Creating Subject Guides for the 21st Century Library: Crafting New Directions for Learning and New Roles for Librarians
presented by Buffy J. Hamilton BCTLA, August 2014
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A set of resources designed to help patrons fully research and explore a topic
May include traditional and emerging forms of authoritative information sources
Dynamic and organic
Minimal Context, Informational, Consumption Oriented
Contextualized by Research Models, Learner Mental Models, Meaning Making w/ Information
Sinkinson, C., Alexander, S., Hicks, A., & Kahn, M. (2012). Guiding Design: Exposing Librarian and Student Mental Models of Research Guides. Portal: Libraries & The Academy, 12(1), 63-84.
Laura B. Cohen Web Support Librarian (Retired), University at Albany, SUNY
what is authority? who decides what counts as authority?
who are the experts?
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a focus on knowing how and when a particular information source is the right fit for an information seeking task and context
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Source: “The-3-Click-Dilemma: Are library databases nearing the tipping point of obsolescence?” August 20, 2013 http://bit.ly/14YCadM CC image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/orangeacid/420493902/sizes/l/
Associate Dean for Learning and Outreach, Virginia Tech
See http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/librarians-as- instructional-designers-strategies-for-engaging-conversations-for-learning/
Learner Points of Need/ Coaching
See http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/librarians-as-instructional-designers-strategies-for-engaging-conversations-for-learning/ and http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2013/08/21/database-vs-database-vs-web-scale-discovery-service-further-thoughts-on-search- failure-or-more-clicks-than-necessary/
images and graphics
content creation tools
learner created content
Dr. Henry Jenkins
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1.2.2 Demonstrate confidence and self-direction by making independent choices in the selection of resources and information.
3.1 Participate and collaborate as members of a social and intellectual network of learners.
3.1.4 Use technology and other information tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
4.1.6 Organize personal knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily.
4.1.7 Use social networks and information tools to gather and share information.
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Mathews, Brian. "CHANGE NEEDS A BRAND: Don't Fear Labels, Leverage Them." Web log post. The Ubiquitous Librarian. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 Apr. 2013. Web. 02 May 2013. <http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/theubiquitouslibrarian/2013/04/25/change-needs-a- brand-dont-fear-labels-leverage-them/>.
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Most websites and online publications now provide a menu of specific RSS feeds for free
Library website created with traditional web authoring platforms
Subscription or open source subject guide services
Social Bookmarking Services
Free Sources: Netvibes, Live Binders, Symbaloo, Scoop.it
Cost: Free vs. Paid
In-House Expertise Needed to Support the Platform
Ease of Replicating Content
Types of Embed Code Supported
Ability for multiple users to manipulate the guides and/or tools for creating the guides
Is content sharable within a community?
Does the platform generate a mobile version or have an app?
Is the guide searchable?
Subjects Plus (open source)
Library a la Carte (open source)
LibData (open source)
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•Mental Models Research Informing Design
•Participatory Technologies for Co- Created Content
CC image via http://www.flickr.com/photos/sushicam/4776634231/in/faves-10557450@N04/; see research Sinkinson, C., Alexander, S., Hicks, A., & Kahn, M. (2012). Guiding Design: Exposing Librarian and Student Mental Models of Research Guides. Portal: Libraries & The Academy, 12(1), 63-84.
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