LIBRES: Library and Information Science Research Electronic Journal

Provides articles on library and information science.


Vol. 22, No. 2, September

The Role of Information Professionals in Geoscience Data Management: A Western Australian Perspective
AbstractThe research project investigated the role of information professionals in geoscience data management. Data management professionals in organisations which generate geoscience data across the government, academic and corporate sectors in Western...
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Getting the Picture: Interviews and Photo Elicitation at Edmonton Public Library
AbstractAs part of its Library Spaces Business Plan initiative, Edmonton Public Library (EPL) conducted interviews paired with photo elicitation to explore customers' perceptions of their library spaces and to better understand how customers use those...
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Vol. 22, No. 1, March

Scholarly Communication's Mess: Can Economic Analysis Help?
AbstractThis paper constitutes a trial of a game- and decision-theory based approach that is intended to examine elements of the complexities of scholarly communication as an economic endeavor. Both individual and institutional kinds of games are analyzed...
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Counting Cataloging: Moving beyond Statistics to Measure the Value of Cataloging
AbstractGiven the budgetary and technological changes facing academic libraries, it has become necessary for librarians to become self-advocates, describing and defending the work they do. Most research in this area is dedicated to public services, with...
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Vol. 21, No. 2, September

Mobile Technologies - Information on the Move ... or Stuck in a Groove? - A South African Perspective1
Abstract:Mobile technologies present exciting and new opportunities to those who have not been able to access digital information before or provide additional opportunities for access. Education programmes and curricula are being revitalized through...
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Vol. 21, No. 1, March

Geographic Information Systems (Gis) in Public Library Assessment
AbstractThis paper details three projects utilizing geographic information systems (GIS) in the assessment of public libraries. The benefits of GIS include the abilities to generate maps to convey more information than through other means and to allow...
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Changing Times and Requirements: Implications for LIS Education
ABSTRACTThe purpose of the study is to identify how library and information studies educators are refining curricula to ensure students are learning the knowledge and skills necessary to work in our rapidly changing field. This study, utilizing a mixed-method...
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Medium Rare: Exploring Archives and Their Conversion from Original to Digital Part Two- the Holistic Knowledge Arsenal of Paper-Based Archives
AbstractThis paper is the second installment in a two-part series on the physicality of archival material in the context of the digital age. The first part reviewed key lessons in the history of new technologies that have affected archival practice....
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Librarian as Fair Witness: A Comparison of Heinlein's Futuristic Occupation and Today's Evolving Information Professional
There has been a continuing discussion in library literature on the library as place and on the image of librarians in popular media, but there is little information on the librarian as person. The discussion on librarianship as a profession tends to...
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Gender and Citation in Two LIS E-Journals: A Comment
In LIBRES Vol 19, 1, 2010 Linsay Reece-Evans reported research which examined a bibliometric analysis of gender and citation in two LIS E-Journals: LIBRES and Information Research.Reece-Evans makes the salient point that women outnumber men at a ratio...
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Vol. 20, No. 1, March

Library Experiences of Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans Flood Survivors
AbstractMore than one million residents were displaced by Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans Flood. Uprooted from their lives and dispersed across the country, survivors found themselves hundreds of miles away from home. Some found comfort and much...
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The Public Library as a Critical Institution in South Africa's Democracy: A Reflection
AbstractSouth Africa came out of apartheid rule in 1994. This transition has brought with it its own set of challenges including that of access to information, an essential pillar in upholding a democracy. In this transitional period, South Africa is...
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Accessing the Collection of a Large Public Library: An Analysis of OPAC Use
AbstractDespite widespread use of Internet search engines, the online catalogue is still the main pathway to the collection of a particular library. The use of Internet search engines does, however, have implications for user expectations around the...
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Gender and Citation in Two LIS E-Journals: A Bibliometric Analysis of LIBRES and Information Research
AbstractThough women outnumber men at a ratio of approximately 4:1 in the library and information science (LIS) field as a whole and 3:1 in academic librarianship, past studies suggest that male-authored LIS print journal articles outnumber female-authored...
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Vol. 19, No. 2, September

Academic Library Data from the United States: An Examination of Trends
AbstractThere is no doubt that there have been changes in recent years in academic libraries, their institutions, and the behaviors of their users. The literature in librarianship offers opinions and forecasts on a number of trends in services, resources,...
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Public Libraries and Their Contribution towards Economic Development: A Discussion
AbstractThis paper discusses the public library's role in society as a focal point for local economic development, adapted to the countries in the Southern Common Market (MERCOSUR - composed of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay). It proposes a...
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Use of Bibliometrics in LIS Research
AbstractLibrary and Information Science (LIS) literature mirrors the development of the LIS profession, which needs to be analyzed for growth of the profession and to overcome its weaknesses. Bibliometric methods have been widely used in LIS research...
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The Availability and Accessibility of Vertical File Collections in Jamaican Libraries
AbstractSmall island developing states are often characterized by weak local publishing industries and infrastructure, which leads to the unavailability of locally relevant publications. Given this reality, the vertical file collections are therefore...
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Vol. 19, No. 1, March

Library Consortia in China
AbstractThis paper traces the history and development of library consortia in China from 1980 to the present. It also gives examples and descriptions of various types of library consortia in China, including academic, public, special, multi-type library...
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Digital Rights Management and Access to Information: A Developing Country's Perspective
AbstractDigital rights management systems (DRMs) together with technological protection measures (TPMs) have become a controversial topic of discussion around copyrighted works, particularly since the controversial Sony BMG case. This paper addresses...
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Implementing Information Literacy in Higher Education: A Perspective on the Roles of Librarians and Disciplinary Faculty
Communities and organizations spend money on library materials and services as a cost effective way to help community members gain access to the works and ideas of others so as to answer questions, solve problems, learn new things, and explore entertainment...
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