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Information Literacy Competency Levels Of Social Science Researchers: A Diagnostic Study, Rajesh Singh Dr., Shailendra Kumar Prof. May 2021

Information Literacy Competency Levels Of Social Science Researchers: A Diagnostic Study, Rajesh Singh Dr., Shailendra Kumar Prof.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The present study is a diagnosis of Information Literacy Competency (ILC) levels of social science researchers. The data was empirically collected from 520 researchers and analyzed using differential and inferential statistical techniques. The Information Literacy (IL) competent researchers were maximum 79.6% in ‘Information Use Ethics’, followed by 77.7% in ‘Information Need’, 76.2% in ‘Information Use’, 66.9% in ‘Information Evaluation’ and 53.8% in ‘Information Access’. The study has identified IL deficiencies on different parameters and suggests necessary improvements in the current practices for further enhancement of ILC among researchers.


The Impact Of Information Access Towards The Conduct Of Free, Fair And Credible Elections In Nigeria, Modupe Oluwabiyi, Albert O. Adetunji May 2021

The Impact Of Information Access Towards The Conduct Of Free, Fair And Credible Elections In Nigeria, Modupe Oluwabiyi, Albert O. Adetunji

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Abstract

This study seeks to bring to the fore, the roles of information towards the conduct of free, fair and creditable elections in Nigeria. It traces the historical perspectives of democracy which serves as the most veritable vehicle for credible election as well as the chronological outlook of elections in Nigeria since 1959. The work looks at what constitutes free, fair and credible elections as well as voters’ education and Rights. A critical look is taken at the attributes of information as well as the critical and major players of information in the electioneering processes in Nigeria. The study also …


Information Access Skills In Social Science Researchers: Assessment Of Competency, Rajesh Singh Dr., Shailendra Kumar Prof. Oct 2020

Information Access Skills In Social Science Researchers: Assessment Of Competency, Rajesh Singh Dr., Shailendra Kumar Prof.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The study assesses levels of Information Access Skills (IAS) in social science researchers at select central universities in Delhi. Questionnaire was used to collect relevant data on skills like information browsing, use of information search tools, and information search strategy consisting of natural language search, keyword search and Boolean search. The descriptive and inferential statistical tools like ANOVA, Post-hoc test using LSD were used to analyze and interpret the collected data. On the competency scale, a big total of 46.2% of researchers were found incompetent in IAS. Suggests measures to enhance the IAS levels of information privileged researchers.


Measuring Information Literacy Core Competency Of Social Science Researchers In National Capital Region, India, Rajesh Singh, Shailendra Kumar Prof. Aug 2020

Measuring Information Literacy Core Competency Of Social Science Researchers In National Capital Region, India, Rajesh Singh, Shailendra Kumar Prof.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

This study aims to empirically measure the Information Literacy Core Competency (ILCC) levels of social science researchers on ACRL’s Standards. The core concepts identified from standard I to V are: ‘Information Need’, ‘Information Access’, ‘Information Evaluation’, ‘Information Use’ and ‘Information Use Ethics’. The study was conducted on a sample of 520 researchers enrolled for Ph.D. in select central universities in National Capital Region, India. These researchers hail from different parts of the country and provide a pan India representation. The questionnaire schedule was developed translating each identified concept into a set of ten questions and 2 marks were allotted to …


Access To Wikipedia Among The Library Users Of The University Of Mysore, Karnataka, Ankamurthy Y K, Chandrashekara M Jan 2020

Access To Wikipedia Among The Library Users Of The University Of Mysore, Karnataka, Ankamurthy Y K, Chandrashekara M

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

Abstract

The present study has been carried out to ascertain the level of usage of Wikipedia among the library users of University of Mysore. To conduct this study, the questionnaire method was adopted. Simple random sampling was adopted for data collection. In total 150 questionnaires were distributed and 137 responses were received. The response rate was 91.33 percent and the users' opinions that Wikipedia is very helpful to study purpose and also to get more information on a specific topic. The users point out that access to Wikipedia is essential for updating knowledge.


