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Embedding library resources into Course Management Systems:  A case study at Duke University<br />Emily Daly<br />Coordina...
This session<br />Background and history <br />How we’ve gotten where we are<br />Technical components <br />Benefits <br ...
Why become embedded? <br />Students want library resources online, at their fingertips (surprise!)<br />Students don’t kno...
Ask a Librarian <br />
Ask a Librarian <br />
Becoming embedded…<br />Ideal scenario was proposed – how do we turn vision into a more global reality?<br />Form a commit...
Library Links<br />
Library Links to Library Guides<br />Spring 2008: Brought more librarians on board <br />Subject Portals Task Force formed...
Library Guides<br />
Course-specific Library Guide <br />
From manual to automated<br />By middle of Fall 2008, realized that process is NOT scalable (in only 2% of all courses!)<b...
How?  <br />User clicks on “Library Guides”<br />Javascript redirects user to an on-the-fly URL with Bb variable (subject ...
Benefits of method	<br />Flexible – ANY URL may be placed in the database (LibGuide, Library website, list of databases)<b...
Have process – need content!<br />Task Force asked subject librarians to provide URLs for 266 subject codes<br />Included ...
Subject-specific Library Guide<br />
“Default” Library Guide <br />
Using the django database <br />Let’s try it out…<br />
Using the django database<br />
Using the django database<br />
Informing faculty of project  <br />
Informing faculty of project<br />
Benefits to being embedded<br />Increased and enhanced collaboration with faculty and students<br />Access to students’ sy...
Unexpected benefit<br />Has led to increased collaboration with Duke’s Writing Studio<br />
Writing Studio Links <br />
Maintain, sustain, assess<br />Evaluated our efforts at every step of the way (conducted usability tests of LibGuides in e...
Next steps<br />Committee formally disbanded in June 2009<br />Representative continues to support embedded librarians and...
Acknowledgements	<br />Special thanks to the following:<br />Librarians in Blackboard and <br />    Subject Portals Task F...
Show and tell<br />What are you doing at your institutions? <br />Questions? <br />
Stay in touch!	<br />Emily Daly<br />Coordinator of Upper Level Instruction<br />emily.daly@duke.edu<br />919.660.5879<br />
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Embedding library resources into Course Management Systems: A case study at Duke University

  1. 1. Embedding library resources into Course Management Systems: A case study at Duke University<br />Emily Daly<br />Coordinator of Upper Level Instruction <br />Perkins Library, Duke University<br />
  2. 2. This session<br />Background and history <br />How we’ve gotten where we are<br />Technical components <br />Benefits <br />Evaluation <br />Questions and discussion <br />
  3. 3. Why become embedded? <br />Students want library resources online, at their fingertips (surprise!)<br />Students don’t know what the library offers <br />We want to be where our students are, at their points of need <br />70% of Duke courses use Blackboard – led us to include “Ask a Librarian”<br />
  4. 4. Ask a Librarian <br />
  5. 5. Ask a Librarian <br />
  6. 6. Becoming embedded…<br />Ideal scenario was proposed – how do we turn vision into a more global reality?<br />Form a committee… <br />Librarians in Blackboard was born<br />Fall 2007: Pilot <br />
  7. 7. Library Links<br />
  8. 8. Library Links to Library Guides<br />Spring 2008: Brought more librarians on board <br />Subject Portals Task Force formed, recommended purchase of LibGuides<br />Fall 2008: Natural to transition from Bb interface to LibGuides interface <br />
  9. 9. Library Guides<br />
  10. 10. Course-specific Library Guide <br />
  11. 11. From manual to automated<br />By middle of Fall 2008, realized that process is NOT scalable (in only 2% of all courses!)<br />Began exploring automation<br />Spring 2009: “Library Guides” automatically appeared in EVERY course site <br />
  12. 12. How? <br />User clicks on “Library Guides”<br />Javascript redirects user to an on-the-fly URL with Bb variable (subject code)<br />URL points to django database<br />Database reads the URL and matches variable to LibGuide/webpage for that subject code<br />New URL placed in “Library Guides” <br />
  13. 13. Benefits of method <br />Flexible – ANY URL may be placed in the database (LibGuide, Library website, list of databases)<br />Dynamic – URLs in django database may be changed at any point <br />Comprehensive – EVERY site at Duke now has “Library Guides” button <br />
  14. 14. Have process – need content!<br />Task Force asked subject librarians to provide URLs for 266 subject codes<br />Included professional libraries<br />By start of Spring 2010, had URLs for 98% of all subject codes (had URLs for around 65% when project started a year ago)<br />
  15. 15. Subject-specific Library Guide<br />
  16. 16. “Default” Library Guide <br />
  17. 17. Using the django database <br />Let’s try it out…<br />
  18. 18. Using the django database<br />
  19. 19. Using the django database<br />
  20. 20. Informing faculty of project <br />
  21. 21. Informing faculty of project<br />
  22. 22. Benefits to being embedded<br />Increased and enhanced collaboration with faculty and students<br />Access to students’ syllabi, assignments and course readings<br />Made privy to course communication (email, announcements)<br />
  23. 23. Unexpected benefit<br />Has led to increased collaboration with Duke’s Writing Studio<br />
  24. 24. Writing Studio Links <br />
  25. 25. Maintain, sustain, assess<br />Evaluated our efforts at every step of the way (conducted usability tests of LibGuides in early Spring 2010)<br />Encourage librarians to continue to become coursebuilders in course sites<br />Encourage librarians to continue to develop/enhance subject guides<br />
  26. 26. Next steps<br />Committee formally disbanded in June 2009<br />Representative continues to support embedded librarians and maintain django database<br />Will continue to evaluate effectiveness of Library Guides in Blackboard program and market program<br />
  27. 27. Acknowledgements <br />Special thanks to the following:<br />Librarians in Blackboard and <br /> Subject Portals Task Force <br />LibGuides and Django Project <br />Instruction & Outreach Department <br />Former AUL Tom Wall, who envisioned this project and formed Librarians in Blackboard committee<br />
  28. 28. Show and tell<br />What are you doing at your institutions? <br />Questions? <br />
  29. 29. Stay in touch! <br />Emily Daly<br />Coordinator of Upper Level Instruction<br />emily.daly@duke.edu<br />919.660.5879<br />

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