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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