A wonderful specimen of a user!

March 9th, 2007 by G√ľnter

We’re always on the look-out for this mystical creature called “the user,” and I am exited to report a public sighting: for a good hour during the Bibliographic Control Working Group public meeting, we had a superb specimen right in front of us. Dr. Timothy Burke, an Associate Professor in the Department of History at Swarthmore College, spoke with detail and nuance about his information retrieval (read: search) behavior as a researcher, and provided a plethora of specific scenarios for different searching strategies. My only regret is that I didn’t walk up to him afterwards and thank him in person for his candor, wit and eloquence. I would have written this up in detail, but found that Karen Coyle already beat me to the punch. Thanks, Timothy (and Karen)!

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2 Responses to “A wonderful specimen of a user!”

  1. jennifer weintraub Says:

    Note: Tim Burke has long had an excellent blog at http://weblogs.swarthmore.edu/burke/ (hope the html code works)

  2. hangingtogether.org » Blog Archive » RLG Annual Meeting, register now Says:

    [...] Professor Burke was recently a featured speaker at the Bibliographic Control Working Group meeting on “use and users” last month. Karen Coyle has an excellent summary of Burke’s talk, and I recommend it to you (as G√ľnter has previously). I was going to blog about this meeting, but it was so well covered elsewhere, I couldn’t bring myself to write about it myself. [...]