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IWMW 2002: Avoiding Portal Wars - View from the Library

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IWMW 2002: Avoiding Portal Wars - View from the Library

  1. 1. University of Leeds Academic Services The academic library is... …”the intellectual commons for the community where people and ideas interact in both real and virtual environments to expand learning and facilitate the creation of knowledge” Kathryn J. Deiss, “The Keystone Principles”, ARL Newsletter (Dec 1999), http://www.arl.org/newsltr/207/keystone.html
  2. 2. University of Leeds Academic Services Why should the Library run the institutional portal? Portals are essentially about offering seamless access to information resources and content. The Library is best placed to manage information most effectively.
  3. 3. University of Leeds Academic Services Libraries have expertise in... Organising access to academic information and scholarly knowledge. Empowering the users of information. Bringing information together with the communities that need to use it. Creating customer-focused web experiences.
  4. 4. University of Leeds Academic Services Examples: the Hybrid Library Project Leeds University Library project which aims to: – increase the usability and relevance of library and information resources to taught course students. – develop tailored information portals for students at the course and modular level.
  5. 5. University of Leeds Academic Services Hybrid Library Project
  6. 6. University of Leeds Academic Services MyLibrary Used by various libraries in the US Ability to create a personalised library environment Updates on new developments relevant to subject area Enhanced links for contacting library staff Library support for assignments - tailored to subject area.
  7. 7. University of Leeds Academic Services MyLibrary - Mississippi State
  8. 8. University of Leeds Academic Services Conclusion Academic libraries are surviving and thriving in a constantly changing information environment. The academic library is at the heart of the ‘learning organisation’. Library-based portals can leverage the expertise of librarians in facilitating seamless access to information.

Editor's Notes

  • This statement places the Library at the heart of the university, as a powerhouse of ideas and learning; offering both information and the community in which ideas can develop and flourish.
    Academic libraries help students to become independent, lifelong learners. They also help academics and researchers maintain and develop superior research activities. All of this is central to the business of the University.
    This quote could also be used to describe a successful university portal. The Library already forms a physical portal to knowledge and is expanding it’s role into a virtual portal as well.
  • These images are taken from the hybrid library project at the University of Leeds. A personalised environment has been created for students on an MSc module in Computing. The students are working in groups on a literature search for information on specific topics. The Librarian has created a portal to support the students through their literature search. Students are guided to the most relevant sources for their topics. The can also contact the librarian using Microsoft Netmeeting for a conference session. Students used this for advice and guidance on how to get the most out of the various databases; the librarian took over their screens at a distance to ‘walk-through’ a search on a database.
    The 2nd screen shows the students own personalised working area, where they could record progress, share tips with the rest of their group, keep a diary etc. Over the course of the project students built up their own group libraries of useful readings, web sites etc.
    Importance of the ‘human face’ of the portal; environment where contact and support is promoted.

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