Science and Engineering Resources:
Science and Engineering Reference Librarian
March 23, 2010
Welcome and Introductions
Provide some information about the Sci-Tech LIS
class I took, way back in 1994.
Why am I teaching this course?
At what level will this be taught?
Who are you?
What is your background?
What do you want to learn in the class?
Look at the syllabus
The assigned readings
Read to understand the gist of the articles. Try to
understand the core concepts. Why the heck did I assign
There is no need to memorize the minutiae, but you still
need to read more than just the abstract.
I will try to have everything available through Bb, but
some things might only be available on print reserve.
The assigned readings
For next week
The Face of 21st Century Physical Science Librarianship,
Science & Technology Libraries, Volume 26, Issue 2 December
2005, pages 71-90, Lina Ortega and Cecelia M.
Brown. ortega.pdf is also in Blackboard.
The education and training needs of health librarians—the
generalist versus specialist dilemma, Tatjana Petrinic and
Christine Urquhart, Health Information & Libraries Journal,
Volume 24 Issue 3, Pages 167-176.
Subject Knowledge in the Health Sciences Library, J Med Libr
Assoc. 2005 October; 93(4): 459–466.
Digital Libraries and Multi-Disciplinary Research Skills
Please read the intro and the section dealing with scholarly
There will be some ―negative‖ answers.
We won’t have print/electronic access to some of the answers.
Don’t spend forever trying to find something that doesn’t exist
or we have no direct access.
With some patrons, they might want a comprehensive search
on a specific topic to find nothing. (Dissertation or
Combination of print and electronic resources.
The first assignment will be about 70/30. The following
weeks are about 50/50.
More about the assignments
Please put the print reference materials back on the shelf
after use, and log out of the electronic databases when
you are done (if possible).
Cut-n-paste is ok, or have good hand writing.
I'd like to know the title of the source used, the volume
number and the page number(s) used. [I don’t need an
Please use the given sources. Wikipedia is not an answer
for the assignments.
What do you want to use?
Twitter hashtag #lis4375
What are the guidelines? (Find something interesting to
share -- one post or comment per week.)
Opt-out is ok.
Brief History of Scientific Communication
Letters back and forth
First English language scientific Journal from1665. Henry
Oldenburg, the secretary of the Royal Society of London,
launched the Philosophical Transactions.
Scientific Process -- Evidence
Flow of Scientific Information
STM Serials Crisis
What is this?
Nature is an example (http://tinyurl.com/5gqghc and
Web of Science Demo
JCR – Impact factors demo
Open Access Journals
What is it?
Overview from Peter Suber
Google and Google Scholar
Science.gov (and all of the other gov agencies, EPA, USGS,
ePrint server www.arxiv.org
Social Sites such as Facebook, Ning
Blogs and Wikis
Images and Videos
Where are you going
with that image?
I am going to talk about…
D. Sharon Pruitt http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinksherbet/3561662932/in/set-72157610551917961/
Copyright, Copyleft and Fair Use
http://creativecommons.org/ and http://sciencecommons.org/
―Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving‖
Flickr Commons and reuse
http://www.lessig.org/ and http://mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg/
Thanks to http://ff.im/hGPEu