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Application Of Bradford’S Law Of Scattering To The Discipline Of Law: Analysis Of Doctoral Theses Citations Submitted By Universities In India, Jeyshankar -. Ramalingam -, Nishavathi Elangovan Dec 2017

Application Of Bradford’S Law Of Scattering To The Discipline Of Law: Analysis Of Doctoral Theses Citations Submitted By Universities In India, Jeyshankar -. Ramalingam -, Nishavathi Elangovan

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study mainly examines the applicability and appropriateness of Bradford’s Law of Scattering to the literature of law. It also ranks the most cited law journals by the research scholars. This study covers citation of journals provided by the law research scholars in their Doctoral Theses submitted to various universities in India, which are available at Shodhganga is the digital repository of Indian electronic theses and dissertations. This study examines 773 journals, containing 3187 citations collected from 252 doctoral theses. Rank list was prepared to identify the core journals in law. Top most preferred journals among the law research scholars …


Perceived Effect Of Personality Traits On Information Seeking Behaviour Of Postgraduate Students In Universities In Benue State, Nigeria, Victor Ozowa, Jane Igie Aba Dec 2017

Perceived Effect Of Personality Traits On Information Seeking Behaviour Of Postgraduate Students In Universities In Benue State, Nigeria, Victor Ozowa, Jane Igie Aba

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

ABSTRACT

This study investigated perceived effect of personality traits on information seeking behaviour of postgraduate students in Universities in Benue state. The study focused on information seeking behaviour and personality traits in the area of extroversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness to experience and neuroticism. Six (6) research questions were raised and five hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The study adopted survey research design. The entire population of 373 registered postgraduate students’ library users was used as sample.Research instruments was an adopted questionnaire titled “Questionnaire on the Perceived Effect of Personality Traits on Information Seeking Behaviour of Postgraduate Students in …


Information Literacy In Ghanaian Academic Institutions: Case Of Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (K.N.U.S.T), Ghana, Lilian Atta-Obeng Miss, Ernest Boakye Mr., Fynn Paapa Kwamena Mr. Dec 2017

Information Literacy In Ghanaian Academic Institutions: Case Of Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology (K.N.U.S.T), Ghana, Lilian Atta-Obeng Miss, Ernest Boakye Mr., Fynn Paapa Kwamena Mr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

A case of a credit bearing information literacy skills class, offered to first year undergraduate students though not across all colleges at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana was analysed. The survey research methodology was used and questionnaire was distributed to 136 students. The findings indicated that the course was relevant and should be maintained though students’ knowledge on ethical use of information, citation skills, and information searching skills were poor. The study recommends a collaborative partnership between librarians and faculty for the teaching and learning of information literacy skills.


An Assessment Of Women Faculty Members' Opinions About Information Literacy Needs, Search And Evaluation Competencies, Vellaichamy Alagarsamy, Jeyshankar Ramalingam Dec 2017

An Assessment Of Women Faculty Members' Opinions About Information Literacy Needs, Search And Evaluation Competencies, Vellaichamy Alagarsamy, Jeyshankar Ramalingam

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This paper reports information literacy needs, search and evaluation competencies at Mother Teresa Women’s University and its affiliated colleges. In this study it is try to evaluate the information literacy needs, information needs assessment competency and competency of information literacy evaluation. Questionnaire was a data collection tool. A total of 290 questionnaires were distributed among users and 254 duly filled in questionnaires were received, thus resulting into a response rate of 87.59 per cent. Out of 12 institutions, 5 are government, 5 are self-financing and 2 are aided educational institutions. This study showed that 163 (64.2%) respondents are assistant professors …


Use Of Open Source Technology For Effective Academic Library Services In Nigeria, Ifeoma Stella Njoku Phd, R. Ravichandran Phd Dec 2017

Use Of Open Source Technology For Effective Academic Library Services In Nigeria, Ifeoma Stella Njoku Phd, R. Ravichandran Phd

