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