International Journal of Information Management Sciences <p><strong>International Journal of Information Management Sciences</strong> is an annual research journal being published by <strong>Pakistan Librarians Welfare Organization (PLWO</strong>) since 2017. This is the first research journal of Pakistan that is being published by the professional association of librarians. It is published both in print and online version as an “open access policy”. IJIMS welcomes contributions from all around the world and has a wide range of readers.</p> <p><em>International Journal of Information Management Sciences </em>is an international, multidisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal for delivering and discussing original and current research results concerning information management, libraries, data management knowledge management and social sciences.</p> <p>The journal is based on empirical research in the information management sciences but with strong connections to social science theories and methodologies in general. The journal is meant for researchers, students, and readers interested in current issues and developments in field of library and information management sciences.</p> <p>The journal will be published electronically. It will be easily accessible, free of charge, and will be distributed widely through the Open Journal System (OJS). The journal will contain 3-5 peer-reviewed articles. We also welcome reviews on recent regionally relevant books, news, announcements, presentations of current research, institutions, and significant projects.<br><br>The journal will be published electronically once in a year. The open calls for papers will be announced on this website.</p> en-US <div class="item copyright"> <p><a href="" rel="license"><img src="" alt="Creative Commons License" width="111" height="39"></a></p> <p>This work is licensed under a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a>.</p> <p>Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:</p> <p>Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a<a href="" rel="license">Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License</a> that allows others to use and share the work with an acknowledgment of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal, as long as it is not used for commercial purposes. The author also follows the<a href=""> publication ethics</a>, while considering IJIMS for publication.<br>Authors may choose a different&nbsp;<a href="">Creative Commons</a> license by indicating their preference to the editors.</p> </div> (Dr. Muhammad Tariq) (Khurram Shahzad) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 16:16:26 +0000 OJS 60 Message from the Editor in Chief Dr. Muhammad Tariq Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 15:48:23 +0000 International Journal of Information Management Sciences (IJIMS) <p>Find all issues at one place.</p> Pakistan Librarian Welfare Organization Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Adopting a Pragmatic Approach to Rural Information Systems and Services Delivery for Sustainable Community Development in Nigeria <p>The availability and access to rural information systems and services in rural communities in Nigeria and elsewhere have been recognized as an essential public service utility that can rapidly cause unprecedented development of rural communities. This paper attempts to chronicle the state and condition of rural information systems and services provided in rural Nigeria and their connections to community development. The essence of the paper is to provoke discussion on the relevance of rural information services and to offer direction on the essentials of strengthening and enhancing information systems and services in rural communities. It was argued that library and information professionals especially librarians should assume new roles and strategies to strengthen and enhance rural information systems and services through a pragmatic approach. A pragmatic approach will allow every major key player to compliment ideas with actions. The need for government and other major players accept their responsibilities and also appreciate the invaluable place of building well-informed rural communities as a panacea to developmental challenges confronting Nigeria as a nation is advocated.</p> Dr. Lawal Umar Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Comparative Contents Analysis of Selected Nigerian University Libraries' Websites <p>The study underscored the need to periodically conduct contents analysis of Nigerian university library websites. Content of websites is supposed to be dynamic and episodic analysis assists in overcoming their weaknesses and challenges which ensure improved quality that meets web ranking metrics. Therefore employing qualitative research approach and case study methodology, 42 (25%) Nigerian university library websites were purposively and proportionately selected for the study using stratified sampling technique. Using a modified checklist of Mehta and Trivedi (2015) prepared from quality models and WCAG, data was collected directly from the websites. The data collected was analyzed using ATLAS for Window and Mac Qualitative Data Analysis Software. The results of the data analysis show that although significant number of the selected Nigerian university library websites are well structured and possessed basic information yet there are still many features and information that are absent in many of the websites. Also many of the websites are small and limited in scope, with most consisting of a single webpage or two to four interlinked pages, presenting their messages up-front instead of encouraging navigation through the sites. The research recommends among others the need for Nigerian university libraries, while improving their websites so that users may get requisite information without facing any inconvenience.