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027.7 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekskultur / Journal for Library Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 61)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Acervo : Revista do Arquivo Nacional     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
African Journal of Library, Archives and Information Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 67)
Against the Grain     Partially Free   (Followers: 120)
AIB Studi     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Alexandría : Revista de Ciencias de la Información     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Alexandria : The Journal of National and International Library and Information Issues     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 55)
Alsic : Apprentissage des Langues et Systèmes d'Information et de Communication     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
American Archivist     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 131)
American Libraries     Partially Free   (Followers: 186)
Anales de Documentacion     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Anuari de l'Observatori de Biblioteques, Llibres i Lectura     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
ANZTLA EJournal     Full-text available via subscription  
Archeion Online     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Archimag     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Archival Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
Archivaria     Open Access   (Followers: 32)
Archives     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Archives and Manuscripts     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 50)
Archives and Museum Informatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 97)
Ariadne Magazine     Open Access   (Followers: 147)
Art Libraries Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Aslib Journal of Information Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 32)
Aslib Proceedings     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 148)
AtoZ : novas práticas em informação e conhecimento     Open Access  
Australasian Journal of Information Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Australasian Public Libraries and Information Services     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Australian Academic & Research Libraries     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 92)
Australian Library Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 148)
Baca : Jurnal Dokumentasi dan Informasi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bangladesh Journal of Library and Information Science     Open Access   (Followers: 44)
Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 144)
Berkala Ilmu Perpustakaan dan Informasi     Open Access  
Biblios     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Biblioteca Escolar em Revista     Open Access  
Biblioteca Universitaria     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Bibliotecas : Revista de la Escuela de Bibliotecología, Documentación e Información     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bibliotecas Universitárias : pesquisas, experiências e perspectivas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bibliotecas. Anales de Investigacion     Open Access  
Biblioteka     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Biblioteka i Edukacja     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bibliotheca Orientalis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
BIBLIOTIKA : Jurnal Kajian Perpustakaan dan Informasi     Open Access  
BIBLOS - Revista do Departamento de Biblioteconomia e História     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
BiD : textos universitaris de biblioteconomia i documentació     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Bilgi Dünyası     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Biodiversity Information Science and Standards     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Bioinformatics     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 216)
Biuletyn EBIB     Open Access  
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Book History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 115)
Bridgewater Review     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Bulletin des bibliotheques de France     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Bulletin of the Association for Information Science and Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 23)
Bulletin of the John Rylands Library     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 21)
Canadian Journal of Academic Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 20)
Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 246)
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 169)
CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation     Open Access  
Children and Libraries : The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
CIC. Cuadernos de Informacion y Comunicacion     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Ciência da Informação em Revista     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Code4Lib Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 174)
Collaborative Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 52)
Collection and Curation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
College & Research Libraries     Open Access   (Followers: 454)
College & Research Libraries News     Partially Free   (Followers: 244)
College & Undergraduate Libraries     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 220)
Communicate : Journal of Library and Information Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 63)
Communication Booknotes Quarterly     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Communications in Information Literacy     Open Access   (Followers: 195)
Community & Junior College Libraries     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Cuadernos de Gestión de Información     Open Access  
Data Curation Profiles Directory     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Data Technologies and Applications     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 209)
DESIDOC Journal of Library & Information Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 95)
Digital Library Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Digital Platform: Information Technologies in Sociocultural Sphere     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Documentación de las Ciencias de la Información     Open Access  
Documentation et bibliothèques     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
e & i Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
e-Ciencias de la Información     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eastern Librarian     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Edulib : Journal of Library and Information Science     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Egyptian Informatics Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
El Profesional de la Informacion     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
eLucidate     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Emerging Library & Information Perspectives     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Encontros Bibli : revista eletrônica de biblioteconomia e ciência da informação     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ethics and Information Technology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 64)
European Journal of Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 85)
European Science Editing     Open Access  
Evidence Based Library and Information Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 386)
Florida Libraries     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Folia Bibliologica     Open Access  
Forensic Science International: Digital Investigation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 317)
Foundations and Trends® in Information Retrieval     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 30)
Georgia Library Quarterly     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Ghana Library Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Global Knowledge, Memory and Communication     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 804)
GSI Journals Serie C : Advancements in Information Sciences and Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Health Information Management Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 23)
Hipertext.net : Anuario Académico sobre Documentación Digital y Comunicación Interactiva     Open Access  
HLA News     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
IASSIST Quarterly     Open Access  
Idaho Librarian     Free   (Followers: 8)
IFLA Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 217)
In Monte Artium     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
In the Library with the Lead Pipe     Open Access   (Followers: 123)
InCID : Revista de Ciência da Informação e Documentação     Open Access  
InCite     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Informaatiotutkimus     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Informação & Informação     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Informação em Pauta     Open Access  
Informacijos mokslai     Open Access  
Información, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Informatio. Revista del Instituto de Información de la Facultad de Información y Comunicación     Open Access  
Information     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Information & Culture : A Journal of History     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 31)
Information Discovery and Delivery     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 43)
Information Manager (The)     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Information Processing & Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 127)
Information Retrieval     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 188)
Information Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 171)
Information Systems Frontiers     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Information Systems Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 129)
Information Technologies & International Development     Open Access   (Followers: 81)
Information Technologist (The)     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 17)
Information Technology and Libraries     Open Access   (Followers: 294)
Information Today     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 34)
Informationspraxis     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Informationswissenschaft : Theorie, Methode und Praxis     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
iNFOTEZY     Open Access  
Insaniyat : Journal of Islam and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Insights : the UKSG journal     Open Access   (Followers: 62)
InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Interdisciplinary Journal of e-Skills and Lifelong Learning     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Interdisciplinary Journal of Information, Knowledge, and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
International Association of School Librarianship Conference Proceedings     Open Access  
International Information & Library Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 395)
International Journal of Bibliometrics in Business and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Business Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Cooperative Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Digital Curation     Open Access   (Followers: 81)
International Journal of Digital Library Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 73)
International Journal of Doctoral Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Information and Decision Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Information Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 156)
International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Journal of Information Retrieval Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 28)
International Journal of Information Science and Management     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Information Technology, Communications and Convergence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Information, Diversity, & Inclusion     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Intellectual Property Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
International Journal of Intercultural Information Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
International Journal of Legal Information     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 49)
International Journal of Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
International Journal of Library and Information Science     Open Access   (Followers: 231)
International Journal of Library Science     Open Access   (Followers: 262)
International Journal of Library Science     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 55)
International Journal of Multicriteria Decision Making     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Multimedia Information Retrieval     Partially Free   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Organisational Design and Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Web Portals     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
International Journal on Digital Libraries     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 543)
InULA Notes : Indiana University Librarians Association     Open Access  
Investigación Bibliotecológica     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
IRIS - Revista de Informação, Memória e Tecnologia     Open Access  
Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
JISTEM : Journal of Information Systems and Technology Management     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
JLIS.it     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
JMIR Medical Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Academic Librarianship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1011)
Journal of Access Services     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 39)
Journal of Advancements in Library Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 47)
Journal of Adventist Libraries and Archives     Open Access  
Journal of Altmetrics     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Archival Organization     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Journal of Copyright in Education & Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 29)
Journal of Creative Library Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 98)
Journal of Data Mining and Digital Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 39)
Journal of Documentation     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 160)
Journal of East Asian Libraries     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Education in Library and Information Science - JELIS     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 71)
Journal of Educational Media & Library Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Educational Media, Memory, and Society     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Electronic Publishing     Open Access   (Followers: 76)
Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 226)
Journal of eScience Librarianship     Open Access   (Followers: 113)
Journal of Global Information Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Journal of Health & Medical Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 50)
Journal of Hospital Librarianship     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 153)
Journal of Information & Knowledge Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 142)
Journal of Information and Data Management     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Journal of Information Engineering and Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Information Literacy     Open Access   (Followers: 774)
Journal of Information Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1015)
Journal of Information Studies & Technology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)

