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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 72, Issue 1, 2006
Volume 72, Issue 1, 2006
"Beyond reason and vanity?" : some issues in academic journal publication in Library and Information Studies : research articleAuthor Christine StilwellSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 1 –11 (2006)More Less
This review of some journal and monograph literature on scholarly publishing discusses certain issues in the research and publishing landscape. The results of a case study of selected South African Library and Information Science journals are presented and they reveal acceptance rates before and after revision, and rejection rates for manuscripts. The results are used to support the value of the revision and resubmission of research manuscripts.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 12 –26 (2006)More Less
This paper reports on the findings of a research investigation into the role of South African public libraries in adult education. A questionnaire was distributed to 1295 public libraries for the collection of statistical and qualitative information in an attempt to build national and provincial profiles of adult education activities. There was a good response rate of 45.5%. The survey was complemented by site visits to eleven public libraries in order to illuminate the issues facing libraries in this field The results show that most public libraries do not participate at all in any adult education initiatives: 76.9% do not participate while 23.1% do. A profile of activities is presented. A case study of a single anonymous library is presented to provide an opportunity to understand the lived experience of the activities from the perspective of the providers and of the learners. The paper concludes by speculating on the reasons for the low level of engagement in an area that is theoretically espoused by the library community.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 27 –34 (2006)More Less
Users judge relevance in various dimensions, but systems traditionally only support matching of queries to documents or document representations on an algorithmic or topical level. We argue that systems should support users in order for them to make relevance judgements on the level of cognitive relevance, situational relevance, and socio-cognitive relevance as well. Current studies in the field of Information Retrieval and Seeking are discussed from a relevance point of view, in order to show how systems might be adapted to assist users in making multi-dimensional relevance judgements.
Author S.O. MigiroSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 35 –44 (2006)More Less
The Internet's World Wide Web has become the prime driver of modern E-commerce. The World Wide Web and the Internet together with other ICT enabling technologies offer a platform in the way organizations arrange their business processes, address their marketplaces, and partner with other enterprises. The objectives of this paper are to map ICT diffusion and adoption of e-commerce by manufacturing SMEs in Kenya and identify specific barriers to the exploitation of these drivers. The investigation adopts a descriptive survey research design in which random sampling techniques are used. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics. Results reveal that high cost, limited funds and lack of technical know-how are barriers in the diffusion of ICTs among the manufacturing SMEs.
Influence of information availability and utilization on decision-making of managers in large-scale manufacturing industries in Nigeria : research articleAuthor S.O. PopoolaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 45 –55 (2006)More Less
This paper focuses on the influence of information availability and utilization on decision-making of managers in largescale manufacturing industries in Nigeria. Quota sampling with equal allocation method is used to select 650 managers from the 13 large-scale manufacturing industries that are quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange out of which 580 responded. The response rate achieved was 89.2 percent. The study found that information availability and information utilization simultaneously do significantly influence decision-making of the respondents (F = 28.98, df = 2; 577, p < 0.05); and that information availability (b = 0.5228, df = 577, T = 8.08, p < 0.05) and information utilization (b = 0.7432, df = 577, T = 12.47, P < 0.05) each independently has significant influence on decision-making of the respondents. Nevertheless, the study found that there is a significant multiple relationship between information availability, information utilization and decision-making of the managers in the large-scale manufacturing industries in Nigeria (R = 0.8386, P < 0.05). The study recommends that the board of management in these industries should make wide range of relevant information resources available for use of managers in their decision-making. And those managers must intensify their efforts in making intensive use of information in their decision-making.
Empowering the South African community's AIDS intervention workforce : an informetric study of HIV / AIDS research projects, with special reference to masters and doctoral dissertations and theses : research articleAuthor Omwoyo Bosire OnyanchaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 56 –71 (2006)More Less
The prevalence rate of HIV in South Africa has maintained an alarmingly high level and has become a great concern for all stakeholders. The situation has demanded an increase in the number and strengthening of the HIV / AIDS intervention workforce to fight the pandemic. This has resulted in many individuals enrolling to undergo training in institutions of higher learning and the aftermath has been an increased number of graduates conducting research on various aspects of the disease. The purpose of this study is to generally assess the role that is being played by various institutions of higher leaning in South Africa in graduate preparedness as a means of empowering the country's HIV / AIDS intervention workforce. Using publication count, the study analyses research publications found indexed in SABINET's Current and Completed Research and the Union Catalog of Theses and Dissertations databases. Results are presented under the headings: empowerment trends; language of empowerment; institutions behind the empowerment; individuals behind the empowerment: "study leaders" and students; information sources for empowerment; purposes for which candidates were prepared (or empowered); and the areas/sectors of empowerment. Conclusions and recommendations as well as suggestions for further research are provided.
