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Publication date: 1 June 2002

Mumtaz A. Anwar and Husain Al‐Ansari

This paper reports the results of an investigation in current continuing professional development practices, perceptions of academic library employers about skills that…

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This paper reports the results of an investigation in current continuing professional development practices, perceptions of academic library employers about skills that need to be developed in their staff in the six Gulf Cooperation Council countries. A mailed questionnaire was used to collect data from 15 publicly funded academic institutions; 13 responded. Analysis shows that a systematic staff development program is generally lacking. Current continuing professional development activities focus on immediate institutional needs. Information and communication technology skills preferred relate to automated systems, electronic resources, networking, and multimedia applications. Writing and research skills related to measurement and evaluation, studying information needs, and report writing received higher ranks. The paper concludes with a number of recommendations which are made in order to improve the situation.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 20 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 August 2001

Mumtaz A. Anwar and Dheya Abdulqader Al‐Jasem

Focuses on resource sharing in Kuwaiti libraries, which, due to many factors, has now become an economic and information provision necessity. Presents the results of a

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Focuses on resource sharing in Kuwaiti libraries, which, due to many factors, has now become an economic and information provision necessity. Presents the results of a survey of 17 libraries in Kuwait. It was found not only that the current resource‐sharing activities are at a minimal level, but also that all libraries do not actively participate in these. However, librarians consider resource‐sharing very important for their libraries, are aware of its benefits, and know the hurdles in developing a resource‐sharing network. They are willing to participate in such a network if one was developed. Recommends that the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters should create a National Task Force to develop a detailed plan for a national resource‐sharing network. Proposes that the National Library should be designated as the coordinating agency for this network and suggests the establishment of a permanent national committee, with representation from all major libraries, to be responsible for policy making.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 19 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 1 February 2006

Adnan Ali Adikata and Mumtaz A. Anwar

The purpose of the paper was to examine the importance faculty members place on student library use and their self‐perceived role in motivating students to use the library.

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Purpose

The purpose of the paper was to examine the importance faculty members place on student library use and their self‐perceived role in motivating students to use the library.

Design/methodology/approach

A modified and Arabised version of Baker's (1996) instrument was administered to all full‐time faculty teaching Islamic Studies disciplines at International Islamic University Malaysia.

Findings

The respondents consider student library use, making library‐based assignments and librarians'role as important. They are not fully satisfied with the students' library use skills, availability of information resources, and the value given to the library by university management. They expect librarians to provide, in addition to assisting students and faculty, a comfortable academic environment in the library.

Research limitations/implications

This study was carried out with faculty members of Islamic Studies disciplines at one university. Further studies on similar and more general populations must be conducted in order to understand the situation fully.

Practical implications

Librarians are urged to respond proactively to the needs of students and faculty, to adopt a strong marketing strategy, and to develop general and course‐integrated information literacy programmes.

Originality/value

Baker's (1996) instrument, modified to suit the context of the study, was used for the first time in a developing country. This will stimulate research in similar countries. An Arabised version was prepared which can be used in Arab countries for further research.

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Library Review, vol. 55 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 May 2006

Mumtaz A. Anwar and Arwa Tuqan

This study was designed to investigate the information needs and use of the private construction materials sector in Kuwait.

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Purpose

This study was designed to investigate the information needs and use of the private construction materials sector in Kuwait.

Design/methodology/approach

A structured instrument, expert‐reviewed and pilot‐tested, was used for data collection. A total of 20 companies were surveyed by interviewing a senior official identified by each firm.

Findings

These firms mostly used financial, marketing, legal, forecasting, and managerial information. Personnel and statistical information was the least used. The most important sources of information included government agencies, the internet, the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and financial service agencies in addition to several informal sources. Information use activity was found to be at a low level.

Research limitations/implications

Since the study was limited to private companies that dealt with construction materials, its findings should be used for this sector only.

Practical implications

The KCCI, following one of its official roles of supplying information to the business community, needs to upgrade its resources and services and conduct vigorous marketing of its services. Similarly, Kuwait University has a stake in conducting research and educating business leaders in improving their in‐house information services and making optimal use of KCCI services.

Originality/value

This is the first study of its type in the Arabian Gulf region. Hopefully, government agencies, the KCCI and the business community will use its findings to improve the current business information infrastructure, which is less than satisfactory.

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The Electronic Library, vol. 24 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0264-0473

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Publication date: 17 August 2010

Laila Marouf and Mumtaz A. Anwar

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the information‐seeking behavior of the social sciences faculty at Kuwait University.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the information‐seeking behavior of the social sciences faculty at Kuwait University.

Design/methodology/approach

A survey method was used for this study. The data were collected using a structured, peer‐reviewed questionnaire self‐administered to 77 faculty members, with 54 returns.

