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Publication date: 25 January 2008

Tega Rexwhite Enakrire and E. Emmanuel Baro

This paper sets out to elicit the patterns of information storage and retrieval in Nigerian university libraries.

Abstract

Purpose

This paper sets out to elicit the patterns of information storage and retrieval in Nigerian university libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

A descriptive survey method was adopted in looking at the various patterns of information storage and retrieval in Nigerian university libraries.

Findings

The findings of the research revealed that storage and retrieval devices such as computer hard disks, audio‐tapes, video‐tapes, video‐players, television, Internet, Xerox, database management systems, microforms, CD‐ROM, worm‐disk, magnetic‐optical disk, magnetic tapes, flat files, memory cards and many others are the various patterns through which information/data can be stored and retrieved in Nigerian university libraries. This has brought about widespread technological resources for effective and efficient routine library operations.

Originality/value

This research and its findings will assist Nigerian university libraries and beyond to know how best to care for their information/data storage and retrieval, and ensure that adequate facilities are provided and experts/librarians are trained in such contexts, so as to meet changing trends in the world and in order to satisfy users' information needs.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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Publication date: 1 September 1981

John Whitehead

Everyone here tonight must be aware by now that we have entered a new, technological era—in fact, a second industrial revolution. If you are not aware of the new…

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Everyone here tonight must be aware by now that we have entered a new, technological era—in fact, a second industrial revolution. If you are not aware of the new developments taking place you are either blind, deaf—or, even worse,—either not interested or of the opinion that it does not affect you personally. Either of the latter points can be fatal! Anyone who feels that they are not involved is going to become the Twentieth Century equivalent of the Dodo and anyone who is not interested in new technology is not, in my view, worthy of being called a professional—whatever his profession may be!

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 33 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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Publication date: 2 April 2019

Hao Liu, Zhong Yao, Li Zeng and Jing Luan

Large supermarkets, chain stores and enterprises with large-scale warehousing put forward higher standards and requirements for the automation and informatization of…

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Purpose

Large supermarkets, chain stores and enterprises with large-scale warehousing put forward higher standards and requirements for the automation and informatization of warehouses. As one of the fast-growing commercial supermarkets in China, the traditional warehouse management mode has restricted the rapid development of Yonghui Superstores to a certain extent. The purpose of this paper is to find out how the existing warehouse mode can be changed and to solve the existing problems of warehouse management of Yonghui Superstores.

Design/methodology/approach

This research puts forward construction of warehouse center, which is based on radio frequency identification (RFID) and sensor technology, then designs the model for receiving, storage, operations management, distribution and outbound to solve the existing problems of warehouse management of Yonghui Superstores.

Findings

What technologies should be adopted to meet storage requirements? How to monitor the storage environment in real time and improve the operation and management level of the warehouse? This study found that building a warehouse center based on RFID and sensor technology was a good solution.

Research limitations/implications

The Yonghui Superstores warehouse center model lacks corresponding simulation experiments, and the investment and income are difficult to estimate quantitatively.

Practical implications

This paper has designed and discussed the warehouse center model based on RFID and sensor technology, which provides a few references for the actual investment and construction of a warehouse center. In addition, the warehouse center model has strong generalized applicability and could be widely used in various enterprises.

Social implications

The warehouse center could improve the warehouse management level of Yonghui Superstores and change the traditional warehouse management mode. To some extent, it improves the enterprise flexibility of the market, which will be of great significance to improve business efficiency and enhance brand image and competitiveness.

Originality/value

This study takes Yonghui Superstores as a case to analyze the problems of warehousing management in detail and then designs a warehouse center based on RFID and sensor technology. The study discusses the location and distribution, software and hardware selection, benefits evaluation, significances and return on investment, which makes the warehouse center model versatile, technically feasible and economically applicable.

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Assembly Automation, vol. 39 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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Publication date: 1 March 1986

Philip Barker

In the context of information storage and sharing new electronic technology has much to offer conventional library systems. A video disc can be a valuable storage

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In the context of information storage and sharing new electronic technology has much to offer conventional library systems. A video disc can be a valuable storage component. However, its full potential is unlikely to be realised if it is used in isolation from other equipment. Computers, communication networks and video discs can together provide many novel information storage and dissemination systems for use in libraries. This paper describes some of these and also gives a brief outline of some approaches to providing the all important user interface to such systems.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 4 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 20 February 2007

Liu Jiazhen and Yang Daoling

To obtain first‐hand data on the main challenges in preserving digital resources in libraries, archives and information centres in China.

