Dynamic Pathfinders

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A presentation about the different web solutions for subject guides or dynamic pathfinders for libraries and librarians.

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  • Dynamic Pathfinders

    1. 1. Using Dynamic Pathfinders to Reach Your Target Audience Tamara Murray, Westerville Public Library Evan Struble, OHIONET slideshare.net/westervillelibrary delicious.com/westervillelibrary/DynamicPathfinders
    2. 2. Traditional Pathfinders Are Static
    3. 3. What happens when… <ul><li>A book is weeded? </li></ul><ul><li>A website goes belly up? </li></ul><ul><li>A domain name changes? </li></ul><ul><li>One resource = two topics? </li></ul><ul><li>New content is added? </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons want to share? </li></ul>
    4. 4. When we say dynamic pathfinder … <ul><li>We mean the organization of information by topic or subject in an interactive way. </li></ul>We serve as filters for our users. We sift through the TRASH to help them find the TREASURE.
    5. 5. Why Dynamic? <ul><li>Searchable! </li></ul><ul><li>Prevents duplicating content. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides multiple access points. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows for interaction with patrons. </li></ul><ul><li>Offers content in multiple formats. </li></ul><ul><li>Becomes more visual. </li></ul><ul><li>Keeps it current! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Go Where the Users Are <ul><li>35% of Adults have social networking profiles </li></ul><ul><li>65% of Teens have social networking profiles </li></ul><ul><li>19% of the population logged onto their social networking profile yesterday. </li></ul><ul><li>16% watched a video on a video-sharing site yesterday. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Twitter: 140 Characters on the Go
    8. 8. Delicious: Lists of Links
    9. 9. YouTube: Tutorials & Personalization
    10. 10. SlideShare: PowerPoint Power
    11. 11. Squidoo: Website & Community
    12. 12. Ning: Website & Community
    13. 13. What about the books?
    14. 14. Local Subject Headings
    15. 15. Tagging in the Catalog
    16. 16. Want to put it all together? <ul><li>books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>presentations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>videos </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and tips </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Blogs (WordPress, Blogger…)
    18. 18. MediaWiki (Open Source)
    19. 19. Library à La Carte (Open Source)
    20. 20. SubjectsPlus (Open Source)
    21. 21. LibData (Open Source)
    22. 22. ResearchGuide (Open Source)
    23. 23. MySQL & ASP.NET (Homegrown)
    24. 24. LibGuides (Subscription)

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