Saturday, January 6, 2018

Librarianship Studies Viewing Experience: Problems and Solutions

How to view Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog best on a desktop or a mobile phone and overcome the problem in reading the contents due to orange “background” and widgets in the left and right columns?

We receive very positive feedback, reviews, and testimonials of Librarianship Studies blog's contents, however, we also frequently get one negative feedback which is about our blog’s interface and problem in viewing the contents of the blog which gives strain to the eyes.

One reader Tatjana Versaggi from New York commented on LinkedIn “Salman, I love the idea of the content. It's impossible to read, however. The mobile experience doesn't work and the background is so busy, I am unable to read the words!!”

We are aware of this problem. This blog runs on Google’s Blogger or Blogspot service where you have the options of choosing a template and/or making changes to an existing template. We tried to make changes to the template but we were not able to do it successfully. Right now we are concentrating on the contents of the blog and after some time we will try to go for making the blog’s interface better by taking the help of the experts. 

So here we are providing some tips on how to best view Librarianship Studies blog and overcoming the viewing problem due to “background” color.


Which web browser is best for viewing Librarianship Studies blog?

We recommend Google Chrome to view Librarianship Studies blog.


How to best view Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone?

Problem: Open the blog in a browser. A screenshot of Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone is given below when opened on an android phone. It is obvious that the actual content of the blog article occupies less space in between, the font size is small, and orange background gives strain to eyes. The contents are not conveniently readable.

Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone
Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone

Solution 1: If you do “double tap” in the middle of the contents then it will occupy the screen properly by itself. This works on an android phone as well as on an iPhone. Below is given the screenshot of the mobile after you do a "double tap" one after another quickly. You can see in this screenshot that there is no background and font size problem, and the contents are very much readable.

Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone
Librarianship Studies blog on a mobile phone
Solution 2: If this not works, then alternatively you may zoom in manually to fit the screen with actual contents of the blog article in a perfect view where you only see the contents of the article and not the left and right columns and orange background.


How to best view Librarianship Studies blog on a desktop computer?

Problem: Open the blog in a browser. A screenshot of Librarianship Studies blog on a windows laptop is given below.  It is obvious that the actual content of the blog article occupies less space in between and orange background may give strain to eyes. The contents are not conveniently readable to some people.

Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop
Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop

Solution: Open Librarianship Studies blog in the browser. Locate the "Zoom" option which is at the top right side of the browser. You can reach here (Zoom) by clicking on the three dots ... placed on the top right side of the browser. Then increase the "Zoom" from 100 to 150. Now resize your browser by squeezing from the left and right side, so that the blog article's contents occupy full space and left and right columns are not visible.  Then open some tool like Microsoft Word in the background or any other program having a "white background". Now put your browser window above the "white background"

Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop
Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop
It will be better if you can set your MS Word (or any other) program in such a way that you get maximum "white background." Now you get a conveniently readable screen as below.

Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop
Librarianship Studies blog on a laptop

Please let me know if this solution works… and it solves the background problem.



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Library and Information Science Articles and News in 2018

Library and Information Science Articles and News

Top 200 Most Fantastic Library and Information Science Articles and News Every Librarian Must See

Library and Information Science Articles and News is an initiative of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog to showcase the latest LIS news, articles, events, and updates for librarians, catalogers, metadata, archives, and knowledge professionals. It is an attempt to make a representative compilation of most popular news and stories for libraries and librarians which were shared through its Google+ Community, Facebook Page and other social media platforms of the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog during the years 2014-2018.




Contents

  • Top 10 Featured Library and Information Science (LIS) Articles
  • Top 10 Featured Library and Information Science (LIS) News
  • Background
  • Librarianship Studies Categories (Labels)
  • Library and Information Science Articles and News

TOP 10 FEATURED LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (LIS) ARTICLES


TOP 10 FEATURED LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE (LIS) NEWS

BACKGROUND

I always wanted to keep myself updated with latest news and updates in Library and Information Science. I do this by reading various authoritative sources in the library and information science. Then I share it with the readers of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog which already has various followers of its social media platforms to share popular LIS news. So an idea came to my mind to create a blog article with top quality news on Library and Information Science which were most liked and shared. The newsfeed is sourced from Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Facebook Page and Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Google+ Community (which is organized based on the categories (or labels) of Librarianship Studies blog). 

Library and Information Science Articles News
Library and Information Science Articles and News

LIBRARIANSHIP STUDIES CATEGORIES (LABELS)

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology is divided into following broad categories. Categories are listed on the top left side of the blog. These categories or labels group blog posts on a specific topic of Library & Information Science.