Analysis of scientific research in selected institutions in South Africa : a bibliometric study : research articleAuthor Daisy JacobsSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 72 –77 (2006)More Less
This paper reports the preliminary findings on South Africa's most productive authors, journals and research universities. The paper makes use of Scientometric techniques to assess the quantity and quality of science research papers published by researchers in various journals. The results show that four of the most cited authors represent 40.80% of the total count. The citations per paper for these authors are Bilic N (16.40), Michael JP (6.36), Sacht C (6.00), and Marques HM (4.60). The majority of citations are found within Chemistry (37.0%), followed by Physics (26.0%), Medicine (7.40%) and Biology (7.40%). Analysis of 18 journals indexed in the Journal Citation Report (JCR), revealed that only the South African Journal of Geology had an impact factor above one. The journal with the largest numbers of original papers was the South African Journal of Science with 89 articles and 1397 total citations in 2003. Statistical analysis, with Pearson's correlation coefficient (p-value <0.05), indicated significant correlation between journal productivity and citation frequency, as well as between citation frequency and immediacy index.
Distance learning : Information access and services for virtual users, Hemalata Iyer (ed.) : book reviewSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 78 –79 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... 78 SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(1) GENERAL CONTRIBUTIONS Book Reviews Distance learning: Information access and services for virtual users. Hemalata Iyer (Ed.). New York: Haworth Information Press, 2003. 151p. ISBN 0 7890 2053 X (pbk). Price: US$39.95 Co-published simultaneously as The Reference Librarian, No.77, 2002. This indexed volume covers numerous aspects related to the provision of library services to distance learners at tertiary level. Broadly, the main subject areas covered in this monograph are studies of distance learning programmes, and the access to information resources for distance learners. Daphne Jorgensen, in her chapter on "The challenges ..
Author Caroline E. DeanSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 79 –80 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(1) Electronic journal management systems: Experiences from the field. Gary Ives (Ed.). New York: Haworth Information Press, 2005. 157p. ISBN 0789025965 (pbk). Price: US$29.95 Simultaneously published as The Serials Librarian, v.47, no.4, 2005. This indexed monograph consists of twelve chapters all introduced by useful summaries and keywords. Most chapters include a bibliography. Although the authors all work in the libraries of academic institutions in the United States of America, this volume deals with solutions to a scenario common to libraries worldwide. The fairly recent proliferation of journal titles that are available electronically ..
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 80 –81 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(1) Internet guide to travel health. Elizabeth Connor. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2004. 150p. ISBN 0 7890 1824 1 (pbk). Price: US$14.95 This is a valuable and useful resource on a variety of health-related issues for the traveller on business or on vacation, with each entry directing the user to relevant web sites. The symbol ? is used to indicate major resources with authoritative and original content, such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). This assists in saving one time in finding the required information. There is a short introduction on ..
Internet and personal computing fads, Mary Ann Bell, Mary Ann Berry and James Van Roekel : book reviewSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... Internet and personal computing fads. Mary Ann Bell, Mary Ann Berry and James Van Roekel. New York: Haworth Press, 2004. 210p. ISBN 0 7890 1771 7 (pbk). Price: US$15.95 This book has been described as "an easy-to-understand guide to the often confusing computer/Internet jargon", and that is precisely what it is! It is written in terms understandable to the layman, and it includes everyday terms used in: ? general computer use - bandwidth, cookies, CAD, HTML, spamming, Linux, geek speak, shareware, URL ? information-related aspects - cybrarian (which has an unexpected definition), search engines, information society, ebooks, hyperfiction, e-zines, ..
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 81 –82 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(1) Journal of Library and Information Services in Distance Learning. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2004-. Quarterly. ISSN 1533-290X (pbk). Subscription: US$48.00 (individual) US$150.00 (Institutional) Quoting from the Editor's introduction in Volume 1 No.1, 2004, this is the first commercially published, scholarly journal which specifically addresses the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists in this rapidly growing field. The journal is published quarterly, is international, and the articles are peer-reviewed. Each issue contains research/ review articles on relevant topics to library and information services for distance learning. Each issue also ..
User information literacy : Case studies from university library programmes in the SCANUL-ECS region, edited by Elizabeth Kiondo and Jangawe Msuya : book reviewAuthor Janneke MostertSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 82 –83 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(1) User information literacy: Case studies from university library programmes in the SCANUL-ECS region. Edited by Elizabeth Kiondo and Jangawe Msuya. Oxford: INASP, 2005. 252p. Price: ?12 (including postage and packing). Within a university environment a student who is not information-literate is at a distinct disadvantage, in not being able to determine his/her need for information and thus being unaware of how and where to get information. The availability of a library does not mean that such a student has the skills and ability to use the facility to solve information problems. ..