Open Ended Questions

continuing education survey 


Detailed summary of open-ended question responses:

The following table is a detailed analysis of the topics listed in the open-ended boxes at the beginning of the survey. The respondent suggestions are representative of the range of relevant topics mentioned by survey respondents.

Topics of Greatest Interest
Subject
Number
Respondent Suggestions
*Asterisked topics do not appear on suggested topics list
New Technologies
56
  • library applications of new technologies (blogs, RSS, podcasts, wikis, etc.)
  • integrating new technologies into library instruction and services
  • using new technologies to help researchers keep current
  • using new technologies to communicate with the millennium generation
  • case studies of interesting projects involving new technologies
  • RSS: how to set up
  • keeping up with technology developments
  • technical methods for integrating library content into course management software or portals
  • Professional Development
    42
    • keeping up with new products
    • keeping up with technology developments
    • improving technical skills
    • research/publication and professional development strategies for librarians
    • fundamental librarianship courses
    • the new science librarian - how to get started and succeed
    • career development: preparing for advancement and developing managerial skills
    • tenure process; Where to publish
    • certification programs and adding information skill requirements
    • refresher pages/ courses/ strategies for librarians
    • deeper subject knowledge for those of us without the second masters
    • maintaining expertise in science subject areas; keeping reference skills up-to-date
    • time management
    • managinginformation overload

    Would like to learn more about:

    • spectral data usage (interpretation, digital manipulation)
    • new resources in chemical engineering and physics
    • chemistry reference sources
    • chemical nomenclature (and structure searching)
    • how to locate physical properties data
    • phase diagram interpretation
    • managing scientific data on the web
    • keeping up with changes in government documents publication
    • patents and standards -- searching and retrieval
    • prior art patent searching
    • What is GIS and how can we utilize it in the library?
    • pubchem
    • PubMedCentral
    • statistics and meta-analysis techniques
    • advanced bibliography techniques

    Institutional Repositories/
    Digital Archives

    35

  • role of library in preserving data sets, etc
  • value  and usability of library digital services and resources
  • archiving/digitizing technical reports and standards, dissertations and theses, images
  • how to set up and manage an institutional repository
  • how to find and mine institutional repositories
  • Information Literacy/ Instruction

    35

  • effective teaching
  • creating competencies
  • using technology for instruction
  • how to design problem based learning / inquiry driven assignments
  • How do milleniums process information?  Strategies for reaching the google generation
  • As use and structure of information change, how are patron expectations changing?  Should our focus change?
  • assessing information literacy programs
  • What are the information literacy skills of international graduate students?
  • integrating instruction with class assignments
  • sources appropriate for undergraduate students
  • How are our users using library resources for their research?
  • clarifying roles of traditional search tools versus internet search tools (and the ever blurring line between the two)
  • * Scholarly Publishing/
    High Cost of Serials/
    Alternative Publishing Models

    29

  • dealing with escalating journal costs
  • new/alternative publishing models
  • funding and intellectual property implications of various publishing models
  • future of scholarly journal publishing
  • Crisis of scholarly publishing  - what do faculty and researchers think?
  • consortial purchasing opportunities
  • implications of various pricing and access models for online journals
  • journal licensing and contract issues
  • Marketing & Outreach

    27

  • marketing/packaging/promoting value of library and services
  • outreach to patrons who don't come to the library
  • successful outreach efforts for libraries without a separate science branch
  • Access to Electronic and
    Print Collections

    18

  • providing access to electronic journals and journal collections
  • link resolvers
  • Electronic Resource Management
  • Incorporating electronic monographs, journals, reference sources, government publications, grey literature, etc into traditional library collections and services.
  • analytical entries in OPACS - analysis of reference works at the chapter or volume level
  • better, faster document delivery options as journals price themselves out of reach
  • easy to use library automation software
  • * Collection Development:
    Print and Electronic Resources

