KTH Library, InformationRetrieval and LearningRoger Bishop
Goals• As many students as possible shall understand where and how to obtain the most relevant information for their studies or their research.• Students shall also understand how to use that information in a professional manner, which includes critical analysis of source materials and reference management.• Our long-term goal is that all KTH students shall be required to attend a course in information retrieval: - Students will be able complete their studies at KTH in a reasonable time - Students become more attractive on the labour market if they can show they have the ability to deal with the continual need for information they require for their work.
Main activities• We give training in information retrieval, critical analysis of sources and how to correctly use and manage references—essential components of the working life of every student and researcher. - Class-room courses in information searching - Counselling and private training - Ad hoc teaching at the circulation desk - Help desk for search queries
Internal and external customers• Undergraduates and postgraduate research students at KTH and (sometimes) teaching and research staff: - How to use the physical library - Searching in electronic databases and journals - How to cite correctly and avoid plagiarism; use of reference management systems - Patents as information sources and how to search them - How to write technical reports• Postgraduates and librarians at other Swedish universities: - Searching in specific commercial databases• Companies and other organisations: - Searching in commercial databases available through Scientific and Technical Network International (STN)
Courses offered by ECE SchoolInformation searching 1½, 3 or 6 credits. For undergraduates in years 1, 2 and 3: Introduction to searching in specific subject databases. For postgraduate research students: Searching in chemistry and patent databases, reference management, publishing and bibliometrics. May be web-based, fully hands-on, or a mixture of lecture, hands-on and private study in Ping-Pong (BILDA at KTH).Theory and Models for Information Retrieval 4 or 7½ credits. Mathematics-based, analysis of retrieval and relevance of results.
Courses run for other KTH schools aspart of a larger programChemical Engineering KET INFOMET, Year 1Chemical Engineering KET, Year 3Organic Chemistry, Year 2School of Information Communication and TechnologySchool of Technology and Health (several)• Introduction to information searching, overview of sources available through KTH Library.• Bibliographic databases such as Scopus, Web of Science and PubMed, copyright, reference management systems, in preparation for degree project.• Structure-based chemistry databases such as Reaxys and SciFinder.
Our teachers have higher degrees inscience and engineering—uniqueamong Swedish university libraries• Roger Bishop, Ph.D.: biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, also STN• Mikael Danielsson, M.Sc.: construction, transport and civil engineering• Göran Hamrin, Ph.D.: mathematics, philosophy and computer science• Bengt Haraldsson, M.Sc.: metallurgy and physics• Rosa Lönneborg, Ph.D.: biochemistry, also STN• Thomas Nyström, M.Sc.: computer sciences and library sciences (shared resource)• Maria Unger, Ph.D.: environmental chemistry, also STN
Collaboration with other units withinKTHB• User services and communication: provide help to students on information searching at the circulation desk, Search Workshop and on standby• Language: some collaboration on reference management and scientific writing• Publication Infrastructure: teaching the use of DiVA as information source, collaboration in post- graduate course on information searching, scientific writing and publication 8