Information Seeking and Communicating Behavior of Scientists and Engineers

Author: Cynthia Steinke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136581650
Format: PDF, Kindle
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This inspiring book addresses a topic that is far too often ignored or disregarded by sci-tech librarians: Exactly how do scientists and engineers really discover, select, and use the countless information and communications resources available to them when conducting research? The answer to this question should be a major influence on the way information specialists develop information systems in their libraries. Unfortunately, many librarians are not as familiar with the work, information needs, and communicating behavior of the research worker. Information Seeking and Communications Behavior of Scientists and Engineers looks at this question from several perspectives to give an overall view of how to best serve the needs of the scientific community. This book is an encouragement and a challenge to sci-tech librarians to make an ever greater effort to understand the work of their users, the differing information channels and sources they employ, and thus tailor the library’s systems and services to best support their information-seeking behavior.

Information And The Professional Scientist And Engineer

Author: Julie Hallmark
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113641407X
Format: PDF, ePub
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Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in sci-tech librarianship! Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer examines how electronic resources have affected the ways engineers and scientists seek, use, and communicate information vital to their research and development needs. Information specialists working in academic, corporate, government, and organization libraries discuss the changes in user behavior as academics in science and engineering fields rely more and more on the Internet and online journals. The book provides unique insight into the specific educational needs of college and university students as librarians and department faculty determine appropriate instruction for science and engineering classes. Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer addresses the distinctions among various science and engineering fields, types of libraries, communities of users, and users within a field or discipline. Within these discussions, librarians also examine the differences between commercial and academic databases, and between personal or group subscriptions to database services, print, and online journals. The book also addresses Geographic Information Systems users through a study of the interconnection among disciplines associated with GIS. Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer includes bibliographies that provide valuable information resources, reviews of pertinent web sites, tables, figures, and interviews while addressing: the information-seeking behavior of chemists, geologists, pharmacists, botanists, and zoologists the case for an engineering knowledge community online bibliographic sources in hydrology a practical guide to finding physical properties of chemicals new reference works in science and technology new age e-journals, indexes, and services Information and the Professional Scientist and Engineer is a unique resource for librarians and other information specialists, science and engineering faculty and students, and academic administrators.

Dictionary of Bibliometrics

Author: Virgil P Diodato
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135839352
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Everything you need to know about Bibliometrics in a convenient, easy-to-use, mini-encyclopedia of terms and phrases! Bibliometrics, the application of mathematical and statistical techniques to the study of publishing and professional communication, is a helpful science to master in many fields. The Dictionary of Bibliometrics contains 225 non-technical definitions of key terms and phrases that will aid all who deal with this science. Each entry is briefly defined in everyday language with simple numerical examples and is followed by sample references that direct the reader to more detailed information about the entry. This is the only source with a substantial collection of bibliometric terms located in one comprehensive, easy-to-use book. Librarians who use bibliometrics to evaluate their collections, information scientists who study the theoretical aspects of bibliometrics, and subject specialists who use bibliometrics to study communication in their respective fields will save time by finding hundreds of definitions in this one-of-a-kind volume. Some of the topics covered in the Dictionary of Bibliometrics include: descriptions and examples of Bradford’s law, Lotka’s law, and Zipf’s law various aspects of citation analysis application of bibliometrics to the study of communication in the physical and natural sciences reports of journal analyses accounts of several ways to study the obsolescence or disuse of articles in a given subject field This tool will serve anyone working or interested in the fields of publishing and professional communication. Included in the text are suggested sources of further information and an index of personal names. The Dictionary of Bibliometrics is a valuable, handy resource that you’ll refer to again and again!

Engineering Libraries

Author: Thomas W. Conkling
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780789016737
Format: PDF
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Provide top-flight services in this highly specialized field! This groundbreaking book provides state-of-the-art information on one of the most useful library specialties. Engineering Libraries: Building Collections and Delivering Services is designed for information professionals at all levels of expertise, from new practitioners to specialists in science and engineering. It shows how you can provide top-notch service by designing programs around the genuine needs of the users. Previous books in this field have generally covered only the engineering literature and databases. However, Engineering Libraries focuses on the practical aspects of providing user-friendly information services in an engineering environment. The suggestions and advice are eminently practical and designed for immediate usability. It also reviews the state of scientific communication and progress toward digital libraries. Engineering Libraries offers solid expertise on the fundamental issues of this branch of information science, including: establishing a collection innovative uses of the Web. instructing users assessing services providing services to varied user populations Engineering Libraries is an essential resource for librarians in science, technology, and engineering programs. It is also a valuable text for graduate students and faculty in library science.

Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education

Author: Wei Wei
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136414630
Format: PDF, Docs
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Stay on top with the latest developments in scientific and technical journal publications! In Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, experts in the academic community propose cost-effective alternatives to commercial publications in the face of increased journal prices and reduced budgets. This book discusses recent technological innovations that can maintain the needs of researchers who need to stay on the cutting edge of science and technology as well as scholars who must be published and peer-reviewed in order to achieve tenure and promotion. This text also examines the latest developments in information retrieval that will effectively cut time and costs for academic researchers in the library. Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education focuses on the need for the academic community to accept new, economical methods of producing and making available publications such as peer reviews, research papers, letters, technical and experiment reports, preprints, and conference papers. This volume also emphasizes that scientists and engineers—whether graduate students or professionals—must have access to the latest relevant research in their fields and rely on libraries to provide it. Several chapters in this book examine the problem areas of information technology that will need to be fixed, such as bottlenecks to the flow of information, difficulties using information retrieval systems, and the challenges with archiving electronic journals. Using research and case studies, this book offers strategies for obtaining benefits such as: more efficient and inexpensive ways to access and navigate information more cost-effective means of authentication and quality control new initiative programs in electronic theses and dissertations to assist graduate students increased dissemination and access for conference papers at significantly less cost alternative and more effective approaches for solving underlying problems within the scholarly communication circuit of scientists activities for librarians to help expand utilization of digital technologies at the local level accurate and reliable retrieval of citation data from online sources Using Scholarly Communication in Science and Engineering Research in Higher Education, you can play an important role in improving the means and methods in this area of academics. This important guide will help librarians, science and engineering faculty and students, researchers, and publishers maintain funding, improve efficiency, and offer new methods for scientific studies.

Science and Technology Resources

Author: James E. Bobick
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 159158793X
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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An indispensable resource for anyone wanting to create, maintain, improve, understand, or use the diverse information resources within a sci-tech library. * Over 80 screenshots of electronic information resource tools designed for the engineer and scientist; page reproductions from print sources and illustrations from scholarly journal articles and monographs are also included * Each chapter concludes with a comprehensive list of additional resources for further research * Approximately 30 discipline-specific subject bibliographies in the appendix section act as indispensable guides for developing library collections, as well as for compiling introductory textbooks appropriate for library science students * Included pathfinders provide expert guides for targeted online research * Corresponding instructor exercises are available at the publisher's website

Library Users and Reference Services

Author: Linda S Katz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136588094
Format: PDF, ePub
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This useful book helps reference librarians understand the information seeking needs and behaviors of the diverse groups of people in the communities they serve. With the increasing diversity of the American population, librarians striving to plan and deliver excellent reference services must enhance their understanding of how best to assist many types of individuals and groups, from children to the elderly. Library Users and Reference Services provides much-needed help in this area, delivering strategies and methods to aid readers in their quest for increasingly effective service for all members of the communities in which they work. Library Users and Reference Services is divided into four sections of chapters which cover a broad range of topics to assist readers in planning and delivering appropriate services. Section One explores customer service, economics of information, and marketing as key concepts useful in studying information needs of specific groups in the population. Section Two focuses on scholars and students in three broad academic disciplines: science, humanities, and social sciences. Section Three covers groups with special characteristics such as age, economic standing, gender, or profession. Section Four discusses evaluation and provides guidance in the use of the most widely accepted measures for assessing reference effectiveness. The book’s final chapter explores redesigning reference services for the future, providing a glimpse of how such services may change. Library Users and Reference Services is a practical guide to help readers understand the many issues related to serving diverse populations in a community. Reference librarians and graduate library school students and faculty will learn more effective ways to help a heterogeneous public with the help of this new book.