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Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

2008

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Globalization And National Information Policy In Nigeria, Augonus Nnamdi Uhegbu Dec 2008

Globalization And National Information Policy In Nigeria, Augonus Nnamdi Uhegbu

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The paper focuses on the need for a national information policy in Nigeria in the face of globalization. The paper is not anti-globalization, but believes that although globalization facilitates global access to information and its generating media, it also has the potential of exposing Nigerians to obscene information materials, and of dumping unwholesome, improperly packaged and substandard information resources in the country. The conceptual explanation of both globalization and information policy is discussed. Also discussed is Nigeria 's contemporary information environment, which this paper sees as highly risky, volatile and uncoordinated. The paper argues that with national information policy, globalization ...


Library Visits And Consultation: A Case Study Of Universities In Northwestern India, Chetan Sharma Dec 2008

Library Visits And Consultation: A Case Study Of Universities In Northwestern India, Chetan Sharma

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Libraries have always been houses of knowledge for their organizations, and they play an important role in research and scholarship. The present study evaluates the use of university libraries of Northwestern India by teachers and research scholars and assesses their satisfaction.


The Changing Role Of Researchers In Nigeria : The Internet As An Alternative Future To Modernity, Manir Abdullahi Kamba Dec 2008

The Changing Role Of Researchers In Nigeria : The Internet As An Alternative Future To Modernity, Manir Abdullahi Kamba

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Researchers in Nigeria have traditionally depended on conventional libraries, and information centers, where they can physically access their needed information. Their main source of information has been traditional sources such as books, journals, and newspapers. The Internet has simplified the research process. The paper further examines how the Internet has become a tool for academic research, and also a publisher that Nigerian academics and researchers should maximally use. The paper focuses on the role played by the Internet in academic research and highlights opportunities and challenges it presents. It explores the status of Internet connectivity in Nigeria and examines the ...


The University Library, Information Provision, And Use By Policymakers In Olabisi Onabanjo University (Oou), Nigeria, Abiodun O. Odunewu Dec 2008

The University Library, Information Provision, And Use By Policymakers In Olabisi Onabanjo University (Oou), Nigeria, Abiodun O. Odunewu

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Availability and timely access to information is indispensable in policy formulation and implementation. It is often believed that a library is as good as its patronage. This study is an attempt to relate the level of patronage of Olabisi Onabanjo University Library by its policymakers to its information delivery capability. A questionnaire was used to gather data, with 102 copies administered at the senate level and 18 copies administered at the Governing Council level. A total of 89 copies were returned, representing an 80 percent response rate. The study reveals inadequate patronage of the library by policymakers. The study concludes ...


Information Needs And Information-Seeking Behavior Of Arts And Humanities Teachers: A Survey Of The University Of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, Muhammad Tahir, Khalid Mahmood, Farzana Shafique Dec 2008

Information Needs And Information-Seeking Behavior Of Arts And Humanities Teachers: A Survey Of The University Of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan, Muhammad Tahir, Khalid Mahmood, Farzana Shafique

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This study explores the information needs and information-seeking behavior of humanities faculty members of the University of the Punjab, Lahore . It investigates the methods and sources used to acquire information, the importance of various information resources for their teaching and research activities, their preferred formats, the purpose of their information-seeking and problems faced. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted to get a response from the targeted population which consisted of 90 teaching and research staff of humanities departments. The response rate was 69 percent. The study reveals that most of the humanities faculty members rely heavily upon books and experts in ...


Overlap In Web Search Results: A Study Of Five Search Engines, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Gulam Jeelani Shah Dec 2008

Overlap In Web Search Results: A Study Of Five Search Engines, Rafiq Ahmad Rather, Fayaz Ahmad Lone, Gulam Jeelani Shah

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This paper presents the results of an empirical investigation that measured the degree of overlap between the results retrieved through Google, Altavista, Hotbot, Scirus, and Bioweb using twenty queries in biotechnology. Among the selected search engines, Hotbot had the most overlap (followed by Google) with other search engines except Bioweb. Compound and complex queries produced more overlap than simple queries.