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study focuses on the need for academic libraries to adopt open source software technology for effective library services in Imo State, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research method was used to elicit responses. About 82 respondents consisting of librarians from the six academic institutions in the state were used for the study. Consequently, 82 copies of the questionnaire were administered and 63 representing 78% were returned. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data gathered. The results indicated that out of the 6 academic libraries involved in the study 1 is presently using D space and word press while others are …


From The Fringe To The National Fabric: A Resurgence Of Disinformation And How To Neutralize It, Deana Brown, Memo Cordova Nov 2017

From The Fringe To The National Fabric: A Resurgence Of Disinformation And How To Neutralize It, Deana Brown, Memo Cordova

Library Faculty Publications and Presentations

GAME OF THRONES CALLING OUT POLITICAL CLIMATE?

Imagine you are sitting at home having just finished Sunday dinner when there is a knock at the door. Your friends have arrived to watch the Season Finale of your favorite show, Game of Thrones. The finale revolves around a number of warring houses whose past betrayals and chicaneries have made it difficult to join together and unite against an unimaginable threat.


Recoding “Guide On The Side” To Collect Learner Performance Data: Collaboration, Customization, And Assessment, Graham Sherriff Nov 2017

Recoding “Guide On The Side” To Collect Learner Performance Data: Collaboration, Customization, And Assessment, Graham Sherriff

University Libraries Faculty and Staff Publications

University of Vermont (UVM) libraries use the open-source tutorial platform “Guide on the Side”. This flexible and robust platform for split-screen tutorials provides learners with dynamic, authentic learning experiences. But the out-of-the-box program has a major shortcoming: learners’ performance data is generated in the form of email “certificates”. This poster describes how we collaborated with a UVM Center for Teaching and Learning programmer on the integration of custom code that aggregates and reports this data. It explains how our custom installation now supports the validation of our learning objects and the large-scale assessment of our students’ performance.


Information Literacy And The Future Of Digital Information Services At The University Of Jos Library, Vicki Lawal Nov 2017

Information Literacy And The Future Of Digital Information Services At The University Of Jos Library, Vicki Lawal

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This paper highlights current developments in digital information resources at the University of Jos Library. It examines some of the new opportunities and challenges in digital information services presented by the changing context with respect to Information Literacy and the need for digital information literacy skills training. A case study method was employed for the study; data was collected through the administration of structured questionnaires to the study population. Findings from the study provide relevant policy considerations in digital Information Literacy practices for academic libraries in Nigeria who are going digital in their services.


Open Access Publishing In Developed Countries: A Comparative Study Between United States Of America And United Kingdom, Irfan Ul Haq Akhoon Nov 2017

Open Access Publishing In Developed Countries: A Comparative Study Between United States Of America And United Kingdom, Irfan Ul Haq Akhoon

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The present study measured quantitatively the current position and growth of Open Access archives, at the first stage it gives a quantitative overview of Open Access archives established and published from different developing and developed countries. Further it focuses on a comparative study between United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK) the two developed nations. Open access journals indexed in Scopus database are being surveyed for this study. As the study is based on the data collected from the Scopus database upto July 2017, which shows that the total number of journals indexed are 36377 in which 63% …


Relationship Between Information Literacy Standards And Organizational Creativity Among Employees Of An Iranian Company (A Case Of Tehran Electric Company), Hamid Ghazizadeh, Majid Tabarzadi, Ali Akbar Khasseh Nov 2017

Relationship Between Information Literacy Standards And Organizational Creativity Among Employees Of An Iranian Company (A Case Of Tehran Electric Company), Hamid Ghazizadeh, Majid Tabarzadi, Ali Akbar Khasseh

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

From the organizational perspective, the concept of creativity can be thought of as a new design for improving and enhancing the quantity or quality of activities. Few studies have been conducted on the employee organizational creativity and its relationship with information literacy standards (which is one of the essential requirements for creativity). This study tries to investigate the relationship between organizational creativity and information literacy standards and among employees of a manufacturing organization in Iran (Tehran Electric Company). The research uses a survey methodology. The study population consists of employees of Tehran Electric Company. A simple random sampling method was …


