For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online




Скачать 98.03 Kb.
НазваниеFor the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online
Дата10.10.2012
Размер98.03 Kb.
ТипДокументы
Candyce Pruitt-Goddard

ILS 504.S71

Exercise #1


2)

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online reference collection contained a significant number of online ready reference resources that are made available to the university’s students. The library’s website divides these reference sources into 28 useful categories. The following table contains the information for one ready reference source in each of the 28 categories. The column on the far left lists the reference category, the middle column lists the name of the ready reference source in that category, and the far right column lists the description of that ready reference source.


Library at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Ready Reference Sources

Category

Source Title

Description

Acronyms

Acronyma

Acronyma is search engine for acronyms or words contained within acronyms. It is particularly strong for foreign language acronyms.

Addresses

Area Decoder

Provides you with current information related to area codes, city codes, and country codes.

Almanacs

Old Farmer’s Almanac

Electronic version of North America's oldest continuously published almanac. Includes weather forecasts, sunrise and ocean tide tables, gardening advice, historical facts, household advice, and classified ads.

Archives

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit that archives Internet sites, multimedia, and texts in digital form. Much like a physical library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. The University of Illinois has contributed about 15,000 digital books from our print collection to the Internet Archive.

Article Indexes & Abstracts

Digital National Security Archives

Indexes declassified documents that led to U.S. policy decisions, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.

Biography

Current Biography

Online version of the Current Biography Yearbook with over 15,000 biographies and 9,000 obituaries of prominent individuals from 1940 until today.

Book Reviews

Books in Print

Provides approximately 600,000 full-text book reviews (as well as citations) as a complement to its 3.5 million title records. Books in Print reviews are indexed from over 40 sources.

Books in Print

Journal Info

Publically accessible journal information from the University of Lund (Sweden). Gives basic information such as date range, publisher, indexing databases, and impact information for over 18,000 journals.

Calculation & Converters

Ask Numbers

Offers tools to convert between units in distance, weight/mass, temperature, cookery, and many other categories.

Citation Management Tools

Zotero

Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. Most convenient for saving screenshots and citing webpages. For support issues with Zotero, contact the History, Philosophy, and Newspaper Library.

Citing Print & Electronic Resources

BibMe

Takes information from a variety of sources (including films, websites, and newspapers) and generates a formatted bibliography.

Colleges & Universities

College Catalogs

CollegeSource Online features over 40,000 catalogs of 2-year, 4-year, graduate and professional schools in PDF format. Also includes brief profiles of the schools and links to their websites.

Conferences & Proceedings

Proceedings First

Includes citations of every congress, symposium, conference, exposition, workshop and meeting received at The British Library. Includes a wide variety of topics and countries of origin. Covers 1993-present, updated bimonthly.

Copyright and Fair Use

Crash Course in Copyright

A discussion on copyright, particularly in the context of distance learning, from the University of Texas.

Countries, States, and Cities

Cities of the World

A compilation of current information on cultural, geographic, and political conditions in 193 countries and their cities covering six continents, based on the Department of State's Post Reports. Maps and photos of many cities included.

Dictionaries

Wordnik

An online project that gives as much information as possible for words, such as images, statistics, pronunciation, and multiple definitions.

Dissertation & Theses

Index to Theses

Search a comprehensive list of theses accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland since 1716. Includes records for over 490,000 theses, with 44,000 abstracts added in PDF format for the period 1970 to 1986. From 1986 onwards,almost all entries include abstracts.

Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Mythica

Authoritative online encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and religion.

Genealogy

Biography and Genealogy Master Index

Identifies biographical material on people from all time periods, geographical locations and fields of endeavor.

Grants

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Provides a full list of all Federal programs available to governments, public and private profit and nonprofit organizations, institutions, special groups, and individuals.

Health Information

Gale Encyclopedia of Children’s Health

The set, which covers every major body system, is arranged into five main entry types: Diseases and Disorders; Development; Immunizations; Drugs; and Procedures. With a distinct emphasis on the health issues affecting children under the age of four, the Gale Encyclopedia of Children's Health provides a much-needed service to new parents.

Impact Factors & Journal Rankings

Scopus

Scopus identifies scientific articles in over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers. Selecting "References" in the search options will bring up a list of articles that cited the search terms. Also has options to see what other articles cited a particular articles and citation patterns over time.

