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Learn about library guides and open source software to create them, presented by Katie Lynn in March 2010 for Get On The Bus Wyoming: http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress.com/.

Learn about library guides and open source software to create them, presented by Katie Lynn in March 2010 for Get On The Bus Wyoming: http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress.com/.

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    • Get on the Reference Bus! Wyoming – Open Source Library Guides
      Rev up your reference skills.
    • Learning Outcomes
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Identify benefits and challenges for creating library guides.
      Learn about various open source software for creating and managing library subject/course guides.
      Identify benefits and challenges for various library guide software systems.
      Choose a software system that might work for your library.
      Create a guide.
    • Challenges of library guides
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Significant staff time
      Technical & content expertise
      Difficult to consistently update
      Quickly become stagnant, out-dated
      Readability & usability vary widely
      Lack of consistent design and content
      Text-heavy
      Poor promotion and visibility
      Easy to bury in a web site full of resources and services
      Users fail to recognize what a library guide is and how to use one
      Course guides
      Gaining faculty buy-in
    • Benefits of library guides
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Users find the best place to begin research
      Connect with users at their point of need
      Students
      Community
      Librarians
      Human element - connect with subject librarian
      Chat widget, photo, contact info
      Faculty involvement
      Positively impact job tasks & career
      Knowledge of resources and curriculum
      Enhanced collection development
      Annual review
    • Solutions for Library Guides
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Offer guides in new ways
      Consistent look and feel
      Customizability
      Scanability – avoid text-overload
      Blocks of content (re-usable content)
      Images
      Video
      Audio
      Library content with Web 2.0
      Actionable content
      Tag cloud, RSS, widgets, etc.
    • Solutions for Library Guides
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Make guides contextual to user’s needs
      Course guides
      How-to guides
      Homepage real estate
      Cataloged
    • Open source library guide software
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Eric Lease Morgan
      Relational databases
      Provide different interfaces that interact with the background database
      Meredith Farkas
      Low-threshold and sustainable
      Easy to create
      Easy to update – without having to change information on each guide individually
    • Open source library guide software
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Web 2.0 technologies – blogs & social bookmarking sites
      Easy to use
      Local installation and hosted options
      Limited customizability and flexibility
      Stability?
      3rd party host
      Software development & support
      Database-driven and content/course management systems
      Local installation
      High level of customization and flexibility
      Higher level of technical expertise necessary
      Stability?
      Software development & support
      Beware of extensions
    • Choosing a system
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Local infrastructure and support
      Staff time, administrative support, project procedures and policies
      Technical expertise
      Open source does not mean free
      How much is necessary? What can the library afford?
      Stability?
      Still being actively developed and supported?
      Desired functionality
      Simple access to resources, faculty involvement, user interest, instructional tool
      Goals of the project
    • Delicious
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      The College of New Jersey Library
      Easy to use & maintain
      Text only format
      No options for embedding video or audio
      No option for adding additional content
      Not customizable
      Stability?
      3rd party vendor
    • Delicious
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Coastal Bend College Learning Resource Center & Library's Bookmarks
    • Delicious
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Coastal Bend College Internet Resources
      Non-standard, non-contextual tags
    • Scriblio
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      Local installation
      Apache, PHP, MySQL
      Plymouth State University Library Subject Guides
      Library-speak
    • WordPress
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Local installation
      Apache, PHP, MySQL
      George Mason University Library Research Portals
      Actionable content
    • pbworks
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Valuable space taken by static element
      Easy to use
      Lack of design control
      Stability?
      3rd party vendor
      Champlain College Library
      Nice visual image, but takes up vertical space
    • MediaWiki
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Can be hosted or installed locally
      Web server, PHP, MySQL or PostgreSQL
      Customizable (though difficult)
      Popular and well-supported open source system
    • MediaWiki
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Norwich University Library
    • MediaWiki
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Ohio University Libraries Wikis
    • ResearchGuide
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      • Eastern Michigan University Library Subject Guides
      Local installation
      Web server, PHP, MySQL
      Recommend programming expertise and readiness to provide instruction on how to use the system
      Stability
      No longer being developed or supported
    • SubjectsPlus
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      Local installation
      Web server, PHP, MySQL
      Ithaca College Research Guides
    • LibData
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      Course & subject guides
      Local installation
      Apache, PHP, MySQL
      Well documented
      Stability?
      St. Cloud State University Library
    • MyLibrary
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      Local installation
      Web server, Perl, MySQL
      User personalization
      Import MARC and OASI-accessible data
      Syndicate this data to other portals and systems
      Well documented
      Stability?
    • MyLibrary
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries
    • Drupal
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Full CMS with suggested modules to create guides
      Biblio, CCK, Links Package, Organic Groups, Panels, Views, Taxonomy
      Popular and well-supported open source system
      Growing community of library users
      Local installation (easy install)
      Apache, PHP, MySQL
      Fully customizable and extensible
      High costs in staff time
    • Drupal
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Stanford University Falconer Biology Library
      LibGuides
      Drupal
    • Drupal
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      University of Mississippi Libraries Subject Guides
    • Drupal
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Indiana University Purdue University Library
    • Library à la Carte
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Created by librarians for libraries
      Course & subject guides
      Local installation
      Apache, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, RMagick Graphics Interface, ReCaptcha Key
      Fully customizable and extensible
      Based on usability study that showed students were looking for a starting point to their research
    • Library à la Carte
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Oregon State University Libraries
    • Library à la Carte
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      CSU San Marcos Library
    • Library à la Carte
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      University of Wyoming
    • Homework
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Explore examples of library guides in the various technologies discussed by Marilyn and Katie (LibGuides, Library a la Carte, Drupal, LibData, etc.).
      Which software application would you choose for your library?
      Why or why not?
      Post your comment on Get on the Bus: Library Guides: http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress.com/library-guides/.
    • Optional: for more challenge
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Request a Library a la Carte demo account (http://alacarte.library.oregonstate.edu/demo/) and play.
      (If your email address does not have a .org, .edu or .gov domain, contact them and ask for a demo account.)
                                              OR
      Create a guide using Delicious, pbworks, or WordPress.
      Place a link to your sample guide on Get on the Bus: Library Guides: http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress.com/library-guides/.
    • Questions?
      3/11/2010
      Katie Lynn
      Thank you!
      Katie Lynn
      klynn@courts.state.wy.us
      307.777.6487
      Links to references & resources
      http://www.getonthebuswyoming.pbworks.com
      http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress.com