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Ideas and Instruments: Insights From an iSchool Librarian – SJSU


Revealed: April 13, 2022 by Hilary Meehan

SJSU iSchool library liaison Andrew Chae, ‘20
MLIS, affords insights for college kids searching for to optimize their
entry and use of King Library sources, plus concepts
for partaking just about with the broader info
science group. 

 What are your high King Library ideas for iSchool
college students?

1) I didn’t know this whereas I used to be an iSchool scholar, however you possibly can
recommend e-book purchases! The suggestion kind is
right here

2) In case you want a e-book that isn’t obtainable in digital format,
you possibly can request it as a bodily e-book via Interlibrary Mortgage.
It will likely be mailed to you at no cost though you do must pay for
return delivery. Take a look at the information,
web page and
video for extra

3) Whereas the library and data science libguides we
have for library and data science have a whole lot of good
info for iSchool college students, I’d additionally advocate wanting
at libguides that cowl different topics relying on the
project. For instance, in case your project is expounded to historical past
indirectly, you would possibly need to strive utilizing our historical past libguide

Is there an important useful resource that you just really feel is at present
underutilized by iSchool college students?

Thus far, I’ve discovered that many college students haven’t made full use of
quotation looking. Two databases which are actually useful on this
space are Internet of Science and Scopus. Along with discovering
articles via quotation looking, these databases may
assist college students discover authors who have revealed so much on
analysis matters which may curiosity them. This may be useful not
solely of their present programs but in addition with potential
collaborations sooner or later in the event that they select to proceed doing
analysis after graduating.

How do you help scholar analysis, publishing, and

A lot of the analysis questions I get are about INFO 200: Data
. College students will typically ask for assist with discovering
articles associated to their particular info group, and I
attempt to assist them by giving totally different search methods and ideas.
Once I was in this system, writing my last paper for INFO 200
was one of many hardest assignments. It was particularly tough
as a result of it had been a very long time since my undergraduate days, so I
was very rusty when it got here to writing massive papers. As a result of I do know
the ultimate paper for that course will be very difficult, I attempt to
give as a lot assist to college students as I can. I additionally get common
requests from college students in INFO 285: Analysis
, INFO 244: On-line Looking, INFO 204: Data
, and INFO 203: On-line Studying.

I haven’t had college students ask for assist with publishing and
presenting. I’d like to assist in these areas in some unspecified time in the future in
the longer term!

What digital info communities do you advocate for
iSchool college students?

Hack Library College
is a superb weblog to be taught from different LIS college students exterior of SJSU.
Since they settle for visitor submissions, it additionally affords the
alternative for iSchool college students to take part in a web based
running a blog group. 

The Reddit communities r/libraries and
are actually helpful in the case of studying extra about totally different
issues which are occurring on the planet of libraries. There may be
typically a whole lot of good profession recommendation as effectively.

Please inform us an excellent King Library/iSchool scholar

One time a scholar requested for assist with discovering Library of
Congress Topic Headings associated to paranormal fans.
Since I’m a fan of horror films, this led me down a enjoyable rabbit
gap the place I discovered some actually attention-grabbing topic headings I had
by no means considered earlier than. A few of these included:

  • Astral physique
  • Astral projection
  • Audiotapes in Parapsychology
  • Cursed objects
  • Demonology
  • Demonomania 
  • Disappearances (Parapsychology)
  • Discernment of spirits
  • Digital voice phenomenon
  • Extrasensory notion
  • Fourth dimension (Parapsychology) 

Another concepts or recommendations?

As a last thought, I simply wished to supply some recommendation relating to
your e-Portfolio.
You’ve in all probability heard this many instances earlier than, however don’t wait
till the final minute! Be sure to save each
single project in Google Drive, and make an observation in case you suppose
one thing would possibly help a selected competency. Your future self
will thank your previous self for doing this!

Your iSchool Library Liaisons:

Andrew Chae (MLIS ‘20) is a tenure-track
library college member and iSchool library liaison specializing
in informatics, info science and knowledge analytics, and
library and data science. Andrew could also be reached through
e-mail at
. Click on
right here
to view his on-line library guides.

Craig Simpson is Director of Particular Collections
& Archives for the King Library and library
liaison for the MARA program. He could also be reached through e-mail at
craig.simpson@sjsu.edu or by
telephone at 408-808-2061. Click on right here to view his
“Welcome to MARA” video. See additionally
“Ask an Archivist: Craig Simpson, MARA Liaison Librarian”

SJSU King Library on Social Media:




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