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Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
Teaching  Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard
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Teaching Promoting Govt. Information via Libguides and Blackboard

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Various options such as Flickr, blogs, wikis, LibGuides, Blackboard,YouTube, etc. are available to teach and publicize government information services. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how to …

Various options such as Flickr, blogs, wikis, LibGuides, Blackboard,YouTube, etc. are available to teach and publicize government information services. In this presentation, I will demonstrate how to teach and promote government information via LibGuides and Blackboard systems. It is easy to create user-friendly course and subject guides using these two systems. With the availability of web 2.0 technologies, we can integrate video clips, RSS Feeds, and images to make our guides interesting. Now is the time to "jazz it up" and reveal the hidden treasures to our user community.

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  • 1. Teaching & Promoting U.S. Govt. Information via LibGuides and Blackboard Chella Vaidyanathan History, Political Science, U.S. Govt. & International Docs. University of Miami Libraries
  • 2. LibGuides <ul><li>User friendly subject and class/course guides </li></ul><ul><li>Customized templates </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to categorize and group information resources </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate video slips, RSS Feeds, audio clips, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to insert images </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback column/box </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive guides </li></ul><ul><li>Useful to display hidden historic treasures from our collections – Special Collections from Govt. Docs.? </li></ul>
  • 3. Blackboard <ul><li>Govt. Information available on “fingertips” </li></ul><ul><li>Readily accessible via Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Customized course content </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to provide access to subject guide (LibGuide) by creating a link </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to insert images and video clips </li></ul><ul><li>Increases visibility of government documents collections and documents librarians online </li></ul><ul><li>Useful for creating surveys and receiving feedback </li></ul>
  • 4. Examples from the University of Miami <ul><li>Federal government information – http://libguides.miami.edu/federalgovernmentinformation </li></ul><ul><li>State government information – http://libguides.miami.edu/floridastatedocuments </li></ul>
  • 5. Some Relevant Disciplines/Topics of Interest <ul><li>History </li></ul><ul><li>Political Science </li></ul><ul><li>International Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Public Health & Diseases </li></ul><ul><li>US Policy in the Middle East </li></ul><ul><li>US-Latin America Relations </li></ul><ul><li>Declassified Documents </li></ul><ul><li>Drug-Trafficking </li></ul>
  • 6. Statistics and Tracking <ul><li>Easy to track usage both in LibGuides and Blackboard </li></ul><ul><li>Apart from obtaining general statistics from the instruction database, these provide another option to track usage information by specific resources/websites/databases </li></ul><ul><li>Number of hits per page/database/website </li></ul><ul><li>Useful in writing semester end or yearly reports </li></ul>
  • 7. Results <ul><li>Positive feedback from faculty, students, and general public </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive content that “lures” library patrons </li></ul><ul><li>Increases the visibility of government documents and librarians online </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons like the guides as they are easy to navigate and use </li></ul><ul><li>“ Renewed” interest in documents collections </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness of the value of government information </li></ul>

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