Library Philosophy and Practice

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 2, Spring

Alternative Models of Knowledge Production: A Step Forward in Information Literacy as a Liberal Art
Introduction Bibliographic instruction has come a long way from the "library instruction" of the 20th century to the "information literacy" of the 21st. Its evolution from "finding your way in the library" to "gaining critical skills to function...
Creating a Library Logo for an Academic Library
The library at Minnesota State University, Mankato needed to update its logo, which was little used and had been created more 25 years earlier. It did not reflect the changes in technology and services offered by the library. This article discusses...
Customizing and Using a Popular Online Information Literacy Tutorial: One Library's Experience
Introduction Online information literacy tutorials are becoming increasingly popular. Many colleges and universities use a version of TILT (the Texas Information Tutorial) or Searchpath, a modification of TILT by Western Michigan University. Both...
Human Capital for Nigerian Libraries in the 21st Century
Introduction Studies of libraries in general and university libraries in particular have consistently reported inadequate levels of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) literacy as one of the major problems facing libraries in Nigeria...
Information Society: European Considerations in Economic and Cultural Contexts
We have the technical know how, the technology to do it, and the economic and institutional strategies to implement it. The obstacles, of course, are political. (Castells 1999:12) Introduction Data, information and knowledge are words that conjure...
Internet Use by Researchers: A Study of Panjab University, Chandigarh
Introduction The convergence of information and communication technologies as embodied in the Internet has transformed the present day society into a knowledge society. Earlier, information and knowledge were passed by word of mouth or through manuscripts,...
Managing the Library's Corporate Culture for Organizational Efficiency, Productivity, and Enhanced Service
Introduction Corporate culture is a key component in the achievement of an organization's mission and strategies, the improvement of organizational effectiveness, and the management of change. Culture is rooted in deeply-held beliefs. It reflects...
On Not Revising the ALA Code of Ethics: An Alternate Proposal
Revision of a paper given at the ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, June 26, 2005 The American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Professional Ethics is undertaking a several-year review of the Code of Ethics, nominally for reasons stated in various...
Proceedings of the 24th Annual Seminar/Workshop of the Nigerian Library Association, Cataloguing, Classification, and Indexing Section: Held at Stella Obasanjo Library Complex, Lokoja, 17th-23rd October, 2004
The theme of this conference was strategies for managing Technical Services in library and information centres. Some of the papers presented at the sessions were: "Subject Cataloguing and Computerization: Current Trends," by K. I. N. Nwalo of the...
Sources of Information on New Economic Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)
Introduction The African continent has been facing an uphill task in terms of its development. It cannot favorably compete with other industrialized nations of the world. It is one of the cardinal reasons why the New Economic Partnership for African...
The Challenges of Computerizing a University Library in Nigeria: The Case of Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
Introduction Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is one of Nigeria's first generation universities, opening its doors in 1962. Like other universities, its functions include teaching, research, and community service. Ifidon and Okoli (2002) note that...
The Equilateral Triangle Paradigm: A Mathematical Interpretation of the Theory of Tertiary Sources on the World Wide Web
Introduction Among the pure sciences, mathematics has had the most important impact on the rest of human knowledge, because it has provided a powerful basis for human reasoning. Mathematics is building block for all disciplines. Information Science...
The Impact of Self-Efficacy and Prior Computer Experience on the Creativity of New Librarians in Selected Universities Libraries in Southwest Nigeria
Introduction The continuing explosion of information, as well as continuing developments in information technology, mean that organizations continue to look for employees who are creative. Creative people are needed to deal with the constant re-engineering...
The Impact of the Internet on Research: The Experience of Delta State University, Nigeria
Introduction The explosive growth of mobile computing and wireless networks has helped educational institutions stay at the forefront of this changing world (Khalil, 2004). For research to be reliable, it must be based on reliable information. Scholars...
The Pains and Gains of the Publication Requirement: A Survey of Librarians at Delta State University, Nigeria
Introduction Placing librarians on academic status in universities is a universal phenomenon. It started in the United States in the 1940s and spread to Britain and Canada through the 1980s, after a struggle by librarians in those countries. This...
The Plane Tree Turns Fifty: A History of the Department of Librarianship at Ankara University
In the years immediately following the establishment of the Republic of Turkey in the early 20th century, there were significant developments, including those in the field of librarianship. The emergence of a modern democratic state and way of life...