Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FREE Webinar > Using Doctoral Theses in Your Research: A Guide to EThOS > Database for PhD Theses Managed by the British Library

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM (EDT)

EThOS (http://ethos.bl.uk) is the national database for PhD theses, managed by the British Library. It’s a fantastic resource for researchers, with over 100,000 UK theses freely available to download and use for your own research, and another 200,000 available to search and scan on demand.

Join us for a free webinar to learn how EThOS works. Find out how to search for and download theses, and what to do if a thesis isn’t available. If you’re a PhD student, find out what will happen to your thesis once it’s completed. We’ll also explain how EThOS works with UK universities to support the whole research cycle, making the theses more visible and available for new researchers to use and build on. 
 
Host: Sara Gould, Development Manager at the British Library, who manages the EThOS service. Sara will answer questions after the webinar.

Source and Registration Available At 


EThOS: Free Downloads Of UK Dissertations/Theses From The British Library

 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Google Scholar Library


Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | 11:30 PM

Today we’re launching Scholar Library, your personal collection of articles in Scholar. You can save articles right from the search page, organize them by topic, and use the power of Scholar's full-text search & ranking to quickly find just the one you want - at any time and from anywhere. You decide what goes into your library and we’ll provide all the goodies that come with Scholar search results - up to date article links, citing articles, related articles, formatted citations, links to your university’s subscriptions, and more. And if you have a public Scholar profile, it’s easy to quickly set up your library with the articles you want - with a single click, you can import all the articles in your profile as well as all the articles they cite.[Link]


Here’s how it looks. Click “Save” below a search result to save it to your library. Click “My library” to see all the articles in your library and search their full text. You can also use labels to organize your articles. To get you started we’ve created two labels, “My Citations” and “Cited by me”, based on your Scholar profile, if you have one. “My Citations” contains your profile articles and “Cited by me” contains articles you’ve cited.[Link]

Source and Links Available At:

[http://googlescholar.blogspot.com/2013/11/google-scholar-library.html]

Monday, November 18, 2013

Launch of Open Access Button

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The Open Access Button is a browser-based tool that lets users track when they are denied access to research, then search for alternative access to the article.  Each time a user encounters a paywall, he simply clicks the button in his bookmark bar, fills out an optional dialogue box, and his experience is added to a map alongside other users.  Then, the user receives a link to search for free access to the article using resources such as Google Scholar. The Open Access Button initiative hopes to create a worldwide map showing the impact of denied access to research.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Surveys of Distant Learner Awareness of Library Resources and Services ?

Colleagues/

Speaking of Surveys of Distant Learners ...

Have others conducted a survey of distant learners with regard to their awareness of library resources and services ?

Although I will conduct a systematic literature and web review, I'd appreciate learning of any / all surveys and will post.

Thanks !

/Gerry

Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
and
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

"It's Not The Journey; It's The Detours."

 http://ref-notes.blogspot.com/2013/09/its-not-journey-its-detours.html

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Effective Strategies for Promoting Library Resources and Services to Distant Learners ?

Colleagues/

I am greatly interested in learning "Effective Strategies for Promoting Library Resources and Services to Distant Learners." I reviewing the results of a recent survey of distant learning students with regard to their awareness of library resources and services I was quite dismayed that a significant percentage were not.

Note: Respondents learned about services and features from the survey.

Awareness of several key e-Library features was significantly low.

For such features as course reserve, ‘Ask Us’, interlibrary loan, databases, electronic journals, library research guides, the percentage of students who were not was more than 40%, with the latter over 50%.

BTW: I'm not in interested in creating resources and general services for distant learner per se, but in strategies for _promoting_ them:

For example : Use of social media, asynchronous/synchronous webinars, targeted communication by subject librarians, etc.

BTW: While I will be conducting a systematic literature and web review, I am also interested in learning of any / all publications / resources on the topic.

Note: I will be posting (other) strategies and relevant literature and web resources >  Stay Tuned ...

Thanks for your assistance !

/Gerry

Gerry McKiernan
Associate Professor
and
Science and Technology Librarian
Iowa State University
152 Parks Library
Ames IA 50011

"It's Not The Journey; It's The Detours."

 http://ref-notes.blogspot.com/2013/09/its-not-journey-its-detours.html