Information seeking skills - some questions

Submitted by Jay on Sat, 08/13/2005 - 17:54

I am intersted in getting some insights into how our library users develop and apply research skills to locate information that they need. For this purpose, I have developed five questions below. I encourgae everyone to participate in this discussion since different ideas generated in the process will help us to understand our user community better. Any feedback you can provide is much appreciated.

1.How effective is the bibliographic instruction vs individual/group consultations in teaching information skills to students?

2. How do we promote and teach RSS feeds/blogs availability to keep uptodate with new information from scholarly sources (journal articles, key word searching alerts in a database)? How do we know that our users are benefitted from RSS feeds of new information?

3. How do we incorporate Google Scholar so that both the Google Scholar and eresources not available (such as full text ebooks from Knovel, neurosciencenetbase, engnetbase, chemnetbase, online encyclopedias such as Ullmann's encyclopedia of industrial chemistry, conference papers from INSPEC and ei village, etc.) are efficiently used?

4. Weather conducting surveys on library resources would bring awareness of availability of them to faculty and students? if so, what may be the best ways to conduct them? How do we collect data? How can we interpret this data in teaching information skills?

5. Is the point of need instruction (when students and faculty need, they come and ask for information) vs. library created web sites/information delivery/workshops more useful on teaching information literacy skills?