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I am publishing articles that use several different datasets to calculate results and I would like to share them so that other researchers can use the same data for post-process analysis and verification.
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I just found Viper but I'm having some problems with it. Is there any other plagiarism software online?
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Let me point to another perspective that Katalin Bikadi said.
I don't recommend using such free software checkers for plagiarism. This is because the original content of your manuscript might be copied and sold to others before it is published. Use your own words instead.
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Hi there,
Is there a way/tool/ search engine that would allow me to search for multiple variations of the same phrase at the same time?
For example, I want to search for "revealing his true belief". But I also want to search for all the phrases that have the same or similar meaning like"betraying their real opinion".
The total number of words here is 8 but there are many different ways to combine the words so there are many different potential alternative phrases: "revealing his true opinion" "revealing his real opinion" "betraying our real opinion" etc….
Is there a way to accomplish this in two conditions?
1- I determine the alternatives. So I specify that for "word 1 word 2 word 3 word4", the alternatives for word 1 are: Only revealing or showing.
2- Use all the possible synonyms or even antonyms for "revealing" in word 1.
A very useful tip I got is the use of asterisk so "revealing * true opinion" would yield "revealing your true opinion" and "revealing their true opinion".
But for some reason when I combine two quotations with each other with OR, some results are omitted. For example, "revealing * true opinion" OR "betraying * * real" yields results for the latter quotation but not the former even though the former would generate results if it's on its own.
Regards,
Hashem
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Thesaurus.com would be a good partner/resource if something like this would be developed from scratch.
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Mendeley and References 
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Sayedus Salehin Have you managed to combine Mendeley citations from two documents yourself in the way you suggest in your post? If I copy paste the text (including citations) into a second document, it copies the in-text citation marks but does not recognize these as citations (if I try to create a bibliography, it says 'no citations found in this document..'). I used Microsoft Office Word 2016 and Mendeley Cite plugin. All citations were in the Mendeley library.
Anyone suggestions how to solve this bug?
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  • The h-index reflects both the number of publications and the number of citations per publication. For example: a scientist with an h-Index of 20 has 20 papers cited at least 20 times.
  • The g-index looks at overall record of citations from higher-cited articles to be used to bolster lower-cited articles. For instance a scientist with 20 papers, 15 of which have no citations with the remaining five having respectively 350, 35, 10, 4 and 1 citations would have a g-index of 20, but a h-index of 4 (four papers with at least 4 citations each).
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All of these indices are nonsense. The main thing is for the author to be a good person: create, create new scientific knowledge and be happy about it.
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Please is it ok to adapt the original items in the Technology Acceptance Model
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Perceived ease of use and perceived usefulness are original constructs of TAM, but other instrisinc constructs such as level of education, organizational support have tend to influence how technology is perceived and accepted. So I advice you read application of TAM and modify it to give room for other constructs such as the ones I mentioned to have a place in your study. In so doing you may come up with a model that could be adopted by other researchers just as you are about to adopt TAM.
Thank you and kind regards.
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What is the biggest challenge now faced in your library and what is common among all the libraries either big or small, academic or research, private or public? It may be Budget issues, Changing Technologies , Job training and career advancement, Communications, Library management, Decline Users, Transition from a print to a digital, Keep abreast of new developments and policies etc.
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I have read what some people said on this issue - the challenges libraries face. They were looking at the library of yesteryears. The problem of libraries and librarians of today is that libraries are going into extinction. When libraries no more exist, what will be the effect on librarians? People no longer visit the libraries; the Internet has taken over. Does anyone need to visit the library before downloading sources from the internet? No! Then why should libraries exist? I think that, point blank, librarians have to be looking for another job or start to think of a way to specialize in cloud librarianship. I am not posing a trait but I am unleashing a reality!
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I have written a part of the 'introduction' in my thesis from some good review papers. In few occasions I took 2-3 paragraphs from a single review paper and cited it only once at the end. Is this OK or shall I have to follow some rule?
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Dear bilal,
For the writing of you thesis i will suggest to you follow the your organization rules as per otherwise they will reject you and further you have to correct again so better is follow the institutional guidelines.
thanks
regards
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How long does it take to a journal indexed in the "Emerging Sources Citation Index" get an Impact Factor? What is the future of journals indexed in Emerging Sources Citation Index?
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Dear colleagues
I would be grateful if someone could provide me with any information about questions below.
-When it will be the first evaluation of the indexed journals in the ESCI (Emerging Sources Citation Index)  to a possible transference to SCIE (Science Citation Index Expanded)?
-Is it possible those journals indexed in ESCI (since 2015) will be included to SCIE in 2018 and, consequently, included to JCR (Journal Citation Reports), receiving an impact factor in 2018?
Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter.
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I'm aiming to:
1. Reveal views of faculty/PhD researchers as well as academic librarians on the adoption of Web 2.0 platforms at my university, specifically the altmetrics as a new impact indicator for scholarly output;
2. Discover the factors influencing the adoption of best practices matching the university environment;
3. Define implications for adapting the library service portfolio to include research data management accordingly.
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I agree with Gulzar
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Dear Jan,
It was long time without any communications. I hope you are fine and doing well. I am in Uppsala for any help or meeting for our other remaining publications. I hope also if we could write any review together.
Kindest regards, Hesham 
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This should really have been sent as an email.
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Hi all,
I'm trying to find some research around best practices for naming characters in vignettes. I've found some research shows that the name can make a difference (e.g., Holbrook, Fessler, & Navarrete, 2016), but nothing on best practices for selecting a name. Does anyone know any sources that may focus on this?
Haw'aa!
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Haw'aa, you like to consider only part of these two related articles: 
  1. Barter, C. and Renold, E., 1999. The use of vignettes in qualitative research. Social research update, 25(9), pp.1-6.
  2. Humphrey's, M., Coupland, C. and Learmonth, M., 2015. Autoethnographic vignettes of working lives.
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I would like to use and/or adapt a survey/questionnaire used in one study of a particular author. The research paper's full text is published in the institution's repositories and is labeled "available for free and open access".