Literary Criticism

NoveList

NoveList is an electronic readers' advisory resource which assists fiction readers in finding new authors and titles from its database of over 135,000 works. It contains materials for all ages including picture books, children's "chapter" books, young adult titles and books for adult readers. Updated quarterly.

Polls and Surveys

Gallup Brain

The Gallup Brain is a comprehensive collection of current and archived polls taken by the Gallup Organization since 1935. Interviewing members of the American public for more than 70 years on a wide range of current affairs and general interest issues, the Gallup Poll is one of the best known polls in the United States.

Quotations

Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations

A collection of passages, phrases, and proverbs traced to their sources in ancient and modern literature. This is the 10th edition of the print volume first issued in 1919.

Societies & Associations

World of Learning

Over 30,000 universities, colleges, schools of art and music, libraries, learned societies, research institutes, museums and art galleries are included in this database. Entries provide name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail and internet addresses, principal personnel, activities, and publications, where available.

Statistics

Statistical Universe

Provides access to statistics produced by federal agencies, states, and intergovernmental organizations. Provides links to full text datasets and tables or location information for accompanying Government Documents microfiche.

University of Illinois Information

Student Information

Resources in this category include information on the Bronze Tablet Award, class schedules, the current course catalog, programs of study, student code, student data book, and student enrollment reports.

Writing & Plagiarism Help

Is it Scholarly?

Tips for critically evaluating information sources and determining if a source is peer reviewed or scholarly.


3)

a) For this second part of Exercise 1, I visited the Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut. The Homer Babbidge library is an academic library located at 369 Fairfield Way in Storrs, CT. It serves University of Connecticut students (both undergraduate and graduate), staff, and alumni. The Homer Babbidge library is home to 3.6 million printed volumes, 51,000 print and electronic periodicals, 4.3 million units of microform, and 232,000 maps. This academic library also provides e-books, audio-visual materials, music scores, and databases to the community that it serves.

The reference collection specifically consists of 35,000 non-circulating reference sources, which are classified using the Library of Congress classification. While visiting this academic library, I was able to familiarize myself with this library’s reference collection. To do so, I perused the reference collection, and then selected one book in each of the 28 reference categories specified above, and recorded its bibliographic information. For each of the categories that I could not readily find in the reference collection, I spoke with a professional reference librarian, who was able to help me find sources for some of the categories that I had not yet found a source for. The professional librarian that I spoke with was certainly competent and knew what he was talking about. He was certainly polite, but was not especially friendly. I made sure to pay specific attention to both his verbal and nonverbal communication. While his verbal communication was polite and not unfriendly, his nonverbal communication gave off the message that he was not particularly interested in helping me. As a person seeking information in a library, this interaction would make me less inclined to revisit this library for my information needs.


b) To become familiar with the Homer Babbidge Library’s catalog, I found some of these reference sources in the catalog, and then located them on the shelves. The types of reference books found at the Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut fall into the following categories: acronyms; addresses and phone numbers; almanacs; archives; article indexes and abstracts; biographies; book reviews; books in print; citing print and electronic resources; colleges and universities; copyright and fair use; countries, states, and cities; dissertation and theses; genealogy; grants; health information; literary criticism; societies and associations; statistics; University of Connecticut information; writing and plagiarism help; history; psychology; religion and ethics; economics; social sciences; sports science; business; women’s studies; law, government, and criminology; music; linguistics; film and theater; chemistry, physics, and biology; and warfare and military science.


c) The table below contains the 28 reference categories analyzed, the title and bibliographic information of the book selected for each category, and the call numbers associated with these books. If the Homer Babbidge library did not have any books within a certain category, that category was marked N/A.


Reference Sources at the Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut

Category

Book Title & Bibliographic Information

Call Number

Acronyms

Stedman’s abbrev : Abbreviations, acronyms & symbols. (2003). Baltimore, Maryland: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

REF R 123 .S69 2003

Addresses & Phone Numbers

AT&T toll free 800 directory for consumers. (1985). Basking Ridge, N.J.: AT&T.

REF HE 8811 .A7

Almanacs

Biracree, Tom. (1988). Almanac of the American people. New York: Facts on File.

REF HC 106.8 .B57 1988

Archives

Ritzenthaler, Mary Lynn. (1983). Archives & manuscripts, conservation: A manual on physical care and management. Chicago: Society of American Archivists.

