Dear all,

If you are attending ALISE in Dallas, we would like to invite you to 
participate in a panel discussion regarding teaching online searching 
course in MLIS programs. It will be a very interactive panel session, 
featuring frequent questions and discussion following short segments of 
presentations.  Whether you are a LIS educator, a student, or a vendor 
representative, we would love if you could come to participate in the 
discussion and share your thoughts. The panel session will take place on 
Wednesday, 1/18/12, 8:30-10:00am.

Here is the panel description:

*Panelists: *

*Rong Tang,*Simmons College

*Carol Tenopir,*University of Tennessee

*Rachel Applegate,*Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

*Lynn Hanson,*University of Illinois 
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*Jamshid Beheshti,*McGill University<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

*Maria Ziemer, *ProQuest


*Panel Title: To Dialog or Not to Dialog: Teaching Online Searching to 
MLIS Students in the Age of Google*

While being titled differently, most of the library schools offer a 
search class featuring, among other things, the teaching of the search 
syntax of some legacy systems such as Dialog [part of ProQuest]. With 
the dynamic evolution of database industry and rapid development of 
database interface design, it becomes increasingly challenging to show 
students the value of learning Dialog classic search. Meanwhile, as 
ProQuest Dialog currently is in the development and has been installed 
through various stages and versions, as Dialog classic interface is 
being phased out, what platforms and search languages should a search 
class cover? What exactly is the difference between search skills for 
information professionals and search skills as end users? What other 
content elements should be added to a traditionally search-focused course?

This panel intends to exchange ideas for the content of an online 
searching course, with the hope to adopt best practices and ensure the 
course to deliver both essential knowledge and practically relevant 
skills.Below are some of the issues that various panelists will cover in 
their talk:

1.Roles, purposes, and values of the online search course in the MLIS 

2.Specific educational objectives of online search courses and 
evaluation methods (e.g., assignments, lab exercises, discussions, 
student presentations, etc.)

3.Online systems covered in the online search course and the MLIS 
curriculum (e.g., Dialog, Factiva, LexisNexis, and web)?

4.Depth of knowledge required from Master's students about online 
systems (e.g., Boolean, nested logic, stop words, proximity operators, 
field searches --basic and additional index fields, inverted files, etc.?)

5.What other content are covered in online search courses (electronic 
resource management, electronic resource librarianship, user 
instruction, digitalization, evaluation of databases, etc.)?

The panel will post following questions to the audience:

1.What do you think are the purposes of a search course in the MLIS 
curriculum? What do you think students want to learn from this course?

2.What other courses in the curriculum cover online searching techniques 
and sources?

3.Should we continue teaching Dialog knowing that the command line 
search option in ProQuest Dialog will be different from the traditional 
Dialog syntax?

4.What are the alternative systems that we can use to teach our search 

5.What are the possible changes of directions for a search course:

·Change the course into a search and database evaluation course

·Change the course into a "electronic resource management" course that 
addresses budgeting, licensing and negotiation, copyright, access 
management, link and authentication

·Change the course into a "user instruction" course, with a focus on 
teaching database searching

·Change the course to a digital collection course, etc.

·Merge the course content into various other courses (such as collection 
development, technical services, etc.) and get rid of the course

6.How can we make the online search course both timely relevant and 
practically useful?


Rong Tang, PhD
Associate Professor
Director, Simmons GSLIS Usability Lab
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
Simmons College
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 521-2880
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