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The Embedded Librarian: Integrating Library Resources into Course Management Systems

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The Embedded Librarian: Integrating Library Resources into Course Management Systems

  1. 1. The Embedded Librarian: Integrating Library Resources into Course Management Systems Emily Daly Instruction & Outreach Librarian Perkins Library, Duke University
  2. 2. This session <ul><li>Background and history </li></ul><ul><li>How we’ve gotten where we are </li></ul><ul><li>Technical components </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and discussion </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why become embedded? <ul><li>Students want library resources online, at their fingertips (surprise!) </li></ul><ul><li>Students don’t know what the library offers </li></ul><ul><li>We want to be where our students are, at their points of need </li></ul><ul><ul><li>70% of Duke courses use Blackboard; led us to include “Ask a Librarian” </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Ask a Librarian
  5. 5. Ask a Librarian
  6. 6. Becoming embedded… <ul><li>Ideal scenario was proposed – how do we turn vision into a more global reality? </li></ul><ul><li>Form a committee… </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians in Blackboard was born </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2007: Pilot </li></ul>
  7. 7. Library Links
  8. 8. Library Links to Library Guides <ul><li>Spring 2008: Brought more librarians on board </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Portals Task Force formed, recommended purchase of LibGuides </li></ul><ul><li>Fall 2008: Natural to transition from Bb interface to LibGuides interface </li></ul>
  9. 9. Library Guides
  10. 10. Course-specific Library Guide
  11. 11. From manual to automated <ul><li>By middle of Fall 2008, realized that process is NOT scalable, began exploring automation </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2009: “Library Guides” automatically appeared in EVERY course site </li></ul>
  12. 12. How? <ul><li>User clicks on “Library Guides” </li></ul><ul><li>Javascript redirects user to an on-the-fly URL with Bb variable (subject code) </li></ul><ul><li>URL points to django database </li></ul><ul><li>Database reads the URL and matches variable to LibGuide/webpage for that subject code </li></ul><ul><li>New URL placed in “Library Guides” </li></ul>
  13. 13. Benefits of method <ul><li>Flexible – ANY URL may be placed in the database (LibGuide, Library website, list of databases) </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic – URLs in django database may be changed at any point </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive – EVERY site at Duke now has “Library Guides” button </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Task Force asked subject librarians to provide URLs for 260 subject codes </li></ul><ul><li>Included professional libraries </li></ul><ul><li>By start of Spring 2009, had URLs for 68% of all subject codes </li></ul>Have process – need content!
  15. 15. Subject-specific Library Guide
  16. 16. “Default” Library Guide
  17. 17. Using the django database <ul><li>Let’s try it out … </li></ul>
  18. 18. Using the django database
  19. 19. Using the django database
  20. 20. Informing faculty of project
  21. 21. Informing faculty of project
  22. 22. Benefits to being embedded <ul><li>Increased and enhanced collaboration with faculty and students </li></ul><ul><li>Access to students’ syllabi, assignments and course readings </li></ul><ul><li>Made privy to course communication (email, announcements) </li></ul>
  23. 23. Unexpected benefit <ul><li>Has led to increased collaboration with Duke’s Writing Studio </li></ul>
  24. 24. Writing Studio Links
  25. 25. <ul><li>Evaluated our efforts at every step of the way </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage librarians to continue to become coursebuilders in course sites </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage librarians to continue to develop/enhance subject guides </li></ul>Maintain, sustain, assess
  26. 26. Next steps <ul><li>Committee will formally disband in June </li></ul><ul><li>Representative will continue to support embedded librarians and maintain django database </li></ul><ul><li>Will continue to evaluate effectiveness of program </li></ul>
  27. 27. Acknowledgements <ul><li>Special thanks to the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Librarians in Blackboard and </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Portals Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>LibGuides and Django Project </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction & Outreach Department </li></ul><ul><li>Former AUL Tom Wall, who envisioned this project and formed Librarians in Blackboard committee </li></ul>
  28. 28. Show and tell <ul><li>What are you doing at your institutions? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Stay in touch! <ul><li>Emily Daly </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction and Outreach Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>919.660.5879 </li></ul>

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