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Archives for June, 2009

funny related searches

(this post talks about a recipe for granola) edit: oh. not actually so funny, they use these terms in the post. but hey, did you know bloglines gave related searches?

This is the final in my practice essays before taking the real comps test in the end of July.  I need to correct the record, though. Apparently although all of these questions came from my advisor, he didn’t write them all. These were ones proposed by committee members and rejected for inclusion in the exam.…

I took classes on qualitative research and naturalistic research methods from researchers who follow the constructivist paradigm rather closely and who don’t really believe in mixed methods research. I took statistics classes from professors who are friendly towards naturalistic methods, but who only use quantitative methods.  Other professors around me use some mixed methods, some…

Michael J. Kurtz of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics came to speak at MPOW at a gathering of librarians from across the larger institution (MPOW is a research lab affiliated with a large private institution).  He’s an astronomer but more recently he’s been publishing in bibliometrics quite a bit using data from the ADS.  You…

It’s that time again: the 2008 Journal Citation Reports are out from Thomson Reuters. It’s started already, too, the e-mails to listservs and press releases. So I’m re-posting one of my posts from my old blog for those of you who might not have seen it. Like prices and hemlines, why do impact factors always…

SLA2009: Random Vendor Updates

One of the main reasons I go to SLA is to catch up on what all of the journals, databases, and research tool providers are up to. Sometimes they save the big announcements for ALA and sometimes they make them at SLA. Other years I’ve spent a ton of time at the exhibits, but this…

No need to click through… just sayin’ they’re on their way.

Finding Information in Books

I’ve talked about this a bit at sessions I taught at my library and also at Web Search University but it’s still a favorite.  Plus, you asked for posts on finding information. Oh, and one of the tools just released some updates so this is fairly timely. This is not how to use the catalog…

SLA2009: CS Roundtable

Bummer. Apparently Windows Live Writer doesn’t automatically save drafts.  So here are my foggy recollections of this session. The session was a bit different this year. In previous years we’ve mostly discussed providing services (collection development and reference to computer science researchers. This year, we had three speakers on a theme: “Data Curation and Special…

(came in late because the speaker I initially chose to see failed to show up) A speaker from Serials Solution’s Summon reviewed various pieces of research done recently both by LIS researchers and by big libraries. Summed up pretty well by Tenopir (he copied her graph), increasing costs, decreasing importance as a gateway for research…