Once again, I am very glad to present the fourth volume of International Journal of Information & Management Sciences (IJIMS) through the plat-form of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO), Lahore – Pakistan. This is the second continuous issue of the current editorial board.
I have also good news for the researchers that we have almost fulfilled all the requirements of Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and very soon, we are going to apply for the recognition of the journal. After this, I am sure that IJIMS will attract more researchers not only within Pakistan but from the abroad as well.
This issue has 4 articles and 3 book reviews, related to the theme of the journal. To know the similarity index of the manuscripts, all documents have been checked through the plagiarism software named Turnitin and then the process of double blind peer review has been done. The sole purpose of these activities is to enhance the quality of the journal. The editorial board received many articles for this issue but we have selected only those articles which were recommended by external reviewers.
I am really very much grateful to all the editorial members of IJIMS who have worked hard to make this journal in current final shape. I also would like to pay thanks to those who have served as reviewers for IJIMS and sent their feedback well in time which was necessary to develop and publish high quality material. Thanks to the Patron of IJIMS, and President of Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO) for their support and guidance. Finally, I really want to thank to all the authors of manuscripts who submitted their papers for the publication in IJIMS.
We look forward to working with all of you as we continue to make International Journal of Information & Management Sciences (IJIMS) highly productive and quality conscious. We welcome your submissions, concerns, expert feedback, suggestions, recommendations and comments for the further improvement of the journal.
Dr. Muhammad Tariq ,Editor in Chief International Journal of Information & Management Sciences (IJIMS) Lahore – Pakistan
The major goal of this research was to know the impact of changing information seeking behavior of users upon university libraries. An effort was also made to recognize different attributes of information seeking (i.e., methods for keeping update, utilization of social networking channels to locate information, use of digital resources to seek information, usage of ICTs etc). The study was conducted in different phases. In the first phase, a comprehensive review of related literature was conducted to understand the theoretical and technical aspects of the study. In the second phase, the instrument of the questionnaire was developed for data collection with the help of the reviewed literature. In the third phase, a sample was drawn from the target population and data was collected from the sample. In the fourth phase, the gathered data was analyzed with the help of the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS). In the last phase, conclusions, recommendations, and findings were drawn in the light of the analyzed data. Findings and recommendations of this study are fruitful in building resources and designing libraries services for meeting users’ information needs and seeking behavior efficiently. This research is useful in establishing a friendly library system to accomplish the set objectives of the parent organization.
Author:Jamil Muhammad, Tariq Dr. Muhammad, Shahzad Khurram
Legal practitioners deal with information in their profession. The searching, finding, organizing, sorting, keeping, and evaluating legal information & knowledge are crucial for their profession and legal entity. It is, therefore important to explore their digital competencies as the expertise of digital skills is indispensable for their professional development. The study has been conducted to investigate the digital competencies of registered members of LHCBA towards their Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills in legal research. The population of this study was the practicing lawyers/advocates who were also registered with the Lahore High Court Bar Association (LHCBA). The response rate of the survey was 77.57%. The data was collected through a questionnaire which was then analyzed through SPSS version 17.0 to reach the conclusions. Findings of the study reveal that majority of the respondents use a variety of legal information sources to fulfill their information needs. Legal textbooks, Law Journals, and Pakistan Law Site are considered the most. Most of the legal practitioners prefer to have their information in print format. They also use computers and the internet while performing their research activities and retrieval of information. The results show that use of LHCBA library and the ICT skills have an impact on their practices. The study recommends that respondents need better and comprehensive digital resources. Free and easy access to digital resources is necessary which is very expensive and difficult. Findings and recommendations of this study can be a helpful source for the library practitioners, educationists, organizational heads, HEC Pakistan, planners, policy makers and the decision making bodies.