This number contains papers presented at the VIIIth SWS International Scientifc Conference - Social Sciences
Lately, an increasing number of countries have set up national bibliographic databases, which aim to achieve more comprehensive coverage of the national research outputs. These databases both increase the visibility of national publications and compensate the limited coverage of traditional citation databases, such as Scopus or Web of Science. National bibliographic databases are being increasingly used by a wide variety of stakeholders for numerous purposes, ranging from basic information retrieval and research outputs overview to bibliometric analysis, evaluation and research funding.
The Republic of Moldova set up its national bibliographic database – National Bibliometric Instrument (IBN) in 2011. Nowadays, IBN includes over 113.000 articles published in national scientific journals, as well as conference proceedings from the Republic of Moldova starting from 1993 to date, with over 90% of publications indexed by Google Academic. IBN is used for the evaluation of national scientific journals and provides valuable insights on the overall evolution and trends of national research outputs, but is not being used for research funding.
This paper aims to describe the history, actual structure and user possibilities of IBN. It also aims to analyse IBN design, organisation, maintenance and usage from the perspective of the Manual of good practices regarding national bibliographic databases, developed in the context of the ‘European Network for Research Evaluation in the Social Sciences and Humanities’ ENRESSH. Finally, the paper intends to provide a set of recommendations for IBN reengineering and improvement. (Irina Cojocaru, Gheorghe Cuciureanu, Igor Cojocaru)
The literature review is the most important step in achieving scientific research. The large amount of information can be analyzed using scientometric methods. It was downloaded a database of scientific production published in the last five years in the Clarivate Analitycs database — Web of Science - in the field of copyright. The downloaded database is analysed with VOS Viewer, scientometric analysis software. The subject analysed is used in many areas of research, as well as pure copyright, but also associated with the fields of medicine, nanoelectronics, genetics. The method used can be multiplied for any topic or domain.(Ionela Maria Bârsan)
Information literacy must be an innovative discipline, adapt to technology and the information requirements of the academic community. Introducing new chapters and then assessing their impact on students and their informational behavior is the best way to improve the content and the way of teaching the course. The authors present a model for investigating a part of the students’ perception in Transilvania University of Brasov. The paper was presented at the Romanian Librarians Association Conference in September 2021. (Angela Repanovici, Ionela Maria Bârsan, Eleonora Dinu)
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The reference librarian and the services provided hold more than ever the attention of users at the “Dunărea de Jos” University Library of Galati (DJULG). The Internet, technology and struggle for survival left a significant mark on both librarians' skills and reference services in the new context of the information society. In order to align with new trends in librarianship and to respond effectively to the increasingly complex demands of users, the reference librarians had to move beyond the traditional and reinvent themselves. As a result, new skills have been acquired and new services emerged in the information landscape of the university library. The paper examines the evolution of the reference services at DJULG over the last ten years, emphasizing the changes of the librarian profile in this area. The variety of information sources, the emergence of new information technologies, the movement on open access have been the main elements that contributed to the professional development of the reference librarian and the implementation of new models of services for users. The case of the university library in this study reveals different profiles of the reference librarian: researcher, educator in information literacy, bibliometrician, wikilibrarian, digital resources manager, reference manager etc. Not far from the truth, we can say that the reference librarian became a chameleon, from the perspective of information evolution and ensuring sustainable library services (Lenuța Ursachi).
Libraries are a natural hotspot for volunteer work, they can act as both beneficiaries and organizers of volunteers and their work. Volunteer programs in the libraries cover an important range of possibilities, from basic library work (moving books, assisting users that need help) to specialized activities (language courses, computer courses, specialized activities with persons with disabilities) and everything in between.This study aims to offer an overview of the situation regarding volunteer work in Romanian public libraries. It seeks to find out whether and how the county libraries and the two national libraries use volunteers.This study presents a brief analysis of the online presence of Romanian libraries (Mihai Constantinescu, Alina Danciu, Dana Haimana)
We inaugurate through the material below the interview section of the Romanian Journal of Library and Information Science. This new section aims to bring opinions and comments directly from specialists in the field and other interested people. The first interview is with Mrs. Delia Pantea, librarian in charge with methodological assistance, "Gheorghe Șincai" County Library Bihor. The interview comes in the context in which the Bihor County Council decided to cut 17 occupied positions from the organizational chart of the county library and to abolish two branches (Mihai Constantinescu)