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Library Hi Tech News
Journal Prestige (SJR): 0.226
Number of Followers: 725  
 
Hybrid Journal Hybrid journal   * Containing 1 Open Access Open Access article(s) in this issue *
ISSN (Print) 0741-9058 - ISSN (Online) 2054-1678
Published by Emerald Homepage  [362 journals]
  • A theoretical perspective of public library physical spaces in a digital
           environment

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      Authors: Asmaa Bouaamri , Ágnes Barátné Hajdu
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore the virtual space of the library and how it is part of the library building and many spaces offered. It inspects as well the work of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions’ section related to library buildings and equipment libraries can play if they are able to provide remote users education, which can help in fighting illiteracy and promote digital literacy. The study adopted a structuralist approach from linguistics, sociology and anthropology to decorticate the concept of space. It favoured the literature review method, which was the most adequate approach for multidisciplinary results. The study results indicate that the library virtual space became equally important as its physical spaces for our modern world and development. The significance of the virtual spaces is similar nowadays to the physical spaces of libraries as they allow for social integration and self-recognition. The value of this study is uniquely exhaustive, as it highlights the value and significance of the library virtual space in the contemporary world, in comparison with the library physical spaces.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2022-01-25
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-12-2021-0093
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Technologies changing in the post pandemic era

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      Authors: Adetoun A. Oyelude
      Abstract: This paper looks at conditions of service delivery and technologies that are being deployed in libraries, archives and museums in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era. Literature search from the internet, blogs and wikis over a period of three months were carried out to garner facts. Libraries, archives and museums that had resumed service delivery from different parts of the world were featured. More digital tools were found to be needed than before the pandemic. These digital tools provide services that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, from any device. Libraries would have to adjust to the changing nature of education, settling for more use of artificial intelligence, audiovisual immersive technologies, and enabling digital and media literacy. Cloud-based technologies, security, analytics and automation have to thrive in the new normal. Library, archives and museum workers will find information on identifying new ways of doing their work differently in the post-pandemic era. Re-skilling for them, especially, will have to be a priority.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2022-01-24
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2021-0018
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Adapting intelligent information services in libraries: a case of smart AI
           chatbots

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      Authors: Subhajit Panda , Rupak Chakravarty
      Abstract: The recent COVID-19 pandemic affects all segments of the population in all possible fields of life. To encounter this critical situation and to safeguard the health of the library users & library staff, the library services have been forced to adapt and accept the “new normal” and give a greater use and reliance on virtual space than ever before with physical spaces. This paper aims to demonstrate an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven solution that can be practically implemented in the form of a “InfoBot” or “Chatbot” to fulfil user needs 24/7 with minimal or without human intervention. To give a general overview of the use of AI Chatbot in libraries and its multitasking features followed by the practical implementation, a versatile AIchatbot service, Engati is used as a target bot with its basic free plan. The study findings reveal that AI Chatbots offer a dependable solution for the libraries to initiate virtual assistance, thus augmenting the reference service while adding a newer dimension to virtual reference service. Innovative and intelligent information service would be overcoming the time and location barriers reaffirming the concept of “library without walls” while falling in line with the five laws of library science as propounded by Dr S.R. Ranganathan, the father of library science in India. Though the implementation of bots and chatbots is not a purely novel concept to explore, no such research has been conducted focusing particularly on its exceptional benefits in the library in reference to the recent pandemic.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2022-01-24
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-11-2021-0081
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Why librarians need to develop their information scientist identity in the
           age of COVID

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      Authors: Donna Ellen Frederick
      Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to challenge librarians to reconceptualize their professional self-image and practice so that it more closely aligns with the information science discipline that is part of the Masters of Library and Information Science degree. This column is primarily theoretical and philosophical but is also draws on the author’s observations of trends and patterns in both librarianship and changes in information needs in recent years. Urgent, high-cost information needs created by COVID-19 and climate change coexist in a reality where technological change has made traditional librarian roles and functions less critical. By developing their information science skills and strengthening their professional identity as information scientists, librarians have the opportunity to address the urgent information needs of the day while remaining highly relevant professionals. Librarians will need to strengthen their science-related skills and knowledge and begin to promote themselves as information scientists. Librarians are in a position to make a meaningful contribution to two of the most pressing challenges of the day, climate change and dealing with COVID-19. This paper is relevant to all librarians at any stage of their career. It will help them to reflect on both their skillset and career path and to make any needed adjustments so that they can remain relevant in a volatile and demanding information environment.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2022-01-05
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-04-2021-112
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • The use of electronic learning centres in public libraries in the city of
           Johannesburg, South Africa

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

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      Authors: Sifiso Michael Mbambo , Glenrose Velile Jiyane , Nkosingiphile Mbusozayo Zungu
      Abstract: This study aimed to establish the use of electronic learning centres in public libraries in the city of Johannesburg, which is under one of the biggest metropolitan municipalities in South Africa. A quantitative research approach was adopted, and questionnaires were used to collect primary data. The target population for this study was the entire users of the electronic learning centres and librarians in the public libraries within the city of Johannesburg. The findings of this study revealed that there are different services, levels of awareness and training. This study was limited to public libraries in the city of Johannesburg. Academic, special and mobile libraries were not included in this study because they were not open to the general public. Users who were not using the electronic learning centres were excluded from this study. Adequate use and awareness of services of electronic learning centres in public libraries are instrumental in the satisfaction of users’ needs using the electronic learning centres. The suggestions of this study will be useful to decision makers and heads of the electronic learning centres on how to enhance the use of the electronic learning centres in the city of Johannesburg. This paper establishes the use of electronic learning centres in public libraries in the city of Johannesburg, which is under one of the biggest metropolitan municipalities in South Africa.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2021-12-23
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2021-0063
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print , No. ahead-of-print (2021)
       
