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A.T. Agboola and A.A. Oduwole

This study aims to examine the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in academic libraries in…

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Purpose

This study aims to examine the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of Library and Information Science (LIS) professionals in academic libraries in Ogun State, Nigeria.

Design/methodology/approach

To elicit the necessary information, a two‐part questionnaire was sent to 41 LIS professionals in the seven academic libraries in Ogun state during the 2002/2003 session. Of this number, 34 (82.3 percent) were returned and found usable.

Findings

Analysis of the returned questionnaires showed that the majority of respondents' libraries hold seminars, though only occasionally (70.8 percent). Participation is largely restricted to academic librarians (62.5 percent), although some libraries (37.5 percent) allowed participation by their para‐professional staff. While presentation of papers is largely optional (66.7 percent), some libraries (33.3 percent) made it obligatory for their staff. Most of the respondents were of the opinion that staff seminars positively affected their publication output in terms of quality and quantity. A total of 66 out of the total of 79 manuscripts submitted for publication after they have been criticized by their peers at seminars were published. This constitutes 83.5 percent success. The study recommends that staff seminars should be taken more seriously in university libraries so as to improve on the quality and increase the publication output of librarians as well as to justify their academic status.

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This study provides useful information for those interested in the effect of staff seminars on the publications productivity of LIS professionals in academic libraries.

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Library Management, vol. 26 no. 8/9
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0143-5124

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L.O. Nwali

Argues that seminars are important in individual and organizationaldevelopment. Discusses the rationale for and procedure employed in theAbubakar Tafawa Balewa University…

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Argues that seminars are important in individual and organizational development. Discusses the rationale for and procedure employed in the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Library series of seminars. Considers long – and short‐term planning, timing and venue, and procedures and reports. Considers that the appointment of an active and enthusiastic seminar secretary is essential.

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Library Review, vol. 42 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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Social Ecology in Holistic Leadership
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ISBN: 978-1-80043-841-5

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Kenny A. Hendrickson and Kula A. Francis

For undergraduate students completing their senior seminar research, there is value in conceiving their study as a project. Research that is project-driven allows students…

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For undergraduate students completing their senior seminar research, there is value in conceiving their study as a project. Research that is project-driven allows students to design the depth of their study with the target goal of degree completion and graduation. Fittingly, this chapter provides students with an applicable project performance strategy that works across academic disciplines and in tandem with the scientific research methodology. Along these lines, this work “connects the dots” between project performance and the student researcher’s capacity for investigative achievement. This notion of performance achievement capacity is referred to as research project performativity.

Accordingly, a blueprint for research project performativity is presented to show students a path to senior seminar success. To conclude, this chapter provides 10 useful tips to boost undergraduate student’s chances for surviving the experience of a senior seminar research.

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Infusing Undergraduate Research into Historically Black Colleges and Universities Curricula
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ISBN: 978-1-78560-159-0

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Maxime Desmarais-Tremblay and Marianne Johnson

Alvin Hansen and John Williams’ Fiscal Policy Seminar at Harvard University is widely regarded as a key mechanism for the spread of Keynesianism in the United States. An…

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Alvin Hansen and John Williams’ Fiscal Policy Seminar at Harvard University is widely regarded as a key mechanism for the spread of Keynesianism in the United States. An original and regular participant, Richard A. Musgrave was invited to prepare remarks for the fiftieth anniversary of the seminar in 1988. These were never published, though a copy was filed with Musgrave’s papers at Princeton University. Their reproduction here is important for several reasons. First, it is one of the last reminiscences of the original participants. Second, the remarks make an important contribution to our understanding of the Harvard School of macro-fiscal policy. Third, the remarks provide interesting insights into Musgrave’s views on national economic policymaking as well as the intersection between theory and practice. The reminiscence demonstrates the importance of the seminar in shifting Musgrave’s research focus and moving him to a more pragmatic approach to public finance.

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Including a Symposium on Robert Heilbroner at 100
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ISBN: 978-1-78769-869-7

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Catherine Mobley, Cindy Lee, John C. Morse, Jeffery Allen and Christine Murphy

The paper aims to report on the experiences moderating an interdisciplinary graduate-level sustainability seminar. Initiated in Fall 2002, the seminar has explored diverse…

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Purpose

The paper aims to report on the experiences moderating an interdisciplinary graduate-level sustainability seminar. Initiated in Fall 2002, the seminar has explored diverse sustainability topics and reached approximately 150 faculty and students. The paper describes how the course shaped participants' perceptions of sustainability and influenced their viewpoints on interdisciplinarity. The paper discusses the implications of this seminar format for communicating about sustainability and provides suggestions for replicating the course at other institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

Information about the course is complemented by analyses of the results of 15 in-depth interviews of students and faculty who have participated in the course.

Findings

The course facilitated positive outcomes for students and faculty by expanding their familiarity with interdisciplinary perspectives on sustainability and environmental issues, increasing respect for other disciplinary perspectives, learning the basic vocabulary of disciplines outside their area of expertise, and strengthening collaborations between faculty. The course can be strengthened with more involvement from colleagues from the humanities and social sciences, and with attention to equal participation from all involved.

