Dave Pattern (Huddersfield)

Dave talked about the Gartner hype cycle – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hype_cycle which gives peaks and troughs of user experiences with new technology.  At the start – when Summon was announced at midwinter ALA, everyone experienced the “peak of inflated expectations”.

After that comes the trough of disillusionment, slope of enlightenment, plateau of productivity – where are you with your Summon implementation? Whatever stage you are at, the way Summon works starts to make sense after a while.

Dave mentioning this blog – (linking to it is too meta – it’s just here)

Lots of interest in today – we’re going to aim to have a blog post from each presenter – and even have a blog post from all participants. It would be great to capture as much content as we can.

Some stats go down when you implement. CINAHL not bad, but experience is showing that Business Source Premier has gone down.

Huddersfield have their own reading list software that they’ve plugged into Summon as much as possible. There’s potential to plug that into Aspire.

Now talking about the “Path of Least” resistance – principle of least effort. Students don’t use Google and wiki because they are lazy – they use it because these tools are  easy.

 Students should not have to become mini-librarians to use the library

quotes from @carolgauld – “Library search tools. Could we make them harder to use?

Research has shown that there is a strong significant relationship between average hours in the library and final grade. (Live blogging is hard!)

Let’s give our students more time to do stuff – like maybe evaluate what they find.

Last 2 or 3 months Huddersfield have “hacked” summon – and looked at things like how many search terms are used, what refining options are used, what number result do they actually click on?

86.8% of clicks are from the first page of results. Big drop off on page 2.

28.1% of searched used at least 1 facet. Content type most used. publication date = 8.4%

Average number of keyword is 4.6

Searches containing boolean – 2.57% in total. AND used most (2.46%)

(data based on 78,274 searches).

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