REF Z 110 .C7 R652 1983

Article Indexes & Abstracts

IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society. (2000). 50 year cumulative index of the archival periodical publications. New York: Insititute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

REF TL 3000 .A1 I53 2000

Biography

Webster’s American military biographies. (1978). Springfield, Massachussetts: G & C, Merriam Company, Publishers.

REF Biog U52 W4

Book Reviews

The cumulative book review digest: Evaluation of literature (Vols. 1-104). (1905-2008). Minneapolis: H.W. Wilson Company.

REF Z 1035 .A1 C96

Books in Print

Zipes, Jack (Ed.). (2006). The Oxford encyclopedia of children’s literature (Vols. 1-4). New York: Oxford University Press.

REF PN 1008.5 .O94 2006

Calculation & Converters

N/A

N/A

Citation Management Tools

N/A

N/A

Citing Print & Electronic Resources

MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.). (2009). New York: Modern Language Association of America.

REF LB 2369 .G53 2009

Colleges & Universities

International handbook of universities (21st ed.). (2010). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

REF L 900 .I58 2010

Conferences & Proceedings

N/A

N/A

Copyright and Fair Use

Andorka, Frank H. (1989). A practical guide to copyright and trademarks. New York: Baker & Hostetler.

REF KF 2980 A53 1989

Countries, States, and Cities

Kurian, George Thomas. (2002). Encyclopedia of the world’s nations (Vols. 1-3). New York: Facts on File, Inc.

REF G 63 .K874 2002

Dictionaries

Oxford dictionary of English. (2003). New York: Oxford University Press.

REF PE 1628 .O8675 2003

Dissertation & Theses

Mauch, James E., and Park, Namgi. (2003). Guide to the successful thesis and dissertation: A handbook for students and faculty (5th ed.). New York: Marcel Dekker, Inc.

REF LB 2369 .M377 2003

Encyclopedias

The encyclopedia Americana (Vols. 1-30). (2001). Danbury, Connecticut: Grolier, Inc.

REF AE 5 .E333 2001

Genealogy

Dollarhide, W., Bremer, R.A.. (1998). American’s best genealogy resource centers. Bountiful, Utah: Heritage Quest.

REF CS 5 .D65 1998

Grants

The grant’s registrar (27th ed.). (2009). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

REF LB 2338 .G7 2009

Health Information

Zhang, Yawei (Ed.). (2008). Encyclopedia of global health. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

REF RA 441 .E53 2008

Impact Factors & Journal Rankings

N/A




Literary Criticism

Magill, Frank N. (Ed.). (1979). Magill’s bibliography of literary criticism (Vols. 1-4). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Salem Press.

REF PN 523 .M25 1979

Polls and Surveys

N/A

N/A

Quotations

Westfahl, Gary (Ed.). (2005). Science fiction quotations : From the inner mind to the outer limits. New Haven: Yale University Press.

REF PN 6084 .S34 S35 2005

Societies & Associations

Handbook of learned societies and institutions: America. (1908). Washington D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington.

REF AS 15 H2

Statistics

Zwillinger, D., Kokoska, S. (2000). CRC standard probability and statistics tables and formulae. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall.

QA 273.3 .Z95 2000

University of Connecticut Information

University of Connecticut Alumni Association. (1996). 1996 alumni directory. New York: Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.

REF LD 1281 .C331a U6 1996

Writing & Plagiarism Help

Walker, Melissa. (1987). Writing research papers: A Norton guide (2nd ed.). New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

REF LB 2369 .W25 1987


d) Once the aforementioned information was recorded, a list was made of each of the 28 categories that were not available through this library’s print reference collection. The library’s website does, however, offer ready reference sources for each of these categories not contained within its print collection. The reference categories for which the Homer Babbidge library did not have print resources include the following: citation management tools, calculation and converters, conferences and proceedings, impact factors and journal rankings, and polls and surveys.

