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We are pleased to announce that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded us a grant to support Phase 2 of the eXtensible Catalog project. The press release follows…

Libraries will soon be able to offer their patrons quicker and easier access to collections with use of new software being developed at the University of Rochester.

A $749,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the University’s River Campus Libraries will be used toward building and deploying...

Jonathan Rochkind (rochkind@jhu.edu / http://bibwild.wordpress.com) (IP: 128.220.205.186) posted a query a few days ago in response to Nancy's & "Recent Work on User Reseach" posting, but which is actually related to metadata.

Here’s Jonathan’s original posting:

This is a very well written report of some encouraging work in an en...

The team at the University of Rochester's River Campus Libraries continues to conduct research on undergrads, grad students, and faculty members. We look at their academic work practices, how those practices fit into their lives, and how libraries - as physical sites and as collections of physical and electronic resources- fit into those practices.

We have recently published a book on one of these ongoing studies.Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at th...

The Final Report from the XC Phase 1 grant is now available at:
http://docushare.lib.rochester.edu/docushare/dsweb/Get/Document-27534

This document reports the results of the work that we carried out at the University of Rochester during Phase 1 of the XC Project, and refers to several of the other outcomes of our work on Phase 1 that are already posted on the Shared Results page and/or a...

XC meeting session 1
Partner Meeting, Feb. 8-9, 2007

During Phase 1 of XC, the XC Team at the University of Rochester consulted with a large number of potential partners, and received a great deal of useful feedback and advice. A group of 29 invited colleagues from other institutions joined the XC Team and other UR s...

In our planning year, we reviewed studies of how people do research in the library or using resources and technology provided by the library. We did this because we want to understand how people make use of a variety of current tools and resources and how well these tools and resources support their work. Our aim is that XC will provide better tools than the ones people are currently using. Beyond this, we want to build XC specifically to meet identified work practices and preferenc...

To inform the development of a plan for XC, we conducted a survey of prospective library users of XC to gauge interest in the XC system and readiness to implement it. A summary of the findings from this survey is attached. We look forward to hearing your comments on our findings, and on the XC project in general.

Look for additional Outcomes from Phase 1 of the XC Project to be posted to this blog over the next couple of months.

We all know that the easiest way to find a book is to search by title, author, or perhaps some well-chosen keywords. And that may be the way that most people find books most of the time.

But when we study our faculty members’ actual behavior in their offices and labs, we sometimes find out that they search for books and articles in surprising ways. Size, for example.

The title and author may slip a researcher’s mind, but she remembers that the book she wants is about t...

Most libraries do some quantitative research. They count such things as the size and growth of their collections, the quantity of material that circulates, numbers of reference queries, presentations given by librarians, service hours, staff size, expenditures in various categories, and so on.

There are a lot of questions that this information answers, especially if it is collected year after year. There are other questions that demand other methods.

In some cases, the...

Something new: we have a literature review, entitled "Literature List" on the blog - you can see the list and its subtopics on the sidebar to the right. Take a look and then give us your comments