As stated above, the author can't be reached since no contact details are provided and the institution doesn't keep contact info of their students who graduated years ago.
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Hi,
If no prohibition is mentioned in the paper, and you cite the source properly, then there should not be any problem with using the survey.
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information resources includes Books and non-books in the libraries
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for example Bioline International
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Do you think that researchers' skills need to be updated periodically or stay fixed as he/she learned them? What are your advices in this context?
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 
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Yes! Researchers' skills need to be updated periodically, as the requirements and thrust of research changes with change in time.
How requirement is changing and so, researchers' skills are required, may see as under: 
The Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF) is a comprehensive guide to the array of skills required to do and support research in various professional capacities as well as to work with others and ensure the wider impacts of research.
The University of Adelaide uses the RDF to support HDR students in identifying the knowledge, skills, and behaviours required to be an effective researcher and enhance their employability skills.
The Researcher Development Framework is designed for researchers at all levels and you may find not all parts of it are relevant to you – but it will help you think about the full range of skills you will need to:
--succeed in your research degree
--achieve your longer-term personal and professional goals
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I need some kinds of grants connected with Ayn Rand for the work in Ayn Rand Institute  (Archives) and the libraries. Ia m a scientist from Russia and have worked on the first PhD thesis in my country about Ayn Rand.
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Greetings Anastasiya,
The Ayn Rand Archives is located in Irvine, California, at the Ayn Rand Institute. Here's their contact information - https://www.aynrand.org/contact-us . If nothing else, they should be able to give you advice on where best to locate the information you need.
Blessings,
Lungile Seyama
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I'm curious to hear from practitioners in the newsroom. 1. Are there any mundane tasks that you are tired of doing and you wished you could off-load to some "magic wand" technology? 2. What would you imagine it doing for you? If you had a "crystal ball", what would you wish it were able to tell you to do your job better? (No, not the future! Rather, from the realm of what's knows as of now, or from the past, no matter how recent.) Thanks for your insights!
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Major film studios, post-production companies, visual effects houses, sports and news broadcasters rely on Aspera software to reduce their production cycles while securely delivering high-resolution media worldwide, with the utmost quality of service, to ultimately provide consumers with their best content, faster and more efficiently than ever before.
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I have formatting problem with Endnote style. 
When I cite single or references in my word document through Endnote. Every citation has a blank space before reference number (e.g., Traditionally, the stereo-typed medical teachers were presumed to possess teaching capabilities based on knowledge of content and due to their own experience of how they were taught3, 4). Instead of 3,4, Endnote inserted citations are 3, 4.
Kindly guide me, How I will edit my endnote style to fix this unnecessary space?
thank you
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 Dear Gillian Fletcher 
How I will remove space. Can you please share any screen shot?
thank you
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Hi, 
I am looking for a comprehensive list of research labs in the u.s. Maybe categorized by area of research or by the name of the universities? I understand that this would be a very long list but I was wondering if anybody has ever done this work to put everything in one place.
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MI iam working as librarian in dubai police academy since 2008. 
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Very sorry. We collected the data and we are already working on the article draft. 
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Hi All,
I am wonder about my independent citation in published paper. I don't know how I can increase my citation. Could you please advise me to receive more citation? Please cite my paper if it is fit in your up coming research articles.
Thanks,
Shahid
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Hi,
I am not feeling very comfortable in saying this, but the way to receive more citations is to choose a high impact factor journal that will publish your paper, preferably in English.
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In my library we are interest in this resource, wich can be used with Zotero for creating knowledge networking of our researchers.
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Aquí está Maricela, si necesitas ayuda generando la red solo tienes que pedirlo. Un saludo.
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I have been running a national digital science library(NDSL) for more than 10 years. Reflecting the current researchers' information behavior and needs, I'd like to build a researchers community based on NDSL like 'ResearchGate'. Is there any other benchmarking sites except ResearchGate? Thanks.
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Yes, I also mention Academia.edu, but they do not have as many options for interaction among researchers, so it does not feel as much like a "community."
If you wish to create a research community that functions as social media, give your members the opportunity to make timeline posts, which is something neither RG or Academic offer. 
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 we planing to weed our old collection , as a law librarian which policy could be best practicing while going  on for that 
is that possible the books been weed, can we change it format from physical to digital? is that against copy right law?
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Hi Yameen. Weeding out duplicates is the easy bit. Then go cautiously.
A Law (and the texts and commentary around it) might become obsolete in the sense that it no longer applies to citizens, but it still provides a vital part of the 'law story' which academic researchers rely on heavily. Understanding an old law sheds light on the new.
Also earlier editions of the same book can also continue to have relevance in research (if not in practice). For example, a Tax law is introduced. For the next 5 years it creates a lot of messy litigation, and perhaps some statutory amendments. The commentators are in a frenzy, and explain the issues in their textbooks in great detail. Then over time the law settles down, and everyone understands how it works. The new editions of the texts now just skim over the issues because everyone now knows how to use that Law. So, as a researchers, if you need to understand the complexities of that Tax Law, you'd have to read the earlier editions of the commentators textbook.
Good luck!
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Security uses information classification types: high, medium, and low. Privacy uses information classification types: personal information, personal health information. Do other disciplines or industries have similar ways of approaching information?
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What kinds of competences a subject librarian should have?
What professional competences should librarians have in order to provide more professional, more comprehensive and efficient services for students and teachers in their learning, teaching and research? What skills and techniques should librarians master in order to keep pace with the rapid development of information technology, and to facilitate libraries’ smooth transition from the traditional self-access resources (of both paperbacks and e-resources) and study-space provider to knowledge service?
Maybe i ask the similar question with Thoriq Tri Prabowo , but we are really different
  1. could you share your opinions with me? 