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Purpose

To obtain first‐hand data on the main challenges in preserving digital resources in libraries, archives and information centres in China.

Design/methodology/approach

The data in this paper have been acquired by e‐mail questionnaire. The conclusions are based on feedback from 57 respondents, distributed in 14 provinces in China, who work in libraries, archives and information centres with rich digital collections and long‐term experience in preserving digital resources.

Findings

The authors consider that the long‐term preservation of digital resources in China faces two critical difficulties: firstly, the pressure on preserving digital resources has not been fully recognised and so the relevant training in the management and operation of digital preservation is absent; secondly, government departments attach little importance to this field and lack uniform guidelines. Therefore, the paper suggests that relevant international conferences or workshops should be held in China, and that a working group led by the National Development and Reform Commission of China should be set up to plan the construction, sharing and maintenance of Chinese digital resources.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited to Chinese administration systems. Although the data in this paper are authentic and representative, nevertheless it is a small sample of the numerous document collection organisations in the country.

Practical implications

The data and analysis in this paper should greatly help international colleagues understand the status regarding the preservation of digital resources in China.

Originality/value

This research is the first of its kind undertaken in China and will provide a new vision for international peers and organisations involved in digital documentary heritage around the world.

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Program, vol. 41 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 8 February 2021

Nattaya Chamtitigul and Weining Li

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of team learning processes (information acquisition, information processing and information storage and retrieval) on…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the effect of team learning processes (information acquisition, information processing and information storage and retrieval) on team performance in software development projects and to assess the effect of ethical leadership and its influence on these processes.

Design/methodology/approach

The authors examined 354 software development project teams in Thailand. A quantitative study was conducted through a Web-based survey, with structural equation modelling used to test the hypotheses.

Findings

The results of this study revealed that ethical leadership is positively correlated with the team learning processes of information acquisition, information processing and information storage and retrieval. However, only information processing and information storage and retrieval are positively related to team performance. The results indicate that ethical leadership has a positive direct effect on team performance. The results also show that the positive relationship between ethical leadership and team performance is partially mediated by team learning processes, namely, information processing and information storage and retrieval.

Research limitations/implications

This study highlights the importance of ethical leadership and guides managers towards considering the characteristics of both ethical leadership and team learning processes for enhancing team performance in software development projects.

Originality/value

This is the first study to the best of authors’ knowledge to examine the role of team learning processes in mediating the relationship between ethical leadership and team performance, particularly concerning software development projects. The present research contributes to the literature on team performance management, emphasising the manner in which ethical leadership can result in team learning and team performance. The findings of this study can be used to encourage organisations to develop ethical leadership behaviours and team learning processes in software development projects.

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Team Performance Management: An International Journal, vol. 27 no. 3/4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1352-7592

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Publication date: 1 April 1957

J.D. BERNAL

The International Conference on Scientific Information which will be held in November 1958 in Washington is the first large‐scale sequel to the Royal Society Conference on…

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The International Conference on Scientific Information which will be held in November 1958 in Washington is the first large‐scale sequel to the Royal Society Conference on Scientific Information of 1948. In the ten intervening years there has been such a multiplication of scientific publications, despite some efforts at rationalizing their production, that the problem which seemed vast enough ten years ago is now considered so great as to defy dealing with as a whole even in such a large‐scale international conference. The Royal Society Conference attempted to deal with every aspect of scientific publication; with the method of producing scientific papers, with the organization of journals where original work is published—abstracts, reports—and with the processes of filing and finding information. The Washington conference is definitely more limited in its scope. It is essentially concerned with the provision of effective storage and retrieval mechanisms rather than with the question of publication. In the words of its own announcement, ‘emphasis will be placed on the critical examination and appraisal of techniques, mechanisms, systems and organization for the storage and retrospective search of scientific information and particularly upon recent research studies in these aspects. Problems concerned with primary publication and dissemination will not be considered except incidentally. The practical point of view of the using scientist—whether he be an isolated individual depending on a small library or one who has access to a large information retrieval centre—will be kept foremost.’

