Some Thoughts on
     Science & Engineering Reference

                  Sara Tompson
        Associate Dean, Public Servi...
S&E/Scitech Reference
• Introduction
• Our Users
• Science and Engineering Literature
  • Print
  • Databases (disciplines...
S&E Reference Introduction: Sara
• Physical sciences
  and/or engineering
  librarian for over 20
  years…
• Until my July...
S& E Reference Introduction: Jean
• Life sciences and/or
  engineering librarian for
  over 25 years
• First professional ...
Our Users: Similarities & Differences
• “Engineers use their colleagues as a resource more often
  than scientists”
• “Sci...
Our Users: Changes and Trends
• Internet and ejournals encourage DIY approach
   • Some DIY results:
      • Users miss ne...
Our Users’ Organizations
• IEEE, AGU, AMA, ASIH, AFS, etc.
• ACS Div. of Chemical Information, ASEE’s
  ELD, etc.
• Local ...
Scitech Resources: Literature
• Introduction to a field

• Philosophy of a field
                                         ...
Scitech Resources: Literature
Guides and and review articles outline the
 organization of a field's literature, as well as...
Scitech Resources: Online Guides to
      Literature by Librarians




       USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010   10
Scitech Resources:
           Primary Sources
• “Landmark” publications

• Current research – First hand observations
  an...
Scitech Resources: Databases
• Multidisciplinary/general vs. Discipline(s)-
  specific
• Academic level, e.g. undergraduat...
Scitech Resources: Databases
Graduate, Faculty, Researchers Level examples
 (Note: Most on DIALOG; most academic libraries...
Scitech Resources: Databases
Undergraduate and free examples

  • ProQuest Research Library
  • Wilson OmniFile: ASTA
  • ...
Scitech Resources: LibGuides*

• Portals
• Multi-
  media-
  friendly
• User-
  friendly



                              ...
Scitech Resources: Databases
• Stumpers/questions re effective
  databases for X………




        USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2...
More on Scitech Librarianship:
      Reference and Instruction
• Have always been complementary
• Instruction portion of r...
Reference Librarians Competencies
• Attentive, reflective
  listeners (sponge)
• Able to coach
• Flexible:
   • Know when ...
Reference Modalities
• Face to Face/Voice to Voice
  • Desk
  • Consultation
  • Phone

• Virtual
  • Email
  • Chat
  • Y...
Librarians’ Professional
          Organizations
• Communities of practice
• Purchasing consortia
• Broad
• Discipline-Foc...
Future of Reference
“The ‘reference interview’ will not disappear,
  but the ‘high touch’ ways we communicate
  with users...
Thank you!
crampon@usc.edu
  sarat@usc.edu



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  1. 1. Some Thoughts on Science & Engineering Reference Sara Tompson Associate Dean, Public Service and Jean Crampon, Science & Engineering Librarian USC Libraries For Professor Mary Niles Maack's IS-245 Information Access. January 2010 UCLA Graduatefor UCLA IS 245of Education and Information Studies USC School Jan. 2010 1
  2. 2. S&E/Scitech Reference • Introduction • 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 Jan. 2010 2
  3. 3. S&E Reference Introduction: Sara • Physical sciences and/or engineering librarian for over 20 years… • Until my July 08 promotion (still miss the physicists, but some are friends!) • Academic, corporate, research positions • Reference and/or research required in all USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 3
  4. 4. S& E Reference Introduction: Jean • Life sciences and/or engineering librarian for over 25 years • First professional position in a public library (needed a job!) • Next was an academic medical librarian • Came to USC to head the Hancock Library • Now in general science & Engineering USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 4
  5. 5. 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.” [Tenopir, Carol and King, Donald W. Communication Patterns of Engineers. (New York: Wiley/IEEE, 2004), p. 25.] USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 5
  6. 6. 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 as guides • More teaching one on one to find and to obtain what is found – it is not all in full text on line USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 6
  7. 7. Our Users’ Organizations • IEEE, AGU, AMA, ASIH, AFS, etc. • ACS Div. of Chemical Information, ASEE’s ELD, etc. • Local and/or global connections • Consider PUBLISHING in users’ fields. Why? USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 7
  8. 8. Scitech Resources: Literature • Introduction to a field • Philosophy of a field Discovered via Library Journal review • Development of a field [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 Jan. 2010 8
  9. 9. Scitech Resources: Literature Guides and and review articles outline the organization of a field's literature, as well as genesis sources. For example: • Stern, David. Guide to Information Sources in the Physical Sciences. (Englewood, CO: Libraries Unlimited, 2000)‫‏‬ • 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 (More on bibliography) USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 9
  10. 10. Scitech Resources: Online Guides to Literature by Librarians USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 10
  11. 11. Scitech Resources: Primary Sources • “Landmark” publications • Current research – First hand observations and/or measurements • Raw data - even more primary? USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 11
  12. 12. Scitech Resources: Databases • Multidisciplinary/general vs. Discipline(s)- specific • Academic level, e.g. undergraduate vs. graduate/faculty • Subscription vs. Free USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 12
  13. 13. Scitech Resources: Databases Graduate, Faculty, Researchers Level examples (Note: Most on DIALOG; most academic libraries subscribe directly, more specials use DIALOG) • Multidisciplinary • Web of Science • Disciplines: Inspec BIOSIS Previews Compendex GeoRef MEDLINE SciFinder (see also handout) USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 13
  14. 14. Scitech Resources: Databases Undergraduate and free examples • ProQuest Research Library • Wilson OmniFile: ASTA • BioOne • PubMed • Google Patents USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 14
  15. 15. Scitech Resources: LibGuides* • Portals • Multi- media- friendly • User- friendly * Springshare.com USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 15
  16. 16. Scitech Resources: Databases • Stumpers/questions re effective databases for X……… USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 16
  17. 17. 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 Jan. 2010 17
  18. 18. Reference Librarians Competencies • Attentive, reflective listeners (sponge) • Able to coach • Flexible: • Know when to probe • Digital and Face-to- Face literate USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 18
  19. 19. Reference Modalities • Face to Face/Voice to Voice • Desk • Consultation • Phone • Virtual • Email • Chat • YOUR virtual experiences? USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 19
  20. 20. Librarians’ Professional Organizations • Communities of practice • Purchasing consortia • Broad • Discipline-Focused USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 20
  21. 21. 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 Jan. 2010 21
  22. 22. Thank you! crampon@usc.edu sarat@usc.edu USC for UCLA IS 245 Jan. 2010 22

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