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
IntroductionThe 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 for...
A Snapshot of Information-Seeking Behavior Literature in Health Sciences: A Bibliometric Approach
IntroductionInformation-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 behavior...
Assessment of Legal Information Needs and Access Problems of Lawyers in Uganda
IntroductionUnresolved 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 number...
A Study of the Usefulness of Pakistan Library Automation Group's (PakLAG) Services
IntroductionLibrary 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, nonexistence of standards, financial...
A Systems Approach to Book Search in a Library
IntroductionSearching 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 error....
Authentication and Authorization: Security Issues for Institutional Digital Repositories
IntroductionIn 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 organizations...
Availability and Use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Six Nigerian University Library Schools
IntroductionInformation 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
IntroductionMarketing 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 own...
Budget Preparation, Approval, and Implementation in University Libraries in Nigeria
IntroductionUniversity 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, therefore,...
Changing Needs of Library and Information Science Curricula in India
IntroductionCurriculum 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 with what...
Difficulties and Motivation of Postgraduate Students in Selected Nigerian Universities
IntroductionMotivation 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
IntroductionRapid 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 add value...
Information Support Systems for Small- Scale Industries in Salem District: With Special Reference to Tapioca Processing Industries
IntroductionInformation 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 which...
Internet Use among Faculty Members in the Changing Higher Education Environment at the Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
IntroductionThe 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 of...
Internet Use Behavior and Attitude of College Students: A Survey of Leadership Colleges' Network
IntroductionThe 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,...
Nigeria Public Library Service to Rural Areas: Libraries in Niger Delta States
IntroductionThe 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
IntroductionOpen 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
IntroductionIn 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...
Reforming or Rejecting the Reference Desk: Conflict and Continuity in the Concept of Reference
IntroductionAt 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, Jerry Campbell,...
Retrospective Conversion in Two Nigerian University Libraries: A Comparative Study of Kenneth Dike Library and Obafemi Awolowo University Library
IntroductionRetrospective 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
IntroductionIndian 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 makes...
School Libraries in India: Present-Day Scenario
IntroductionThe 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...
Status of Textile Engineering College Libraries in Haryana, India
IntroductionEducation 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 to...
The Growth and Development of Research on Ecology in India: A Bibliometric Study
IntroductionBibliometrics 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 on...
Understanding the Deep Web
IntroductionThe 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, which...
Use of Newspapers by Nigerian University Students: The Case of Delta State University, Anwai Campus
IntroductionNewspapers 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 of life...
Use of Reproductive Health Information on Contraception among Female Undergraduates of University of Ibadan
IntroductionIt 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. The World...
Web Affinity: A Study of Undergraduate Students in Nigerian Universities
IntroductionThe 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, ftp,...

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