Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice

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BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998

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  • 1. Emerging information networks: how they are changing practice Tom Roper, Librarian RCVS Wellcome Library Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 2. Paucity of knowledge
    • few studies on practitioners and their information seeing behaviour
    • some work at undergraduate level, but not scaleable to the “ real world ”
    • one US study, one British
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 3. Pelzer and Leysen
    • eight years old, US, and before the Internet explosion
      • didn ’ t use veterinary libraries, university extension services, online databases
      • did use extensively journals, books, and other practitioners
      • Pelzer, Nancy L and Leysen, Joan M Use of information resources by veterinary practitioners Bulletin of the Medical Library Association 1991 79(1): 10-16
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 4. Bawden and Vallely
    • small survey (100 practices surveyed, 57 returned questionnaires)
    • “ digital sources have made little impact ” (only 10% aware of electronic resources such as CABI databases)
    • Bawden, D and Vallely, C Veterinary information: sources and use Aslib Proceedings 1996 48(11/12): 266-70
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 5. The possibilities of the new media
    • the world information market
    • E-mail discussion lists: collaborative working
    • electronic journals: few are truly web-based
    • greater flexibility of use: electronic documents can be manipulated and interrogated in many more ways
    • different media: video, audio, virtual landscapes
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 6. No talking in the digital library?
    • how does one talk in the digital library? how to conduct the reference interview?
    • is the digital library merely a passive warehouse of navigable information?
    • navigation
    • collaborative browsing
    • support
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 7. No talking in the digital library? (2)
    • paper versus electronic: study of medical students using CD-ROM and paper versions of a textbook:(Oxford Textbook of Medicine 2nd ed)
    • information seeking strategies:
      • highly dynamic
      • moved between browsing and direct retrieval
      • difficulties with query language
    • reactive to information extracted
          • Nicholls, J, Howes, M and Jones, R Information -seeking behaviour using paper and electronic versions of a textbook http://lethe.leeds.ac.uk/staff/NicholsJ/paper/iee/
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 8. No talking in the digital library? (3)
    • support: how to support the remote networked user:
      • Highlands and Islands
    • Netskills
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998
  • 9. A modest proposal
    • research into the electronic information seeking behaviour of veterinary surgeons in private practice:
      • level 1: broad survey of a sample
      • level 2: in depth study of fewer volunteers
    • partners: BLRIC, library and information schools
    Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998