SCOPE: On acquisitions or books, serials, e-resources, etc. in libraries in information centers. Collection Development--Books, Serials, Non-book Materials--Selection, Acquisition, Maintenance; ISBN, ISSN, Cataloguing-in-Publication (CIP), E-documents, E-books, E-journals, Etc.


SCOPE: On cataloging and metadata. Library Cataloguing Codes--RDA and AACR-II. Library Cataloguing--Cannons and Principles. Bibliographic Records--International Standards--ISBD, MARC21, BIBFRAME, and CCF. Etc. Indexing--Pre-coordinate,Post-coordinate.


SCOPE: Theory and practice of library classification and shelflisting. Classification schemes like Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), Library of Congress Classification (LCC), Universal Decimal Classification (UDC), and Colon Classification (CC). Organization of knowledge/Information. Modes of formation of subjects. Library Classification--Cannon and Principles.


SCOPE: Librarian's Reference Directory (or Librarians Reference Sources Directory) is a web directory of Library and Information Science reference sources on the World Wide Web.


SCOPE: Biography of famous librarians and history, practice, and techniques of librarianship. Description of library and information science. Library and Information Profession.


SCOPE: Famous and beautiful libraries the Library of Congress of Washington D.C., the British Library of London, and the Bodleian Library of Oxford. Library associations such as IFLA, ALA, and CILIP. Types of Libraries--National, Public, Academic, and Special (Objectives, structures, and functions).


SCOPE: Impact of libraries on society. Role of Information in Planning, Management, Socio-Economic Development, Technology transfer. Etc.


SCOPE: Library and digital marketing techniques and case studies. Includes social media marketing and search engine optimization.


SCOPE Study programs of top-ranked library schools or i-schools. Tutorial by noted professors of library and information science.


SCOPE: Use of technology in libraries. Databases--Search Strategies, Boolean Operators. Information Technology--Components; Impact of IT on Society. Computers--Hardware, Software, Storage Devices, Input/Output Devices. Networking--Concepts, Topologies, Types--LAN, MAN, WAN. Library Automation--Areas of automation, Planning, Hardware, and Software Selection, OPAC. Integrated Library Systems, Digital Libraries, Virtual Libraries, Etc.


SCOPE: Theory, practice, and techniques of library and knowledge management. Management--Principles, Functions, School of Thought. Planning, Organization Structure, Decision making. Human Resources Management--Manpower Planning, Job Analysis, Job Description, Selection, Recruitment, Motivation, Training and Development, Staff Manual, Leadership and Performance Evaluation. Financial Management--Resource Generation, Types of Budgeting, Cost and Cost Benefit Analysis. PERT, CPM. Library Buildings and Equipment, Performance Evaluation of Libraries/Information Centers and Services Marketing Information Product and Services, Total Quality Management (TQM).


SCOPE: Library circulation and loan activities. Types of Users, User Studies, User Education.


SCOPE: Miscellaneous topics in library and information science not cover by other Librarianship Studies blog labels.


SCOPE: Reference service in libraries and information centers. Reference and Information Services, Referral Service. Bibliographic Service, Indexing and Abstracting Service, CAS, SDI, Digest Service, Trend Report Online Services, Translation Services, Reprographic Services Etc.


SCOPE: On research methodology in the library and information science. Types of Research--Basic, Applied, Interdisciplinary. Research Design. Scientific Method, Hypothesis, Data Collection, Sampling. Methods of Research--Historical, Descriptive, Case Study, Survey, Comparative and Experimental. Statistical Methods, Data Analysis. Report Writing, Bibliometrics. Etc.


SCOPE: About subject headings. Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), MESH, Sears List of Subject Headings etc. Vocabulary Control--Thesaurus, List of Subject Headings, Etc.


LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE ARTICLES AND NEWS

Library and Information Science Articles and News organized by broad areas "Categories (Labels)" of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog:


ACQUISITIONS & E-RESOURCES
CATALOGING & METADATA

  1. Library of Congress Classification (LCC): Intermediate (Webinar - Self enrollment) - This session will focus on the selection and construction of LC Classification (LCC) call numbers for literature, maps and atlases, and moving images, including the construction of cutters for literary works and juvenile belle lettres.
  2. Library of Congress Classification (LCC): Introduction (Webinar - Self enrollment) - This session will briefly introduce the history of LC Classification (LCC) and the general principles of classification. Participants will be introduced to the Classification and Shelflisting Manual and learn how to make use of Classification Web, Authorities.loc.gov and the freely-available LCC schedules to select classification numbers. There will be special focus on the use of the LC Cutter table and when to use it.
  3. Shelving with Library of Congress Classification (Self-paced Course - Self enrollment) - This course provides a great introduction for any library staff, assistants or volunteer needing to learn how to shelve items by the classification system used by the Library of Congress (LC). One of the most time-consuming tasks for library staff is training assistants and volunteers about classification systems and how to properly shelve materials. Few tasks are more vital for shelf maintenance and patron access. This lesson provides online training that will help new staff members and volunteers become productive as quickly as possible with a minimum of time investment by the professional librarian. After completing this training, the learner will be able to accurately read shelves and properly file materials according to Library of Congress (LC) standards.

