Filters: Part 2: Thinking about the network as filter – confused of calcutta
And then we have the ultimate, the Infinite Loop. The phenomenon that grinds decision-making to a halt as people strive to obtain consensus via mail. I was on vacation at the time. I didn’t see that message. Constant re-openings of the same debate as people try and get a synchronous outcome out of an asynchronous tool without the agreements and conventions in place to do it.
january 2014
▶ CNI: Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use - YouTube
Eszter Hargittai
Delaney Family Professor
Communication Studies Department
Faculty Associate
Institute for Policy Research
Northwestern University

Closing Plenary Session
"Digital Natives or Digital Naives? The Role of Skill in Internet Use"

The growing diffusion of information technologies influences people's life chances and raises questions as to their ability to appropriate digital media for their empowerment. Does the spread of information technologies affect different population segments differently? If so, which segments are most likely to benefit and which are most likely to be left behind? Based on original data, the talk considers disparities in people's Web use skills and how skills relate to what people do online. Those who know how to navigate the Web's vast landscape can reap significant benefits from it. In contrast, those who lack online abilities may have a harder time dealing with certain logistics of everyday life, may miss out on opportunities and may also obtain incorrect information from unreliable sources or come to rely on unsubstantiated rumors. Analyses suggest that skills are not randomly distributed among users, rather, they depend on demographic and socioeconomic factors as well as user context even when controlling for access differences.

Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
Fall 2013 Membership Meeting
December 9-10, 2013
Washington, DC
december 2013
Fletcher: Information literacy is dead
Information Literacy is dead?
Janet Fletcher, Director, Information Resources, the University of New South Wales Library
november 2013
Five Myths about MOOCs (EDUCAUSE Review) |
Five Myths about MOOCs
by James G. Mazoue
Published on Monday, October 7, 2013

"Some conclude that MOOCs are inferior to face-to-face instruction because they believe MOOCs possess a property that renders them ineffective. The property typically cited is simply the fact that they are online. This is like claiming that there is some unique property that all home-delivered pizzas have in common that makes them inferior to restaurant-served pizzas. A closer analysis of reported performance deficits in online courses might reveal that the real cause is poor instructional design, a correctable condition not unique to online classes."

"Where the critics go wrong is to conclude that this constitutes an unequivocal endorsement of classroom instruction as the optimal form of learning. Having a teacher in a classroom would play a decisive role in your learning if you were the only student in the classroom.14 Benjamin Bloom's research debunks the notion that one-to-many group instruction is anything more than minimally effective, let alone pedagogically optimal."
november 2013
Evans: Creating an un-library catalog
Creating an Un-Library Catalog: A Case Study in Managing Satellite Collections

Gwen Evans and Kellie Tilton

Library Resources & Technical Services. Jan2011, Vol. 55 Issue 1, p45-53.

Over time, the University Libraries at Bowling Green State University incorporated several departmental or satellite collections into the catalog, only to expunge them later at the request of either the department or the library administration. To avoid past problems, the library took a new approach to a request to catalog a collection of VHS cassettes and DVDs for the Dr. Ralph H. Wolfe Viewing Center. This paper describes how the authors used a lightweight content management system to create a video catalog database that the Viewing Center's staff could easily update and manage. The solution presented here might be useful for other libraries facing similar requests.
september 2013
8 things we know about web scale discovery systems in 2013
Musings about librarianship
8 things we know about web scale discovery systems in 2013
Aaron Tay
June 15, 2013

1. Web Scale Discovery Services increase accessibility of eresources and will definitely on the whole increase full-text downloads
2. Undergraduates generally love discovery services
3. Librarians reactions towards discovery services are mixed at best.
4. Advanced searchers generally mirror the attitudes of librarians and are not as satisfied
5. Relevancy ranking can still be improved
6. Adding Federated search does not add much to web scale discovery (currently)
7. Content providers are generally eager to cooperate with discovery vendors to have their content indexed.
8. Problems of broken links are still an issue though the problem is less serious and likely to be so in future
september 2013
Continued adventures in integrated article search | Bibliographic Wilderness
"There is a thing as too much assessment, and my sense is that libraries, once they get over the hump from doing zero assessment, will rapidly move towards the other extreme of analysis-paralysis as we attempt to keep doing more and more assessment to compensate for possible flaws identified in previous assessment....while I expected that spending more time on assessment and assessment-focused decision-making would help us build consensus and feel good about our decisions, with data helping to resolve otherwise bitter arguments — I suspect it has not had that effect."

"I think there may be some huge institutional barriers, structural and cultural, to using [iterative development] in many academic libraries....Iterative development is going to be hard if it doesn’t also involve regular iterative releases, but there is pressure from some stakeholders to only do releases once a year, in the summer ‘slow period’, and corresponding to updating instructional materials to match the new releases. I think it may also be, partially, because, in most academic libraries, there are so many people that need to be consulted/involved in any decisions. For any major (or even not so major) decision here, there are usually several committees that need to sign-off, as well as several different broad constituencies that realistically/politically need to be consulted in order for decisions to be made."
september 2013
"Can't Buy Us Love:" Rick Anderson
Ithaka S+R
Series 001
(S&R 32582)
Can't buy us love: the declining importance of library books and the rising importance of special collections
Rick Anderson

Special collections as the future of libraries. Also comments on Open Access

"The so-called Gold OA model4 (the one that has been willingly adopted by many STM publishers and functionally enshrined in national policy thanks to the UK’s Finch Report5) does not undermine the old system so much as enrich it"

"Opting out of the scholarly communication wars"
september 2013
Paths of Discovery: Comparing the Search Effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources
Paths of Discovery: Comparing the Search Effectiveness of EBSCO Discovery Service, Summon, Google Scholar, and Conventional Library Resources
Andrew D. Asher, Lynda M. Duke and Suzanne Wilson
September 2013
College & Research Libraries v
ol. 74 no. 5

"Regardless of the search system, students exhibited a marked inability to effectively evaluate sources and a heavy reliance on default search settings."
september 2013
Startup folder (Windows 7)
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup

C:\Users\<user name>\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
august 2013
Actions Speak Louder than Words: Analyzing large-scale query logs to improve the research experience
The Code4Lib Journal –
Issue 21, 2013-07-15
Actions Speak Louder than Words: Analyzing large-scale query logs to improve the research experience

Analyzing anonymized query and click-through logs leads to a better understanding of user behaviors and intentions, and provides opportunities to create an improved search experience. As a large-scale provider of SaaS services that returns search results against a single unified index, Serials Solutions is uniquely positioned to learn from the dataset of queries issued to its Summon® service by millions of users at hundreds of libraries around the world.

In this paper, we describe the Relevance Metrics Framework that we use to analyze our query logs and provide examples of insights we have gained during development and implementation. We also highlight the ways our analysis is inspiring changes to the Summon® service to improve the academic research experience.

by Ted Diamond, Susan Price, and Raman Chandrasekar
july 2013
Drawing the Blueprint As We Build: Setting Up a Library-based Copyright and Permissions Service for MOOCs
D-Lib Magazine

July/August 2013
Volume 19, Number 7/8
Table of Contents

Drawing the Blueprint As We Build: Setting Up a Library-based Copyright and Permissions Service for MOOCs

Lauren Fowler
Duke University Libraries

Kevin Smith
Duke University Libraries

july 2013
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