Even though the Homer Babbidge Library does not provide printed reference sources for these categories, it does offer online ready reference resources to its clientele for each of these categories. For example, the Homer Babbidge Library makes RefWorks available to its clientele online to aid users in citation management. Similarly, it also provides its clientele with iPoll national poll data online for survey and poll information. It also provides Journal Citation Reports on its website that allows users to rank and compare journals. Many of the databases that the Homer Babbidge Library subscribes to provide information on conferences and proceedings related to the subject matter which they pertain to. In regard to the category of calculation and converters, the library’s website contains links to many helpful websites such as Wolfram Alpha, and also provides helpful software such as Mathsource, to aid users in their calculating and converting needs. Overall, even though the Homer Babbidge Library does not have print reference sources for each of these 28 categories, it does provide some kind of reference resource to users for each of the 28 categories.


e) Another list was then made of the reference categories that were available at this library, that were not available at the Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This list includes history, psychology; religion and ethics; economics; social sciences; business; sports science; women’s studies; law, government, and criminology; music; linguistics; film and theater; chemistry, physics, and biology; and warfare and military science. The following table contains information associated with one book in each of these new reference categories, including that book’s bibliographic information, and call number.



Additional Reference Categories at the Homer Babbidge Library at the University of Connecticut

Category

Book Title & Bibliographic Information

Call Number

History

Mellersh, H.E.C. (1999). Chronology of world history (Vols. 1-4). Oxford: Helicon Publishing Ltd.

REF D 11 .M39 1999

Psychology

Kazdin, Alan E. (Ed.). (2000). Encyclopedia of Psychology (Vols. 1-8). New York: Oxford University Press.

REF BF 31 .E4 2000

Religion and Ethics

Hastings, James (Ed.). (1955). Encyclopedia of religion and ethics (Vols. 1-2). New York: Charles Schribner & Sons.

REF BL 31 .E4

Economics

Eatwell, J., Milgate, M., and Newman, P. (Eds.). (1987). The new Pelgrave dictionary of economics (Vols. 1-3). New York: Stockton Press.

REF HB 61 .N49 1987

Social Sciences

Lewis-Beck, M.S., Bryman, A., and Liao, J.F. (Eds.). (2004). The Sage encyclopedia of social science research methods (Vols. 1-3). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

REF H 62 .L456 2004

Sports Science

Zumerchik, John (Ed.). (1997). Encyclopedia of sports science (Vols. 1-2). New York: Simon & Schuster Macmillan.

REF GV 558 .E53 1997

Business

Business: The ultimate resource. (2002). Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing.

REF HD 38.15 .B878 2002

Women’s Studies

Amico, Eleanor B. (Ed.). (1998). A reader’s guide to women’s studies. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers.

REF HQ 1180 .R42 1998

Law, Government, & Criminology

General statues of Connecticut (Vols. 1-16). Authority of the State.

REF KFC 3630 .A22 2009

Music

Latham, Alison (Ed.). (2002). Oxford companion to music. New York: Oxford University Press.

REF ML 100 .S37 2002

Linguistics

Frawley, William J. (Ed.). (2003). International encyclopedia of linguistics (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press.

REF P 29 .I58 2003

Film and Theater

Nash, Jay Roberts, and Ross, Stanley Ralph. (1983). Motion picture guide (Vols. 1-10). Chicago: Cinebooks, Inc.

REF PN 1993 .M4334 1927/83

Chemistry, Physics, & Biology

Radzig, A.A., and Smirnar, B.M. (1985). Reference data on atoms, molecules, and ions. New York: Springer-Verlag.

REF QC 173 .R2613 1985

Warfare and military science

Parker, G. (Ed.). (1995). Cambridge illustrated history of warfare: The triumph of the West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

REF U 27 .C26 1995


4)

To reiterate, the Homer Babbidge library at the University of Connecticut is an academic library that serves the University of Connecticut students, staff, and sometimes, alumni. It houses 3.6 million print volumes, 51,000 electronic and print periodicals, 35,000 reference books, 4.3 million units of microform, and 232,000 maps. This library also subscribes to more than 1,000 academic databases that cover a myriad of topics.

For the interview portion of this assignment, I spoke with a different professional librarian at the Homer Babbidge Library than the one I spoke with regarding the former portion of this assignment. The librarian that I interviewed and observed received his MLS approximately three years ago, and has been working for as a reference librarian at the Homer Babbidge Library for about a year. After interviewing him, and observing him performing a reference interview, I was able to determine that he seemed to be fully competent and friendly. Both his verbal and nonverbal communications were friendly and inviting to me and his information customers. After coming to him and receiving such friendly service, I would me much more likely to come back to this library for information in the future. After observing a reference transaction between him and a library user, I asked him the following questions, and got the following information from him regarding the reference services at the Homer Babbidge Library.


a.     How many User Groups have been identified in this library?

