MA in Higher Education: Library & Information Skills


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  • 4 services Library Catalogue - Keyword, A-Z, My Account, Other Libraries, ILLs Library Subject Guides (come back to later) Guides and Helpsheets Computing - Software ELLS - English Language and Learning Support (come back to later) Web Helpdesk and DLSU (Come back to later)
  • Registering with DLSU Register with web helpdesk Document provision Using other libraries: SCONUL
  • On order to gather info need to carry out a literature search. What: Consider in order to find right type of info. What type of info...figures, images, theories, case studies etc.. Why: Why you need it will determine the amount and level of info required.....background info (overview), answer a question (specific), new ideas (up-to-date), substantiate a theory (in-depth) etc.. When: Immediately or by a deadline in the future, think how-long it will take to get hold of info. How, where and who to follow. How and where and who slides.........
  • Primary resources include interviews and questionnaires; artifacts, maunscripts, original works; audio and viual recordings Secondary resources include: books, journals, broadcasts, reports, dissertations etc Discuss importance of using wide variety of resources
  • TKW Research skills 35 Sort by date Look at No. 9 ‘Research in practice’ and show subject headings Show No. 10 ‘Skilled interpersonal communication’ e-book GKW 120 Show my Account facility
  • Search ‘title contains all words ’ Project management’ No.2 International Journal of PM (Science Direct) Search ‘Communication’
  • Databases, e-journals, e-books , e-newspapers etc *******************Mention RefWorks*********************** Business Source Complete: Sustainable development 14228 Choose Govt policy (subject Thesaurus) 320 Advanced search: SD (subject term) Banking (subject term) 50 IBSS Sustainable development 11571 Advanced: transport 275 Proquest Sustainable development transport 616
  • Point out specifically information on: Library support for wbl including links to Registration forms for DLSU and Webhelpdesk Getting help Current awareness Referencing and citation including info on RefWorks.
  • Easy and cheap to put information on the Web Unregulated, so be cautious . Many valuable resources, but also information which is poorly written, badly researched, deceptive, propaganda etc. Therefore important to evaluate search results. Intute: professional development Google: Professional development “ Professional development” “ PD” +work “ PD” +work +edu +ac Search Cube: professional development ****************Library Subject page: search tips***********************
  • MA in Higher Education: Library & Information Skills

    1. 1. Learning Resources Institute for Work Based Learning DProfs Library Induction Nazlin Bhimani, School Liaison Manager (EIS & iWBL)
    2. 2. Aims <ul><li>The aim of this workshop is to introduce you to: </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resources services and facilities including DLSU </li></ul><ul><li>Resources including Library catalogue and especially Electronic Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Basic research skills and importance of evaluation </li></ul>
    3. 3. Learning Resources
    4. 4. DLSU
    5. 5. The purpose of research <ul><li>All research is undertaken for a reason ie. there is a question or problem that needs answering or resolving. </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of the research will affect how it is carried out. </li></ul><ul><li>Different subject areas favour and require different </li></ul><ul><li>methods of research such as quantitative, qualitative, </li></ul><ul><li>scientific, evaluative, action, case study, experimental </li></ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul><ul><li>There are a number of books available in the library that will help you identify the methodology that is best suited for your research. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>However, in order to carry out good quality research, there are </li></ul><ul><li>common skills which should be utilised irrespective of the </li></ul><ul><li>research method. These are: </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic ie. logical, careful and orderly </li></ul><ul><li>Purposeful ie. for an identified purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Organised ie. structured and efficient </li></ul><ul><li>Critical ie. careful evaluation and judgment </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical ie. inquisitive examination of the facts </li></ul><ul><li>Able to communicate findings effectively ie. careful citation and referencing </li></ul>
    7. 7. Basic Research Skills (literature search) <ul><li>In order to get the best results from your research, </li></ul><ul><li>you need to think about the following: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What do I need to find out? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why do I need this information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When do I need the information by? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How am I going to find the information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where am I going to find the information? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who created this information? </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. How am I going to find the information? ie. plan your search strategy <ul><li>It is useful to start your research (literature search) by: </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking about the questions that needs to be asked in order to find the information required </li></ul><ul><li>Outlining the main areas of interest, concepts, questions etc </li></ul><ul><li>Considering the scope of your subject and set limits if appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Background reading and brainstorming will help you to understand your subject, make connections, and gather keywords (search terms) </li></ul><ul><li>Consider search terms (alternative, broader, narrower) and related subjects. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Knowledge Management Corporate Individual Dimensions of Knowledge Organisational objectives Competitive advantage Innovation Work Based Learning Professional training and mentoring programmes On-the-job peer training & discussion Personal development Job satisfaction Staff development Improved performance Increased productivity Tacit Explicit Subconscious Internalised Conscious Enhanced skills Trainer Codified knowledge Formal apprenticeship Learning process Capture Creation Reuse Research skills Professional development Share and transfer Experience Qualification Continuous improvement Targets
    10. 10. Where am I going to find the information? <ul><li>Primary and Secondary sources </li></ul><ul><li>Internet </li></ul><ul><li>LR website : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The Library Catalogue (books, journals, DVD/video, dissertations etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Subject Guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Books </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Electronic Newspapers </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Library Catalogue
    12. 12. Electronic Journals
    13. 13. Electronic Resources
    14. 14. Library Subject Guide
    15. 15. Internet: Subject portals search engines <ul><li>Use these resources to find quality information </li></ul><ul><li>on the internet: </li></ul><ul><li>Intute </li></ul><ul><li>Pinakes </li></ul><ul><li>Alacra Wiki (business and marketing) </li></ul><ul><li>Scirus (scientific) </li></ul><ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><li>Healia (medical) </li></ul><ul><li>Quintura </li></ul><ul><li>MetaCrawler </li></ul><ul><li>Search Cube </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 16. Who created this information: Evaluation <ul><li>It is important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality ie. Is it what you need and is it trustworthy? </li></ul><ul><li>This is especially important when using the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider the following..... </li></ul>
    17. 17. <ul><li>A uthority : Who is the author/site creator? Does the site originate from an organisation or an individual? What is their knowledge base, qualifications etc? </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance : Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? </li></ul><ul><li>Intent : What is the purpose of website/information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic etc? </li></ul><ul><li>Objectivity : Balanced view? Opposing views represented? Links to supporting information? </li></ul><ul><li>Currency : How old is this information? When was it last updated and by whom? Is the site regularly maintained? Do the links work? </li></ul>
    18. 18. Keeping Current <ul><li>Setting up email alerts of journal table of contents </li></ul><ul><li>RSS Feeds – Blogs, websites, journals, databases </li></ul><ul><li>Organisations relevant to the subject area </li></ul><ul><li>Online newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Mailing lists e.g. JISC </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul>
    19. 19. Help & Support <ul><li>Help and support is available from Learning Resources: </li></ul><ul><li>Your subject support librarians are : </li></ul><ul><li>Nazlin Bhimani [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Vanessa Hill [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Learning Resources provides a comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>collection of guides and helpsheets. These can </li></ul><ul><li>be found on the Learning Resources website </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>You can log calls on the </li></ul><ul><li>and get an email response to your query. </li></ul>
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