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    • LibX - an Open Source, Community Platform for Delivering Library Services Access 2008 Annette Bailey & Godmar Back Virginia Tech
    • Where it all began… • Motivation – Users are increasingly bypassing library when doing research • Idea: a “library tool” – Put the library back in the picture! • A “virtual librarian” that guides users to library resources while they use the Web – integrates access to library resources into the users’ “webflow” – no matter which page a user visits ( needs client- side presence!) 10/3/2008 Access 2008 2
    • LibX Features • Toolbar and right-click context menu • Adaptive and user-configurable context menus • OpenURL support • Magic Button (Google Scholar support) • Web Localization via Embedded Cues • Autolinking • Off-campus access via EZProxy or WAM • Support for CiteULike • Support for COinS • Support for xISBN • Show/Hide Hotkey 10/3/2008 Access 2008 3
    • LibX Features • Toolbar and right-click context menu • Adaptive and user-configurable context menus • OpenURL support • Magic Button (Google Scholar support) • Web Localization via Embedded Cues • Autolinking • Off-campus access via EZProxy or WAM • Support for CiteULike • Support for COinS • Support for xISBN • Show/Hide Hotkey 10/3/2008 Access 2008 4
    • LibX Timeline • 2005 – Released LibX Virginia Tech as a Firefox extension – Offered to share LibX with interested libraries 10/3/2008 Access 2008 5
    • Edition Builder Motivation • Librarians responsible for customizing LibX for their institution – Customized version of LibX = LibX edition • Manually configuring LibX requires knowledge about: – Underlying LibX implementation – XML syntax – Running scripts – Many different OPAC settings (> 140) • Developers of LibX manually created 150 editions – Demand was more than supply! 10/3/2008 Access 2008 6
    • LibX Timeline • 2005 – Released LibX Virginia Tech as a Firefox extension – Offered to share LibX with interested libraries • 2006 – Tremendous response from library community – Received NLG from IMLS to create Edition Builder 10/3/2008 Access 2008 7
    • LibX Edition Builder • Interactive Web application that allows the creation and maintenance of LibX editions – Provides step-by-step instruction to librarians to customize LibX – Outputs ready-made, customized LibX edition – Hosting environment for LibX configurations and downloads 10/3/2008 Access 2008 8
    • EDITION BUILDER DEMO 10/3/2008 Access 2008 9
    • Demo Backup Slide 10/3/2008 Access 2008 10
    • Edition Builder Internals • Uses ZK (www.zkoss.org) – Server-centric Rich Internet Application (RIA) Framework – 100% Java servlet-based environment, minimal use of JavaScript • Runs on server side, but look and feel is comparable to desktop applications – No state kept on client side 10/3/2008 Access 2008 11
    • Architecture Third Party Resource Database Servers Edition Maintainer Edition Builder OCLC WorldCat File Registry System Web Server End User Edition and Changes to Download Login Revision Auto-discovery Configuration customized LibX Management 10/3/2008 Access 2008 12
    • LibX Timeline • 2005 – Released LibX Virginia Tech as a Firefox extension – Offered to share LibX with interested libraries • 2006 – Tremendous response from library community – Received NLG from IMLS to create Edition Builder • 2007 – Released Edition Builder 10/3/2008 Access 2008 13
    • Log Data – Adoption of Edition Builder • 1155 total editions present by May 2008 • As of Oct 2008, 1600 total editions • 460 were made public • New editions are being made public at a rate of ~20/month 10/3/2008 Access 2008 14
    • LibX Timeline • 2005 – Released LibX Virginia Tech as a Firefox extension – Offered to share LibX with interested libraries • 2006 – Tremendous response from library community – Received NLG from IMLS to create Edition Builder • 2007 – Released Edition Builder • 2008 – Edition Builder Study 10/3/2008 Access 2008 15
    • EDITION BUILDER STUDY 10/3/2008 Access 2008 16
