Creating a digital library takes time, effort, and resources…and the resources are readily available, thanks to the popularity of the digital movement. The librarian must take the primary role in providing tools and guidance to make the process run smoothly, both in the creation and then the management of the library.
Chemistry and Life Sciences Librarian at the University of Maryland College Park
Svetla holds a MS in Chemistry, a PhD in Microbiology, and a library degree. Her current research interests focus on information literacy, management of scientific information, and scientific communication.
Are Your Users' Literature Searches Telling the Whole Story?
“What if researchers — particularly those new to certain disciplines or to research itself — could have a Wikipedia-like experience that was streamlined and trusted?” This is the question that led two neuroscientists on a fascinating journey to improve literature search, from exploring users’ needs to applying cutting edge technologies.
Students in an introductory and a higher-level class were assessed to determine where they were doing their research, their comfort level with reading reviews and primary literature, how frequently they came across unfamiliar terms, and how they handled cases where they needed additional clarity. Then they were provided the beta version of ScienceDirect Topics, an enhancement to the database that provides links within journal articles to 80,000+ topic pages with citable and trusted definitions that are contextualized within a discipline.
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Moving from Print to Electronic in Academic Libraries — A Timely Consideration
Institutional libraries have always been dedicated to making research and learning easier for faculty and students. Today’s watchwords for libraries are efficiency, discovery and access. Now, to accommodate changing scholarly habits, as well as new roles for the physical library space itself, librarians are exploring — or already undertaking — the transition from print resources to electronic.
Kari-Mette Walmann Hidle
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway
Kari-Mette researches questions of plurality and unity and their ethical consequences in legislative processes and professional practices, and lectures in the vocational studies.
Hilde T. Drivenes Johannessen
Head of Section for Teaching and Research Services, University of Agder Library, Kristiansand, Norway
Hilde's work is concentrated on library instruction, research support and knowledge management.
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