C oncerned O riginal R eserachers N eeding Y ourhelp
We are select members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that feel the library of NUCLEUS is failing us miserably!
The Network of Undergraduate Collaborative Learning Experiences for Underrepresented Scholars (NUCLEUS)
NUCLEUS is a program funded by a grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program designed to recruit, retain, and graduate academically talented African-American, Latino, Native-American, and Asian students majoring in science related disciplines.
NUCLEUS uses tools such as:
Career and professional development
Allows students access to supplement math and science textbooks
What is the problem?
--the current system of keeping track of books in the NUCLEUS reference library is inefficient
Why is it a problem?
--advancing technology available
--a demonstrated need to be innovative with technology in research
Who’s problem is it? EVERYONES!
Jacqueline N. Aldridge, M.S.
HHMI NUCLEUS, Coordinator
118 Brown Laboratory Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Delaware Newark, DE 19716-2522
PHONE: (302) 831-3095
FAX: (302) 831-6715
Innovation of technology for the sake of research to propel UD to the top of the research tier in academia
Provide a better system to increase the overall efficiency of the NUCLEUS program
Create a computer based system that will allow the Morris library to link to as an additional resource to students
ADEPT Digital Library at The University of California Santa-Barbara and UCLA
Secured funding from two outside sources for creation/evaluation of ADEPT:
Digital Libraries Initiative
U.S. National Science Foundation
Conducted assessment interviews with instructors and students to determine need for a digital online library
Conducted research in order to find best design for a digital online library
Created evaluation plan to measure future success
Over the course of 5 years, evaluations occurred at annual intervals to measure:
Continuous need assessment
Role of teaching assistants
Outcomes and potential improvements
Any change in instructor methods
Keep up with the times
Technology enhances the learning experience for students and instructors
Provide better access to resources
Supplement resources at UCSB and UCLA’s main libraries
Teaching students to be better researchers and more actively engaged
Part I: Working with Microsoft Access
- Tutorial available online
a video tutorial - listen, see, do!
For the verbal/language-based learners
For the Visual and hands on learners
- common application in University of Delaware departments, a function of Microsoft Office
- an excellent starting point for cataloging the system and eventually upgrading to a more elaborate system
- Costs, Pros/Cons, Timeline
Part II: Collectorz.com Book Collector
- relatively easy
- not very expensive
- highly recommended
"With your database at your fingertips, you'll never again purchase the same edition twice. A very practical yet inexpensive computer program, with which anyone can become a librarian.” - Martha Stewart
- Costs, Pros/Cons, Timeline
Number of users
Using a simple sign out/sign in sheet
Integrating the NUCLEUS library into a division of an existing library in the University such as
Morris Library – as a separate section
Chemistry Library – as an independent reference section