    • LibX Edition Builder Study Facts • Log-based usability evaluation – Interactions with Edition Builder logged • User Survey – Contacted edition maintainers by email – 139 participants – June 20, 2008 – July 14, 2008 – 33 questions 10/3/2008 Access 2008 17
    • Key Study Goals • Is the interface easy to learn and use? • How successful are edition maintainers in creating LibX editions? • Is the auto-discovery effective? 10/3/2008 Access 2008 18
    • Overall Perceived Ease of Use 60% Overall, you would describe 50% the LibX Edition Builder as: 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Very easy to use Easy to use Somewhat easy Somewhat Difficult to use Very difficult to to use difficult to use use 10/3/2008 Access 2008 19
    • Perceived Learning Curve 50% In your opinion, the 40% LibX Edition Builder interface is: 30% 20% 10% 0% Very easy to Easy to learn Somewhat easy Somewhat Difficult to learn Very difficult to learn to learn difficult to learn learn 10/3/2008 Access 2008 20
    • Style of Application 50% Do you prefer this style of web application to the 40% more traditional, page-based applications? 30% 20% 10% 0% I much prefer I somewhat I do not think I somewhat I much prefer No response the LibX Edition prefer the LibX the style prefer the the traditional Builder style Edition Builder matters traditional style style style 10/3/2008 Access 2008 21
    • Saving of Changes 50% The LibX Edition Builder uses an interaction mode in 40% which configuration changes are immediately saved, so you do not need to press quot;Savequot; or quot;Submitquot; 30% In your opinion, this mode of interaction was: 20% 10% 0% 10/3/2008 Access 2008 22
    • AUTODETECTION 10/3/2008 Access 2008 23
    • Autodetection of OpenURL Resolver 35% Did the LibX Edition Builder 30% auto-detect your OpenURL resolver? 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Yes, and the Yes, but the Yes, but I did No, it was not I did not No response settings were settings were not import it detected configure an correct when I incorrect when I OpenURL imported it imported it resolver for my edition 10/3/2008 Access 2008 24
    • Catalog Auto-Detection Auto-detection based on Auto-detection based on database of already configured heuristics: resources Direct scraping of HTML forms Server finger printing, and construction of URL URL markers, … templates (“Bookmarklets”) OpenSearch descriptions (where advertised) 10/3/2008 Access 2008 25
    • 40% 35% Did the LibX Edition Builder 30% auto-detect your catalog? 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% Yes, it did and I Yes, it did, but Yes, it did, but Yes, it did, but I It said that OCLC I did not notice No response was able to the settings the settings did not know reported a any such import the needed slight needed what option I catalog, but the information catalog adjustment significant should use to LibX Edition when I used the immediately and adjustment add the catalog Builder said quot;0 LibX Edition the settings of to my edition resources Builder the catalog foundquot; worked 10/3/2008 Access 2008 26
    • 35% How would you rate the usefulness of the 30% auto-detection box in the Catalogs & Databases tab? 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% It was highly It was generally It was It rarely It never (or I did not I did not use the successful in successful in somewhat detected the almost never) understand auto-detection detecting the detecting the successful in resources I successfully what I needed search box resources I resources I detecting the wanted to add detected the to enter into this wanted to add wanted to add resources I to my edition resources I search box to my edition to my edition wanted to add wanted to add to my edition to my edition 10/3/2008 Access 2008 27
    • Log Data Results 10/3/2008 Access 2008 28
    • Log Data Results (cont’d) • 50% editions built in 72 minutes or less • 80% editions built in 190 minutes or less 10/3/2008 Access 2008 29
    • Study Findings • The LibX Edition Builder – is easy to use and learn – auto-detection is effective at configuring resources • Created a community • Open source spirit – Anybody can create, share, publish, copy and adapt editions 10/3/2008 Access 2008 30