Minority Degree College Libraries In Andhra Pradesh: A Study With Special Reference To Naac Standards, Syamalamba Rani Dec 2008

Minority Degree College Libraries In Andhra Pradesh: A Study With Special Reference To Naac Standards, Syamalamba Rani

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This study reviews the development of college education and library management at Degree Colleges of the minority-communities in India and Andhra Pradesh. A survey included physical conditions, administrative procedures, human resources management and workforce availability, the quality and variety of services offered, verified whether NAAC library standards are being followed, and studied the extent of computer use or phases of computerization; availability of systems, and type of software being used.


The State Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) In Nigerian University Libraries: The Experience Of Ibrahim Babangida Library, Federal University Of Technology, Yola, Benki S.H. Womboh, Tukur Abba Dec 2008

The State Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) In Nigerian University Libraries: The Experience Of Ibrahim Babangida Library, Federal University Of Technology, Yola, Benki S.H. Womboh, Tukur Abba

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This paper gives an overview of the state of the ICT in Nigerian university libraries and traces the development and management of ICT facilities in the Federal University of Technology of Technology Yola library. Some problems militating against proper functioning of such facilities are highlighted and suggestion for possible solutions proffered.


Library Education In Bangladesh: Strengths, Problems, And Suggestions, A.I.M. Jakaria Rahman, Momena Khatun, Dr. Mohammed Mezbah-Ul-Islam Dec 2008

Library Education In Bangladesh: Strengths, Problems, And Suggestions, A.I.M. Jakaria Rahman, Momena Khatun, Dr. Mohammed Mezbah-Ul-Islam

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This article examines the historical development and current trends of library education system in Bangladesh, identifies educational institutions involved, and determines the strength of current l


Citation Analysis Of Theses In Library And Information Science Submitted To University Of Pune: A Pilot Study, R.V. Chikate, S.K. Patil Dec 2008

Citation Analysis Of Theses In Library And Information Science Submitted To University Of Pune: A Pilot Study, R.V. Chikate, S.K. Patil

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This is a bibliometric study that used 27 LIS dissertations with a total of 6,257 citations. Most citations are from periodicals (42.2%), mostly from US and Indian journals. Nearly half of the citations recorded are from journal articles: 2,639 (42.2%) Nearly three quarters of the journal articles were from LIS journals, with the remainder from 33 other subject areas. College and Research Libraries is the most cited journal, followed by Scientometrics. Most of the citations are from 55 journals out of the total number.


Library And Information Support For New Partnership For Africa 'S Development (Nepad), Christopher Nkiko, Felicia O. Yusuf Dec 2008

Library And Information Support For New Partnership For Africa 'S Development (Nepad), Christopher Nkiko, Felicia O. Yusuf

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New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) was created in October 2001 as an way of helping Africa extricate itself from the malaise of underdevelopment and exclusion in a globalizing world. Its major objectives include: eradication of poverty, promotion of accelerated growth and sustainable development, halting the marginalization of Africa in the globalizing process, and the empowerment of women. The paper examines preconditions for its success and the specific roles expected of libraries and information centres. Such roles include; popularizing the initiative, providing continental information database, human development, eradication of diseases and poverty through information, information brokerage and environmental scanning ...


Importance Of Information And Communication Technologies (Icts) In Making A Heathy Information Society: A Case Study Of Ethiope East Local Government Area Of Delta State, Nigeria, Monday Obaidjevwe Ogbomo, Esoswo Francisca Ogbomo Dec 2008

Importance Of Information And Communication Technologies (Icts) In Making A Heathy Information Society: A Case Study Of Ethiope East Local Government Area Of Delta State, Nigeria, Monday Obaidjevwe Ogbomo, Esoswo Francisca Ogbomo

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ICTs are crucially important for sustainable development in developing countries. For the past two decades, most developed countries have witnessed significant changes that can be traced to ICTs. These changes have been observed in economics, education, communication, and travel. Many initiatives have been taken at the international level to support Africa's efforts to develop a communication infrastructure and. This study uses a survey that employed a two-part questionnaire that collected data on the personal characteristics of the respondents and their use of ICTs. A sample of 120 respondents was used. The respondents were drawn from the Ethiope East local ...


