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Publication date: 1 February 1985

Kenneth E. Dowlin and Barbara Conroy

The Pikes Peak Library District has served as a model for public libraries desiring to implement automated systems over the past ten years. This article discusses the…

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The Pikes Peak Library District has served as a model for public libraries desiring to implement automated systems over the past ten years. This article discusses the creation and operation of the online community resource files system. The changes that have occurred since the initiation of the programme and the reasons for those changes are presented. The relationship of the programme for community information to the overall purpose of the library is explained. This article provides a starting point for libraries considering the automation of files of local information resources.

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Program, vol. 19 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 July 2006

LiLi Li

The purpose of this paper is to explore key issues involved with opportunities, challenges, and future developing trends of delivering dynamic and distributed web‐based…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore key issues involved with opportunities, challenges, and future developing trends of delivering dynamic and distributed web‐based academic library information resources, services, and instructions for library users in the digital age.

Design/methodology/approach

Based on the typical web‐based, three‐tier client/server architecture, this paper explores ten key issues how to leverage quality library user services in the digital age: roles of academic libraries; funding support; information resources; information access; information services; instructions and trainings; impacts of cutting‐edge technologies and emerging technologies; web contents management and knowledge base; assessment and evaluation; and Librarians. Also discussed are the next‐generation web‐based client/server library information architecture and services in the foreseeable future.

Findings

With the rapid development of the internet and the world wide web, information exchange and information distribution can be transformed either by disparate formats or by dynamic channels. Knowledge, competence, and skills cannot follow up with the rapid advances of science and technologies. Many library users need assistance to access, locate, convert, synthesize, and evaluate information effectively and efficiently. It is very imperative for libraries and librarians to design, develop, enhance, implement, and deliver high quality user‐centered information services, resources, and instruction at the fingertips of library users.

Originality/value

Target readers who include librarians, instructors, trainers, consultants, managers, IT specialists, executives, and other professionals who are involved with developing and delivering distributed library user services via the internet will find this article of value.

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Library Management, vol. 27 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 March 1988

Yangling Zhao

China has two separate systems engaged in library and information work. They have their own organizations, functions and tasks under their respective government…

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China has two separate systems engaged in library and information work. They have their own organizations, functions and tasks under their respective government departments. In China one of the major problems is that documents are not widely available. There is an obvious gap between the demands of users and their satisfaction. In view of China's present situation, interlending activities alone cannot cope completely with the problem of Chinese information needs. In the new situation following China's economic reformation, the structure of Chinese information users has greatly changed. To meet the increasing needs of the Chinese people, library and information systems must improve their methods of service and augment the scope of their service. Viewed as a whole, China needs to set up a nationwide document supply system in order to promote the supply of literature and the dissemination of information. The system may take a hierarchical form in which a number of regional systems are involved. Under the leadership of a central system, services would be provided not only to major scientific research and production and construction projects, but also to the general public at all levels of the country.

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Interlending & Document Supply, vol. 16 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-1615

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Publication date: 1 December 2004

Constantine M. Nyamboga

This paper presents the results of a study of training opportunities for library and information professionals in India and how a selection of Indian university libraries

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This paper presents the results of a study of training opportunities for library and information professionals in India and how a selection of Indian university libraries are providing information skills and information literacy programmes for their users. The need for training students, researchers and staff to make appropriate use of resources made available in libraries is recognised. Library and information professionals also need continuing professional development courses as new ways of providing information resources are developed.

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Program, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0033-0337

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Publication date: 1 April 1999

Edvins Karnitis

The evolution of information processing and deep integration of social structures and information systems are raising the significance of information and knowledge to a…

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The evolution of information processing and deep integration of social structures and information systems are raising the significance of information and knowledge to a new higher level. The availability of information for everyone is the essence of the universal information service and the basic objective for the national information policy. An analysis of the market for information services shows that libraries remain the major information brokers and a significant guarantee for general availability of information. Tasks and usage of libraries are increasing, therefore the strategy of their development should be elaborated on a state scale. The Concept of Provision of Scientific and Technical Information for Latvia is based on integrated usage of printed and electronic information sources and services, wide application of virtual library strategy and the development of electronic information technologies.

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New Library World, vol. 100 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 15 May 2009

Leye Yao, Liu Liu and Na Cai

This paper aims to give a snapshot of planning, building and developing the information commons at a comprehensive research university library in China. It seeks to frame…

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Purpose

This paper aims to give a snapshot of planning, building and developing the information commons at a comprehensive research university library in China. It seeks to frame and confirm a new and effective strategy for the future development of university libraries illustrated by its actually positive outcomes.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper begins with an overview of information commons as a major international concern that represents a strategic direction of library development, followed by the changing academic landscape in China. It then explains the background and process of building the information commons at Sichuan University Jiang'an Library with its emphasis on its positive outcomes, illustrated by the latest factual data compared with other university libraries in Sichuan. It also discusses the future prospects of developing the information commons.

