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Integrating Library Resources into Blackboard


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Slides from interactive broadcast session for RCDE faculty and instructors on September 23, 2009.

Slides from interactive broadcast session for RCDE faculty and instructors on September 23, 2009.

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  • 1. Integrating Library Resources Into Blackboard
    Britt Fagerheim
    Coordinator of Library Services for Regional Campuses and Distance Education
  • 2. LibGuides
    Research guides created by librarians, usually for specific classes
    These can be linked within any page in Blackboard and can either open in a new page or within Blackboard.
    Example of LibGuide linked within a class.
  • 3. Subject Librarians
    Your subject librarian can create a LibGuide for your class which you can link within Blackboard.
    List of subject librarians:
    Your subject librarian has expertise in the library resources for the particular discipline and can:
    create a library research guide
    provide research help within Blackboard by responding to students’ questions via e-mail
    monitor a discussion thread to help students with individual or group research projects.
  • 4. Widgets
    Currently, two “widgets” are available within the Blackboard course template.
    The Library Tips widget lists a selection of LibGuides related to research in general and accessing the library resources.
    The chat widget enables students to send an instant message to the reference desk and interact with a librarian.
    These are available in the current Blackboard template and can be added into any page by your instructional designer.
  • 5. Quick Guides
    You can link to one-page tips for accessing library resources and conducting research.
    You can access these links from the LibGuide for RCDE faculty at
    Find tips for accessing library resources, plus a guide for citing sources and searching a specific database.
    Also find a Guide to Research, broken down into specific steps. You can link to specific pages within the guide.
  • 6. Linking with Library Databases
    Find permanent/durable links for sources in the library databases.
    Also find instructions for linking to a database from within Blackboard
    Create links to specific items in the USU Digital Library using shorter URLs than the URL which appears in the menu bar.
  • 7. PowerLink to Library Databases
    Access a selection of databases that you can link to automatically from within Blackboard.
    Will be available within the Add Content link.
    This is not yet set up within Blackboard.
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  • 13. Questions?
    Please let me know about additional resources you’d like to see available within Blackboard