Faculty Opinion As Collection Evaluation Method: A Case Study Of Redeemer's University Library, Osagie Oseghale Dec 2008

Faculty Opinion As Collection Evaluation Method: A Case Study Of Redeemer's University Library, Osagie Oseghale

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Library users judge the quality of a collection by the extent to which it can meet their teaching, learning, and research requirements. University faculty must have a library collection that meets their curricular and accreditation needs. A questionnaire was used to collect data from 70 academic staff who participated in the study. Findings revealed that most respondents find useful material in the library occasionally, but that the collection needs to be strengthened in particular subject areas and in print serials. Faculty judgments about the library might become even more critical in an environment where they do not have any means ...


Faculty Use Of A Cybercafé For Internet Access, Akobundu Dike Ugah, Victoria Okafor Nov 2008

Faculty Use Of A Cybercafé For Internet Access, Akobundu Dike Ugah, Victoria Okafor

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The University has a cybercafé that provides Internet services to the members of the university community and their neighbors. This study analyzed the use of the Internet facilities by faculty members. Of the 224 copies of the questionnaire distributed, 120 were completed and returned. Result showed that more than half of the respondents acquired their Internet skills through self study/instruction and more than one-third ) rated their Internet skill as average. One fifthuse the Internet daily, while only 10 percent spend 10-20 hours per week on the Internet. Only 30 percent use the Internet facilities on campus and research is ...


Growth And Development Of Scholarly Literature: An Analysis Of Scopus, Mehmood Ul-Ajaz Wani, Sumeer Gul Nov 2008

Growth And Development Of Scholarly Literature: An Analysis Of Scopus, Mehmood Ul-Ajaz Wani, Sumeer Gul

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Researchers require access to a variety of information sources, in order to stay current with developments in their own and related fields, to work collaboratively with others, to critically evaluate and examine the work of others, and to contribute to teaching. This study is assesses the SCOPUS database bibliometrically to explore the growth of scholarly literature.


Budgeting For Library Technical Services In An Electronic Age, Adetoun A. Oyelude, C.O. Ola Oct 2008

Budgeting For Library Technical Services In An Electronic Age, Adetoun A. Oyelude, C.O. Ola

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Library budgets have serious implications for the smooth operation of services. In an electronic age, technical services become more relevant and it is essential to budget for personnel, equipment, supplies, and maintenance. A large number of academic, research, and public libraries in Nigeria were surveyed, and virtually none had a technical services budget. In light of those results, the need for budgeting in libraries and budgeting techniques in technical services are examined. The decentralization and democratization of fiscal management are recommended.


The Development Of Academic Journals In Institutions Of Higher Learning In Kano State, Nigeria, Ahmed Mohammed Oct 2008

The Development Of Academic Journals In Institutions Of Higher Learning In Kano State, Nigeria, Ahmed Mohammed

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Academic journals are one of the primary media through which new knowledge is disseminated. This article reports on research that studied the academic journals in fifteen institutions of higher learning in the Kano state of Nigeria. The study revealed that five of the institutions produce academic journals, and that a total of 37 academic journals exist in institutions studied, including both active and ceased titles. The study further identifies problems associated with journals and measures to address the problems.


The Importance And Influence Of Philosophical Thinking For Librarians, Nazli Alkan Oct 2008

The Importance And Influence Of Philosophical Thinking For Librarians, Nazli Alkan

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Nazli Alkan The Importance and Influence of Philosophical Thinking for Librarians (html) PDF September 2008 This paper explores the importance and influence of the adoption of philosophical thinking by today's librarians and to encourage them in such thinking. The principal findings of the paper include the following: that the librarian's philosophical thinking is a process through which something is systematically and critically questioned in the framework of the library, the librarian and the profession of librarianship; related meanings, values and purposes are identified; and a meaningful judgement is reached. Although there are some librarians today who are engaged ...


