Thursday, October 25, 2012

JASIST > National Study of Information Seeking Behavior of Academic Researchers in the United States

As new technologies and information delivery systems emerge, the way in which individuals search for information to support research, teaching, and creative activities is changing. To understand different aspects of researchers' information-seeking behavior, this article surveyed 2,063 academic researchers in natural science, engineering, and medical science from five research universities in the United States. A Web-based, in-depth questionnaire was designed to quantify researchers' information searching, information use, and information storage behaviors. Descriptive statistics are reported. Additionally, analysis of results is broken out by institutions to compare differences among universities. Significant findings are reported, with the biggest changes because of increased utilization of electronic methods for searching, sharing, and storing scholarly content, as well as for utilizing library services. Generally speaking, researchers in the five universities had similar information-seeking behavior, with small differences because of varying academic unit structures and myriad library services provided at the individual institutions.

Niu, X., Hemminger, B. M., Lown, C., Adams, S., Brown, C., Level, A., McLure, M., Powers, A., Tennant, M. R. and Cataldo, T. (2010), National study of information seeking behavior of academic researchers in the United States. J. Am. Soc. Inf. Sci., 61: 869–890. doi: 10.1002/asi.21307



Sunday, October 14, 2012

The (Mini) MOOCs Meet Info Lit ?


I am greatly interested in learning of any / all initiatives that link  *lecture capture* content to Info Lit initiatives.

Specifically, I am interested in learning about efforts that integrate lecture capture recordings within 

> A basic info lit class web page (ISU has a 1/2 semester required class titled "Library 160" in Blackboard Learn) []

> LibGuides (or other digital user guides) > The lecture capture recording would explain the use of the LibGuide

> Library presentations / seminars / workshop > As a substitute / supplement / review

I am *not* interested in multimedia per se in these InfoLit resources, but in lecture capture content that *explains* the resource to which it is linked.

As one would expect, there are number of lecture capture options

BTW: ISU uses Panopto []

BTW-1: Panopto integrates very well within Blackboard ...

Thanks for you assistance !


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 : The 'Pandora' of the Art World

The world of fine art — from the auction house to the home display — has long been considered the realm of the stuffy, old and wealthy. One imagines collectors examining sought-after pieces through opera glasses, wine glasses in hand, noses in the air.

Fine art is also one of the last mediums to resist the digital pull. These days, while we buy music, shoes, books and anything else we want online, art has remained a world apart.

The developers of aim to change that. CEO Carter Cleveland and COO Sebastian Cwilich bill the website as the Pandora for the art world, an algorithm-based website that draws on a users' art preferences for find new artists they'll love. Cleveland, a young computer programmer with a passion for art, and Cwilich, a former executive at Christie's Auction House, hope to upend the art world, and to open fine art to a new, digital generation.

GUESTS: Carter Cleveland and Sebastian Cwilich
PRODUCED BY: Jillian Weinberger

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NYTimes > Online, a Genome Project for the World of Art