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(Xiaoai Ren, Yongming Wang, Co-Editors-in-Chief) (Qing (Jason) Zou) Mon, 29 Apr 2024 15:51:58 +0000 OJS 60 ChatGPT: Unleashing the Power of Conversational AI for Library Reference Services <p>Purpose-Explore the impact of AI and ChatGPT on library information services; Design/methodology/approach-A sample of twenty-two reference questions are fed to ChatGPT and the answers are evaluated for quality and accuracy; Findings-ChatGPT are excellent in information retrieval in some areas, but it is not comparable to a reference librarian in others; Research limitations/implications-The findings may not be conclusive due to small sample size; Practical implications-Understand AI and ChatGPT and their behavior; Social implications -The knowledge from the study can assist librarians to adjust their services to better serve users; Originality/value-No research has been done in this area.</p> Sharon Q. Yang Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Editorial: Celebrating the Ninth Year of Publishing of the Journal Yongming Wang Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 An Activity Theory Study of China’s Rural Book House Project <p>This study explores why China’s rural information projects tend to be inefficient by identifying the dynamic mechanisms driving the construction and development of China’s Rural Book House Project (RBHP). A qualitative survey was used to collect data from 35 participants in the RBHP and to analyze the data through the lens of activity theory. Two dynamic mechanisms were found, namely power coordination and benefit protection, with the former characterized by compulsion, self-interest, and inefficient punitive measures and the latter by the participants’ differing objectives when pursuing benefits. The interaction of these mechanisms drove the RBHP forward. The findings of the study suggest the development process of the RBHP and other similar projects need to be reanalyzed from an integrative, dynamic and connected perspective. By way of concluding, insights concerning the measures the Chinese government could take to resolve the issues confronted in rural information service development as well as the need for information professionals to take a critical stance toward their community practice are offered.</p> Wenbo Zhou Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Exploring Factors Influencing Postgraduate Students' Utilization of Libhub Services at the Sokoine University of Agriculture Library <p>This study was carried out at the Sokoine University of Agriculture Library also known as the Sokoine National Agricultural Library (SNAL) in Tanzania. It focuses on factors that influence postgraduate students' use of Libhub for accessing information at the Sokoine University (Main Campus). Specifically, the study aimed at analyzing level of SNAL’s postgraduate student awareness on Libhub services, identifying factors that influence postgraduate students to use Libhub for information access, and find out challenges deterring SNAL postgraduate students’ to access information using Libhub tool. The study used a single case study design and a mixed approach to collect data. A sample size of the study comprised of 54 respondents, where by 49 were postgraduate students and 5 were SNAL library staff members. The Library staffs were purposively selected and postgraduate students were conveniently selected. Questionnaire and interviews were the main instruments used to collect data. Both quantitative and qualitative data were collected. Quantitative data were analyzed using SPSS, Excel (Spreadsheet), and Microsoft Office Word and were presented using figures and tables, and qualitative data were content analyzed. Study findings revealed that majority of respondents agreed that the relevance of the information available through Libhub is one of the key factors for using and accessing information through Libhub. The finding further shows that inadequacy of computer and information literacy skills and lack of technical and ICT infrastructure are the main concerns. Researchers suggest that it is essential to create formal education and other procedures of creating awareness about the use value of Libhub for cutting across both Students and Library Management broadly.</p> Kotoroi Gladness, Magaya Athuman Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 A Discourse Analysis of Online Library Resources: A Study of Students’ Projects abstract <p>Many students in tertiary institutions have not followed the normal structure of writing their projects’ abstracts. Despite lecturers' efforts to supervise students in order for them to follow projects’ writing rules, there are disparities in the patterns of writing project abstracts by undergraduate students in Nigeria. This study investigates online abstract from students’ projects submitted in partial fulfillment for the award of first degrees in Nigeria universities. It adopts Hyland’s (2000) and Swales and Feak’s (2009) Models of Move Analysis. The study also adopts a qualitative research design; with data collected at random from colleges with online abstracts of undergraduates’ projects stored in the library on-line institutional repository. Findings reveal that universities in Nigeria has no agreed patterns of abstract structure for students’ project; none of the projects has complete macro and micro patterns of abstract, and none has the concluding part of a standard abstract. The study concludes that Nigeria University students' abstract writing does not meet the acceptable global standard. However, universities should organize a project writing workshop with a greater emphasis on how to write an acceptable abstract.</p> Mariam Anana, Adeyemi Akinola Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Develop an Interactive Python Dashboard for Analyzing EZproxy Logs <p>This paper describes the development of an interactive dashboard in Python with EZproxy log data. Hopefully, this dashboard will help improve the evidence-based decision-making process in electronic resources management and explore the impact of library use.</p> Andrew Huff, Matthew Roth, Weiling Liu Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Media Resources' Utilisation and Productivity of Lecturers’ in Public Polytechnics, South-west, Nigeria <p>The study was carried out with a view to investigating the influence of the utilisation of media resources on the productivity of public polytechnic lecturers in South-west, Nigeria. Descriptive survey research design was adopted while close-ended questionnaire was used for data collection. A total of 735 copies of questionnaire were administered to the lecturers, while 711 (96.7%) were returned and considered appropriate for data analysis. The data collected was analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Findings from the study revealed availability of media resources to the lecturers and that printed and non-print resources topped the list of resources available to the respondents. Also, the study established regular use of media resources by the lecturers. They made use of media resources on regular basis and majorly for the purposes of preparing lecture notes, research and publications, obtaining general knowledge, paper presentation and proposals. High level of productivity, likewise positive significant relationship between media resource utilisation and job productivity of the respondents were established. The study recommended that modern and relevant media resources be provided for the lecturers to improve academic productivity, and that the lecturers should put in more efforts in attending and participating in seminars, workshops and conferences by presenting more papers and writing more journal articles to enhance productivity level.</p> Dr Ibrahim A. Ayankola, Ismail Taiwo Busari Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Library Services During COVID-19 Pandemic <p>This study aimed to review how an academic library in Puerto Rico supported the demands of technology-assisted education during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study identified the challenges of providing virtual library services during public health emergencies. Likewise, librarians described their experiences with virtual reference services. The study uses a case study as a research design. Data collection was through a virtual focus group. The results indicate that the main challenges were technology availability issues, fragile Internet infrastructure, a lack of digital skills for remote work, and vulnerabilities in leadership and institutional planning. Librarians identified weaknesses in the technological infrastructure and staff skills as challenges during emergencies. This research helps generate more knowledge about the impact of digital services from Puerto Rican academic libraries in support of technology-assisted education initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, understanding librarians' perspectives regarding challenges and needs during emergencies helps develop new service policies and strengthen procedures to improve working conditions for these professionals.</p> Ana I. Medina Hernández Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Teamwork in Libraries <p>This research paper examines the dynamics of teamwork in library settings, with a particular focus on addressing challenges related to cultural diversity through effective communication and collaboration. The study explores cross-cultural communication within library teams and proposes strategic solutions. Introducing the 1R (Respect) and 3Cs (Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration) framework, the author provides a guide for fostering successful teamwork. The paper offers practical insights and emphasizes the continual significance of these aspects to shape positive and collaborative work environments in libraries, ensuring the delivery of optimal services.</p> Jane Jiang Copyright (c) 2024 International Journal of Librarianship Mon, 29 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0000