Wide Open Portals

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  • Wide Open Portals

    1. 1. Delivering Individualized Library Content: Wide Open Portals Tom Ipri Media Services Librarian Connelly Library Philadelphia, PA [email_address]
    2. 2. La Salle University <ul><li>Founded in 1863 </li></ul><ul><li>Philadelphia, PA </li></ul><ul><li>6200 students </li></ul><ul><li>Main campus and 2 satellites </li></ul>
    3. 3. Connelly Library <ul><li>9 Full time librarians </li></ul><ul><li>1 Part-time at satellite </li></ul><ul><li>No dedicated Web person </li></ul><ul><li>No dedicated Portal person </li></ul>
    4. 4. mylasalle <ul><li>Luminis/Campus Pipeline </li></ul><ul><li>University Wide </li></ul><ul><li>Live Summer 2003 </li></ul>
    5. 5. Why Library Services in mylasalle? <ul><li>The largest source of information on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Best opportunity to segment information from a vast collection and direct it to specific populations </li></ul><ul><li>Only way to get email </li></ul><ul><li>Registration, housing, grades </li></ul>
    6. 6. Brief History <ul><li>On development committee </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure library presence </li></ul><ul><li>Library “tab” </li></ul>
    7. 7. Original Look
    8. 8. First Version <ul><li>Basically a “dumbed-down” version of home page </li></ul><ul><li>Not taking advantage of potential </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Portal Communications hired 2004 </li></ul>
    9. 9. Second Version <ul><li>This time it’s personal </li></ul><ul><li>Campus and Targeted Announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Essentials Panel </li></ul><ul><li>myConnellyLibrary </li></ul><ul><li>myResources </li></ul>
    10. 16. myResources <ul><li>Library subject guide + </li></ul><ul><li>Resources from departments </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Forms, procedures, job ads, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Education, Social Work, Grad Psych, SLH </li></ul>
    11. 18. New Developments <ul><li>Assignment Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Federated Search? </li></ul><ul><li>More use of RSS feeds </li></ul>
    12. 20. RSS Feeds <ul><li>Simple XML code </li></ul><ul><li>Library news </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Library Links </li></ul><ul><li>Basically anything </li></ul>
    13. 26. Putting it All Together <ul><li>A lot of bits and pieces </li></ul><ul><li>Can be aggregated on one “Tab” </li></ul><ul><li>Tab – channels – tab </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul>
    14. 30. What’s Next <ul><li>Federated search </li></ul><ul><li>SSO for databases </li></ul><ul><li>Circulation info in channel </li></ul><ul><li>??? </li></ul>
    15. 31. Impact <ul><li>Rethinking library services with the portal in mind </li></ul><ul><li>Portal is designed to be dynamic and customizable </li></ul><ul><li>Bring information closer to user </li></ul><ul><li>Portal roles </li></ul>
    16. 32. Impact <ul><li>Not a huge entity parsed into smaller bits </li></ul><ul><li>But smaller bits that are greater than the whole </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t add up to one thing, but different things for different people </li></ul><ul><li>Future of library web sites? </li></ul>
    17. 33. Delivering Individualized Library Content: Wide Open Portals <ul><li>Tom Ipri </li></ul><ul><li>Connelly Library </li></ul><ul><li>La Salle University </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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