  2. and could you introduce some other standards?
thank you very much
A means skill, or ability
B subject librarian maybe has other names, such as, business librarian, law librarian, Research Support Librarian, Teacher Librarian or others
C could you introduce some other standards? exclude
SLA 2003 “Competencies for Special Librarians for the 21st Century”
RLUK 2012 “Re-skilling for Research”
ALIA 2013 “Work Level guidelines for library and information services” \“Standards of professional excellence for teacher librarians”
OPM 1994 “Position Classification Standard for Librarian Series,GS-1410”
FLICC 2008 “Federal Librarian Competencies”
ALA 2009 “Core Competences of Librarianship”
CTC 2011 “Teacher Librarian Services Credential and Special Class Authorization in Information and Digital Literacy Program Standards”
ALA 2013 “Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries”
CARL 2014 Core Competencies and academic librarians
OCLC WebJunction 2014 “Competency index for the library field”
thanks Michelle Kraft 
thanks Faizul Nisha 
RUSA Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians  http://www.ala.org/rusa/resources/guidelines/professional
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Hi Yanan,
I did edit a book on this topic published in 2006. May be a bit old now but the reference is:  Dale, P., Holland, M., & Matthews, M., (eds.) 2006. Subject Librarians: Engaging with the Learning and Teaching Environment. Aldershot UK: Ashgate.
There might be some full text here [ https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Subject_Librarians.html?id=ybt0ci_4esIC&redir_esc=y&hl=en ] and there are two chapters free online here [ http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/1461/ ] and here [  http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/196/ ]. It's a topic I haven't thought about for a while,  I will add an answer when I have a moment. BW Matt. 
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I am wondering how others use Bruce's informed learning approach to information literacy in their instructional work/programming. This could involve using one of the models that are part of informed learning, such as the 6 Frames of IL, or GeST Windows, or something more holistic. 
Bruce, C. (2008). Informed learning. Chicago: ALA.
Bruce, C. S., Edwards, S. L., & Lupton, M. (2006). Six frames for information literacy education: A conceptual framework for interpreting the relationships between theory and practice. ITALICS (Innovations in Teaching and Learning Information and Computer Science), 51(1), 1–18.
Lupton, M., & Bruce, C. S. (2010). Windows on information literacy worlds: Generic, situated and transformative perspectives. In A. Lloyd & S. Talja (Eds.), Practicing information literacy: Bringing theories of learning, practice and information literacy together (pp. 4–27). Wagga Wagga, N.S.W.,: Centre for Information Studies, Charles Sturt University.
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Hi '
It seems that a library or library systems are organizing their training according to actual needs rather than according to training theories. It could help a lot if the existence of informed learning models will be brought to their attention.
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I read an article within the last few months that mentioned that RA recommendations that don't match the patron's needs form a barrier to future requests for service.  I cannot find this article again.  Does it ring any bells for anyone?
  1. The mention about incorrect matches was a paragraph or two at the most, not the main thrust of the article.
  2. It would have appeared in a trade publication or professional magazine or journal related to libraries.
  3. The scope of the article was about general Readers Advisory, probably specifically in public libraries.
  4. I read it in August or September of 2015, but it may have been published anytime within the last 5-7 years.
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Thanks, Keren.  I feel like what I read was a published article (I think I remember reading it in print) and I want to say there were statistics from a study included to support the  statement.  If you know of any articles that talk about this topic and include a stat, can you suggest them?  thanks!
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Research library services that strenghten the library position within the organisation.
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I think the answer varies from library to library.  In academic libraries in the United States, the key factor at the moment is information literacy and our role as teachers of information literacy.  I still believe other services, such as reference, are also important, but that requires more marketing these days because users think that Google will provide whatever information they need.  Whether any of our services is sustainable depends on budget.  As libraries are "cost centers", we must market to our administrations as well as our users in order to ensure we have the resources to provide whatever services we deem critical for our institutions.
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Hello,
I think an example would be the easiest way to be clear: if I were to go to the URL (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26644394) and then want to have an excel spreadsheet - or I can go outside excel, though it is my comfort zone - auto populate with certain portions of the page, how would I do it/set it up? For instance, I might have a column for pubmed ID (26644394 for this paper, it is in the URL or also always re-listed in the bottom left hand side of the Pubmed page for each entry), another column for the full title of the paper, another with author names listed, one with year published... and maybe things that would require 'clicking' such as under the drop down 'Author information' section or maybe the full name of the journal (note that the URL gives the abbreviated name, so that might be complex/require matching the standard abbreviation the Pubmed URL lists to a database at a different URL and taking the full name from there).
The desire is that I could automate the process so I only specify the pubmed URL and the other entries automatically populate. Many programs do this for certain entries so I am sure in principle it is not difficult, but I don't know how to do it so that the specific information the user wants is easily generated - rather than a pre-set version from a program like Mendeley which might simultaneously generate more information fields than you need while at the same time not collecting certain information you'd like - once you set up the initial protocol.
Does anyone know how one might go about this - Excel or not, and requiring a software download or other work around, this would be really helpful to me and perhaps other users on this site. So thank you for your suggestions!
Please have a good day.
PS - if you can figure out how to also collect total number of citations a paper has, and the impact factor of the journal at the time the article in question was published, i.e. through a workaround via a separate source, that would amaze me and I would appreciate thoughts on that too! Thank you
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My http://bibliometri.wikidot.com/bibliometry-toolbox includes a number of programs able to convert tagged file formats to TAB-format, including PubMed's MEDLINE-format:
The page is In danish, but Google Translate makes it readable. Please contact me, if you have any questions or suggestions for improvements.
The most recent version is:
Program: MEDLINE to TAB - extracts and compile the following datafields:
PMID: PubMed-ID - searchable in SCOPUS og WoS (Advanced search)
DP: Date of Publication - for both e- og p-version, e.g.: 2015 Mar; 20141017
AU: Full author name(s) (if available: FAU)
TI: Article title
DE: MeSH-terms
DT: Document type
Source: Full journal name, volume, issue, pages and/or article number: JT VI[IP]: PG
ISSN: all ISSN's in record
AID: article-DOI
AD: Collects all (full) author names + all affiliations: Format: First author (full name) ¤¤¤ Affiliation 1 === Affiliation 2 (if present) /// Second author (full name) ¤¤¤ Affiliation 1 === Affiliation 2 etc.
