Sunday, November 12, 2006

Even more discusion questions!

Modeling the Information Seeking of Professionals

1)Does the broadness of the Leckie et. all model help, as the authors propose, to create a over-arching model for all professions and a foundation for more in depth studies in the field of information science, or does it extreme broadness limit its application due to the myriad of other major factors that the authors argued are present at each step of the model? Additonally does this model actually serve to capture the complexity of the information seeking habits of professionals as the authors claim or does it underplay the multiple factors at work?

Opening and Cooperative

2)In his “Cooperative” Chapter Willinsky proposes that both research libraries and scholarly associations and publishers should work together to create and improve online journal repositories like JSTOR, with the research libraries focusing on the “hosting, indexing and archiving of literature” and the scholarly associations and publishers focusing on the “management of peer review, editing, and layout”. Do you think that this, as Willinsky states, would this also help to alleviate some of the costs of creating and maintaining such repositories? Additionally do you think that this would provide research libraries a way to be more actively involved in the development and availability of such repositories?


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Cory said...

The Leckie et. all model in my opinion is too broad to be of use for the creation of an over-arching model. The complexity of each different search that professionals do make creating a model really tough to do. The model that is shown in the article captures how complex and how many different possibilites arise when professionals are looking for information. Can you really create an accurate model when all those different variable can occur?

At 10:46 AM, Blogger Cynthia said...

Re: cooperative publishing
I am unclear as to how much of the cost of a journal subscription is necessary to maintain its quality and how much is currently being pocketed by publishing executives. Optimist that I am, I would prefer to believe that the money from subscriptions is being spent wisely on the publication, though I get the feeling this isn't the case. In any case, Willinsky doesn't provide any figures to give the reader an idea of how much money is necessary to produce a quality journal or maintain an online repository. So I came away from his arguements rather lukewarm since I had no way to look at the finances involved.


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