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  • Understanding the information culture for self-management support of
           people living with diabetes in Ghana

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      Authors: Eric Boamah , Andrews Adjei Druye
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the information culture of people living with Diabetes Mellitus (DM) and how that impacts their self-management practices in Ghana. The study focuses on the information experiences and information cultural patterns and creates awareness of the need for people to be aware of effective information management for sustainable self-management support. An interpretive qualitative approach was used. A total of 12 interviewees involving 10 diabetes patients and 2 health professionals provided data for the study. Allowing the participants to freely talk about their attitude and behaviour, defining their experiences around information for their self-management was the best approach to achieve an in-depth understanding this study seeks. The specific elements defining the information of people living with DM in Ghana can be identified. People living with the condition are willing to share information about their condition not only with those within their diabetic community but also with anyone interested. They prefer to use information from sources they find reliable and trust, and they have good information-related competencies that are consistent with diabetic patients in other countries’ contexts to help them identify, access, use and share relevant information. Only a few of the interviewees have difficulty in evaluating the accuracy and currency of some of the information. But they receive a lot of support from experienced people from their community. People also prefer to have information about the condition in their ethnic language. It is important for people living with the condition in Ghana to get involved in the diabetic groups, clubs and community, as members appear to receive the most benefit and support from the community to self-manage the condition alone. The study is limited by the number of participants and the distances between the researchers and the research context. Also, even though two groups of participants were interviewed (diabetic patients and health professionals), the analysis did not separate the responses of the different groups of study participants. This paper provides a useful insight and understanding of the culture of people living with diabetes in Ghana in terms of how they access, use and share the information they need to support their self-management. It will create awareness of the importance of being mindful of information culture patterns in people in other groups in Ghana and beyond. The research processes and procedures described in the paper can be replicated by other researchers in other contexts. Although there have been a lot of studies about diabetes and people living with the condition in Ghana, to the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the first study looking at how people define their need for information, how they identify the source of the information and how they access and use the information, including their general behavioural patterns that influence these information experiences.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-05-06
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-11-2021-0098
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • End of libraries/renaissance in the “peer-to-peer sharing economy”
           revolution age' Librarians of the future educating for a sustainable
           world

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      Authors: Jose Rodolfo Hernandez-Carrion
      Abstract: Libraries face an uncertain situation in present times of the “digital revolution” while every single sector moved online. The purpose of this paper is to search and propose potential library actions as response to the challenge of the peer-to-peer (p2p) sharing platform revolution in business models, a revolution to gain efficiency and to protect the environment. This research focused on integrating economics and library concepts based on a selective literature review and real-world interaction. The main concern is to connect library possibilities with the emergence of p2p digital platforms, which has enabled individuals to make use of underused inventory via fee-based sharing, as a way of obtaining, giving or sharing access to goods and services. The authors balance the existing proposals to achieve how librarians can help. This paper defines key types of potential applications for platform business models in the sharing economy promoted by librarians and describes their characteristics for the renaissance of the “New libraries”. First, “educating” society to face critically the disruptive change in networks of culture and information. Second, “growing” as key reference institutions and community service centres integrating “external” skills. Third, “promoting” the disruptive economy by creation or participation in digital platforms. Fourth, “creating” cooperative markets through social-economic currencies. This research was carried out with the objective of determining how librarians contribute to sustainable development. All four proposals to implement represent possibilities that derive from the sharing economy approach at different levels of implementation according to the degree of commitment that librarians require to translate into specific actions.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-04-12
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-11-2021-0091
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • The Miiyupimatisiiun Research Data Archives Project: putting OCAP
           principles into practice

