Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Extracting information from databases

Today, I learnt to use one new online databases is Emerald and refreshed to use other databases. There are very important for my study.

In my opinion, One important think of information searching is try to define the topic which I need to find to create search terms. Moreover, comparing search results from other resources.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Advice for interviewing

In order to succed in a interview, it may be useful to follow the next advices:

-Get an idea of the entire topic before approaching the client.
-Try to create open questions that will enable your client to better explain the brief with more detail
-Try to make notes while interviewing, as well to record the session for further analysis
-Quickly review the answers in order to see if you have a new question related to the previous answer.
-Summarise the answers to the client if everything was proper understood.
-Be polite and always have eye contact

Regarding our team T feedback, they suggested the following

- Create yes or no questions, so that the client won't feel overwhelmed with the session
-Despite saying the interview that location was not important as a requirement, turns out that at the end it was. Leading this to some confussion, therefore is important to always make a review at the end of the interview to avoid this situations.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Things 13 favourite things

Sina Micro-blog

Sina micro blog was launched by Sina site in 2009, which provide services like Twitter micro-blog site. Users can publish private information and upload pictures through page, WAP page, SMS/MMS messages. Sina micro-blog can be understood as a "micro blog" or "word blog". Users can conclude a sentence from things which they saw, heard and thought, then send to their friends to let them know at the first time. You can also concerned about your friends' information which they released. As the end of October, 2010, the amount of Sina micro-blog reached 50 million, also 25 million micro blog are published by users everyday. Therefore, it can provide a communication stage to promote the users to exchange information. Plus, the most feature of Sina micro-blog is that there are so many public celebrity in this stage which include famous sport stars, business executives and media people, they renew the private information continually.

Information Literacy in Future Career (poster)

Our poster represents our team mate Titima's career path. The poster uses circles to represent the different stages. The poster starts at the centre with Bangkok (where she lives) and progresses outwards in stages to the rest of the world. Basically she has a job at National S & T Development Agency in which she intends to share and train the knowledge and experience she will gain in this course to her co- workers. After that, the next objective is to start an IL community in Thailand, in this stage she will create an awareness of the concept. Her next stage is to spread IL to public and private sectors within Thailand. And last but not least, the most difficult step will be to make an impact in the world and make many persons around the world Information Literate. This poster used arrows to mark all directions, in other words, we wanted to represent that one person can make a difference.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Thing 13: Favourite Things

DokuWiki (http://www.dokuwiki.org)

DokuWiki is a wiki application which can be used to support social learning and online collaboration. Many people and organizations use them to create online encyclopaedia, knowledge management system, and intranet site.

I has used DokuWiki for my work. My organization is Science and Technology Knowledge Services. We have used DokuWiki as a tool to set up:
1. Intranet site to manage our projects. (http://stks.or.th/intranet)
2. Knowledge management system to share our knowledge, experiences, and publications. (http://stks.or.th/wiki)
3. Paperless Office such as when we have a meeting, we do not to print agenda and meeting report. Because anyone can read, write, edit, and comment directly.

I recommend this application because:
1. Open Source Software is a low/free cost.
2. Easy to install, set up, and maintain.
3. Easy to start and use, because it has a simple syntax and no need to know HTML.
4. It allows democratic expression of ideas. You can share unfinished content early, exposed to many eyes who can help you to edit.
5. Many plug-ins.
6. Unlimited page revisions.
7. Uploading and embedding of images and other media, including link pages.
7. Content can be categorized in namespaces, easily browsable through an automatic index.
8. Support for over 50 languages.
9. There have community to share problems and experiences.

Thing 13 - Favourite Things

My favourite thing - flickr

It's a great site for sharing photographs. It will host your photographs for free. You can then share with family and friends. Or if you want to, share with everyone.

You can also

  • view other people's photos

  • use other people's photos - license permitting

  • join community groups

  • post and comment on discussions

Thing 13: Favourite Things


Since 2006 Twitter has change the world's communication tendencies. Its 140 characters trademark made microblogging fun and different. Celebrities, politicians and world leaders, made Twitter their predilected channel of communication. Ideas, comments, responses, news and official announcements are made through this mean. Anyone can have an account and feel connected through this efficient yet convinient way of communication.

The main idea here is to gain followers and follow people in order to get their "real time" information or thoughts. Some people find Twitter as a great way to get promotion or popularity, others just use it as a personal tool that lets you "think out loud" and release yourself.

A great thing of it, is that you can see what the world or a specific country is "talking" or commenting about. They use the "#" to declare trend topics . ie: #royalwedding. This method helps the gathering of information easier and you can learn everyday what is important in that specific place of the world.

