Meeting Students Where They Are Emily Boles Waheedah Bilal Stephen Smith Tim Salm
Waheedah & Stephen
UIS Online Fast Facts <ul><li>In the Fall 2009 semester:  </li></ul><ul><li>Students living in 47 states and 9 foreign cou...
The Challenge <ul><li>UIS has many online students -- and on campus students who prefer to work online.  </li></ul><ul><li...
Our Approach <ul><li>Library tab in Blackboard since 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials and links to the multitude of on...
Putting the Library in the LMS <ul><li>http://et-web.uis.edu/library/aboutus/circulation/online.php   </li></ul>
A Simpler Way to Search <ul><li>Easy Search is a search and discovery tool that allows users to simultaneously search more...
What Easy Search Gathers… <ul><li>Includes many of our general databases and resources </li></ul><ul><li>It is not intende...
Easy Search offers 2 search strategies <ul><li>Primary search is on &quot;multi-subject resources&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>...
Easy to Use as 1 - 2 - 3 <ul><li>Choose a category in Choose Search Options. </li></ul><ul><li>Enter Search Terms in the b...
Features <ul><li>Direct Link Capability (the user does not need to reenter the search) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>incorporates ...
User Search Behaviors with Easy Search <ul><li>Research at UIUC suggests that a broad continuum of searches is being perfo...
Sample Discovery Searches <ul><li>Multi-Subject Resources search for stone circles  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on full te...
Putting Librarians in the LMS
About LibGuides <ul><li>Currently 946 institutions using them </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly user friendly </li></ul><ul><li...
The LibGuide Community
LibGuides Blog
At UIS
 
Other Applications
 
 
 
For Support
Library Tutorials for Specific Courses <ul><li>http://webcast2.uis.edu/multimedia/cmross1/CRJ315/CRJ315.htm </li></ul>
Sample Embedded Librarian Page <ul><li>http://otel.uis.edu/library/demo2.html   </li></ul>
Resources <ul><li>Free, David. 2009. In the news.  College & Research Libraries News  70, (8) (09): 433-,  http:// search....
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To improve information literacy and make searching the library as easy as searching Google, the library faculty and online faculty support unit partnered to integrate the library into the learning management system (LMS) and embed librarians into individual courses.

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  • Almost every academic library journal these days contains at least one article regarding better methods for attracting faculty and students to the library and communicating efficient research methods to them. After teaching numerous face-to-face workshops and even semester long classes, I have consistently gotten thankful feedback for making students and faculty aware of library resources and the best ways to use them. At Brookens Library, we recently added LibGuides as a tool for reaching out. Although we just initiated it this semester, the results have already been quite favorable.
  • As Springshare and librarians who are using the tool develop new ideas or popular pages, they submit them to the Community website so that others may benefit.
  • There is a blog that is updated regularly to further keep users apprised of ways to enhance one’s Libguides
  • There are enormous possibilities for creating pages for each subject area. Notice the tabs, which allows the potential for fashioning pages specifically for a department’s particular needs. For example for the African American Studies department, as you can see, on the home page I provide my contact information, the best databases for research, current information of interest, and a list of new books in the library.
  • One professor asked me to create a page especially for her Harlem Renaissance Literature class, which I then presented in a short in class session to direct them to the specific resources students would need to do the research for their projects. Note that the pages are enabled with a print function, which allows the users to make their own handouts. This can also save on paper when doing the one-shot workshops. As long as users know how and where to access the Guide they need, there is no need for them to worry about losing pertinent research information.
  • One librarian has included a video that introduces users to the library in a humorous yet informative manner.
  • Our Legal Studies liaison librarian has created particularly useful pages for our pre-law program, which includes RSS feeds to help keep faculty and students abreast of current events that may be relevant to their areas of interest.
  • Within my psychology pages I have included a borrowed tutorial from Arizona State University on finding empirical articles, which the students have found very helpful, as well as a link to RefWorks, a valuable utility that was being underused by our students.
  • The creation and editing functions could not be easier, which, as I mentioned earlier makes LibGuides accessible to even those who have no experience with web page design. Certainly the possibilities for using LibGuides is not without limits, and the UIS experience with them is still relatively new, we have plans to expand on their use. For example, in the near future, I would like to add a Meebo Chat box to expand accessibility.
  • And there is always your personal LibGuide homepage to help direct you to other resources, give you ideas, or help with the editing process.
  • Meeting Students Where They Are: Embedded the Library in the Online Classroom

