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Dickey, Timothy J.

Works: 6 works in 9 publications in 1 language and 20 library holdings
Genres: Use studies  History 
Roles: Researcher, Research team member
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Most widely held works by Timothy J Dickey
"If it is too inconvenient I'm not going after it" : convenience as a critical factor in information-seeking behaviors by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In today's fast-paced world, anecdotal evidence suggests that information tends to inundate people, and users of information systems want to find information quickly and conveniently. Empirical evidence for convenience as a critical factor is explored in the data from two multi-year, user study projects funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The theoretical framework for this understanding is founded in the concepts of bounded rationality and rational choice theory, with Savolainen's (2006) concept of time as a context in information seeking, as well as gratification theory, informing the emphasis on the seekers' time horizons. Convenience is a situational criterion in peoples' choices and actions during all stages of the information-seeking process. The concept of convenience can include their choice of an information source, their satisfaction with the source and its ease of use, and their time horizon in information seeking. The centrality of convenience is especially prevalent among the younger subjects ("millennials") in both studies, but also holds across all demographic categories -- age, gender, academic role, or user or non-user of virtual reference services. These two studies further indicate that convenience is a factor for making choices in a variety of situations, including both academic information seeking and everyday-life information seeking, although it plays different roles in different situations
Sense-making and synchronicity : information-seeking behaviors of Millennials and Baby Boomers by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A challenge facing libraries is to develop and update collections and services to meet the needs of the multiple generations of users with differing approaches to information seeking. The different characteristics and information needs of 'Baby Boomers' and 'Millennials' present a dichotomy for library service and system development. Results are reported here for two research projects that investigated habits and needs of library users and non-users. Both studies sought to identify how and why individuals seek and use information. The first study deals with the findings of focus group interviews with seventy-eight randomly selected participants, and fifteen semi-structured interviews with a subset of these participants. The second study reports the results of focus group interviews with twenty-three Millennials, and an analysis of 492 virtual reference services (VRS) transcripts. The studies indicate that both generations consistently identify Google and human sources as the first sources they use for quick searches. The younger Millennials mentioned consulting parents most frequently, while the older Millennials consult friends and professors. Baby Boomers indicate that they consult their personal libraries and colleagues. The findings have implications for the development of next generation library online catalogs, as well as services, including VRS
Publisher names in bibliographic data : an experimental authority file and a prototype application by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The cataloging community has long acknowledged the value of investing in authority control; as bibliographic systems become more global, the need for authority control becomes even more pressing. The publisher description area of the catalog record is notoriously difficult to control, yet often necessary for collection analysis and development. The research presented in this paper details a project to build a database of authorized names for major publishers worldwide. ISBN prefix data were used to cluster bibliographic records based on publishing entities; the resulting database contains thousands of variant forms of each publisher's name, and data about their overall publishing output. Profiles of four large publishers were compared: each publisher's languages of publication, formats, and subjects demonstrated their distinctive publishing output, and validated the record clusters. Finally, the results of the research were made freely available on the Web via a prototype set of web pages displaying the publishing profiles of more than eighteen hundred major publishers
Books as expressions of global cultural diversity : data mining for national collection analysis by Timothy J Dickey( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

A number of bodies have been jointly interested in book publication data as measures of cultural diversity. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics is especially interested in global patterns in book publication as expressions of cultural diversity and heritage. Such data, however, are not widely collected by national publishing organizations and library statistics agencies. The increasingly global reach of the WorldCat database, on the other hand, makes it an obvious source for data mining. This paper presents results from an OCLC Research project that produced a rich data portrait of global book publishing, with emphasis on collection analysis by country. Researchers were able to compare the annual publishing for every country of the world (as reflected in WorldCat), the libraries that collect and import a country's works, the monographs their libraries import from other countries, and the proportion of publications in various official and native languages. The results provide a global overview of book publishing and a wealth of case studies in single countries' practices in book publishing and the preservation of their literary heritage. The present paper compares the book publishing and book collections in libraries in six countries around the world and demonstrates the power of data mining within this sphere
The digital information seeker : report of the findings from selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC user behaviour projects by Lynn Silipigni Connaway( )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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