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Publication date: 1 March 2002

Jennifer Church, Jason Vaughan, Wendy Starkweather and Katherine Rankin

Presents the development of the Information Commons in the new Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from conceptualization to realization. Discusses the…

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Presents the development of the Information Commons in the new Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, from conceptualization to realization. Discusses the goals of the facility, including the need to create a space that simultaneously supports access, collaboration, and production in scholarly endeavors. Also addresses the impact of the Information Commons concept on patterns of service, and illustrates the challenges in designing Information Commons workstations, including such considerations as user authentication and resources for those with disabilities.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 1999

Jason Vaughan

In an effort to better speculate whether a certain set of factors plays a role in information professionals’ choice of Internet search tools, this article describes a…

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In an effort to better speculate whether a certain set of factors plays a role in information professionals’ choice of Internet search tools, this article describes a survey conducted by the author of MSLS/MSIS graduate students and professional librarians at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Background discussion on Internet search tool design, usability, field testing, and future development is provided. Two sets of factors were defined for this study, one describing utility functions of search tools, the other describing the convenience or ease of use of search tools. The survey reveals a trend in choosing a preferred Internet search tool based on utility factors as opposed to convenience factors. It also suggests a preference for search engines as opposed to subject catalogs. Comprehensive, encompassing results are found to be more important than ease of use of a particular search tool.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 17 no. 1
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ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 2002

Jason Vaughan

There are numerous considerations when constructing a state‐of‐the‐art twenty‐first century library. Major tasks include detailed network planning, system specifications…

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There are numerous considerations when constructing a state‐of‐the‐art twenty‐first century library. Major tasks include detailed network planning, system specifications, and equipment procurement. Collaborative teamwork and constant monitoring of the construction process are essential to ensure a successful outcome. Hardware and software that promote efficient management of various library systems will help ease the tremendous task of managing and troubleshooting the “beast” that has been created. Regardless of the amount of planning and vigilance, challenges and problems will occur during various phases of building construction and subsequent occupancy.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Jason Vaughan

To relate challenges associated with maintaining the technology involved in a modern, major academic research library.

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Purpose

To relate challenges associated with maintaining the technology involved in a modern, major academic research library.

Design/methodology/approach

Experiences from the past four years are categorized and discussed as they relate to information technology maintenance, enhancement, and future development. The narrative includes specific detailed examples, while maintaining a wide overall view, given the vast scope of what constitutes “information technology”.

Findings

Looking back at knowledge gained from four years of operating a new academic library, one can understand that technology is constantly evolving, creating numerous challenges. Such challenges include maintaining and enhancing existing systems and services, as well as introducing new systems and services. Associated with all such activities are a myriad challenges such as technology, funding, security, and overall resource management.

Practical implications

The findings serve to remind practitioners and administrators of the varied, complex, and expensive nature of maintaining a comprehensive information technology environment. Several concrete examples offer ideas that may aid with topics such as facility design planning and major project management.

Originality/value

This paper serves as a current case study useful for institutions considering a major library expansion or planning construction of a new major library, and also serves as a useful executive summary (with supporting specific examples) detailing the complex tasks associated with maintaining and enhancing information technology resources.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Jason Vaughan

To chronicle the planning, construction and subsequent operation of UNLV's Lied Library.

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Purpose

To chronicle the planning, construction and subsequent operation of UNLV's Lied Library.

Design/methodology/approach

Traces the critical milestones associated with the above.

Findings

The history chronicled herein has been dynamic, to say the least, and has yet to slow down.

Practical implications

Serves as a basis for similar developments still in the pipeline.

