The spring semester is an ideal time to discover the SLIS student chapters of the Association for Information Science and Technology and the User Experience Professionals Association.
Join us on 01/28/2022 at noon ET to meet others passionate about research, technology, and user experience design.
The joint meeting offers students a perfect place to learn about both groups and hear how you can be involved this semester and beyond. Whether you’re just starting out at Simmons or wrapping up your time in SLIS, please take the time to engage with your virtual campus community!
For more information about Simmons ASIS&T and UXPA@Simmons:
As I sit down and think about ASIS&T’s strategic plan and what it means to me, I thought about the usual …career, jobs, how to find the unlisted ones (hint hint strategic plan)….Then my thoughts went to the future a little bit more. What happens when I leave school and don’t have access to all the databases that I currently wander around in? There are public libraries, but what if I wanted more specific journals?
There is value in membership to associations (like ASIS&T) who offer journal subscriptions built into their membership.
As an alum, you can have access to your schools library, but you usually need to come in person. Maybe university libraries could partner with off-campus alumni and share some cost?
Along those same lines, maybe small business could partner with public libraries to purchase some of the larger databases of journals.
Has this happened already? If you are a librarian can you envision this working? Tell us your story
The authors noted that “All elements of the information marketplace-libraries, publishers, and vendors- will continue to be impacted by the changing market conditions.”
Changes in how a e-journal packaging is defined
Cost rising easily over 6% in one year
High Schools and Public Libraries: 5-6%
University and College libraries: 5-7%
A business model to pay attention to
Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR)
Open access to well-funded federal agencies research articles
SCOAP3 and CERN working with publishers towards open access (oh, don’t go too crazy DaVinci conspirators…)
Open Access to science journals-great! They have funding…but wait, say it isn’t so…the humanities are not big fans of open source? Oh the humanity of it all.
So could LIS associations be one part of the solution? Can partnerships between entrepreneurs, small business, and libraries off-set journal costs? Could there be a NETFLIX model for these professional groups and public libraries and strategically move away from the costly grip of publishing cable companies offering 100 journal channels?
Check out our facebook page and let us know your two cents…
Simmons ASIS&T in partnership with the Research Colloquium Series are sponsoring a talk about Practical Project Management with the Beatley Library Ebsco Discovery System Implementation Team.
Thursday, April 3rd 12pm-1pm in Palace Road Building Room 308.
The Library Search (Ebsco Discovery Service) implementation working group at Beatley library will present a panel on various aspects of practical project management. The community could come and learn about the history of the project and how the team and meetings were structured. Other key topics would include system integration, obstacles that needed to be addressed, and outreach to key stakeholders.
This Tuesday we’re skipping the tutorial to bring you the latest issue of the ASIS&T Bulletin.
This issue is focused on search and includes an excellent article from Daniel Tunkelang on human-computer information retrieval:
In economic terms, HCIR aims to offer users better return on investment. Instead of slavishly accepting the constraints of the current interaction metaphor (users enter two words as input and see a ranked list of ten results as output) and attempting to optimize the user experience within those constraints, a search engine can allow users to get more if they give more. But what should it ask users to give? And what will users get in return?
Learn to use Yahoo Pipes by building something useful with this tutorial from Tony Hirst’s blog. Dr. Hirst presents a practical and focused use of the Yahoo Pipes service for tracking journal articles by subject.
Even if you’re not working in an academic library environment, as students we need to keep up with LIS literature. Try building a Pipe focused on your LIS interests or even the journals recommended by your professors this semester. Leave a link to your Pipe in the comments!
Many URIs effectively provide an API to a web service. If you ever see a search form, run some queries using it, and look at the URIs of the results page. If you can see your search terms in the URI, you are now in a position to construct your own queires to that service simply by using the URI, rather than having to go by the search form.
Look for more on using APIs in next week’s Tutorial Tuesday!
There are currently over 1500 items in DASH, with new material being added all the time. In addition to the Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard Law School, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education have also signed on to the open access mandate and will begin contributing work to the repository.