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  • Finding Physical Properties of Chemicals: A Practical Guide for Scientists, Engineers, and Librarians 

    Wagner, A. Ben (Routledge, 2001)
    Free Internet resources that provide a significant amount of physical property information are critically reviewed. These free Web sites cannot totally replace classic print sources and online subscription databases. ...
  • Impact of flat-rate contracts on information services and behavior 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2001-02)
    The impact of the availability of flat-rate online literature databases on the services of a corporate chemical research library and its patrons was studied. This includes flat-rate services marketed directly to end users ...
  • Managing Tradeoffs in the Electronic Age 

    Wagner, A. Ben (Wiley, 2003-10)
    An overview of the development of electronic resources over the past three decades is provided, discussing key features, disadvantages, and benefits of traditional online databases and CD-ROM and Web-based resources. This ...
  • On-Site Reference Services and Outreach: Setting Up Shop Where Our Patrons Live 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2004-06-08)
    Electronic, full-text resources and on-line forms have become ever more established in most organizations. As a result, foot traffic in libraries has significantly decreased leading to fewer opportunities for personal ...
  • Finding Physical Properties 

    Wagner, A. Ben; Shackle, Linda (2005-06-07)
    A practical guide and introduction to searching for properties of compounds and materials. The presentation focuses on the process, but also covers some of the major resources, but free and subscription.
  • Evaluating the Risks and Benefits of Going E-Only 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2005-10-21)
    A careful examination of the license, pricing, and subscriptions is required to establish the risks and benefits in converting print journals into electronic only journal access.
  • SciFinder Scholar 2006: an Empirical Analysis of Research Topic Query Processing 

    Wagner, A. Ben (American Chemical Society, 2006-03)
    Topical search queries in SciFinder Scholar are processed through an extensive set of natural language processing algorithms that greatly enhance the relevance and comprehensiveness of the search results. Little detailed ...
  • SciFinder Scholar 2006: An Empirical Analysis of Research Topic Query Processing 

    Wagner, A. Ben (American Chemical Society, 2006-03)
    Topical search queries in SciFinder Scholar are processed through an extensive set of natural language processing algorithms that greatly enhance the relevance and comprehensiveness of the search results. Little detailed ...
  • Turning Educational Standards/Recommendations into Information Fluency Courses: A Case Study 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2006-06-13)
    In October, 2005, the American Physical Society/American Association of Physics Teachers Joint Task Force on Graduate Education released a report in October 2005 recommending that physics departments "require communications ...
  • Open Access: Changing the Equation for Scholars and Librarians 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2006-10-06)
    The presentation discusses the benefits of open access publishing. The current scholarly publishing system is broken, a victim of run away costs of journal subscriptions.
  • Have Scholarly e-Books Come of Age 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2006-10-20)
    Electronic books are still in the process of being fully adopted by university libraries. The costs and benefits of subscription versus pruchase models is discussed.
  • Onsite Reference and Instruction Services: Setting Up Shop Where Our Patrons Live 

    Wagner, A. Ben; Tysick, Cynthia (American Library Association, 2007)
    Electronic, full-text resources and online forms have become ever more established in most ibraries. As a result, foot traffic has significantly decreased, leading to fewer opportunities for personal contact between ...
  • Evaluating Collections & Saving Money: Old and New Tools 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2007-10-26)
    This present discusses evaluation of journal and database subscriptions by means of a faculty survey, subject fund reallocations, shift of material off-site, and evaluating databases in an environment when so many use just Google.
  • Google & Company: Are we learning the lessons fast enough? 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2008-04-08)
    This presentation is a wide-ranging discussion of the impact of Google on librarians' role and function as information intermediaries. The impact of free services and open access on traditional library services is discussed.
  • Evaluating Journals/Databases: Saving Money: Old and New Tools 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2008-05-22)
    The presentation reviews what metrics and considerations go into journal and database evaluation, especially cancellation decisions, in light of tight or declining library budget. Cost per use is becoming the dominant ...
  • Author Identification Systems [Tips from the Experts] 

    Wagner, A. Ben (Association of College and Research Libraries/Science and Technology Section, 2009)
    Many efforts are currently underway to disambiguate author names and assign unique identification numbers so that publications by a given scholar can be reliably grouped together. This paper reviews a number of operational ...
  • Mining Technical Resources for Business Information 

    Wagner, A. Ben; Lavin, Michael R. (Routledge, 2009)
    Business librarians can benefit from a deeper understanding of science and engineering resources, especially when researching technological topics, products, or industries. The authors introduce a variety of technical ...
  • A&I, full text, and open access: prophecy from the trenches. 

    Wagner, A. Ben (Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, 2009-01-09)
    This invited essay predicts the demise of most traditional abstracting and indexing services, i.e. finding tools. Free finding tools continue to improve and gain significant mind share among library patrons. Library budgets ...
  • Percentile-Based Journal Impact Factors: A Neglected Collection Development Metric 

    Wagner, A. Ben (Association of College and Research Libraries * Science and Technology Section, 2009-04)
    Various normalization techniques to transform journal impact factors (JIFs) into a standard scale or range of values have been reported a number of times in the literature, but have seldom been part of collection development ...
  • Justification for Keeping Print Journal Subscription Form 

    Wagner, A. Ben (2009-05-05)
    This handy 1-page form provides a checklist of reasons a library would continue to maintain a print subscription rather than going electronic only.