Information Accessibility And Risk Practices Of People Living With Hiv/Aids In South-West, Nigeria., Tajudeen Temitayo Adebayo, Michael Segun Omole Dr., Muyiwa Adekunle Amin, Adebayo Olawepo Ogunniran Nov 2019

Information Accessibility And Risk Practices Of People Living With Hiv/Aids In South-West, Nigeria., Tajudeen Temitayo Adebayo, Michael Segun Omole Dr., Muyiwa Adekunle Amin, Adebayo Olawepo Ogunniran

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) access information from different sources. They are being warned regularly on the need to stay away from all forms of risk practices which may cause further spread of the dreaded diseases. The study endeavour to investigate the level of information access opened to PLWHA and tried to find the relationship between information accessibility and risk practices.

The study adopted survey research design of correlational type. The target population was 8,135PLWHA in the selected three health institutions. Pooled standard error of proportion was used to determine 339 PLWHA and critical incident technique was used to …


Information Needs And Access Among Women In Sagnerigu District Of Northern Region, Ghana, Beatrice Arthur Ms, Kojo Bawa Dukper Mr, Sakibu Bawa Mr Jan 2019

Information Needs And Access Among Women In Sagnerigu District Of Northern Region, Ghana, Beatrice Arthur Ms, Kojo Bawa Dukper Mr, Sakibu Bawa Mr

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The aim of this study was to assess the information needs, sources and the challenges of information access among women in Sagnerigu district in Northern Ghana. Data was collected through questionnaire and interviews from 150 women participants in different geographical zones in the district. The study discovered that majority of women in the Sagnerigu district often need information that is related to agriculture, health and family planning issues. However, it was clear from the analysis that, the women do not have access to the required information that would alleviate poverty among them. There were two critical access gaps between the …


Smu Libraries: “Sensory” In Library Spaces, Nursyeha Yahaya, Devika Sangaram, Salihin Mohammed Ali, Aaron Tay Apr 2017

Smu Libraries: “Sensory” In Library Spaces, Nursyeha Yahaya, Devika Sangaram, Salihin Mohammed Ali, Aaron Tay

Research Collection Library

The Li Ka Shing Library recently included a new section, “Heat Maps” on the library website, providing users instant access to the physical occupancy spaces across all the different levels in the library. The indoor location-aware system is one in the latest slew of additions in tracking the library patrons’ visitations. It is the first of the many forms of library usage data sources that seek to provide an impetus in engaging the SMU community through real-time data visualizations. This enhances the perception of SMU Libraries as a creative nexus that nurtures and champions innovative methods of information access through …


The Inconsistent Work Of Web Filters: Mapping Information Access In Alabama Public Schools And Libraries, Chris Peterson, Shannon M. Oltmann, Emily J. M. Knox Jan 2017

The Inconsistent Work Of Web Filters: Mapping Information Access In Alabama Public Schools And Libraries, Chris Peterson, Shannon M. Oltmann, Emily J. M. Knox

Information Science Faculty Publications

Recent popular and academic discussions regarding the Internet have raised the question of whether and how networked intermediaries have a (dis)integrating social effects. In this study, we use public records of configurations of Internet filters in Alabama public schools and libraries to show how different institutions implement nominally consistent content standards inconsistently. We argue that these varying implementations are both significant and troubling for two reasons: first, they overreach the stated goals of the legislation with which they in principle comply; second, they may contribute to a broader epistemic breakdown by fragmenting the kind of information made available through and …


Open Educational Resources And Rhetorical Paradox In The Neoliberal Univers(Ity), Nora Almeida Jan 2017

Open Educational Resources And Rhetorical Paradox In The Neoliberal Univers(Ity), Nora Almeida

Publications and Research

As a phenomenon and a quandary, openness has provoked conversations about inequities within higher education systems, particularly in regards to information access, social inclusion, and pedagogical practice. But whether or not open education can address these inequities, and to what effect, depends on what we mean by “open” and specifically, whether openness reflexively acknowledges the fraught political, economic, and ethical dimensions of higher education and of knowledge production processes. This essay explores the ideological and rhetorical underpinnings of the open educational resource (OER) movement in the context of the neoliberal university. This essay also addresses the conflation of value and …


Information Need, Access, And Use For Social Welfare And Family Planning By Rural Dwellers In Ido And Akinyele Local Government Areas Of Oyo State, Nigeria., Oluwaseun Olubunmi Odefadehan, Ayodele Akinola, Olalekan Odefadehan Dr. Aug 2016

Information Need, Access, And Use For Social Welfare And Family Planning By Rural Dwellers In Ido And Akinyele Local Government Areas Of Oyo State, Nigeria., Oluwaseun Olubunmi Odefadehan, Ayodele Akinola, Olalekan Odefadehan Dr.