I highly recommend this is you have access to internet through yout mobile phone, otherwise its not that exciting. Twitter for me its not the same from a computer than from my mobile.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Thing 6

In the last lecture, Mr. Alastair Allan taught us so many new things which related how to seaech in Google. Before that, I was limited in Google scholar and usually searching directly. However, after this lecture, I can use advance search in Google scholar, also reduce the searching scope through that. Plus, I can use the online university library to find some journals and books efficiently. Finally, I knew some new websites which supply so many literature.

Thing 5- infoemation literacy

Information literacy is a new word in China at the beginning of the 21 st century which is a kind of knowledge management strategy. Plus, information literacy can promote people to select, estimate and find relevant information faster and more efficient whatever in traditional or online ways. Therefore, this interlinkage (http://baike.baidu.com/view/644617.htm) was introduced. Regarding this literlinkage, it will show the advance about information literacy in China, especially in education.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Thing 5

Regarding the Information Literacy, I found a description of what a Mexican University wants to build in each of its students. This document describes 8 skills that students must gain before they graduate. click here

Information Literacy= Alfabetizacion Informativa

Thing 6

In the lecture we had with Mr. Alastair Allan, I learned so many new things. First of all, I will like to emphasize that I only had basic knowledge in Google Advance Search. After all the exercices and demonstrations, I can easily conclude that:
-Google Scholar advance search provides accurate results, when used properly.
-The University of Sheffield feature inside of GS is quite convenient and very useful.
-Knowing that you can narrow results to PDF, PPT and other filters is new for me.

I'm sure we'll learn more things throughout the semester.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Thing 5 - Information Literacy - global picture

I did a search for articles about Information Literacy skills for children. In particular I was looking for articles from institutions involved in education. I did a general Google search, a more advanced Google search (thanks to Alastair Allan) and searched within organisations that I thought would have the information I wanted. To my surprise I discovered it wasn't easy to find any such information from England, let alone Sheffield. However, this article from Wales was easy to find. http://library.wales.org/en/information-literacy/case-studies/powys-childrens-library-service
I'm not Welsh but I think this initative is great.

Thing 6 - Google secrets (Plan and Gather)

In the past I've probably spent more time trying to optimise a page to appear in Google search listings than I have spent trying to find pages. So a number of points Alastair Allan made were of interest. The one I'll find most useful while studying at Sheffield is that I can ask Google Scholar to display whether the journal article I've searched for is available via Sheffield's 'Find it' service.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Information Literacy: Thailand

Ketchard, R. (2007). A Comparative Study of the Instructional Management on Information Literacy and Library Instruction of Higher Education Institutions under the Commission on Higher Education. Master’s Thesis, Department of Library Science, Graduate School, Khon Kaen University, 2007. full-text

The example of an independent study report which presents about a comparative study of the instructional of information literacy course and use of the library course which offered in 77 universities under the Commission on Higher Education, Thailand.

Google images - Usage rights

I would like to share my experience about the usage rights filters on advanced image searching.

The most of people who are looking for images to use in his/her presentation often use Google to find by
- access Google website
- click "image" menu on the top
- type word search in search box
- save the image that like

However, one important thing that should be concerned is Usage rights. Because some images that you saved and used have license which you may be offend someone rights.

How to solve this problem
You should use advanced image searching and focus on "Need more tools?" and "Usage rights" to find reusable images which has difference in conditions as:

- Reuse
- Commercial reuse
- Reuse with modification
- Commercial reuse with modification


Thing 6 - Google secrets

First of all I would like to thank you Mr. Alastair Allan very much for your presentation about Google and search engines.

The new thing that I learnt about Google is interesting Google features:
1. Google scholar preferences which can be linked with University of Sheffield Library. It is very useful and convenience by provide links to full-text articles available through the University.
2. Reading level to limit my search results to a specific reading level which it is very useful to me in terms of student and information offer.

Moreover, I known about interesting Google statistic such as
- 96% of search engine market share holding
- 70% indexes billions of web pages
- less than 4% of information users are access content after first four page

Monday, October 10, 2011

Indicative abstract: Information encountering

Indicative abstract exercise of “Information Encountering : It’s more Than Just Bumping into Information” by Sanda Erdelez.

This article presents the concept of information encountering to support research this scope in Library and Information Science (LIS). The author interviews personal past experiences of the participants. She study: Who are encounters information, where and what information is encountered, including involve information encountering and other types of infotmation acquisition. She claims that LIS should be develop models of user information behavior, especially including information encountering. Moreover LIS researchers should study more through further research.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Indicative abstract

Hello, this my first attempt in doing an indicative abstract.It is from the article:
Information Encountering: It's more that just bumping into information.

Information encounter is a concept that is growing strong with library and information science (LIS) researchers. In this article, the author made a study with diverse participants that were asked about how they had encountered information in the past. In order to understand the way encounters happen, she divided people into 4 different groups that suggested a specific profile to explain behaviors. This led to the conclusion that information encountering may have multiple areas of application including the creation of information systems to help non-encounterers obtain useful information.

