Some	Thoughts	on     Science	&	Engineering	Reference                  Sara Tompson    Head of Instruction & Orientation Se...
S&E/Scitech	Reference• Introductions• Our Users• Science and Engineering Literature  • Print  • Databases (disciplines and...
Introductions1) You?  2) Me:   • Physical sciences and/or engineering librarian for over 20 years   • Finished admin gig a...
Our	Users:		Similarities	&	Differences• “Engineers use their colleagues as a resource more   often than scientists”• “Scie...
Our	Users:		Changes	and	Trends• Internet and ejournals encourage DIY approach   • Some DIY* results:       • Users miss ne...
Our	Users’	Organizations• Can you name some?!: IEEE, AGU, ASIH,            AFS, ACS Div. of  Chemical Information,        ...
Scitech	Resources:	Literature• Introduction to a field• Philosophy of a field                                             ...
Scitech	Resources:	LiteratureGuides and and review articles outline the organization  of a field, as well as genesis. Dian...
Scitech	Resources:	Online	Guides	to	                 Literature	by	Librarianshttp://www.guidetoreference.org              ...
Scitech	Resources:	Primary	Sources• “Landmark” publications – Examples that occur to   you?• Current research – First hand...
Scitech	Resources:	Databases• Multidisciplinary/General vs. Discipline(s)‐  specific• Academic level, e.g. undergraduate v...
Scitech	Resources:	DatabasesGraduate, Faculty, Researchers Level examples  • Multidisciplinary (and Citation Tracing)     ...
Scitech	Resources:	DatabasesUndergraduate and free examples  • ProQuest Research Library  • Wilson OmniFile: ASTA (not at ...
Scitech	Resources:	LibGuides*• Portals• Multi‐  media‐  friendly• User‐  friendly                                         ...
Scitech	Resources:	Tutorials• Olivia Bautista Sparks: “Five Minute Screencasts ‐‐ The   Super Tool for Science and Enginee...
More	on	Scitech	Librarianship:	      Reference	and	Instruction• Have always been complementary• Instruction portion of ref...
Reference	Librarians	Competencies• Attentive, reflective listeners   (sponge)• Able to coach• Flexible: Know when to    pr...
Reference	Librarians	Competencies• Flexible can = Agile – Be “Future Ready”!• Current SLA President Cindy Romaine’s theme,...
Reference	Modalities• Face to Face/Voice to Voice   • Desk   • Consultation   • Phone• Virtual (e.g. OCLC QuestionPoint)  ...
Reference	Modalities:	More	on	Virtual… • Library H3lp (for Chat) allows users to text from    phone/PDA • QuestionPoint ha...
Librarians’	Professional	               Organizations• Communities of practice• Purchasing consortia• Broad• Discipline‐Fo...
Future	of	Reference“The ‘reference interview’ will not disappear, but   the ‘high touch’ ways we communicate with   users ...
Future	of	ReferenceSue Mecklem, Reference Law Librarian on Future   Ready 365 blog: “What Future Ready is about is   looki...
Thank	you!         sarat@usc.eduhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/saratompson        USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011   24
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  1. 1. Some Thoughts on Science & Engineering Reference Sara Tompson Head of Instruction & Orientation Services USC Libraries andResearch Consultant, Institute of Tribology & Coatings For Professor Mary Niles Maacks IS‐245 Information Access. July 2011UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies1 USC for UCLA IS 245 June 2010
  2. 2. S&E/Scitech Reference• Introductions• Our Users• Science and Engineering Literature • Print • Databases (disciplines and LibGuides) • Questions• More on Scitech Reference • Reference Modalities • Professional Communication USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 2
  3. 3. Introductions1) You?  2) Me: • Physical sciences and/or engineering librarian for over 20 years • Finished admin gig at USC, now USC Libraries Head of Instruction  & Orientation • Since 2007, have done research, document delivery, editing for an  engineering  company founded by  former colleagues • Academic, corporate,                                                                                          research positions ‐ My best flying buddy and me at EDW AFB 10/10 – I was one of the Genl Aviation Fly-In Winners Reference and/or                                                                            research required in all • Instrument rated                                                                                                 pilot USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 3
  4. 4. Our Users: Similarities & Differences• “Engineers use their colleagues as a resource more  often than scientists”• “Scientists use literature more than engineers”• “Engineers use the literature differently from sciences  and often need different types of                                literature.... • For instance, engineers read more trade                                 journals and internal reports than                                    scientists do.” Carol Tenopir and Donald W. King. Communication Patterns of  Engineers. (Piscataway, NJ: IEEE, Inc., 2004). Available in part on Google Books:  http://bit.ly/qCkMT0 and also a                                                             Wiley (subscription) ebook: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/book/10.1002/0471683132 4
  5. 5. Our Users: Changes and Trends• Internet and ejournals encourage DIY approach • Some DIY* results: • Users miss new/better resources • Reference questions are more challenging• Information overload ‐ librarians not Gatekeepers but Guides  or “Information Sherpas”:  http://www.fmyi.com/blog/single/we_are_information_sherpas/ • More teaching one on one to find and to obtain what is found – it is not all in full text on line  * Do‐It‐Yourself  USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 5
  6. 6. Our Users’ Organizations• Can you name some?!: IEEE, AGU, ASIH,           AFS, ACS Div. of  Chemical Information,             ASEE’s ELD, etc.• Local and/or global connections From Cyberquill Blog• Consider PUBLISHING in users’ fields  USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 6
  7. 7. Scitech Resources: Literature• Introduction to a field• Philosophy of a field Discovered via• Development of a field Library Journal review [From the excellent: Ackerson, Linda G. Literature Search  Strategies for Interdisciplinary Research: A Sourcebook  for Scientists and Engineers (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow  Press, Inc., 2007), p. ix.] USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 7
