholars and KU has approximately 450 research scholars. The representative sample was formed by taking approximately 15 per cent of respondents (i.e. 65) from 20 departments of each university. 130 questionnaires were received and analyzed for the present study. Originality/value – The paper attempts to find out the awareness and use of SNSs among the research scholars perusing their research in different disciplines in PU, Chandigarh and KU, Kurukshetra in India. It is the first of its kind survey to find out the purpose of using the SNSs by the researchers of this region.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
  • Agricultural information needs and sources of the rural farmers in
           Tanzania: A case of Iringa rural district
    • Authors: (Tumsifu Elly; Ephraem Epafra Silayo)
      Abstract: Abstract

      Purpose – This study aims to determine information needs and sources of the rural farmers in Tanzania specifically from Iringa rural district. Design/methodology/approach – Survey technique was used as the principal data collection technique where 120 rural farmers were interviewed. In-depth interviews of ten key informants from two villages of Ifunda and Kalenga complemented the survey. Findings – 70 per cent of farmers' information needs is about crop and livestock husbandry, marketing, funding options and value addition. However, there is a significant difference between the two wards in information needs for “information on crop and livestock husbandry” as well as information on “value addition”. To a great extent, farmers use the old means of communication, the traditional and interpersonal by default due to relevancy in the context and content. The modern means of communication are used to access non-agricultural (other) information. Research limitations/implications – Designing effective extension and dissemination programs should consider the needs and mechanisms desired and preferred by specific group of farmers. Practical implications – There is heterogeneity within farming communities in terms of information needs which requires a consideration by intervention programs. Originality/value – The study identifies information needs and sources of rural farmers. It points out that needs of the farmers are not static and they change over time. Though farmers largely use old means, the modern communications means have the potential of being better sources should the information producers upload relevant and context-specific information.
      PubDate: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:00:00 +000
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