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Volume 8, no. 2 (Spring 2006)

Feature Articles

Shilpa Shanbhag

Alternative Models of Knowledge Production: a Step Forward in Information Literacy as a Liberal Art

Abstract:Information literacy is embedded within the traditional disciplinary model of knowledge production wherein the role of the scholar/expert and the process of peer-review are emphasized. Exclusive reference to this model is inadequate in informing the production of knowledge outside of formal academic setting and consequently inadequate in supporting the objectives of liberal learning. Shapiro and Hughes' concept of information literacy as a liberal art provides a useful framework for discussion on alternative models of knowledge production.

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Robert Flatley

William Jefferson

Customizing and Using a Popular Online Information Literacy Tutorial: One Library's Experience

Abstract: To teach information literacy, many colleges and universities use a version of TILT (the Texas Information Tutorial) or Searchpath, a modification of TILT by Western Michigan University. This paper describes our experience customizing Searchpath for Kutztown University’s Rohrbach Library, including the impetus behind the project, the process of customizing Searchpath, the project pilot, collaborative efforts, and challenges encountered. The authors also discuss the decision to select Searchpath rather than TILT, how Kutztown’s version of tutorial is currently being used, and future plans for the product, along with suggestions to those considering Searchpath for their libraries.

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Dariush Alimohammadi

Equilateral Triangle Paradigm: A Mathematical Interpretation of the Theory of Tertiary Sources on the World Wide Web

Abstract: Information science concepts can be enhanced by mathematical approaches. A mathematical interpretation of the theory of tertiary sources on the Web was developed, using figure-oriented and formula-based approaches.The most ideal form of the triangle of information resources is equilateral, with the sides representing primary, secondary, and tertiary sources of information on the Web.

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John Buschman

On Not Revising The ALA Code of Ethics: an Alternate Proposal

Abstract: The American Library Association (ALA) is undertaking a revision of its code of ethics. The author propo ses and discusses three reasons not to revise the code. The reasons are that there is already a set of interlocking policies on ethics and related issues; that ALA leadership has taken the most conservative possible approach to ethics policy - and especially the connection between librarians' professional responsibilities and rights; and that when policies are amended, they are not always improved, and those on the books are often ignored. The author considers and discusses likely objections to his proposal.

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Samuel Olu Adeyoyin

Managing the Library's Corporate Culture for Organizational Efficiency, Productivity and Enhanced Service

Abstract: The library's corporate culture can be managed to enhance organizational efficiency, productivity, and service. This article compares views on organizational culture and applies them to libraries. The effect of changing information culture on library culture is examined.

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Jim Kapoun

Creating a Library Logo for an Academic Library

Abstract:Memorial Library at Minnesota State University, Mankato needed a new library logo to replace one that was 25 years old and which did not reflect the library's current program. This article discusses the role of a logo in conveying an organization's identity, and describe the entire process of developing, producing, and implementing a new logo for the library.

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Oya Gürdal

Fatos Subasioglu

The Plane Tree Turns Fifty: a History of the Department of Librarianship at Ankara University

Abstract: Education for librarianship in Turkey, which was established at Ankara University in the academic year 1954-1955, has lasted 50 years, with the contributions of national and foreign collegues and scholars, and organizations such as ALA, the Ford Foundation, and the Fulbright Commission. This article describes that history and those who participated in it.

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Grace Nok

The Challenges of Computerizing a University Library in Nigeria: The Case of Kashim Ibrahim Library, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Abstract:Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is one of Nigeria's first generation universities, opening its doors in 1962. University library computerization in Nigeria has been in the pipeline since the 1970s, although concerted efforts began in the late 1990s. ALICE, an integrated library system which is popular in the UK, was acquired and implemented then. Challenges to library automation include poor infrastructure, a low level of computer literacy among the staff, and a lack of resources for maintaining and updating hardware and software.


Preeti Mahajan

Internet Use by Researchers: a Study of Panjab University, Chandigarhh

Abstract: A survey was used to gather information about use of the Internet by researchers at Panjab University, Chandigarh in the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The results indicate that researchers in the sciences are the most positive about the impact of the Internet, while 70% of the social science and 20% of the humanities felt positive about the Internet and its impact. Other survey results contrast the use of electronic journals, access to computers, and other topics.

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Adeyinka Tella

C.O. Ayeni

The Impact of Self-Efficacy and Prior Computer Experience on the Creativity of New Librarians in Selected Universities Libraries in Southwest Nigeria

Abstract: A study examined the impact of self-efficacy and prior computer experience on the creativity of the freshly-recruited librarians in selected southwest Nigeria universities’ libraries. Fifty-two new librarians who were selected through total enumeration sampling technique represent the population of the study. Both the independent and the dependent variables were measured with relevant standardized instruments. Three research questions were developed and answered in the study. The results showed that both self-efficacy and computer experience influenced creativity




The Pains and Gains of the Publication Requirement: a Survey of Librarians at Delta State University, Nigeria

Abstract: The employment status and expectations for academic librarians in Nigeria has changed recently. Librarians now have an academic status that includes a publication requirement. This paper examines the publication requirement for academic librarians in Delta State University Library, Abraka, Nigeria. Most librarians were found to lack publications because of other workload, lack of research resources, and inadequate knowledge of scholarly journals.

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Stella E. Igun

Human Capital for Nigerian Libraries in the 21st Century

Abstract: This article describes human capital needs for Nigerian libraries. It looks at training for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and proposes a model for library education that combines theory with practice.

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Amanze O. Unagha

Henry I. Okon

Sources of Information on New Economic Partnership For African Development (NEPAD)

Abstract: The paper discusses the New Partnership for Africa 's Development (NEPAD). African leaders are making a commitment to work together to rebuild the continent by promoting peace, stability, democracy, sound economic management, and people-centred development.This article discusses sources of information on NEPAD for both implementers and beneficiaries.


Oghenevwogaga Benson Adogbeji

Oghenevwogaga David Toyo

The Impact of the Internet on Research: the Experience of Delta State University, Nigeria

Abstract: A questionnaire was used to gather data from the academic staff of the Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. The results revealed that more male staff that use the Internet, that library staff are the predominant users in the university, and that access is primarily through cybercafes, rather than at home or in the office. The majority of the staff use the Internet for e-mail, research information and academic material, and to communicate with colleagues. The Internet has been beneficial for quick access to current research information. The study recommends that the university set up an Internet center for the staff, with formal training provided.

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George Adam Holland

Information Society: European Considerations in Economic and Cultural Contexts

Abstract: The phrase "information society" is used across many disciplines, yet consensus on its meaning and significance is lacking. This paper explores possible meanings, with particular emphasis on economic and cultural factors. Frank Webster and Manuel Castells inform the discussion through their theoretical and empirical research on the topic. The European engagement development of information societies is analyzed with particular emphasis on Finland. Following this economic and cultural exploration of the information society, methodological implications are identified for research into information societies and consideration for information professionals.

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Josiah Oghenero Ruteyan

Proceedings of the 24th Annual Seminar/Workshop of the Nigerian Library Association, Cataloguing, Classification, and Indexing Section

Abstract: Papers from the seminar are described and discussed. Topics include subject cataloging, the creation of a national union catalog for Nigeria, library automation, and system migration.


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