Originality/value

The experience is unique in that it represents a nearly decade-long initiative to teaching about sustainability and biocomplexity from an interdisciplinary perspective. The innovative format, content, and pedagogical approach used for this course can be easily implemented in other disciplines. The learning community has facilitated other teaching and research endeavors. This model of sustainability education can advance understanding of complex environmental issues at a time when both interdisciplinarity and sustainability are becoming more common in higher education.

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International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, vol. 15 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1467-6370

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Denis Rice

Denis Rice, of the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester, discusses the role of the seminar in university teaching.

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Denis Rice, of the Department of Adult Education, University of Leicester, discusses the role of the seminar in university teaching.

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Education + Training, vol. 13 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0040-0912

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Ahsan Ullah

The purpose of this study is to investigate the nature of collaboration among seminar libraries and central library of universities and to recommend certain measures to…

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Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the nature of collaboration among seminar libraries and central library of universities and to recommend certain measures to strengthen this collaboration. Central libraries of leading universities in Pakistan possess more resources and manpower than seminar libraries. The task of planning about the important matters like access to e-resources, selecting infrastructure and automation mechanics lies with central libraries. Growth of information and communication technology (ICT) and information explosion has created opportunities for the libraries within a university for creating a cordial and beneficial relationship between central library and seminar libraries.

Design/methodology/approach

Mixed-method design was used for exploring the collaboration and nature of relationship among central libraries and seminar libraries within the university. Data were collected from library executives chairing their sections at their workplaces in central libraries of leading universities during the author’s visits to these libraries for MPhil study for collecting data about organisational structures of central libraries. A questionnaire was constructed to elicit information about the relationship between the central library and the seminar libraries that was supplemented with the telephonic interviews from library professionals and faculty about the nature of this relationship.

Findings

The data analysis of the present study revealed that the relationship between the central library and the seminar libraries is of a diverse nature. Private sector universities have developed integrative relationships, while some public sector ones have interactive relations and some have independent libraries with limited relationship. All library professionals interviewed have rejected the idea of independent seminar libraries and majority of them proposed integrated relationship between the central library and the seminar libraries.

Practical implications

This study suggests that the relationship between the central library and the departmental library should be developed by considering the depleting resources and by developing ICT. According to library professionals, the relationship between the central and departmental libraries should be of either interactive or integrated nature. University administration and library administration should come forward for building a beneficial relationship among libraries within the university. This study will lead to broader collaborations among libraries of different universities in Pakistan.

Originality/value

No study has ever been undertaken in Pakistan to explore the relationship between the central library and the seminar libraries of universities. This study will be a milestone for building collaborative relationships among different libraries within universities.

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Library Review, vol. 64 no. 4/5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0024-2535

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James Shearer and Sue Caporn

Since its establishment in September 1986 at Ealing College of Higher Education, CDAC has presented seminars to selected groups of potential end users of online services …

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Since its establishment in September 1986 at Ealing College of Higher Education, CDAC has presented seminars to selected groups of potential end users of online services — charity fundraisers, maternity organisations, trades union research officers and librarians, CNAA staff and other groups — with the aim of showing them what appropriate online services can offer. The paper examines how CDAC identifies and approaches potential user groups, assesses their information needs, and formulates demonstration seminars. The current financial position and medium‐term viability are considered, including fees paid by seminar participants and sponsorship in cash and kind by hosts, producers and other organisations.

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Online Review, vol. 12 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0309-314X

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M. Katharaki, C. Prachalias, M. Linardakis and K. Kioulafas

The paper aims to define the mission, characteristics, objectives and evaluation processes concerning a specific training seminar entitled “Business administration for

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Purpose

The paper aims to define the mission, characteristics, objectives and evaluation processes concerning a specific training seminar entitled “Business administration for public sector executives”. Furthermore, the research intends to underline the evaluation criteria, set by trainees and training officers as necessary in order to maximize the seminar's overall impact on all those involved.

Design/methodology/approach

The seminar was organized by the University of Athens, Greece, in order to contribute to the continuing education of public sector executives in the field of business administration. The educational methodology was based on adult education principles and the evaluation included the preparation, development, and delivery phases. The seminar's effectiveness was assessed based on predetermined criteria and parameters using methods such as questionnaires, comments, observation and team discussions.

Finding

Through this process the seminar's strengths and weaknesses were revealed by making use of quantitative analysis methodological tools, such as statistics and econometric prototypes. The trainees' overall response to the seminar was “measured” and the results proved the high‐calibre structure and content of the seminar sessions. The trainees stated that the seminar offered key essential knowledge and aided in skill development; furthermore, they expressed their willingness to attend further lifelong‐learning seminars.

Practical implications

The criteria set forth by trainees and training officers alike could pave the way for a new approach to lifelong learning/training seminar design, implementation, and evaluation in the short‐term future.

Originality/value

The paper highlights the assessment criteria that offer meaningful insight into the participants' perceived level of seminar‐related satisfaction and can potentially be utilised for the design of future seminars.

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Industrial and Commercial Training, vol. 41 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0019-7858

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