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Discovery in the Research Ecosystem with Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet, ProQuest Day at ALA Annual 2014


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In a shifting academic landscape, research can suffer when it is viewed as a commodity and is not accompanied by a sense of curiosity and exploration. Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet, respected HASTAC Scholar from the University of Pittsburgh, will discuss motivations and strategies for reinvigorating a thoughtful, joyful research process. Following Anna-Sophia, ProQuest product managers will highlight ways to further engage users, improve research, and streamline workflows through new enhancements to Summon, Flow, and 360 Link.

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Discovery in the Research Ecosystem with Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet, ProQuest Day at ALA Annual 2014

  1. 1. Creativity, Discovery, and Research in the Library: Supporting “Screwing Around” Transforming Libraries, Transforming Research 27 June 2014 Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet @aszingarelli
  2. 2. overview • research and the MLIS student • “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around” • three ways to reintroduce curiosity and creativity – conceptualize browsing – build serendipity into research methods – support robust collaboration
  3. 3. research and the MLIS student research methods required in about half of MLIS programs (Park 2003) we enter the field with a feeling that research is overwhelming and that we have little to offer researchers except a list of databases and search tips
  4. 4. digital scholarship “use of digital evidence and method, digital authoring, digital curation and preservation, and digital use and reuse of scholarship” (Smith Rumsey 2011)
  5. 5. from digital knowledge to digital knowing
  6. 6. Stephen Ramsay “The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; Or, What Do You Do With A Million Books?”
  7. 7. that much information… exceeds our ability to create reliable guides to it two ways to handle information overload: search browsing
  8. 8. we think of the computer as a device That has revolutionized search… could we imagine a world in which “Here is an ordered list of the books you should read” gives way to “Here is what I found. What did you find?”
  9. 9. digital reading Nina Clements, “Is Browsing Too Slow For Today’s Users?” physical browsing takes time students still crave a tactile approach
  10. 10. Is the digital necessarily opposed to the tactile, to browsing, and to slowing down? If “the medium is the message” then it matters how we conceptualize and deploy digital media.
  11. 11. Anne Mangen “Hypertext Fiction Reading: Haptics and Immersion” Journal of Research in Reading 31:4 (2008) doi 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2008.00380.x
  12. 12. Columbia University Libraries
  13. 13. Serendip-o-matic
  14. 14. Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop