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Learning spaces continue to evolve as web tools further erase the physical walls of classrooms, libraries and other educational settings. …

Learning spaces continue to evolve as web tools further erase the physical walls of classrooms, libraries and other educational settings.
This presentation examines the use of LibGuides, a web 2.0 content management and information sharing system from Springshare designed specifically for libraries but being used at Passaic County Community College as a collaborative tool for courses.
This hosted service offers opportunities to create and share reusable content, tagging, widgets, embedded video, RSS, and easy integration with other tools like Delicious and Facebook.

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    • 1. Tear Down the Walls! LibGuides and Evolving Learning Spaces Ken Ronkowitz November 2008
    • 2. Overview
      • Learning spaces continue to evolve as web tools further erase the physical walls of classrooms, libraries and other educational settings.
      • This session examines the use of LibGuides, a web 2.0 content management and information sharing system designed specifically for libraries but being used at Passaic County Community College as a collaborative tool for courses.
      • This hosted service offers opportunities to create and share reusable content, tagging, widgets, embedded video, RSS, and easy integration with other tools like Delicious and Facebook.
    • 3.
      • “ Library 2.0” – easy read/write and collaboration for librarians and faculty for resources and shared links
      • The Community = 400+ libraries/schools worldwide, sharing ideas, content, and collaborating on creating guides.
      http://www.springshare.com/libguides/
    • 4. What Attracted PCCC to LibGuides pccc.libguides.com
      • Hosted service (small school; small IT dept.)
      • Shared edit access to pages/sites
      • Web page creation without needing to know HTML (though you have access to the code if you have that knowledge)
      • Easily embed videos, RSS feeds, podcasts…
    • 5. At Passaic County Community College pccc.libguides.com
      • Purchased as part of our Writing Initiative grant
      • To be used with each of 20 GenEd courses being redesigned as “writing-intensive”
        • Collaborative design of guide with Initiative team, faculty member and a reference librarian.
      • Introduced at Summer 2008 Initiative Institute and immediately embraced by faculty – including those not participating in the first courses to be redesigned (or even part of the Initiative!)
    • 6. Research Guides
      • Old model
      • No author access to guides
      • All changes through “webmaster”
      • Timely updates less likely to occur
      • Little or no collaboration
      • NEW
    • 7.
      • Reusable content (learning objects) – pull or link boxes/guides from
      • your own guides,
      • other guides from your site
      • other school sites (with internal permission)
      • Connect with others in the LibGuides' social network -->
      Collaboration beyond shared editorial control
    • 8. LibGuides Social Network http://springsharelounge.com/
    • 9. TYPES OF CONTENT
    • 10. Easy Rich Text (WYSIWYG) Editor
    • 11. Images
      • Users can upload images (gif, jpg, png) from their computer into the LibGuides boxes via the Rich Text Editor, and the images will be stored on LibGuides servers.
        • Initial storage limit is set to 2 GB per institution, i.e. approx 10,000 images using the average image sizes, and with that limit increasing over time.
    • 12.
      • Tag clouds
      • RSS feeds
      • Videos
      • Widgets
      • Polls
      • Comments
      • Chat
      • Profiles
      2.0
    • 13. Widgets
      • LibGuides widgets enable you to embed library content into any blog, website, social network, or a courseware system. The widgets are flash components that can be placed inside any web page. Patrons can also search your library catalog directly from any LibGuides widget.
    • 14. Google Scholar Search
      • This content box enables users to search the Google scholar database from LibGuides.
        • The librarian can also create a “default query” for users of Google scholar. The query will appear when the visitor loads the box.
    • 15. Book Links
      • Provide links to your library catalog - or Amazon, Google books or any other site where the visitor can get more information about the book.
    • 16. Dates & Event Calendar
      • Dates and events content box enables you to create a list of events and order them chronologically. Each event can have a date, short description, URL, and additional information fields attached to it.
    • 17. Dynamic Scripting
      • Insert dynamic scripts for web forms, catalog search boxes, or online databases search boxes inside your guides.
    • 18. Users Can Submit Comments, Add a Link…
      • You can enable your visitors to submit their favorite links on a given topic or a subject.
    • 19. Interactive Polls
      • Interactive poll enables you to create a poll on your page. Create a question and enter up to 6 choices for your poll. Each poll choice can have an associated URL.
    • 20. LibGuides In Facebook
      • first library app available to Facebook’s 60 million users (now has 3 apps)
      • users just select LibGuides from apps list
        • app will recognize the user's school affiliation and present them with their "home" system.
      • distribute library content across the web
      • meet students where they are
      • improve visibility of resources & services
    • 21. Twitter Integration
      • Now when you publish a new guide you can broadcast the news on Twitter for all your followers to see. Anybody subscribed to your updates will see the name of your newly-published guide and the URL to access it.
    • 22. Users Can Share… your pages via popular social networking sites with just a click
    • 23. Post To LibGuides
      • Add a browser button so that you can very easily add content to your guides.
      • Add "Post to LibGuides" Button to Your Browser
    • 24. Administration
    • 25. Stats
      • Track usage statistics for your Guides
      • System Summary
      • # Guides # Accounts Homepage Views Total Guide Views 70 45 7311 20799
    • 26. Backup
      • Guide owners can create local backups of their guides, in html format, on their computers.
      • Springshare does daily backups of all databases – but a local backup can come in handy if you accidentally delete a box or a page on your guide - you can quickly rebuild it using data from your local backup.
    • 27. Uniform Look for All Guides
      • The admin can "lock" the color scheme for all guides in your system. It is recommended that you create a sample guide first, experiment with different colors, and inform your users of this change before setting this option.
    • 28. Marketing
      • Customizing & branding of site
      • Library promotion
      • Workshops
    • 29. Additional presentation materials at: http://pccc.libguides.com/users