The Many Facets of IPL Community Building


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A history and description of the IPL, a view of the IPL’s Learning Community for students in LIS programs, outreach using social networking sites, and sample questions received by the IPL’s reference service from a diverse community of users. Presentation delivered at ALA Annual 2008.

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The Many Facets of IPL Community Building

  1. 1. The Many Facets of IPL Community Building <ul><li>Building Communities through Libraries </li></ul><ul><li>ALA's Social Responsibilities Round Table Hunger and Homelessness Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>ALA Annual Conference June 28, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Eileen G. Abels, Denise Agosto </li></ul><ul><li>Lily Rozaklis, Shanshan Ma, Elana Marian </li></ul><ul><li>Drexel University </li></ul>
  2. 2. IPL: History and Background <ul><li>Created by 35 students at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Dr. Joe Janes </li></ul><ul><li>Consists of a collection of vetted resources, many links and some resources created for the IPL </li></ul><ul><li>Offers a question-answering service </li></ul><ul><li>January 2007 moved to Drexel University with the support of a consortium of partners </li></ul>
  3. 3. IPL Partners 2008 <ul><li>Drexel University </li></ul><ul><li>Florida State University </li></ul><ul><li>Rutgers University </li></ul><ul><li>Syracuse University </li></ul><ul><li>University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign </li></ul><ul><li>University of Michigan </li></ul><ul><li>University of North Carolina </li></ul><ul><li>University of Washington </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Internet Public Library: Teaching/Learning Environment and a Public Service
  5. 5. IPL’s Mission Statement <ul><li>The Internet Public Library is a global information community that provides in-service learning and volunteer opportunities for library and information science students and professionals, offers a collaborative research forum, and supports and enhances library services through the provision of authoritative collections, information assistance, and information instruction for the public. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How we will meet our goals: <ul><li>Creating and supporting new learning experiences for students and volunteers, </li></ul><ul><li>Serving as a research forum and as a technological test-bed, </li></ul><ul><li>Serving the public by finding, evaluating, selecting, organizing, describing, and creating high quality information resources, and </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting members of the public to high quality information resources through the IPL question answering service. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Teaching/Learning: LIS Education Community <ul><li>LIS faculty </li></ul><ul><li>LIS students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Answering questions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Providing administrative assistance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul>
  8. 8. IPL Learning Community Led by Lorri Mon, FSU
  9. 9. IPL Learning Community
  10. 10. IPL and Social Networking <ul><li>Facebook and MySpace pages were created </li></ul><ul><li>Regular updates were sent out to its fans, including new collections, news from the IPL, and etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Fans can start discussions on the page, upload photos or videos, and connect with other IPL users. </li></ul>
  11. 11. The IPL Facebook Page
  12. 12. IPL Facebook Statistics <ul><li>Page was launched on March 15, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>462 fans as of June 24, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>The number is still growing. </li></ul>
  13. 13. The IPL MySpace Page
  14. 14. IPL MySpace Profile <ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Page was created on October 9, 2007, and revamped to coincide with Facebook launch </li></ul><ul><li>210 friends as of June 18, 2008 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>201 libraries and 9 individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Content added as blog entries, including: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improved IPL search feature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collection of resources on web technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events such as Virtual Library Legislative Day </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. IPL Users <ul><li>Educational organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Community organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Non-profits </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the general public from around the world </li></ul>
  16. 16. Educational Organizations (1)
  17. 17. Educational Organizations (2)
  18. 18. Community 0rganizations
  19. 19. Non-profit organizations
  20. 20. Geographic Distribution of IPL Visitors
  21. 21. Visitors by Countries Source: Google Analytics
  22. 22. Users of the Ask a Question Service
  23. 23. Nature of Queries (1) <ul><li>Large breadth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>History and Politics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Definition of colonialization “ so I can better understand my own country” ~ Mauritius </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship between the US state of Georgia and nation of Georgia ~ Georgia </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How a submarine functions ~ India </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nutritional value of animal protein ~ Taiwan </li></ul></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Nature of Queries (2) <ul><ul><li>Literature </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Biography of a poet ~ India </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Online Dictionaries ~ Canada </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Management styles ~ Romania </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet notaries ~ Brazil </li></ul></ul></ul>
  25. 25. IPL Community Building <ul><li>Become part of the IPL community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the website at </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Become a volunteer! </li></ul></ul>