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Library Management
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ISSN (Print) 0143-5124 - ISSN (Online) 1758-7921
Published by Emerald Homepage  [362 journals]
  • Environmental education in public libraries

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      Authors: Jennie Devine, Leo Appleton
      Abstract: This research aims to investigate effective public library environmental education interventions in order to inform the development of a framework for public libraries. A qualitative research method was developed incorporating surveys and follow-up interviews with librarians working in USA public libraries, who were known to have been involved in environmental education initiatives. The research determined which environmental education interventions were most likely to lead to action and behaviour change in public library users. The resulting discussion has allowed for the creation of a framework which establishes factors useful for successful implementation of environmental education programmes and activities. These elements include partnership, institutional commitment, inclusion and outreach and practical activities linked to a larger vision. The research participants were limited to those libraries in the USA which were all affiliated with the American Library Association (ALA) Resilient Communities programmes and had received grants. The paper concludes with a framework for implementing environmental education programmes in public libraries. Effective interventions are also shared which provide practical ideas and strategies. Providing structure and considerations for establishing an environmental programme enables libraries to build on experiences of other libraries. As climate change action becomes a more pressing issue, providing these interventions supports action. The paper discusses the concepts of environmental education and the role which public libraries can play in this arena, concluding that sustainable development should be treated as a new tenet of librarianship and environmental education as a new research field of library and information science.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-24
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-10-2022-0091
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • Rebirth in the examination of past roles and triumphs in determining what
           might be

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      Authors: Steve O'Connor
      Abstract: Repository Libraries need to pause and re-consider their role and future purpose in the light of the Digital Disruption of the whole library and publishing industries. This paper seeks to expose some of the issues in this re-examination. The Kuopio Conference is a seminal conference series exploring the trials, successes and futures of repository libraries globally. The paper seeks to draw out the tensions in libraries and in publishing asking the questions of why and how. Scenario planning assists in enabling us to think about issues which are disruptive rather than assuming that the future will be steady and assured. This paper is a call to the community to re-think what is being planned and executed. This re-examination is different in the nature of the papers detailing what has been achieved.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-23
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2022-0108
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • Cooperative preservation management and the digitisation of journal
           collections in French higher education libraries

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      Authors: Guillaume Niziers, Gabrielle Richard
      Abstract: The study aims to highlight the outputs and issues of cooperative preservation and digitisation of journal collections in French higher education libraries. Overview of the French shared preservation initiative for academic journals and of the Persée programme. After 18 years of operation of the French shared journal preservation initiative, the Persée digitisation programme represents a new lever for a common policy. Contributes to the discussion on the complementarity between preservation and digitisation.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-18
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-10-2022-0099
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • Becoming a global library at the local: internationalization activities
           and practices of Philippine academic libraries

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      Authors: Marian Ramos-Eclevia
      Abstract: This study aims to examine the perceived role of libraries and contributions to the internationalization of higher education and identify the available library services for international students and faculty. This descriptive research used a survey method to study the different activities and practices of the internationalization of academic libraries. The results of this study reveal that academic libraries support the teaching, learning and research needs of international students and faculty members, provide library instruction for international students to acquire information literacy skills and promote the rationale and goals of the institution's internationalization activities. Many respondents are engaged in staff development with internationalization dimensions and international library benchmarking and research paper presentation at international conferences with institutional support. The results of this study could benefit the profession and library managers by deepening the managers' understanding of the role of libraries in the internationalization of Philippine higher education. This study will be of interest and value to library and school administrators interested in developing or expanding internationalization activities that positively respond to the redefinition of the role of libraries and librarians in globalization.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-16
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2022-0008
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • Green libraries: barriers to concept development

