Library Philosophy and Practice

Articles from November

Ability, Assistance, and Collaboration in Academic Library Assessment
IntroductionAssessment continues to play an important role in the management of academic libraries. As external political entities press institutions of higher education to be more accountable in regards to academic outcomes and use of resources, libraries...
A Comparison of Term Clusters for Tokenized Words Collected from Controlled Vocabularies, User Keyword Searches, and Online Documents
IntroductionThe goal of all libraries, whether housed in buildings or online, is to guide users to documents appropriate to their information needs. The library system ideally provides a bridge between the information need and the appropriate information...
An Essay on Cataloging
IntroductionThe imminent arrival of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the proposed successor to Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR), makes now an opportune time to clarify a profound misunderstanding regarding the objective of cataloging. The...
Awareness and Accessibility of Environmental Information in Nigeria: Evidence from Delta State
IntroductionThere is no doubt that technological advances in agriculture, industry, and transportation greatly improved man's way of life. However, these activities, while providing the raw materials for production of goods and services have also resulted...
Digital Divide: Bridging the Gap through ICT in Nigerian Libraries
IntroductionThe emergence of computers has revolutionized modern society. One wonders how life was conducted prior to computers and their peripherals. Like other fields of human endeavor, there is no aspect of library activities that digital processing...
Electronic Information Seeking among LIS Postgraduate Students at Makerere University, Uganda
IntroductionHigher education is changing rapidly (Toner 2008). Bennett (2003) identifies two major shifts in education. Firstly, higher education is moving away from a teaching to a learning culture. Secondly, the revolution in information technology...
Embedding Semantic Markup in Web Pages
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionThe World Wide Web first revolutionized the presentation of text and data. People thousands of miles away from each other could suddenly see the same exact text or data at the same time in the same...
Fund Raising for Academic Libraries: What Works, What Doesn't?
IntroductionDuring the recent recession, academic libraries in the United States of America have had to endure significant budget cuts. Funding continues to go down at the same time the cost of materials and staff continues to increase. This has created...
Globalization and ICT in Academic Libraries in Nigeria: The Way Forward
IntroductionIn the last couple of years, students and lecturers in Nigerian tertiary institutions have increasingly demanded and preferred access to electronic sources delivery and networked information from their respective libraries (Covi and Cragin,...
Incorporating Information Technology in Library and Information Science Curriculum in Nigeria: A Strategy for Survival in the 21st Century
IntroductionAs Library and Information Science (LIS) education moves into the 21st century changing society where changes occur due to the emergence and advancement in Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs), which requires the LIS professionals...
Quality of Life among Rural Nigerian Women: The Role of Information
IntroductionIt appears that the concept of quality of life is fast becoming a popular concept worldwide including Nigeria. At first sight, quality of life is a simple, straightforward construct. Most people have a reasonably clear idea of what sorts...
Study of Information Sources and Services of the National Medical Library in India
IntroductionThe National Medical Library aims to provide wide and efficient information resources and services to the health science professionals as well as users in India. It functions under the administrative control of the Directorate General of...
Survey of Author Name Disambiguation: 2004 to 2010
IntroductionAs resources are encoded in various metadata schemes, digital libraries grow, and the internet and metadata encoding in general move toward interoperability, the problems of name and identity disambiguation pose problems in metadata development....
The Use of ICT in Nigerian Universities: A Case Study of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
IntroductionThe information and communication technology revolution is sweeping through the world and the gale has even caught up with developing countries like Nigeria and Ghana. Information and communication technologies have introduced new methods...