LibGuides and Evolving Learning Spaces

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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