Findings

The paper reveals that information commons is undergoing its international journey from theory to practice and has proved its positive impact on improving the usage of physical and virtual space, resources and services of university libraries in the changing information environment.

Practical implications

Detailed recommendations regarding the construction and development of information commons in Chinese university libraries are provided.

Originality/value

This case study offers insight into practical and effective approaches to enhancing the usage of university libraries in China and emphasizes the importance of integrating the actual situation and background of the university, the region and the nation.

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Library Management, vol. 30 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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Publication date: 1 June 1995

Library Association

The term ‘information superhighways’ has vastly increased in currency in the last 12 months. Like many such terms, it may have been used by politicians and the media to…

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The term ‘information superhighways’ has vastly increased in currency in the last 12 months. Like many such terms, it may have been used by politicians and the media to mean whatever they want it to mean, but there is no doubt that its currency in the language presages a major development in access to information and resources. The first significant step on the way to the realisation of information superhighways is the increasing use, for many different purposes, of the Internet.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 13 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 June 2005

R.B. Okiy

To review the current state of information communication technologies (ICT) application for information provision in Nigerian university libraries and make suggestions to…

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Purpose

To review the current state of information communication technologies (ICT) application for information provision in Nigerian university libraries and make suggestions to enable them take fuller advantage of ICT facilities to provide information more effectively to users.

Design/methodology/approach

Recent library and information science literature on university libraries and ICT application in Nigeria is reviewed to expose the state‐of‐the‐art and hence the problems which beset the university libraries in Nigeria as regards ICT application.

Findings

Identified obstacles militating against effective application of ICT in university libraries to include inadequate funding, inadequate electricity supply, shortage of competent manpower for operation and maintenance of ICT facilities, lukewarm attitude of the Nigerian government towards the provision of ICT facilities and low level of computer literacy among Nigerians.

Research limitations/implications

Physical visits were not paid to the university libraries; conclusions drawn are based on experience and evidence from current librarianship literature on Nigeria.

Practical implications

A very useful source of information on how to ameliorate the problem of low level of ICT application for information provision in university libraries in Nigeria.

Originality/value

Provides very useful and practical suggestions to enable university libraries in Nigeria take advantage of ICT facilities to provide information more effectively to their users. These include massive infusion of funds into purchase of ICT facilities, provision of constant electricity supply, greater commitment of university library staff to computerization efforts in their libraries, training and retraining opportunities for librarians in computer literacy and involvement of libraries in cooperative acquisition of electronic information resources through consortia.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 17 August 2010

Elisha Ondieki Makori

The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of marketing of information products and services in university libraries in Kenya.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the concept of marketing of information products and services in university libraries in Kenya.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper utilises literature surveys of currently published articles and the researcher's professional experience.

Findings

Marketing is a basic and essential management process for promoting information products and services in university libraries in Kenya, but it is not given the attention it deserves and/or is poorly coordinated. Marketing avails university libraries the unique opportunity to provide quality, and demand‐based and user‐oriented information products and services.

Research limitations/implications

The paper used mainly literature surveys of currently published articles and the researcher's professional experience.

Practical implications

The paper offers reasons, strategies or initiatives and recommendations on how to make university libraries the destination for the user population. In this respect, university libraries should be proactively involved in marketing of information products and services to the user population.

Social implications

University libraries in Kenya should involve themselves actively in marketing and promotion of information products and services to the information audience. This helps to create awareness among the user population leading to increased use of information products and services in the libraries.

Originality/value

The paper highlights various marketing initiatives of making university libraries in Kenya the destination for the user population. Also, the paper explores recent innovative strategies for marketing information products and services. Marketing helps university libraries to: market and promote information products and services, provide innovative products and services, understand the needs and demands of the information audience or user population, plan service provision, and provide efficient and effective information products and services.

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Library Review, vol. 59 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 24 October 2008

Rita John‐Okeke

This article seeks to discuss the need for a web‐based information delivery system in academic law libraries in Nigeria. It highlights the benefits of harnessing…

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Purpose

This article seeks to discuss the need for a web‐based information delivery system in academic law libraries in Nigeria. It highlights the benefits of harnessing interactive web technologies to provide the kind of information which legal scholars and researchers need to find the law, interpret the law and apply the law to solve societal problems.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature survey was carried out to support the proposal for a web‐based legal information service in Nigerian academic law libraries; visits to the websites of universities that have law faculties were also made.

Findings

Most of the libraries in law faculties, law schools and legal institutes are not utilizing web technologies such as blogs, Wikipedia, really simple syndication feeds, instant messaging, streaming media, podcasting and tagging. Lack of IT skills, finances, and government support are the major problems facing these libraries.

Practical implications

It should sensitize Government, library schools, library associations and information professionals to the challenges of ICTs.

Originality/value

Web‐based information delivery is relatively new in Nigerian libraries. This work will serve as a reference source.

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Library Hi Tech News, vol. 25 no. 9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0741-9058

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