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At the QQML conference Beatriz Candon presented research undertaken by Mariza Talim (University of Minais Gerais, Brazil: there was a 3rd author Sergio Talim) on the impact of training on information seeking behaviour. The group studied were health professionals, aiming to investigate the impact of tarining in use of the Virtual Health Library Portal and PubMed. The Kirkpatrick model was used to evaluate training. This involves examining learners' perceptions of training, the knowledge acquired, what is different inb behaviour afterwards and finally the organisational benefits resultng from the training. This study looked at the first 3 of these...
25/05/2016
Another post from the QQML conference. Carol Tenopir (with a presentation coauthored with prject partnered) reported on an international study which is investigating researchers' behaviours with sharing articles etc. They have undertaken focus groups in the USA and the UK and administered a questionnaire survey in various countries. They have discovered that people are sharing both informally and informally, in all sorts of ways e.g. via email, reference management software, printing things out. 16.7 full text articles and 8.6 links/references were on average shared by respondents (asked what they had shared in their last project). The mean number of articles downloaded per project were 65 (with a range between zero and 500, so working out percentage of those shared based just on average items shared seems too simplistic). Just over half of the downlaods came from library collections. Out of the works shared (whether their...
25/05/2016
I'm at the QQML conference (Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries) in London for the next few days, giving a talk tomorrow. I won't be blogging this conference comprehensively as it isn't focusing on information literacy, but just pick out a few talks.
Just now, Valida Dent (pictured, in the red jacket) talked about a mixed methods (mainly ethnographic) study of student research behaviours at Long Island University libraries (USA). They used qualitative and quantitative methods, and aimed to illuminate students’ behaviour when they were doing academic work for assignments etc. The researchers did interviews, a...
25/05/2016
Brown, N., Bussert, K., Hattwig, D. and Medaille, A. (2016). Visual Literacy for Libraries: A practical, standards-based guide. ALA Editions [in the UK it is published by Facet, with a discount for CILIP members].
In US$ at the ALA: http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11543 (there is also a sample of the book there)
In UK £ at Facet: http://www.facetpublishing.co.uk/title.php?id=301447&category_code=13#.V0Qg0ObdiZM...
24/05/2016
The latest issue (volume 42, no. 3) of The Journal of Academic Librarianship (priced publication) includes:
- Blakesley, E. (2016) Cognitive Bias and the Discovery Layer. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3), 191. (an interesting short think piece!)
- Dempsey, M. and Valenti, A. (2016) Student Use of Keywords and Limiters in Web-scale Discovery Searching. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 42(3),200-206
- Myers, A. and Ishimura, Y. (2016) Finding Sound and Score: A Music Library Skills Module for Undergraduate Students. The Journal of Academic Librarianship...
23/05/2016
Slides and recordings of the online event Exploring Online Student Engagement: Encouraging Active Learning at a Distance (held on May 4 2016) are available. There were three presentations: Christina Pryor & Kyla Hunt from Amigos Library Services gave practical tips for presentations and learner participation; Victoria Raish from Penn State University described her use of Yammer; Adele Merritt Bernard, Arlene Alleyne-Regis & Selwyn Rodulfo from the University of the West Indies Open Campus shared "their experiences creating a positive and active learning experience and engaging library users across a diverse and distributed university...
22/05/2016
On 31 May at 1pm US Eastern time (which is 6pm UK time) ACRL Instruction Section’s Management and Leadership Committee presents its final Spring online seminar: Using the Framework to Foster Conversations about Information Literacy Instruction. It is led by Sara D. Miller and Amanda Nichols Hess and registration is here http://bit.ly/1NiWM6y "A key strength of the ACRL Framework lies in the potential that its concepts
provide for unearthing tacit assumptions in the process of developing expertise in disciplinary information literacy. The paths from IL novice to expert within...
20/05/2016
CHEER (Copyright in Higher Education Elements Resources) is an "an online repository of reusable works related to copyright in higher education" created by the North American universities: Furman University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina. "Our goal is to develop a single place where librarians, copyright offices, and other related offices at colleges and universities can find a variety of resources they can reuse, remix and redistribute." Obviously the specifics relate to US copyright law, but a good deal of material focuses on principles or issues that apply in other countries. They are calling...
19/05/2016
#UNESCO and the Jordan Media Institute (JMI) have launched a Media and Information Literacy (MIL) project Jordan. "The program aims to contribute to capacity building of national educational institutions in MIL and transferring skills to new generations, in addition to spreading awareness and knowledge among decision makers, opinion leaders and society." The first involves developing a policy paper and a strategy for introducing MIL into the curriculum. The second phase involves trainingh teachers and introducing MIL to school curricula. There is more information at...
18/05/2016
#UNESCO and the Jordan Media Institute (JMI) have launched a Media and Information Literacy (MIL) project Jordan. "The program aims to contribute to capacity building of national educational institutions in MIL and transferring skills to new generations, in addition to spreading awareness and knowledge among decision makers, opinion leaders and society." The first involves developing a policy paper and a strategy for introducing MIL into the curriculum. The second phase involves trainingh teachers and introducing MIL to school curricula. There is more information at...
18/05/2016