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      Authors: Naomi Adelson , Samuel Mickelson
      Abstract: The aim of this paper is to document the operationalization of the OCAP® principles in the context of the work of a medical anthropologist and Whapmagoostui First Nation (FN). The authors describe their recent collaboration with Whapmagoostui FN to digitize and transfer the research data archive to the community. Beginning with a description of the data collection process from the late 1980s to early 1990s, this study describes recent efforts to digitize the research data archive and work with Whapmagoostui FN to develop a plan for access and safekeeping. The authors focus on the work required to implement the OCAP® principles locally, including the need to address questions of ownership rights/transfer, information technology systems and community capacity. This study describes the necessary work that is required to operationalize the OCAP® principles on a local level, including obstacles to this work. This study also underscores how the process of OCAP® implementation is distinct for each community and research context. Based on these considerations, the authors calls for increased resources and new legal mechanisms in support of achieving indigenous data sovereignty (IDSov) in FNs, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study makes an original contribution to the literature on IDSov. This study provides a valuable case study, illustrating how the OCAP® principles can be operationalized in the context of a longstanding partnership between an academic researcher and an indigenous community.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-04-07
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-11-2021-0099
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Role of National Digital Library of India (NDLI) for facilitating open
           

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      Authors: Sonam Singh
      Abstract: This paper aims to proffer a glimpse of diverse e-resources and materials accumulated by National Digital Library of India (NDLI) for facilitating open access resources (OARs) during the difficult times of global pandemic. Out of all the resources, an attempt has been made to place a focus on COVID-19 research repository maintained at NDLI platform to facilitate related research activities for envisaging experiments by scientists and researchers. The study is based on COVID-19 research repository assimilated by NDLI, and a detailed investigative research has been made about various resources and materials available for research community. The official website of NDLI (direct link of NDLI website: https://ndl.iitkgp.ac.in/) has been referred for collection of requisite data for study. The collected information has been presented through eight tables, two charts and two figures, which have further been analyzed and interpreted to attain the objectives. The brief examples in this paper indicates that a wealth of OARs related to COVID-19 such as scholarly communications, data sets, documents and videos and journals and conferences, etc. are available for access and research by scientists and researchers to expand their research during and also beyond this global crisis. Social distancing has forced academics to displace to online platform from physical deliverables. Institutions are forced to adopt new technologies for delivering education in online mode such as online teaching, online access of educational resources, online conferences, webinars and a host of such related activities. NDLI has been instrumental in this journey by accumulating providing research materials through its platform. In addition to the blended learning process, this paper provides a structured overview about COVID-19 research repository facilitated by NDLI to provide access about related research activities by scientists and researchers. This investigative research on NDLI platform has been done originally by the author with a sacrosanct aim to help serious academia and has a high referral value for the scientific, technocratic and realistic researchers with deep thrust on availability of all materials under one roof, i.e. NDLI.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-31
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-08-2021-0072
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • A perspective on collaborative partnerships to expand campus buy-in for
           digital collections

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      Authors: Bethany Latham
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to explore, from the perspective of a medium-sized academic library, how libraries can pursue and use collaboration with other units on campus to increase support and buy-in for digital collections. This paper is approached from the perspective of a medium-sized academic library located in Alabama, USA. This study examines ways to foster collaboration with diverse campus units, the challenges that can be encountered and ways to overcome these barriers to collaboration. Examples of the potential and realized benefits are also enumerated. This paper demonstrates that, while there are challenges that must be overcome, regular and sustained collaboration with nonlibrary campus units can result in the creation of unique digital collections that such units are not capable of pursuing without library partnership. These partnerships increase visibility for the library and its services, as well as buy-in and support for digital collections from other campus units and, importantly, university administration. Academic libraries, especially those at small- to medium-sized institutions, face continual budget restrictions and calls to justify the resources expended. This impacts all aspects of library services, but especially the creation of digital collections, which are cost- and labor-intensive. By offering examples of collaboration, libraries can explore ways to partner that will foster buy-in and support at their own institutions. This paper provides examples and details considerations that can make the process of collaboration simpler and more effective for other academic libraries to pursue.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-30
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-05-2021-0038
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Assessment of information literacy skills and knowledge-based competencies
           in using electronic resources among medical students

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      Authors: Perumal Ganesan , Mangai Gunasekaran
      Abstract: This paper aims to focus on the information literacy skills and how the resources are being used by medical students of Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Research Institute (MGMCRI), Pondicherry, India. The main aim is to determine the medical students use, purpose, search strategies and sources through which aware and literacy skills acquired. Further, this paper aims to bring out the problems faced. A survey method was conducted through a structured questionnaire distributed among 120 medical students from first year to fourth year. Stratified random sampling was used for selection of students. Findings of the study revealed that medical students largely used medical databases such as Bentham Sciences, ProQuest, PubMed and MedlinePlus. Further, the paper reveals that majority used health information for updating their knowledge and to acquire general information. The students’ information literacy level found minimal, which may be the reason majority of the students found difficulty in locating the desired materials followed by irrelevant information, inadequate e-resources and lack of awareness reported some extent. The recommendations made based on the study are expected to be beneficial to the authorities and library administration of the surveyed institution to take appropriate measures for effective utilization of resources.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-18
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-10-2021-0087
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Relevance of blockchain technology and the management of libraries and
           archives in the 4IR