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      Authors: Małgorzata Fedorowicz-Kruszewska
      Abstract: The library community is considerably active in environmental issues, but the body of scientific and professional literature in the library and information science (LIS) related to environmental issues is growing slowly. The author attempts to indicate the reasons for the still-low interest in the issue of green libraries on a global scale by pointing to barriers in the development of the green libraries concept in both theoretical and practical dimensions. The desk research method was used in this study. Barriers to the development of the green libraries concept include an ambiguous definition of green libraries, a lack of guidelines for green libraries, a lack of criteria for evaluating green libraries, insufficient dissemination of the essence and goals of environmental education, a lack of developed tools for monitoring progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in an environmental aspect at a national level and insufficient integration of environmental topics in LIS curricula at the higher-education level. Although, since the 1990s, the body of literature on sustainable development from an environmental perspective has been growing, LIS researchers' activities do not reflect the importance of this issue. The originality of the article lies in the indication of the reasons for the still-low interest in environmental issues in LIS literature. To date, this issue has not been discussed in the literature.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-11
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2022-0041
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • Unveiling the present status of open access repositories: a comparative
           analysis of India and China

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      Authors: Umer Yousuf Parray, Aasif Mohammad Khan, Aasif Ahmad Mir, Shahid Maqbool Mir
      Abstract: Open access repository is an essential element of an organization's strategy for enhancing the visibility and accessibility of its intellectual output to a global audience. Owing to its importance, the study aims to explore the current status of open access repositories in India and China by analyzing the different characteristic features of repositories. The data for the study is collected from OpenDoar which is labeled as a quality assured repository directory across the globe. The country-wise contribution of Asian repositories is extracted from OpenDoar using various filtration options available in the repository. Further, the URL of every Indian and Chinese repository was manually accessed to gather the following metadata: Repository Type, Software Usage, Repository Interface Language, Year of Development, Subject Coverage, Content Coverage, and the utilization of Web 2.0 tools by repositories. The findings of the study highlights that among the Asian countries, India is at 4th rank while China is at 5th rank in terms of repository count. The study depicts that India has shown more promising growth than China.  However, both the countries mainly focused on institutional repositories while disciplinary, aggregated, and governmental repositories are very few in number, therefore building such repositories is the need of an hour. Dspace as the preferred software and English as a dominant interface language occupy the prominent places in the repositories of both countries. Moreover, the repositories of both countries have embraced web 2.0 tools like RSS 1.0, RSS 2.0 and Atom with little presence of social media tools. The study has limitations, and results should be interpreted with caution. The comparison between the two countries is based on only one data source, i.e. OpenDoar. However, there is a possibility that future studies can take various repository directories as a data source that will give a clear picture of comparison. The study can be beneficial to the policymakers and the administrators of these two regions as it will provide them a vivid picture of the diffrent characteristic features of their repositories so that they can formulate better policies that will be helpful to foster green open access.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2023-01-10
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-09-2022-0084
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2023)
       
  • bwLastCopies – identifying the last copy: activities in the German
           state of Baden-Württemberg

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      Authors: Lena Hassel
      Abstract: Cooperative preservation has been an international topic for a long time. Germany’s neighbouring countries such as Austria and Switzerland have already taken measures for the cooperative preservation of printed resources. The main objective of the project bwLastCopies – which was funded by the Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg in the context of the BigDIWA program – was to support cooperative preservation in Baden-Württemberg. The goal was realized by the automated documentation of archiving commitments and the implementation of an inventory management system for the libraries in Baden-Württemberg to help examining the potential rareness of collections. The project showed that many titles in libraries in Baden-Württemberg are, at least in the context of Baden-Württemberg, rare. Cooperative holdings management between libraries is only possible with a clear communication on what actions should be taken when sorting something out. The marking of potentially rare titles in a database as large as K10plus is valuable to the participating libraries. Because of the amount of libraries working with the union catalogue, the markings are largely reliable and give an overview on how many and which titles are potentially rare.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-12-23
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-10-2022-0098
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Exploring experiences regarding information literacy competencies among
           nursing students at Aga Khan University, Uganda