AB: Abstract
TT: Article title in original language (if not american-english)
The program "SCOPUS PMID Search" and "WoS PMID Search" creates search profiles for any number of PMID's if you want to colllect citation data from these sources.
Please note, that the programs will crash if you try to overwrite your input-file
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We intend to publicly publish a data set in the machine learning (ML) area, which consists of sensory data gathered in a technical process.
The first and most common possibility is the UCI ML repository (http://archive.ics.uci.edu/ml/index.html). One drawback of this repository is that no persistent identifier like digital object identifier (DOI) is offered.
Do you know an alternative in the ML area offering the possibility publishing a data set publicly and persistently accessible? My research did not bring up any alternative.
Thanks a lot!
Best regards,
Uwe
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Hi Uwe,
Another option for you might be Zenodo.org. It is developed by CERN under the EU FP7 project OpenAIREplus. The portal allows to publish any kind of dataset with an upper limit of 2GB at the moment. According to the project, the limit might be extended to 10GB in the future. All uploads get a DOI.
It might be worth taking a look at it.
Cheers,
Henning
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Do libraries have a future? Is there a role for librarians?
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Yes libraries have a future but the image must be transformed to meet the expectations of the user.  Each entity must seek to build its own brand.  Libraries must realize that they are in the business of educating.  Libraries equate to education/research.  The traditional librarian is now the information specialists/research assistant  and the title involves more than the traditional concept of sitting at a desk and shushing the public.  One must be savvy with the use of technology, research and the gathering of information.
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I am planning to probe further into broadening the horizon of the library services for different kinds of libraries. In order to get attached to it I would like to know the possibilities for rendering open government practices through government libraries.
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Providing dedicated terminals at the public libraries for accessing and using essential or popular govt services is one way.
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I am specifically looking for studies that can reproduce the results of this study/leaflet from 2010 that bases on Thompson Reuters Web of Science-Data:
Interestingly, this study clusters internal African research cooperation by four groups (see p. 8), singling out not only the North-African States as a homogeneous group but also the Francophone countries of West Africa. However, Web of Science is known to be dominated by Anglophone journals. Therefore I wonder whether for example Scopus can deliver sharper pictures of such relationships, taking into account also Franco- and Lusophone publications.
Thanks in advance for any hints!
Best regards, Stefan
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Dear Jörg, dear Elango,
you're hints are very much appreciated!
Best regards, Stefan
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Do you know examples of libraries that serve the youngest children? I'm currently researching European libraries and every answer about places and literature would be very helpful for me.
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There's also a Bookstart program in the Netherlands. Its effectiveness has recently been investigated, leading to a PhD dissertation at Leiden University:
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As a part of fund raising can we encourage introducing scholarly advertisement like seminar brochures, book exhibitions by organizers, new book introduction by publishers etc on a paid basis so that the web page rent can be earned as a part of raising funds for the library. Will this affect the users?
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www.lislinks.com is best for your library progammes
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dear sir/madam/professionals i request u to help me to do my research work successfully by giving u r valuable Suggestions/guidance valuable literature related to my topic. I hope u do the needful at the earliest. This is my mail id gowda5432@yahoo.co.in
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please refer my paper
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I'm looking for a co-researcher from a develop country to conduct a research study on library use and its impact on students' performance in secondary schools
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Chamindra,
This sounds like a potentially interesting research idea although it would be useful if you could expand upon what you mean by "... impact on students' performance in secondary school" in terms of what kind of performance you are thinking of and how you are thinking of measuring this impact. Can you also clarify whetheryou are thinking only of school libraries or school and public libraries?
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How best can this research question be handled?
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Great, Eisinger. I agree with you. But I wonder if Steven is really talking about protecting e-resources from being tampered with. I guess he is talking about protecting e-resources from unauthorized access. Protecting e-resources from being tampered with is not the business of the library, unless of course, the library is the publisher of the resources. The librarian is only facilitating access. The moment security measures are put in place against unauthorized access, clients are discouraged. And the moment the customer is discouraged, they are likely to resort to other systems that can be accessed more easily and quickly. And as you know, in marketing, the client does not care about what the issues of the supplier are. All they need is their needs met. Therefore, attempts at convincing clients with reasons why e-resources have access restrictions would not really make any meaningful impact.
I think that, providing access at IP is among the best efforts so far made in facilitating access to e-resources. With access at IP, users need not enter any login details while on campus. Superb!  Perhaps, we need to stimulate the thinking of programmers to do one thing - To design a system that would allow patrons automatic access to e-resources outside their institutions. This is doable, I believe.
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For example through the circulation statistics and through questionnaire. 
but both of them have limitation, like many library do not have LMS Software especially in India, to get the circulation statistics, and majority of the libraries do not maintain the "inside use" of books statistics.
for questionnaire how to chose the right user to get right feed back about the library. pls comment.
if any one of you have done a study on use of library resources, pls share it will be a great help
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Hi, the first tool that comes to mind that my library has used and what many U.S. libraries use is the LibQual survey instrument:.  If you're not familiar with it, it is similar to Servqual, (now called Rater or the Gap Model) which compare service quality performance with customer service quality needs. While Libqual looks at service quality in Libraries I belief you are able to survey library patrons about use of different library resources. I'm not sure if this is what you're looking but, take a look at the link to see if this tool will meet your need.
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Topic Maps (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Topic_Maps) have three main elements: Occurrences, Associations and Topic). Its tree like structure connecting nodes with its related sub nodes.. 
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During my research study, i worked on application of concept maps and information visualization to enhance user experience over DSpace by using comparing many tools such as VUI, SpaceTree, etc. A prototype model also build on this.
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Having moved from a large to a small library I wonder about the effectiveness in terms of resources of face to face information skills teaching. Is there a better way? Is the concentration on teaching a distraction form the real business of delivering a Library and Knowledge Service? Do you agree? 
