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  • An empirical investigation of information skills among undergraduate
           students at Dhaka University
    • Authors: Jannatul Ferdows, S.M. Zabed Ahmed
      First page: 274
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose The aim of this paper is to empirically investigate the information skills of undergraduate students at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Design/methodology/approach A questionnaire-based survey was administered to obtain data about undergraduates’ information skills. The questionnaire consisted of demographic information, computer and internet experience, and a set of ten questions relating to information skills. A total of 199 undergraduate students responded to the survey. Findings The results indicate that undergraduates’ information skills was poor. Only a few of them were successful in answering some of the questions correctly. There are significant differences in information skills among respondents in terms of gender, age, possession of personal computers and computer and internet experience. The main reasons for these differences and the general failure in answering the task questions correctly are mostly attributed to the absence of information literacy instruction within the university, lack of online information resources and inadequate ICT facilities. Practical implications The findings of this study will help universities in Bangladesh and other developing countries to develop appropriate information literacy instruction at undergraduate level. Originality/value This is the first time an effort has been made to assess task-based information skills of undergraduate students in Bangladesh. The findings of this study will help universities in Bangladesh and elsewhere in the developing world to introduce information literacy instruction at undergraduate level.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-11-2014-0132
  • Problems and prospects of providing library and information services to
           the prisoners in Nigeria
    • Authors: Jacintha Ukamaka Eze
      First page: 285
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose The main objectives of the study were to find out the problematic factors in providing library and information services to Nigeria prisoners and the strategies for solving them thereby enhancing adequate provision of the required services to these prisoners. Design/methodology/approach Seven main prisons were used for the study with a population of about 6430 prisoners and 21 prison library/welfare workers. The sample size was 1322 prisoners and the whole 21 workers. Questionnaires and Focus Group Discussion were the main instruments used for data collection. Data from the questionnaire was analyzed using frequencies and mean scores while data from FGD was analyzed descriptively. Findings Major findings showed that problems like funding, censorship of reading materials, restrictions due to prison policy and staffing hinder to a high extent the provision of library and information services for these prisoners. Also, improved funding of the prisons and prison libraries, services and resource sharing with other libraries, NGOs and other information providers were all seen as strategies to enhance adequate library and information services provision to the prisoners. Originality/value Library and information services are needed by everybody in today’s society. Prisoners although incarcerated, will find useful a variety of library and information services provided to them. This paper delved into the problems of providing library and information services to Nigeria prisoners. the results of the study if adhered to by the Nigerian Prison Authorities, will help a great deal in making the prisoners better citizens after release.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-06-2014-0064
  • The Trend of Academic Libraries Consortia in the North Central and South
           East Geo-political Zones of Nigeria
    • Authors: Bassil Ebiwolate Posigha, Vera Zacheaus Godfrey, Felicia Doubra Seimode
      First page: 305
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose The paper aims to examine the present trend of academic libraries consortia and the likely ways to improve on the development of consortia in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach The study adopted the descriptive survey method. It covers four selected academic libraries in the North and Eastern parts of Nigeria. A questionnaire entitled “Library Consortia in Nigerian Universities Questionnaire (LCNUQ)” was designed to collect data for the study. Findings The study revealed that academic libraries in Nigeria have not fully embraced library consortia, as only two out of the four academic libraries surveyed have functioning library consortia. The paper shows that none of the libraries surveyed have collection development policies on e-resources, as well as union catalogues and interlibrary networking. It also reveals some likely ways of improving library consortia to include: jointly budgeting, increased funding, and collective and compulsory development of interlibrary networking and union catalogues among university libraries within the country. Practical implications The study will encourage librarians and library management in developing countries to embrace and facilitate the development of library consortia. Originality/value The paper reveals the present trend of library consortia in Nigeria. Therefore, the findings may be of help to librarians, university administrators and government to build and improve on the development of library consortia in Nigeria and other developing countries.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:25Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-07-2014-0084
  • Examining collaboration among central library and seminar libraries of
           leading universities in Pakistan
    • Authors: Ahsan Ullah
      First page: 321
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose This study will investigate the nature of collaboration among seminar libraries and central library of universities and will recommend certain measures to strengthen this collaboration. Central libraries of leading universities in Pakistan possess more resources and manpower than seminar libraries. The task of planning about the important matters like access to e-resources, selecting infrastructure and automation mechanics lies with central libraries. Growth of information and communication technology and information explosion has created opportunities for the libraries within a university for creating cordial and beneficial relationship between central library and seminar libraries. Design/methodology/approach Mixed method design was used for exploring collaboration and nature of relationship among central libraries and seminar libraries within the university. Data was collected from library executives chairing their sections at their work places in central libraries of leading universities during my visits to these libraries for MPhil study for collecting data about organizational structures of central libraries. Questionnaire was constructed to elicit information about relationship between central library and seminar libraries that was supplemented with the telephonic interviews from library professionals and faculty about the nature of relationship. Findings The data analysis of the present study revealed that relationship between central library and seminar libraries is of diverse nature. Private sector universities have developed integrative relationships while some public sectors have interactive relations and some have independent libraries with limited relationship. All library professionals interviewed has rejected the idea of independent seminar libraries and majority of them proposed integrated relationship among central library and seminar libraries. Practical implications This study suggests that relationship between central library and departmental library should be developed by considering the depleting resources and development of information and communication technology. According to library professionals the relationship between central and departmental libraries should be of interactive or integrated nature. University administration and library administration should come forward for building beneficial relationship among libraries within the university. This study will lead to a broader collaborations among libraries of different universities in Pakistan. Originality/value No study has ever been undertaken in Pakistan to explore the relationship between central library and seminar libraries of universities. This study will be a milestone for building collaborative relationships among different libraries within universities.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:34:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2014-0044