The user groups at the Homer Babbidge Library can be broken down into five main categories: undergraduate students, graduate students, university staff, university faculty, and occasionally university alumni.


b.    Which user group(s) are using the library’s reference services mostly? For what kind of reference/information needs?


University of Connecticut graduate students are the user group that use the reference services at the Homer Babbidge Library the most frequently. For the most part, they use the reference services for conducting research for writing research papers, theses, and dissertations they need to write in order to obtain their masters or PhD degrees. University professors also frequently use the reference services provided by the library, albeit less than graduate students do. The extent to which professors (university staff) use these services is dependent upon the professor’s field of study, and whether or not they are conducting research at the university.


c. What types of reference services are provided in this library? e.g. ready reference, bibliographic instruction, information literacy course, online search workshops for teaching the use of special resources, etc.


The Homer Babbidge Library provides a myriad of reference services. For example, it offers many different ready reference sources to its users, with its website allowing users to remotely access these ready reference resources. The Homer Babbidge Library, together with the rest of the University of Connecticut Libraries, also offers users an Information Literacy Program, which helps users understand today’s information environment. It teaches users to locate, evaluate, and use the information resources provided by the library, and supports the research goals of the university curriculum.

In addition to these reference services, the Homer Babbidge Library also offers bibliographic instruction sessions taught by the library staff. These services are an important aspect of helping users reach the research goals of the university. In addition to these sessions, the library also provides many online resources to aid library users in bibliographic instruction.


  1. How does the library provide reference services to their users? e.g.

    1. in person (in the library), through telephone, online/email?


The Homer Babbidge Library offers in person services to its users. To supplement these in person reference services, the library also has subject specialists for each of the subjects being studied at the University of Connecticut. The library’s website makes the names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of each of these specialists readily available so that users can easily determine which subject specialist to contact, and how to go about contacting them.

In addition to these in person services, the Homer Babbidge Library also provides telephone reference services during the hours that the library is open. The library is also trying out reference services through telephone texting. In addition to these in person services and telephone services, the library also offers reference services via the computer. Users can e-mail reference questions to reference librarians, and will receive a response within two days (Monday through Friday). Monday through Thursday between 9am and 7pm and Friday between 9am and 5pm, users can chat online with a reference librarian to obtain reference help. Overall, the Homer Babbidge Library offers in person, telephone, and computer reference services.


e. Does the library participate in cooperative library reference services? e.g.

    1. 7/24 reference service consortium


The Homer Babbidge Library is a member of the Boston Library Consortium, which consists of 19 academic and research libraries throughout New England. While these libraries do not share periodicals and journals with each other, they do allow users from other libraries within the consortium to borrow different materials in their collection. This consortium, however, is not strictly a reference service consortium.

In addition to these interlibrary lending services, users of the Homer Babbidge Library also have access to the reference services and research databases made available through all of the University of Connecticut Libraries. This includes the libraries located at each of the different branches of the University of Connecticut, as well as the special collection libraries located throughout the main Storrs campus. The Homer Babbidge Library does not, however, participate in a 7/25 reference service consortium or any other cooperative library reference services.

Похожие:

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconAddress: School of Music, University of Illinois, 1114 West Nevada, Urbana, Illinois 61801; Home: 1423 Cambridge Dr., Champaign, IL 61821

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconThe University of Illinois, Urhana-Champaign

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconE103 Online Editing Exercise 1 (6 pts.)

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconEngaging sport and exercise science students via participation using online collaborative learning (ocl)

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online icon74-4 Baskin, A. B., "A comparative Discussion of Variable-Valued Logic and Grammatical Inference," Report No. 663, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, 1974. 74-6

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconOnline Library Resources Descriptions 2011-2012

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconOnline Library Resources Descriptions 2011-2012

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconSpecial Online Resources at Bizell (Go to Library Home Page, then Databases, look under first letter). We are extremely fortunate in our holdings

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconChampaign, Illinois

For the first part of this exercise, I explored the online reference collection of the library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This online iconPutting the University Online: a learning Organization Model for Electronic Transformation

Разместите кнопку на своём сайте:
Библиотека


База данных защищена авторским правом ©lib.znate.ru 2014
обратиться к администрации
Библиотека
Главная страница