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ACM Transactions on Social Computing     Hybrid Journal  
ACM Transactions on the Web (TWEB)     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
American Journal of Information Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asiascape : Digital Asia     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
CCF Transactions on Networking     Hybrid Journal  
Communications in Mobile Computing     Open Access   (Followers: 14)
Computational Social Networks     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Cyberpolitik Journal     Open Access  
Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Data Science     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Digital Library Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 42)
Discover Internet of Things     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Informação & Informação     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Information Technology and Libraries     Open Access   (Followers: 342)
Infrastructure Complexity     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
International Journal of Art, Culture and Design Technologies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
International Journal of Bullying Prevention     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Digital Humanities     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of e-Collaboration     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of E-Entrepreneurship and Innovation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
International Journal of Entertainment Technology and Management     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Information Privacy, Security and Integrity     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 25)
International Journal of Information Technology and Web Engineering     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Interactive Mobile Technologies     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Internet and Distributed Systems     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Journal of Knowledge Society Research     Full-text available via subscription  
International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
International Journal of Social and Humanistic Computing     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Social Computing and Cyber-Physical Systems     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Social Media and Interactive Learning Environments     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
International Journal of Social Network Mining     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
International Journal of Virtual Communities and Social Networking     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
International Journal of Web Based Communities     Hybrid Journal  
International Journal of Web-Based Learning and Teaching Technologies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Internet Technology Letters     Hybrid Journal  
JLIS.it     Open Access   (Followers: 7)
Journal of Cyber Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Digital & Social Media Marketing     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 18)
Journal of Social Structure     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Medicine 2.0     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Observatorio (OBS*)     Open Access  
Online Social Networks and Media     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Policy & Internet     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies     Hybrid Journal  
Redes. Revista Hispana para el Análisis de Redes Sociales     Open Access  
RESET     Open Access  
Scientific Phone Apps and Mobile Devices     Open Access  
Social Media + Society     Open Access   (Followers: 25)
Social Network Analysis and Mining     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Social Networking     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Social Networks     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Social Science Computer Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Synthesis Lectures on the Semantic Web: Theory and Technology     Full-text available via subscription  
Teknokultura. Revista de Cultura Digital y Movimientos Sociales     Open Access  
Terminal     Open Access  
Texto Digital     Open Access  
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  • Exploring electronic lab notebooks (ELNs) at a R1 institution in the
           Southeast USA

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      Authors: Plato L. Smith II
      Abstract: This study aims to build a better understanding of researcher needs regarding support for data that you create, store, and/or manage using an electronic lab notebook (ELN), also referred to as electronic research notebook (ERN). The study also articulates the need for risk assessment for ELN products used by researchers for both open data and sensitive data that require standards. The author used a participatory action research mixed-methods approach. A working group was formed from an ELN initial meeting. The working group team investigated several institutional ERN solutions by setting up trials, speaking with representatives from other research universities with ERN solutions and conducting internal and external research. This culminated in a broader-scale survey exploration. Findings reveal there is no single institutional ELN license solution to satisfy all scientific disciplines. There is a need to develop foundational tools needed by all, provide additional tools and uses cases with best practices that can be tailored to various labs and research processes and develop a how-to guide on how to assemble the parts to create a useful ELN solution. The research implications include providing support for researchers selecting an ERN solution through a combination of online guides, short tutorials and training. There is a need to develop foundational tools, uses cases with best practices that can be tailored to various labs and research processes and how-to guide on how to assemble the parts to create a useful hybrid-ELN solution. Practical implications include aligning available ERN solutions with other institution provided technologies across the research life cycle to provide researchers a suite of tools to conduct and manage their research. Further investigating educational license discounts for courses using eLabJournal, RSpace, Protocols.io, Open Science Framework, LabArchives or other ERNs currently funded by student course fees via grant funded projects are key implications. Social implications include the research computing environments of researchers that use ELN solutions approved through institutional risk assessment for open data are in compliance with university regulatory frameworks for use of the software in research. The originality of this study includes risk assessments of ELNs solutions to better guide researchers in the selection process. To the best of the author’s knowledge, this survey was the first exploration of ELN on campus resulting in a final report to senior stakeholders. This study also highlights a developing grant proposal to further develop support across labs and campus.
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-06-29
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-02-2022-0013
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • 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)
       
  • Editorial

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      Authors: Anna Maria Tammaro , Juan D. Machin-Mastromatteo
      Abstract: Editorial
      Citation: Digital Library Perspectives
      PubDate: 2022-06-29
      DOI: 10.1108/DLP-08-2022-135
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 3 (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. 38 , No. 3 (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. 38 , No. 3 (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. 38 , No. 3 (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. 38 , No. 3 (2022)
       
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