Structured Abstact

Hi everyone, this is my first attempt of doing an individual structured abstract. I will love some feedback. This was for the article titled:

Information Encountering: It's more that just bumping into information.

Background: The article was conducted by Sandra Erdelez, in which she introduces the lector to the concept of information encounter.

Aims: It is certain that one of the aims of this article is to create conscience in how people encounter information. As well, explain how this concept may have different applications for further investigations to improve the understanding of information behavior.

Method: The author created a study that involved participants that answered diverse questions related to the ways they encountered information in past experiences.

Results: Erdelez states four elements for the anatomy of information encountering that gives a small framework to the understanding of this concept. Also, she introduces to four information encountering profile types. This specific concepts explain how people tend to encounter information.

Conclusion: Information encountering is a very wide concept that needs more attention in order to facilitate certain users to obtain punctual information. There are several areas of applications that may lead to the awareness of this subject. This may create new opportunities for researchers to understand the existing models of information acquisition, in order to help users in their information encountering experiences.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Structured abstract: Information encountering

Structured abstract exercise of “Information Encountering : It’s more Than Just Bumping into Information” by Sanda Erdelez.

Background: The author gives the concept of information encountering and mentions to current status of research in Library and Information Science (LIS), especially information acquisition behavior. Most of researchers concentrated to fundamentally and lacking mention to information encountering because they think it is difficult to study.

Aims: The study aimed to support information encountering research, especially in LIS. Moreover, identification about the term of types of information acquisition.

Methods:The authors interviewed personal experiences of the participants and connected to their actions, feeling, and thoughts.

Results: The types of information encounterer : non-encounterers, occasional encounterers, encounterers, and super- encounterers. Furthermore, the majority of her participants could recall their past experiences which most of information encountering happened when they performed routine activities in many environments. In addition positive experiences after encountered information might change user information future patterns of information acquisition behavior. Finally, information-seeking was process-oriented information acquisition which did not a term for all types of them.

Conclusion: The author claims that LIS should be develop models of user information behavior, especially including of information encountering. Moreover LIS researchers should study more through further research.

Bo and Titima

Indicative Abstract of the Information Encountering article by Erdelez

My first attempt at writing an indicative abstract ....
This article introduces the concept of information encountering. Erdelez interviews study participants on their past experiences. She examines: who encounters the information, where, and what was encountered. She argues that information encountering should be included in the LIS information acquisition model and suggests further topics of research.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Regarding my experience, I usually collect and gather so many different information through my work and routine activities. Obviously, there is various kinds' infoemation that we can usually contact. As following,

1. Academic source: this is the most commom type in our studying because it is formal that we can easy to review. There are several kinds about it which include books (published), articles and newspapers. It si authoritative that most of people can accept it. Plus, most of it is easy to seek; we can fid it through the internet or in library.

2. Movie:this type of information is a popular one for young people. Movie as a high density od information type that can promote more people to understand the content convenience.

3. Media:e.g AD, magazine and TV program that also is a type of information, this information can be found in our routine activity.

4. Communication: communication is an efficient way for information exchange. Obviously, the word is subject of information.

Comments on group V blog


Hi team V, looking through your blog, team U has come to the conclusion that the following suggestions will improve your page significantly:

- Make this blog more personal, people will like to know about all of the members, only a few have introduced themselves
- How about placing some gadgets that will be useful to visitors? There's lots of links that will guide you through it.
- Could you explain the meaning of your background? We think your followers will ask themselves, why they chose it? Maybe try to explain that you're in England at the moment.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

The Information Universe: Preparation

Thanks to the many different information resources, we have a universe of possibilties to learn. I will like to share in this small post, my main resources.

1. Books: This may be electronical or physical. They will always be my number one choice, but electronic ones are more convinient to use.

2. Journals: It is quite helpful to read new investigations, conclusions and tendency topics that will complement your information.

3. People: I think that interviews, nice stories and observation are fundamental keys to make conclusion to any research.

In my personal experience I have never liked newspapers, information sometime's not accurate or true.

Reflection of the day: What is good info?

Today, while reflecting my personal thoughts about what does "information literacy" means to me, I'd came to the initial question of: first of all, what do I consider as good info and furthermore, how can I conclude it is, in fact "good info"?

It is a little bit confusing, but I really think its very interesting to answer that question, and then ask it to someone else, results may amaze you. I have to confess I love diversity. I think that thanks to that, we learn interesting things all the time. In my personal experience, just by the fact of sharing my flat with vietnamiese, greek and an african girl; I can surley say I learn EVERY day. I love this, it has been very pleasant to learn traditions, words and different kinds of food.