Originality/value

Could be a model for anyone contemplating establishing a future modern technology‐centred academic library.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 21 December 2012

Patrick Trotter and Jason Vaughan

With the global economy facing its toughest test in over 60 years never has it been so important for companies, large and small, to innovate and grow. Whilst few business…

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With the global economy facing its toughest test in over 60 years never has it been so important for companies, large and small, to innovate and grow. Whilst few business leaders would argue with this statement, research has highlighted the difficulty that businesses face in developing commercially successful, innovative products and services. It's well documented that between 80-90% of new product launches fail and whilst 80% of business leaders believe that innovation is important 65% are dissatisfied with their ability to innovate. To understand why successful, innovative products and services appears to be so elusive we conducted original research amongst a sample of UK based companies. The aim of the research was to identify how companies generate potential product ideas and what barriers they face in taking these ideas to the next stage of development. The results showed that whilst small and medium sized companies recognized the importance of innovation they did not have formal processes for generating ideas. In contrast all respondents from large companies reported that their organizations did have formal documented processes for innovation activities. Worryingly, all companies failed to use a sufficiently wide range of research tools to identify customers unmet needs. Another key area of the research was regarding barriers to innovation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, cost was considered to be the greatest barrier. Several of the other top and middle tier barriers to innovation were: lack of communication between departments; senior management; politics; poor decision making processes; and incomplete scientific or technical understanding. These barriers are directly rectifiable by putting specific transparent front end innovation processes in place. Although these problems are likely to differ between different industries the use of some innovation methodologies such as technical forecasting would help in the strategic decision making process. These findings suggest that both SMEs and large companies have gaps in the quality of their innovation systems which present a significant risk that the new products they develop may meet with commercial failure.

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International Journal of Innovation Science, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1757-2223

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Publication date: 1 March 2002

Brad Eden and Kenneth J. Bierman

Examines a major departmental reorganization within UNLV’s Lied Library, using the concept of knowledge access management as its basis. The establishment of the Knowledge…

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Examines a major departmental reorganization within UNLV’s Lied Library, using the concept of knowledge access management as its basis. The establishment of the Knowledge Access Management (KAM) Division, comprising the Cataloging Department, the Systems Department, and the Web Maintenance/Digital Projects Unit, is discussed. The Cataloging Department’s strategic vision is examined, along with an extensive description of the redesign of the new Lied Library’s Web site.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 20 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 September 2005

Ken Bierman and Brad Eden

Aims to provide a summary and analysis of the organizational changes of the UNLV Libraries Knowledge Access Management Division since it was previously described in…

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Purpose

Aims to provide a summary and analysis of the organizational changes of the UNLV Libraries Knowledge Access Management Division since it was previously described in Library Hi Tech.

Design/methodology/approach

Describes and analyzes the significant and unanticipated changes in organization structure that occurred as the UNLV Libraries attempts to respond to the web and digital scholarly information world.

Findings

Several alternative organizational structures to respond to web and digital initiatives are described. The process used to select an organization structure that was not anticipated three years earlier is documented.

Originality/value

This article provides useful reading for academic library administrators contemplating organizational change to respond to the web and digital information world.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 March 2005

Brad Eden

To provide an introduction to a two‐volume special issue on Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that focuses on major changes, new services, and technology…

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Purpose

To provide an introduction to a two‐volume special issue on Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas that focuses on major changes, new services, and technology issues four years after the opening of the new main library.

Design/methodology/approach

A total of 18 articles are featured, including a graphical time line of events, post‐construction thoughts, web site redesign, organizational change, the automated storage and retrieval system (LASR), and a virtual branch library, among other topics. Nine articles each will be published in Vol. 23, No. 1 and Vol. 23, No. 3 (2005). Readers should also access articles written three years previously in Vol. 20, No. 1 (2002) of Library Hi Tech titled “The New Lied Library at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas: focus on the planning and implementation of technology and change”.

Findings

Technology and change in the construction of a new main library can assist and guide others contemplating similar library construction, reorganization projects, and technology and digital implementations.

Originality/value

An introduction to the two‐part special issue.

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Library Hi Tech, vol. 23 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0737-8831

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Publication date: 1 August 2001

Julia Gelfand

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 18 no. 8
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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