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Get on the Reference Bus! Wyoming
– Open Source Library Guides
Rev up your reference skills.
Learning Outcomes
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Identify benefits and challenges for creating library
guides.
 Learn about variou...
Challenges of library guides
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Significant staff time
 Technical & content expertise
 Difficult to c...
Benefits of library guides
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Users find the best place to begin research
 Connect with users at their...
Solutions for Library Guides
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Offer guides in new ways
 Consistent look and feel
o Customizability
...
Solutions for Library Guides
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Make guides
contextual to user’s
needs
 Course guides
 How-to guides
...
Open source library guide software
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Eric Lease Morgan
 Relational databases
 Provide different inte...
Open source library guide software
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Web 2.0 technologies – blogs & social bookmarking sites
 Easy to...
Choosing a system
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local infrastructure and support
 Staff time, administrative support, project
pro...
Delicious
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 The College of New
Jersey Library
 Easy to use & maintain
 Text only format
o No options...
Delicious
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Coastal Bend College Learning Resource
Center & Library's Bookmarks
Delicious
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Coastal
Bend
College
Internet
Resources
 Non-
standard,
non-
contextual
tags
Scriblio
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local installation
 Apache, PHP, MySQL
 Plymouth State University Library Subject Guides
...
WordPress
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local
installation
 Apache,
PHP,
MySQL
 George
Mason
University
Library
Research
Portals...
pbworks
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Easy to use
 Lack of
design control
 Stability?
 3rd party
vendor
 Champlain
College
Lib...
MediaWiki
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Can be hosted or installed locally
 Web server, PHP, MySQL or PostgreSQL
 Customizable (...
MediaWiki
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Norwich University Library
MediaWiki
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Ohio University Libraries Wikis
ResearchGuide
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local installation
 Web server, PHP,
MySQL
o Recommend
programming
expertise and
read...
SubjectsPlus
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local installation
 Web server, PHP, MySQL
 Ithaca College Research Guides
Created by...
LibData
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Course & subject guides
 Local installation
 Apache, PHP, MySQL
 Well documented
 Stabil...
MyLibrary
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Local installation
 Web server, Perl, MySQL
 User personalization
 Import MARC and OASI...
MyLibrary
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries
Drupal
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Full CMS with suggested modules to create
guides
 Biblio, CCK, Links Package, Organic Groups...
Drupal
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Stanford University Falconer Biology Library
Drupal
LibGuides
Drupal
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 University of Mississippi Libraries Subject Guides
Drupal
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Indiana University Purdue University Library
Library à la Carte
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Course & subject guides
 Local installation
 Apache, Ruby on Rails, MySQL, RMag...
Library à la Carte
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Oregon State University Libraries
Library à la Carte
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 CSU San Marcos Library
Library à la Carte
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 University of Wyoming
Homework
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Explore examples of library guides in the various
technologies discussed by Marilyn and Kat...
Optional: for more challenge
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
 Request a Library a la Carte demo account
(http://alacarte.library.oreg...
Questions?
3/11/2010Katie Lynn
Thank you!
Katie Lynn
klynn@courts.state.wy.us
307.777.6487
 Links to references & resourc...
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  1. 1. Get on the Reference Bus! Wyoming – Open Source Library Guides Rev up your reference skills.
  2. 2. Learning Outcomes 3/11/2010Katie 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.
  3. 3. Challenges of library guides 3/11/2010Katie 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
  4. 4. Benefits of library guides 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Users find the best place to begin research  Connect with users at their point of need o Students o Community o Librarians  Human element - connect with subject librarian  Chat widget, photo, contact info  Faculty involvement  Positively impact job tasks & career  Knowledge of resources and curriculum o Enhanced collection development  Annual review
  5. 5. Solutions for Library Guides 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Offer guides in new ways  Consistent look and feel o Customizability  Scanability – avoid text-overload o Blocks of content (re-usable content) o Images o Video o Audio  Library content with Web 2.0 o Actionable content o Tag cloud, RSS, widgets, etc.
  6. 6. Solutions for Library Guides 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Make guides contextual to user’s needs  Course guides  How-to guides  Homepage real estate  Cataloged
  7. 7. Open source library guide software 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Eric Lease Morgan  Relational databases  Provide different interfaces that interact with the background database  Meredith Farkas  Low-threshold and sustainable o Easy to create o Easy to update – without having to change information on each guide individually
  8. 8. Open source library guide software 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Web 2.0 technologies – blogs & social bookmarking sites  Easy to use  Local installation and hosted options  Limited customizability and flexibility  Stability? o 3rd party host o 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? o Software development & support o Beware of extensions
  9. 9. Choosing a system 3/11/2010Katie 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? o Still being actively developed and supported?  Desired functionality  Simple access to resources, faculty involvement, user interest, instructional tool  Goals of the project
  10. 10. Delicious 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  The College of New Jersey Library  Easy to use & maintain  Text only format o No options for embedding video or audio o No option for adding additional content  Not customizable  Stability? o 3rd party vendor
  11. 11. Delicious 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Coastal Bend College Learning Resource Center & Library's Bookmarks
  12. 12. Delicious 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Coastal Bend College Internet Resources  Non- standard, non- contextual tags
  13. 13. Scriblio 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Local installation  Apache, PHP, MySQL  Plymouth State University Library Subject Guides Library- speak Created by librarians for libraries
  14. 14. WordPress 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Local installation  Apache, PHP, MySQL  George Mason University Library Research Portals Actionable content
  15. 15. pbworks 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Easy to use  Lack of design control  Stability?  3rd party vendor  Champlain College Library Valuable space taken by static element Nice visual image, but takes up vertical space
  16. 16. MediaWiki 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Can be hosted or installed locally  Web server, PHP, MySQL or PostgreSQL  Customizable (though difficult)  Popular and well-supported open source system
  17. 17. MediaWiki 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Norwich University Library
  18. 18. MediaWiki 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Ohio University Libraries Wikis
  19. 19. ResearchGuide 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Local installation  Web server, PHP, MySQL o Recommend programming expertise and readiness to provide instruction on how to use the system  Stability  No longer being developed or supported Created by librarians for libraries  Eastern Michigan University Library Subject Guides
  20. 20. SubjectsPlus 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Local installation  Web server, PHP, MySQL  Ithaca College Research Guides Created by librarians for libraries
  21. 21. LibData 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Course & subject guides  Local installation  Apache, PHP, MySQL  Well documented  Stability?  St. Cloud State University Library Created by librarians for libraries
  22. 22. MyLibrary 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  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? Created by librarians for libraries
  23. 23. MyLibrary 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  University of Notre Dame Hesburgh Libraries
  24. 24. Drupal 3/11/2010Katie 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
  25. 25. Drupal 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Stanford University Falconer Biology Library Drupal LibGuides
  26. 26. Drupal 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  University of Mississippi Libraries Subject Guides
  27. 27. Drupal 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Indiana University Purdue University Library
  28. 28. Library à la Carte 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  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 Created by librarians for libraries
  29. 29. Library à la Carte 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  Oregon State University Libraries
  30. 30. Library à la Carte 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  CSU San Marcos Library
  31. 31. Library à la Carte 3/11/2010Katie Lynn  University of Wyoming
  32. 32. Homework 3/11/2010Katie 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? o Why or why not? Post your comment on Get on the Bus: Library Guides: http://getonthebuswyoming.wordpress. com/library-guides/.
  33. 33. Optional: for more challenge 3/11/2010Katie 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/.
  34. 34. Questions? 3/11/2010Katie 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
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