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I have noticed that those who have little experience in using a variety of search tools and databases struggle with longer sessions. Short, problem specific sessions are certainly good and always appreciated. Drawing together different search strategies in a longer session can leave the less experienced students confused. When students are travelling in for a session you try to make it worth the journey with the risk of overloading the student.
Is anyone doing enquiries live online, skype or adobe connect for example?
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One of the challenges of writing strategies in small (health care) libraries is being able to look outside the library and see what forces might shape the Opportunities and Threats we face in the future. In other words the PEST analysis (Political, Economic, Societal and Technological factors) that underpins the strategy writing process. What are they and by what mechanisms do they effect our services? This year I have been brave and put it in a public space in the hope of constructive criticism and inspired contributions. See the link below. Note that there are some factors here that may have a geographic / cultural context for the UK.
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It seems to me that one of the most important issues for small health care libraries - and I'm thinking hospital or clinic - is the tension between high-tech and high-touch.  Many organizations are  moving to centralize services within a larger organization (eg: a health authority) and supply them in e-format, instead of having small libraries.  In health care, much of the content is available electronically, so high-tech seems to be the the most sensible answer.  However, we also know that most health professionals are time-starved people who work in a world one-on-one contact and at some level value that kind of service for themselves.  They love high-tech when it works, but when it doesn't they want to talk to a real person who can fix the problem and get them what they need.  
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IS SciVerse Scopus and Scopus Indexing are same? If not how to check wheather a journal SCiVerse Scopus indexed?
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This BBC reportage (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-27281414) says a London (UK) school has 600 children with 42 different languages among them. Is it that unusual? It made me think of a local Canadian public school which I personally witnessed (as a parent). The school is also amazingly multi-cultural, perhaps on a smaller scale (around 250 kids and fewer languages). I'm sure in other countries there is no less diversity, even with a single (official) language as a common denominator.
So, the question the BBC reporter asks is "what are the implications for education"? I ask a question from an information scientist perspective "What does it mean for such schools' libraries and and their online resource management?"
In their words, what is a school librarian to do (assuming there is one) in such environments to support learning, reading, and information seeking across languages?
Your thoughts, experiences, pointers to similar situations and best practices are very welcome! I'm also looking for research on this topic (from case studies to robust stats). Much appreciate it!
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Thank you for that thought, Nadim.
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I am a PhD student and I want to know more softwares used by digital libraries. I know some like Greenstone, Digibis or Fedora, but I would like to know other relevant existing software.
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Hi all,
We are using ePrints software which is a open access software
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Graduate students are an important part of school scientific research.
I want to know what services your library provides for them, and how you serve them better in your library?
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Document delivery or library reference service.
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TC, that is the abbreviation for thin or terminal client, has been in use for more than a decade but I've got familiar with the technology about five years ago. From that time I've used three generations of the technology for different purposes. I believe that despite its drawbacks it has many promises for small and rural libraries in reducing the costs of maintenance, energy consumption, upgrade, viruses infection etc. Have you ever used it? What is your idea about it? What are the drawbacks?
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I think the efficacy of a thin client environment is dependent on the role and software specifications you wish to place on it. The more requirements that the thin client needs to fulfill the less viable it becomes. I admit my experience is a little dated with thin clients. I have not worked with thin clients since 2011. Since then Virtual Machines (VM) and thin clients have matured by leaps and bounds (Some scenarios even have autodesk/autocad working in a thin client environment).
An example where a thin client shines is a boxed limited scenario e.g. an OPAC (open public access catalog) station, password reset station, or a place to check web e-mail. On the other hand, if you want a multi-media workstation with apps requiring local resources the end user may run into issues and the client has only a small amount of local hard drive space and memory available, ideally everything is supposed to be handled on the server but there are always outliers.
The other challenge one runs into with thin clients is there is a bit of a learning curve for any newer technician or volunteer that you may expect to be able to handle some minor administrative tasks. You will need to develop a greater amount of documentation for a thin client than a more traditional PC. On a more positive note if you expect your space allocation to grow then the thin clients will scale well.
If this an applied scenario instead of an academic query then I wish you the best of luck on your project.
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I´m looking for information about search strategies in medicine databases like Medline, Embase, Cochrane Central in order to select information about one topic in a prefesional way.
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Hi Tomas, talk to your Librarian [ http://www.udc.es/biblioteca/servizos ] they may be able to take you through the process in person which will help you to do better searches. Guides of course help as well. BW Matt
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I cannot find it in the official lists of Thomson Reuters or similar databases and the impact factor listed on their webpage is based on citations of their articles but an unofficial one.
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Hi,
the journal is published by the "OMICS publishing group". The publisher is listed on the "Bealls List" as predatory publisher. Most of the journals (if not all) of the group are not indexed at PubMedCentral due to some questionable peer reviewing practice and some other issues. I would think twice about publishing in these journals and spend money on something only a few number of people is going to see.
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Thanks for this article. In citation networks, it is often difficult to account for negative citations. This article may help us come up with a way to deal with this problem. Any thoughts on this challenge (from anyone in scientometrics) are welcome!
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The question is not only about negative and positive citations, but about adding semantics to our citation analysis. Citation counts do not allow to undertake this kind of research. Eugene Garfield (see for instance "can citation indexing be automated?"), among others, have shown that researchers' citation practices do not only relate to approval or disapproval.
There is a very interesting project called Citation Typing Ontology - CITO that tries to develop a markup language to account for these semantics. This paper describes the project:
Cito, the citation typing ontology: http://www.jbiomedsem.com/content/1/S1/S6.
One of the problems is, as Antonio says, the difficulty to agree on whether a citation is positive, negative, additive, etc. But this is definitely an unexplored terrain.
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Over one hundred years several of the researchers had developed a set of different expectations about the future of the librarianship, some of these expectations have been achieved but also others did not. I hope that people in this group who are interested in this topic cooperate with me to: (1) provide some of these expectations (2) define the analyzing method that had applied by these researchers to conclude these expectations.
