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Clarke, Christopher Peter – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2012
Purpose: This paper aims to examine the experiences of new users of Second Life in order to identify potential barriers and attractors to the expansion of the userbase and therefore the market for in-world information services. Design/methodology/approach: A multi-faceted methodological approach was taken utilising two questionnaires (pre- and…
Descriptors: Interviews, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Electronic Libraries
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Wang, Hei-Chia; Chou, Ya-lin; Guo, Jiunn-Liang – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2011
Purpose: The paper's aim is to propose a core journal decision method, called the local impact factor (LIF), which can evaluate the requirements of the local user community by combining both the access rate and the weighted impact factor, and by tracking citation information on the local users' articles. Design/methodology/approach: Many…
Descriptors: Internet, Access to Information, Weighted Scores, Models
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Poulos, Marios; Korfiatis, Nikolaos; Bokos, George – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2011
Purpose: This paper aims to present the semantic content identifier (SCI), a permanent identifier, computed through a linear-time onion-peeling algorithm that enables the extraction of semantic features from a text, and the integration of this information within the permanent identifier. Design/methodology/approach: The authors employ SCI to…
Descriptors: Semantics, Copyrights, Electronic Libraries, Internet
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McDonnell, Michael; Shiri, Ali – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2011
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce the notion of social search as a new concept, drawing upon the patterns of web search behaviour. It aims to: define social search; present a taxonomy of social search; and propose a user-centred social search method. Design/methodology/approach: A mixed method approach was adopted to investigate…
Descriptors: Internet, Social Networks, Search Engines, Search Strategies
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Oduwole, Adebambo Adewale; Oyewumi, Olatundun – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2010
Purpose: This study aims to examine the accessibility and use of web-based electronic databases on the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) portal by physicians in the Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Aro--a psychiatry health institution in Nigeria. Design/methodology/approach: Collection of data was through the use of a three-part…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Physicians, Psychiatric Hospitals, Access to Information
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Cahill, Kay – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate the work undertaken by Vancouver Public Library (VPL) in an effort to convert its website into a true virtual branch, both through the functionality of the website itself and by extending its web presence on to external social networking sites. Design/methodology/approach: VPL worked with its…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Public Libraries, Library Services, Electronic Libraries
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Stigter, Fleur – Program: Electronic Library and Information Systems, 2009
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of The Bridging Worlds Conference which was held in October 2008 in Singapore. Design/methodology/approach: One of the main topics the National Library Board of Singapore, the organising party, wished to address was the roles cultural institutions, such as libraries, may play in…
Descriptors: Cultural Centers, Marketing, Cultural Differences, Electronic Libraries