How to Embed A Librarian, Library Resources & Service Components in Moodle!

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How to Embed A Librarian, Library Resources & Service Components in Moodle!

  1. 1. How to Embed A Librarian, Library Resources and Service Components in Moodle! Dr. Indira Koneru Online Course Facilitator Library 2.011 Virtual Conference November 3, 2011
  2. 2. About Me
  3. 3. Presentation Agenda <ul><li>Embedded librarianship (Definition & Types) </li></ul><ul><li>Need for embedding a librarian and library components in Moodle (LMS) </li></ul><ul><li>Why should we collaborate with Moodle Administrator & Instructors? </li></ul><ul><li>How to embed a librarian, library resources and service components in Moodle! </li></ul>
  4. 4. Embedded Librarianship <ul><li>“ Embedded librarianship involves the delivery of highly customized and highly valued information and knowledge services to a customer group with well-defined needs” (Shumaker, D., 2010). </li></ul><ul><li>Embedded librarianship enables a librarian connect with and guide students through information research process </li></ul>
  5. 5. Embedded Librarianship - Types <ul><li>within a f-2-f class </li></ul><ul><li>within an academic & research program </li></ul><ul><li>within Library Guides </li></ul><ul><li>within social networks – Facebook, Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>within an LMS – Blackboard, Moodle </li></ul>
  6. 6. Need for Embedding Library Components What difficulties do college student encounter when conducting research for school or personal needs?
  7. 7. PIL Research Questions <ul><li>How do students find information and conduct research for course work & for use in their everyday lives? </li></ul><ul><li>What obstacles & barriers make finding information difficult for students? </li></ul><ul><li>How do students resolve issues of credibility, authority and currency? </li></ul><ul><li>Who do students turn to for help with solving information problems? </li></ul><ul><li>How do assignment handouts guide, instruct, support during students research process? </li></ul>Source: http://projectinfolit.org/
  8. 8. PIL Research Results <ul><li>How do students resolve issues of credibility, authority and currency? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>61% turned to friends & family </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>49% asked instructors for assistance with evaluating sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How do assignment handouts guide, instruct, support during students research process? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>6 in 10 handouts recommended students to consult library shelves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>43% handouts guided students to use library research databases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 14% handouts named specific databases to use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 13% handouts mentioned consulting librarians to develop search strategies and find relevant sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>18% handouts covered plagiarism, but focused on penalties, not preventive strategies </li></ul></ul>Source: http://projectinfolit.org/
  9. 9. PIL 2011 Report - Top Web Sites Students Were Using Source: Project Information Literacy Research Report: “Balancing Act” How College Students Manage Technology While in the Library during Crunch Time | October 12, 2011 | Head and Eisenberg 99% of the respondents reported they were using an LMS for coursework at the time of the interviews.
  10. 10. Need for Embedding Library Components (contd.) <ul><li>Decline in the use of library resources (databases) and services </li></ul><ul><li>Reference materials and guidance at the highest risk of obsolescence (ERIAL project, 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Students need formal help to cope with overload and wade through the glut of information available to filter out what is most credible and relevant (PIL, 2011 report) </li></ul><ul><li>To provide improved access to library resources from within a Moodle course </li></ul><ul><li>To provide point-of-need service </li></ul>
  11. 11. Need for Embedding Library Components <ul><li>To provide research guidance within an LMS </li></ul><ul><li>To improve student’s Information Literacy skills </li></ul><ul><li>To provide access to course-specific resources from within Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>To connect with the students and play a significant role in students’ (lifelong) learning & development process </li></ul><ul><li>To co-design research assignments in collaboration with the faculty </li></ul><ul><li>To co-facilitate learning process (forums, Ask-A-Librarian, grading student’s research skills) </li></ul>
  12. 12. Required Collaboration Librarian Moodle Administrator Instructor
  13. 13. Need for Collaborating with Moodle Administrator <ul><li>To create a librarian role in the Moodle site </li></ul><ul><li>To add new blocks and modules </li></ul><ul><li>To script code for embedding library resources and service components in Moodle </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widget code (JS) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Need for Collaborating with Instructors <ul><li>To assign a librarian role in the Moodle course </li></ul><ul><li>To embed Ask-A-Librarian forum </li></ul><ul><li>To instruct students to use library forums </li></ul><ul><li>To encourage students seek research guidance from librarian embedded within Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>To design assignments that promote information research skills & use of library resources and services </li></ul>Ask-A-Librarian
  15. 15. What to embed! Widgets Library Forums Databases Learning Resources Librarian Information Literacy tutorials
