Library Philosophy and Practice

Articles from June

Academic Libraries and the Remaking of the Canon: Implications for Collection Development Librarians
Introduction An issue of central importance for academic librarians of the future will be how to perform successful collection development in a time of narrow budgets and a rapidly expanding universe of information. For librarians in the humanities,...
Analytical Study of Master of Library Science Dissertations at the University of Maiduguri, Nigeria
Introduction The Department of Library Science, University of Maiduguri, was established in December 1977. An undergraduate degree programme began in the 1982/83 academic session. The master's in library science (MLS) programme began in 1993/94,...
An Empirical Study of Accessibility and Use of Library Resources by Undergraduates in a Nigerian State University of Technology
Introduction The primary purpose of university libraries is to support teaching, learning, and research in ways consistent with, and supportive of, the institution's mission and goals. In addition, library resources and services should be sufficient...
Avoiding a Tragedy: Information Literacy and the Tragedy of the Digital Commons
Introduction Librarians have long recognized that access to the digital commons has the remarkable potential to neutralize factors that divide the rich and the poor. While access to the digital commons is free, the financial costs of the equipment...
Computer Skill among Librarians in Academic Libraries in Ondo and Ekiti States, Nigeria
Introduction Globalization is a concept developed during the 1970s. The concept brings countries into a global economic and industrial market in which they can compete freely without economic or legal restrictions. Whatever the strengths or weaknesses...
Effect of Peer Review on Citations in the Open Access Environment
Introduction Editorial peer review is widely used to select submissions to journals for publication and is presumed to improve their usefulness (Jefferson, Alderson, Wager & Davidoff, 2002). Publishing a peer reviewed article in a prestigious...
E-Learning 2.0: Learning Redefined
Introduction The introduction of computers and the Internet has brought significant changes to education. Though computer-aided education and computer-assisted training have been around a long time, they were confined to a single classroom or a...
E-Learning 2.0: Learning Redefined
IntroductionThe introduction of computers and the Internet has brought significant changes to education. Though computer-aided education and computer-assisted training have been around a long time, they were confined to a single classroom or a laboratory....
Ergonomic Issues in Academic Libraries in Kolkata, West Bengal: A Pilot Study
Introduction In a highly competitive academic environment, the library is an essential component of an institution's intellectual expression. Libraries must design their spaces in a way that meet the needs of 21 st century learning, teaching, and...
Getting to Know the Neighbors: Library Support for Study Abroad Programs
Introduction The practice of sending young people abroad to "finish" their education was common primarily among well-to-do families in the 1800's and well into the 1900's. We see examples of this practice in the fictional families that inhabit Jane...
Information-Seeking Behavior of Law Faculty at Central Law College, Salem
Introduction The increase in the amount, type, and format of information available on the Web has affected information-seeking behavior (Fidel, et al., 1999). Current information is important to everyone. The philosophical emphasis on direct, experiential...
Information Services for Rural Community Development in Nigeria
Introduction Information is raw material for development for both urban and rural dwellers. Prosperity, progress, and development of any nation depend upon the nation's ability to acquire, produce, access, and use pertinent information. A report...
LIS Research in Pakistan: An Analysis of Pakistan Library and Information Science Journal 1998-2007
Introduction Pakistan has a long history of library research which starts as early as 1916 when Asa Don Dickinson wrote the Punjab Library Primer for library training classes at the University of the Punjab, Lahore (Kaser, 1992). This was the first...
Partnership between Librarians and Faculty at a Malaysian University Library: A Focus Group Survey
Introduction One of the approaches taken by academic libraries to market their services is a service dedicated to the academic programmes offered by the university. Academic libraries in Malaysia have done this as well, deploying reference librarians...
Quality Assurance and the Implication for the Management of University Libraries in Nigeria
Introduction Quality assurance is a way of measuring, improving, and maintaining the quality of any human activity that has a value. It may be academic, sports performance, business, or economy. Quality assurance is a means of ensuring that the...
Searchers' Perception of Access Regulations in Nigerian National Archives
Introduction Access to archives is an important component of archives administration. In the past, public archival institutions were credited with the dual role of preserving and making accessible the public archives in their custody, access being...
Strategies for Preservation and Increased Access to Newspapers in Nigerian University Libraries
Introduction Information is an essential commodity that is necessary for human and societal interaction and development. It is a must in all facets of human existence and development. Human beings must communicate and the essential ingredient of...
The Environment of Higher Education Libraries in India
Introduction India has significant advantages in the 21st century knowledge race. It has a large higher education sector--the third largest in the world in student numbers, after China and the United States. Next to China, India is the most populated...
The Relationship of Academic Role and Information Use by Engineering Faculty
Introduction The user is the key person in any library. All the luxuries of information revolution and problems of information explosion center on the user and his convenience. Understanding the user is half the battle in providing information services....
Use of Information and Communication Technology by Medical Students: A Survey of VSS Medical College, Burla, India
Introduction New technology has brought significant changes in education (Bates, 2005). Medical education has also undergone profound changes due to recent technological advancements (Harden, 2002; Davis and Harden, 2001). Medical schools, particularly...
Use of the Internet by Faculty and Research Scholars at Gulbarga University Library
Communication technology plays a vital role in the development of society. Vast amounts of data are transmitted in seconds, and Internet access offers unimaginably large amounts of information, data, and interpreted materials. As a powerful and dynamic...
Web-Based Services in University Libraries: A Pakistani Perspective
Introduction Libraries use their websites to provide services to users without their physical presence. Some libraries provide only minimal information about their collections and services, while many offer more WebOPACs, access to online databases,...