Friday, September 30, 2011

Sure, I Can Write a Doctoral Dissertation in Two Weeks

I got a very interesting message from a potential client recently; it came in via my website, I’ve removed any identifying details.

-----Original Message-----

From: [link from website]
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 01:44 PM
Subject: Visitor Feedback from Your Website

First Name: [-----------]
Last Name: [-----------]
Company Name: [name of a university based in Malaysia]
City: [------------]
State: [------------]
Daytime Phone: [-----------]
E-mail Address: [-----------]
Research Topic? Provide Details: A relationship between self efficacy/self esteem and health information needs of expectant mothers.
Writing Project? Provide Detail: A PhD thesis
How Soon Do You Need This? 2 weeks time from now.
Other Comments? Would appreciate your reliable and quality service!

-----Reply Message-----

From: Peregrine Information Consultants
To: [-----------]
Date: Tuesday, September 27, 07:08 pm
Subject: your inquiry

Sorry, we do not provide research services for students who should be doing their own research.

And…Two weeks for a doctoral dissertation??

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

I’ve been a research librarian for a long time. Over the years, it’s been fascinating to observe, and be part of, the continuing advance of information technology, and to see how it has changed how we create, store, retrieve, and use information. There is more information available than ever before, and we can choose how, when, where, and by what means to receive, analyze, slice and dice, repackage, and share it, and of course, much of it is “free.”

But it’s not all sweetness and light.