Counting More Than The Gate: Developing Building Use Statistics To Create Better Facilities For Today's Academic Library Users, Daniel S. Dotson, Joshua B. Garris Oct 2008

Counting More Than The Gate: Developing Building Use Statistics To Create Better Facilities For Today's Academic Library Users, Daniel S. Dotson, Joshua B. Garris

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What areas and types of seating do users of academic libraries use? These authors contend that using sampling methods to conduct building-wide surveys can provide better data for more substantial analysis of user trends in order to more accurately respond to patron needs.


Use Of The Internet And Electronic Resources For Dental Science Information: A Case Study, Rajeev Manhas Oct 2008

Use Of The Internet And Electronic Resources For Dental Science Information: A Case Study, Rajeev Manhas

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A study was undertaken to assess dentists' attitude towards the Internet and electronic resources. A questionnaire was distributed among the dental teachers and students of ten dental colleges and hospitals of Punjab State of India to find out the use of Internet services and electronic resources. The colleges under study are affiliated to Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, Faridkot, India. The responses were gathered from 171 dental teachers and students (75 teachers, 96 students). The findings of the survey include that a majority of the dental teachers and students (73.7%) under study have their own personal computers or ...


Serials Processing Activities In Southern Nigerian University Libraries, Benson E. Edoka, Chinwe V. Anunobi Sep 2008

Serials Processing Activities In Southern Nigerian University Libraries, Benson E. Edoka, Chinwe V. Anunobi

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A survey was conducted in the thirteen federal university libraries in southern Nigeria to determine serials processing activities and the problems which hinder effective serials processing. A questionnaire was distributed to 65 purposively selected serials staff from the libraries. Forty-eight (82.75%) of the returned questionnaires were found usable. The average of 50% and 2.5 were taken as positive bench-mark for dichotomous and Likert point scale items on the instrument respectively. The result shows that serials processing activities in southern Nigerian federal universities libraries include collation, stamping, recording, cataloguing, classification, and stock taking.Processing activities differ significantly among the ...


A Survey Of Library Automation In College Libraries In Goa State, India, Sadanand Y. Bansode, Shamin Periera Sep 2008

A Survey Of Library Automation In College Libraries In Goa State, India, Sadanand Y. Bansode, Shamin Periera

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The paper highlights the present status of library automation in the college libraries of Goa State, India. It highlights the use of NEWGENLIB software (Consortium version) by college libraries, and discusses barriers to library automation.


Computer And Internet Use By Health Care Professionals In A Rural Medical College In India, Mayank Jasvantray Trivedi, Anuradha Joshi Aug 2008

Computer And Internet Use By Health Care Professionals In A Rural Medical College In India, Mayank Jasvantray Trivedi, Anuradha Joshi

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A study was conducted at Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, India, to assess the use of computers and the Internet by health care professionals, in order to gain more information about information-seeking behavior. Results of a questionnaire that was completed by 194 respondents frequent Internet use by nearly all. Respondents use the Internet most often to seek teaching and patient care information. While most respondents reported adequate or good computer skills, few had formal training. It is recommended that the library take advantage of the opportunity to provide an information literacy program and further information about useful web sources.


Applying Game Theory In Libraries: Review And Preview, Ying Zhong, Aaron Hegde Aug 2008

Applying Game Theory In Libraries: Review And Preview, Ying Zhong, Aaron Hegde

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The paradigm of game theory and its application have aroused increasing interest among researchers in multidisciplinary settings. An information society involves more opportunities and uncertainties; therefore, game theory is expected more often than ever to provide insights into different types of issues of decision-making in economics, management, political science, psychology, and philosophy. A library and its administration, as an important market player in an information society, should have a better understanding about the nature of games and strategies as well. This article starts with a brief introduction to game theory, reviews selected literature, and emphasizes the application of game theory ...


