CES members presenting at Library Technology Conference 2010

libtech.jpgConference Site: http://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/libtech_conf/2010/

1. There's Another App For That! Going Beyond Google Apps With Free Online Media Production Tools
Scott Spicer

Do you ever find yourself needing to quickly, document a new online service to your patrons or want to communicate a really complex search over email without having to write down every step? Well, there's a free online app. for screencasts - Screentoaster. How about creating a simple online image slideshow with audio? There's a free online app. for that too - Animoto. Voice-over PowerPoint? Try VoiceThread. Grassroots video? Yup, there's an app. for that too - Jaycut. Free online media production tools have come a long ways in the past couple of years. At a time when getting funding to purchase production software may be a challenge, these options have never looked better. So bring your ideas and creativity, you will have an opportunity to experience how to quickly "write" digitally with these user-friendly tools.

2. Building Safety Nets into the Online Library: A Presentation
Jerilyn Veldof, Shane Nackerud, Ryan Bean

Traditionally librarians have addressed research challenges by working one-on-one with patrons or teaching them through in-person or online training. But our reach could be profoundly increased by doing two additional things: 1) identifying the places at which our users stumble and/or fail while using the library's website and 2) identifying techniques or systems we could build to catch them if they stumble or fail.

Learn about this concept of "performance support" and the results of an extensive project at the University of Minnesota to incorporate performance support into its online presence. Then, stay for the workshop following this presentation!


3. Building Safety Nets into the Online Library: A Workshop
Jan Fransen, Jerilyn Veldof

Following the session, "Building Safety Nets into the Online Library," stay to participate in a 90 minute follow-up workshop. Here you'll be introduced to a simple, yet powerful method for uncovering fail points called the cognitive walk-through. You'll take on specific user personas and analyze a library website through that lens, uncovering the points where users stumble and often give up on the library.

Next you'll begin to design "safety nets" or support structures at those fail points that gently catch the users and help them be more successful researchers. You'll leave with some ideas that you could start implementing immediately.


4. A Future of the Academic Library Web Presence
Cody Hanson, Shane Nackerud

When discovery happens elsewhere, how can academic libraries add value to the research process? How can we transition our interfaces from the one-size-fits-all information fire hose to a targeted, customized research dashboard? This presentation will discuss some current projects at the University of Minnesota Libraries designed to automate the delivery of relevant information to users. We will also speculate on future directions for reconfiguring the Libraries' web presence as a personalized productivity-enhancing interface.

5. Library Integration--5000 Courses at a Time
Kate Peterson, Jon Jeffryes, Shane Nackerud

In an academic environment, students and faculty think in courses. And they should since they are the measurable units that Universities and Colleges are built around. Overall, the Library is not organized in courses and too often, provides users with an overwhelming amount of information. These barriers result in frustration for students and faculty visiting the libraries--both in-person and virtually. The University of Minnesota Libraries recently spent time exploring how the Libraries can be integrated into the "courseflow" of students and faculty. In this session, attendees will learn about our discoveries and efforts to build a Library Course Page system (LCP). The LCP automatically generates a page for each of the 5000+ courses at the University. This page brings together disparate Library systems such as print reserves, electronic reserves, librarian-created resource guides, the library catalog, subject-specific databases and more. The LCP is built using a variety of APIs, widgets, a systematic, predictable URL structure and U of M affinity strings. We are currently working towards default integration into the University's course management systems, WebVista and Moodle. Attendees will take away ideas and strategies that can be used to build a similar resource at their own institutions.


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