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Facing the Music: ELAG 2013 Presentation


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Is there a gap between what researchers want and what information professionals provide? In this presentation, we tried to show that people's expectations have changed. We illustrated this with a sketch in a music shop and we acted out a library scenario where a researcher is baffled by what is provided by the library. The researcher wants everything in an integrated way, and not to have to think about cataloguing systems, confusing terminology and barriers to access.
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Facing the Music: ELAG 2013 Presentation

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  2. 2. The Seeker….They call me The Seeker‘Ive been searching low and highI wont get to get what Im afterTill the day I die(The Who)when we find what we seek...
  3. 3. The Pusher….You know Ive seen a lot of peopleWalking around with tombstonesin their eyesBut the pusher dont careAh if you live or if you die(Steppenwolf)
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  5. 5. MADNESS
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  10. 10. Library picture
  11. 11. …anger?insanity…?
  12. 12. Find me under 362.2….
  13. 13. Search:
  14. 14. Old silos, new silos, no silos - SWIB12 -@lukask26ILS REPO ILS REPO ILS REPOUnionCatalogueRepositoryGatewayWorldcatDB DB EJ EJ EJAGG AGG AGGDI DIGoogle ScholarDBILS = Library CatalogueREPO = Institutional RepositoryDB = DatabaseEJ = EJournalAGG = AggregationDI = Discovery IndexDL = Discovery LayerDIDL DL DL
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  16. 16. “An Investigation into therepresentation of madnessin popular culture”B.N. Sain
  17. 17. “An Investigation intothe representation ofmadness in popularculture”B.N. Sain
  18. 18.“An Investigation into therepresentation ofmadness in popularculture”B.N. Sain
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  20. 20. thingSearch for:thing thing
  21. 21. Search for:
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  24. 24. Seeker• Strategies depending ondiscipline• Information from alltypes of sources,regardless of format• Interested in the topicnot the format• Discipline agnostic• Format specificcatalogues• Integration attemptsPusher
  25. 25.“An Investigationinto therepresentation ofmadness inpopular culture”B.N. Sain
  26. 26. Seeker• Anything they can usein research• Access regardless ofwhere things are held• Access to their owncollections• Access to a limitedselection of othercollections dependingon subscriptionsPusher
  27. 27. Seeker• Consistent use oflanguage• Language should neverbe a barrier• Language modified bydifferent informationprofessionalsPusher
  28. 28. Level: Fonds
  29. 29. FindDiscoverNames PlacesSubjectsFondshierarchiesFRBRintegratedvocabulariesISBNmonographcall numberEventsDates sub-seriesboolean
  30. 30. Seeker• To search on their ownterms; with their ownsearch terms• To search usingcontrolled vocabulariesPusher
  31. 31. What do these terms have in common?Prof Brian Heaphygender and alcoholrussian securitysurrogacygay parenthoodgay male ageingspatial ideas
  32. 32. Seeker• Relationships betweeninformation• Connections that canform a vital part ofresearch• Minimal relationshipsPusher
  33. 33. Theme: Werewolves
  34. 34. Items by SubjectItems by PersonIn one database index!
  35. 35. SeekerTheThe Pusher…needs to understand(not the other way around)
  36. 36. Context and perspective
  37. 37. Back to the music
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  39. 39. And …… research
  40. 40. What….is your quest?
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  44. 44. One day everything will beconnected and open. Informationwill flow freely. It makes me soexcited to think about it!By Unnamed WPA photographer (WPA photo Via [1]) [Public domain], via WikimediaCommons
  45. 45. By Kim Scarborough from Chicago, IL (More Spaghetti, I Say Uploaded by Fæ) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via WikimediaCommons
  46. 46. Our chief weapons are education andinformation literacy
  47. 47. Librarian Lobe
  48. 48. New and improved!• learn to think like a researcher!• see the world in a new light!• find out how researchers really work!
  49. 49. New and improved!• learn to think like a researcher!• see the world in a new light!• find out how researchers really work!
  50. 50. The Cast:The Seeker…………………………………..Jane Stevenson. Works on the Archives Hub,a Mimas service based at the University ofManchester and funded by Jisc.The Pusher……………………………………Lukas Koster. Library Systems Coordinator,Library of the University of Amsterdam.