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Journal of Documentation, vol. 13 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0022-0418

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Publication date: 1 March 2006

Sunday Ighovie Efe and Oghenevwogaga Benson Adogbeji

The purpose of this study is to examine the level of automation in Nigerian meteorological stations.

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to examine the level of automation in Nigerian meteorological stations.

Design/methodology/approach

It involves a descriptive survey of the assessment of the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in data storage and dissemination in Nigerian meteorological stations. Questionnaires were used as the major instruments of data collection while interviews were still used to gather some peculiar data. Questionnaires were sent to each of the 46 meteorological stations and 11 to weather stations in some Nigerian universities. Out of the 57 questionnaire only 15 were returned and used for the study. The results are presented in tables and analysis using simple percentages.

Findings

The results showed a low level of automation because only two of the meteorological and weather stations in Nigeria are automated. The study also revealed that CLICOM software is very effective in weather information management. Similarly, the result showed that the CLICOM software is highly useful in the making of weather maps, charts and for quick dissemination of weather data, map and other information to students, university and public libraries who request such information. The reasons for the low level of automation were attributed to a lack of funds, faulty equipment and obsolete computer systems. It is therefore highly recommended for the Nigerian government to make funding available for the automation of the Nigerian meteorological stations and weather stations in Nigerian universities to ease data management and dissemination of weather information in Nigeria.

Originality/value

This research and its findings will assist the Nigerian meteorological service agencies in quick dissemination and retrieval of weather information to airports, university and research libraries and to the public in general.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 24 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 23 January 2007

Jim Agee and Sarah Naper

The purpose of this paper is to offrer a reflective look at PASCAL (Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries) in the larger context of…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to offrer a reflective look at PASCAL (Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries) in the larger context of off‐site storage facilities and practices

Design/methodology/approach

The article includes an analysis based on five key points of cooperative repository projects that were made by Vattulainen. The five points are applied to this case study of PASCAL, a shared collaborative off‐site storage facility.

Findings

Concerns are discussed in the five key areas: Concept of ownership, Provision of buildings, Management of repositories, Relegation decisions and User needs,

Originality/value

This article contributes a case study to the discussion of collaborative off‐site storage, with implications for both the immediate region and for larger networked systems that may exist in the future.

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Collection Building, vol. 26 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0160-4953

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Publication date: 29 January 2018

Wasim Ahmad Bhat

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the prospects of current storage technologies for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the prospects of current storage technologies for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

The study employs a systematic and critical review of the relevant literature to explore the prospects of current storage technologies for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries. Online computer databases were searched to identify the relevant literature published between 2000 and 2016. A specific inclusion and exclusion criterion was formulated and applied in two distinct rounds to determine the most relevant papers.

Findings

The study concludes that the current storage technologies are not viable for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries. They can neither fulfil all the storage demands nor alleviate the financial expenditures of digital libraries. The study also points out that migrating to emerging storage technologies in digital libraries is a long-term viable solution.

Research limitations/implications

The study suggests that continuous innovation and research efforts in current storage technologies are required to lessen the impact of storage shortage on digital libraries, and to allow emerging storage technologies to advance further and take over. At the same time, more aggressive research and development efforts are required by academics and industry to further advance the emerging storage technologies for their timely and swift adoption by digital libraries.

Practical implications

The study reveals that digital libraries, besides incurring significant financial expenditures, will suffer from potential loss of information due to storage shortage for long-term preservation of big data, if current storage technologies are employed by them. Therefore, policy makers and practitioners should meticulously choose storage technologies for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries.

Originality/value

This type of holistic study that investigates the prospects of magnetic drive technology, solid-state drive technology, and data-reduction techniques for long-term preservation of big data in digital libraries has not been conducted in the field previously, and so provides a novel contribution. The study arms academics, practitioners, policy makers, and industry with the deep understanding of the problem, technical details to choose storage technologies meticulously, greater insight to frame sustainable policies, and opportunities to address various research problems.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 36 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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