Challenges Of Utilization Of Online Information Resources By Undergraduate Students: Implications For Information Services, Cyprian Ifeanyi Ugwu, Emilia Nkem Orsu Nov 2017

Challenges Of Utilization Of Online Information Resources By Undergraduate Students: Implications For Information Services, Cyprian Ifeanyi Ugwu, Emilia Nkem Orsu

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The purpose of this study is to explore the direct and indirect factors underlying the students’ challenges with the use of online information resources in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and propose the implications of these challenges. This study used qualitative descriptive inductive content analysis that enabled the researchers to reveal who said what with respect to the research questions. Data were collected from a total of two hundred third year undergraduate students who visited the university library between September, 30, 2015 and March 31, 2016. The data collection was done through a questionnaire developed by the researchers. While the …


Advancing Digital Skills For Problem Solving In Technology-Rich Environments, Jill Castek, Gloria Jacobs Nov 2017

Advancing Digital Skills For Problem Solving In Technology-Rich Environments, Jill Castek, Gloria Jacobs

Presentations and Publications

Digital and disciplinary literacies are not simply tools or cognitive behaviors. They have the potential to provide opportunities for students to better understand themselves, their communities, and their world. The presentation examines ways of conceptualizing and understanding digital literacies and disciplinary learning and consider implications for teacher education and community outreach efforts.


Himmelfarb Library Liaison Letter - November 2017, George Washington University, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library Nov 2017

Himmelfarb Library Liaison Letter - November 2017, George Washington University, Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library

Himmelfarb Library Liaison Letters

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Enhancing Information Literacy Using Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method: A Three-Year Case Study In A First Year Biology Course., Lisa M. Rose-Wiles, Marian Glenn, Doreen Stiskal Nov 2017

Enhancing Information Literacy Using Bernard Lonergan's Generalized Empirical Method: A Three-Year Case Study In A First Year Biology Course., Lisa M. Rose-Wiles, Marian Glenn, Doreen Stiskal

Praxis Publications

This paper describes a three-year long collaborative project between a science librarian, a biology professor and a physical therapy professor to improve information literacy in an undergraduate biology laboratory course. The authors used Bernard J. Lonergan’s Generalized Empirical Method (GEM) as a cognitional framework, emphasizing the role of experience, understanding, judgement and action in conducting research. They focused on the selection, integration and citation of scholarly articles in formal laboratory reports. The science librarian became embedded in the course, delivering information literacy instruction sessions, grading and providing feedback on the use of information sources in the lab reports. Overall the …


The Evolution Of The Commercialization Of Knowledge With New Approach Of Referenced Publication Years Spectroscopy (Rpys), Ali Biranvand, Ahmad Shabani, Asefeh Asemi, Mozafar Cheshmehsohrabi Nov 2017

The Evolution Of The Commercialization Of Knowledge With New Approach Of Referenced Publication Years Spectroscopy (Rpys), Ali Biranvand, Ahmad Shabani, Asefeh Asemi, Mozafar Cheshmehsohrabi

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The purpose of this study was to identify the most important historical works written in the field of commercialization of knowledge using Referenced Publication Years Spectroscopy (RPYS). Initial data were obtained from the Web of Science (WoS) database to investigate the historical roots of published works in the field of commercialization of knowledge. Then, the main roots of this filed, the amount of received citations, and influential works were identified using RPYS software. Next, with the help of the yearcr software, the extent of the effects of the works outside of the range of peaks were also introduced. The period …


Awareness And Use Of Information Resources For Research By Final Year Students In Adeyemi College Of Education, Ondo., Peter Olubunmi Olubiyo, Samuel Oke Ogunniyi, Nov 2017

