January 2007 : Chatango IM box added to library home page.
April 2007 : Chatango presence expanded to most of the library web pages; usage shoots up from 199 in March to 394 in April. Anecdotal reports of out-of-state in addition to out-of-country users start coming from librarians staffing the queue.
August 2007 : Meebo widget replaces Chatango widget on library pages.
around October 2007 : Librarians start creating chat widgets and add them to their own web pages (ICAPs, SRGs, professional pages)
March 2008 : Meebo widget changed on library page to pop out—no more lost chats due to patron navigating away from page. Presented with a re-direct option (email or L-Net) when IM service not staffed.
Info provided by Valery King, OSU Librarian
4-Year Chat Trends for OSU Info provided by Valery King, OSU Librarian
Library à la Carte Library Information Made to Order
Needs assessment: undergraduates are assignment driven.
Hired a programmer to develop Library à la Carte .
Interactive Course Assignment Pages (ICAPs) highlight relevant library resources for a particular class or research assignment.
ICAPs are dynamic web pages that integrate Web 2.0 features , chat and RSS feeds, etc. with traditional library content , such as catalogs and article databases. Using these pages, students quickly locate research tools and information.
“ Many thanks for putting together that web site for our training and class. I have not only gone back to use it, I showed it to a professor and encouraged him to think of offering something like that to their students.”
“ I just wanted to say "Thank You" for this page for BA 352 . It's very useful and I just ordered a book through summit. :)”
Library à la Carte is software developed by the Oregon State University Libraries and is distributed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. It can be downloaded at: http://ica.library.oregonstate.edu/about/download.html
You can request a free demo account by emailing our programmer, Kim Griggs: Kim.Griggs@oregonstate.edu
Reaching Out to the Business School Marriott School of Management Harold B. Lee Library Leticia Camacho Andy Spackman
Leticia Camacho Management & Accounting Librarian Brigham Young University Harold. B. Lee Library [email_address] Laurie M. Bridges Assistant Professor Business & Economics Librarian Oregon State University The Valley Library [email_address]