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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 72, Issue 2, 2006
Volume 72, Issue 2, 2006
Author Dennis OchollaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... EDITORIAL Dear SAJLIS Readers, It is gratifying to present our second issue of SAJLIS 72, with yet another batch of informative research articles and book reviews. As usual, the issue reflects on a variety of themes in information studies that include LIS education and training, bibliometrics, Information and Communication Technology for development, customer care and LIS professional associations. Four book reviews also provide useful awareness on new information materials in the market. The first article, whose original version was presented at the International Conference on Scienctometrics and Informametrics in Stockholm, Sweden, in June 2005, written by Bosire Onyancha and Dennis ..
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 85 –97 (2006)More Less
The purpose of this study is to present an analytical overview of the HIV / AIDS literature relevant to the youth, with a view to determining and comparing the nature, trends, and type of the pandemic's research and other characteristics as indexed in the AIDSEARCH database between 1980 and 2002. Although the search was limited to the human population, records that discussed both humans and animals were noted and included in the final analysis of data using the Bibexcel and Microsoft Excel software. Data were analysed by publication type, publication year, date of entry, language, source, publication country, geographic area as a subject, gender, among other variables. We observed that research on young people seems to be increasing, and the publishing and indexing time-lag is still problematic. Other variables are provided in the findings and recommendations.
Author Kate MurraySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 98 –107 (2006)More Less
This paper investigates preservation education options for library and archive students at degree granting institutions in South Africa through examining the following questions: which institutions offer separate classes or modules dedicated preservation issues; what academic levels are the existing classes directed towards and how often are they offered; what preservation issues are covered in existing classes and modules; what is the preservation-related experience of the instructors, and; how do South Africa's offerings compare internationally? The paper also evaluates the appropriateness of the preservation content offered against established benchmarks.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 108 –118 (2006)More Less
This study explores whether ICT use is feasible in the rural areas of South Africa. Using the survey method, women aged 16-60 were sampled to include: Small-scale traders (58; 29.0%); Housewives/homemakers (48; 24.0%); Farm employees (25; 12.5%); Domestic workers (18; 9.0%); Educators/teachers (16; 8.0%); Students (15; 7.5%), Entrepreneurs managing large-scale enterprises (3; 1.5%); Clerical workers (9; 4.5%); Community development workers (6; 3.0%) and Preachers (2; 1.0%). These 200 respondents formed the sampling size. Sampling data was obtained from Census household data of the magisterial districts of Umlalazi i.e. Eshowe, Amatikulu, Gigindlovu and Mtunzini. Using the snowball technique women respondents, directly and indirectly connected to each other, were identified, and consequently interviewed. The survey results indicate that access and exclusion are still predominant issues, as while a meager average of 11(5.5%) respondents use modern technologies such as the computer/internet, more than half (115: 57.5%) of the respondents surveyed face problems ranging from affordability, to distance and time. Additionally, there is a marked correlation between the respondents' level of education, type of ICTs' accessed and information needs and purposes. It was observed that singularly, ICTs are insufficient for significant benefits to emerge.
Author Petros N. DlaminiSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 119 –130 (2006)More Less
The aim of the study was to investigate customer care services and strategies in academic libraries in tertiary institutions in KwaZulu-Natal. The study used both quantitative and qualitative approaches to collect data from academic staff, students and library staff. The population targeted was sampled using a stratified random sampling technique. Three hundred and eighty six (386) questionnaires were distributed to academic staff and students (library users/customers), and interviews were conducted with fifteen (15) library management, unit and/or committee responsible for customer care. SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) was used to analyze quantitative data collected from the library users/ customers, and Microsoft Excel was used to analyze data collected from the library staff of the five academic libraries studied. The libraries revealed by the users to have customer care policies in place were Mangosuthu Technikon and the Durban Institute of Technology. In contrast the University of Durban Westville has no customer care policies while at the University of Zululand, there is no difference between those aware and unaware. Interviews with the library staff of the five academic libraries revealed that only two (Mangosuthu Technikon and the University of Natal) have a unit/person responsible for customer care. Furthermore, the results revealed that academic libraries do not have proper methods and strategies for conducting customer care. The findings revealed that library users/customers are generally satisfied with knowledge resources offered to them by their libraries. Subsequently, the study recommends that academic libraries incorporate a unit/person or committee responsible for customer care. Library staff should also be given regular training regarding customer care.
Investigation into the acquisition of statutory status for the South African LIS sector : research articleAuthor Reggie RajuSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 131 –140 (2006)More Less
The issue of statutory status was raised by the Special Libraries Interest Group at the 2004 LIASA conference AGM. The Executive Committee of LIASA mandated the author to research the issue of statutory representation of the South African LIS sector. This paper reports on this investigation. The author reviewed the relevant literature to determine the factors that have contributed to the continued existence of LIS professional associations and to examine the transformation of LIS representation from an occupational association to a professional association and back to an occupational association. The author uses case studies to explore the three possible routes for the profession to debate. The paper recommends a referendum be held within the profession to determine a way forward.
Author Yvonne BlomkampSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 141 –142 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... 141 SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(2) GENERAL CONTRIBUTIONS Book reviews Database-driven web sites Ed. by Kristin Antelman. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2002. 133p. ISBN-10: 0 7890 1738 5 (hbk) Price: US$48 (Published simultaneously as Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Vol. 7, Nos.1/2, 2002) The content of this book covers mainly organising the information in your library to make it available to Internet users. It includes the range of software solutions that has emerged, and examines the challenges of using this software to develop web sites that make information access user-friendly. These web sites are all database-driven rather ..
Author Kim Von WeidtsSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(2) Licensing in libraries: Practical and ethical aspects Karen Rubb-Serrano (Ed.). New York: Haworth Information Press, 2005. 210p. ISBN - 10: 0 7890 2879 4 (pbk). Price: US$23.96 Co-published simultaneously as Journal of Library Administration, Vol. 42, No. 3 / 4, 2005. Although written for American university libraries, this compilation of articles does deliver on being a practical introduction for an academic librarian to licensing for consortia. The book would be a valuable asset in a library school collection as it compiles the point of view from different aspects: the users, the academic ..
Author Amina AdamSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72, pp 143 –144 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... SA Jnl Libs & Info Sci 2006, 72(2) Digital reference services Ed. by Bill Katz. New York: Haworth Press, 2004. 331p. ISBN -10: 0 7890 2320 2 Price: US$34.95 (soft cover) (Published simultaneously as: The Reference Librarian, Vol. 38, Nos. 79/80, 2004.) This book outlines the emerging field of digital referencing, introducing new issues brought on by the Internet and the role of the professional librarian. It examines the implementation of digital reference services, particularly in academic libraries, focusing on what digital referencing is, and how these services work. Part One focuses on the basic principles, opinions and discussions of ..
Scholarly communication in science and engineering research in higher education, ed. by Wei Wei : book reviewAuthor Stephen VisagieSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 72 (2006)More Less
Extracted from text ... 143 Scholarly communication in science and engineering research in higher education Ed. by Wei Wei. New York: Haworth Information Press, 2002. 189p. ISBN-13: 978 0 7890 2178 6 (soft cover) Price: $42.00 Co-published simultaneously as Science & technology libraries, Vol. 22, Nos. 3 and 4, 2002. This book is one of Haworth Press', DocuSerials, and an extensive list of these other "separates"", is provided at the beginning of the book. As the publishers state, this format could be used for "classroom adoption" or for those who do not subscribe to the journal. A quick scan of SACat shows that only ..