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      Authors: Adeyinka Tella , Halimah Odunayo Amuda , Yusuf Ayodeji Ajani
      Abstract: This study aims to examine the awareness and perception of the relevance of blockchain technology in the management of libraries and archives in the fourth industrial revolution in a developing country, Nigeria. Ten system librarians selected from five different libraries and ten archivists selected from five different archives in the Southwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria represent the sample for the study. The study adopted a purely qualitative approach where data was collected through an open-ended questionnaire mailed to the participants to guide against physical contact and maintained social distancing to observe COVID-19 protocol. The results reveal that both the librarians and archivists are aware of blockchain technology, its adoption and use in libraries and archives. There is a positive perception about blockchain technology believing that it can assist libraries and archives in storing information in a distributed settings through gathering, preserving and sharing authoritative information, and supports archivists in creating a unique verifiable record that can be accessed by anyone in archives. Implementation, maintenance cost and difficulty in sustainability are identified as the challenges of blockchain adoption. This study is limited to one geopolitical zone of Nigeria which necessitates the need for further research on the similar subject matter in other geopolitical zones in Nigeria. The findings of the study have identified the need for librarians and archivists to increase their awareness and develop a positive perception toward blockchain technologies. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to research the relevance of blockchain technology in Nigerian libraries and archives. This paper reported the benefits libraries and archives could derive from the adoption of blockchain, and how such can improve effective services delivery to the satisfaction of the users of archives and libraries.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-15
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-08-2021-0065
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • The role of academic libraries and information specialist during times of
           health crises in Jordan: the COVID-19 pandemic case

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      Authors: Faten Hamad , Maha Al-Fadel , Hussam Fakhouri
      Abstract: COVID-19 forced libraries and other institutions to either close their doors to users or change their services routines. At this time, the libraries should extend their efforts to meet the increasing demands of information services in terms of quantity and quality of information services. This study aims to explore the role and responsibilities of academic libraries during times of crisis from the staff perception in academic libraries in Jordan. A questionnaire was disseminated to 359 library staff who were working at the 10 public universities in Jordan; 295 questionnaires were suitable to analyze, with a response rate of 82.2%. The results indicated the importance of increasing academic libraries – specifically academic libraries in Jordan – awareness about the vast and important role of libraries to support research and the public community by providing authentic information sources about the pandemic to increase public awareness about the pandemic, besides contributing to disseminating research related to the pandemic as well as producing related research. Libraries needed to adjust their collection and information services during the crisis as they looked for ways to support the users they serve. The results affirmed that access to information remains the social responsibility of librarians. The findings will provide insights for other academic libraries on how to react in a crisis and maintain its role as a reliable information source. During the health pandemic, people needed support in terms of getting easy access to authentic and reliable information. Libraries hold a social responsibility to the local community, such as awareness campaigns, posting videos on health practices and hygiene on it websites and social media. This paper provides insights and practical solutions for academic libraries in response to global health pandemics. It will help academic libraries handle and cope with the challenges of providing distance library services over digital channels.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-04
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-02-2021-0009
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • A model about students’ behavioural intention to use university
           WeChat Library

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      Authors: Qian Zhang , Qingkui Xi
      Abstract: This study aims to build a model about students’ behavioural intention (BI) to use the university WeChat Library (WL). Firstly, after the unified theory of acceptance and use of technology model was modified, a modified theory of acceptance and use of technology (MTAUT) model is built; a questionnaire survey, in which 1,003 valid observations are randomly collected from six universities in a city in eastern China, is performed; and then the results of the survey are used to build the model about students’ BI to use the WL based on regression analysis. This study finds five factors, which are information quality (IQ), effort expectancy (EE), facilitating conditions (FC), performance expectancy (PE) and social influence (SI), that constitute independent variables of the model about students’ BI to use the university WL. And IQ has the greatest effect on students’ BI to use the WL, followed by EE, FC, PE and SI. This study builds and tests a MTAUT model about students’ BI to use the university WL.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-03-02
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0026
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Current status of research support services in university libraries of
           Pakistan

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      Authors: Muhammad Hanif Awan , Joanna Richardson , Shamshad Ahmed
      Abstract: Research support services (RSS) is an emerging and popular area in university libraries, whose increasing importance has been well documented since the early 2010s. This study aims to identify the status of RSS provided in the university libraries of Pakistan and to compare the results with relevant international studies. The research also reports on the perception of librarians regarding the application of RSS in Pakistani university libraries. A quantitative survey was conducted of the chief librarians/head librarians working in the 175 university libraries of Pakistan. A structured questionnaire was designed and pre-tested with national and international research experts, faculty members and library professionals. SPSS was used to calculate descriptive statistics. Results of the study were compared with previous literature from an international perspective. Results of the study indicated that most of the university libraries are providing basic RSS and that they have good collections of both general and subject-specific works to meet the needs of researchers. Most respondents not only were interested in providing RSS but also emphasized that libraries should upgrade their collection to meet researchers’ requirements. However, results of the study also indicated that there was noticeably less support for both the more advanced and newer research support services. Because the delivery of RSS enables libraries to help meet a university’s strategic research goals, the findings will be of interest to university library and information science executives, policymakers and administration. The suggested recommendations highlight those service areas which are most in need of improvement. This research provides an updated perspective on the delivery of research support services by university libraries in Pakistan.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-02-25
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-11-2021-0101
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Application of the principle of transparency in processing of European
           national libraries patrons' personal data