LIBRARIANS & LIBRARIANSHIP

LIBRARIES & ASSOCIATIONS


LIBRARY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
  • The story of Koha, the first open source library management system
  • Z39.50
  • Timothy Cole Wins 2017 LITA/OCLC Kilgour Research Award - Timothy Cole, Head of the Mathematics Library and Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, has been selected as the recipient of the 2017 Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research in Library and Information Technology.
  • Top Library Automation Software Products
  • How Mobile Technology Changes the Library Experience - The library experience of today is greatly different from that of even 15 years ago, and mobile technology is the leading contributor to these changes. In response, public and college libraries are using mobile technology to increasingly enhance the user experience. By embracing the many growing capabilities of mobile technologies, libraries provide better service to their users in many different ways. Here are just some of those ways.
  • University Libraries Collaborate on Web Discoverability Project - Stanford and Cornell are leading library efforts to help machines understand bibliographic information so it will be searchable on the Web.
  • Top Library Tech Trends - Tech leaders recommend the tools and resources your library can adopt now and in the near future. From virtual reality to gamification to security techniques, libraries are using the latest technology to engage patrons, increase privacy, and help staffers do their jobs. American Libraries spoke to library tech leaders—members of the Library and Information Technology Association’s popular Top Tech Trends panel from the 2017 Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits—to get the apps, devices, software, and best practices that you can adopt for your library right now and in the near future.
  • Library Systems Report 2017: Competing visions for technology, openness, and workflow  - The library technology industry has entered a new phase: business consolidation and technology innovation. Development of products and services to support the increasingly complex work of libraries remains in an ever-decreasing number of hands. Not only have technology-focused companies consolidated themselves, they have become subsumed within higher-level organizations with broad portfolios of diverse business activities. The survivors of this transformed industry now bear responsibility to deliver innovation from their amassed capacity. Modern web-based systems delivering traditional library automation and discovery capabilities are now merely table stakes. Real progress depends on building out these platforms to support the new areas of service emerging within each type of library.
  • Online Teaching Skills for Library Workers - Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) is a training program designed to enable library workers to transfer their in-person teaching skills to the online environment.

LIBRARY & KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT

LIBRARY CIRCULATION

LS & IT MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS
REFERENCE SERVICE

RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

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  • Written: 2017-04-22

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Friday, January 5, 2018

RDA Cataloging News and Bibliography

Resource Description and Access (RDA)
Resource Description and Access (RDA)
WHERE IS THE INFORMATION FOR RDA CATALOGUING NEWS AND NEW ARTICLES BOOKS PRESENTATIONS THESES AND VIDEOS ON RESOURCE DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS?

Library and Information Science Articles and News includes RDA cataloging news. This article also includes RDA Bibliography which contains details of articles, books, presentations, theses, and videos on RDA: Resource Description and Access.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Top 10 Articles of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology of the Year

Top 10 Articles of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology of the Year

Here are the 10 most popular Library and Information Science (LIS) articles of the year published in Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog which most caught our readers’ attention in 2017.


Contents

  • About Librarianship Studies
  • Top 10 Articles of 2017
  • Happy New Year 2018: new year wishes from Librarianship Studies blog in DDC, LCC, LCSH, RDA, AACR2, and MARC21


ABOUT LIBRARIANSHIP STUDIES

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology is the best internationally acclaimed Library and Information Science blog for libraries, librarians, catalogers, i-School Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) & Ph.D. students, researchers, and LIS professionals. The purpose of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog articles are appreciated and referred by reputable corporate bodies such as University of Basel, Switzerland, University of Salamanca, Spain, Institut de l'information scientifique et technique (English: Institute of Scientific and Technical Information), French National Centre for Scientific Research, France, MERLOT - the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning Online and Teaching, California, United States, Sage Library System, Oregon, United States, American Library Association, Agricultural Information Management Standards (AIMS), Food and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, Italy.