Awareness And Use Of Information Resources For Research By Final Year Students In Adeyemi College Of Education, Ondo., Peter Olubunmi Olubiyo, Samuel Oke Ogunniyi,

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Abstract

The study was conducted to investigate the awareness and use of information resources for research by final year students of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. Four research questions and three hypotheses guided the study. 100 copies of questionnaire were administered to the respondents in the college library through face to face method in order to collect data. Simple random and stratified sampling techniques were employed for the study due to the largeness of the population. In the data analysis, frequency counts, simple percentages, mean, standard deviation and Pearson Product Moment Correlation were used for the statistical analysis. The findings …


Aspects Of Author Queries And The Role Of Library Resources In Manuscript Crafting, Philip Chike Aghadiuno Oct 2017

Aspects Of Author Queries And The Role Of Library Resources In Manuscript Crafting, Philip Chike Aghadiuno

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Manuscripts sent to editors are often in different states of crafting or drafting. It is the task of the editor to help the author by polishing the manuscripts to the acceptable standard. Editors may seek clarifications from the authors about the missing links in the drafts. They may ask for references of strong claims, improvement of the draft, refinement of the argument, adjustment in tone, chapter re-organisation, fixing grammar points, among others. Editors raise these flags in the editorial process through author queries. The nature of queries written by the editor for the author differs from the ones written by …


The Need For The Establishment Of E-Records And Ehealth Legislation And Policy Framework In The Health Sector In Zimbabwe, Njabulo Bruce Khumalo Oct 2017

The Need For The Establishment Of E-Records And Ehealth Legislation And Policy Framework In The Health Sector In Zimbabwe, Njabulo Bruce Khumalo

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Legislation is key to the establishment of eHealth initiatives. Without legislation, authority is not set and the privacy, confidentiality and other threats affecting records and information in electronic platforms are compromised. It is therefore key that legislation for eHealth and e-records be established. Zimbabwe is applying eHealth initiatives in the form of an electronic National Health Information System (NHIS) and other initiatives. However, worrying is the fact that Zimbabwe has not paid attention to the development of legislation and policies for eHealth and e-records management in general. This study sought to make a case for the establishment of e-records and …


African Indigenous Knowledge: An Underutilised And Neglected Resource For Development, Njabulo Bruce Khumalo, Charity Baloyi Oct 2017

African Indigenous Knowledge: An Underutilised And Neglected Resource For Development, Njabulo Bruce Khumalo, Charity Baloyi

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Indigenous knowledge points to the fact that Africa has been able to generate, test and apply knowledge through its own methodologies and approaches. This knowledge sustained communities for years prior to colonialism which somehow downplayed the value of indigenous knowledge and promoted western knowledge systems. Colonialism created dependence on western knowledge systems and Africa has over the years neglected its own rich indigenous knowledge. This paper sought tohighlight challenges faced in the quest to incorporate IK into developmental goals and projects. Furthermore, the study also sought to recommend ways through which Africans can promote IK in its developmental projects. A …


Bibliotaxonomy: Definition, Scope And Implication For Lis Scholarship, Chuma O. Nnadozie Oct 2017

Bibliotaxonomy: Definition, Scope And Implication For Lis Scholarship, Chuma O. Nnadozie

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The paper introduces bibliotaxonomy as a generic name for those aspects of Library and Information Science (LIS) scholarship that deal with the processing and organization of books, documents and other information materials. It traces the origin of, and inspiration for bibliotaxonomy to different taxonomic practices in various communities, societies, as well as earlier philosophical and botanical classifications. A sketch of the contours of the field of bibliotaxonomy was presented which shows that this phenomenon cuts across specific library technical services of cataloguing, classification, indexing and accessioning. In addition, successful application of taxonomic principles from other disciplines in the organization of …


Library Services Platform Path To Cloud Computing Adoption In Nigerian Academic Libraries: A Review, Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari, Saheed Abiola Hamzat Oct 2017

