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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 81, Issue 2, 2015
Volume 81, Issue 2, 2015
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81, pp 1 –10 (2015)More Less
Research Data Management (RDM) services are being implemented by academic and research libraries globally in support of university research activities. In South Africa, some libraries are beginning to provide frameworks for these services with some degree of success as policies are being formulated, infrastructure set up, library staff trained, and awareness and advocacy campaigns held with academic staff and researchers. Challenges being faced include availability of resources and infrastructures and limited data management skills among library staff. This paper reports on how the Library at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology is developing and integrating RDM services into institutional research workflows. The paper includes issues that are driving e-research at the institution and how requirements of researchers in the field of biomedical research have been used in a pilot e-research project. The report also details how the university library is using these user requirements to develop tools such as data management plans, electronic laboratory journals and systems for integration with institutional research workflows. The paper further outlines how an international collaborative approach has assisted the Library to participate in the development of an open source platform for the management of the full research lifecycle in support of RDM. It concludes with how further skills development within the Library is being undertaken to support data services and some of the likely challenges for further development of the services.
Author Jaya RajuSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81 (2015)More Less
It is always a challenge bringing out the year's second issue of SAJLIS, usually targeted for the end of the year - winding down for the year and the ensuing festive period usually causes a hiatus in the activities of authors and reviewers. Notwithstanding this, the Editorial Team tries its best to bring the issue out early in the New Year. Despite this challenge and the need to meet its quality standards, the journal managed to bring to the final stages of publication in this 81(2) issue, five research article submissions and a book review. It is heartening to note that included in this issue are contributions from practitioners actively researching in their work environments, higher degree students publishing under the mentorship of their professors, first-time authors, and also those publishing in SAJLIS for the first time. The journal welcomes this diversity, especially in the context of scholarly publications in a small discipline such as LIS which could easily be dominated by a particular category of author.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81, pp 11 –18 (2015)More Less
The result of a systematic analysis of the literature on research about the usage of e-books in academic libraries published in the United States and the United Kingdom between 2004 and 2014 is examined. Commonalities were identified amongst the articles, together with factors such as questions asked, user response and the research methods that were used. Several areas of deficiency were identified in the conduct of the research and, in order to contextualise the issues, Horst Rittel and Melvin Webber's (1973) characteristics of a 'wicked problem' and a 'tame problem' were used as a framework. It was concluded that e-book usage does exhibit several of the characteristics of a wicked problem, and uncertainty about the exact nature of the problem will remain until further research has been conducted into the various aspects of e-book usage, such as reading and comprehension.
Measuring the application of information literacy skills after completion of a certificate in Information LiteracyAuthor Janine LockhartSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81, pp 19 –25 (2015)More Less
The current assessment method used by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology Libraries for the summative assessment of the short course, Certificate in Information Literacy (CIL), is by multiple-choice questions through the Learning Management System, Blackboard. Students also complete a pre-essay and pre-test before the training intervention and a post-essay and post-test thereafter. This research reports on how students applied their newly-taught Information Literacy (IL) skills when writing a subject-specific essay (post-essay) and how that related to their scores in the pre-essay/test and post-test. The sample of forty-two students consisted of two groups of first-year students from a single class. In this study it has been confirmed that offering a short course in IL, such as the CIL, improved the information literacy skills of students. It showed improvement in the knowledge gained by students in the multiple-choice assessment as well as the application of IL skills in their essay assignments.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81, pp 26 –38 (2015)More Less
We present a new and compelling method to help understand some of the important needs, perceptions and expectations of users of existing electronic learning (e-learning) resources at the University of Zululand by contextualising the pedagogic place in this blended tertiary learning environment of e-learning resources and confirming their acceptance by both academic staff and students. Predicting their acceptance was achieved conceptually by adopting the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model and statistically validating its application to predict the behavioural intentions and usage behaviour of the primary users towards e-learning using a positivist epistemological belief and deductive reasoning. This paper also embraces an interpretive research paradigm to include the researchers' views on the topic. Partial Least Squares structural equation modelling and inferential statistics predicted the level of acceptance of e-learning by academic staff (adjusted R2 = 0.41) and students (adjusted R2 = 0.39) and illustrated the strengths and significances of the postulated UTAUT relationships and their moderating effects. Academic performance gains proved to be the strongest significant influence on both sets of primary users' intentions to use e-learning. Although the results may not be generalised to other institutions, they do contribute to UTAUT's theoretical validity and empirical applicability to the management of e-learning-based initiatives. We argue that the high predictive accuracies found in Venkatesh et al. (2003) could be obtained if significant moderators contextualised to the education sector were added to the structural equation model, although cognisance of maintaining a parsimonious structural equation model should also be taken into consideration before inflating the coefficient of determination (R2), which is a measure of how well a data set fits a statistical model (in this case UTAUT). A R2 value of 1 indicates a perfect fit - with the observed outcomes being replicated in the model - while a R2 value of 0 indicates that the data set does not fit the model at all. R2 values closer to 1 allow more predictable future outcomes, which in this study was the acceptance of existing e-learning resources by the primary users.
Enhancing information research and learning skills through e-learning : the case of Monash University LibrarySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81, pp 39 –45 (2015)More Less
This paper focuses on the use of e-learning technologies for the purposes of enhancing information research and learning skills (IRLS) at Monash University Library. The objective of the research was to establish how Monash University Library integrates its vast resources and services through the medium of e-learning; what role Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers play in teaching and learning through e-learning; what measures were used to assess the effectiveness of e-learning in IRLS; what challenges Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers encountered in creating e-learning content for IRLS; and lastly, what the strengths and limitations of e-learning in the provision of IRLS are. The qualitative method was used as a research design and the population group consisted of Subject Librarians and Learning Skills Advisers from the Australian and South African campuses of Monash University. A questionnaire was used as the method of data collection.
Addressing research challenges : making headway for developing researchers, Mathipa E.R. and Gumbo M.T. (Eds.) : book reviewAuthor Stephen MutulaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 81 (2015)More Less
The book, Addressing research challenges: making headway for developing researchers, edited by E.R. Mathipa and M.T. Gumbo, is a rich, intellectual, authoritative and comprehensive piece of scholarly work that fills a lacuna in research methods from the African perspective. The book is aimed at developing researchers, especially postgraduate students, whom the authors recognise struggle in undertaking academic research. Scholars and academics who are generally involved in supervising and examining postgraduate theses/dissertations and teaching research methodology courses will find the book useful, illuminating and provocative.