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Journal based current awareness services for systems librarianship

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Title:Journal based current awareness services for systems librarianship
Author(s):Fei Xu, (South Dakota State University Libraries, Hilton M. Briggs Library, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, USA)
Citation:Fei Xu, (2012) "Journal based current awareness services for systems librarianship", VINE, Vol. 42 Iss: 2, pp.152 - 171
Keywords:Bradford analysis, Bradford's law, Current awareness services, Information science, Librarians, Periodicals, Systems librarianship
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/03055721211227174 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The author wishes to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their comments and suggestions that helped to improve the manuscript.

PurposeThis paper aims to explore the effective ways to utilize current awareness services (CAS) for library and information science (LIS) professionals. It seeks to identify core journals for systems librarianship based on Bradford analysis.

Design/methodology/approachThe study explored the methods for CAS based on literature review, followed by Bradford analysis of systems librarianship literature, which was conducted by the quantitative analysis approach.

FindingsA core journal list for systems librarianship was built based on Bradford analysis. Three effective ways to utilize CAS by table of contents (TOCs) alerts were identified.

Originality/valueTo keep up to date with the latest literature in the field of interest, LIS professionals should take advantage of CAS. The study found three effective ways to utilize CAS by TOCs alerts and identified core journals for systems librarianship. The research can help LIS professionals efficiently navigate the information tsunami to obtain the reliable and relevant information that deserves their time and attention, and stay aware of new developments in their area of interest.

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