South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - latest Issue
Volume 82, Issue 2, 2016
Author Jaya RajuSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp i –i (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1632More Less
In what may be termed as perhaps one of the more difficult periods in higher education in South Africa with impacts felt in other sectors of South African society as well, the second half of 2016 – dominated by the #FeesMustFall student protests – still saw SAJLIS receive a total of fifteen manuscripts in this six-month period from both within and outside of South Africa for consideration for publication. The rigour of the journal’s peer-review process and the efforts to maintain the quality and standard of the journal, while at the same time promoting development of the next generation of LIS researchers and authors, saw just five papers make it to the final publication stage. The others (67%) were either rejected or authors encouraged to revise on the basis of guidance provided by the journal’s expert reviewers and to re-submit for review for forthcoming issues. As the Editor, I wish to thank SAJLIS reviewers, not only for the sterling work they do in contributing to the enhancement of the papers which are finally published, but also for the guidance for improvement provided to authors whose papers were not selected for publication.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp 1 –10 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1619More Less
The purpose of this paper was to investigate the provision of library services to people with disabilities in Malawi. A mixed methodology was used as the research design. All participating libraries (fifty-six) were sampled to participate in the survey while fourteen students with disabilities (one from each institution, where possible) were purposively chosen to be interviewed. Quantitative data were collected through questionnaires whilst qualitative data were collected through interview guides. Quantitative data was analysed using Microsoft Excel while qualitative data was analysed thematically. The paper highlights the lack of library and information services to disabled people and acknowledges possible barriers. The study has revealed lack of equipment to support disabled access to library and information resources. Similarly, despite an increase in the number of people with disabilities, the majority of the libraries do not offer specialised training such as induction sessions or market services that cater for those with disabilities. The study, among other suggestions, recommends that equipment deemed necessary for people with disabilities (such as Braille books) be procured. Libraries should also take necessary steps to address accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities when using their libraries. Libraries should take further steps to either introduce or enhance services that cater for people with disabilities.
The impact of new information services on teaching, learning and research at the University of Zululand LibrarySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp 11 –19 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1620More Less
The rapidly-changing academic environment demands innovative library products, facilities and services. Libraries have to navigate shrinking budgets, currency fluctuations, and the high cost of print and e-resources. Other challenges include the growing need for research support services, improved information literacy, information client support services, and marketing of library services using social media. At the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) Library, information librarians have played a pivotal role in the training of the academic community on modern information services for teaching, learning and research support. The purpose of this paper is to report on the perceived impact of the new information services initiated by information librarians and to establish how these services have made a difference in the teaching, learning and research activities at the university. A case study of UNIZULU Library was conducted using survey data collected from a sample population of academic staff and a random selection of evaluation forms that were completed by the students. The results of the survey showed a positive response from UNIZULU Library users to the newly-developed information services system. The paper concludes by noting the challenges to the services and suggesting areas for improvement.
Trends and patterns of medical and health research at Moi University, Kenya, between 2002 and 2014 : an informetrics studySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp 20 –33 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1626More Less
Research productivity and visibility are becoming increasingly important in the individual researcher’s pursuit to build his or her research reputation, be promoted to the next academic rank within an institution and gain national and international recognition among peers. This paper analyses the research trends and patterns of the academic staff of the College of Health Sciences (CHS) at Moi University in Kenya between 2002 and 2014 to gauge their research productivity and visibility. The names of the academic staff of the CHS who were in employment at the end of 2012 were listed and subjected to a visibility search on the Publish or Perish software that uses Google Scholar as its data source. The findings on output reveal the following: the trend of publication has shown an upward growth since 2007 and is projected to continue to grow as it approaches linearity, until 2025; the School of Medicine was the most prolific and visible; approximately one third of the publications in the CHS originated in the departments of epidemiology and medicine; full professors’ performance exceeded that of the other ranks; researchers at the CHS rely heavily on a locally-published journal (East African Medical Journal) to publish their research; slightly over two thirds of the publications were singly authored; international collaborations were prominently visible; and most medical and health research conducted at the CHS focused on western Kenya, where Moi University is located. For higher productivity and wider visibility of CHS research, the researchers recommend additional funding; publication of the research through a variety of avenues, including open access journals, and the dissemination of the publications through social media platforms; and strengthening of the international collaboration networks, among others. For purposes of further research, the authors propose a study that will investigate the medical and health research visibility and impact across several institutions in Kenya.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp 34 –45 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1628More Less
This paper reports on the contribution of the openness movement to the changing mode of distributing scholarly literature. It is argued that the University of Cape Town (UCT), a leading research university on the African continent with relatively high research output, has a social justice obligation to distribute freely its scholarly research to the widest audience possible. Contributing to this social justice obligation through the sharing of research output via open access (OA) platforms are the university’s progressive OA policy and activities to ensure roll-out of the policy as well as its commitments to support article processing charges (APCs) and follow the global trend with regard to OA publishing. The authors, using a case study design, report that these factors have contributed to UCT’s researchers adapting to publishing their journal articles on OA platforms. The investigation concludes that, in an era of fiscal constraints, the visibility of research is important to source funding and to meet the institution’s social justice obligation; and therefore adapting to new publishing trends is an imperative for UCT researchers.
Author Allison FullardSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 82, pp 46 –56 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/10.7553/82-2-1627More Less
The Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education presents scope for deepening the conversations and achieving more productive collaborations between lecturers and librarians. These transactions are significant for the ongoing efforts to create and maintain a sustainable programme for information literacy within higher learning. It is suggested that librarians and lecturers might use the Framework as a kind of heuristic resource to bring to the surface or make visible the processes and practices in knowledge making that may be tacit or unintelligible for students. Based on a series of interviews with lecturers across different disciplines, this paper explores the synergy between the conceptual frames of the Framework and the lecturers’ strategies to bring about the kinds of literacies that are valued as generic graduate attributes needed in the twenty-first century.