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Presentation for SLA Maryland's Xtreme Reference Conference, held October 21, 2010 in Laurel, MD.

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  • Christina, thanks for listing my little old blog at the end. I got to agree with the statement 'Browser plug-ins' are still a tough sale. Some like @digicmb seem to have done very well though with thousands of downloads and uses of his conduit toolbars, I'm not sure how he markets it though.
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    • Widgets for productive workflows: Providing reference services where the work is done – in the browser
      Christina K. Pikas
      @cpikas #slamdxr
      Xtreme Reference
      October 21, 2010
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    • Agenda
      Background and basis
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Background
      Lots of recent research reports on how scholars work online(Palmer et al, Harley et al, Proctor et al)
      Other information on how people locate
      Recreation or hobby information
      Health information
      Job information
      Information on how people socialize online
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Generalities
      People like Google, but they don’t use it well
      Libraries and librarians have things that will help, but users don’t know about them or how to use them
      Even true library fans satisfice when looking for information
      To save time or money
      To not interrupt their work
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • The Idea
      Integrate library services where, when,and how they are useful
      Base decisions on evidence and best guesses
      Use freely available tools as much as possible
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Strategy
      Know your users
      What are their tasks?
      What are their environments?
      Where are their pain points?
      What frustrates them?
      Know what help you can provide and what you do well
      Try something, evaluate it, and then fixor ditch it
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • What can be done in the browser?
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
      Status bar
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
      Right clickmenus
    • Example 1: The LibX Toolbar
      The need
      Use the power of Amazon to identify interesting books, but locate a library copy
      Find articles in Google, but authenticate to use the library’s subscription
      The tool
      Built by Virginia Tech, it’s freely available
      Customize it for your users and your tools
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
      Also adds cues to Wikipedia and other places and hyperlinks ISBNs, ISSNs, DOIs, and PMIDs
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      Add additional fields
      Select which fields to search
      Search the catalog or Google Scholar
      Links to library web pages
      Drag text over this to search for that text in Google Scholar
    • Example 2: Search box searches
      The need
      Search authoritative sources as easily as web search engines
      Highlight information on the page and search for that
      The tool
      Works easily in Internet Explorer and Firefox
      Premade ones from your vendors
      Specification is freely available
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Heritage Style Viewgraphs
    • How?
      Easiest way:
      Use Internet Explorer’s tools to create your ownhttp://tinyurl.com/2jtlva
      Swipe the XML for Firefox
      Use the instructions from the specification or from http://tinyurl.com/3xrbwyf
      Make it available as a link
      Make it autodiscover
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Plus… if they have the context search plugin, they can then launch searches from wherever, after highlighting…
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Example 3: Bookmarklets
      The need:
      See if something is in the library
      Add something to your citation manager
      Make note of something
      The tools:
      Bookmarklets are javascript that sit in your links bar
      They take information from what you highlighted and submit it to a web form
      Like Amazon book info or citation info
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Some library-type bookmarklets
      Add to Zotero, Add to Refworks, etc.
      Library Look Up
      EZ Proxy Reload
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Marketing
      Browser plug-ins are still a tough sell, even when you demonstrate them
      Autodetect for search will work for some people who a) use the search block, b) notice it, and c)want to search your stuff
      Looking for additional solutions!
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Summary
      There are lots of ways to help your user while they complete their tasks by adding to their browser
      Start by figuring out what will help them
      Use open tools
      If you figure out the best way to market these, please let me know!
      Widgets for Productive Workflows
    • Contact Information
      Christina K. Pikas, BS, MLS The Information GroupThe Johns Hopkins University
      Applied Physics Laboratory
      Voice  443.778.4812 (Baltimore)
      240.228.4812 (Washington)
      E-mail Christina.Pikas@jhuapl.edu
      Blog http://scientopia.org/blogs/christinaslisrant
    • Resources
      Aaron Tay’s blog http://musingsaboutlibrarianship.blogspot.com/
      Harley, D., Acord, S. K., Earl-Novell, S., Lawrence, S., & King, C. J. (2010). Assessing the future landscape of scholarly communication an exploration of faculty values and needs in seven disciplines. Berkeley, CA: Center for Studies in Higher Education, UC Berkeley. Retrieved from http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/15x7385g
      Palmer, C. L., Teffeau, L. C., & Pirmann, C. M. (2009). Scholarly information practices in the online environment: themes from the literature and implications for library service development. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Programs and Research. Retrieved from http://www.oclc.org/programs/publications/reports/2009-02.pdf
      Proctor, R., Williams, R., & Stewart, J. (2010). If you build it, will they come? How researchers perceive and use web 2.0. London: Research Information Network. Retrieved from http://www.rin.ac.uk/system/files/attachments/web_2.0_screen.pdf
      Open Search specification: http://www.opensearch.org/Specifications/OpenSearch/1.1#OpenSearch_description_elements
      Tool to create search plugins: http://www.searchplugins.net/generate.aspx#
      Library Lookup generator (no Polaris yet!)
      EZ Proxy bookmarklet generator http://blog.philipwolstenholme.com/2010/02/log-in-to-ezproxy-one-click-ezproxy-bookmarklet-generator-library-university/