CIRI Blog Overview
iSchool faculty members have their own blog to share updates on their research projects, innovative ideas for advancing online teaching and learning, experiences with emerging technologies, thoughts on research methods, and whatever else is percolating in their minds. It’s a treasure trove of inspiration and knowledge.
New posts are published monthly. We encourage you to visit the blog often and share your comments.
Most recently, Ann Agee, iSchool Lecturer and Associate Librarian and Faculty Director of Collections and Scholarly Communications at SJSU Library wrote a blog post about her recent sabbatical research on language style matching as a measure of librarian/patron engagement in email reference transactions. Read her post on CIRI Blog.
“Using a technique called language style matching (LSM), social psychologists discovered that similar synchronization appears in written correspondence. Correspondents with a high level of engagement use similar words, down to the level of pronouns, articles, and prepositions. It is these function words that are used to calculate an LSM score. High LSM scores have been shown to be indicative of a sense of perceived support.” – Ann Agee