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Archive for December, 2009

New RIN report: case studies of researchers in the life sciences

Lisa K Flint11 December 2009

Patterns of information use and exchange: case studies of researchers in the life sciences

This new report by the RIN (Research Information Network) and the British Library published in November provides a unique insight into how information is used by researchers across life sciences. Undertaken by the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the UK Digital Curation Centre and the University of Edinburgh’s Information Services, the report concludes that ‘one-size-fits-all’ information and data sharing policies are not achieving scientifically productive and cost-efficient information use in life sciences.

The report was developed using an innovative approach to capture the day-to-day patterns of information use in seven research teams from a wide range of disciplines, from botany to clinical neuroscience.  To access the full report, click on the link above.

It would be interesting to hear from any UCL Researchers to see if they agree or disagree with any of the findings?

Are you a Researcher at UCL? Fancy winning £100 of Amazon vouchers?

Lisa K Flint11 December 2009

UCL Library Services is seeking the views of UCL’s researchers –
including those who work in research partnerships with UCL – on how well
our facilities, services and resources meet research needs.

Please help us by completing the web survey that can be accessed at:

The results of this survey will help us as we revise our strategic and
operational plans over the next few months.

You will need to authenticate using your UCL computing username and
password. The survey normally takes about 5-6 minutes to complete. As an
incentive there will be an optional draw among respondents for a prize of £100 in Amazon vouchers.

Closing date for responses is Friday 18th December.

Thank you very much in advance for participating.

SFX Recommends…

Lisa K Flint9 December 2009

UCL has a trial (until April 2010) of a new article recommendation service based on SFX.

The SFX recommendation service works in a similar way to Amazon’s “Customers who bought this item also bought…” service, but for journal articles.

During the trial, users will start to see recommendations appearing in some SFX menus that are based on searches (in databases, or in MetaLib) for articles.  The recommendations are derived from actual (anonymised) SFX usage data from SFX customers around the world, including UCL, and take account of articles viewed in the same session by significant numbers of users.  They offer another mechanism for researchers to find articles on their topic, as a complement to systematic literature searches.

Please use this form to give us feedback about this trial, or to request help with it.