Vol. 11, No. 2; MARCH 2020
Table of Content


Developing internet research assignments: building a framework for teacher collaboration

Nadeem Waliy Allah Shalhoub , Alex Blackall


Internet knowledge grows steadily among academic instructors. As courses incorporate more educational technology, traditional undergraduate research assignments are adapting to reflect the changing information and information access world. New library assignments also reflect this shift, with term papers and research projects asking students to use websites as information resource in addition to standard periodicals and monographs literature. But these new course assignments often repeat the many pitfalls the library profession has learned in its own metamorphosis over the past decade.

This paper’s authors present a framework for librarians to interact with instructors to incorporate Internet resources into traditional term paper and research assignments. They suggest a framework for creating sample assignments that librarians can take to campus instructional units to show the teaching community at large what they have learned from first-hand experience.

Subsequent professional development for networked learners: review of research progress and the design of curricula

Dhuka’ Tarub Bata


The lack of a clear NLS strategy in many institutions has been a central subject of our research in this area, with networked delivery methods often relatively ad hoc to date. The above described course template aims to satisfy certain CPD needs of staff with participation or probable participation in NLS. Our research has identified a highly perceived demand for awareness and professional / organizational development in the sector. In essence, the initial course run (from September 1997) is a pilot exercise at many levels and is approached by itself as an action research project. Much, however, will also depend on senior managers ‘ ability and willingness to spend staff time taking part in the courses in information services. The course of NetLinkS / DIS aims to offer the opportunity for a broader approach to issues, techniques and colleagues than would be possible during a short one-off training course, but it also requires greater organizational commitment during times of serious resource constraints. Nevertheless, we hope that the training sessions will prove relevant, timely and accessible for a wide range of staff as many institutions begin to face the challenge of getting more into a networked learning environment and the central role played there by information support services.

E-journals and academic communication: a reference and quotation study

Mahrus Abdul-Muqaddim Shadid  & Yasar Kaseeb Gaber 


The newspaper is essential for formal communication with scholars. This research highlights the findings of an empirical study on scientific journals and the preliminary findings. The aim of the research is to assess the impact on academic communication of electronic journals through the measurement of the degree to which they are cited in print and electronic literature. The aim is to provide a quick picture of the impact e-journals had on scientific communication around the end of 1995. This study offers a measure of this impact, particularly on the formal communication process rather than on informal communication. The study also examines the forms of e-journals quoted by scholars, the accuracy of quotations from e-journals and the practical problems faced by researchers who wish to access e-journals in the networks.

Non-hierarchic document clustering using a genetic algorithm

Sameh Hessa Tuma  & Safiy Hussein Antar 


A multivariate statistical method to define multi-dimensional space groups or classifications is cluster analysis, or automatic classification[1]. In latest years, countless attempts have been created to use such processes in organizing document database to combine files with a big amount of index terms[2-7]. In this document we use a genetic algorithm, now a GA, for clustering papers. GA is a class of non-deterministic algorithms from Darwinian developmental theories[8-10]. They are good solutions for problems of combinational optimization, though not necessarily optimal, when the number of possible solutions is far too high to explore all options with a certain deterministic algorithm in an appropriate timeframe. The non-hierarchical clustering issue is that when the clustering method attempts to split a set of objects into a set of overlapping groups to maximize certain internal requirements of cluster goodness, generally in order to maximize the inter-cluster inter-object similarity and minimize differences between intercluster groups. Duran and Odell[11] emphasize the mixed nature of the partitioning problem that it is about. Therefore, evaluating this amount of partitions would be highly complex in terms of computational resources, while generating and evaluating partitions arising from a non-trivial-scale database would be totally useless if a deterministic algorithm is used. The first to suggest that Raghavan and Birchard[12] could use a GA for clustering records, although no experiments made use of real papers and queries: we contrasted the retrieval effectiveness of GA-based clusters with those of network-based cluster clusters that only contain and are the most significant inter-documental differences.

Perception on workplace performance among interior designers of the impact of technology

Chelsea Fetherstonhaugh 


This article discusses a study project at Sheffield Universities ‘ Information Studies Department. In the UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), the study focuses on ISS training to refer to data strategy. For this studies, data strategies are regarded as a subset of information systems strategy. This study is concerned in two levels: the research subject and the methodological method to be tested. Most UK HEIs are creating data policies. Both national pressures and considerably HEFCE were driving this growth. Regrettably, very little data is accessible on HEI’s information systems or data policies. Research is expected to address this disequilibrium in a manner.

University Conceptual Framework for Information and Communication Technology Comprehension

Fatima Mcmillan & Grace Hale 


The advances in ICT offer unprecedented opportunity for synchronous, asynchronous on-campus and remote learning, technologically-facilitated teaching and learning. While considerable research is carried out into the use of ICT in higher education, the phenomenon’s approach has mainly been inter-internal. The internalist approach generally focuses on the influence of ICT factors in teaching in institutions. As a result, the influence of factors external to institutions is not systematic and how these external factors combine with internal factors to shape the use of information and information technology. This paper offers a conceptual framework for researching external and internal factors in universities that make the use of ICT in teaching easier or more difficult. The framework is built on factors which result from an intentional examination of the literature on higher education external and internal environments.