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      Authors: Anita Katulić , Tihomir Katulić , Ivana Hebrang Grgić
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between the legal obligation of European libraries to ensure the transparent personal data processing and respect for user privacy. This paper will examine how libraries use privacy notices on websites to communicate with patrons about the processing of personal data and in what manner have libraries been guided by applicable transparency guidelines. The method used is the analysis of privacy policies and other privacy documents found on the websites of national libraries. The analysis sample includes documents of 45 European national libraries, 28 out of those being national libraries of European Union (EU) Member States. The elements for this analysis are derived from the mandatory elements of the General Data Protection Regulation and the recommendations of the WP29/EDPB Transparency Guidelines. The findings suggest that European national libraries largely adhere to EU data protection standards. In total, 60% libraries use a separate privacy page, and 53% of the EU Member State national libraries websites managed to comply with publishing all necessary data protection information in a way recommended by the Guidelines, compared to 47% of non-Member State national libraries. The research contributes to the understanding of the importance of the principle of transparency and its operationalization.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-02-23
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-11-2021-0097
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Toward a definition of digital object reuse
         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

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      Authors: Ayla Stein Kenfield , Liz Woolcott , Santi Thompson , Elizabeth Joan Kelly , Ali Shiri , Caroline Muglia , Kinza Masood , Joyce Chapman , Derrick Jefferson , Myrna E. Morales
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to present conceptual definitions for digital object use and reuse. Typically, assessment of digital repository content struggles to go beyond traditional usage metrics such as clicks, views or downloads. This is problematic for galleries, libraries, archives, museums and repositories (GLAMR) practitioners because use assessment does not tell a nuanced story of how users engage with digital content and objects. This paper reviews prior research and literature aimed at defining use and reuse of digital content in GLAMR contexts and builds off of this group’s previous research to devise a new model for defining use and reuse called the use-reuse matrix. This paper presents the use-reuse matrix, which visually represents eight categories and numerous examples of use and reuse. Additionally, the paper explores the concept of “permeability” and its bearing on the matrix. It concludes with the next steps for future research and application in the development of the Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT). The authors developed this model and definitions to inform D-CRAFT, an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grant project. This toolkit is being developed to help practitioners assess reuse at their own institutions. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this paper is one of the first to propose distinct definitions that describe and differentiate between digital object use and reuse in the context of assessing digital collections and data.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-01-17
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-06-2021-0044
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Faculty perceptions of information literacy skills: an investigation at
           the Florence University Campus of Social Sciences

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      Authors: Rosaria Giangrande , Alessandra Cassigoli , Eleonora Giusti
      Abstract: The Florence University Social Science Library has for some time been engaged in courses for information literacy (IL), but so far, there has been a lack of collaboration with teachers. This study aims to investigate teachers’ perception of students’ IL skills. The qualitative investigation was based on semi-structured interviews with 24 faculty members of the Florence University Social Sciences campus. Knowledge of the IL frameworks is not widespread among the teachers of the campus, but following the discussion, most of the interviewees came to acknowledge its certain validity. The teachers tend to attribute an insufficient level of information skills to the bachelor’s degree students, a good level to master’s degree and a more positive level to the postgraduates. They express appreciation of the training activity of the library, but they, nevertheless, still tend to consider librarians, as their more traditional role would suggest, only as bibliographic research experts. No one seemed to believe librarians possess those training competencies they would need to get involved in teaching curricula. The recognition of the work that has been accomplished up to now represents foundations for an increasingly necessary partnership. There is an awareness, however, that a suitable strategy which requires determination and initiative will be difficult to implement. This study represents one of the few contributions on the perception of IL skills by faculty members in Italian universities.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-01-11
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-04-2021-0028
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Designing metadata schema for a human library: a prototype

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      Authors: Anupta Jana , Rosalien Rout
      Abstract: In the absence of a working model for describing, managing and archiving the human library resources, this study aims to attempt a practical approach that will provide all the necessary information to the library users, library professionals and researchers. Initially, different metadata standards, archival projects and attributes of the human books were reviewed to identify appropriate metadata standards that accurately describe the resources of the human library. A free and open-source software; DSpace was considered for implementing newly defined metadata schema in this study. Thereafter, a set of new subject entries was incorporated to standardize the contents of the human library. This study finds that the widely used metadata schema – Dublin Core (DC) is not appropriate to describe the contents of the human book. It shows that selected metadata elements from the types – person and event of schema.org can be used for describing, organizing and archiving the resources of the human library. It further highlights that existing subject entries are not sufficient to standardize the contents of these types of resources. Two metadata fields in DSpace are strongly recommended by the DSpace community to consider in the input-forms.xml file, that is why the study could not completely omit DC metadata elements in describing human books. The study provides a roadmap to the library professionals on the inclusion of new metadata schemas in describing the uniquely featured resources of the library.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-01-11
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-07-2021-0052
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Digital library services to support online learning amid COVID-19: a study
           of a private university library in Bangladesh

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      Authors: Dilara Begum , Md. Hasinul Elahi
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to discuss the East West University Library’s (EWUL’s) response to COVID-19 situation through their transformation to digital services. The paper tries to explain how these digital library services support the user community of East West University (EWU) in online teaching and access to information resources. This paper describes the EWUL’s several digital services that are used to meet the needs of its user community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reflective practice approach has been undertaken for this study on the basis of the authors’ personal experiences working at an academic library. The authors used the reflective practice approach to assess the library’s practice during crisis situation, make the use of technological interventions in service providing and also to re-innovate the digital services for future. During the pandemic, the library shifted all the possible physical or on-site services to digital services, i.e. online resource facilities and remote access to these, federated searching, Web online public access catalog, engaging users through social media, specialized knowledge space, online document delivery, article on request, information literacy training, virtual reference service, etc. The user engagement in all these services is also notable. The nature of this study is limited to the COVID-19 pandemic and within a particular geographic location. This paper has implications and possible applications for other university libraries in developing countries, which intends to transform their services into digital for ensuring better service quality for their respective user community. This paper makes a valuable contribution to the literature on how a private university library of a developing country is responding to pandemics such as COVID-19.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-01-05
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0025
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Editorial

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      Authors: Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo , Anna Maria Tammaro
      Abstract: Editorial
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-04-18
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-05-2022-134
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2022)
       
