Ucla Is245 Sum07 Final


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Guest lecture by Sara Tompson, USC, on science/engineering librarianship for UCLA Prof. Mary Maack's Information Access course.

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    1. 1. Some Thoughts on Science & Engineering Reference http://grin.hq.nasa.gov/IMAGES/SMALL/GPN-2000-000369.jpg By Sara Tompson USC Science & Engineering Library Team Leader For Professor Mary Niles Maack's IS-245 Information Access. Summer 2007 UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
    2. 2. S&E Reference <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Reference </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists and Engineers </li></ul><ul><li>Science and Engineering Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Some S&E Key Databases </li></ul>
    3. 3. S&E Reference: Introductions - You <ul><li>Any science or engineering backgrounds? </li></ul><ul><li>Any desirous of scitech librarianship? </li></ul>
    4. 4. S&E Reference: Introductions - Me <ul><li>Physical sciences and/or engineering librarian for 20 years </li></ul><ul><li>Academic, corporate, research positions </li></ul><ul><li>Reference and/or research required in all </li></ul>[http://isd.usc.edu/~sarat/]
    5. 5. S&E Reference: Introductions - Me <ul><li>USC S&E Library: 1970 to date; combined two libraries [ www.usc.edu/libraries/science ] </li></ul><ul><li>One of 4 “center” libraries: Leavey (UG), Doheny (Grad), and VKC (Soc. Sci.)‏ </li></ul><ul><li>Current model Team=Librarians, Center=Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Our team of 5 selectors – Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering </li></ul><ul><li>Charged with: collection development, instruction, outreach and reference </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians as faculty </li></ul>
    6. 6. Reference <ul><li>New user needs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Winnowing, vetting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>New niches for librarians & info professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Education, training </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Similar skills and competencies required </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Listening! Core of Reference Interview </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Friendliness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Patience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Curiosity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persistence </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Reference: 21 st Century User Needs <ul><li>Solving Info Overload </li></ul><ul><li>Trusted Sources – Identifying, maximizing searches </li></ul><ul><li>Avoiding plagiarism </li></ul><ul><li>Recent PAMNet discussion excerpt: </li></ul><ul><li>Me: “…I've often found that physics grad students are quite unfamiliar with searching citation databases, and appreciate demonstrations and tips.” </li></ul><ul><li>Original querent/new physics librarian* [post-analysis]: “The grad students who came to my class had never done a database search -- every paper they needed was handed to them by a professor… It threw me off a bit when they had never used Google Scholar and hadn't even heard of arXiv.org….”….” </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>* Used with permission </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Reference/Instruction: Blend & Expand <ul><ul><li>Have always been complementary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruction portion of reference has grown, with ease of access on Net </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A USC goal - integrate/embed both services physically and electronically at point(s) of need, discovery - Can you think of examples? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IL Standards as guides – ACRL, ASEE, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Guides that Can Also Facilitate Reference
    10. 10. Reference Librarians Competencies* <ul><li>Digital literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment to life-long learning </li></ul><ul><li>Thoughtful, clear communicators to diverse populations </li></ul><ul><li>Agents for positive change </li></ul><ul><li>Learning space providers </li></ul><ul><li>* [Re-envisioning the Mission of the 21st Century Information Services Environment: Foundational Roles for Academic Libraries. Report from the University of Southern California Information Services Division Dean’s Task Force. November, 2005.] </li></ul>
    11. 11. Scientists & Engineers: Similar, not Same <ul><li>“ Engineers use their colleagues as a resource more often than scientists” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Scientists use literature more than engineers” </li></ul><ul><li>Engineers use the literature differently from sciences and often need different types of literature.... </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For instance, engineers read more trade journals and internal reports than scientists do.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>[Tenopir, Carol and King, Donald W. Communication Patterns of Engineers . (New York: Wiley/IEEE, 2004), p. 25.] </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. S&E Literature <ul><li>Introduction to a field -> Specialized Encyclopedias </li></ul><ul><li>Philosophy of a field: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classic texts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual review series </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Development of a field: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual review series </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature review articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[Ackerson, Linda G. Literature Search Strategies for Interdisciplinary Research: A Sourcebook for Scientists and Engineers (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2007), p. ix.] </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. S&E Literature <ul><li>Guides and Bibliographies [and review articles] outline the organization of a field's literature, as well as seminal sources. For example: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stern, David. Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences . (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Craighead. H.G. “Nanoelectromechanical Systems.: Review. Science 24 November 2000, Vol. 290. no. 5496, pp. 1532 -1535 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1126/science.290.5496.1532 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LC “Science Tracer Bullets” * </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASEE-ELD Engineering Literature Guide Series * </li></ul></ul><ul><li>[*Ackerson, Linda G. Literature Search Strategies ... p. ix.] </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>[http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/tbs.html] </li></ul>
    15. 15. <ul><li>[http://eld.lib.ucdavis.edu/publications.php] </li></ul>
    16. 16. S&E Primary Sources <ul><li>“ Landmark” publications, per LC, e.g. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica , Charles Darwin's Origin of Species, </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current research – “First hand …observations and/or measurements taken in the lab or in the field.” Univ. Calgary: http://www.ucalgary.ca/~natsci/science311/311ComparisonTableW07.pdf </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference Proceedings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Preprints </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Raw data - even more primary? Note: Libraries are now storing more. </li></ul>
    17. 17. S&E Key Databases & Search Engines <ul><li>Undergraduate vs. Graduate – some differences </li></ul><ul><li>UG (my take; others may disagree!)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription: ProQuest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subscription: OCLC First Search platform, if at your institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free: Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free: Google Patents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free: Scirus (http://www.scirus.com) </li></ul></ul>
    18. 19. S&E Key Databases <ul><li>Graduate, Faculty, Researchers (my take)‏ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web of Knowledge (ISI) platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current Contents </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web of Science: Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Index </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Journal Citation Report </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Essential Science Indicators </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engineering Village 2 (Elsevier) platform </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compendex </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Inspec, other available </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>American Chemical Society’s SciFinder Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ChemAbstracts much faster online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Chem sources, patents, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very useful despite local file nuisance! </li></ul></ul></ul>
    19. 20. Bibliography of items not already cited within presentation <ul><li>Assoc. of College & Research Libraries/ACRL “ Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education” : http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>ACRL “Information Literacy Standards for Science and Engineering/Technology”: http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlstandards/infolitscitech.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>USC Libraries “Re-envisioning the Mission of the 21st Century Information Services Environment: Foundational Roles For Academic Libraries”: http://isd.usc.edu/~sarat/TF21_Report.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Tompson, Sara R. “Requisite Competencies for Recruitment and Retention.” Science & Technology Libraries , Special Issue Title: Science and Technology Librarians: Recruitment, Training, and Retention. 27:1/2, pp. 241-258. </li></ul><ul><li>Tompson, Sara R. “Scirus – for Scientific Information.” Electronic Resources Review. Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship . http://www.istl.org/07-winter/electronic3.html </li></ul><ul><li>THANK YOU!! [email_address] </li></ul>
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