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Co-presentation given with Tod Colegrove at Internet Librarian in 2011 on the @One eReader Bar within the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Co-presentation given with Tod Colegrove at Internet Librarian in 2011 on the @One eReader Bar within the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center at the University of Nevada, Reno.

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  • Highlights of the proposalhttp://jarvisslacks.com/2011/01/05/the-rhetorical-situation-where-do-ideas-come-from/
  • Appeal of location
  • Design for change/flexibility/responsive/beautifulIntentional design: thoughtful whitespace for clean look, typography carefully chosenEffective use of space, lines, color, textures, and shapes
  • Design for change/flexibility/responsive/beautiful
  • School of AthensWe have some beautiful library buildings but that is not our main reason for existenceWhat are we here for? User engagement, learning and educationhttp://people.bu.edu/wwildman/WeirdWildWeb/media/galleries/philosophy/philosophy_gallery.htm
  • Full quote: “The library is not a shrine for the worship of books. It is not a temple where literary incense must be burned or where one’s devotion to the bound book is expressed in ritual. A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, is the delivery room for the birth of ideas- a place where history comes to life.”Need for Continuity –Norman CousinsALA Bulletin vol.48, no.9 Oct. 1954
  • jenni from the blockPlayed with devicesMention who/roles
  • Easy way to get info about the eReader bar online with lots of different info very quicklyMany authors able to addCollaborative authorship
  • Some things we got right or came close BUTFAILURE:Location all wrongHad the look of a “backpack dumped out”Users were unsure of it…they were not exploringWe didn’t promo it yetGood thing we tried it all out as soon as we could because we learned MUCH faster this way!
  • Explain what we did/ what changed
  • QR codesStill displayAnimated displayWebsite spot
  • Embed and show Daniel’s animated promo clip
  • Play video of students engaging
  • One octopus kite is amazing but we wanted to aim higher and do better and have more octopus kite awesomeness!!We did well on the second iteration and going into the third but we made mistakes going into the fourth iteration
  • 27.7% increase in length of ave encounter - on average interacting longer with the display30.6%increase in gate count ratio - higher percentage of people coming through the gate are interacting with the displaySignificant jump of both the Poster and the Kindle: from 14.7% to 23.8% when the display relocated to 2nd floor
  • Our intentions were good but…We changed things that already worked well but not necessarily for the betterWe did get more traffic at times with the new locationGuarding it did not work
  • Bit.ly stats and libguide stats rundown – focus on the story/timeline of when librarians were posted/standing guard


  • 1. The @One eReader bar: Apple inspired, library designed
    Lisa Kurt, Emerging Technologies Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno
    TodColegrove, Head of DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library, University of Nevada, Reno
  • 2. Great idea!
    Available online: http://jarvisslacks.com/2011/01/05/the-rhetorical-situation-where-do-ideas-come-from/
  • 3. The place: @one
  • 4. Why apple?
    Available online: http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/apple-store.jpg
  • 5. Why apple?
    Available online: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=811341
  • 6. Temple vs. user engagement
    Available online: http://people.bu.edu/wwildman/WeirdWildWeb/media/galleries/philosophy/philosophy_gallery.htm
  • 7. "A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas...”
    The Need for Continuity
    -Norman Cousins
    ALA Bulletin vol.48, no.9 Oct. 1954
  • 8. Time for…
    Photo by jenni from the block on flickr cc license Attribution
  • 9. Libguides
  • 10. First iteration: beginning of April 2011
  • 11. How we succeeded + FAILED
     Awesome teamwork!
    but underwhelming result…
    Photo by PopCultureGeek.com on flickr cc license Attribution
  • 12. Second iteration: mid-April 2011
  • 13. Promos!
  • 14. Promos!
  • 15. How we mostly succeeded!
    Over a 3-day period, 1 out of 37 through the gate went “hands-on” with at least one of the devices.
  • 16. How we succeeded
  • 17. How we succeeded and FAILED
    Where we were…
    Photo by mikebaird on flickr cc license Attribution
    Where we wanted to go 
    Photo by edwardopilopilouson flickr cc license Attribution
  • 18. Third/Fourth iterations
  • 19. How we succeeded
    27.7% increase in length of ave. encounter
    30.6% increase in gate count ratio
  • 20. and how we FAILED…
  • 21. The Future!
  • 22. Thank you!
    Twitter: @lisapisa77
    Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/lisakurt/unr-knowledge-center-one-ereader-bar-9718384
    Twitter: @pcolegrove