Springtime, when. . .Sage allows free access to its entire stable of journals. What have those tireless publish-or-perishers come up with about Merleau-Ponty since the last free trial? Etc..
As someone who has previously registered for a trial of an online journal published by SAGE, we wanted to let you know about our current free access period on SAGE Journals Online. You can now register for free online access to more than 500 SAGE journals with content available from 1999-current until April 30, 2009!
The SAGE Journals Online platform provides users access to one of the largest and most powerful collections of business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technical, and medical content in the world. SAGE is also the world’s leading publisher of research methods and during the trial you will be able to search more than 25 research methods journals–from qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods to evaluation.
On the email tip, several hits at Sage.
Semiotic resourcefulness: A young child’s email exchange as design
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 2007; 7; 155 Diane Mavers
Abstract Children’s resourcefulness can be seen in their ordinary, everyday ‘semiotic work’ as they select resources from those ready to hand to create play environments and artefacts. Is this resourcefulness also evident as they make meaning in the highly conventionalized mode of writing? Conceptualizing writing as a process of design opens up the possibility for understanding meaning-making beyond the linguistic. In a spontaneously initiated email exchange with her uncle, a six-year-old child demonstrated semiotic resourcefulness as she made meaning in a variety of ways: by selecting and combining particular lexical and syntactic choices, but also in her deployment of other semiotic resources such as spacing, punctuation and spelling. The un-school-likeness of this young child’s domestic literacy implies agency and initiative as she designed writing apt to the social context, and demonstrated her literate capacities in the here and now.
The dark side of information: overload, anxiety and other paradoxes and pathologies
Journal of Information Science 2009; 35; 180 David Bawden and Lyn Robinson
Abstract. This review article identifies and discusses some of main issues and potential problems – paradoxes and pathologies – around the communication of recorded information, and points to some possible solutions. The article considers the changing contexts of information communication, with some caveats about the identification of ‘pathologies of information’, and analyses the changes over time in the way in which issues of the quantity and quality of information available have been regarded. Two main classes of problems and issues are discussed. The first comprises issues relating to the quantity and diversity of information available: information overload, information anxiety, etc. The second comprises issues relating to the changing information environment with the advent of Web 2.0: loss of identity and authority, emphasis on micro-chunking and shallow novelty, and the impermanence of information. A final section proposes some means of solution of problems and of improvements to the situation. Keywords: information overload; information anxiety; digital literacy; paradox of choice; satisficing; web 2.0
Group dynamic processes in email groups
Active Learning in Higher Education 2005; 6; 7 Esat Alpay
ABSTRACT Discussion is given on the relevance of group dynamic processes in promoting decision-making in email discussion groups. General theories on social facilitation and social loafing are considered in the context of email groups, as well as the applicability of psychodynamic and interaction-based models. It is argued that such theories may indeed provide insight into email group interactions, but that communication limitations may severely hinder the effectiveness, and possibly the natural evolution, of email-based groups. Based on the various theoretical perspectives on group dynamics, some general recommendations are provided on promoting effective email groups, which include the set-up of communication and decision protocols, the cogent use of a group facilitator, and where possible, the supplementary use of face-to-face interactions.
This great resource should be available at your academic library too. Twist the librarian’s arm should it not be.