  • The Issues and Challenges facing a Digital Library with a Special Focus on
           the Taylor Family Digital Library at the University of Calgary
    • Authors: Bennett Thomas
      First page: 335
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose The purpose is to show how a new academic library works. Design/methodology/approach I used statistical data and anecdotal evidence. Findings The finding were that digital library materials have dramatically changed how libraries operate. Originality/value The library featured in this story is the University of Calgary's main library which is called the Taylor Family Digital Library, which is meant to be a library with digital technology as its main focus.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:01Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-05-2015-0047
  • Research Data Management as a “wicked problem”
    • Authors: Chris Awre, Jim Baxter, Brian Clifford, Janette Colclough, Andrew Cox, Nick Dods, Paul Drummond, Yvonne Fox, Martin Gill, Kerry Gregory, Anita Gurney, Juliet Harland, Masud Khokhar, Dawn Lowe, Ronan O'Beirne, Rachel Proudfoot, Hardy Schwamm, Andrew Smith, Eddy Verbaan, Liz Waller, Laurian Williamson, Martin Wolf, Matthew Zawadzki
      First page: 356
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose The concept of “wicked problems” seeks to differentiate very complex, intractable challenges from tamer issues where approaches to problem solving are well-understood. The paper explores the usefulness of the concept to thinking about Research Data Management. Design/methodology/approach The paper is based on and co-authored by a collaboration of practitioners from libraries, IT and research administration, with facilitators from the Sheffield Information School. Participants worked together in two day-long workshops to understand the wicked problem concept and advice on leadership in wicked problem contexts. Findings Participants concurred that RDM had many features of a wicked problem and most of Grint’s advice on leadership for wicked problems also resonated. Some elements of the issue were simple; participants were optimistic about improving the situation over time. Participants were resistant to the more negative or fatalistic connotations of the phrase “wicked problem”. Viewing RDM as a wicked problem is an interesting way of looking at it as a challenge for support professionals. Practical implications The notion of a wicked problem is a generative concept that can be usefully added to professional vocabulary. Originality/value The paper captures an in-depth response from practitioners to the notion of wicked problems as a lens for examining RDM.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:14Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0043
  • Readers’ Advisory: Can We Take It to the Next Level?
    • Authors: Keren Dali
      First page: 372
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, July 2015.
      Purpose This article analyzes a number of issues related to both education for and the practice of reading and readers’ advisory in LIS. Written from the standpoint of an LIS educator, the article is addressed to LIS professors, future and current LIS students, and public services librarians working in all types of libraries, including academic and special, because the practice of reading is no longer limited to school and public libraries. Librarians’ expertise can also benefit a larger community outside of the library walls, which would take outreach and embeddedness to an entirely new level. Design/methodology/approach The article analyzes the situation in LIS education and reading practices based on a vast array of published sources and the author’s personal experience as an LIS educator. Findings The following problematic points are raised: modeling reading work and education for reading after information services and information-science education, respectively; outdated pedagogical approaches; insufficient user orientation and excessive focus on materials; limiting reading activities to one-two types of libraries; insufficient community outreach; and, in general, the prevalence of responsive rather than proactive practices. Originality/value The article proposes some solutions for the identified problems, the implementation of which depends on the collective effort and the collective will. However, it does not offer a particularly optimistic or upbeat view on the possibility of swift and sweeping changes.
      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-06-11T12:35:13Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2015-0032
  • Aboriginal and Visible Minority Librarians: Oral Histories from Canada
    • Pages: 393 - 394
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 393-394, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:14:42Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2015-0016
  • Customer-Based Collection Development: An Overview
    • Pages: 394 - 395
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 394-395, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:22Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-01-2015-0004
  • More Library Mashups: Exploring New Ways to Deliver Library Data
    • Pages: 395 - 396
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 395-396, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:44Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2015-0020
  • Information Experience: Approaches to Theory and Practice
    • Pages: 397 - 398
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 397-398, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:24Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2015-0021
  • New Directions in Children’s and Adolescents’ Information
           Behavior Research
    • Pages: 398 - 400
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 398-400, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:27Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-02-2015-0022
  • Marketing and Social Media: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums
    • Pages: 400 - 401
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 400-401, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:02Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2015-0025
  • Information Needs Analysis: Principles and Practice in Information
    • Pages: 402 - 403
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 402-403, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:14:58Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2015-0024
  • The Onlife Manifesto: Being Human in a Hyperconnected Era
    • Pages: 403 - 404
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 403-404, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:05Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-04-2015-0034
  • The Accidental Data Scientist: Big Data Applications and Opportunities for
           Librarians and Information Professionals
    • Pages: 405 - 406
      Abstract: Library Review, Volume 64, Issue 4/5, Page 405-406, July 2015.

      Citation: Library Review
      PubDate: 2015-07-03T09:15:08Z
      DOI: 10.1108/LR-03-2015-0030
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