Marketing First Impressions: Academic Libraries Creating Partnerships And Connections At New Student Orientations, James G. Rhoades Jr., Arianne Hartsell Aug 2008

Marketing First Impressions: Academic Libraries Creating Partnerships And Connections At New Student Orientations, James G. Rhoades Jr., Arianne Hartsell

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Academic libraries look for successful marketing strategies to promote positive perceptions among students. To do this, librarians need to find venues and partnerships outside the library. Florida State University Libraries discovered that participating in new student orientation networking sessions creates opportunities to generate lasting first impressions among incoming freshmen and their families. After analyzing three years of successive student and family evaluations, which measured presentation rankings and attendance, the library was able to determine the utility and effectiveness of participating in the orientation program. Related literature and an analysis of the evaluations both indicate that universities and students benefit when ...


The Significance Of School Libraries In The Educational Development Of Students: The Case Of Novena University Staff School, Kwale, Delta State, Nigeria, Queenette Udoh-Ilomechine Aug 2008

The Significance Of School Libraries In The Educational Development Of Students: The Case Of Novena University Staff School, Kwale, Delta State, Nigeria, Queenette Udoh-Ilomechine

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School libraries have an important role in encouraging reading and discovery among students and in augmenting teaching. They do these things with strong collections, instruction and orientation, and providing a physical environment that is conducive to learning. This article reports on a study of secondary school students in Nigeria. Students were surveyed on their use of the school library and their views on collections and services. The results showed widespread dissatisfaction with the collections and a lack of instruction and other services.


A Study Of The Use Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) Tools By Librarians, S. Dhanavandan, Dr. S. Mohammed Esmail, Dr. V. Mani Aug 2008

A Study Of The Use Of Information And Communication Technology (Ict) Tools By Librarians, S. Dhanavandan, Dr. S. Mohammed Esmail, Dr. V. Mani

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The world is undergoing a transition from a paper to a digital economy. It is essential for libraries in countries in the developing world to take part in this changing scene. Developing countries are being encouraged to invest in their national information infrastructure so that they can participate in knowledge-based development. Advances have brought many changes in libraries. Information and communication technology (ICT) has provided libraries with new opportunities to improve their resources and services. This study looks at the use of ICT tools by a population of library professionals in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, exploring the use ...


Students' Perception Of The Impact Of User Education On The Use Of Reference Resources: An Iranian Experience, Mahdi Mohammadi, Alireza Isfandyari Moghaddam, Mehri Ezadi Yeganeh Aug 2008

Students' Perception Of The Impact Of User Education On The Use Of Reference Resources: An Iranian Experience, Mahdi Mohammadi, Alireza Isfandyari Moghaddam, Mehri Ezadi Yeganeh

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This research examines students' familiarity with reference resources as well as the necessity of providing user education based on students' point of view. A sample of 351 students were given a questionnaire of 22 questions. Findings show that students find user education necessary and beneficial, and that students would like to see expert and professional librarians in the reference department.


Issues Of Book Acquisition In University Libraries: A Case Study Of Pakistan, Kanwal Ameen Jul 2008

Issues Of Book Acquisition In University Libraries: A Case Study Of Pakistan, Kanwal Ameen

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This mixed methods study used a survey and interviews to explore acquisitions issues in university libraries in Pakistan. The study found that most respondents were still relying on local sources of material and that the emergence of a digital paradigm had not yet had a pervasive effect. While some libraries are purchasing online, most libraries are still having problems acquiring relevant material quickly, especially from foreign sources.


“Books Of The Hour”And “Books Of All Time”: Booklists In The Evolving Library, Sarah Naper, Stephanie Wiegand Jul 2008

“Books Of The Hour”And “Books Of All Time”: Booklists In The Evolving Library, Sarah Naper, Stephanie Wiegand

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Booklists provide a means of connecting readers with books that best meet their needs. The authors provide an overview of types of booklists and of the relationship between readers and booklists, as well as identifying uses of booklists for librarians. These include use as a collection development tool, for weeding assistance, and to promote library materials. The role of booklists in the interactive environment of Web 2.0 is explored. The article concludes with a discussion of possible concerns that arise from reliance on booklists.