Now, lets go back to the basic question: what do I consider good info, and why? Well, the answer is simple, I consider good info something that makes me complement my knowledge in a positive way. By positive way, I refer to what makes me feel hungry to learn more. Things that make me hungry to learn? Well, that's different to all of us, but mostly technology.

I'm sure that by the end of the semester, I might change my opinion and also will complement my knowledge in this topic, so lets just wait for it and continue to reflect on different topics. Also, lets hope that next time, I find the right meaning to information literacy.

My simple life

Hola a todos,

My name is Lily and I'm from Monterrey, Mexico. I have a Bs. Information Systems Management and I'm currently studying a Msc. Information Management at the University of Sheffield. During the years of my former education, I developed a passion for certain topics relating my field: Business Intelligence, Knowledge Management and Database Systems. I was lucky enough to work during an entire year at my country with the 3 subjects, but as time went by I noticed that I needed more skills in this areas. That is why I'm here right now, hoping to nurture this opportunity.

As an extra, i'll share with you what I posted on my twitter as my bio...

I'm a animal lover, female technologist, geek by nature, frustrated singer and workaholic. I just want a simple kind of life...

New Information Universe preparation - Sophie

I hope this isn't too non-academic, but I thought I'd write about the range of information sources I might use prior to booking a holiday.
Part 1 - experience of finding information
Firstly, I'd ask friends where they went and their experiences.
I might go to a travel agent to pick up some brochures. Then on to a library to pick up some travel guides for free. Perhaps, later to a bookshop for my own copy. Then using the guide or a telephone directory, I'd request further information from a public body like the local tourist board.
Having narrowed down my search to destination, I'd look for the best deal using comparison websites such as travelsupermarket.com
Now I'd want to know what previous holiday makers thought and read their reviews on websites like tripadvisor.co.uk I'd also look at travel blogs.
I might go to flickr and utube to see images and videos.
I'd certainly like to know more about the climate and would check out the current temperature from the met office. If going abroad, I might keep an eye on foreign exchange rates by watching the live currency markets online.
I'd go to the website of the holiday company I'd chosen and search their databases for availability. Finally, having selected my holiday, I'd visit the individual hotel / resort website.
And through all of this, I've probably used Google, if for nothing else, to help me find the web addresses of the sites I wanted to visit.
Part 2 - types of reference
Word of mouth
User guides
Catalogues, printed and online
Directories, printed and online
Databases, static and real-time
Search engines
Comparison websites
User review websites
Commercial and non-commercial websites

Friday, September 30, 2011

Introduction of Bo Wang

Hello, my partners,
    I am Bo Wang come from Beijing, and you can call me Kiya that is my English name. My major of undergraduate is E-commerce. I am so happy to join this group and I wish we can get a great achievement.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Information Universe : Information Resources.

To make an easy understanding, I would like to show my experience about finding information to select ELTC project topic.

Experience of finding information
Last 2 month, I had to make an ELTC project. When I knew from my English tutor that I had to make a personal project and he gave the guideline to me. The first thing that I made that read and analyzed the project instruction such as project components, and project submitted. Moreover I asked some questions with my tutor to made sure that I would go to the right way.

The first times I would like to made a project about the significant problems of disable people in Thailand. I tried to find information from many sources before choose the project topic as:

Firstly of all, I used my background as an information officer that I used to meet and interview library users about the problem of disable people with library. The I used University of Sheffield Library OPAC and online databases to browsed resources in library which related to my project. After I had list of resources in library, I selected some of books and journal articles to read and got more idea. Furthermore, I accessed websites to got more information both commercial and non-commercial websites such as government websites, including blog and wikis with had information about library and disable people. Finally, I used social networking as Facebook to discuss with my co-workers in Thailand to get some feedback about my project.

Types of reference
Word of mouth
Library OPAC
Online database
Journal article
Search engine

From the references that mentioned above can be divided by basic catagories of information sources as:
People - Word of mouth
Databases - Library OPAC and Online databases such as ScienceDirect
Documents - Book, Journal article, e-journal, e-article
Search engine - Google
Technology - Blog, Wiki, and Facebook

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Information Literacy: What It Is & Who Needs It

Hello! I'm Titima

Hello, My name is Titima. I come from Thailand, most affectionately known by many as The Land of Smiles.

I graduated in BA in Library and Information Science and worked as an information officer at Science and Technology Knowledge Services (STKS), the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) under Ministry of Science and Technology, Thailand.

The U Group

We are the U Group - Lily, Titima, Bo and Sophie

7 pillars "strongest attributes"

Gathering - as graduates one of our strongest attributes is in gathering information, using both physical and electronic resources, such as a text books or online databases. We hope to further develop our understanding during this course.

Identify - we feel we are good identifiers of information. We have a desire to create a learning habit that will help us to identify new skills and to manage time effectively and creatively. Being from different countries will help us learn from different cultural environments.