  • Highly cited articles in social sciences: an analytical study

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      Authors: Namita Mahapatra , Jyotshna Sahoo
      Abstract: This paper aims at analyzing the distinctive characteristics of highly cited articles (HCAs) in the domain of Social Sciences with respect to chronological growth pattern, productive journals, authorship pattern, prolific authors, top institutions and leading countries, network among institutions and top ranked keywords in social science research. The required data has been retrieved from Scopus indexing database and further refined using various limits like document types, subject coverage and total citations, and finally, 839 articles were selected for detail analysis. A set of bibliometric indicators were used to make a quantitative analysis, whereas VOSviewer software tool was used to visualize the institutional network and keywords mapping of the HCAs. This study revealed that highest number of HCAs (371) were published during the decade 2001–2010. Degree of collaboration, collaborative index and collaborative coefficient were observed to be 0.513, 1.98 and 0.988, respectively. The highly cited papers were emanated from 397 journals, contributed by 1,556 authors from 1,326 institutions placed in 46 countries. Social Science and Medicine was the most productive journal; J. Urry of Lancaster University, UK, was the most influential author; the USA, the UK and Canada are the torchbearers in social science research. The paper entitled “Five misunderstandings about case-study research,” authored by B. Flyvbjerg, published in 2006 in Qualitative Inquiry, received highest 4,730 citations. The primary value of this paper lies in extending an understanding of the characteristics of HCAs in the domain of social sciences. It will provide an insight to the researchers to get acquainted with the most influential authors, journals, institutions, countries and major thrust areas of research in social sciences.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2021-12-07
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-01-2021-0001
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 10 (2021)
       
  • AI and libraries: trends and projections

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      Authors: Adetoun A. Oyelude
      Abstract: This paper aims to focus on the trends and projection for future use of artificial intelligence (AI) in libraries. AI technologies is the latest among the technologies being used in libraries. The technology has systems that have natural language processing, machine learning and pattern recognition capabilities that make service provision easier for libraries. Systematic literature review is done, exploring blogs and wikis, to collect information on the ways in which AI is used and can be futuristically used in libraries. This paper found that uses of AI in libraries entailed enhanced services such as content indexing, document matching, content mapping content summarization and many others. AI possibilities were also found to include improving the technology of gripping, localizing and human–robot interaction and also having artificial superintelligence, the hypothetical AI that surpasses human intelligence and abilities. It is concluded that advanced technologies that AI are, will help librarians to open up new horizons and solve challenges that crop up in library service delivery.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2021-11-29
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2021-0079
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 10 (2021)
       
  • Social media and library marketing

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      Authors: Anwar Muhammad , Tang Zhiwei
      Abstract: The basic purpose of this paper is to find out library professionals how these libraries perceive the importance of social media and emerging technologies what would make the difference in the libraries and how they help libraries to create environments flexible and exclusive. This paper reviews various options for libraries to use different forms of social media to market their resources and services. The reviewed literature has identified the importance and use of emerging technologies and social media in libraries. This paper can help library professionals to engage themselves to use social media and emerging technologies to bring innovation into the library sources and services. This paper provides a review of social media and emerging technologies used for marketing in the libraries environment.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2021-11-23
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-09-2021-0056
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 10 (2021)
       
  • Information-as-a-thing versus information-as-a-process: the legitimate
           differences between information resources management and information
           management

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      Authors: Tunde Toyese Oyedokun , Florence Onyenisi Otonekwu , Zainab Olanihun Ambali , Oluwafemi Joseph Fajonyomi
      Abstract: Information resources management (IRM) and information management (IM) are two distinct terms often used interchangeably in the literature as synonyms, but perhaps, they mean different things. It is worthy of investigation to clarify whether these two related terms are in fact synonyms, and if not, what line of demarcation does them apart, discussion of some underpinning common generalities and issues that compass their misconceptions. This is a significant gap in the literature that needs to be bridged to develop a common ground of what differentiates IRM from IM. It is a general review of the legitimate differences between IRM and IM. Information resources in the ambit of IRM cannot achieve anything except people do something with it either by examining, categorizing or describing it, but in the end, they understood, rebut, alter or do all sorts of manipulation to the data set or information. Meanwhile, all this interpretation and manipulation constitute the hallmark of IM. At this point, we need to take note of the fact that IRM is not the same as IM but rather IRM forms part of a holistic framework or components of IM. This is to say that successful IM cannot take place without proper IRM.
      Citation: Library Hi Tech News
      PubDate: 2021-11-23
      DOI: 10.1108/LHTN-10-2021-0073
      Issue No: Vol. 38 , No. 10 (2021)
       
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