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      Authors: Sarah Nakaziba, Sarah Kaddu, Mary Namuguzi, Arnold Mwanzu
      Abstract: The study sought to assess and evaluate the information literacy experiences and competencies of nursing students at Aga Khan University, Uganda. A review of information literacy (IL) programs was done to establish the competencies students acquired from the library staff and examine the contribution of IL competencies to the effective utilization of library information resources. A qualitative descriptive research design was used to describe the participants' experiences regarding IL competencies. The study population included 35 nursing students pursuing a diploma of science in nursing in the second year of study. Purposive sampling was utilized to identify only second-year diploma students who had undertaken the IL training. The study utilized individual interviews and open-ended questionnaires. The study found that nursing students who attained some IL competencies could easily locate the required information; IL was not integrated into the curriculum as a stand-alone course unit, but rather a few elements were embedded in some of the nursing course units like research, nursing informatics and academic writing. Furthermore, there was no well-developed IL curriculum used for teaching the subject. The study also noted that there was a minimum collaboration between the faculty and librarians in teaching IL at AKU. Findings showed there was a gap in the IL program delivery. This study extends the literature on the subject by bringing together current views and opinions of the three populations involved to present a more comprehensive view of the challenges academia faces regarding teaching and student acquisition of IL skills.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-12-20
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2022-0071
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Library's quality impact on satisfaction and improvement priorities

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      Authors: Sunitiya Thuannadee
      Abstract: This study aims to identify library service dimensions at the Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand, examine the effect of perceived quality on overall satisfaction and determine the library service's improvement priorities. The modified service quality (SERVQUAL) questionnaire was administered to SUT faculty and students. The perceived quality of service attributes was determined by comparing the perception of the actual service received with the expectation. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was utilized to classify the service dimensions, and proportional odds ordinal logistic regression was employed to examine the impact of perceived quality on overall satisfaction. The improvement priorities were determined using the importance–performance analysis (IPA). EFA suggested four service dimensions of the SUT library services: collection and access, organizational service, service delivery by staff and library as a place. The perceived quality of all dimensions positively affected overall satisfaction. However, the “library as a place” had a nonsignificant effect on faculty satisfaction, while the “collection and access” had a nonsignificant effect on student satisfaction. In the context of library services, few studies have examined the effect of perceived quality on satisfaction and investigated improvement priorities using IPA. This study addresses these research gaps and provides deeper insights into the faculty and student perspectives on the university library services.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-12-16
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-08-2022-0076
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • First steps towards shared print collaboration in Sweden
         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

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      Authors: Karin Byström, Anna Isaksson, Anna Thordstein, Wolfgang Undorf
      Abstract: This paper reports the development in Sweden during the last few years on shared print cooperation. In June 2022, 30 libraries signed a letter of intent on cooperation on preservation and withdrawal of print material. By taking joint responsibility for long-term preservation, libraries aim to secure access as well as diversity and breadth in the collections. As a first practical step, the working group is conducting a national collection analysis using metadata in the national catalog LIBRIS. The paper presents the preliminary results of the collection analysis and discusses the next steps for the collaboration.  The Swedish collaboration is one of many European and international collaborations on print archiving, and as such being of interest to a global library field.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-12-16
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-11-2022-0106
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  • A holistic view of academic library supply chain model

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      Authors: A.K. Mahbubul Hye, Nurakmal Ahmad Mustaffa, Md. Mamun Habib
      Abstract: The supply chain (SC) model is commonly utilized in manufacturing and has also been adapted to a variety of service industries with similar goals. However, in a few service industries, most notably academic libraries, the SC model is rarely implemented, despite the fact that SC management best practises have been shown to boost stakeholder satisfaction, revenue and decrease total expenses. This research aims to discuss the development of the entities of an academic library SC model and present the verifying/validation process of the model. In this research, both qualitative and quantitative approaches have been used. System thinking method used to develop the conceptual SC model of the academic library and fuzzy Delphi method (FDM) used to validate the developed model. This research explores the functions and components that need to develop and validate the academic library SC model. The outcome of this research is to construct a valid SC model of an academic library which could be a strategical tool for ensuring a quality service for the library users and the stakeholders because this model shows a holistic view of all entities of the academic library SC.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-12-07
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-01-2022-0003
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Researchers' perception and response to the open access resources (OAR) in
           higher learning institutions of Tamil Nadu, India

