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    1. 1. Pimp your web browser at the library! - Mozilla Firefox and creative marketing of library services Roman Koshykar RIT Libraries Upstate New York Science Librarians Meeting October 20, 2006
    2. 2. Firefox at the Library <ul><li>Firefox version 1 – released publicly in Fall 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Open source web browser; seen as more secure </li></ul><ul><li>Installed on all library computers at RIT, as well as IE </li></ul><ul><li>Not “official” web browser, but supported </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why Firefox Matters <ul><li>Key feature for us is Firefox’s extensibility </li></ul><ul><li>Extensions = “plugins” or other small software downloads that extend browser functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Can we tap into use of Firefox to integrate library services right into a user’s browser window? </li></ul>
    4. 4. How did I get involved? <ul><li>What the heck is a TOOLS TECHNOLOGIST? </li></ul><ul><li>Find an extension to get to library resources through Firefox browser </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction on using such an extension </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction on using Firefox </li></ul>
    5. 5. The Firefox Workshop <ul><li>Series of walk-in workshops </li></ul><ul><li>Applications (i.e. Excel); Search tools (i.e. Google) </li></ul><ul><li>Open to everyone – aimed at RIT staff </li></ul><ul><li>Developed walk-in workshop for switching to Firefox </li></ul>
    6. 6. The Firefox Workshop <ul><li>First offered in February 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Offered once per quarter, except summer </li></ul><ul><li>Covers basics – installing, relevant features, why Firefox is useful </li></ul><ul><li>Non-techie – aimed at users of all levels </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity for creative marketing of library services? </li></ul>
    7. 7. Announcement for first workshop, 2/2006
    8. 8. The Firefox Extension <ul><li>Winter 2006 – began looking for a way to connect Google Scholar results to SFX OpenURL results </li></ul><ul><li>Found OpenURL Referrer from Openly </li></ul><ul><li>Free </li></ul><ul><li>Requires user configuration with local SFX server </li></ul>
    9. 9. The Firefox Extension - reconsidered <ul><li>Installed OpenURL Referrer – tested </li></ul><ul><li>Decided not to promote </li></ul><ul><li>Found another extension that could be customized to local resources </li></ul><ul><li>Did more than just connect Google Scholar to SFX </li></ul>
    10. 10. LibX toolbar for RIT <ul><li>LibX developed by programmers at Virginia Tech </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with us to develop customized build of LibX for RIT </li></ul><ul><li>Installs a toolbar that allows searching of OPACs </li></ul><ul><li>Also connects users to SFX from Google Scholar (with some coaxing) </li></ul><ul><li>LibX built our toolbar to search both RIT Catalog and Connect NY consortial catalog </li></ul>
    11. 11. LibX toolbar for RIT <ul><li>Rolled out March 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Installed LibX for RIT on all public computers in library (already had Firefox installed) </li></ul><ul><li>Created local support page for LibX for RIT: http://library.rit.edu/addons/ </li></ul><ul><li>Users can download onto personal computer </li></ul>
    12. 12. Promoting LibX for RIT <ul><li>Local support/download page </li></ul><ul><li>Branded with our custom cue icon </li></ul><ul><li>Training session for library staff </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporated into Firefox walk-in workshop </li></ul><ul><li>Tent signs created; placed on public computer monitors </li></ul><ul><li>Added to news scroll for spring quarter </li></ul>
    13. 13. Tent signs advertising LibX
    14. 14. Tent signs advertising LibX
    15. 15. What have we done? <ul><li>Advocating for Firefox  promoting new technology, educating users on its use </li></ul><ul><li>LibX for RIT  integrating library resources into user’s personal information space </li></ul><ul><li>Both projects  opportunities for creative marketing of library services </li></ul>
    16. 16. Special thanks <ul><li>Jon Jiras – LibX for RIT implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Jen Freer – photos of tent signs </li></ul>
    17. 17. Thank You <ul><li>Roman Koshykar </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>IM: gccislibrarian </li></ul>