</p> Umar Ibrahim, Ukashatu Hamza Musa, Salihu Bello Copyright (c) Mon, 21 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Stock Evaluation: A Predictor for Effective Management of University Library Resources <p>The study investigated stock evaluation of resources in academic libraries. The population consisted of all librarians in three universities in Nigeria, University of Port Harcourt, University of Ibadan, and University of Benin. Using convenient sampling method all 69 respondents were chosen as sample. The instrument for data collection was self-designed. Data were analyzed using the mean score, independent t-test, and analysis of variance (ANOVA). The findings show that library resources are adequate and currency. The resources are useful, relevant, and have a wide scope of coverage but lack in-depth coverage. Improper funding, facilities, and inadequate requisite skills are among the challenges facing stock evaluation. The study suggested means to ameliorating the identified challenges and amongst all recommended that efforts should be made by the Nigerian university libraries to put in place adequate facilities, funding, and equipment to facilitate stock evaluation</p> Copyright (c) Mon, 21 Dec 2020 00:00:00 +0000 Fire Safety Management in High Rise Buildings of Lahore, Pakistan <p>Basic objective of this study was to assess the degree to which the high rise buildings situated in Lahore are in compliance with the fire safety standards and SOPs regarding evacuation plans. Quantitative approach was adopted to meet the objective of the study. Ten high rise buildings situated in Lahore city were taken as sample. The buildings were selected on the basis of their size, height, and area. The selected buildings included new and old buildings, commercial and residential buildings so that the variations regarding fire safety standards could be measured. A comprehensive survey questionnaire was developed. Results of the study show that besides various critical incidents, no proper measures are taken on scientific grounds to ensure prevention or at least taking rapid response to minimize losses. There exist no fire safety risk assessments, zero ongoing monitoring, no ongoing fire safety training or awareness program, inadequate or dysfunctional fire extinguishing instruments, no building fire safety control, no automatic fire detection and alarm system, no ongoing fire evacuation drills, and the access of fire brigade to the fire sight is inadequate. Recommendations of the study may prove highly productive in constructing safe buildings from safety point of view.</p> Imran Siddique, Sifwat Sajjad Ahmad Hussain Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 15:34:30 +0000 Skills and Competences for Utilization of Web Storage Technology (WST) Platform for Academic Activities by Faculty Members in Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria <p>This paper focused on Skills and Competences for utilization of Web Storage Technology (WST) Platform for academic activities by Faculty Members in Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Two objectives were identified for this paper, they are; to find out the WST Platform skills and competences possessed by the Faculty Members; and to identify the challenges encountered by Faculty Members in the utilization of WST Platforms for academic activities in Faculty of Education, A.B.U., Zaria. Quantitative research methodology and cross-sectional survey research design were adopted. This study comprised of 175 Faculty Members in the Faculty of Education, A. B.U., Zaria. It excluded the staff on sabbatical, secondment and on study leave. Total population sampling technique was adopted. Self-developed questionnaire was used to collect data from the respondents. Descriptive statistics (frequency distribution, percentage, mean and standard deviation) was used to analyze the data collected from the respondents. The study discovered that, basic knowledge of computer skills was the most common WST Platform skills and competences possessed by the Faculty Members. The most common challenge encountered by the Faculty Members in utilizing the WST Platforms for their academic activities was poor Internet connection. The researchers recommended that: the WST Platform service providers should put more efforts in providing training of different forms of WST Platform skills and competences. The management of A.B.U., Zaria, should also add more effort in providing strong network bandwidth for Faculty Members’ convenient utilization.</p> Abba Hamza, Zakari Mohammed, M.F. Mohammed, Hussaini Dalhatu Kankia Copyright (c) Thu, 31 Dec 2020 15:26:37 +0000