Tag Archives: Research

What do you get when you cross Google with Wikipedia? Mediander.com

“Mediander.com is aiming to solve the unecessary information overload by aggregating information relevant to what users are searching for with what they call “a knowledge engine powered by your curiosity.” Mediander has various sections that allow people to become better at seeking knowledge and information. There is the Connects page that will show you a topic and then what it’s connected to. There is a Culturemap that uses original content to show interactive perceptions of topics. They also have a bookshop where you can buy books related to the topics for which you are searching.” (via CNET)

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Public libraries get online access to research journals

“Hundreds of thousands of research journal articles are to be made available on computers in public libraries. The Access to Research initiative will give the public access to articles on health, biological research, engineering and social sciences for the first time More than 8,000 journals from around the world are included. It is hoped this will encourage more people to use public libraries. The Publishing Licensing Society (PLS) is behind the scheme.” (via BBC)

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Myth-busting librarians debunk rumors about Texas’ Wild West laws

“Legend has it that the long arm of Texas law once extended to hotel balconies where the men with star badges would take into custody anyone who violated a state statute forbidding people to hunt buffalo from such a perch. The legend ends at the Legislative Reference Library of Texas, where a small team of well-referenced librarians has gone through the records and sorted out fact from fiction when it comes to the laws of the Lone Star State. “The ideas of the history of Texas capture the imagination with those stories of cattle drives and the old West. People want to still think it is like that and those laws are on the books,” said Catherine Wusterhausen, the library’s assistant director.” (via Reuters)

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AASL’s School Library Research examines social media policies and librarian staffing

“Two new research articles covering the topics of public school district social media policies and the correlation between librarian staffing levels and student learning are now available online as part of the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) peer-reviewed online journal, School Library Research (SLR).” (via ALA)

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Government shutdown curbs academic research at many levels

“A wide range of academic research across the country, from sophisticated biomedical experiments at the National Institutes of Health to undergraduate political science essays, was being interrupted Wednesday as the federal government shutdown continued for a second day — with no clear path to a resolution. In addition to forcing the closure of government buildings  where research is conducted — such as the Library of Congress and presidential libraries — the shutdown was also cutting off access to myriad electronic resources on which many researchers depend.” (via Inside Higher Ed)

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Social Media and Archives report details habits and preferences of archival researchers

“Social Media and Archives: A Survey of Archive Users details findings from a survey of users of archives to learn more about how researchers find out about systems like ArchiveGrid, and the role that social media, recommendations, reviews, and other forms of user-contributed annotation play in archival research. Written by OCLC Research Consulting Software Architect Bruce Washburn, Research Assistant Ellen Eckert, and Senior Program Officer Merrilee Proffitt, this report will be of interest to those working with archival discovery services, or those investigating the utility of social media in discovery environments.” (via OCLC)

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Census Bureau’s New Tool Puts Congressional District Statistics at Your Fingertips

“The U.S. Census Bureau has released My Congressional District, the first interactive tool geared exclusively toward finding basic demographic and economic statistics for every congressional district in the U.S. This Web app uses the latest annual statistics from the American Community Survey, providing the most detailed portrait of America’s towns and neighborhoods. Users can sort through statistics in five key categories upon selection of a specific district in the application. Summary level statistics covering education, finance, jobs and housing, as well as basic demographic information, can quickly be displayed, downloaded and shared with others. A major feature of the My Congressional District app is the ability to embed a selected 113th congressional district on a user’s own webpage. The embedded district will display the latest statistics from the American Community Survey, allowing visitors to quickly view statistics for any of the 435 congressional districts and the District of Columbia.” (via U.S. Census Bureau)

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Inspiring research, inspiring scholarship: the value and benefits of digitised resources for learning, teaching, research and enjoyment

“A new report released by King’s Digital Consultancy Service, written by Simon Tanner.   The research is the product of a JISC funded project to investigate the values, benefits and impacts of digitised resources. This document draws evidence from a wide number of sources and seeks to provide a compelling account of the advantages of digitised content. (via IFLA)

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New Research Effort Aims to Examine Effectiveness of MOOCs

“As more and more colleges experiment with massive open online courses, or MOOCs, a new project hopes to cut through the hype and gauge the effectiveness of the courses. The MOOC Research Initiative, financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will award grants of $10,000 to $25,000 to researchers seeking to explore issues such as student experiences in MOOCs and the free courses’ systemic impact.” (via The Chronicle of Higher Education)

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4 New Preprints from CRL

1) Faculty Usage of Library Tools in a Learning Management System

2) Invoking the User from Data to Design

3) YouTube Has Changed Everything”? Music Faculty, Librarians, and Their Use and Perceptions of YouTube

4) Student Involvement for Student Success: Student Staff in the Learning Commons

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