  8. 8. Scitech Resources: LiteratureGuides and and review articles outline the organization of a field, as well as genesis. Diane Schmidt’s guides, e.g.: • Craighead. H.G.  “Nanoelectromechanical Systems: Review.  Science. 290:5496 (24 November 2000): 1532 ‐1535. Review  article. 10.1126/science.290.5496.1532  ?? USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 8
  9. 9. Scitech Resources: Online Guides to Literature by Librarianshttp://www.guidetoreference.org http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer- bullets/aerodynamicstb.html USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 9
  10. 10. Scitech Resources: Primary Sources• “Landmark” publications – Examples that occur to  you?• Current research – First hand observations and/or  measurements• Raw data – perhaps even more primary. Libraries?• http://www.ithacalibrary.                                                                                              com/sp/subjects/primary USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 10
  11. 11. Scitech Resources: Databases• Multidisciplinary/General vs. Discipline(s)‐ specific• Academic level, e.g. undergraduate vs.  graduate/faculty• Subscription vs.                                                                Free My review: http://www.istl.org/07- winter/electronic3.html• Free: oaister.                                                                             worldcat.org,                                                       scirus.com USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 11
  12. 12. Scitech Resources: DatabasesGraduate, Faculty, Researchers Level examples • Multidisciplinary (and Citation Tracing) * Web of Science * Scopus (not at UCLA) • Disciplines: * Inspec * BIOSIS Previews * Compendex * GeoRef * MEDLINE * SciFinder Most have overview info free at sites. USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 12
  13. 13. Scitech Resources: DatabasesUndergraduate and free examples • ProQuest Research Library • Wilson OmniFile: ASTA (not at UCLA) • BioOne • PubMed • Google Patents USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 13
  14. 14. Scitech Resources: LibGuides*• Portals• Multi‐ media‐ friendly• User‐ friendly * Springshare.com USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 14
  15. 15. Scitech Resources: Tutorials• Olivia Bautista Sparks: “Five Minute Screencasts ‐‐ The  Super Tool for Science and Engineering Librarians”:  http://www.istl.org/10‐winter/tips.html• Michael Fosmire’s http://www.lib.purdue.edu/                                             phys/inst/scipaper.html• Tools:  Captivate, Camtastia,                                                    Jing, FlipVideos and YouTube                                                   and more! USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 15
  16. 16. More on Scitech Librarianship: Reference and Instruction• Have always been complementary• Instruction portion of reference has  grown, with ease of access on Net• Time elements with and to both• Your thoughts on relationships  between these two core aspects of  library public service? USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 16
  17. 17. Reference Librarians Competencies• Attentive, reflective listeners  (sponge)• Able to coach• Flexible: Know when to   probe – see also next slide• Digital and Face‐to‐ Face literate• http://www.sla.org/PDFs/Co mpetencies2003_revised.pdf USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 17
  18. 18. Reference Librarians Competencies• Flexible can = Agile – Be “Future Ready”!• Current SLA President Cindy Romaine’s theme,  and SLA’s                                                                 Future Ready                                                              365 blog                                                                http://futureready365.                                                 sla.org/• (I’m proud to say I was                                                                                   elected to the SLA Board                                                                                for 3 yrs, 2011‐2013, as a                                                                               Director‐at‐Large) USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 18
  19. 19. Reference Modalities• Face to Face/Voice to Voice • Desk • Consultation • Phone• Virtual (e.g. OCLC QuestionPoint) • Email • Chat • YOUR virtual experiences? USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 19
  20. 20. Reference Modalities: More on Virtual… • Library H3lp (for Chat) allows users to text from  phone/PDA • QuestionPoint has added SMS text capability • Facebook, MySpace* – libraries (& thousands of                            librarians!) present – reference  done? • Second Life – public                                               libraries reference,                                          others? • * More public; all less so USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 20
  21. 21. Librarians’ Professional Organizations• Communities of practice• Purchasing consortia• Broad• Discipline‐Focused USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 21
  22. 22. Future of Reference“The ‘reference interview’ will not disappear, but  the ‘high touch’ ways we communicate with  users and help them communicate with each  other to create new knowledge will broaden.” ‐‐‐ USC Libraries Task Force 21 on the Future of Academic  Libraries, 2005. USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 22
  23. 23. Future of ReferenceSue Mecklem, Reference Law Librarian on Future  Ready 365 blog: “What Future Ready is about is  looking forward while keeping your eye on the  here and now, and doing what we all do best – being ready to connect people with  information, in whatever format they need at  that particular moment.”http://futureready365.sla.org/?s=reference&x =0&y=0&=Go USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 23
  24. 24. Thank you! sarat@usc.eduhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/saratompson USC for UCLA IS 245 July 2011 24
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