  • Determinants of research output submission in institutional repositories
           by faculty members in Nigerian universities

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      Authors: Colette Ogugua Onyebinama, Chinwe Veronica Anunobi, Uzochukwu Anelechi Ubaferem Onyebinama
      Abstract: This paper aims to determine and analyze the rate of content submission by lecturers in relation to type of university, discipline, academic qualification, rank and teaching experience and identified the determinants of research output submission by faculty members in Nigerian varsities. The survey was conducted in six universities with functional institutional repositories in Southern Nigeria. Data collated through questionnaire from the university lecturers were analyzed using frequency distribution, percentages and regression analysis. Results showed that submission of research output was higher for lecturers in Social Sciences than for those in the Sciences; the highest among those with doctorate degree, senior lecturers and those with 6–10 years of teaching experience. The rank of faculty members and the type of university were significant determinants of research output submission. The survey was limited to universities in Southern Nigeria with functional institutional repositories. There should be further investigations on same study in universities with functional institutional repositories in other regions in Nigeria. Increased submission rate by faculty members will sustain the institutional repositories. Faculty members get in contact, make friends and engage in collaborative research. This report contributes to the global knowledge and communication’s field through the provision of empirical evidence on the determinants of content submission in open access institutional repositories.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-01-11
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-06-2020-0056
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Digital librarianship practice and open access technology use for
           sustainable development in Nigeria

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      Authors: Omorodion Okuonghae , Edwin Iroroeavwo Achugbue
      Abstract: The continuous advancement in technology has disrupted practices in many sectors, including education. Thus, this study aims to examine digital librarianship practice and open access technology use for sustainable development in Nigeria. The survey type of descriptive research design was adopted in this study while the population of the study comprised librarians in universities in Delta State. A total of 38 randomly selected librarians from four universities in Delta State were used for this study, and the data collected were analysed using descriptive statistics. This study revealed that the level of digital librarianship practice in university libraries in Delta State for sustainable development is low; just as social media tools, open source integrated library systems and Google Cloud Platforms are the most commonly used open access technologies in the libraries. Furthermore, this study showed that perennial factors such as poor funding of education, inadequate quality educational infrastructure, mismanagement of education fund among others are hindrance to sustainable development in the country’s educational sector. This study is limited in its use of only one state (out of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja) in Nigeria for this research. Also, social desirability bias on the part of the respondents could have influenced the pattern in which the respondents reacted to items in section D. This study has practical implications for the sensitization and training of librarians towards leveraging on the various open access technologies in delivering effective library and information services required in the Fourth Industrial revolution. This study seeks to pioneer a new area of focus by examining digital librarianship practice and open access technology use as enablers of sustainable development.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-12-10
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-01-2021-0007
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Measuring personal and academic differences in students’ perceived
           social media credibility

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      Authors: Iqra Bashir , Amara Malik , Khalid Mahmood
      Abstract: Social media is a popular source for information sharing in the contemporary world. Social media allow individuals to create, publish and diffuse contents directly. This openness has increased the risk of running into misinformation and raised questions about credibility of information shared. This study aims to examine the credibility of social media through the perceptions of university students. It also intends to see the difference in opinions based on their gender, academic disciplines and programs of study. The study was based on a cross-sectional survey; a structured questionnaire was developed by consulting the relevant literature. Students were selected on convenient basis from all the programs of four universities of Faisalabad, Pakistan. Four hundred students were selected randomly from each university. The findings indicated that students considered social media partially credible. Currency, community wellness, understandability and completeness of information were the highly rated facets, while factual and unbiased information was the low rated aspects. The perceived credibility of social media among the university students was the same across genders, programs of study and academic disciplines. The study may be helpful for social media service providers to address the concerns that students had in their perception regarding its credibility. This study may likely benefit faculty members, researchers, librarians/information professionals and digital libraries to understand the students’ concerns about social media credibility from a developing country’s perspective. Such understanding will enable them to better address, educate and train university students at how to evaluate the quality of information on social media by offering information literacy programs. It is direly needed that university libraries should train the students to be proficient in assessing the quality of information by offering information or digital literacy programs. Moreover, the study may be helpful for social media service providers to address the concerns that students had in their perception regarding its credibility.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-12-10
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-06-2021-0048
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Developing an open source mobile app in library services: the case of a
           national university in Malaysia

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      Authors: Zainab Ajab Mohideen , Arslan Sheikh , Kiran Kaur
      Abstract: A surge of library activities and technological advances have increased the demand for data accuracy and agility among library clientele. Therefore, novel approaches are needed to extend library services. This paper aims to introduce the implementation of a prototype mobile library application (app) designed using an in-house open source system, Koha. This paper presents a case study using a metamorphosis process to create mobile apps. This case study is tested based on the library services with a set of activities during the system acceptance test (SAT) and also user acceptance test (UAT). An application programming interface (API) used to support two-way communication, including system-to-component and system-to-system connectivity. The design, features and advantages of this mobile app are discussed, illustrated and analyzed. The case study reports the mobile app version development from the Koha Open Source Library Information System. The app was tested using user acceptance test (UAT) and system acceptance test (SAT) by library staffs who found it functional, accessible, appealing and useful. Features such as Online Public Access Catalog search, library collection scanning, patron accounts, patron personal book collection, circulation, librarian chat, QR codes for borrowing books, social media integration and notifications of library activities and events were successfully tested. This process was useful for the creation of a mobile app based on the existing library System-Koha Open Source System. This study is limited to a case study of a national university in Malaysia. This study has some practical implications for implementing library mobile applications, e.g. it will encourage librarians to implement library applications in libraries. This study is useful for mobile developers and libraries that plan to offer mobile library services to their patrons. This paper presents a case study of metamorphosis existing process of library open source System-Koha Open Source System.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-12-02
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-08-2021-0064
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Digital dissemination skills in public libraries

