Libraries for Users Book

Libraries for Users


  • Author : Luisa Alvite
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2010-12-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 218
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780630519

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Libraries for Users Excerpt :

This book reviews the quality and evolution of academic library services. It revises service trends offered by academic libraries and the challenge of enhancing traditional ones such as: catalogues, repositories and digital collections, learning resources centres, virtual reference services, information literacy and 2.0 tools. Studies the role of the university library in the new educational environment of higher education Rethinks libraries in academic context Redefines roles for academic libraries

The Academic Library and Its Users Book

The Academic Library and Its Users


  • Author : Peter Jordan
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2017-03-02
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 168
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351895279

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The Academic Library and Its Users Excerpt :

The many recent changes in higher and further education mean that it is more important than ever to analyse the needs of academic library users, and both promote and provide the service they require. This constructive book, pervaded throughout by the impact of IT on the learning environment, surveys the influences on today's academic library, and explains how to increase user satisfaction through quality management. The author focuses particularly on users' behaviour in the library, the problems they cause or encounter, and how libraries cope. The book examines the varying needs of undergraduate and graduate, mature and part-time students, overseas students, franchised students, distance learners and other groups with special needs, explaining ways in which these needs can be identified and the service evaluated. One chapter is devoted to research and researchers' information demands. The particular requirements of subject communities and their consequences for academic libraries are also investigated, as well as the requirements of teaching staff and ways in which the library can work with them. The author emphasizes the importance of user education programmes and explains how to promote the library effectively with limited resources. For librarians, heads of services and senior library managers in further and higher education, and those, such as subject librarians, responsible for specific student groups, this book provides a comprehensive and realistic guide to providing and promoting a quality service. Students of librarianship and information management will gain valuable insight from this book into user analysis and improving the performance of information provision.

Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries Book

Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries


  • Author : Michele Crump
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2012-10-04
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 222
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780633237

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Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries Excerpt :

Meeting the Needs of Student Users in Academic Libraries surveys and evaluates the current practice of learning commons and research services within the academic library community in order to determine if these learning spaces are functioning as intended. To evaluate their findings, the authors examine the measurement tools that libraries have used to evaluate usage and satisfaction, including contemporary anthropological studies that provide a more detailed view of the student’s approach to research. The book takes a candid look at these redesigns and asks if improvements have lived up to expectations of increased service and user satisfaction. Are librarians using these findings to inform the evolution and implementation of new service models, or have they simply put a new shade of lipstick on the pig? Takes an honest look at learning commons in academic libraries and discusses what is working and what is not Explores behind the statistics as to why users come to the library; does the librarians’ concept of ‘the library as place’ match user perception? Looks at the anthropology of the user to gauge satisfaction with the services and space provided by the library via recent survey findings

Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries Book

Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries


  • Author : AI-Suqri, Mohammed Nasser
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2013-07-31
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 286
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466643543

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Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries Excerpt :

While high quality library and information services continue to thrive and strengthen economic and social development, much of the knowledge that exists on user’s needs and behaviors is fundamentally based on the results of users in English-speaking, western developed countries. Information Access and Library User Needs in Developing Countries highlights the struggles that developing countries face in terms of information gaps and information-seeking user behavior. The publication highlights ways in which users in developing countries can benefit from properly implementing LIS services. Researchers, academics, and practitioners interested in the design and delivery of information services will benefit from this collection of research.

User Experience in Libraries Book
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User Experience in Libraries


  • Author : Andy Priestner
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-23
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 220
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317003120

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User Experience in Libraries Excerpt :

Modern library services can be incredibly complex. Much more so than their forebears, modern librarians must grapple daily with questions of how best to implement innovative new services, while also maintaining and updating the old. The efforts undertaken are immense, but how best to evaluate their success? In this groundbreaking new book from Routledge, library practitioners, anthropologists, and design experts combine to advocate a new focus on User Experience (or ‘UX’) research methods. Through a combination of theoretical discussion and applied case studies, they argue that this ethnographic and human-centred design approach enables library professionals to gather rich evidence-based insights into what is really going on in their libraries, allowing them to look beyond what library users say they do to what they actually do. Edited by the team behind the international UX in Libraries conference, User Experience in Libraries will ignite new interest in a rapidly emerging and game-changing area of research. Clearly written and passionately argued, it is essential reading for all library professionals and students of Library and Information Science. It will also be welcomed by anthropologists and design professionals working in related fields.

Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections  Tools for Library Users and Managers Book

Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections Tools for Library Users and Managers


  • Author : Fulkerson, Diane M.
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2012-03-31
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781466602359

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Remote Access Technologies for Library Collections Tools for Library Users and Managers Excerpt :

"This book is crucial to understanding changes and the new expectations that library users have in the 21st century, including identifying, implementing and updating new technologies, understanding copyright and fair use laws, creating metadata for access to digital collections, and meeting user needs"--Provided by publisher.

Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries Book

Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries


  • Author : Callan Bignoli
  • Publisher : American Library Association
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 20
  • ISBN 10 : 9780838948354

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Responding to Rapid Change in Libraries Excerpt :

In the face of rapid change and an ever-widening constellation of challenges, it’s crucial for library leaders to pull back to the question of “why?” Plotting a sustainable way forward depends upon recommitting ourselves to our underlying values, such as customer service and community-building, while fostering the improvements that change makes possible. With passion, patience, and fortitude, libraries can stride confidently into the future. In this book, noted speakers and consultants Bignoli and Stara speak directly to library directors, managers, administrators, and technology staff, offering concrete guidance on setting or resetting strategic priorities. Taking an interconnected and specific approach to planning for and strengthening the library environment as a whole, their book - discusses why libraries should embrace change as a fundamental part of library life; - explores how to harness rapid change to provide more responsive, user-centered library service; - addresses the ways in which libraries straddle the physical and the digital, in areas such as service provision and collections, illuminating how they overlap and can be improved using similar philosophies; - presents both a comprehensive overview of library technologies as well as related team and change management advice, all grounded in user experience principles; - shows how the concepts of sustainability and flexibility apply to physical space planning and design, from furniture selection and arrangement to infrastructure; and - provides sound guidance on project management, problem solving, preparing for future challenges, personal reflection and self-care, and other leadership topics.

Library Technology and User Services Book

Library Technology and User Services


  • Author : Anthony S. Chow
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2011-11-09
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 170
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780632902

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Library Technology and User Services Excerpt :

Written as a technology guide for students, practitioners, and administrators, the focus of this book is on introducing current and future trends in library technology and automation within the larger context of strategic and systems planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. Technology is an essential resource for attaining both organizational and patron goals, and planning needs to emphasize the alignment between the clearly defined goals of each. For this alignment to occur on a consistent basis goals must be designed, or engineered, in a systematic fashion where technology fulfils the need to deliver the desired outcomes in an efficient, cost-effective manner. The concept of usability engineering is also examined, where the technology is planned, designed, and implemented in such a way as to maximize utility and ease-of-use for users and employees. Readers of this book will understand both the why and the how of library technology, planning, and implementation articulated in a simple, easy-to-understand fashion. Delivered from academic, public, and school library media perspectives Current and emerging technologies are discussed along with their current and future application in the field of library and information science Technology planning and integration is explained using a systems design process with scenarios and case studies that are articulated in a step-wise, holistic fashion

Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries Book

Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries


  • Author : Shannon D. Jones
  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Release Date : 2019-07-24
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 210
  • ISBN 10 : 9781538114407

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Diversity and Inclusion in Libraries Excerpt :

This book explores some of the challenges that libraries and librarians face due to diversity and inclusion issues among library staff, as well as the patrons that they serve. Its goal is to increase awareness of and sensitivity to the social, cultural, and educational needs of everyone involved.

 Don t  Call Me Crazy Book

Don t Call Me Crazy


  • Author : Kelly Jensen
  • Publisher : Algonquin Young Readers
  • Release Date : 2018-10-02
  • Genre: Young Adult Nonfiction
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781616208745

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Don t Call Me Crazy Excerpt :

Who’s Crazy? What does it mean to be crazy? Is using the word crazy offensive? What happens when such a label gets attached to your everyday experiences? In order to understand mental health, we need to talk openly about it. Because there’s no single definition of crazy, there’s no single experience that embodies it, and the word itself means different things—wild? extreme? disturbed? passionate?—to different people. (Don’t) Call Me Crazy is a conversation starter and guide to better understanding how our mental health affects us every day. Thirty-three writers, athletes, and artists offer essays, lists, comics, and illustrations that explore their personal experiences with mental illness, how we do and do not talk about mental health, help for better understanding how every person’s brain is wired differently, and what, exactly, might make someone crazy. If you’ve ever struggled with your mental health, or know someone who has, come on in, turn the pages, and let’s get talking.

