FSU SLIS Intro to Info Services Wk 7: Encyclopedias

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Week 7 - Encyclopedias in FSU SLIS Intro to Info Services class by Dr. Lorri Mon for Florida's iSchool http://slis.fsu.edu/

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FSU SLIS Intro to Info Services Wk 7: Encyclopedias

  1. 1. “Encyclopedias” LIS 5603, Intro to Information Services Dr. Lorri Mon, College of Communication & Information
  2. 2. Next Due Dates• Mon, Oct 15: Question Set (email to instructor) - Answering each question with 3 different sources: web, index, books/bibliographic (was: 10/8)• Mon, Oct 22: IPL2 Question #1 (first “real user” question – (was: 10/15)• Mon, Oct 29: IPL2 Question #2 (second“real user” question• Tue, Nov. 13: IPL Question #3 & IPL reflective paper with copies of all questions (email to instructor)• Mon. Nov 20: Reference interviews and paper (email to instructor)• Mon. Dec. 10: Research Guide (email to instructor)
  3. 3. Reference Interview Assignment (11/20) Turn in 3 items:1. Face-to-face interview write up [here you did the interviewing, taking the role of professional, and seeking to understand the user’s information need]2. Transcript of your chat/IM [here you were in the reverse role, now being interviewed as a user/patron when you approached and asked at a question-answering service]3. Reflective essay of at least 1,000 words
  4. 4. Example Research Guide Elements (Dec. 10) • Key search terms, subject headings, call number ranges. • Overview sources: encyclopedias, bibliographies, handbooks etc. [e.g. last week, we did Dictionaries] • Key works: major sources • Sources in possible sub-areas/subtopics. • Periodicals: magazines, journals, newspapers, newsletters • Indexes and Abstracts; online databases • Websites (please list as a separate section): websites, including digital libraries • Professional associations, or other groups, and conferences of interest
  5. 5. History of EncyclopediasEncyclopedia etymology – from Greek – “circle of knowledge” or “circle of learning”First encyclopedia – Roman? (Pliny the Elder)Famous encyclopedias – Diderot in France, 1751Britannica – 1768 (incl. Benjamin Franklin, John Locke)
  6. 6. Encyclopedia QuestionsWhere can I find …• information about Africa?• the Democratic Presidential candidate in 1916?• if penguins have feathers on their flippers?• information about oceans and seas?• how much the Hessians were paid?• the size of a herd of vicuña?
  7. 7. Encyclopedia Britannica - 1768 to date Britannica Statistics: 70,000 articles 25,000 illustrations 2,000 maps 790,000 index entries 32 volumes Cost to libraries: $1,500.00
  8. 8. Encyclopedia of Library & Information Science Entry on the Museum Informaticshttps://login.proxy.lib.fsu.edu/login?url=http://tandfonline.com/doi/book/10.1081/E-ELIS3
  9. 9. Comparing Encyclopedias - 1 Encyclopedia Americana Random House – 1929 to date – 1977 to date • 45,000 articles • 25,000+ articles • 23,000 illustrations • “thousands” of • 1,300 maps illustrations (Colorpedia) • 354,000 index entries • 100+ maps • 30 volumes • 20,000 cross references • Cost to libraries: $995.00 • 1 or 2 volumes • Cost to libraries: $95.00 to $130.00Sources: Katz, William A. (2002); Kister, Kenneth (1981), Encyclopedia Buying Guide
  10. 10. Encyclopedia Americana – 1929 to date Americana Statistics • 45,000 articles • 23,000 illustrations • 1,300 maps • 354,000 index entries • 30 volumes • Cost to libraries: $995.00Source: Katz, William A. (2002), Introduction to Reference Work, Vol 1.
  11. 11. Random House – 1977 to date Random House Statistics • 25,000+ articles • “thousands” of illustrations (Colorpedia) • 100+ maps • 20,000 cross references From the “Colorpedia” • 1 or 2 volumes • Cost to libraries: $95.00 to $130.00Sources: Katz, William A. (2002); Kister, Kenneth (1981), Encyclopedia Buying Guide
  12. 12. Comparing Encyclopedias - 2World Book Encyclopedia Britannica– 1917 to date - 1768 to date• 17,000 articles • 70,000 articles• 28,000 illustrations • 25,000 illustrations• 2,000 maps • 2,000 maps• 173,000 index entries • 790,000 index entries• 22 volumes • 32 volumes• Cost to libraries: • Cost to libraries: $550.00 $1,500.00 Shneidman, Edwin (1998), "Suicide on My Mind, Britannica on My Table," American Scholar, 67(4): 93-104.
  13. 13. World Book – 1917 to date World Book Statistics • 17,000 articles • 28,000 illustrations • 2,000 maps • 173,000 index entries • 22 volumes • Cost to libraries: $550.00Source: Katz, William A. (2002), Introduction to Reference Work, Vol 1.
  14. 14. Britannica’s Propaedia 15th Edition
  15. 15. Specialized EncyclopediasSearch in the catalog for “Encyclopedia of”… what do you see? Examples of specialized encyclopedias: • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology • Encyclopedia of Library & Information Science • Encyclopedia of New York City • The Canadian Encyclopedia • The Great Soviet Encyclopedia • The Encyclopedia of Associations • The Cowboy Encyclopedia
  16. 16. McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology
  17. 17. The Canadian Encyclopedia Photo of Yvonne DeCarlo and clip from encyclopedia entry on “Canadian Expatriates in Show Business”
  18. 18. The Great Soviet Encyclopedia
  19. 19. Encyclopedia of New York City Entry on “firefighting” – also includes a list of major fires
  20. 20. The Cowboy Encyclopedia
  21. 21. Encyclopedia of Associations
  22. 22. Evolution of Encyclopedias Britannica vs. Wikipedia Authoritative/scholarly… … vs. popular/quickly-updatedWhen would you use one or the other?Is one “better” than the other? Why?How is the Web changing encyclopedias?
  23. 23. Next Due Dates• Mon, Oct 15: Question Set (email to instructor) - Answering each question with 3 different sources: web, index, books/bibliographic (was: 10/8)• Mon, Oct 22: IPL2 Question #1 (first “real user” question – (was: 10/15)• Mon, Oct 29: IPL2 Question #2 (second“real user” question• Tue, Nov. 13: IPL Question #3 & IPL reflective paper with copies of all questions (email to instructor)• Mon. Nov 20: Reference interviews and paper (email to instructor)• Mon. Dec. 10: Research Guide (email to instructor)

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