Sunday, November 20, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Nancy led us with her creative flair, but Anna and Melanie had some hidden artistic talents, too! I think we really enjoyed the opportunity to get creative, and to get to know each other a little bit better.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Sunday, October 16, 2011
I am very pleased to get the opportunity to share something about information literacy in Chinese.There are some websites below focusing upon the research and practice on information literacy.
- Information Literacy Association of Wuhan University
- Information Literacy Association of Wuhan University, which is the first student league with substance of information literacy, was found in June of 2006 by more than 30 graduate and undergraduate students, and was established formally in September of 2006. The association is instructed professionally by the School of Information and Management of Wuhan University. Professor Ma Feichen, the chef of the information resource research center of Wuhan University, is the chef academic director of the association; moreover, the international counselor of it is Professor F.W.Horton, the senior counselor of the information resource management committee in U.S. From this page, we can get information about recent activities and recourses about information literacy. Also, people can discuss their opinions in the BBS of the website.
- Information Literacy Teaching Platform
- This teaching platform is produced by Management School, Shandong University. It aims to help users deal with Information barriers appearing in their life, study and research, and promote their capability of information acquisition and use, learning and research. There are four parts for learner to choose: teaching, communication, examination and tutorship.
- Information literacy Training Course
- Information literacy research team developed this website for people to understand information literacy standards, and also to improve their ability of information selecting, information retrieval and information evaluation. The course consists of four parts including introduction to information literacy, information resources, information retrieval and information evaluation and use. If the user is beginner of information literacy, they are recommended to start from the introduction to information literacy.
- Choosing a research topic
- Identifying what information is needed
- Search strategies
- Evaluating information
- Citing information
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Sophie McDonald, you rock!
Friday, October 14, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
The article described Bilal's research into the specific needs of autistic children, specifically in relation to their digital information literacy. Her research was carried out through interviews with the parents and carers of autistic children, and (although on a small scale) creates an interesting starting point for further exploration.
Bilal, D. (2010). "The Mediated Information Needs of Children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)". Towards Accessible Search Systems: Workshop of the 33rd Annual International ACM SIGIR Conference on Research and Development in Information Retrieval, pp. 42-49. Geneva: SIGIR, [Accessed 12/10/2011]
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
This article introduces the concept of information encountering and relates it to the wider context of information acquisition. Participants were asked to recall information encountering experiences. Four categories of information encounterers are identified and issues of timeframe, user needs and practical implications are addressed, including emotional and cognitive changes. The author concludes that information encountering is an important area of information acquisition and should inform future consideration of user behaviour.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Erdelez, S. (1999) "Information encountering: it's more than just bumping into information." Bulletin of the American Association for Information Science [Online], 25(3), 25-29. http://www.asis.org/Bulletin/Feb-99/erdelez.html
The author seeks to define and raise awareness of information encountering. Erdelez feels strongly that it is a previously underreported area of research that has great potential. Her exact methodology is unclear; however, solicited subjects were interviewed on their experience of random discoveries of data. (Previous research has focused on guided data seeking.) Her results reinforce her thesis of the validity of serendipitous knowledge. She outlines four categories of information seekers: non-encounterers, occasional encounterers, encounterers and super-encounterers. Erdelez discusses the emotional effects, and how needs met further develop information encountering. Training IT professionals, adapting IT software and explaining so-called irrational information behaviour would all be potential routes for further study.
Analysis of Abstracting
I feel our example is more mainstream or even journalistic in style, simply giving an overall view of the work. Too much focus was perhaps given to the possible future follow-up, and criticism of methodology should have been omitted. It seems difficult in abstracting to balance the need to provide information for future database users with promoting the study. I guess one just has to focus on giving what information is crucial in determining a study’s relevance to a potential researcher.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
- Industry reports and white papers
- Magazines and newspapers (particularly industry magazines)
- In-house data (e.g. previous proposals, sales data)
- Proposal reviews (sourced from industry contacts)
- Anecdotal evidence/ interviews
- Websites (corporate, commercial, government, personal)
- Social networking sites
- Online discussion forums
- Print books
- Industry journals
- books - including fictional, academic, handbooks, etc.
- journals and academic articles, both online and in print
- newspapers and magazines
- websites - including news, corporate, government, commercial, gossip, blogs
- search engines and online databases
- television and film
- teletext and 'the red button'
- social networking - both in reality and online
Saturday, October 1, 2011
When I was an undergraduate student, I read academic books and journals to prepare my essay, read novels for fun, and watched BBC news to improve my English and know the world. However, since I came in Sheffield, map becomes increasingly important to my life. I take it to attend class, go shopping and visit friends, otherwise I might lose myself. What’s more, it is quite different between the teaching methods in England and that in China. Chinese students often use a main textbook for a course, and almost every student has one. In contrast, in British, there are a lot of materials, including print and electronic books, journals and websites which people have to study before class for preparation and after class for review. Fortunately, libraries here are brilliant with comfortable sofa, rich collections, bright space and friendly service so that I can get information freely and effectively.
Dictionary (online, print)
Encyclopedia (online, print)
Community-based answering site (Professional, free)
Social networking sites
Online academic discussion forums
Friday, September 30, 2011
I've been fortunate enough to have positions in the media that require some offbeat inquiries. Unbelievably, I only yesterday realized that I have specialized in image retrieval without even knowing it. I particularly liked the wardrobe and hair/makeup queries, although there were also ones from props, set decoration, straight fact-checking and others. Working on a topical comedy show, information was very time-sensitive, and we had to keep abreast of the political situation in Iran, the currency conversion rate with America, and the latest haircut Lady Gaga was sporting. As you can imagine, this changed daily, if not hourly, right up to our deadline. I really liked the wide variety of queries I was given, and felt a bit like an 'information concierge'. I might have had videotape out from Parliament, CDs from the music library, art books from the visual library, biographies from the regular library and archival footage- all from in-house sources, so it was sometimes a task to juggle returns.
"How do you pronouce the Latin phrase...?"
"What`s the middle name of the opposition leader?"
"When did Angela Merkel first get elected?"
"Where is Nauru?"
"What size crinoline would an 1870s dress have?"
-telephone directories and reverse phone look-ups
-professional photo websites such as Getty
-museum and gallery websites
-DEFRA and other government agencies
-official websites of MPs and other public figures
-major news websites
-gossip websites for joke fodder/paparazzi shots
-advertisements and physical products in stores
-personnel in legal and other specialized department
-my mother for agricultural issues, aunt for medical, etc.
-trivia quizzes and contests
-academic experts in particular fields