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what I am try to work in it is highlighting a previous predictions in the field of librarianship over the past years. From the standpoint, this will help in determining the appropriate method to predict. such as; some research in 1960s predicted that the amount of information will increase other see that library will replace by digital library.....
also I aim to Communicate with whose expatiation`s has been achieved to learn from them .
This work can not be accomplished by one person, but needs to be set by a group of people have different interests in the librarianship.
who find this work is interested and would to participate in the work add his add thier name than we will work in it as project.
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I want to run a controlled experiment to test students' understanding and correlate it with other parameters. I will give them a passage to read and then ask them some questions relating to the passage via multiple choice questionnaire. I want to know if this method will effectively test their understanding.
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This controlled experiment is very easy for readers to understand and can also contribute to see how others partake to adjust to the learning styles of this collaborative questioning. By just listening to the passage, and having multiple choice answers available to the students, the question is simplified to better understand the current knowledge at hand. Do students learn better under pressure? Or do they understand material better when they have the ability to go back through the passage and reread the information to understand it better? What is the effective method in this assessment?
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I have been thinking about why we use social networking tools for research from the point of view of the motivation of the researcher. In other words to answer the What, Why and How questions. I have summarised my ideas in this document. I would welcome any suggestions or refinements.
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Dear Matt
Social media is not just marketing for academic work. Social media platforms can inform every step of the research process: helping faculty get a pulse on movement in their industry, providing feedback during research and then assisting in the promotion of the published work. We use networks to better understand which issues are important to various stakeholders, to get feedback on our work, a faster and in more ways more effective form of peer review, and to meet other academics and other who are interested in our work,
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I have put together this list of the characteristics of a virtual library service. Is there anything missing? What would your top three be?
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Matt, very, appealing, very interesting your ten points - and also the comments of Hristina.
Working since almost 15 years in the domain of digital audiovisual archives dedicated to research in social and human sciences (to-day, we would use the term "digital humanities" ...), I am highly sensitized (is this the right expression ?) to these questions. And I agree completely with on the importance of the "communication turn" for digital archive/library services.
But I also think that there are two other, highly important turns: the first which is indeed everywhere in your ten "commandments" is the "content-cgeneration-by-user" turn (therefore to offer, for instance, the user the possibility to analyse/index, annotate, enrich, ... given resources and even to produce new ones ?); the second is the "linguistic (or, as I prefer, semiotic) turn" in digital archives /libraries; this means to consider thhe semantic (semiotic) and discursive nature of digital resources in order to provide "better" appropriation bridges to interested users.
In any case, thank you for having launched this very interesting topic. Peter
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The role of non-librarians doing paraprofessional jobs, like check-in, check-out, copy cataloging, shelving, and others has allowed libraries to ask librarians on concentrate more on authority control, advanced reference services, original cataloging, library automation, collection development,and other functions. However, to place non-degreed librarians as managers (whatever their title may be--director or dean of library, or university librarian), may lead to no progress or reverse progress of the library because they have no experience and they have a wrong perception about the library, such as anybody can run the library and you do not need a library degree to head the library.
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Hi Arjun, absolutely agree that a diversity of skills is needed to make a library work. Many Librarians, like myself, work in teams with other professionals and draw on the skills of others. But the deus ex machina has to be a Librarian in my view.
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I am researching on the data sharing behaviour of academic researchers in a particular research field - with the aim of conducting an empirical study in 2014. Currently I am working on a systematic review of studies in order to build a decent framework for the interview. Though I have already checked the most prominent multidisciplinary databanks, I wanted to make sure that nothing important slips through my fingers. In advance - thank you very much for the feedback. Much appreciated.
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I'd also suggest 'Data Sharing by Scientists: Practices and Perceptions' at
http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0021101 and possibly a series of forward, backward, and related citation searches on already retrieved relevant articles. Since we do not know the field in which you are looking, I am hesitant to provide any bibliographies that may be irrelevant to that particular group.
On another note, I would recommend this paper by Stiles and Boothroyd on "Ethical Use of Administrative Data for Research Purposes" located at http://www.sp2.upenn.edu/aisp_test/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/0033_12_SP2_Ethical_Admin_Data_001.pdf. It provides an overview of the ethical issues and considerations associated with the maintenance, integration, and use of administrative data for research purposes. Although it is meant as a guide for data custodians and data users/researchers, it raises the larger question of sharing data that may have adverse consequences for the individuals who participated in studies.
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I'd like to compare the circulation rates of print books received as gifts against those that we purchased. I know that the usage rates are not normally distributed, so using common methods based on normal distributions (e.g. t-test) would not be appropriate. But I'm not sure that the rates are Poisson, either. I've found a few articles that mention other distributions, such as binomial, negative binomial and beta binomial, but I'm not that knowledgeable about these distributions.
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What makes the difference, did you class such books as gift or purchase for easy identification, before lending, if so it is achivable, if not it will be problematic, however the value of any book is how many times it is being used, which means there must be adequate record before the research can be valid.
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I'm going to submit a research article to a journal. One has an impact index (4.57) while another journal has an impact factor (0.785). So I am a little confused about the impact index and impact factor, can anyone suggest which one of the journals is preferred for submitting my research article?
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I found these définitions from Buela-Casal (2010, http://www.ugr.es/~aepc/articulo/scientific.pdf)
Journal impact factor: This is calculated by dividing the total number
of citations made in one year to the papers published in a journal during the
two previous years, by the number of papers published in the journal during
that same 2-year period. Usually, this indicator only refers to the journals included
in the Web of Sciences (Buela-Casal, 2003; Garfield, 2003).
Advantages: Without doubt the most used and best known indicator in all
fields of scientific research. Used for assessing researchers, journals and institutions
in the majority of countries in the world.
Journal impact index: The same as the impact factor, except that it
also takes into account journals not included in the Web of Science.
Advantages: It is very useful for assessing and classifying many journals
not included in the Web of Science. It is particularly useful for cataloguing
national journals. See, for example, IN-RECS (http://ec3.ugr.es/in-recs/).
