Library Philosophy and Practice

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Are Indian Libraries VIP-Friendly? Information Use and Information Seeking Behaviour of Visually Impaired People in Delhi Libraries
Introduction The real challenge in this information age is not producing information or storing information, but getting people to use information appropriately. Information is an indispensable raw material for right decision making and key resource...
A Snapshot of Information-Seeking Behavior Literature in Health Sciences: A Bibliometric Approach
Introduction Information-seeking behavior is an important LIS concept. It deals with behaviors and actions exhibited by human beings in their search for information to satisfy diverse information needs. Wilson (2008) says that, "Information seeking...
Assessment of Legal Information Needs and Access Problems of Lawyers in Uganda
Introduction Unresolved legal problems can entrench disadvantage and increase social exclusion unless legal assistance is made available to members of the community (McClelland, 2009). "As a lawyer, and even more so as a local member, I have met...
A Study of the Usefulness of Pakistan Library Automation Group's (PakLAG) Services
Introduction Library automation in Pakistan is in its infancy. Major constraints in this regard include absence of planning, software/hardware problems, lack of cooperation, lack of competent and willing manpower, non-existence of standards, financial...
A Survey of Medical College Libraries in Andhra Pradesh, India
IntroductionAlthough India has been an independent nation for more than 60 years, professional education in health sciences remains a problem for achieving the cherished goal of the government, "Health for All." Health is the basic need of every individual....
A Systems Approach to Book Search in a Library
Introduction Searching for misplaced books in a library can be a daunting task. A book is handled by many people including staff, children, patrons, and volunteers who shelve material. Searching for physical books is a human process prone to human...
Authentication and Authorization: Security Issues for Institutional Digital Repositories
Introduction In this digital age and the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) many organizations have realized the benefits of sharing information within the organization as well within the community and globally. These...
Availability and Use of Audiovisual and Electronic Resources by Distance Learning Students in Nigerian Universities: A Case Study of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Ibadan Study Centre
IntroductionThe challenge of providing educational opportunities for mature students and other people who are place-bound brought about the concept of distance education. Moore (2000) describes distance education as a system that promotes the self-teaching-learning...
Availability and Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Six Nigerian University Library Schools
Introduction Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have taken a central position in all spheres of human endeavor. Their roles in societal development have been considered pervasive. In fact Karisiddappa (2004) asserts that "for a sustainable...
Blogging for Libraries and Librarians
Introduction Marketing of library and information services is essential. Libraries have used marketing channels such as the traditional media: newspapers, corporate newsletters, radio, and TV. Many libraries produce brochures, pathfinders, and their...
Budget Preparation, Approval, and Implementation in University Libraries in Nigeria
Introduction University education in Nigeria is a post independence creation. Like other post colonial governments, the Nigerian government recognized the importance of and need to invest in higher education. The universities in Nigeria were,...
Changing Needs of Library and Information Science Curricula in India
Introduction Curriculum guides student activities and develops instructional procedures for realizing educational objectives. Curriculum models are part of instructional design. Formulating theories of teaching, learning, and instruction begins...
Curbing Youth Restiveness in Nigeria: The Role of Information and Libraries
IntroductionYouth restiveness in Nigeria has been a prominent issue in recent times. There has been an increase in the occurrence of acts of violence and lawlessness, including things like hostage-taking of prominent citizens and expatriate oil workers,...
Developing Micro-Level Info-Products through an Entrepreneurship and Partnership Approach: A Conceptual Framework
IntroductionLibrary and Information Service (LIS) professionals play a very active role of information intermediaries. As information intermediaries or facilitators they have been engaged in acquiring and serving info-products produced by commercial...
Difficulties and Motivation of Postgraduate Students in Selected Nigerian Universities
Introduction Motivation energizes people to overcome setbacks. Study motivation helps students to stay focused and psychologically empowered to overcome obstacles and difficulties during study. Motivation drives students to achieve goals. Postgraduate...
Digital Libraries: Functionality, Usability, and Accessibility
Introduction Rapid advances in information technologies have revolutionized the role of libraries. As a result, libraries face new challenges, competitors, demands, and expectations. Libraries are redesigning services and information products to...
Information Access Patterns of Faculty in Arts and Sciences Colleges in Chidambaram
IntroductionInformation is an essential raw material for all human endeavours in a complex modern society. It is recognized as a prerequisite for scientific, socioeconomic, and cultural development. Information may be stored in many different ways, including...
Information Seeking Behaviour of Researchers in Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Lucknow
IntroductionInformation seeking behaviour is a complex activity, requiring access to diverse information resources to deal with work-related, personal, and social information problems. Information-seeking behaviour refers to strategies for locating information,...
Information Support Systems for Small-Scale Industries in Salem District: With Special Reference to Tapioca Processing Industries
Introduction Information is an indispensable source for decision-making at every level. It is a vital ingredient for the social development of a nation, especially developing countries like India. It is a well-accepted generalization that a country...
Internet Use among Faculty Members in the Changing Higher Education Environment at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
Introduction The Internet provides access to unlimited sources of information and search engines is continuously being advanced to provide efficient ways to help users to find what they want. The Internet eases and increases access to a large amount...
Internet Use Behavior and Attitude of College Students: A Survey of Leadership Colleges' Network
Introduction The Internet is an inseparable part of today's educational system. The academic increasingly depends on the Internet for educational purposes. A majority of academic and research institutions provide Internet service to students, teachers,...
Justification for Reform in Library and Information Science Education in Nigerian Universities
IntroductionEducation helps define the life, values, political culture, and economic power of a nation. Knowledge, skills, norms, and values of responsible citizenship are inculcated through education. It is through education that the human resource...
