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South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science - Volume 79, Issue 2, 2013
Volume 79, Issue 2, 2013
Author Jaya RajuSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79 (2013)More Less
Yet again, SAJLIS has been timeous in releasing its twice-yearly issue of the journal - this was despite the intervening festive period. Thank you to the Journal Management Team, reviewers and authors for working through this period to ensure the timeous release of issue 79(2) of the journal. In the second half of 2013, SAJLIS received fifteen manuscripts for consideration for publication. The online management of the journal, via the Online Journal System (OJS), ensured a relatively quick turnaround time in terms of the review process making it possible for all fifteen manuscripts to be processed by December 2013 so that the issue could be released by the target date of January 2014. Due to stringent application of the journal's editorial policy and peer review process, only a third (33%) of the fifteen manuscripts made it to the publication stage, ensuring that the quality of the journal is maintained. It is indeed pleasing to observe that there is practitioner input in this issue.
Back to the original : incidences of web citations in South African electronic legal journals for the period 2005 to 2012Author Solomon BopapeSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 1 –9 (2013)More Less
The primary and secondary sources of information in law are today available and accessible through the World Wide Web and online databases to the advantage of lawyers, legal scholars, writers, researchers and academics, as well as to the public at large. With the increased usage of the internet for legal research and writing, citation and referencing of online legal information sources also become issues of concern to the legal scholarship community. In order to test the extent to which online legal information sources are used by legal researchers and academics, an analysis of the incidences of web citations in the South African electronic legal journals between 2005 and 2012 was conducted. Despite an ever-increasing availability of primary and secondary legal information sources on the internet, the citation counting of domain names found in Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) searched from the SA e-publications law collection database revealed both an increased and decreased usage of online legal information sources in the South African legal journals. Explanations for the increased and later decreasing use of web citations in the South African law journals during the specified period should, therefore, be an issue for concern for those who are involved with research on citation patterns of the web or internet resources.
Source: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 10 –17 (2013)More Less
While e-journals have successfully been integrated into academic library collections, the same cannot be said about e-books. In this paper, the obstacles to e-book adoption in academic libraries in general is discussed using a review of the English-language literature published over the period 2007 to 2013. Issues identified are the changing roles of libraries in the digital age; collection development strategies; complex e-book purchase models offered to libraries; questions of copyright, licensing and digital rights management; format considerations; and availability of hardware and software on which to read e-books. Libraries continue to face these challenges today.
Book circulation in Saldanha Bay Municipality libraries, South Africa, during the 2008/2009 economic recessionAuthor Lara SkellySource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 18 –26 (2013)More Less
There is an axiom that public library usage increases during times of economic recessions. This claim relies on anecdotal evidence, but the literature is lacking in statistical support. This paper attempts to add to the statistical literature by looking at library use of the ten libraries in the Saldanha Bay Municipal (Western Cape, South Africa) area during the 2008/2009 economic recession. Using the coincident index (a composite indicator including measures of employment and inflation) as the economic indicator and circulation data as the indicator of library use, a fixed effects dummy variable panel data model was created. Creating panel datasets allows greater statistical confidence in the results. It also allows temporal differences and differences between libraries to emerge. Multiple regressions were run, but the findings do not support the hypothesis that public library usage increases during economic recessions. The axiom was tested for total circulation, adult fiction, juvenile books and adult non-fiction.
Research support through the lens of transformation in academic libraries with reference to the case of Stellenbosch University LibrariesSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 27 –38 (2013)More Less
Changing higher education pedagogy, digitisation of scholarly content and the increasing influence of relevant technologies have impacted on the transformation of academic library services. This paper examines research support through the lens of the transformation of academic library services. The authors have conducted a review of the literature to determine benchmarks by which to measure the research support services delivered by Stellenbosch University. The paper examines academic libraries' attempts to establish the "deeper meaning" of the librarian for the researcher and the research process. In support of that deeper meaning libraries are providing a new and expanded set of services which includes, inter alia, research data management, curation and preservation; facilitation of open access and bibliometric analysis. Using the research life cycle as a framework, this paper examines the research support services provided by the Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service (SULIS) to the research community. The Research Commons is used as the launch pad for new and innovative services at Stellenbosch. The use of research performance management tools to scan the research landscape, strengthening of self-retrieval of scholarly literature, assistance in the dissemination of research results via publication, and assistance in determining impact factor are all part of the suite of services offered by the Library at Stellenbosch University. The authors conclude that, for academic libraries, there is much to learn and contribute to in this dynamic environment of research production.
Library services provision for people with visual impairments and in wheelchairs in academic libraries in TanzaniaSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 38 –50 (2013)More Less
This article is based on a study that examined library services provision for people with visual impairments and in wheelchairs in academic libraries in Tanzania. The article looks at access to the information resources available and the layout of library buildings in five universities in Tanzania. The broader issues in this study were grounded in the importance of access to information as a fundamental right and, particularly, in university studies. The study drew on a pragmatism paradigm and the social model of disability of Oliver which emphasises universal access as the norm. Both quantitative and qualitative methods were used to conduct survey and observation-based research. The findings reveal that academic libraries provide services to people with visual impairments and in wheelchairs but these services are not inclusive or universal. The study therefore recommends that academic libraries, as manifest in the social model, should strive to provide inclusive services to all users including people with disabilities. To achieve this universal access requires the formulating of policy regarding provision of library services to people with disabilities, providing adequate budgets and staff training. In addition, practical measures are needed such as constructing library buildings with ramps and maintaining working lifts, acquiring Braille and large print information resources, as well as providing assistive equipment.
Author Mary NassimbeniSource: South African Journal of Libraries and Information Science 79, pp 52 –53 (2013)More Less
This book has a broad historical remit, ranging from the early colonial days of the Cape (1658) to the last decade of the 20th century. Its ambitious scope covers eight chapters, starting with early readers in the Cape and taking the chronology to 1992 (Chapter 7), with the final chapter exploring the theme of censorship. It concludes by "revealing the hidden books and hidden readers", a deft touch which resonates neatly with the Introduction in which the author proposes the significance of the common reader in South Africa. Although some of the themes covered in the chapters have been published as papers in scholarly journals, the reader is not aware of any disjuncture in the flow or logic of the text as the author has carefully constructed a framing device which he presents in his Introduction, viz. the common reader.