Library Services Platform Path To Cloud Computing Adoption In Nigerian Academic Libraries: A Review, Idowu Adegbilero-Iwari, Saheed Abiola Hamzat

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The library and Information science (LIS) profession have evolved over time taking advantage of prevailing technology. The arrival of computers and other communication technologies led to major changes in the ways library services are rendered and the profession practiced. Library Management Systems (LMS) is one of such earlier areas where ICT have been applied to the operations of the library during the library computerization era. The arrival of the renascent Cloud Computing is generating new areas of research in relation to librarians’ uptake of this new technology. Cloud computing is being leveraged by developers of library systems to facilitate the …


Analysis Of Relative Contributions And Challenges Of Acquiring Information Literacy Skills For Lawmakers’ Constituency Performance In South West Nigeria, Joshua Onaade Ojo Dr., Uwem Eteng (Mrs) Phd. Nigeria Institute Of Advanced Legal Study, Nials Library, Technical Services Department, Akoka, Yaba., Olukemi Titilola Olaniyi (Mrs). Federal College Of Education (Technical), College Library, Readers' Services Department, Akoka, Yaba Oct 2017

Analysis Of Relative Contributions And Challenges Of Acquiring Information Literacy Skills For Lawmakers’ Constituency Performance In South West Nigeria, Joshua Onaade Ojo Dr., Uwem Eteng (Mrs) Phd. Nigeria Institute Of Advanced Legal Study, Nials Library, Technical Services Department, Akoka, Yaba., Olukemi Titilola Olaniyi (Mrs). Federal College Of Education (Technical), College Library, Readers' Services Department, Akoka, Yaba

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Abstract:

This study examined the challenges of information literacy skills capacity building for the lawmakers in the South West Nigeria. Survey method was adopted for this using questionnaire as instrument for data collection. 177 legislators participated from the six states of assembly in South-West Nigeria through total enumeration to determine the number of lawmakers in the study. The questionnaire titled ``Lawmakers’ Information Literacy Skills and Constituency Performance in South-West Nigeria (LILSCP)” were distributed to responded, out of which 151 usable copies were returned to the researcher. The data collected were analyzed and presented in tables using descriptive statistics particularly frequency …


What Clues Tell You Something Is True? Empowering Students To Find Evidence, Amanda Izenstark Oct 2017

What Clues Tell You Something Is True? Empowering Students To Find Evidence, Amanda Izenstark

Public Services Faculty Presentations

Slides from a presentation for the third regional Friends Education Conference: Discerning Truth in a Post-Fact World: A Friends Education Conference for Librarians and Educators, held October 13, 2017, in Providence, RI.


Iranian Medical English Journals: Reference Analysis Based On Journal Selection Criteria In Wos, Pubmed And Scopus, Somayeh Ghaffari Heshajin, Shahram Sedghi, Leila Asghari Hineh Abad Oct 2017

Iranian Medical English Journals: Reference Analysis Based On Journal Selection Criteria In Wos, Pubmed And Scopus, Somayeh Ghaffari Heshajin, Shahram Sedghi, Leila Asghari Hineh Abad

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Objective: The references are an important component of citation analysis. In this study, it is aimed to determine the reference analysis of Iranian Medical English Journals (IMEJ) based on WOS, Scopus and PubMed journal selection criteria.

Methods: This study is a descriptive quantitative analysis which deals with the last issues of 52 numbers of IMEJ which haven't been indexed in WOS, Scopus, and PubMed. The data were collected observing the journals data provider websites and then entered into a checklist tool. MS Excel software was used for data analysis.

