“Reference Authoring” School of Information’s iForum, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Slides now available:

Digital reference is not just reference interviews online. The main difference is the production of a â??reference artifact.â?? In face-to-face reference, work must be done to retain the transaction (it must be recorded, or written down…action must occur), whereas in digital reference the opposite is true (the e-mail must be deleted, the database purged). This may seem like a small difference at first, but it is critical. With recorded transactions knowledge bases can be created, pathfinders authored, training can occur with real data, etc. This use of digital reference output is called reference authoring. This presentation will explore reference authoring, the use of induction and complexity research to manage knowledge created through reference authoring and the increasing intersection between reference and information retrieval.

Opening Session at the Virtual Reference Desk Conference

Opening Session at the Virtual Reference Desk Conference, San Francisco, CA. Presentation on current issues and themes in digital reference and overview of the Virtual Reference Desk accomplishments.

Abstract: Presentation on current issues and themes in digital reference and overview of the Virtual Reference Desk accomplishments.
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Digital and Information Trends on the Library Landscape

“Digital and Information Trends on the Library Landscape,” AASTO RAC, Wilmington, NC. Presented changes in libraries as a result of a changing technology landscape.

Abstract: A discussion of the changing role of libraries in industry from external information providers, to organization wide repositories.
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Building DREW

“Building DREW,” Reference Research Roundtable, ALA Annual Conference, Chicago, IL. Presentation on the Digital Reference Electronic Warehouse.

Abstract: The goals of the DREW project are to: create a schema useful in archiving components of a reference transaction in a standardized manner; work with services to turn their archives into the DREW format; collect, clean, and remove personally identifiable information; create an exploration space for library scientists to create new models, measures, reports, and generalizations about the reference process; and create the infrastructure to allow services to directly benefit from the models the researchers create. Both librarians and researchers will learn how they can participate in the collaborative DREW project.
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Tools and Precision of a User Perspective

“Tools and Precision of a User Perspective” Symposium on the Credibility of Internet Information from a User Perspective, Seattle, WA. Discussion on how tools can be used to determine credibility of Internet information.

Abstract: A response/presentation on tools and the credibility of Internet information from the user perspective presented at a symposium co-sposored by ALA, the University of Washington and the MacArthur Foundation. Looks at the differentiating facotrs of Internet information.
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Cooperative Reference

“Cooperative Reference,” AgNIC Tenth Annual Meeting, Potomac, MD. Presentation on the value of cooperative reference services.

Abstract: The slides from my AgNIC presentation are now available. This presentation was a discussion of cooperative digital reference and its potential for the Agricultural Network Information Center . You can also hear an audio stream of the presentation as well.
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