    16

  • criteria for choosing between electronic and print STM reference materials
  • E-books
  • new electronic resources; databases and reference sources
  • improving library budgets in science collection development
  • Budgeting for books, journals and databases; What percentage of budget should be spent on each?
  • What do accrediting bodies mean by "sufficient library materials"? Benchmarks?
  • What data resource should every science library have access to? Establishing a "core collection".
  • government compiled/published scientific and technical information. (i.e., NIST chemical and materials property databases, NIH health and safety information, EPA environmental and toxic chemicals data, USGS maps and geographical data, patents, NASA, DoE, and DoD technical reports etc.)  What resources are there? How do we ensure continued access?
  • Open Access

    16

  • open access initiatives and publishing
  • How can librarians play a role?
  • open access journals in the sciences
  • Open Content Alliance
  • Collaboration:

    Relationship between Faculty and Librarians

    15

  • examples of information literacy partnerships with science faculty
  • getting faculty onboard with providing information literacy instruction
  • working with faculty to develop publication models that are archivally sound, and ensure wide-spread access, effective peer review, excellent editorial oversight and satisfy requirements for tenure and promotion, while improving delivery and lowering costs to both producers and consumers
  • What are the information-seeking behaviors of the new generation of science faculty?
  • What research issues are important to faculty?
  • working with faculty and IT in order to reach students most effectively
  • information integrated into the professional engineer's working environment
  • * Future Roles for Libraries and Librarianship

    9

  • re-creating the 'library' in the digital era
  • future roles for librarianship
  • virtual libraries: best practices for developing and managing
  • remaining relevant to students and higher education
  • figuring out what existing (traditional??) library services should no longer be offered to users.
  • Google Scholar

    8

  • impact of google and or google scholar
  • Google Scholar, Open Worldcat, etc.- implications for subscription databases and libraries
  • Copyright

    8

  • Digital Rights and Fair Use - How do we respect one without destroying the other, and still provide STM information in an online world.
  • International perspective on copyright. What is the situation in other countries?
  • * Recruitment and Training

    8

    • recruiting and training new sci-tech librarians

    Assessment of Existing Services

    7

  • assessment of library instruction and reference services
  • innovative service models for reference and/or patron education
  • Archiving and digital preservation

    7

  • What role should academic libraries have in digital preservation of e-journals?
  • status of ACRL initiative for digital preservation
  • archiving/digitizing old journals/magazines/newsletters
  • library collaboration to protect the print archives of journals
  • instructions on how to preserve e-collections
  • *Personnel Issues

    7

  • staff training and development
  • salaries
  • user or customer service
  • dealing with limited resources - money, time, space & staff
  • Creating an Effective Web Presence

    6

  • Creating effective web pages, guides and tutorials
  • Library Advocacy

    6

  • demonstrating value of investing in libraries
  • dealing with lack of administration support for information literacy programs
  • relationship between information access and scientific innovation
  • Finding Free, High Quality Data Online

    5

  • finding and providing access to free electronic research materials
  • searching for gray literature
  • Keeping up with available "free" resources such as those from NIST, or the GrayLit network. Not limited to just government sources... open source searches are also opening new pathways to available information.
  • *Multi-disciplinary Research/Non-Science Users

    5

  • providing appropriate science materials for the non-science major
  • strategies for helping researchers do multidisciplinary work
  • New tools for organizing, searching and retrieving interdisciplinary research, including tools for visualization and analysis of communication networks.
  • Innovative programs or use of technology to extend scientific literacy to general readers and scholars of other disciplines (e.g., non-science majors in an academic institution, politicians, administrators, etc.).
  • * Reference Technologies

    5

  • virtual reference
  • doing advanced reference via chat
  • * Ontologies - Taxonomies - Semantic Web

    5

    Federated Searching

    4

    * Library as Place

    3

  • use of space in science libraries
  • balancing physical library with information as a "virtual entity"
  • Informatics/ Bioinformatics

    3

    *  Future of Monographs and Print Reference Collections

    3

    • future of the monograph / treatise /handbook
      • Are print reference collections becoming obsolete?
      • What primary resources are now available online or in electronic format and what's the point of continually buying print editions?

    *Funding

    2

    • raising external money for libraries

    * International Resources and Cooperation

    2

  • providing access to international materials via the web
  • sharing information and knowledge with international STM librarians
  • *Citation Searching

    1

    • alternatives to Science Citation Index

    *Metadata

    1

    • concepts and trends