Disadvantages: The same as those described for the impact factor.
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The revised RG Score uses the reputation of those who view, comment or interact with you to calculate your score. The higher their score the greater the impact on your score will be. However, where disciplines traditionally score lower in citation counts, journal impact factors etc. they will start with a lower base. This would be true of social sciences and humanities and whichever category Librarianship and Information Science currently resides. Should RG introduce discipline norms so that your score is greater than XX% in discipline A, as well as your score is greater than XX% in ResearchGate?
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Hi Walter, the topic of the RG Score was extensively discussed when it was introduced. Most of the comments seem to be in this thread [ https://www.researchgate.net/post/ResearchGate_RG_SCORE_inclusion_in_the_personal_Curriculum_Vitae_CV ]. It was actually re-based and scores appeared to be more representative of the standing each person. My point is that historically in many metrics, including IF Social Sciences and Humanities score lower. In fact one of the many criticisms of IF is that people use it indiscriminately without reference to the disciplinary context. I just think that it would be easy for RG to produce across discipline averages for RG. rather than a whole RG average. On the other hand are we taking it too seriously!
Best Wishes
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Evaluations made by the users of information constitutes one of the methods used to diagnose the state of an information system. However this method needs to be applied with great caution. Users’ evaluations certainly help to identify those elements of a system whose functioning deviates significantly from the norm, in both negative and positive senses. However such evaluations should not be treated as direct assessments of the system. This is because users’ evaluations are dependent on many factors, one of which is the intensity of system use.
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Hello Miroslaw:
Yes, exactly, it is wrong to assess the use of an information system through the behavior of library users.
Some argue that this is due to that librarians have no way to evaluate the behavior of the users of information, because they care about the user as an individual, or of its expectations or behaviors.
I mean it is easier to evaluate how often you see a system, what time? on which issues?, to make a thorough study of preferences, opinions and interests of information users.
Greetings Mercedes
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I am working with an organization which is working on developing e-learning material for engineering education. We are seeking assistance for accuracy and comprehensiveness of the content developed in our lab.
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As far as I can see, the "developing e-learning material for engineering education" as you need, must be based on the richness of the conceptual and operative experience you can supply to your students trought the e-learning system you adopt.
Firstly, you must analize the core conceptual and hands on operations implied in the engineering you choose on (each of them has its own) and carefully develop, as much as you can, a bunch of rich and enough e-learning experiences including and according to the kind of conceptual and hands-on operations required.
So, the engineering contents make and stablish a lot of constraints and conditions you must attend. This conditions are gived for the social contents for the engineering: methods, phylosohpy, technics, validation resources, ... etc.
I believe that a meaning of the e-learned engineering (and in any other discipline) seems to be the kind of things you do with all the stuff reviewed on the or trought the e-learning materials. This could be a good criterion to acreditacion, I mean in terms of the evidence on the kind of things or deliverable products of engineering, in a partial or global sense.
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It's been about four years now that I've got interested in using TC technologies in different aspects of library such as administration, search, etc. Recently, I started using the technology for substituting printed references like Britannica with a digital version. If there is a similar experience I would like to know and if possible cooperate.
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I produced this guide for a professional group who are - in the UK - moving from training based in the workplace to Higher Education/University based qualification. As this group are new to Higher Education the community knowledge about the publication process is weak. It's based in part on my own experience. Would welcome any comments or feedback [ http://www.networks.nhs.uk/nhs-networks/nwas-library-and-information-service/guides/guide-to-getting-published-for-allied-health-professionals ]
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Hi Eduardo, yes please do feel free to make use of the guide and its contents.
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I would like to organise lot of PDF's sitting in my PC. As both Papers and Mendeley are avaialble for windows desktop, I need valuable suggestion (Pros and cons) from the RG users as I need to choose one them for my PC.
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Dear Sir as discussed in a previous topic post, EndNote is a good program to manage references. You can create separate libraries and organize your PDF's. It also helps to immediately update your citation styles to any Journal.
The two leading alternatives to Endnote (in some features), Mendeley and Zotero, are (essentially) freeware, although you can give Mendeley money for online storage facilities.
Endnote can afford to employ a large enough team to design and constantly improve their software, but that comes at the cost of a licence fee, although this is often covered in some institution. The question is: are the freeware alternatives suitable?
To view the full discussion, on the pros and cons please visit:
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Is it good book? Has someone an advice on developing a digital library for the Judges?
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Thnx Joanna!
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I am doing a research study on the information behaviour (i.e., how do people interact, approach, and use information for a variety of purposes) of women researchers and one of the things that I want to explore is the influence of cultural norms on the information behaviour of this group. Any ideas about what methods would work to investigate how social and cultural factors (e.g., norms) influence people's information behaviour?
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Fatmah, it is a challenge to determine the exact nature of the methdologies to recommend or suggest given that you have not clearly defined your problem statement. The second area to consider is from what world view you are beginning and or taking as your basis for research e.g. realist, idealist, symbolic interactionist, pragmatist etc.
However, let me suggest a few areas that should I hope point you in the right direction. Let us assume that you are seeking to investigate the nature of three phenomenon; Social Behaviour, Cultural Behaviour and Information Behaviour seeking to understand and or develop an awareness of how the factors associated with these phenomena interact to facilitate and or inhibit individual and or organisational performance. There are three main methodologies:
1. Grounded Theory- such an approach comes from Glasser & Strauss (2011) and take the view that there is a reality out there and individuals have an impact on and are affected by this reality. It seeks to generate theory from qualitative data coming at the problem with no preconceived notions, views and or undertaking a detailed literature review. A great source is the following book:
Reference: Glasser, B. and A. Strauss (2011). The discovery of Grounded Theory: strategies for qualitative research. London, UK, Transaction Publishers.