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      Authors: Bo Skøtt
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate what con`sequences the digitisation of public libraries’ knowledge dissemination and the transition to online services has, for library staff members’ perception of their skills. This discussion is interesting because library staff members, by politicians, stakeholders, and other opinion makers, have been appointed as key facilitators of citizens’ continued attachment to civil society and the labour market. This study is based on interviews with library staff members at Danish public libraries. Empirical data were collected through semi-structured e-mail interviews, based on an interview formula, and via follow-up telephone conversations. Library professional rapports and research literature were identified and applied as a theoretical framework in the creation of the analytical apparatus. There were several different explanatory models available when respondents had to articulate their current challenges. The first model regarded the library staff members’ lack of skills as a political-organisational issue, occurring because of a lack of invest in their continuing education. Continuing education had therefore become a personal matter. The second model highlighted the library staff members’ lack of skills as an individual, library professional problem, where the responsibility for solving the problem lay with the individual employee. Several studies have been conducted on library staff members’ skills and how they change, due to the transition to digital forms of dissemination. The present study strives to give employees a voice, which is why the respondents’ experiences are the starting point for the analytical work. Such studies are essential to understanding the extent and nature of the problem.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-12-01
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0018
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Effect of gender, social influence, and emotional factors in usage of
           e-Books by Generation Z in Indonesia

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      Authors: Dyah Puspitasari Srirahayu , Muhammad Rifky Nurpratama , Tanti Handriana , Sri Hartini
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to find out: gender, social and emotional factors as obstacles that influence Generation Z in using e-Books. The method in this study is exploratory quantitative research that was conducted by testing the factors that influence the use of e-Books by Generation Z. This study was analyzed using structure equation model, which involves regressions, measuring direct and indirect effects and path analysis. Social influence, emotional attachment and gender are suspected to be a barrier in the use of e-Books by Generation Z. The results of this study indicate that social influence and gender do not affect the use of e-Books, in which only emotional attachment directly affects the preference towards e-Book. The limitation of this study is that the sample used is still in Generation Z in Indonesia so that further research can use samples from various countries. The results of this study can be used as a consideration for e-Books Publishers to create e-books as readers wish, for example, there is a special sound when opening e-Books, there is an easy feature to give notes in e-Books and features are presented to immediately see the link in the e-Books. Generation Z is actually ready to use e-Books for reading activities. However, there are several things that make them consider reading e-Books. what they consider is the ease of use and the usefulness of the E-Books for their daily needs. Therefore, managers of information institutions and information providers in Indonesia can at least consider what genre of e-books collection can be provided and for whom the e-books are intended. This research shows that Generation Z in choosing a reading format will be influenced by the intention of using the reading format, whereas the intention is influenced by the attitude in determining the reading format.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-11-22
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-12-2020-0129
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Application of cloud technology in digital cultural heritage: an analysis
           of public culture cloud platforms in China

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      Authors: Dengdeng Wanyan , Tong Shang
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the significant advantages of cloud technology in digital cultural heritage construction by analyzing public culture cloud platforms in China. The authors hope to provide references for other countries and regions on the applications of cloud computing techniques in digital cultural construction. The primary research methods involved interview and case analysis. A comprehensive understanding of cloud technology and China’s culture cloud platforms were gained through research into extensive amounts of literature. Analyzing 21 culture cloud platforms offers a general understanding of culture clouds, while the Hunan Public Culture Cloud acts as a representative sample that gives detailed insight. This paper explores the considerable advantages of cloud computing in digital cultural construction from four aspects: integration of decentralized heterogeneous resources, coordination and cooperation, accurately matching user needs and promotion of balanced service development. Existing studies fall short of comprehensive investigations of culture cloud platforms and in-depth analysis of the advantages of cloud technology applications. This paper uses the construction of public culture cloud platforms in China as the research object. Further, this paper compares the construction status of different culture cloud platforms.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-09-13
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-04-2021-0033
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
  • A systematic review of faculty research repositories at higher education
           institutions

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

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      Authors: Patiswa Zibani , Mogiveny Rajkoomar , Nalindren Naicker
      Abstract: This study aims to evaluate faculty research repositories used in higher education institutions, their different levels and functions with regard to research information management. This is revealed through the selected studies reviewed. A systematic literature search of journal article studies on research repositories in higher education institutions was carried out on several databases, namely, Ebscohost, Emerald Insight, Science Direct, Sage, Google Scholar, SA e-Publications and citation databases such as Scopus and Web of Science. The systematic review was conducted in accordance with the preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses guidelines. The time frame for the analysis was 2015 to 2021. The findings are presented on the motives for developing faculty research repositories the services provided and benefits derived from faculty research repositories and what is the utilization of faculty research repositories. The results show that the development of research repositories at the faculty level enhances sharing, analysis, evaluation and preservation of scholarly research produced.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-08-30
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-04-2021-0035
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on student’s
           learning: a case from university of the Punjab, Pakistan

