Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice

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BSVAA Congress 3 April 1998

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Emerging Information Networks: how they are changing practice

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

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