Creating Dynamic Pathfinders: Subject Guides of the Future 2013

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Explores various aspects of dynamic online pathfinders (also known as subject guides, topic guides, information portals, etc.) Discusses the different Web 2.0, open source, and subscription tools …

Explores various aspects of dynamic online pathfinders (also known as subject guides, topic guides, information portals, etc.) Discusses the different Web 2.0, open source, and subscription tools available for creating dynamic pathfinders and will cover ways to maintain and market pathfinders with limited staff time and resources. Special focus will be paid to the product LibGuides.

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  • 1. Creating Dynamic Pathfinders: Subject Guides of the Future Tamara Murray, Westerville Public Library slideshare.net/westervillelibrary Last Updated: July 22, 2013
  • 2. Traditional Pathfinders Are Static QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a decompressor are needed to see this picture.
  • 3. What happens when… A book is weeded? A website goes belly up? A domain name changes? One resource covers two topics? New content is added? Patrons want to share?
  • 4. Why Dynamic? You can search it. You can easily manage duplicate content. You can offer content in multiple formats. You can interact with your audience. You can keep it current.
  • 5. Social Bookmarking
  • 6. What does it look like?
  • 7. What can you do with it? Organize or bundle by subject (i.e. tag). Describe (i.e. annotated bibliography). Feed into another website or blog. Share with others. Update all links in the same place.
  • 8. (Random stuff you’ll want later.) RSS feed: http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/rss/YourDeliciousUsername/YourTag?count=15 URL example: http://delicious.com/YourDeliciousUsername/YourTag Firefox extension: http://frayd.us/extensions/linkchecker/
  • 9. Social Presentations
  • 10. What does it look like?
  • 11. What can you do with it? Build tutorials and how-to’s. Combine screenshots with instructions. Embed into another website or blog. Share with others. Include voice narration. Great for illustrating information step-by- step.
  • 12. Social Videos
  • 13. What does it look like?
  • 14. What can you do with it? Build tutorials and how-to’s. Combine screenshots with instructions. Embed into another website or blog. Share with others. Include voice narration. Great for showing motion and emotion.
  • 15. Social Networking
  • 16. What does it look like?
  • 17. What can you do with it? Focus on a niche. Broadcast time-sensitive information to a dedicated audience. Interact with your audience. Share multiple types of content.
  • 18. Social Booklists (Next-Gen Catalogs)
  • 19. Other Options for Different Types of Content
  • 20. Want to put it all together? books websites presentations Videos articles and tips
  • 21. Websites
  • 22. What can you do with it? Create a landing page for different types of content on the same subject. Prioritize information based on importance or usefulness. Share with the world. Make it clean. Make it pretty.
  • 23. Blogs
  • 24. What can you do with it? Keep the newest information at the top. Create an archive of past information. Interact with your audience via comments feature. Include multiple types of content.
  • 25. Wikis
  • 26. What can you do with it? Link useful pages together. Focus on text. Allow others to edit.
  • 27. Open Source Software
  • 28. What can you do with it? Host it on your own servers. Maintain and customize it yourself. Develop additional functionality and share with the open source community. Fix it when it breaks.
  • 29. LibGuides
  • 30. What can you do with it? Pay a yearly subscription, then get unlimited support. Add and manage multiple types of content easily. Make it clean. Make it pretty.
  • 31. Recommend books. Example: Catalog RSS feed or manual list http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/business
  • 32. Recommend websites. Example: Delicious RSS feed http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/smallbiz
  • 33. Share videos. Example: YouTube video http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/emergency
  • 34. Advertise upcoming events. Example: Evanced events RSS feed http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/bookclubs
  • 35. Search other sites. Example: WorldCat search widget http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/genealogy
  • 36. Share presentations. Example: Slideshare.net presentation http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/literature
  • 37. Show recent articles. Example: EBSCOhost RSS feed http://explore.westervillelibrary.org/endangeredspecies
  • 38. Right Time, Right Place Create custom business cards with direct URLs to related pathfinders. Create QR codes to put in the stacks. Add links to your website and brochures. Share with students, teachers & parents in the classroom. Talk about them!
  • 39. Questions? Contact Me tmurray@westervillelibrary.org linkedin.com/in/ohiotamara