E books in Academic Libraries Book

E books in Academic Libraries


  • Author : Ksenija Mincic-Obradovic
  • Publisher : Elsevier
  • Release Date : 2010-12-08
  • Genre: Computers
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780630502

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E books in Academic Libraries Excerpt :

Written from the perspective of a librarian, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the impact of e-books on academic libraries. The author discusses advantages to both researchers and librarians and provides current examples of innovative uses of e-books in academic contexts. This book reviews the current situation in e-book publishing, and describes problems in managing e-books in libraries caused by the variety of purchase models and varying formats available, and the lack of standardisation. It discusses solutions for providing access and maintaining bibliographic control, looks at various initiatives to publicise and promote e-books, and compares e-book usage surveys to track changes in user preferences and behaviour over the last decade. E-books have already had a huge impact on academic libraries, and major advances in technology will bring further changes. There is a need for collaboration between libraries and publishers. The book concludes with reflections on the future of e-books in academic libraries. Describes how e-books have changed library services and how they have enabled academic libraries to align with the e-learning initiatives of their universities Discusses problems with e-book collection development and management and lists examples of solutions Examines trends in user behaviour and acceptance of e-books

Palaces for the People Book

Palaces for the People


  • Author : Eric Klinenberg
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2018-09-11
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524761189

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Palaces for the People Excerpt :

“A comprehensive, entertaining, and compelling argument for how rebuilding social infrastructure can help heal divisions in our society and move us forward.”—Jon Stewart NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY NPR • “Engaging.”—Mayor Pete Buttigieg, The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice) We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done? In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centers, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides. LONGLISTED FOR THE ANDREW CARNEGIE MEDAL FOR EXCELLENCE IN NONFICTION “Just brilliant!”—Roman Mars, 99% Invisible “The aim of this sweeping work is to popularize the notion of ‘social infrastructure'—the ‘physical places and organizations that shape the way people interact'. . . . Here, drawing on research in urban planning, behavioral economics, and environmental psychology, as well as on his own fieldwork from around the world, [Eric Klinenberg] posits that a community’s resilience correlates strongly with the robustness of its social infrastructure. The numerous case studies add up to a plea for more investment in the spaces and institutions (parks, libraries, childcare centers) that foster mutual support in civic life.”—The New Yorker

Collaboration and the Academic Library Book

Collaboration and the Academic Library


  • Author : Jeremy Atkinson
  • Publisher : Chandos Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-02-01
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 270
  • ISBN 10 : 9780081022887

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Collaboration and the Academic Library Excerpt :

Collaboration and the Academic Library: Internal and External, Local and Regional, National and International explores the considerable change that has affected universities and academic libraries in recent years. Given this complex and important context, it is clear that the academic library increasingly needs to operate in partnership with its users and other professionals and organizations to be successful in meeting the needs of its clientele. Academic librarians need to work closely with client groups so that services are relevant, and close partnerships with other professionals need to be forged to provide seamless services for users. The book looks at all aspects of collaboration affecting academic libraries, both internally and externally, to help the reader understand future directions for collaborative activities in a complex and difficult working environment. Considers collaboration issues affecting academic libraries Covers both internal and external collaboration Provides readers with direction for collaborative activities Shows how academic librarians can work with client groups to keep services relevant

E serials Book

E serials


  • Author : Wayne Jones
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 318
  • ISBN 10 : 9780789012296

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E serials Excerpt :

This new edition of the seminal 1998 volume gives you a comprehensive overview of the world of e-serials in one compact volume! With new contributions and updated chapters from authorities in their respective fields, this book covers publishing, pricing, copyright, acquisitions and collection development, cataloging and metadata, preservation and archiving, projects and innovations, indexing, uniform resource identifiers, and citation.

Putting the User First Book

Putting the User First


  • Author : Courtney Greene McDonald
  • Publisher : Amer Library Assn
  • Release Date : 2014-08-04
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 104
  • ISBN 10 : 083898732X

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Putting the User First Excerpt :

User experience is everywhere. From your library's website to the signage by the elevators, everything contributes to the overall user experience of our patrons. Just one simple idea can transform your library: put the user first. But as you likely already know, just because something's simple doesn't mean it's easy. How best to identify, implement, and evaluate user-driven changes in order to improve physical and virtual services? The good news is that even small changes can make big headway. Putting the User First: 30 Strategies for Transforming Library Services will give you 30 hands-on strategies and practical suggestions to enable you to begin transforming your library, library services, and even your personal practice to be more responsive, effective and user-centered today.