  16. 16. Moodle Admin – Adding & Defining Librarian Role in Moodle Site
  17. 17. Adding Library Staff in Moodle Course
  18. 18. Useful Moodle Modules Activities Learning Resources Block HTML Block Resources
  19. 19. How to add resources & activities <ul><li>Click ‘Turn editing on’ - to add and edit resources/activities/ blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘Add a Resource’ drop down menu for resources </li></ul><ul><li>Use ‘Add an Activity’ menu for ‘Ask-A-Librarian’ forum </li></ul>
  20. 20. Adding Library Resources <ul><li>Click ‘Turn editing on’ </li></ul><ul><li>Click ‘Add a Resource’ drop down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Compose a web page – embed Information Literacy videos/tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Link to a file or web site – link library services, resources or tutorials page </li></ul><ul><li>Insert label – to organize library resources in Moodle course page & to embed tutorials </li></ul>
  21. 21. Embedding Information Literacy Tutorials <ul><li>Click ‘Turn editing on’ </li></ul><ul><li>Click ‘Add a Resource’ drop down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Click on ‘Compose a web page/Link to a file or web site/insert label’ </li></ul><ul><li>Embed code – YouTube video/Flash tutorials </li></ul>Source: UCLA Library
  22. 22. Ask-A- Librarian Forum & Research Guidance in Assignments Ask A Librarian Forum Librarian & Library Components in Assignments
  23. 23. Adding Widgets (HTML Block) <ul><li>Library widgets (HTML Blocks) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask-A-Librarian (IM) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Catalog (search from within Moodle) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library guides </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research Databases </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. How to add Widgets! <ul><li>Click ‘Turn editing on’ - to add block </li></ul><ul><li>Click ‘Add blocks’ drop down menu </li></ul><ul><li>Click on ‘HTML’ to create a widget </li></ul><ul><li>Configure HTML block with a title & embed code to add the required widget </li></ul>
  25. 25. Configuring HTML Block <ul><li>Click on edit (hand) icon to configure HTML blocks </li></ul><ul><li>Click ‘Toggle HTML’ </li></ul><ul><li>Embed code </li></ul><ul><li>Click ‘Save changes’ </li></ul>
  26. 26. HTML Block for Library Widgets Library Guides Ask-A-Librarian Library Catalogue
  27. 27. How to embed library catalog widget! <ul><li>Step 1: Go to library catalog page </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Click “View Source” (Page Source) in your browser </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Ctrl + F = “form” </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Ctrl + C = Copy & customize Code </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Add HTML block in Moodle Course Page (turn course edit mode on) </li></ul><ul><li>Step 6: Configure HTML Block </li></ul><ul><li>Step 7: Give a title to the block (Optional) </li></ul><ul><li>Step 8: Click Toggle HTML Source “ <> ” </li></ul><ul><li>Step 9: Ctrl + V = Paste code </li></ul><ul><li>Step 10: Click “Save changes” </li></ul>
  28. 28. How to embed library guides! <ul><li>Step 1: Go to library guides page </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Copy URL </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Add HTML block in Moodle Course Page (turn course edit mode on) </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4:Configure HTML Block </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5:Click Toggle HTML Source “ <> ” </li></ul><ul><li>Step 6: Encode using API code & Java Script </li></ul><ul><li>Step 7: Paste code in HTML block </li></ul><ul><li>Step 8:Click “Save changes” </li></ul>
  29. 29. How to embed chat widget! <ul><li>Step 1: Go to meebome.com </li></ul><ul><li>Step 2: Create an account & sign in </li></ul><ul><li>Step 3: Enter a title for the widget (Ask-A-Librarian) & display name </li></ul><ul><li>Step 4: Choose a size (small/regular/custom-size) & color theme </li></ul><ul><li>Step 5: Click on Create A New Widget </li></ul><ul><li>Step 6: Copy the code from the widget embed field </li></ul><ul><li>Step 7 : Paste code in HTML block in Moodle Course Page </li></ul><ul><li>Step 8: Click “Save changes” </li></ul>
  30. 30. Adding Learning Resources (Block) <ul><li>Moodle Admin – to download & configure ‘Learning Resources’ block </li></ul><ul><li>Admin – to add/edit links </li></ul><ul><li>Course page – instructors/library staff add & configure ‘Learning resources’ block </li></ul><ul><li>Select the course-specific links </li></ul>
  31. 31. Embedding Databases <ul><li>Ebsohost - http://support.ebscohost.com/eit/sbb.php </li></ul><ul><li>Proquest - http://www.proquest.com/en-US/utilities/widgets/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>JSTOR - http://about.jstor.org/support-training/help/jstor-search-widget </li></ul><ul><li>CSA illumina tutorial - http://www.proquest.co.uk/assets/media/products/widgets/search_widget.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Gale - http://access.gale.com/widgets/ </li></ul><ul><li>ISI Web of Knowledge - http://wokinfo.com/webtools/browsersearch/ </li></ul>
  32. 32. Conclusion <ul><li>Collaborate with Moodle administrator & instructors </li></ul><ul><li>Seek management support </li></ul><ul><li>Create or identify course-related resources </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to provide point-of-need service & facilitate student’s learning processs </li></ul>
  33. 33. “ The Mission of Librarians is to Improve Society through Facilitating Knowledge Creation in their Communities ” – The Atlas of New Librarianship

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