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Information Technology and Libraries
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.637
Citation Impact (citeScore): 1
Number of Followers: 458  

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ISSN (Print) 0730-9295 - ISSN (Online) 2163-5226
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  • Letter from the Editors (September 2022)

    • Authors: Kenneth J. Varnum, Marisha C. Kelly
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.15559
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • The First 500 Mistakes You Will Make While Streaming on

    • Authors: Chris Markman, Kasper Kimura, Molly Wallner
      Abstract: Three librarians at the Mitchell Park branch of the Palo Alto City Library detail two years of lessons learned while streming a virtual event series on for the first time. This series, titled Teach a Librarian How to Play Videogames, began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope this article will inspire you to try something new with your library events, and encourage readers to learn from these mistakes and build off our success.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.15475
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • Measuring Library Broadband Networks to Address Knowledge Gaps and Data

    • Authors: Chris Ritzo, Colin Rhinesmith, Jie Jiang
      Abstract: In this paper, we present findings from a three-year research project funded by the US Institute of Museum and Library Services that examined how advanced broadband measurement capabilities can support the infrastructure and services needed to respond to the digital demands of public library users across the US. Previous studies have identified the ongoing broadband challenges of public libraries while also highlighting the increasing digital expectations of their patrons. However, few large-scale research efforts have collected automated, longitudinal measurement data on library broadband speeds and quality of service at a local, granular level inside public libraries over time, including when buildings are closed. This research seeks to address this gap in the literature through the following research question: How can public libraries utilize broadband measurement tools to develop a better understanding of the broadband speeds and quality of service that public libraries receive' In response, quantitative measurement data were gathered from an open-source broadband measurement system that was both developed for the research and deployed at 30 public libraries across the US. Findings from our analysis of the data revealed that Ookla measurements over time can confirm when the library’s internet connection matches expected service levels and when they do not. When measurements are not consistent with expected service levels, libraries can observe the differences and correlate this with additional local information about the causes. Ongoing measurements conducted by the library enable local control and monitoring of this vital service and support critique and interrogation of the differences between internet measurement platforms. In addition, we learned that speed tests are useful for examining these trends but are only a small part of assessing an internet connection and how well it can be used for specific purposes. These findings have implications for state library agencies and federal policymakers interested in having access to data on observed versus advertised speeds and quality of service of public library broadband connections nationwide.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.13775
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • Perceived Quality of Reference Service with WhatsApp

    • Authors: Yan Guo, Apple Hiu Ching Lam, Dickson K. W. Chiu, Kevin K. W. Ho
      Abstract: Academic libraries are experiencing significant changes and making efforts to deliver their service in the digital environment. Libraries are transforming from being places for reading to extensions of the classroom and learning spaces. Due to the globalized digital environment and intense competition, libraries are trying to improve their service quality through various evaluations. As reference service is crucial to users, this study explores user satisfaction towards the reference service through WhatsApp, a social media instant messenger, at a major university in Hong Kong and discusses the correlation between the satisfaction rating and three variables. Suggestions and recommendations are raised for future improvements. The study also sheds light on the usage of reference services through instant messaging in other academic libraries.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.14325
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • Library Management Practices in the Libraries of Pakistan

    • Authors: Asim Ullah, Shah Khusro, Irfan Ullah
      Abstract: Library and information science has been at an infant stage in Pakistan, primarily in resource management, description, discovery, and access. The reasons are many, including the lack of interest and use of modern tools, techniques, and best practices by librarians in Pakistan. Finding a solution to these challenges requires a comprehensive study that identifies the current state of libraries in Pakistan. This paper fills this gap in the literature by reviewing the relevant literature published between 2015 and 2021 and selected through a rigorous search and selection methodology. It also analyzes the websites of 82 libraries in Pakistan through a theoretical framework based on various aspects. The findings of this study include: Libraries in Pakistan need a transition from traditional and limited solutions to more advanced information and communication technology (ICT)-enabled, user-friendly, and state-of-the-art systems to produce dynamic, consumable, and sharable knowledge space. They must adopt social semantic cataloging to bring all the stakeholders on a single platform. A libraries consortium should be developed to link users to local, multilingual, and multicultural collections for improved knowledge production, recording, sharing, acquisition, and dissemination. These findings benefit Pakistani libraries, librarians, information science professionals, and researchers in other developing countries. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind providing insights into the current state of libraries in Pakistan through the study of their websites using a rigorous theoretical framework and in the light of the latest relevant literature.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.14433
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • Navigating Uncharted Waters

    • Authors: Annie Wu, Taylor Davis-Van Atta, Bethany Scott, Santi Thompson, Anne Washington, Jerrell Jones, Andrew Weidner, A. Laura Ramirez, Marian Smith
      Abstract: In 2019, the University of Houston Libraries formed a Theses and Dissertations Digitization Task Force charged with digitizing and making more widely accessible the University’s collection of over 19,800 legacy theses and dissertations. Supported by funding from the John P. McGovern Foundation, this initiative has proven complex and multifaceted, and one that has engaged the task force in a broad range of activities, from purchasing digitization equipment and software to designing a phased, multiyear plan to execute its charge. This plan is structured around digitization preparation (phase one), development of procedures and workflows (phase two), and promotion and communication to the project’s targeted audiences (phase three). The plan contains step-by-step actions to conduct an environmental scan, inventory the theses and dissertations collections, purchase equipment, craft policies, establish procedures and workflows, and develop digital preservation and communication strategies, allowing the task force to achieve effective planning, workflow automation, progress tracking, and procedures documentation. The innovative and creative approaches undertaken by the Theses and Dissertations Digitization Task Force demonstrated collective intelligence resulting in scaled access and dissemination of the University’s research and scholarship that helps to enhance the University’s impact and reputation.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.14719
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • Using Machine Learning and Natural Language Processing to Analyze Library
           Chat Reference Transcripts

    • Authors: Yongming Wang
      Abstract: The use of artificial intelligence and machine learning has rapidly become a standard technology across all industries and businesses for gaining insight and predicting the future. In recent years, the library community has begun looking at ways to improve library services by applying AI and machine learning techniques to library data. Chat reference in libraries generates a large amount of data in the form of transcripts. This study uses machine learning and natural language processing methods to analyze one academic library’s chat transcripts over a period of eight years. The built machine learning model tries to classify chat questions into a category of reference or nonreference questions. The purpose is to predict the category of future questions by the model with the hope that incoming questions can be channeled to appropriate library departments or staff.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.14967
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
  • An Omeka S Repository for Place- and Land-Based Teaching and Learning

    • Authors: Neah Ingram-Monteiro, Ro McKernan
      Abstract: Our small community college library developed a learning object repository to support a cross-institutional, land-based, multidisciplinary academic initiative using the open-source platform Omeka S. Drawing on critical, feminist, and open practices, we document the relational labor, dialogue, and tensions involved with this open education project. This case study shares our experience with tools and processes that may be helpful for other small-scale open education initiatives, including user-centered iterative design, copyright education, metadata design, and user-interface development in Omeka S.
      PubDate: 2022-09-19
      DOI: 10.6017/ital.v41i3.15123
      Issue No: Vol. 41, No. 3 (2022)
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