Results: About 88.5% of journals had their own reference style. In …


Cultivating Team And Project Management: A Hybrid Mix, Rachel S. Evans, Karen Manning, Alexis D. Linoski, Sofia Slutskaya Oct 2017

Cultivating Team And Project Management: A Hybrid Mix, Rachel S. Evans, Karen Manning, Alexis D. Linoski, Sofia Slutskaya

Presentations

Managing project and team-based work within libraries can be challenging and often involves people from multiple departments performing crossfunctional tasks. Supporting collaborative efforts is a strategy that leads to improved productivity and successful outcomes. Join this session to learn informal approaches and collaborative techniques to work more efficiently and effectively among groups (cross-training, project management, team-building) and with tools such as Trello and KanbanFlow. These methods will help you connect with your peers for project and team success.


From Print To Digital And Back Again: Lessons From A Library Newsletter, Rachel S. Evans Oct 2017

From Print To Digital And Back Again: Lessons From A Library Newsletter, Rachel S. Evans

Presentations

UGA Law Library’s longstanding newsletter Amicus Briefs first saw circulation in 1984. Over a period of more than 30 years the publication has changed hands, formats and styles many times. Today the newsletter is published both electronically and physically, and in 2017 is now further expanding its reach via podcasting. This session will trace one library newsletter’s journey, sharing lessons learned along the way about platform and content choices, marketing and dissemination, and measuring readership. The past and present technology used will also be discussed including HTML, Drupal, WordPress, MailChimp, Google Analytics, Facebook and Piktochart.


Examining The Ict Skills Of University Librarians In A Developing Country: A Study From The University Of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan., Memoona Iqbal, Arif Khan Oct 2017

Examining The Ict Skills Of University Librarians In A Developing Country: A Study From The University Of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan., Memoona Iqbal, Arif Khan

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the awareness level of librarians about various ICT applications in University of the Punjab (PU) and to examine the constraints and issues they are facing in acquisition of modern ICT skills.

Methodology

A questionnaire was developed and administered to 80 professional librarians having graduate and postgraduate qualification. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS 19.0).

Findings

Data analysis revealed that 99% of the participants are computer literate, having good knowledge of library automation and digitization. The knowledge of web based services such as e-mail, search engine, chatting, e-resources …


The Impact Of Information Literacy Instruction On Student Success: A Multi-Institutional Investigation And Analysis, Joni Blake, Melissa Bowles-Terry, N. Shirlene Pearson, Zoltan Szentkiralyi Oct 2017

The Impact Of Information Literacy Instruction On Student Success: A Multi-Institutional Investigation And Analysis, Joni Blake, Melissa Bowles-Terry, N. Shirlene Pearson, Zoltan Szentkiralyi

Fondren Library Research

The GWLA Student Learning Outcomes task force analyzed the data from over 42,000 first-time, first-year freshmen and over 1700 distinct courses from 12 research institutions to determine the impact(s) of information literacy instruction integrated into course curriculum on several student success measures.

Key findings include:

  • Student retention rates are higher for those students whose courses include an information literacy instruction component.
  • On average, First-Year GPA for students whose courses included information literacy instruction was higher than the GPA of students whose courses did not.
  • Students exposed to library instruction interactions successfully completed 1.8 more credit hours per year than their …


The Value Of Libraries And Identifying Information Needs [Library], Silvia L. Lin Hanick Oct 2017

The Value Of Libraries And Identifying Information Needs [Library], Silvia L. Lin Hanick

Open Educational Resources

This assignment was developed for students in LIF 101 – Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities who attend a 1-hour library session. The focus of this session and assignment is “information.”

Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. This session will help students engage with these values, positioning the library as a welcoming and accessible space, librarians as guides and translators of modern information landscapes, and library resources as a way to participate in disciplinary conversations and …


Exploring Careers And Industry Problems [Library], Galina Letnikova Oct 2017

Exploring Careers And Industry Problems [Library], Galina Letnikova

Open Educational Resources

This assignment was developed for students in ECF 090- Engineering and Computer Science who attend a 1-hour library session. This session will give students the chance to develop integrative learning skills by connecting their prospective field with academic research.

LaGuardia’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities

Main Course Learning Objectives:

  • Students will be introduced to the concept of library academic resources
  • Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of different forms of information