    • LIBX 2.0 10/3/2008 Access 2008 31
    • Motivation • Libraries are creating new, digital services and content • Technology – Service-oriented architectures, web services interfaces – Support mashups; provide HTML widgets • Librarians, educators, and users create – Online tutorials, subject guides, visualizations – Social OPACs: tagging, reviews, recommender services • How can we provide those services at the point of need? 10/3/2008 Access 2008 32
    • LIBX 1.5 DEMOS 10/3/2008 Access 2008 33
    • Demonstrations • Enhanced COinS service – Link 360 XML interface • Catalog searches from Google • Holdings + availability in Amazon • OCLC Identities 10/3/2008 Access 2008 34
    • Demo 1: Enhanced COinS Handling LibX Standard COinS Processing LibX + Link/360 Integration 10/3/2008 Access 2008 35
    • Demo 2: Addison in Google 10/3/2008 Access 2008 36
    • Demo 3: Addison in Amazon 10/3/2008 Access 2008 37
    • Demo 4: OCLC Identities 10/3/2008 Access 2008 38
    • LibX Timeline • 2005 – Released LibX Virginia Tech as a Firefox extension – Offered to share LibX with interested libraries • 2006 – Tremendous response from library community – Received NLG from IMLS to create Edition Builder • 2007 – Released Edition Builder • 2008 – Edition Builder Study – NLG grant for LibX 2.0 community platform 10/3/2008 Access 2008 39
    • World Wide Web Library Resources and Web Services LibX 2.0 plugin: executes Libapps, merging library LibX 2.0 information into pages. Users: decide to which library services to Librarians: create or subscribe, see adapt Libapps from expanded view of the reusable, shareable web components 10/3/2008 Access 2008 40
    • Edition Builder Survey: Programming Skills 50% How would you rate your programming skills and familiarity with computers and the web? 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% expert-level programming skills in multipleonly and aalso don't have much familiarity with web-based if Ior in response to beginner-levelnot program, but I frequentlyprogramming browser for Ilooking as content I do programming Iskills in at leastuse web-based applications such up information on the web absolutely have do not program, use I web I one programming language computer applications only use No the library languages management systems or blogs/wikis computer catalog applications, but I use my extensively 10/3/2008 Access 2008 41
    • LibApp Example yazproxy OCLC ILS-DI/libxess Z39.50 Gateway xISBN Modules ILS snapshot xISBN Presearch Service Service Tooltip (,,) (,,) Display ISBN Scraper Tuple Space (isbn: 006073132X, location:, …) LibApp 10/3/2008 Access 2008 42
    • LibX 2.0 - Target Audiences LibX 2.0 Developers – make services available and write modules and libapps LibX 2.0 Adapters – adapt, combine, reuse, and share services LibX 2.0 User Community - subscribes to services they like 10/3/2008 Access 2008 43
    • LibX 2.0 Developers • Write “modules” – small pieces of code that – Scrape a page – Interact with services – Process and combine results • Modules have access to all LibX configuration information via API • Can use JavaScript libraries (e.g., jQuery) • Browser-independent platform: Firefox and IE • Fully decentralized infrastructure 10/3/2008 Access 2008 44
    • LibX 2.0 Adapters • Web-savvy librarians – Not programmers • Edition Builder will become a repository to manage LibX modules and libapps – Adapters can add, combine, share, adapt, customize libapps • Create localized services for their users • Provide feedback to developers 10/3/2008 Access 2008 45
    • LibX 2.0 Users • Subscribe to services recommended by their edition maintainers using local settings – Stay connected to their libraries • Decide which services they like – Fine-grained control and preferences • Marketing – Will help adapters by providing marketing kit – Users must see benefits 10/3/2008 Access 2008 46
    • LibX Team • Annette Bailey • Godmar Back • Kyrille Goldbeck • Arif Khokar • Mike Doyle • Alumni – Nathan Baker – Tilottama Gaat – Tobias Wieschnowsky 10/3/2008 Access 2008 47