Information Seeking and Communicating Behavior of Scientists and Engineers

Author: Cynthia Steinke
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136581650
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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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, Mobi
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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.

Engineering Libraries

Author: Thomas W. Conkling
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780789016737
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.

Dictionary of Bibliometrics

Author: Virgil P Diodato
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135839352
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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!

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science

Author: Allen Kent
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 9780824720520
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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"The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science provides an outstanding resource in 33 published volumes with 2 helpful indexes. This thorough reference set--written by 1300 eminent, international experts--offers librarians, information/computer scientists, bibliographers, documentalists, systems analysts, and students, convenient access to the techniques and tools of both library and information science. Impeccably researched, cross referenced, alphabetized by subject, and generously illustrated, the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science integrates the essential theoretical and practical information accumulating in this rapidly growing field."

Information Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption Theories and Trends

Author: Al-Suqri, Mohammed Nasser
Publisher: IGI Global
ISBN: 1466681578
Format: PDF, Mobi
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With the increasingly complex and ubiquitous data available through modern technology, digital information is being utilized daily by academics and professionals of all disciplines and career paths. Information Seeking Behavior and Technology Adoption: Theories and Trends brings together the many theories and meta-theories that make information science relevant across different disciplines. Highlighting theories that had their base in the early days of text-based information and expanding to the digitization of the Internet, this book is an essential reference source for those involved in the education and training of the next-generation of information science professionals, as well as those who are currently working on the design and development of our current information products, systems, and services.

Communication Patterns of Engineers

Author: Carol Tenopir
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471683148
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Communication Patterns of Engineers brings together, summarizes, and analyzes the research on how engineers communicate, presenting benchmark data and identifying gaps in the existing research. Written by two renowned experts in this area, the text: Compares engineering communication patterns with those of science and medicine Offers information on improving engineering communication skills, including the use of communication tools to address engineering departments' concerns about the inadequacies of communication by engineers Provides strong conclusions to address what lessons engineering educators, librarians, and communication professionals can learn from the research presented

Library Users and Reference Services

Author: Linda S Katz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136588094
Format: PDF, Kindle
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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.