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  • Hi, I found your slides very inspiring for my new blog post about Zotero, find it here: http://kiddingthecity.org/blog/?p=1211 . Any comments and ideas are welcome. Thanks, Paolo
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  • 1. Your Users Why should they use Zotero?
  • 2. Name: Ryan Role: High School Junior Goal: Write 5 page paper Software Skills: Word, iTunes, Web Browsers Currently using: Word and Online Citation Form
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Zotero will allow him to generate a bibliography for his paper without manually entering his information into the online citation tool he had previously used.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing books from Amazon and Library Catalog
    • Drag and drop bibliography
    • Quick installation
    • How/where can we reach him
    • His teachers give guidance on tools
    • His school librarian gives research guidance on projects
    • His principle makes school wide software decisions
    • He visits his local library for help finding sources
    High School Research Paper
  • 3. Name: Mary Role: College Chemistry Major Goal: 30 Page Research Paper Software Skills: Word, iTunes, Web Browsers Currently using: Keeps notes in Word docs
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Zotero will help her generate a bibliography, but more importantly it can help her organize and annotate her research as she works on her project.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing articles from Web of Science
    • Integration with Microsoft Word
    • Organization tools (tags, collections)
    • Note taking tools
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Class presentation from Chemistry Liaison Librarian
    • College writing center workshops
    • Professor hands out requirements for research projects
    • She searches the library website for recommendations
    College Chemistry Student Paper
  • 4. Name: Sandy Role: Professor of English Lit Goal: Write 400 page book Software Skills: Word, Internet Explorer, Currently using: 3x5 note cards
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Zotero can make it easier to organize the hundreds of references and notes Sandy needs to use to write her book.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing items from a range of places
    • Integration with Microsoft Word
    • Organization tools (tags, collections)
    • Note taking tools
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Scholarly newsletters
    • Presentations to faculty
    • Interaction with liaison librarian
    Writing a Book
  • 5. Name: Janet Role: History Department Chair Goal: Track faculty productivity Software Skills: Word, Firefox, Blogger Currently using: Faculty members email her Word docs once a year.
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Instead of faculty manually writing up their research they can add their publications to a group library. Janet can then simply copy the library, or use it’s RSS feed to have constantly updated reports on Faculty productivity.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Manually adding items
    • Zotero groups
    • Generating reports and bibliographies
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Campus administrators often set policy for entire campus
    • She subscribes to various H-Net groups
    • She reads the AHA’s Perspectives monthly magazine
    • Campus Center for Teaching Excellence workshops
    Faculty Productivity
  • 6. Name: Paul Role: Linguistics Professor Goal: More collaborative syllabus Software Skills: Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Currently using: Uses closed course management system to share syllabi with students
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • A Zotero group can provide the perfect opportunity for a more collaborative syllabus he can add items and allow students to create collections with research on their own projects.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Zotero groups
    • Grabbing resources from JSTOR
    • Zotero’s reporting features
    • How/where can we reach him
    • Reads other professors blogs
    • Center for Teaching Excellence Workshops
    • Department brown bags
    • Faculty newsletter
    Collaborative Syllabus
  • 7. Name: Meredith Role: Reference Librarian Goal: Helping researchers Software Skills: Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Currently using: Emails items from library catalog to students and faculty
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Zotero groups offer an easy way for her to share research items with classes or individual researchers.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing from library catalog and journal databases
    • Zotero groups
    • Organization tools (tags, collections)
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Library blogs
    • Train the trainer workshops
    • Library list servs
    Guiding Research
  • 8. What benefit can Zotero provide? Which of Zotero’s features matter? How/where can we reach Them Potential User: Name: Role: Goal: Software Skills: Currently using:
  • 9. Convincing Decision Makers 10 reasons to adopt Zotero
  • 10. Users overwhelmingly report that Zotero is easy to use and intuitive. After watching a five-minute introductory video on Zotero, many users have more than enough knowledge to accomplish basic research tasks. 1) Easy-To-Use Means Easy-To-Support
  • 11. Say goodbye to expensive escalating licensing fees. Adopt Zotero and pay nothing. Not only can you use Zotero for free, but all the documentation at Zotero.org is yours to reuse and repurpose. The support community at Zotero.org provides an experienced responsive community to support the software and assist you in your efforts. 2) Save Money With Free Open Source Software
  • 12. Zotero is already recommended by more than a hundred institutions from around the world, including MIT, Stanford, and Yale. Zotero’s track record of success at these leading institutions underscores its ease of use and elegance as a research management tool. 3) Hundreds of Institutions Recommend Zotero to Their Faculty and Students
  • 13. Users overwhelmingly report that Zotero is easy to use and intuitive. After watching a five-minute introductory video on Zotero, many users have more than enough knowledge to accomplish basic research tasks. 4) A Single Research Management Solution For Every User, Everywhere
  • 14. Zotero was selected as the best reference management tool at CiteFest 2008 by Northwestern University’s Library and Academic Technologies group. That’s right, better than other, more costly, software alternatives. Zotero is among the “Best Free Software” available, as voted by PC Magazine in both 2007 and 2008. Zotero was also named Best Instructional Software of 2007 by the Information Technology and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. 5) Did We Mention It’s Award Winning?