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      Authors: Gunasekaran Mangai, Perumal Ganesan
      Abstract: The purpose of this study is to report the results of a survey conducted at Bharathidasan and Alagappa Universities to determine the research scholars' awareness, use of Open Access (OA) resources, reasons for using, impact of OA on the research scholars' research, satisfaction and problems faced. In this study, a self-assessed questionnaire was developed to collect data from the research scholars pursuing their research degrees from Bharathidasan and Alagappa Universities of Tamil Nadu, India. A total of 400 research scholars from various disciplines responded were used for analysis. The results indicated that the majority of research scholars aware of few OA resources to a large extent and afraid to redistribute the sources as they fear of copyright issues. Easy to use, more informative and global research at one place were the major reasons for accessing the resources. The research scholars were aware of OA features and OA's impact such as freedom to use, modify, resources available with source code, reliability, self-archiving, quick publishing, more citations etc. Delay in downloading and lack of computer terminals to access the resources were the major issues faced by the research scholars. On the whole, the researchers are considering OA model as an alternative to business model and expect the university librarians to promote and enhance the accessibility of OA resources. The outcomes of the results will enable the librarians and authorities in universities to formulate appropriate decisions to remove the issues faced by the research scholars and develop a framework for new literacy instructions. The study undertaken is new to the Indian continent and the Tami Nadu state in particular. The findings of the study will be useful to improve the awareness level and use of OA resources effectively.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-11-01
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-02-2022-0012
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Academic library services extension during the COVID-19 pandemic:
           considerations in higher education institutions in the Gauteng Province,
           South Africa

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      Authors: Tinyiko Vivian Dube, Lorette Jacobs
      Abstract: This paper aimed to determine the extent to which academic libraries and information services were extended due to the emergence of COVID-19 in the Gauteng Province, South Africa. Founded on a pragmatism paradigm, the sequential explanatory research design was adopted to engage with participants and respondents on their experience of library services extensions to support users during the COVID-19 pandemic. Data were collected using online questionnaires and interviews. Cluster and purposive sampling were used and data for the quantitative part were analyzed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS), whilst qualitative data were analyzed manually. Findings revealed that academic libraries operating in a higher education environment provided extensive support to remote users during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was done through the utilization of a variety of technology utilization, ranging from traditional e-mail support to the use of technology related to Artificial Intelligence such as the BOTsa, which is a Chatbot aimed to assist users in receiving speedy responses to library-related inquiries. This study is unique in that it focuses on academic libraries that operate in higher education environments where support for achieving academic endeavors becomes imperative to ensure the smooth execution of teaching and learning activities within the restrictions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Adaptions and improvements to academic library services during and post-COVID-19 era were successful in ensuring that remote users could obtain similar services and access to information as was the case before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-10-13
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2022-0039
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • A survey of transformational leadership traits for South African academic
           libraries in Gauteng province, South Africa