Findings

It was found that these respondents heavily depend on books and journals for teaching and on a larger variety of materials for research purposes. Their use of informal sources is comparatively less than formal sources. Journals and books are considered the most important sources to meet their needs. Among the informal sources, conferences, subject experts, and colleagues are given higher importance than librarians and government officials. Journals and books are used more frequently than raw data, technical reports, and manuscripts and primary materials. Their satisfaction level with all the sources is positive but higher for journals and books. The level of satisfaction with informal sources is slightly higher than formal sources. Their library use is very low with complaints about the quality of staff, resources, especially in Arabic, and access to international resources.

Research limitations/implications

The research is limited to faculty in the college of Social Sciences, Kuwait University.

Practical implications

Understanding the information‐seeking behavior of social science scholars and developing information resources and designing systems and services that are appropriate for their needs.

Originality/value

This paper contributes to the very limited research literature on the topic in the Arab countries.

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

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Publication date: 1 August 1999

Khalid Mahmood

Describes the library and information science education through the distance teaching system offered by Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan. The only open university…

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Describes the library and information science education through the distance teaching system offered by Allama Iqbal Open University in Pakistan. The only open university in the country has offered Certificate and Bachelor’s programmes in the subject since 1988 and is planning to offer Master’s and some other advanced programmes in the future. The paper presents a brief history of the University and the establishment of the Department of Library and Information Sciences. Syllabi and objectives of various LIS courses are provided. The system of education, including admissions, study materials, regional services, tutors, study centres, assignments and examination is also described. Enrolment data up to spring 1996 are analyzed (by area and gender). Opinions of senior library professionals in the country about these LIS courses are also cited.

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Library Review, vol. 48 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 February 1982

Hannelore B. Rader

The following annotated bibliography of materials on orienting users to libraries and on instructing them in the use of reference and other resources covers publications…

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The following annotated bibliography of materials on orienting users to libraries and on instructing them in the use of reference and other resources covers publications from 1981. A few items from 1980 have been included because information about them was not available in time for the 1980 listing. A few items have not been annotated because the compiler was unable to secure copies of these items.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Publication date: 7 November 2016

Sajjad Ullah Jan, Mumtaz Ali Anwar and Nosheen Fatima Warraich

The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of library anxiety, which has received relatively little research attention in Pakistan, and its relationship with…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the status of library anxiety, which has received relatively little research attention in Pakistan, and its relationship with library use, academic performance (grade point average), gender and academic discipline among the undergraduate students.

Design/methodology/approach

Data were collected using a questionnaire from 725 fourth year undergraduate students of three different disciplines from three universities. The participation was voluntary. The data were processed using SPSS version 20.

Findings

A majority of the respondents (72.1 per cent) experienced a mild library anxiety. The factors: user education and user knowledge were the greatest sources of library anxiety. Findings revealed differences in library anxiety on the basis of gender and academic discipline. Library anxiety and academic performance had a significant negative relationship with each other.

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This is the first study in Pakistan that addressed library anxiety and its relationship with library use, academic discipline and academic performance using a large group (N = 725) of undergraduate students.

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Library Review, vol. 65 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 June 2001

Shaheen Majid, Mumtaz Ali Anwar and Tamara S. Eisenschitz

This study investigated those factors that contribute positively in shaping users’ perceptions of library effectiveness. A questionnaire‐based survey of five major…

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This study investigated those factors that contribute positively in shaping users’ perceptions of library effectiveness. A questionnaire‐based survey of five major agricultural libraries in Malaysia was conducted. It was found that the adequacy of collections, services and facilities were closely linked to the perceptions of library effectiveness. Certain other factors contributing positively to the perception of library effectiveness were the adequacy and effectiveness of library promotion, involvement of users in the selection of library materials, convenient library location, participation in user education programmes, availability of assistance for using library resources and facilities, and subject background of library professionals. The paper suggests that for any reliable library effectiveness study, all factors associated with user satisfaction should be investigated together.

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Library Review, vol. 50 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Publication date: 1 February 1999

Mumtaz Ali Anwar and Hamid Saeed

This study presents quantitative analysis of 251 items contributed by 64 Pakistani LIS professionals culled from LISA‐PLUS. Volume of contribution, sources where…

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This study presents quantitative analysis of 251 items contributed by 64 Pakistani LIS professionals culled from LISA‐PLUS. Volume of contribution, sources where published, periodic distribution, type of publications and topical coverage are dealt with in the analysis. Journal literature which represents 90.4 per cent of the citations is published in 43 periodicals, most of which are from the United States. However, more than half of the journal literature comes from one national journal. A wide range of topics is covered, but critical areas such as information needs, user education and collection evaluation receive very little attention.

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Asian Libraries, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1017-6748

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