TOP 10 ARTICLES OF 2017

Library and Information Science Dissertations and Theses
Best Reference Sources for Doctoral and Master's Dissertations and Thesis in Library and Information Science; LIS Ph.D. and MLIS Thesis and Dissertations.

Library and Information Science Articles and News
Library and Information Science News is an initiative of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog to showcase the latest LIS news and updates for librarians, catalogers, metadata, archives, and knowledge professionals.

Problems of Natural Language in Indexing
Article from the MLIS thesis - Information Access Through the Subject on the problems of natural language in indexing in libraries.

5 Laws of Library Science
Five Laws of Library Science is theory proposed by S. R. Ranganathan in 1931, detailing the principles of operating a library system. Five laws of library science are called the set of norms, percepts, and guides to good practice in librarianship. Many librarians worldwide accept them as the foundations of their philosophy.

Library and Information Science Questions and Answers
Questions covering all the areas of Library and Information Science, Librarianship Studies and Information Technology related to libraries and library management. This collection of questions will act not only as a question bank on Library and Information Science but also be a good tool for appearing in the interviews and keeping updated with the new knowledge for LIS professionals all around the world.

Pre-Coordinate Indexing Systems
Article from the MLIS thesis - Information Access Through the Subject on the Pre-Coordinate Indexing Systems in libraries.

Library and Information Science Videos
Top 200 Most Fantastic Library and Information Science Videos Every Librarian Must See. Library and Information Science Videos is an initiative of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog to showcase the finest LIS videos for librarians, catalogers, metadata, archives, and knowledge professionals. The videos are sourced from Librarianship Studies & Information Technology YouTube Channel which are organized based on the categories (or labels) of Librarianship Studies blog.

Library Circulation
Library Circulation is the function of lending library materials (books, serials, sound recordings, moving images, cartographic materials, etc. that are owned by a library) to the users of the library. 

Glossary of Library & Information Science
An encyclopedic glossary and dictionary of terms and acronyms of librarianship, library science, information science, and information technology.

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records FRBR
Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) quiz from the aritlce Library and Information Science Questions and Answers.


HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018

Dear librarians, catalogers, and information professionals wish you a very happy new year 2018. Below is an innovative new year wish from Librarianship Studies blog in DDC, LCC, LCSH, RDA, AACR2, and MARC21. This idea came from a tweet of holiday wishes in DDC numbers by Daniel N. Joudrey, Associate Professor at Simmons College's School of Library and Information Science, Boston, Massachusetts, United States, which is listed in the article with Top 10 Library and Information Science Tweets

MARC FIELDI1I2MARC 21
SUBFIELD DATA
05014$a GT4905
08204$a 394.2614
1300#$a Librarianship studies & information technology (Blog)
24510$a Happy new year and top 10 most popular library and information science articles of the year of Librarianship studies & information technology / $c Librarianship studies & information technology.
264#1$a Online : $b Librarianship Studies & Information Technology, $c 2017.
300##$a 1 online resource : $b color illustrations
500##$a Librarianship Studies & Information Technology wishes a very happy new year 2018.
520##$a About Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog with special reference to most popular articles of 2017.
650#0$a New Year.
6300#$a Librarianship studies & information technology (Blog)


050 - LCC number is given in MARC21 tag 050. “GT4905” is the Library of Congress Classification number for New Year. First indicator “1” suggests that  “Item is not in LC” and second indicator “4” suggests that it is “Assigned by agency other than LC”

082 - DDC number is given in MARC21 tag 080. “394.2614” is the Dewey Decimal Classification number for New Year. First indicator “0” suggests that it is provided by “Full Edition” and second indicator “4” suggests that it is “Assigned by agency other than LC”

130 - Librarianship studies & information technology (Blog) is the preferred form of the title of the blog. First indicator “0” is for Number of nonfiling characters and no second indicator suggests it as undefined.

245 - Happy new year and top 10 most popular library and information science articles of the year of Librarianship studies & information technology - is the title with indicators 1 and 0. First indicator “1” refers to “Added entry” Desired title added entry is the same as the title in field 245.

264 - MARC 21 tag 264 is for Production, Publication, Distribution, Manufacture, and Copyright Notice. First indicator is blank for “Not applicable/No information provided/Earliest” and second indicator “1” suggests that it is publication statement.

300 - MARC tag 300 is for Physical Description. 

500 - MARC tag 500 for General Note.

520 - MARC tag 520 Is summary note.

650 - Is Subject Added Entry--Topical Term. “New Year” with the nd indicator “0” suggest that it is a LCSH heading.

630 - Is the heading for the referred form of title “Librarianship studies & information technology (Blog)” which is also a subject here.


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