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      Authors: Nokuphiwa Kunene, Patrick Mapulanga
      Abstract: The purpose of the paper was to survey transformational leadership traits in three academic libraries in the Gauteng province in South Africa. The three academic libraries were chosen based on the fact that two of the universities were residential research-intensive universities and the third was an academic library of a distance learning university. The study adopted a quantitative approach with a survey design in three academic libraries in the Gauteng province in South Africa in which a close-ended questionnaire yielded quantitative data. The study included 29 academic staff from the rank of assistant librarian to the director from the three academic libraries, as these are the personnel in leadership positions. To code and analyse, quantitative data from a Likert scale, SPSS version 25 was used. Cronbach's alpha was used to evaluate the instrument's reliability on the five constructs used in this study to determine readiness to adopt a transformational leadership style. The overall level of internal consistency exceeded the theoretical minimum of 70 percent. The Shapiro-Wilk test was used to determine the normality of the data and the p values were greater than 0.05 (p > 0.05). Tables have been used to present descriptive and inferential statistics based on data. Participants expressed favourable opinions about academic libraries' ability to learn from the best practices of others in the profession, with mean scores greater than 3.5 on a 5.0 scale. Participants' perceptions of transformative versus traditional management styles yielded a moderate mean score of 3.0, with moderate mean scores ranging from 2.8 to 3.3. The average score for talent identification and succession planning in academic libraries was 3.5. Perceptions of leadership responsibilities had a mean score of 4.1, with attributes on leadership responsibilities scoring at least 3.5. Perceptions of problems for the next generation of leaders in academic libraries were moderate, with a mean score of 3.2 on a scale of 5.0. Only three of the seven public university libraries in the Gauteng province in South Africa were surveyed in this study. The sample size was reasonably small for generalizations beyond the South African Gauteng province academic libraries. However, it was felt useful for this particular case. A survey of all 26 South African public universities is required to assess transformational leadership traits in academic libraries. Next-generation leaders in South African academic libraries are perceived as not being aggressive in terms of team building, coaching and motivating others. In the wake of COVID-19, new leadership traits such as scenario planning are needed for academic libraries. Leadership studies abound in the library and information studies (LIS) profession and they are not new. However, research on transformational leadership in South African libraries is still in its early stages. As a result, this study fills a gap in the literature on transformative leadership in academic libraries in South Africa.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-09-29
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2022-0025
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
  • Teaching research data management courses in higher learning institutions
           in Tanzania

         This is an Open Access Article Open Access Article

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      Authors: Neema Florence Mosha, Patrick Ngulube
      Abstract: The study investigated teaching research data management (RDM) courses in higher learning institutions (HLIs) in Tanzania to enable postgraduate students to work with their research data. The study triangulated research methods. Postgraduate students were investigated using survey questionnaires to learn about their needs and perceptions of the teaching RDM courses in HLIs. Key informants (academicians, information and communication technologists and library staff) were also investigated using in-depth interviews to explore their experiences and knowledge of teaching RDM courses. SPSS statistical software was used for analysing quantitative data; qualitative data were analysed thematically. A total of 70 questionnaires were distributed to postgraduate students with a returning rate of 44 (69%). On the other hand, 12 key informants were interviewed. A low level of RDM literacy was revealed among 38 (86%) respondents. Most respondents 40 (91%) reported the need for HLIs to start teaching RDM courses. A lack of skills and knowledge in teaching RDM courses was revealed among key informants. The competency-based, adaptive and constructive teaching techniques were selected for teaching RDM courses, whereas intensive training and online tutorials were revealed as teaching formats. This study focused on teaching RDM courses in HLIs. The survey questionnaires were distributed to all 2nd year postgraduate students, however, the findings cannot be generalised to all postgraduate students due to the response rate obtained. The findings obtained from key informants can also not be used as a basis for generalization across HLIs. This study concluded that postgraduate students need to be well equipped with skills and knowledge on RDM and its related concepts; teaching RDM courses should be regarded as a continuous programme for benefit of students, researchers and the community at large. Appropriate teaching of RDM courses among students not only ensures that students meet the funders’ and publishers’ requirements, but also encourages students to store and share their research among researchers worldwide; thus increasing collaboration and visibility of the datasets and data owners through data citations and acknowledgements. This is a comprehensive study that provides findings for HLIs to teach RDM courses in HLIs, especially for postgraduate students. The findings revealed the need for teaching RDM courses in HLIs. The study provides the basis for further RDM research in HLIs and research institutions.
      Citation: Library Management
      PubDate: 2022-08-24
      DOI: 10.1108/LM-04-2022-0033
      Issue No: Vol. ahead-of-print, No. ahead-of-print (2022)
       
 
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