What is “remote”? - Chemical Information BULLETIN

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Not too remote:
Strategies for promoting
chemical information
services outside the library
Andrea Twiss-Brooks
University of Chicago Library
March 28, 2000
219th ACS National Meeting
San Francisco, CA
Division of Chemical Information (CINF)
What is “remote”?
“a remote use is anyone who uses library systems,
services, and resources from a location outside the
library proper. Some remote users may never have
been in-library users, while others are crossover users
who continue to come into the physical library to
complete certain tasks”
Peters, Thomas A., “Remotely familiar: Using computerized
monitoring to study remote use”, Library Trends 47(1):7-20,
Summer 1998
How to promote remote use
•Make (and keep) the resources and services available
•Inform the users of the available tools
•Teach the users how to make effective use of the
resources and services
Make resources and services available
•Selection, licensing or development
•Distribution and installation
•Authentication of remote users
•Maintenance and management
Make resources and services available
•Distribution and installation of client software
•Platforms (PC, Mac, Unix)
•Versions (latest only or multiple)
•Self-serve or full-serve
•FTP, web, other local server
•Instructions, hints, technical support
•Customization (embedded passwords, site
preferences, network settings)
U of Chicago SciFinder distribution
•Limited to current students, faculty and staff
•Contact list for remote installations needed
•Two or more customizations to be delivered
•No campus-wide unique identification system
•No centralized ftp server facilities available
•Limited programming and technical support available
Other solutions?
•Personal visits to install the software
“At NJIT we just started a subscription to SCIFINDER SCHOLAR. I
could have put the software on the network and e-mailed people
instructions on how to set up SCIFINDER on their PCs. I went to about 30
people and installed the software and did a sample search for each one.” -Bruce Slutsky
•Media (CD-ROM, diskettes)
Let the users know what’s available
•Print (newspapers, newsletters, flyers)
•Open house or information fair
•Door prizes
•Hands on/live links
•Targeted groups
•Identify resources with library (virtual hallmarking)
User education and training
•Traditional methods
•Location, location, location
•Library instruction
•Newer methods
•Distance learning
•Web based
Examples of distance learning tools
Web guides
asynchronous, static
Beilstein guides developed at University of Chicago
Examples of distance learning tools
Web based tutorials
asynchronous, interactive
University of California Santa Barbara
Web of Science Tutorial
Overviews, screen shots and interactive question and
answer sequences
Examples of distance learning tools
Web multimedia based course
synchronous, interactive
Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH Zürich)
TopClass system
Presentation with more information
Examples of distance education tools
Web, video and desktop conferencing
synchronous, interactive
•Rohm and Haas
email: [email protected]
SciFinder training for site in Texas done from
•Dow Chemical Company
Individual assistance via NetMeeting software
Information Resources
Proxy server/connectivity software implementations:
Web guides/courses/tutorials:
Distance learning:
Information Resources, contd.
Desktop conferencing/videoconferencing/webconferencing:
•email contact for Rohm and Haas training information is
[email protected]
Tod Olson, University of Chicago
Nancy Cundiff, Dow Chemical
Bruce Slutsky, New Jersey Institute of Technology
Joanne Witiak, Rohm and Haas
Engelbert Zass, ETH Zürich
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