Library Philosophy and Practice (e-journal)

The information available to an individual goes a long way to influence decision such an individual will take per time. The rural dwellers have been said to be at a disadvantaged in terms of information access, use and availability when compared to their urban counterparts. Therefore this study sought to determine the information need, access and use for family planning and social welfare by rural dwellers, the study specifically identified the source of health information available to the respondents, and it determined the frequency of information available to the respondents on family planning and social welfare. The study also identified …


Dimensions Of Access To Traceability Information For Us Beef Cattle Producers: Merging Information Frameworks For Assessment And Visualization Of State Web-Based Resources In An Effort To Strengthen National Security Connections Between Government And Cattle Farming Operations, Reid Isaac Boehm Aug 2015

Dimensions Of Access To Traceability Information For Us Beef Cattle Producers: Merging Information Frameworks For Assessment And Visualization Of State Web-Based Resources In An Effort To Strengthen National Security Connections Between Government And Cattle Farming Operations, Reid Isaac Boehm

Doctoral Dissertations

US consumers eat a lot of beef. The nation’s beef cattle production industry is a multi-faceted, complex supply chain which makes it an area rich for discussion about information practices, yet vulnerable to problems such as disease and terrorist attack. This research looks at cattle identification and traceability information resources that are accessible to beef cattle producers through two web channels: the state cooperative Extension website and the state Department of Agriculture website. This is a state by state content analysis of all fifty states to look at the topics, types, formats, quality, and interactivity of the available resources. By …


Empowering Women Entrepreneurs In Africa: Investigating Information Access And Use Of Information And Communication Technologies By Women-Owned Enterprises In Zambia, Daniel Mumba Sep 2014

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs In Africa: Investigating Information Access And Use Of Information And Communication Technologies By Women-Owned Enterprises In Zambia, Daniel Mumba

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

ABSTRACT

This study investigated the information seeking behaviour of Zambian women entrepreneurs, specifically focusing on their information needs, information sources, barriers to information access, and usage of information and communication technologies (ICTs). For conceptual framework, the social network approach, Chatman’s Information Poverty theory, and the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) were used to examine and understand the various characteristics of Zambian women entrepreneurs’ information seeking behaviour. In order to achieve the objectives of the study, five key questions were asked on the women’s information needs, information sources, barriers to information access, women’s level of knowledge and …


Digital Rights Management As Information Access Barrier, Jason Puckett Mar 2011

Digital Rights Management As Information Access Barrier, Jason Puckett

Jason D Puckett

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a type of technological control used by information publishers and vendors to restrict use of electronic information. Librarians should be concerned about DRM because it privileges the rights of information providers to the point of infringing upon users’ fair use and other rights. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 put commercial interests first, casting information users as potential “pirates.” DRM causes difficulties for users of library search tools, audio books, e-books and other electronic media, and for libraries and archives in the area of long-term preservation. Librarians must advocate for users’ rights to …


Digital Rights Management As Information Access Barrier, Jason Puckett Jan 2010

Digital Rights Management As Information Access Barrier, Jason Puckett

University Library Faculty Publications

Digital Rights Management (DRM) is a type of technological control used by information publishers and vendors to restrict use of electronic information. Librarians should be concerned about DRM because it privileges the rights of information providers to the point of infringing upon users’ fair use and other rights. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 put commercial interests first, casting information users as potential “pirates.” DRM causes difficulties for users of library search tools, audio books, e-books and other electronic media, and for libraries and archives in the area of long-term preservation. Librarians must advocate for users’ rights to …