    1. 1. Meeting Students Where They Are Emily Boles Waheedah Bilal Stephen Smith Tim Salm
    2. 2. Waheedah & Stephen
    3. 3. UIS Online Fast Facts <ul><li>In the Fall 2009 semester: </li></ul><ul><li>Students living in 47 states and 9 foreign countries studied online </li></ul><ul><li>50.4% of all UIS students took at least one online class </li></ul><ul><li>35.7% of online majors pursued UIS degrees from other states or outside the country </li></ul><ul><li>More than 150 faculty members taught online </li></ul><ul><li>Average age of our online students – grad and undergrad - mid-30s </li></ul><ul><li>30.1% of all credit hours were generated online </li></ul>
    4. 4. The Challenge <ul><li>UIS has many online students -- and on campus students who prefer to work online. </li></ul><ul><li>To serve these students, Brookens Library provides a multitude of online journals, e-books, reference tools, and videos. </li></ul><ul><li>Students still search Google (and other search engines) first. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Our Approach <ul><li>Library tab in Blackboard since 2002 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tutorials and links to the multitude of online/digital resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It is convenient for students prone to using the library, but doesn’t draw in students looking for “quick and easy” results. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Add a Simple Search tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Create custom resources for disciplines and courses. </li></ul><ul><li>Embed librarians in courses to answer student questions. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Putting the Library in the LMS <ul><li>http://et-web.uis.edu/library/aboutus/circulation/online.php </li></ul>
    7. 7. A Simpler Way to Search <ul><li>Easy Search is a search and discovery tool that allows users to simultaneously search more than one database while providing interactive retrieval techniques to users. </li></ul><ul><li>It is sometimes called a federated, or mega, search tool. </li></ul><ul><li>Easy Search was designed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. </li></ul><ul><li>http://uislib1.uis.edu/easysearch/searchassist.asp </li></ul>
    8. 8. What Easy Search Gathers… <ul><li>Includes many of our general databases and resources </li></ul><ul><li>It is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather to offer a starting point for online discovery. </li></ul><ul><li>Targeted to undergrads </li></ul><ul><ul><li>they don’t need to know all the databases, which to go to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>gives them one stop shopping (like Google) but with more reliable results </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Easy Search offers 2 search strategies <ul><li>Primary search is on &quot;multi-subject resources&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>Select databases grouped together by subject or discipline </li></ul>
    10. 10. Easy to Use as 1 - 2 - 3 <ul><li>Choose a category in Choose Search Options. </li></ul><ul><li>Enter Search Terms in the box provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Click Perform Search. </li></ul>
    11. 11. Features <ul><li>Direct Link Capability (the user does not need to reenter the search) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>incorporates the Google spell checker as &quot;Do you mean....&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bookmarks to many services </li></ul><ul><li>Second level choice to redo initial keyword search as author search or title search </li></ul><ul><li>Provides normalization of author headings as search terms (last, first switch…) </li></ul><ul><li>Will search for partial matches (it will truncate and give all permutations) </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates robust facets to limit the “too many, too few” results issue (facets include: types of material, geographic areas, publication dates) </li></ul>
    12. 12. User Search Behaviors with Easy Search <ul><li>Research at UIUC suggests that a broad continuum of searches is being performed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From general topic searches <----> specific item </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like how we all use google </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Interactive Search Assistance is being utilized </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Spell suggestions are important (affects the 10% of initial input errors) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Sample Discovery Searches <ul><li>Multi-Subject Resources search for stone circles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>click on full text (Direct Link capability- the user does not need to reenter the search) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Incorporates the interactive Google spell checker as &quot;Do you mean....&quot; (stone cirles); (redo search: stone cirles >click on text suggestion; then Choose a Bookmark Service (Facebook; LinkedIn; Delicious; MySpace; Diigo) </li></ul><ul><li>Enter a name directly: Jane Austen second level choice to redo initial keyword search as author search or title search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>provides normalization of author headings as search terms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>yes; academic search premier; click on full text </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uses Standard search limiters (like Google) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search &quot;online learning&quot; (use double quotes for exact phrase); click on full text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use asterisk for truncation: environ* (for environs, environment, environmental) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will search for partial matches: enter IEE, will find IEEE </li></ul></ul>
    14. 14. Putting Librarians in the LMS
    15. 15. About LibGuides <ul><li>Currently 946 institutions using them </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly user friendly </li></ul><ul><li>Need no previous web design experience to develop pages and make them appealing and informative </li></ul><ul><li>Enough variety in functions to attract faculty and students </li></ul><ul><li>Enormous support from the vendor (Springshare) and through the academic library community </li></ul><ul><li>Extremely useful for both on-campus and online users, for a link may be placed within the course management system </li></ul>
    16. 16. The LibGuide Community
    17. 17. LibGuides Blog
    18. 18. At UIS
    19. 20. Other Applications
    20. 24. For Support
    21. 25. Library Tutorials for Specific Courses <ul><li>http://webcast2.uis.edu/multimedia/cmross1/CRJ315/CRJ315.htm </li></ul>
    22. 26. Sample Embedded Librarian Page <ul><li>http://otel.uis.edu/library/demo2.html </li></ul>
    23. 27. Resources <ul><li>Free, David. 2009. In the news. College & Research Libraries News 70, (8) (09): 433-, http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = lxh&AN =44337291&site= ehost -live . </li></ul><ul><li>Harris, Laura, Julie Garrison, and Emily Frigo. 2009. At the crossroads: Bringing the tenure and promotion process into the digital age. College & Research Libraries News 70, (8) (09): 465-8, http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = lxh&AN =44337307&site= ehost -live . </li></ul><ul><li>Judd, Cindy, and Nicole Masica Montgomery. 2009. Libguides and librarians: Connecting content and community. Kentucky Libraries 73, (3) (Summer2009): 14-7, http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = lxh&AN =43406684&site= ehost -live . </li></ul><ul><li>Kerico, Juliet, and Diane Hudson. 2008. Using libguides for outreach to the disciplines. Indiana Libraries 27, (2) (07): 40-2, http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = lxh&AN =35344311&site= ehost -live . </li></ul><ul><li>Moses, Donald, and Jennifer Richard. 2008. Solutions for subject guides. Partnership: The Canadian Journal of Library & Information Practice & Research 3, (2) (07): 1-9, http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = lxh&AN =36267044&site= ehost -live . </li></ul>

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