Technology & Collaboration: How LSU Libraries and LSU Faculty Members Form Creative Partnerships


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This presentation was given on October 19, 2009, as part of the Louisiana State University Faculty Technology Center's Coffee Talk Series.

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Technology & Collaboration: How LSU Libraries and LSU Faculty Members Form Creative Partnerships

  1. 1. Technology & collaboration: How LSU Libraries and LSU faculty members form creative partnerships<br />Jorie Porter Jo Ann Henson Rebecca Miller<br />LSU Libraries<br />
  2. 2. General Community Outreach & Communication<br />LSU Libraries Blog <br /><br />Subscribe to the RSS feed, or add to your blog reader, for frequent updates on library happenings and resources<br />LSU Libraries Facebook fan page<br /><br />Over 330 fans<br />Frequently post events and updates<br />LSU Libraries Twitter account<br /><br />Updates on events<br />Research and resource hints<br />
  3. 3. Collaboration with Faculty<br />LSU Libraries uses a “liaison” model to communicate and collaborate with faculty members<br />Often, we send email updates to faculty members and visit classes for brief instruction sessions on library resources<br />However, for many of us, the collaboration shouldn’t, and doesn’t, stop at that level<br />
  4. 4. Customized Research & Instruction Support<br />When LSU librarians visit individual classes for customized instruction sessions or assist researchers with specific questions, the relationship can continue in a variety of ways:<br />Subject guides<br />Moodle tools<br />Wikis<br />Blogs<br />Podcasts/screencasts<br />
  5. 5. Subject Guides <br />LSU Libraries has subject guides devoted to discipline-specific resources and help<br />While these guides are in various stages of being updated, many offer direct connection to the subject librarian and the resources that she/he recommends<br />These guides can be linked into Moodle pages, or put on a course syllabus<br />
  6. 6. Moodle Tools & Community Courses<br />When a librarian visits the class, she/he often creates a presentation or helpsheet that can be posted in Moodle<br />Likewise, he/she can create quiz files, related to the lesson, that will import directly into a Moodle course<br />If he/she is added to the course, he/she can create a librarian “discussion forum” that continues the library discussion<br />Additionally, the librarian can keep posting helpful hints and/or resources for specific assignments, since he/she has already been working with that particular class<br />
  7. 7. Wikis<br />Wikis are websites that are quickly and easily created and maintained<br />Because of this ease of creation, collaboration, and maintenance, wikis are particularly well suited for creating course-specific help material<br />Currently, several librarians use PBWorks, which is one of many free wiki software available<br /><br />
  8. 8. Blogs<br />Many librarians host blogs for their particular subject areas<br />These blogs highlight resources, update their departments on library happenings, and offer research help<br />Example: Business<br />
  9. 9. Podcasting/Screencasting<br />LSU Libraries has recently started creating digital tutorials using Adobe Captivate to aid students, faculty, and researchers in using library resources.<br />The Business subject guide currently hosts a podcast on finding articles in the Wall Street Journal:<br />The Libraries are also working on screencasts for general databases:<br /><br />
  10. 10. Contact YOUR Librarian<br /> Interested in implementing some of the collaborative activities described here or suggesting new ones? <br /> Visit the following URL: for a full list of subject librarians and liaisons<br /> We are all here to help you and your students! <br />
  11. 11. Questions? Contact today’s presenters:<br />Jo Ann Henson (<br />Business Librarian<br /><br />Rebecca Miller (<br />Digital Technologies & Information Literacy Librarian<br />Liaison to Women’s & Gender Studies, School of Human Ecology, and Human Resources Education & Workforce Development<br />Jorie Porter (<br />Agriculture & Information Literacy Librarian<br />