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News and tips from the Drexel University Libraries relating to the iSchool.

SimplyMap GIS Platform Trial for Claritas and Simmons Data

For one week only starting today the SimplyMap GIS platform that we always have carried will add trial access to two of its demographics data packages by special request.

Check out the oddly named but useful Claritas PRIZM lifestyle groupings and the incredibly granular Experian Simmons Local file from Neilsen.

Updated Library Statistics from ARL

Library statistics from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) for your number crunching pleasure:
ARL Salary Survey: what academic librarians are earning.
ARL Statistics: what academic libraries are spending (among other things).

Other fascinating library statistics also available at the Library Science research guide.

Questions?

Leadership Development videos On TRIAL until April 30th

Until the end of this month we have a trial to the Leadership Development streaming video collection from the vendor “SkillSoft” as enjoyed by the majority of the Fortune 1000 companies and many leading universities. Over 2,700 streaming videos, ranging from 2 to 90 minutes in length, featuring speakers such as Tom Peters, Stephen Covey, etc.

Web of Knowledge New Products Trial in December

WoK’s Conference Proceedings Citation Index along with the just released “Book Citation Index” will be available as part of a trial from December 1st through the 31st.

Alternatives to Gartner (going away in November)

For those who don't know, the Gartner Group is the gold standard IT industry analyst firm used by Fortune 500 companies and others to keep track of current opinions on information technology vendors, products and developments.  They have great high level reports such as "hype cycles" and "magic quadrants" that summarize lots of information.

Unfortunately, our usage did not warrant its continuation.

Geographic Information Visualization - Simply Map 2

Trial extended through June 15th!

Hugely improved with intuitive “wizards” to guide queries, SimplyMap 2 makes business and demographic information accessible to non-experts through a mapping visualization interface.  Included in this trial is temporary access to the amazingly deep Simmons LOCAL and Claritas PRIZM (Nielson) data sets with consumer and opinion data points such as religious and political views that you cannot otherwise find in Census data.  This data is excellent for market research, justifying new product dev

INFO 780 International Issues tips

Nice to get a moment for a blog post here, especially when more than a few students ask about the same assignment.

As I understand this, you're seeking aspects of the information environment a particular foreign country, including who is publishing, setting policy, technology infrastructure, and cultural aspects about information user.  Because we don't have any research guide with a strictly international focus (yet) I offer you the following list of resources to help you get started:

Gartner IT Research Discontinued - Alternate Recommendations

UPDATE as of 9/1/2010 Drexel no longer carries Gartner Research -

Instead we recommend:

Faulkners for basic definitions and market awareness

Burton Group for in-depth tactical decision support on technology management issues, or

IGI

LIS Job Hunt Secret Ingredient

When LIS graduate students ask me about job-hunting, they are all guaranteed to hear one piece of advice in common, regardless of their professional goals.  "Are you a member of the X association?" (where X=the professional association that best matches their desired field of employment).  This advice is based on more than conjecture.  Time and time again, I have heard stories where a key factor in a graduate's successful job hunt was related to their association involvement, such as:

  • a contact made at an association event,
  • a reference supplied by a men

New L&IS Encyclopedia Edition with iSchool Authors

The latest online edition of this core reference work "The Encyclopedia of L&IS" has just been released.

Of special note are several contributions by Drexel iSchool faculty.  Enjoy!

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