2. Phenomenology: Developed by Husserl and best described in his seminal work Ideas, suggests that the reality and non-reality is waiting to be discovered by a process of reduction, coming at the problem with an openness, awareness and seeking to develop a cohesive understanding of the meaning, feelings and emotions associated by subjects, includuing you as the researcher within the situation. He suggests in his work that phenomenology is the foundation of all sciences, although this has received much debate. A good source to start with would be:
Reference: Lenthall, A. (2007). "Review of 'Psychotherapy and phenomenology: On Freud, Husserl and Heidegger'." Psychodynamic Practice: Individuals, Groups and Organisations 13(4): 423-427.
3. Ethnography- This approach involves the study of groups and individuals as they interact, react and participate in social, cultural and relational activities. You as the researcher participate in the social setting and become intimate with both the subjects and the behaviour seeking to observe what is going on. A good source of this is:
Reference: Emerson etal 1995 ' Writing ethnographic Field Notes', Chicago Press USA.
There are of course mixed methods and other options available however, my suggestion is that:
1. Clearly develop your problem statement.
2. Develop your Context
3. Create the Research Design- the methodo
logy will follow fro this.
Good luck and let me know how you go.
regards
Andrew
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In a recent quality review of Library & Information Services in the UK Health Sector measured on 49 indicators, two indicators referred to Knowledge Management. They are quite specific relating to participation as an information expert in a project or workstream, outside the Library but within the orgnaisation served. I had three questions on this topic: 1) Would you consider a well run Library & Information Service as delivering Knowledge Management; 2) Is is necessary to demonstrate additional work to prove Knowledge Management credentials beyond the normal delivery of Library & Information Services; 3) in terms of the knowledge management theory / ideology where do Library & Information Services interact with their models of knowledge management within organisations?
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The institutional repository is a natural place for the inter-section of KM and IS in higher education, driven as it is in the UK, and I think Australia, by a citation based research assessment exercise. Libraries are the home of the institutional repository. However, in order to prepare for, model and strategise the research assessment exercise universities have to build a research management infrastructure that links universities output, recorded in the repository, with the metrics they need to create the best game plan to get research funding. There are also natural links between the repository and IT and PR/Corporate Comms. to create staff profiles, show case research and so on.
I was involved in trying to build a repository metrics tool about 5 years ago for the repository. It wasn't really a success but it did show the way ahead. The most revealing part was the realisation about how interconnected the repository - or the data it contained - was with the rest of the university. The point was really brought home when the UK authority tried to model a citation based research assessment exercise. It became apparent that only those with IR's could collate and submit the data.
I only wish the organisation I work for had the need for, and output to support a repository. Sadly, I think I have to work harder to come up with something else to evidence KM for the quality review mentioned in the question above.
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I am looking for a better term than the Virtual Library to describe a Library that is completely electronic. My thought is that it describes a negative, that is, not a physical library. Also links the library to technology, the means of delivery of information not the purpose of the library. There must be a better term?
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Rowley explains that there are many terms to refer to. Currently, I see many researchers prefering use Digital Library. An excelent source could you clarify it:: Theoretical Foundations for Digital Libraries: The 5S (Societies, Scenarios, Spaces, Structures, Streams) Approach (Synthesis Lectures on Information [Paperback]
By: Edward A. Fox, et al. Hoping it may contribute!
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I am looking for pre-made resources available for libraries to use to assess library use and research skills.
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Hi, there is a light hearted questionnaire here to assess research skills [ http://www.bournemouth.ac.uk/library/local-assets/staff-researchers/docs/questionnaire.pdf ]
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Clouding computing
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Hi All,
I ran across some webinars on deployment of Cloud Computing by higher ed institutes in the U.S. You'll need to register to Bright Talk to access them, but it's a free service.
Cheers...
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What is your favorite resource for gray literature?
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Grey Source (http://www.greynet.org/greysourceindex.html) is a good place to start!
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ETD Electronic Thesis and Dissertations should have anti plagiarism software, otherwise any body can just download full texts online and change the topic and area can submit to any Universities to get the Ph.D or masters degree.
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Certainly here in the UK all submitted Ph.D thesis will have been checked through 'Turnitin' before being deposited in our Institutional Repository. At the moment the British Library's 'EThOS' service is negotiating with eParadigms for Turnitin interoperability for the national service. As Farhad said above, it should be part of the Academic Regulations of the University to ensure against plagiarism in this way.
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If the first option is google, what will be the future of the library?.
Interesting report from OCLC.
Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want .
An end user’s expectations and work practices on the Web influence his or her decision to use a library online catalog.OCLC, 2008.
"The findings suggest two traditions of information organization at work—one from librarianship and the other from the Web. Librarians’ perspectives about data quality remain highly influenced by their profession’s classical principles of information organization, while end users’ expectations of data quality arise largely from their experiences of how information is organized on popular Web sites. What is needed now is to integrate the best of both worlds in new, expanded definitions of what “quality” means in library online catalogs."
Executive summary [OCLC]
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Libraries are not buildings,
Libraries are not books,
Libraries are not journals,
Libraries are not electronic resources,
Libraries are the drivers of creativity and ideas,
Even if they only exist in your head.
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Make sure you notice the section called "Vendors and Publishers" on the libsuccess.org page. Of the vendors listed, only Boopsie (http://www.boopsie.com/libraries.html) and Innovative Interfaces (http://www.iii.com/products/airpac.shtml) seem to offer apps that integrate with your own library's catalog. For an example of a Boopsie app in the wild, see the KCLS mobile app: http://www.kcls.org/usingthelibrary/gomobilewithkcls/
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Innovation communication, adoption and diffusion
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Sent by e-mail today ...
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Hi, I'm enquiring from the Solomon Islands, a victim country of the "tyranny of distance". I would so much appreciate any information regarding online courses, programmes, etc, which are legally done on line for accredited qualification. Please advise on any worthy information.
Thank you
Nick
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Thanks Rebecca,
I'll check the link.
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What did you use them for and which software did you use to build them.
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We have an iphone, iPad-App for our subject portal www.econbiz.de
However, we did not do the programming.
Info on the english version of the Apps and a link to the free app can be found here:
A German colleague (Bodo Pohla) tested a couple of library apps. There is a German publication on his findings which can be found here: