Adam Edwards JIBS User Group Resource Discovery event February 2013


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Summon@Middlesex: the Good, the Bad and the Irritating by Adam Edwards, (Middlesex University). Presentation at New Dawn: the Changing Resource Discovery Landscape - JIBS Event and AGM, Monday 25th February 2013 Brunei Gallery at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), London. Find out more about resource discovery at the HELibTech website:

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Adam Edwards JIBS User Group Resource Discovery event February 2013

  1. 1. Summon@Middlesex:The Good, the Bad and the IrritatingAdam Edwards
  2. 2. Things to say • Catalyst for changed teaching • Why we like it • Yes, but …. • Where are we going?
  3. 3. The teaching challengeMove from “ …lifting and transporting textual substance from one location, the library, to another, their teacher’s briefcases.”To “..searching, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, selecting, rejecting…”Kleine (1987)
  4. 4. Inspiration• Less is more• Cloning• Discussion• Learning by doing• Learners, not the taught and Lin (2011), Markless (2010)
  5. 5. Our approach• Problem based• Interaction & exploration• Skills not techniques• FunDeep LearningDiekema et al (2011), Wang (2007)
  6. 6. Context• Thinking about resources• Keywords• Summon hands on• Evaluation
  7. 7. Thinking about keywords
  8. 8. The real thing Your first piece of coursework for CCM2426 will be based on the Cornish Villages 4G trial •Keywords •Alternative keywords •More specific keywords •Related subjects
  9. 9. Summon is…• Easy to use• Refining tools• Reference generating• Learn by doing “That is so well sick man, innit!”
  10. 10. Almost total recall Search tools Attendees Non-attendees usedGoogle 68% 63%Wikipedia 38% 27%Summon 68% 40%Library catalogue 30% 59%Smith, Edwards (2012)
  11. 11. But…• Not everything indexed• Fails to link• Duplicate entries
  12. 12. The EBSCO problem
  13. 13. Downside• Business team don’t use Summon – Business Source Complete – Failure rate – No Keynote• Creates doubt – Students unimpressed – Librarians worry
  14. 14. Solutions• Normalisation• Indexing• EBSCO – Demote – Alternatives? – But collections good… – Buy EDS?
  15. 15. Where is this leading?• Customer needs• Rivalry kills discovery tools?• Google cleans up?• Could do better• JIBS & JISC role
  16. 16. Conclusions• Changed our teaching• Not perfect• Could be excellent
  17. 17. Adam Edwards Liaison Manager Science and Technology Middlesex University
  18. 18. References• Chen, K. and Lin, P. (2011), Information in university library user education, Aslib Proceedings, 63 (4) 405.• Diekema, A.R., Holliday, W. and Leary, H (2011), Re-framing information literacy: Problem based learning as informed learning, Library and Information Science Research, 33, 261-268.• Kleine, M. (1987), What is it we do when we write articles like this one-Or how can we get students to join us?, Writing Instructor 6, 151.• Markless, S., (2010), Teaching information literacy in HE: What? Where? How?, presented at King’s College London, 9/12/10. [Notes taken at the event.]• Smith, S. and Edwards, J.A. (2012), Embedding information literacy skills as employability attributes, ALISS Quarterly, 7 (4), 22-27.• Wang, L. (2007), Sociocultural learning theories and information literacy teaching activities in Higher Education, Reference and User Services Quarterly, 47 (2), 150.