Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
The Journal of Library and Information Science is dedicated to “providing an international communication platform for professional scholars in library and information science field intended to discuss frontier issues, introduce innovative knowledge and technologies, report key trends and events, and seek research community development across the board of library and information science… on all topics related to library and information science.” The journal is purportedly published in both Chinese and English, but a look at the most recent issue shows that, of the six articles in the issue, only two are actually available in English (“Developing an App-Based Library Programme to Support Early Childhood Learning” and “Asian/Pacific Librarians Career Choices: A Mixed Method Study”); the other four are all in Chinese.
A look at previous issues reveals that, although titles are displayed in English in the table of contents, the sampling of those whose PDFs I opened were actually only in Chinese. Articles from the next to most current issue included: “Scientific Collaboration Among Productive Countries Generating Internationally Co-authored Articles on Watermarking,” ”The Comparative Curriculum Content Analysis for Knowledge Management and Competitive Intelligence: an Investigation of ALA-accredited Master’s Programs in Library and Information Studies,” “Representing Social Network and Research Diversity of Library and Information Science in Taiwan Using Thesis Advisory Network,” “To Establish Meaningful Gamification in Library Services,” “Prototype Development and Technology Acceptance Survey on Glasses-Attached Mobile Reading Aids for Senior Citizens,” “The Demand for Career Information Service in Public Libraries: A Study of the People Applying for Unemployment Benefits in Taipei City,” and “Using the Resource-based Learning Approach to Establish the Open Educational Environment for Outside-classroom Learning: The Curating Strategies of the Chinese Calligraphy Promotion Activities at University Libraries.”
While the subject content of this journal could be of interest to a wide library readership, since most of it is published only in Chinese, it is likely to be useful only to those who can read Chinese.