  • 15. Zotero’s open and extensible nature means that, beyond offering a powerful resource to your students at a no cost, Zotero also offers a potential avenue for your institution to make lasting contributions to the open-source community. For example, the University of Michigan’s School of Information recently won funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to launch a new million-dollar information literacy game, Bibliobouts, on top of Zotero. 6) An Opportunity For Your Institution to Leave Its Mark
  • 16. Everything your users do with Zotero is theirs in perpetuity. As a project developed by scholars with a commitment to openness and with a focus on the end-user, Zotero makes no claim of ownership or control over any of your users’ work with Zotero, and invites users to share and collaborate without fear of their work being co-opted. 7) Your Users’ Data is Theirs, Now and Forever
  • 17. Licensed research management platforms may provide your users with functional services, but, chances are, your software license ends when your students graduate. Shouldn’t your users have access to their research after graduation? Zotero is free to everyone; that means your students will always have access to their collections. 8 ) Give Your Users Something They Can Take With Them
  • 18. Zotero is committed to data portability and interoperability through adherence to existing open standards. Software makers which employ site-licensing fees have a vested interest in locking users into their own proprietary formats. Zotero makes it as easy as possible to migrate data to and from other applications. 9) Adherence to Open Standards Offers Flexibility
  • 19. Zotero runs in more than thirty languages , so chances are good that most of the languages spoken on your campus are available. This sort of linguistic agnosticism means that Zotero runs smoothly for people all around the world . Any languages not already supported can easily be added through the BabelZilla project. 10) Give Your Users The Freedom To Work In Their Native Language
  • 20. Identifying Local Partners Building your Zotero Coalition
  • 21. Name: Doug Goal: Streamline research group’s work.
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Zotero can become a center wide platform for sharing and tracking research work.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Zotero Groups
    • Zotero Feeds
    • General Zotero basics
    • How/where can we reach him
    • Send him an email
    • Workshops for administrators
    • Put something in the campus newsletter
    Research Center Director
  • 22. Name: Mindy Goals: develop, implement, and assist instructional approaches and methods
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Center’s for Teaching Excellence are always looking for new strategies to improve teaching at their institution. Zotero can be part of a campus wide initiative.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • General Zotero features
    • Potential for Zotero groups as Teaching Tool
    • Report functionality
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Send her an email
    • Invite her to a train the trainer institutional workshop
    Instruction Coordinator Center for Teaching
  • 23. Name: Amile Goal: Help students become better researchers and writers
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Writing Center Tutors frequently guide students through the research and writing process from the very beginning. Setting students up with a solid system for organizing and annotating helps them create better final products.
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing books from Amazon and Library Catalog
    • Integration with Word
    • Zotero Groups
    • Organization tools (tags, collections)
    • Note taking tools
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Writing Center Director
    • Campus newsletter
    Writing Center Tutor
  • 24. Name: Janis Role: Sociology 101 Professor Goal: Scaffold 150 students through a research project
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Getting students to use a research tool like Zotero at the start of their academic careers can set them up with skills to take through their entire time at the University. While teaching methods why not teach tools too?
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Grabbing books from Amazon and Library Catalog
    • Drag and drop bibliography
    • Quick installation
    • How/where can we reach her
    • Provosts office frequently sets campus wide initiatives
    • Academic department can make it a part of the course
    • Blogs about best practices for teaching
    • Campus newsletter
    • Send them an email
    Lead Faculty Research Intensive Course
  • 25. Name: David Goal: Helping students make use of the library’s digital resources
    • What benefit can Zotero provide?
    • Many libraries are already offering instructional sessions on various research software. These are some of the most natural Zotero evangelists
    • Which of Zotero’s features matter?
    • Compatibility with Library resources
    • Everything their specific user community needs
    • How/where can we reach him
    • Local Zotero workshop
    • Send them an email
    Library Instructional Technologist
  • 26. Name: Goal: What benefit can Zotero provide? Which of Zotero’s features matter? How/where can we reach him Potential Zotero Partner