Library clinic services in avoiding transaction in the predatory journal

Published date08 January 2018
Date08 January 2018
AuthorRiah Wiratningsih
Subject MatterLibrary & information science,Librarianship/library management,HR in libraries,Library strategy,Library promotion
Library clinic services in
avoiding transaction in the
predatory journal
Riah Wiratningsih
Universitas Sebelas Maret, Surakarta, Indonesia
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to share the authors experience as an academic librarian for
innovation services in library clinic of Universitas Sebelas Maret, Indonesia. The emergence of the predatory
journals, which have trapped victims, takes the role of the librarian as an information manager through the
expertises required to become practicing professionals in implementing the knowledge, skills and experience.
Design/methodology/approach The author draws upon own personal experiences as an academic
librarian and presents evidence acquired through observations and conversations. This paper conducts a
thorough literature review on how to implement innovation in library clinic services.
Findings There are many academicians who have not been aware of the existence of predatory journals
and many have been stuck into. Through the efforts of the library clinic, innovation will arise the ability to
grasp information literacy and apply critical thinking skills.
Originality/value Education and literacy as a key to the way to avoid mistakes in choosing an online
journal. Hopefully, the library clinic services will minimize or avoid academicians to conduct transactions on
the predatory journals.
Keywords Information literacy, Critical thinking, Academic librarian, Innovation services, Library clinic,
Predatory journals
Paper type Case study
The world in whichwe stand today is the world where digital technologythrough the internet
has become a source of primary information. The internet is a vast place,billions of
informationwith a variety of options providedby the internet and it makesbrain fully loaded.
Too much information,there are too many choices, it would be badif there is no knowledge
in selecting and utilizing such information. Librarians as information managers should be
aware of and accelerate circumstances. Librarians have the capability to provide/sort out the
right information, through the expertise of knowledge, providing a digital environment,
implementing an integrated library system, building institutional repositories, providing
electronic services (access to the internet, e-journal, e-book, e-mail and various social media)
and others. In the academic world, teaching, learning and research are increasingly involved
with technology and the internet. The presence of universities, in this case, carries a great
responsibility as an agent of change. One of them is the internationalization of higher
education that has become a global phenomenon in Indonesia. Universities in Indonesia
perform a variety of strategies to be known internationally: student exchange overseas,
internships educators overseas, opening an international education program, collaborative
research, international publications and others. Some universities competed in the list of
webometric,QS World Ranking or 4ICU. One indicator of theuniversitys internationalization
assessment is publication in reputable international journals,as to be accepted in a reputated
international journal is not easy. Quality content and quality of the language are key
requirements to be accepted in international journals, and it is unfortunate that the
international journals in Indonesia are few in number. There are 20 active journals indexed
Scopus. Compared with other Asian countries, like Thailand have 26 active journals, and
Malaysia have 77 active journals (data Scopus May 2016).
Library Management
Vol. 39 No. 1/2, 2018
pp. 21-30
© Emerald PublishingLimited
DOI 10.1108/LM-02-2017-0023
Received 16 February 2017
Revised 16 February 2017
Accepted 24 May 2017
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