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    • Embedding library resources into Course Management Systems: A case study at Duke University
      Emily Daly
      Coordinator of Upper Level Instruction
      Perkins Library, Duke University
    • This session
      Background and history
      How we’ve gotten where we are
      Technical components
      Benefits
      Evaluation
      Questions and discussion
    • Why become embedded?
      Students want library resources online, at their fingertips (surprise!)
      Students don’t know what the library offers
      We want to be where our students are, at their points of need
      70% of Duke courses use Blackboard – led us to include “Ask a Librarian”
    • Ask a Librarian
    • Ask a Librarian
    • Becoming embedded…
      Ideal scenario was proposed – how do we turn vision into a more global reality?
      Form a committee…
      Librarians in Blackboard was born
      Fall 2007: Pilot
    • Library Links
    • Library Links to Library Guides
      Spring 2008: Brought more librarians on board
      Subject Portals Task Force formed, recommended purchase of LibGuides
      Fall 2008: Natural to transition from Bb interface to LibGuides interface
    • Library Guides
    • Course-specific Library Guide
    • From manual to automated
      By middle of Fall 2008, realized that process is NOT scalable (in only 2% of all courses!)
      Began exploring automation
      Spring 2009: “Library Guides” automatically appeared in EVERY course site
    • How?
      User clicks on “Library Guides”
      Javascript redirects user to an on-the-fly URL with Bb variable (subject code)
      URL points to django database
      Database reads the URL and matches variable to LibGuide/webpage for that subject code
      New URL placed in “Library Guides”
    • Benefits of method
      Flexible – ANY URL may be placed in the database (LibGuide, Library website, list of databases)
      Dynamic – URLs in django database may be changed at any point
      Comprehensive – EVERY site at Duke now has “Library Guides” button
    • Have process – need content!
      Task Force asked subject librarians to provide URLs for 266 subject codes
      Included professional libraries
      By start of Spring 2010, had URLs for 98% of all subject codes (had URLs for around 65% when project started a year ago)
    • Subject-specific Library Guide
    • “Default” Library Guide
    • Using the django database
      Let’s try it out…
    • Using the django database
    • Using the django database
    • Informing faculty of project
    • Informing faculty of project
    • Benefits to being embedded
      Increased and enhanced collaboration with faculty and students
      Access to students’ syllabi, assignments and course readings
      Made privy to course communication (email, announcements)
    • Unexpected benefit
      Has led to increased collaboration with Duke’s Writing Studio
    • Writing Studio Links
    • Maintain, sustain, assess
      Evaluated our efforts at every step of the way (conducted usability tests of LibGuides in early Spring 2010)
      Encourage librarians to continue to become coursebuilders in course sites
      Encourage librarians to continue to develop/enhance subject guides
    • Next steps
      Committee formally disbanded in June 2009
      Representative continues to support embedded librarians and maintain django database
      Will continue to evaluate effectiveness of Library Guides in Blackboard program and market program
    • Acknowledgements
      Special thanks to the following:
      Librarians in Blackboard and
      Subject Portals Task Force
      LibGuides and Django Project
      Instruction & Outreach Department
      Former AUL Tom Wall, who envisioned this project and formed Librarians in Blackboard committee
    • Show and tell
      What are you doing at your institutions?
      Questions?
    • Stay in touch!
      Emily Daly
      Coordinator of Upper Level Instruction
      emily.daly@duke.edu
      919.660.5879