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      Authors: Toqeer Ahmad , Arslan Sheikh
      Abstract: This study aims to investigate the impact of information and communication technologies (ICT) on student’s learning primarily concentrating on the following factors: including availability, accessibility and user-ability of using ICT resources. This investigation will highlight the role of ICT in the pedagogical activities of students, especially in their learning. A questionnaire was designed to comprehend the questions related to the objectives and a sample of 275 students through convenience sampling technique was selected that was enrolled in various degree programs of the University of the Punjab, Pakistan. Primarily the descriptive analysis was made and data were presented in tabulated form. However, for inferential analysis, the Pearson correlation test was applied to determine the relationship among the dependent and independent variables including (availability, accessibility user-ability and student’s learning) and to test the hypotheses of the study. The findings disclose that students at the University of the Punjab have access to various kinds of ICT applications and resources. Moreover, they have an adequate number of ICT equipment available for their use and they are familiar with various kinds of ICT applications and resources which they use in various educational tasks during their studies. A strong positive linear correlation exists between availability, accessibility and user-ability of using ICT resources and the student’s educational learning. This confirms that ICT plays a significant role in the student’s educational accomplishments. It helps students in searching, retrieving and consulting various types of information sources. It also helps them in completing their educational tasks in a quick manner. Students at all levels also see it as a matter of great importance to acquire ICT-related skills as this can help them to be more productive in their educational accomplishments. This study concludes that availability, accessibility, adequacy and user ability to use the ICT resources positively impact students learning. Therefore, it is highly recommended for students to learn ICT-related skills and to make the best use of the different communication technologies in their pedagogical activities. Moreover, if academic institutions in Pakistan give more emphasis on developing ICT-based infrastructure and ICT skilled manpower then this can also bring fruitful results in the learning process of student’s educational endeavors.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-08-27
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0027
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Development and validation of core technology competencies for systems
           librarian

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      Authors: Muhammad Asif Naveed , Nadeem Siddique , Khalid Mahmood
      Abstract: This study aimed to develop and validate a list of core technology competencies for systems librarian in Pakistan. Survey method was used to conduct this investigation. A structured questionnaire, consisting of 52 competency statements categorized into six core technology areas, was developed based on an extensive literature review, experts’ scrutiny and pilot testing. The administration of the survey questionnaire was done though online environments such as related listservs and Facebook pages. The received 62 responses were imported into statistical package for social sciences and analyzed by computing means, standard deviations, Pearson correlation and t-test. The results indicated six core technology areas where competencies of systems librarians needed to be developed, namely, basic computing, programming and Web publishing, computer networks, cloud computing, database management systems and information systems. The respondents validated 50 statements with an average mean score more than three. Only two statements received mean scores less than three. The results also indicated higher consistency of these statements as the value of Cronbach’s alpha was 0.973. This research attempted to identify and validate core technology competencies needed for systems librarians in Pakistan. It neither attempted to determine the weightage each competency should have if it was to be included in curriculum nor it intended to identify a detailed content for each core technology competency. In Pakistan, System librarians develop their knowledge and skills with the specialized computer subject by studying on their own, attending training workshops and on job experience. It is therefore worth mentioning here that the knowledge of the needed competencies may be limited. Library and information science schools need to consider these competencies in developing and designing information curriculum with regard to management of library systems. This set of competencies help academicians in designing need-based curricula and training programs for existing and prospect system librarians in Pakistan. This study would be a worthwhile contribution to the literature on competencies of information professionals especially systems librarians as no such study appeared providing pragmatic, evidenced and field-based insights toward proposed research area.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-08-23
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-03-2021-0022
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Challenges and prospects of linked data technology: a qualitative study of
           Pakistani LIS professionals’ insights

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      Authors: Nosheen Fatima Warraich , Tayayba Rasool , Abebe Rorissa
      Abstract: This study aims to explore the perceived challenges and prospects of linked data (LD) technology along with the skills required among library professionals to take LD initiatives in Pakistani libraries. A qualitative research design with the phenomenology approach was used to meet the objectives of the study. Data was collected through in-depth interviews from 18 senior libraries and information science (LIS) professionals who were well versed with technology. This sample consisted of informants who provided rich and privileged information about the topic and had been involved in the implementation of new technologies in libraries. Qualitative data analysis software NVivo was used to analyze data and to create themes. Results indicated that LIS professionals should have advanced technical skills to adopt LD technology in their libraries. Respondents opined that the visibility of library resources and services should be increased on the Web for a wider audience. Findings identified the following challenges in the implementation of LD initiatives in the information environment: MARC standards, low level of awareness, lack of skills among professionals, privacy issues and time barrier. Moreover, information professionals have been contending uncertainties to implement emergent technologies in libraries. However, they are still willing to adopt LD technologies, though these initiatives are at an infancy level in libraries. Findings may be helpful and supportive for professional associations to design training content and for library schools for offering advanced technology courses. This study will contribute to LIS literature especially in the context of developing countries. It will enhance library professionals’ awareness regarding the significance of LD initiatives in libraries.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-08-20
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-02-2021-0012
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
  • Digital preservation in institutional repositories: a systematic
           literature review

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      Authors: José Manuel Barrueco , Miquel Termens
      Abstract: This paper aims to carry out a literature review on the implementation of digital preservation policies, strategies and actions by institutional repositories. The objective is to identify, out of the published experiences, at which level they are fulfilling the function of ensuring the long-term availability of the deposited materials. Using a systematic literature review methodology, a total of 21 articles from international refereed journals published between 2009 and 2020 are reviewed. The research production on this subject is very limited. The scarce number of published articles proves that the interest of repository managers has been focused on issues other than to assure the long-term availability of the assets they store. The literature review has not found clear evidence about how institutional repositories are implementing digital preservation. It is particularly striking the lack of works focused on the situation in European countries. More field studies are needed. They would allow to extract conclusions and produce best practices to help managers to improve preservation strategies. This study has shown that one of the main functions of repositories is not being dealt with as promised by repository managers. More work in this area is needed. In particular, it is necessary for a study at the European level to gather detailed data that will allow to draw a portrait of the current situation, extract conclusions and produce best practices to help managers to improve or develop preservation strategies.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2021-07-26
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-02-2021-0011
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 2 (2021)
       
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