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Thursday, March 21 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Text Mining for Librarians: Opportunities and Challenges

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Although it began in the digital humanities, text mining is becoming increasingly common in other disciplines. Text mining is the process of using software to analyze and investigate text documents to find patterns and concepts. It provides new opportunities for librarians to support researchers as well as engage in their own research. The session will provide an overview of the basics of text mining, how it is being used in current research, and the tools available both free and fee-based. The discussion will continue with potential sources of text to use, looking at text that is both freely available and that which is available through licenses. The presenters will cover the challenges of working with licensed material and the expertise and experience that electronic resource librarians can contribute. Finally the presenters will discuss examples of text mining projects and the session will wrap up with a hands on exploration of a free web based text mining tool. For those who wish to participate in the hands on section please bring a personal device. To access the presentation slides and text files to use during the hands on section of the panel please use the following link. https://z.umn.edu/libtech-mining . Bring Your Own Device session.

Speakers
avatar for Kristen Cooper

Kristen Cooper

Plant Sciences Librarian, University of MN Libraries
Kristen Cooper is the Plant Sciences Librarian at the University of Minnesota. She supports the research of faculty and staff in her departments which includes research metrics and scholarly impact.
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Cody Hennesy

Journalism & Digital Media Librarian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Julie Kelly

Librarian, University of Minnesota, Magrath Library


Thursday March 21, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Olin-Rice 100

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