Photos from Out of Cite! Citation and Document Managers for Serious Researchers

I posted a few photos from yesterday’s event held in the AMR and lab here at Gerstein: Out of Cite! Citation and Document Managers for Serious Researchers.  We had about 60 people attend from all over the university and hospitals (mostly in the sciences).   We had reps from 5 products (Sente, Papers, Mendeley, Wizfolio and Zotero) on hand to give lightening talks and demo their products.

You may recognize a couple of faces:  Our own Jeff Newman was the “rep” for the open source software Zotero, and Scholars Portal librarian Jacqueline Whyte Appleby covered Wizfolio.

Here’s the link


Envision how librarians can support students who are writing using Google Docs

A very interesting article on how librarians could engage more directly and immediately with students who are writing papers using Google Docs’ built-in chat and comments functions.


Call for Proposals: ACRL Preconferences @ 2013 ALA Annual Conference

ACRL invites proposal submissions for half-day or full-day preconferences to be offered prior to the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  Preconferences should allow participants to develop skills related to a specific topic and should focus on interactive learning using a variety of presentation styles.  Programs that offer practical tips and cutting-edge techniques are especially encouraged.  Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 20, 2012.  Check out the call for proposals online for complete details.

Direct questions to Margot Conahan at or call (312) 280-2522.



Data management – open curriculum and lesson plans now available

Direct link to lesson plans:

Project page:

Something we can use to teach ourselves and (eventually) others about data management.

From the project page: “…From August 2010 through December 2011, the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the George C. Gordon Library at Worcester Polytechnic Institute collaborated on an Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS)National Leadership Planning grant and developed an instructional framework and delivery system for openly accessible, online instructional modules on preserving, managing, and sharing digital data.

“When implemented, these modules can be delivered to students in science courses at each institution, ranging from first-year science and engineering students, to graduate-level medical, nursing, and biomedical students. The two libraries have also conducted research on user requirements for data repositories for student generated data and have conducted usability testing with three open source repository software systems.

“The project’s primary goal has been to teach essential data management skills early in the training of both science and medical researchers.”


Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality

A substantial new report from the respected Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University: Youth and Digital Media: From Credibility to Information Quality

…this paper seeks to map and explore what we know about the ways in which young users of age 18 and under search for information online, how they evaluate information, and how their related practices of content creation, levels of new literacies, general digital media usage, and social patterns affect these activities.

A review of selected literature at the intersection of digital media, youth, and information quality—primarily works from library and information science, sociology, education, and selected ethnographic studies—reveals patterns in youth’s information-seeking behavior, but also highlights the importance of contextual and demographic factors both for search and evaluation. To access the full report and additional material, please visit:

Key Findings:
1. Search shapes the quality of information that youth experience online.
2. Youth use cues and heuristics to evaluate quality, especially visual and interactive elements.
3. Content creation and dissemination foster digital fluencies that can feed back into search and evaluation behaviors.
4. Information skills acquired through personal and social activities can benefit learning in the academic context.