Nigeria Public Library Service to Rural Areas: Libraries in Niger Delta States
Introduction The fundamental aim of libraries is to provide timely, accurate, pertinent, and reliable information for their users. According to Olowu (2004), librarians are devoted to improving access to information, and satisfying the user is paramount....
Open Access Repositories: A Review
Introduction Open Access (OA) repositories have attracted attention over the past several years, often as a way of furthering the cause of open access to scholarship. Currently there are 1,451 of these registered in Open DOAR (http://www.opendoar.org/),...
Outsourcing for Effective Resource Management in Nigerian University Libraries
Introduction In the late 2008 and early 2009, the people of Nigeria and its government officials came to term with the reality of global economic meltdown and its inevitable implications for the nation's economy. Global economic problems have brought...
Perception of the Internet as an Enabler of Scholarship among Postgraduate Students of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
IntroductionThere has been a tremendous growth in the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web for finding and sharing information. The Internet originated from government and academia and spread to business and industry (Shelley, 2002). University...
Preserving Information-Bearing Material in Higher Education Institutions in Nigeria
IntroductionLibraries acquire material to meet the informational or recreational needs of its clientele. It is the responsibility of the library staff to keep these materials in good physical condition so they are available for users at all times. Materials...
Reforming or Rejecting the Reference Desk: Conflict and Continuity in the Concept of Reference
Introduction At the 2007 ACRL National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, perhaps no session generated more heated debate than one titled "The Reference Question--Where Has Reference Been? Where Is Reference Going?" The presenters--James Rettig,...
Retrospective Conversion in Two Nigerian University Libraries: A Comparative Study of Kenneth Dike Library and Obafemi Awolowo University Library
Introduction Retrospective conversion has to do with change from manual to automated or computerized system. In consideration of the inefficiency, slow and inadequacy of the existing library manual processes, libraries all over the world are resorting...
Retrospective Conversion of Ancient Knowledge: Issues and Challenges: A Case Study of Central Library, Banaras Hindu University, India
Introduction Indian civilization is one of the world's oldest and most developed civilizations, i.e., the Indus civilization. India's culture is marked by a high degree of syncretism and cultural pluralism. The diversity inherent in Indian society...
Role of Libraries in Conflict Resolution: The Niger Delta Case
Introduction"Some amazing paradoxes have come from the development of the Niger Delta region. Ordinarily, the Niger Delta should be a gigantic economic reservoir of national and international importance. Its rich endowments of oil and gas resources feed...
School Libraries in India: Present-Day Scenario
Introduction The education system in India is based on the British system of education. The Government of India lays stress on education for all. The directive principle contained in article 45 states that the state has to provide free and compulsory...
Scientometric Study of Doctoral Dissertations in Biochemistry in the University of Kerala, India
(ProQuest: ... denotes formulae omitted.)IntroductionBiochemistry is a fascinating subject that deals with the chemical language of life, be it human, animal, plant, or microorganism. No other science subject has as much application as biochemistry to...
Status of Textile Engineering College Libraries in Haryana, India
Introduction Education for engineering and allied subjects has been transformed by the emergence of ICT. Textile engineering is not a new field, but still it is unique. Collection development in textile libraries is a challenge for librarians, due...
The Availability, Organization, and Use of Archival Records: A Study of Public Archives Agencies in the Northwestern States of Nigeria
IntroductionThe desire to keep and use records of knowledge and information for reference and permanent preservation can be linked to the earliest time of human history. History has showed how people of the ancient era kept records of their thoughts...
The Growth and Development of Research on Ecology in India: A Bibliometric Study
Introduction Bibliometrics is an LIS research method. It is a quantitative study of the literature on a topic and is used to identify patterns of publication, authorship, and secondary journal coverage to get an insight into the growth of knowledge...
The Role of Libraries in the Preservation and Accessibility of Indigenous Knowledge in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
IntroductionThe Niger Delta people have a rich body of indigenous knowledge developed over many centuries. This body of accumulated knowledge has played a vital role in agriculture, animal and human health, natural resources management, education, and...
Theses, Projects, and Africana Materials Management in Nigerian Academic Libraries: The Case of Hezekiah Oluwasanmi Library
IntroductionAcademic libraries support their parent institutions in teaching, research, and community development. Aguolu (1989) maintains that libraries are social agencies designed to conserve knowledge, preserve cultural heritage, provide information,...
The Use of the Library Catalogue by Undergraduate Students in Niger Delta University Library
IntroductionAcademic libraries collect material to support the teaching and research objectives of their parent bodies. The library serves both the teaching and non teaching staff of the university, researchers from other academic institutions, and students....
Understanding the Deep Web
Introduction The most coveted commodity of the information age is indeed information. Information has become a basic need after food, shelter, and clothing. Due to technological advancements, a large amount of information is available on the Web,...
Use of Electronic Resources among Academics at the University of Karachi
IntroductionTechnology has penetrated all areas of life and the use of information technology (IT) has work procedures and approaches. Libraries use IT for better services and satisfying diverse user needs. Libraries have transformed into digital and...
Use of Newspapers by Nigerian University Students: The Case of Delta State University, Anwai Campus
Introduction Newspapers provide up-to-date information on local, state/provincial, national, and world issues. They are among the most widely-read periodicals that are available and accessible to the vast majority of people of all ages and walks...
Use of Reproductive Health Information on Contraception among Female Undergraduates of University of Ibadan
Introduction It is said that health is life. Health is an essential aspect of development. The health of a people has tremendous impact on the health of a nation. This makes it necessary for all nations to invest in the healthcare of its people....
Web Affinity: A Study of Undergraduate Students in Nigerian Universities
Introduction The World-Wide-Web (www) may be the most important application of the Internet. Before the Web, the Internet grew rapidly within the education and research communities, allowing exchange of information using applications like email,...