Studii de Biblioteconomie şi Ştiinţa Informării / Library and Information Science Research

ISSN 2392-8107
ISSN-L 1453-5386


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No. 21/2017

Information Users and Library Services

Elena Popescu - Improving the quality of user relationship services within the Library of the "Simion Stoilow" Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy

User orientation, in order to properly meet their information needs and requirements, represents a guarantee for the success of any research library, as an important link in scientific and research & innovation activity.
Nowadays we are witnessing a paradigm shift regarding the role of librarians in academic research libraries, from a stable role to a more dynamic one, adapted to specific needs of each user, in order to better respond to increasingly numerous, exigent and sophisticated information requirements.
The article offers a brief presentation of the collections and information services offered to users by the Library of IMAR and, also, an analysis from the perspective of users’ research interests, in order to find the most efficient ways to increase quality and, implicitly, to meet their information and documentation needs accordingly.


Keywords: special research library, information user, research and documentation, quality management, quality of library services.

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Dr. Octavia-Luciana Madge - User Expectations and University Library Actions in Romania. A Recent Overview

University libraries are constantly trying to keep up with the changes within the information and academic environment and to provide the best responses possible through collections and services tailored to the needs of their users. Starting from the results of a recent study, this article provides an overview of the changes that the directors of the Romanian university libraries have found in recent years regarding the needs and expectations of users, but also the actions of university libraries in response.

Keywords: library users, user expectations, information needs, information behaviour, university libraries, changes, Romania

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Alexandra Mihaela Ispas - Socio-metamorphosis of the academic library

This article is a contribution to the debate on the reform of the library and the new roles it must embrace. Our point of view is that this reform process could be greatly facilitated by creating more means of communication, both epistemic and practical, between sociology and disciplines surrounding librarianship. The main thesis we sustain in the pages of this paper is that the reconfiguration of the library, starting from the user, considered as the first focal point, cannot be accomplished without a very rigorous use of sociological instruments.

Keywords: sociology, library science, surveys, users

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The World of Digital Information

Dr. Alexandra Crăciun - Post-Truth. Contemporary Paradigms in Framing Information

The article underlines the impact of the digital environment in reconfiguring basic notions as the concept of „truth”. A more recent alternative – „post-truth” – is discussed in relation with the dissolution of the binary logic and the rise of a new relativism. The new term is challenging the rational pattern of thinking, based on the law of the excluded middle, that was grounding our traditional way of conceiving the world, opening a realm where information is distorted by ‘emotionalism’, in order to become viral and to generate ‘clickbaits’.

Keywords: post-truth, virality, postmodernism, emotionalism, clickbaits

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Dr. Constantin Ittu, Dr. Rodica Maria Volovici, Dr. Gudrun-Liane Ittu - Traditional Means of Transportation: From Traditional to Digital Literacy

The paper aims at presenting a project which has been initiated by “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, and carried out through the University Library during the months of April – November 2016, being co-financed by the Local Council and City Hall through “The Cultural Agenda 2016”. Entitled Traditional means of transportation – from the preservation of the heritage to its promotion: digitization between necessity and challenge, the project aims to evaluate the cultural heritage regarding the means of transportation used in Sibiu. The final results of the project consist of a Digital Library, traveling exhibitions showing digital photos and other outcomes of the project as well as a three lingual booklet (Romanian, German and English) which deals about the history, evolution and diversity of the traditional means of transportation also uploaded in the Digital Library. Being a project carried out through the University Library, its final goal is to encourage e-learning and to guide and help students, MA and PhD candidates as well as other categories of readers in their work, thanks to the digital literacy.

Keywords: means of transportation, Sibiu, heritage, digital library, elearning, digital literacy

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Sources of Information and Documentation

Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu - Sources of Information and Documentation and Working Tools in Foreign Language Teaching in Romania, 1960-1980 (II)

This article, the second part of a broader research project, attempts to analyze the evolution of the methodology of teaching the French language and literature in Romania under the communist regime, especially under the totalitarian rule of Ceauşescu. The documents used in this research are official pedagogical materials of teaching French as a second language (for primary and secondary education).

Keywords: sources of information, documentation, didactic materials, methodology of teaching the French language, communist ideology, nationalist propaganda

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Archive Documents

PhD. Student Laura-Rodica Hîmpă - Restitutio Dumitru Caracostea. Archives Documents

In the last years there has been a growing attention in the field of research studies on the Romanian culture, censored after 1948. The critic, linguist and aesthetician, Dumitru Caracostea (March 10, 1879, Slatina–June 2, 1964, Bucharest) brought up a scientific controversy with a large audience in the specialists' environments, so that there is plenty of contradictory information about his personality. Our study is dedicated to completing the image of his professional activity and to elucidate some prejudices that still persist, hoping for a reconsideration of this Romanian scholar. With obvious but unrecognized merits in his lifetime, his work has undergone a deepening from the perspective of studying the forms of representation of the Romanian artistic and popular language. Less researched remained his concern for studying the psychology of war, materialized in ten years of courses, held at the Superior War School in Bucharest. The motivation of his choice as a teacher for the officers who had already passed through the experience of the First World War was a solid training in the field of Romanian folklore, including the complexity of folk spirituality as the basis of the fighting forces of the combatants. The complex personality of the ante, inter and post-war period, Dumitru Caracostea left the posterity an ample scientific activity, both in the public space, especially in the literary one. Among the functions he held, we recall the most important: he was a correspondent member of the Romanian Academy since 1936 and a member from 1938; Minister of National Education (1940); General Director of the Union of Royal Cultural Institutions (1941–1944); President of the Romanian Academy Literary Section (1945–1948). His scientific career came to an end in 1948, when he was definitively excluded alongside other members of the Romanian Academy, following the Presidential decree for the purification of intellectuals that no longer met the criteria of the new Academy of the Romanian People's Republic. There were years of troubled for Dumitru Caracostea's life, like other repudiates of the period after 1948, culminating in the imprisonment in Sighet where he spent five years (1950-1955) without being tried but charged with war crimes. In 1990 he was reinstated in post mortem as a member of the Romanian Academy. (1)

Keywords: Dumitru Caracostea, ‘Prince Carol’ Royal Cultural Foundation, archives documents, psychology research, Superior War School

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Reviews

Dr. Brînduşa Nicolaescu - Mani, B. Venkat. Recoding World Literature: Libraries, Print Culture, and Germany's Pact with Books. New York: Fordham University, 2017, 344 p.

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