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Academic libraries provide access to a wealth of information resources on their websites. Unfortunately, these resources are not typically organized around student needs. The NCSU Libraries Course ...

Academic libraries provide access to a wealth of information resources on their websites. Unfortunately, these resources are not typically organized around student needs. The NCSU Libraries Course Views project addresses this problem by dynamically generating library course pages for all courses taught at NCSU. The Course Views system employs a hybrid approach that balances auto-generated and customized content for courses while emphasizing scalability and sustainability. Standardized course descriptors are used to enable low-barrier integration with external systems such as campus learning management systems. The presentation will provide an overview of the application architecture, describe various content customization approaches, and provide an early glimpse on how the system has been used by students since its "beta" release in August 2008.

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  • 1. A Scalable Approach to Providing Course-based Access to Library Resources Tito Sierra, Jason Casden, and Kim Duckett NCSU Libraries DLF Fall Forum 2008 November 13, 2008
  • 2. Outline
    • Background
    • Introducing “Course Views”
    • Demo
    • Technical Implementation
    • Usage
    • Lessons Learned
  • 3. Background
  • 4. Our Environment
    • Large institution (30,000+ students)
    • Many courses (6000+ courses)
    • Mixed LMS Environment
      • Blackboard Vista
      • Moodle
      • WolfWare (legacy filesystem solution)
  • 5. Library Course Pages
    • Hand-authored course guides
    • Assignment focused
    • Do not represent the range of stuff the library has to offer
  • 6. Library Course Pages
    • Hand-authored course guides
    • Assignment focused
    • Do not represent the range of stuff the library has to offer
  • 7. Problem: Limited Reach
  • 8. Introducing “Course Views”
  • 9. What is Course Views?
    • A distillation of the most student-centric stuff the library has to offer.
  • 10.  
  • 11. Course Views
    • Web application branded Library Tools
    • Homegrown, written in PHP
    • Product launched August 2008
  • 12. Goals
  • 13. Goals
    • A Course View for every course
  • 14. Goals
    • A Course View for every course
    • A scalable and sustainable system for library course content delivery
  • 15. Goals
    • A Course View for every course
    • A scalable and sustainable system for library course content delivery
    • Library content customized as much as possible to the course
  • 16. Demo
  • 17. Technical Implementation
  • 18. Request URL
    • http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/course/ENG/101
  • 19. Request URL
    • http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/course/ ENG /101
  • 20. Request URL
    • http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/course/ENG/ 101
  • 21. Course Identifiers
    • NCSU example: ENG 101
      • ‘ENG’ = curriculum code
      • ‘101’ = course number
      • ‘ENG 101’ = full course identifier
  • 22. Value of Standard Identifiers
    • The use of standardized course identifiers (Ex: ENG 101 ) enabled simplified integration with a variety of external applications. Helps with collaboration.
  • 23. A Course View for Every Course
    • No dependency on staff to create pages
    • Course Views can generate a course page for any known curricula
    • Librarians may further refine the content that appears for a particular course
  • 24.  
  • 25.
  • 26.  
  • 27.  
  • 28. Content Customization
  • 29. Cascading Selection
  • 30. Cascading Selection
  • 31. Cascading Selection
  • 32. Cascading Selection Course level: ENG 101 Kawanna
  • 33. English 101
  • 34. Cascading Selection Course level: ENG 333 Kim
  • 35. English 333
  • 36. Cascading Selection Curriculum level: ENG Cindy
  • 37. English (default)
  • 38. Integration
  • 39. Integration Points
    • Blackboard Vista
    • Moodle
    • WolfWare
    • Library Website
  • 40. Blackboard Vista
  • 41. Blackboard Vista
  • 42. Moodle
  • 43. Moodle
  • 44. WolfWare
  • 45. WolfWare
  • 46. QuickSearch
  • 47. QuickSearch
  • 48. Library Homepage
  • 49. Library Homepage
  • 50. Usage
  • 51.  
  • 52.  
  • 53.  
  • 54.  
  • 55. Lessons Learned
  • 56. Collaboration is Key
    • Subject specialist librarians (!)
    • Campus partners
    • Students
    • Faculty
  • 57. Disciplinary Differences
    • So far we have observed much more usage in humanities and social science disciplines, and less from science and engineering.
  • 58. Focus Group Feedback
    • Make it simpler, but with more information.
  • 59. Thanks!
    • Tito Sierra
    • Associate Head for Digital Library Development
    • North Carolina State University
    • [email_address]
    • Jason Casden
    • Digital Technologies Development Librarian
    • North Carolina State University
    • [email_address]
    • Kim Duckett
    • Principal Librarian for Digital Technologies and Learning
    • North Carolina State University
    • [email_address]
  • 60. More Information
    • Library Tools:
    • http://www.lib. ncsu . edu /course
    • Course Views Project:
    • http://www.lib. ncsu . edu / dli /projects/ courseviews