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May 3, 2005

Engineering Design Classes - Jeanine Williamson

:: Jeanine Williamson, Engineering Librarian at Hodges Library, U Tennessee, recently surveyed other engineering librarians regarding resources they use when preparing for and instructing in engineering design classes. Here is her report:

Design Classes

Often different teams in a design class have different information needs. It may be best to talk with team leaders one on one.

One library assigns LIS graduate students to each design group to help them with their information needs.

Types of information used include patents, standard databases like IEL, INSPEC, e-books, and data handbooks; industry standards, trade catalogs, handbooks, demographics.

Sites to look at:

www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/chemicaleng/chemguide/index.cfm
www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/materialseng/materialsguide/index.cfm
(Randy Reichardt, University of Alberta)
http://sirsi-rooms.bucknell.edu/rooms/portal/media-type/html/user/anon/page/ChemicalEngineering.psml/js_pane/P-fe20781409-10402
(Jim Van Fleet, Bucknell University)
http://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asphttp://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asp
(Linda Ackerson, UIUC)
http://g118.grainger.uiuc.edu/engdesign
(William Mischo, UIUC)

Patents, Industry Standards, Trade Catalogs, Handbooks, Demographics (population, consumption, market data),
(Sharon Shafer, UCLA)

Patents
http://patents.uspto.gov/index.html
USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office
http://www.freepatentsonline.com
FreepatentsOnline
http://ep.espacenet.com
European Patent Information (US/WO/JP Patents Search)
http://www.depatisnet.de/
DEPATISnet information:
http://www.surfip.gov.sg/sip/site/sip_home.htm
SurfIP

Industry standards
http://www.global.ihs.com/

Trade Catalogs
e.g. McMasterCarr etc.
http://www.mcmaster.com/
GlobalSpec
http://www.designinfo.com/
industrial ebay (http://business.stores.ebay.com/)

Demographics

LexisNexis Statistical
MarketResearch.com
RAND
STAT-USA
TableBase
World Development Indicators (CD-ROM)
Indicators Online

www.library.ubc.ca/scieng/toolkit
(Kevin Lindstrom, University of British Columbia)

My guess is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of resources developed and used by engineering librarians throughout the continent. Thanks to Jeanine for allowing me to post her results here.

April 21, 2005

Engineering Design Classes - Jeanine Williamson

:: Jeanine Williamson, Engineering Librarian at Hodges Library, U Tennessee, recently surveyed other engineering librarians regarding resources they use when preparing for and instructing in engineering design classes. Here is her report:

Design Classes

Often different teams in a design class have different information needs. It may be best to talk with team leaders one on one.

One library assigns LIS graduate students to each design group to help them with their information needs.

Types of information used include patents, standard databases like IEL, INSPEC, e-books, and data handbooks; industry standards, trade catalogs, handbooks, demographics.

Sites to look at:

www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/chemicaleng/chemguide/index.cfm
www.library.ualberta.ca/subject/materialseng/materialsguide/index.cfm
(Randy Reichardt, University of Alberta)
http://sirsi-rooms.bucknell.edu/rooms/portal/media-type/html/user/anon/page/ChemicalEngineering.psml/js_pane/P-fe20781409-10402
(Jim Van Fleet, Bucknell University)
http://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asphttp://web.library.uiuc.edu/grainger/top.asp
(Linda Ackerson, UIUC)
http://g118.grainger.uiuc.edu/engdesign
(William Mischo, UIUC)

Patents, Industry Standards, Trade Catalogs, Handbooks, Demographics (population, consumption, market data),
(Sharon Shafer, UCLA)

Patents
http://patents.uspto.gov/index.html
USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office

http://www.freepatentsonline.com
FreepatentsOnline

http://ep.espacenet.com
European Patent Information (US/WO/JP Patents Search)

http://www.depatisnet.de/
DEPATISnet information:

http://www.surfip.gov.sg/sip/site/sip_home.htm
SurfIP

Industry standards
http://www.global.ihs.com/

Trade Catalogs
e.g. McMasterCarr etc.
http://www.mcmaster.com/
GlobalSpec
http://www.designinfo.com/
industrial ebay (http://business.stores.ebay.com/)

Demographics

LexisNexis Statistical
MarketResearch.com
RAND
STAT-USA
TableBase
World Development Indicators (CD-ROM)
Indicators Online

www.library.ubc.ca/scieng/toolkit
(Kevin Lindstrom, University of British Columbia)

My guess is that this is just the tip of the iceberg of resources developed and used by engineering librarians throughout the continent. Thanks to Jeanine for allowing me to post her results here.

December 9, 2004

The Camtasia Library Tutorial at UBC Library's Science and Engineering Division

:: Aleteia Greenwood is a librarian at the Science and Engineering Division of the University of British Columbia Library. Earlier this year, with the assistance of the Centre for Instructional Support at UBC'S Faculty of Applied Science, and using Camtasia software, she designed and recorded the "Guide to Using UBC'S Library Catalogue." I asked Aleteia for background information on the tutorial, and she writes:

The modules are made using Camtasia. I went with this software because the video captures real time visuals and the voice over makes it possible to talk and demonstrate at the same time. (I'll admit though that lack of interaction is a drag). So it is really just a show and tell device.

Total time of the videos is around 29 minutes. (the time duration of each module can be seen in the bottom right hand corner).

Camtasia is great because it is possible to manipulate it in the post production stage. For example, you can zoom in on one part of the screen. It is very easy to make the video, once you have downloaded the software you pull up the screen you want to start with, through Camtasia, press F9 to start the video going and F10 to stop it. I am not so clear on the post production component as we are unable to download software onto our work computers. Jim Sibley from Applied Science did post production. He assures me that it is not complex.

Something to watch out for: there are default settings that I was a little slow in noticing (for example in one of the modules you can hear the keys of the computer, they sound like an ancient typewriter, that can be switched off. I thought I'd redone all the videos that had that sound!)

One thing I would like to have done is to have closed captioning (for those who are hard of hearing, whose first language isn't English, who don't have sound on their computers).

There are 13 modules in the 29-minute presentation. Viewers can choose which module they want to view, or watch the entire presentation at once. The presentation can be paused, stopped, and can be "rewound" or "fast forwarded", so to speak. Notice that the cursor, which moves about the screen, is surrounded by a small yellow circle, making it very easy to follow the cursor as it moves about the screen.

This type of presentation could work well for distance learning. I'd also like to see if a Camtasia tutorial on a specific subject area or resource would be useful to students working in that area.